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First-quarter analysis: Defense forces Geno Smith to the bench

EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- The Buffalo Bills don't have Geno Smith to kick around any more.

Three interceptions in the first quarter today at MetLife Stadium sent the Jets' quarterback to the bench.

After a three and out on New York's first possession, the Jets' next three drives ended in interceptions by Stephon Gilmore, Preston Brown and Aaron Williams, respectively.

Following the last interception, which Williams returned to the New York 1-yard line, Smith finally sat down in favor of Michael Vick.

The Bills weren't able to convert Smith's first two interceptions into points, but finally did so after Williams put them on the door step. Quarterback Kyle Orton threw a 1-yard touchdown pass to Lee Smith, opening up a 14-0 lead.

Second guess: What was Nigel Bradham thinking? His taunting penalty at the end of Stephon Gilmore's interception return pushed the Bills back 15 yards and out of field-goal range. Gilmore had returned the ball to the Jets' 33-yard line, but after the penalty the Bills went three and out.

Standing tall: Orton took a vicious sack on the Bills' first drive, when Calvin Pace and Quinton Coples sandwiched him. The Bills' quarterback bounced right back, however, throwing a 22-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods on the next play for the game's first points.



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