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AFC EAST: Marshawn Lynch runs for TD in Raiders' 45-20 win over Jets

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AFC EAST: Marshawn Lynch runs for TD in Raiders' 45-20 win over Jets

OAKLAND, Calif. - Marshawn Lynch ran for a touchdown in his first home game with Oakland and Derek Carr threw three TD passes to Michael Crabtree to lead the Raiders to a 45-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday.

Cordarrelle Patterson and Jalen Richard added long touchdown runs to help put the game away and give the Raiders (2-0) wins in the opening two games of the season for the first time since their AFC championship season in 2002.

Josh McCown threw a pair of TD passes to Jermaine Kearse but the Jets (0-2) proved to be no match for the more powerful and talented Raiders.

The Raiders vaunted offensive line won the matchup against New York's front four , allowing no sacks and helping clear holes for a 180-yard rushing performance.

Oakland wore down the Jets and got a 43-yard touchdown run by Patterson late in the third quarter and a 52-yarder by Richard early in the fourth that made it 35-13.

Lynch didn't have any long runs in his first game in front of his hometown fans with the Raiders. He came out of retirement to give back to Oakland before the Raiders move to Las Vegas in 2020.

Lynch ran for 45 yards on 12 carries, scoring on a 2-yard run late in the first half. He then generated perhaps even bigger cheers during a sideline dance that was shown on the videoboard during a stoppage in the fourth quarter, prompting cheers of "Beast Mode! Beast Mode!"

AFC EAST: Taylor leads Bills to win over Jets, 21-12

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AFC EAST: Taylor leads Bills to win over Jets, 21-12

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The new-look Buffalo Bills might be better than advertised under rookie head coach Sean McDermott.

The Jets, however, opened the season playing well below even their meager expectations.

Tyrod Taylor showed no lingering signs of a concussion that sidelined him for two weeks by throwing two touchdowns in a 21-12 win on Sunday. The Bills never trailed after opening the scoring on Taylor's 1-yard touchdown pass to Charles Clay 3 1/2 minutes into the second quarter.

Andre Holmes also scored on a 1-yard catch and Mike Tolbert scored on a 1-yard run.

Buffalo's defense had three interceptions, including linebacker Ramon Humber picking off Josh McCown's pass to thwart a 2-point conversion in the third quarter. Safety Micah Hyde sealed the victory by intercepting McCown at Buffalo's 41 to end the Jets' final series.

"It was big for coach McDermott and big for us as a team," Taylor said, who completed 16 of 28 for 224 yards and an interception.

McDermott was pleased with the performance from a team that featured just 26 players who had been on the roster a year ago. And yet the former Carolina Panthers defensive coordinator was also quick to temper his emotions.

"This is one win, let's keep things in perspective," said McDermott, who was hired in January after Rex Ryan was fired in the final week of last season. "I'm extremely proud of it. That said, we've got a lot of work to do."

For one week at least, the Bills can lay claim to leading the AFC East after the Patriots lost to Kansas City on Thursday and the Miami Dolphins' opener was postponed due to Hurricane Irma.

The Jets face an uphill climb to be respectable.

New York couldn't run and couldn't stop the run, which were supposed to be two of the team's strengths.

The running back tandem of Bilal Powell and Matt Forte combined for 38 yards rushing. The defense gave up 190 yards rushing, including 110 to LeSean McCoy, who consistently beat New York's defenders around the edge.

"Missed assignments. Missed assignments," coach Todd Bowles said, repeating the phrase on several occasions. "We're not going to hang our heads. We're going to get ready and not make the same mistakes next week."

The lack of a ground game placed far too much emphasis on the 38-year-old McCown to produce with a patchwork group of receivers that included Jermaine Kearse and tight end Will Tye, neither of whom was on the team 10 days ago.

McCown refused to provide any excuses or buy into the offseason narrative pegging the Jets for pulling the plug on this season in order to build through next year's draft.

"That's not how we approach it," McCown said. "We're disappointed absolutely, but we plan on responding."

