The Bills were 0-2 in executing their winning formula of great defense and good enough offense in the first quarter at MetLife Stadium and found themselves in a 7-0 hole because of it.
The offense started especially slow, going 12 yards backward on its first possession and stalling after five plays on the second. The third drive was moving into Jets' territory as the quarter expired.
Mike Tolbert received three carries in strange spots — including two in a row after an electric 13-yard rush by LeSean McCoy — that gained only 1 yard each. McCoy began the following drive on the bench as well, but the Bills still gave the ball to Tolbert on first and 15; he gained 2 yards.
The defense forced two three-and-outs in the first quarter but missed a few tackles on an eight-play, 54-yard touchdown drive that was capped by a 10-yard run from quarterback Josh McCown. Leonard Johnson dropped an easy interception on their third drive.
First-quarter struggles: The Bills still haven't scored a touchdown in the first quarter this season. Including McCown's touchdown, they've been outscored 33-6 in the opening 15 minutes of their eight games.
Humber returns: As Sean McDermott promised, linebacker Ramon Humber returned to his starting spot after missing two games with a thumb injury. Rookie Matt Milano had played well in his place.