Quarterly analysis: Bills fail to cash in on opening drive


The Bills marched down the field on the opening drive but failed to punch it in from the 2-yard line. Mike Tolbert lost 6 yards back to the 8, Tyrod Taylor had a pass batted down, and then Taylor threw behind Charles Clay – getting the tight end hammered – and had his tipped pass intercepted.

The Jets couldn’t capitalize on the turnover, though, going three-and-out. They didn’t pick up a first down in the entire quarter, gaining only 16 net yards and punting twice.

Questionable fumble? Juston Burris returned Taylor’s interception to near midfield before running into his own man and falling down. Since he wasn’t thought to be down by contact, Eric Wood hit Burris and appeared to cause a fumble, the Bills weren’t granted the ball.

Referees seemed to rule that Burris, who was in the process of getting up, was ruled down immediately as soon as Wood touched him, before the fumble occurred.

Batted pass count: Taylor had two passes knocked down by Jets linemen on the first drive.

Welcome to the NFL: Zay Jones caught his first pass on a slant pattern midway through the quarter, gaining 21 yards.

Cleaning up the penalties: The Bills had three penalties in the first quarter, costing them 25 yards.

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