"I love the fact that our team found a way to win," Ryan said. "We persevered and we won. That's really encouraging to me. That tells you about the fight and spirit of this football team, and that's what I'm most proud of."
Smith, who also ran for a score, slightly outplayed EJ Manuel in a matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in the NFL draft.
"I know this team is going to get better," Ryan said. "There's no way we can't. Twenty penalties? That's on my shoulders. No question about it, but I know we can get better."
"We had a huge momentum swing there and couldn't capitalize on it," Johnson said. "We made our mistakes, but they made 20 penalties and we didn't win. We have to find a way to get it done with that kind of help."
"We knew that we had to score," Smith said.
Ryan lost two challenges in a span of three plays in the third quarter and it ended up hurting the Jets.
New York then had a horrendous sequence of four straight penalties, three on Kyle Wilson, who was benched briefly after the last of the calls.
Smith, the second quarterback drafted at No. 39, finished 16 of 29 for 331 yards and also had two interceptions.
Manuel, who went No. 16 overall as the first quarterback drafted, was 19 of 42 for 243 yards and the score.
"How many games are we going to win with two turnovers and 20 penalties? Not many," Ryan said. "We will get it corrected. I will get it corrected."
NOTES: After Buffalo allowed just one sack in its first two games, New York had eight, including two by Muhammad Wilkerson. ... Jets DB Ellis Lankster saved Ryan Quigley's 40-yard punt from going into the end zone, and Isaiah Trufant downed it at the 1 with 21 seconds left in the game. ... Jets WR Clyde Gates had his right leg wrapped and he limped as he left the stadium. RB Chris Ivory left the game with a hamstring injury.
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