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First-quarter analysis: Shanked punt sets up Bills' first touchdown

Mother Nature lent a hand to the Buffalo Bills in the first quarter Sunday.

The New York Jets were faced with going into a 21-mph wind inside Ralph Wilson Stadium. They didn't handle it well.

The Jets managed just 19 total yards on their first four possessions, gaining one first down. At the end of New York's third drive, Jets punter Ryan Quigley managed just a 21-yard punt from his own end zone. That gave the Bills possession at the New York 25-yard line.

Three plays later, the Bills got into the end zone when quarterback Tyrod Taylor scrambled for an 18-yard rushing touchdown.

Not checked out: In what is likely  his last game as a member of the Bills, defensive end Mario Williams started and appeared to have not "checked out," as one anonymous teammate said this past week. Williams got his fifth sack of the season when he dropped Jets quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick for a 3-yard loss on a third-down play.

Tough to judge: Another sign of how difficult the wind inside the Ralph was to handle came by watching Bills punt returner Walt Powell. On three attempts, he let the ball bounce each time, as opposed to trying to catch it on the fly.

 

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