Maybe it shouldn't have been, but it was an easy victory for the New York Jets over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Giants Stadium in East Rutherford, N.J.
That's because the Bills made it easy.
"We shot ourselves in the foot too many times," Bills safety Keion Carpenter said.
Taking advantage of numerous Buffalo errors -- especially by special teams -- the Jets won their early-season first-place showdown from the Bills, 27-14. The Jets are 3-0 for the first time since 1966, while Buffalo dropped to 2-1.
A 97-yard kickoff return by Kevin Williams after Buffalo had taken a 7-0 first-period lead and a 45-yard Hail Mary pass from Vinny Testaverde to Marcus Coleman, a defensive back who lined up as a receiver, on the last play of the first half were some of the indignities the Bills suffered.
The Coleman touchdown broke a 14-14 tie the Bills had fashioned on a 74-yard bomb from Rob Johnson to Jeremy McDaniel with 1:07 left in the half. Johnson passed 3 yards to Eric Moulds for the first Bills touchdown.
New York had the only points of the second half, a pair of John Hall field goals, as the Bills' bumbling continued.
Buffalo's chances of a comeback in the second half were hampered by three lost fumbles (two by punt return man Chris Watson, the other by wide receiver Peerless Price), an interception and some untimely penalties. The Bills also had a field goal blocked.