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Insta-Graham: Bills avoid relegation with victory over the Jets

The Buffalo Bills went through the last of their September calisthenics Sunday, muscling their way to a 21-12 victory in their scrimmage with the Division II New York Jets.

You'll hear a lot of hardy-har-hars about the Bills being in first place in the AFC East, with the New England Patriots losing Thursday night and Hurricane Irma postponing the Miami Dolphins' opening game.

Enjoy the win, Bills fans, but don't gloat too much. The Bills defeated the Jets, and that's no jackpot.

That said, all the guys you wanted to see take their whacks did.

LeSean McCoy was the best player on the field. Tyrod Taylor threw well, including a few sweet hookups with tight end Charles Clay.

The defense made big stops on a two-point attempt that would've tied the game late in the third quarter and Jordan Poyer wrestled a critical interception with 6:33 to play. Marcell Dareus showed up for the game on time.

McCoy did everything but score a touchdown. He ran 22 times for 110 yards and caught five passes for 49 yards.

Backup running back, a cause for weird hysteria last week upon the release of Jonathan Williams, looked fine with Mike Tolbert rushing 12 times for 42 yards and a touchdown plus a 12-yard reception.

Taylor was 16 of 28 for 224 yards and two touchdowns, although with a pukey end-zone interception to kill the opening drive after Buffalo went 74 yards on 13 plays with six first downs.

Taylor ran five times for 41 yards before victory-formation kneeldowns.

Clay saw a team-high nine targets, catching four for 53 yards and a touchdown. Wide receiver Andre Holmes, iffy to make the roster for most of training camp, caught Taylor's other TD.

The Bills face a real team next Sunday, when they visit the Carolina Panthers.

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