Which means the victor of Sunday's game between the Jets and Buffalo Bills will occupy a position no one from Las Vegas to Florham Park would have dared predict - first place in the AFC East. Jets vs Bills live stream on NFL Game Pass.
Strong defensive start: The Bills defense has been viewed as the stronger side of the ball for quite some time, which is the opposite of the past two seasons. They squandered a prime opportunity on first-and-goal on the Jets' 2. But McCown didn't do that.
The Jets' offense went three-and-out on its first two drives, but started to move the ball after that.
-With Mike Tolbert's one-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter the Bills have now recorded a rushing touchdown in their 13th consecutive game - tying a team record (1980) and extending the longest active streak in the NFL. We know we're tough, we know we're going to play hard and scrap. Taylor was 8 for 8 on passes over the middle through three quarters, according to NFL Next Gen stats. Maybe not a great idea to pass there often for Taylor but Matthews was crunched on the play, indicating his injured sternum is OK. New head coach Sean McDermott, who came from the Carolina Panthers, runs a conservative offense but one where the quarterback needs to be mobile. The Jets will need them to come out fired up if NY hopes to shut down the Buffalo rushing attack. But Jets coach Todd Bowles chose to go with Hackenberg instead. Joe Banyard and Jonathan Williams were the stars of that Lions game, combining for 24 carries, 121 yards and two touchdowns.
LeSean McCoy led the Bills with 159 total yards (110 rushing, 49 receiving).
Subplots:LeSean McCoy went over 12,000 scrimmage yards for his career after he rolled up 1. Check, check, and check-plus.
It's not quite the Butt Fumble, but the result is essentially the same: After it looked like Jets CB Juston Burris would score the team's first touchdown of the season after intercepting Bills QB Tyrod Taylor, the Jets pulled a Jets. To make matters even cloudier, his status for game time on Sunday is up on the air due to a concussion suffered in preseason. Wilkerson had a down year in 2016, there's no doubt about that, but at only 27 years old the defensive lineman still has plenty of game left in him. Buffalo disappointed on defense under Ryan over the past two seasons but still has some talent, especially on the line, to improve after finishing 29th in the league against the run in 2016. Josh McCown finished the first half completing 12-of-15 passes, but a lot of them were short - he threw for only 85 yards before halftime.