Halftime report: Jets up 17-6

September, 22, 2013
EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. -- Geno Smith connected on a 51-yard pass to wide receiver Stephen Hill to help the New York Jets to a 17-6 lead over the Buffalo Bills at the half.

Smith is 10 for 17 passing for 187 yards, a passing touchdown, a rushing touchdown and an interception. The Jets also had 58 rushing yards. For comparison, Bills rookie starter EJ Manuel was held to 5 for 10 passing for 53 yards. The Bills had 97 rushing yards. New York's wide receivers also avoided the drops that were such an issue in the 13-10 loss to the New England Patriots in Week 2.

Smith scored New York's first touchdown on a quarterback draw. The Bills had Smith stopped at about the two yard-line, but Bills linebacker Kiko Alonso tried to deliver a tackle from behind and gave Smith the momentum to get into the end zone.

Jets wide receiver Jeremy Kerley returned punts, and converted two third-and-long attempts, in his first half back from a concussion. Outside linebacker Quinton Coples was also back in the rotation for the defense.

Injuries: Jets running back Chris Ivory didn’t leave the sideline, but he was working with a trainer for the second quarter. It was announced he had a hamstring injury, and his return for the second half is questionable. ... Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin left the game in the first series and is out with a hamstring injury. ... Offensive guard Kraig Urbik is out with a knee injury, and his return is questionable.
Jane McManus has covered New York sports since 1998 and began covering football just before Brett Favre's stint with the Jets. Her work has appeared in Newsday, USA Today, The Journal News and The New York Times. Follow Jane on Twitter.



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