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Buffalo Bills beat New York Jets: Week 1 offensive grades

By Michael Pallas
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets attempts to throw the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills on September 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images)
ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 10: Josh McCown #15 of the New York Jets attempts to throw the ball during the first half against the Buffalo Bills on September 10, 2017 at New Era Field in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Brett Carlsen/Getty Images) /
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The New York Jets leave Buffalo after a 21-12 defeat at the hands of the Bills, but the offense wasn’t that bad.

When it comes to calling the offensive performance bad by the New York Jets, it’s all relative. Was it completely terrible? No, because there were some spots that looked good.

For instance, Josh McCown was efficient in the passing game. He completed 66.7 percent of his passes. Albeit most were of the dink-and-dunk variety.

The Jets did incorporate their tight ends into the offense. They had five catches which are already three fewer than they had all of the last season. Also, new receiver Jermaine Kearse seemed to be on the same page with McCown, despite only being there for a short while. Kearse was the team’s leading receiver for the game.

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With all of that said, the Jets run game was non-existent in this Week 1 matchup. As a team, they averaged 2.5 yards per carry, and Bilal Powell should’ve gotten more action.

McCown also didn’t take many shots down the field. That’s partially due to his inability to do so. The Jets have guys like ArDarius Stewart (who did have two catches against the Bills) and Robby Anderson who should be able to help the Jets offense stretch the field.

When it comes to the offensive line, they seemed to do pretty well against that Bills front seven. It wasn’t a banner day, but there’s nothing really terrible to say about them either.

You can’t really expect a lot early on in the season, especially with a lot of new faces and a new offense. While the offense definitely has some work to do, it’s all very correctable. It wasn’t terrible, and it wasn’t great. It was definitely somewhere in between for the Jets.

Week 1 Offensive Grade: C-

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