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Checking in on Jets since season-opening loss to Bills

The Bills beat the Jets 21-12 in Week One, in a game that was close despite Buffalo winning the yardage battle 408 to 214.

At the time, most believed the Jets were a trendy pick to earn the No. 1 overall pick in the 2018 draft.

But New York has played respectable football since then.

Let's check in on how some key Jets players have fared after the loss to the Bills in Week One.

QB Josh McCown

Against the Bills to begin the 2017 season, McCown completed 26 of 39 passes (66.6 percent) for 187 yards (4.79 yards per attempt) with no touchdowns and two interceptions.

Since then, in seven games:

  • 71.1 completion percentage
  • 12 touchdowns, five interceptions
  • 7.69 yards per attempt
  • 102.3 passer rating

It's worth noting that McCown's average depth of target (aDOT) since Week One is 7.9 yards, which is tied for the seventh-lowest figure among 35 qualifying quarterbacks.

For perspective, Tyrod Taylor's aDOT is 8.8 yards since Week One, the 16th-highest number among qualifiers.

However, there's no doubt McCown's play has improved a great deal since his poor outing in Orchard Park in September.

RB Bilal Powell

Against the Bills in Week One, Powell had seven carries for 22 yards. He caught five passes for 17 yards.

Since then, in six games:

  • 67 attempts, 294 yards (4.39 yards per attempt) with two rushing touchdowns
  • 13 reception, 123 yards

Powell leads New York with 74 carries on the season. Rookie Elijah McGuire is second on the team with 48 rushing attempts and 4.3 yards per carry. Veteran Matt Forte has 168 yards on 43 carries in the 2017 campaign.

WR Robby Anderson

Anderson had four catches for 22 yards in the matchup with Buffalo in Week One.

Since then, in seven games:

  • 23 receptions on 44 targets, 413 yards (17.9 yards per reception)
  • Three touchdowns

On the year, Anderson has the most targets (52) on the Jets roster and is behind Austin Seferian-Jenkins (31) and Jermaine Kearse (29) with 27 catches. He leads the team in receiving yards (435).

DL Leonard Williams

Against the Bills earlier this season, Williams had three tackles. He was given a +1.8 overall PFF grade after amassing three quarterback pressures (one hit, two hurries) and three stops.

Since then, in seven games:

  • 17 quarterback pressures (eight hits, nine hurries)
  • 10 stops
  • +3.0 overall PFF grade

Jets run defense

As a team, the Bills ran the ball 42 times and piled up 190 yards (4.52 yards per carry) against the Jets. LeSean McCoy rushed 22 times for 110 yards (5.5 yards per carry).

Since then, in seven games:

  • 198 carries, 836 yards (4.4 yards per carry)
  • Three touchdowns

Overall on the season, the Jets are allowing the fourth-most rushing yards per game (128.3) and are 23rd in rushing defense based on yards-per-carry (4.3).

(Grades courtesy of Pro Football Focus)

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