EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — Here are how my five takes before the Buffalo Bills' 34-21 loss against the New York Jets turned out:
1. Don't allow themselves to stub their collective toe in prime-time. Not even close.
The Bills looked very Bills-like in this game. They looked like the team that, after winning two in a row, traveled to Cincinnati and lost. Once again, the Bills couldn't keep a two-game winning streak going.
You can change coaches and change players. This team still does not know how to handle good fortune. So much of what coach Sean McDermott had put together in terms of a team being smart and efficient, a team having the right character traits to avoid such a pants-splitting performance, became undone before a national television audience.
2. Put together another effective rushing attack. Nope.
LeSean McCoy was limited to 25 yards on 12 carries. For the most part, he had nowhere to go as the Jets' defensive front physically manhandled the Bills' offensive line throughout the night.
This bore no resemblance to the 110 yards McCoy gained against the Jets in the Bills' Sept. 10 season-opening victory at New Era Field. Nor did it look anything like last Sunday, when McCoy ran for 151 yards against the Oakland Raiders.
The Bills desperately need an effective running game to have anything close to an effective offense. But so far, that has only happened in three games this season.
3. Tyrod Taylor keeps performing effectively, as well as efficiently. This, too, was a big no.
To be fair, Taylor had little time to do much of anything. The Jets' pass rush overwhelmed the Bills and sacked Taylor seven times for minus-41 yards.
He often was running for his life and could not make many full reads of the secondary. Credit the Jets for also doing a good job in coverage, either plastering themselves to Bills receivers or changing things up to confuse Taylor.
4. A healthier secondary should mean more playmaking. Not even close.
Playmaking? Not by the Bills. It was the Jets who made all the plays, forcing three turnovers. And this was a Bills team that entered the game leading the NFL with a turnover ratio of plus-14.
In fact, the secondary, like the rest of the defense, found itself being run over by a Jets rushing attack that generated 194 yards on 41 carries. The Bills did their absolute worst job of tackling this season.
5. Sean McDermott, who has hardly looked like a rookie head coach so far, continues to make the right moves with so little time to prepare for a game. Not so much.
The Bills were, as McDermott freely admitted, outcoached. The game plan that offensive coordinator Rick Dennison put together was unimpressive.
It looked as if the Jets, in studying the videotape of the Sept. 10 game and the next six games, had found all of the vulnerabilities the Bills had on both sides of the ball and exploited them.
The Bills' defense had no answers for the Jets' running game. And it looked like Josh McCown, the Jets' veteran quarterback, was able to anticipate pretty much everything the Bills were doing on defense.
This was a sad display by the Bills in every phase. So much for those early votes for NFL Coach of the Year McDermott was collecting.