GalleriesWeek 1: Jets 48, Bills 28
Williams -- the Bills' $100-million defensive end -- was a non-factor Sunday, thanks in large part to Howard. But Williams complained to reporters after the game that the officials failed to catch the Jets' right tackle grabbing his facemask.
"Some of the officials on the field don't understand what constitutes an offsetting penalty, and that's disappointing," said Williams, who had only one tackle. "Also, pass-blocking doesn't include hands to the face. When someone tells the officials that and they just walk away, or they don't call it, that is disheartening."
Howard had a different take.
"I didn't see any flags thrown," the young offensive lineman said. "Not at all. That's not my intention and that's not something that happened."
The Jets took turns raving about Howard's play, starting with Rex Ryan. "Austin Howard played a tremendous game," the coach said. "Maybe he made a name for himself today."
Linebacker Aaron Maybin, who simulated Williams in practice during the past week, beamed about Howard's performance. "If I had a game ball to give him, I'd put a whole truck of them in his locker,'' he said. "I'm so proud of that boy."
Will Darrelle Revis miss any time because of his head injury?
The Jets did not give a medical update on their star cornerback and, per NFL protocol, Revis was not made available to the media after the game. A source, however, told Newsday that he is fine. While sprawled on the turf during a 14-yard run by C.J. Spiller in the fourth quarter, Revis took an inadvertent kick to the helmet when teammate Bart Scott tried to leap over him. Revis was slow to get up and was looked at by doctors on the sideline. Ryan said the cornerback looked fine after the game but that it's too early to tell. Antonio Cromartie, however, was more optimistic, saying: "We're not worried about it. He'll be back next week."
What was Ryan's reaction to Mark Sanchez's interception on the first drive?
"I was thinking we should bench him," he said with a laugh. Ryan, of course, was joking. But after the type of preseason the Jets had, an interception on the first drive of the game certainly was cringe-worthy. Sanchez conceded it was a poor decision on his part. "It just can't happen," he said. "We had really started to move the ball and on a third down like that, you can't give it up."
Was Antonio Cromartie trying to showboat on his pick-6?
After intercepting an underthrown pass by Ryan Fitzpatrick early in the second half, the self-titled second-best Jets receiver mimicked Deion Sanders as he scampered 40 yards toward the end zone and flipped headfirst for the score. Cromartie said his stylish moves were for his daughter Jordan, who's a gymnast. "[She] asked me if I could do a flip," he said. "I was ready to do it if I ever got one."
Did LaRon Landry have second thoughts about clapping after leveling Fred Jackson?
Landry said in the heat of the moment, he had no idea Jackson was injured. "I don't wish hurt on anybody," the hard-hitting safety said. "I went through an injury-prone season two years in a row. I would hate to see someone go through that. I was playing with passion, made a tackle, I was happy about it. And that's that."
Is Dustin Keller's hamstring healed?
"It feels OK. I still have a little ways to go," said the tight end, who had one catch for 7 yards. Keller said he didn't get his usual amount of reps, but that was understandable, given that he was able to practice only on Friday because of his injury.
Why did Tony Sparano not use Tim Tebow to punch it in on fourth-and-1 at the Bills' 7?
Sanchez tried to lure the Bills offside with two minutes to go in the second quarter, but it didn't work and the Jets settled for kicking a 25-yard field goal. The play seemed like a tailor-made red-zone situation for the bulkier Tebow to punch it in. But the backup quarterback told Newsday, "Based on what the score was [21-7] and what the time was, it was a good call." He added with a smile, "At that point, you keep some things close to the vest as well."