ORCHARD PARK -- Is this a continuation of LSU-Alabama? Quick thoughts on a thoroughly sloppy first half:
• The Jets outplayed the Bills and should be leading by double digits, but they made two turnovers, committed a costly penalty and failed to capitalize on two turnovers by the Bills. No doubt, the Bills were relieved to be down only a field goal. The Jets outgained them, 191-73, and led by three points. It's a dangerous way to play on the road.
• QB Mark Sanchez has cost the Jets with two killer turnovers -- a red-zone interception and a lost fumble on a perfect shotgun snap. The interception wasted a beautiful opening drive, 15 plays to the Bills' 9. On a second down, he was picked off by FS Jairus Byrd in the back of the end zone. It was either an overthrow to TE Dustin Keller or an attempted throwaway; it was hard to tell. And when it's hard to tell, it's never a good thing.
• On the bright side, the Jets' offense ran the ball very well, ground and pounding the Bills for a total of 62 yards. Ah, but it could've been so much more, but a holding penalty on TE Matt Mulligan nullified a 41-yard run by Shonn Greene. It was a senseless penalty, as Mulligan wasn't even near the play.
• The Jets' defense was brilliant, forcing two turnovers (interceptions by Calvin Pace and David Harris) and totally shutting down the Bills' spread passing attack. Former Bills bust Aaron Maybin pressured QB Ryan Fitzpatrick on the second pick, a highlight-film catch by Harris. Fitzpatrick was confused by the Jets' zone blitzes and he had no success throwing to the outside against CBs Darrelle Revis and Antonio Cromartie. RB Fred Jackson also was a non-factor.
• TE Dustin Keller left in the first quarter with a head injury. On an 11-yard reception, he made a bad decision, trying to leap over a Bills defender. He landed on his head and was dazed, wobbly as he was helped to the sideline. It was a big loss because Keller was a big part of the game plan. They had to use Mulligan and seldom-used rookie Josh Baker.