McCown went 26 of 39 for 187 yards in opening his 15th NFL season by extending his personal losing streak to eight games. The skid dates to Oct. 11, 2015, when he led Cleveland to a 33-30 win over Baltimore. McCown is 1-17 in his last 18 starts.

McCown scored New York's lone touchdown on a 1-yard run to briefly cut Buffalo's lead to 14-12 with two minutes left in the third quarter.

NO FINISH

Buffalo squandered two scoring opportunities in the first half. Taylor's pass to Clay in the end zone glanced off the tight end's hands and was intercepted by Juston Burris. The cornerback returned it 48 yards, and went down when he bumped into his teammate. Burris then fumbled, but was ruled down by contact, as he had a knee down when hit from behind by Bills center Eric Wood.

Newly acquired kicker Stephen Hauschka also missed a 46-yard attempt wide left.

The Jets converted 4 of 14 third-down chances and managed 11 first downs - and just four in the first half.

INACTIVES

Jets: WR Jeremy Kerley will have to wait to mark his return with New York. Kerley re-signed with the Jets on Tuesday after being cut by the San Francisco 49ers. With QB Bryce Petty still nursing a knee injury, Christian Hackenberg served as the backup.

Bowles said Petty's knee injury had nothing to do with the depth chart, noting the quarterback practiced all week. "That's a coaching decision," Bowles said.

Bills: Backup DE Jerel Worthy did not play as he is still recovering from a concussion sustained in Buffalo's preseason finale.

INJURIES

Jets: TE Eric Tomlinson did not return after hurting an elbow in the second quarter.

Bills: CB E.J. Gaines did not return after hurting his left shoulder while assisting Lorenzo White in tackling Powell on an 11-yard run midway through the fourth quarter.

UP NEXT

Jets: At Oakland on Sept. 17.

Bills: At Carolina on Sept. 17.

CONFIRMED: The Jets and Bills stink

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CONFIRMED: The Jets and Bills stink

I’m sitting here watching the Bills play the Jets in Week 1. If the offseason told us anything about the Bills and Jets, it was that they were going to stink this year. If the 10 minutes I’ve watched so far has told us anything, it’s that the Bills and Jets stink this year. 

Honestly, just forget about the Jets. Given how few good players they had last season and how many of them were cut or traded (Sheldon Richardson, Nick Mangold, Brandon Marshall, Eric Decker, David Harris), there was no shot they are going to be good this season. Some call it tanking. You can also call it the Jets just being worse than usual. 

The Bills looked like they were also kind of throwing in the towel based on their offseason (seeing Stephon Gillmore and Mike Gillislee make the increasingly popular trip from Buffalo to New England, trading Sammy Watkins), but they at least appeared to be markedly better than the Jets. 

Sunday didn’t start that way. 

On the Bills’ first drive, Buffalo marched from its own 25 to the New York 2. Then Mike Tolbert lost six yards on a run. Not the end of the world. Then Tyrod Taylor got a pass batted down. No sweat. Then on third and goal, Charles Clay tipped a pass into the hands of Jets corner Justin Burris for an end zone interception that was returned 48 yards. Not great, Bob.

Is it dumb to judge a team -- and also kind of an entire division -- on one drive? Possibly, but not when it’s the AFC East. The AFC East usually stinks outside of New England, and though I don’t expect the Dolphins to take as big a step back as some, I don’t think they’re going to be a Wild Card team. 

In the time since I started writing this, by the way, the Bills have scored a touchdown and the Jets have kicked a field goal. I was starting to feel like maybe I was overreacting, but then Steven Hauschka missed a field goal wide left and Matt Forte dropped his like 41st pass of the game. My friend Evan, a Bills fan, also texted saying he's rooting for his team to lose to prevent the Jets from getting the first overall pick. It's Week freaking 1. 

Anyway, isn’t yet halftime but both of these teams’ seasons are over. Patriots are going to make it 14 division titles in 15 years. None of this is news.