ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (Sept. 24, 2006) -- Chad Pennington made up for the New York Jets ' lack of a running game.
"Sometimes you're going to bend. And the important thing is not to break," coach Eric Mangini said. "Obviously, we want to improve on the bending part."
New York also overcame wet and blustery conditions, featuring steady 20 mph winds -- with gusts up to 40 -- blowing in from the west.
The difference for the Jets was the offense, which had five three-and-outs but efficiently led three long touchdown drives. Pennington didn't need a third consecutive 300-yard passing game to pull this one out, instead finishing a modest 19 of 29 for 183 yards passing and a touchdown.
"Tip your hat to our defense," Pennington said. "Whenever we needed a big play on defense, we got it."
The Bills (1-2) lost their home-opener and failed to build off the momentum of last week's 16-6 win at Miami.
"That's tough. It was errors," McGahee said. "I made errors and other people made errors."
The Bills started strong -- scoring on Roscoe Parrish's 51-yard touchdown reception on the second play from scrimmage -- but then progressively kept making costly errors.
New York didn't get its first first down until its fourth possession, but still built a 14-10 lead on Chris Baker 's 1-yard reception in the waning seconds of the first half.
Hobson picked it up and rumbled down the left sideline for a touchdown. The Bills failed to challenge the score despite replays showing Hobson stepped out of bounds at the Buffalo 3.
"Hey, it was just getting bigger and bigger as it was getting closer to me and I just had to pick it up and run," Hobson said.
Hobson was able to overcome a big mistake earlier in the game when he was called for a roughing the passer penalty. He was left stewing on the sideline, and was benched for most of the first half.
But on his first series back in the third quarter, Hobson picked up a loose ball at his feet and scored on a 32-yard fumble return.
"I couldn't be mad at anyone but myself because I was the one who did it," said Hobson, flagged after hitting Losman at the knees. "I had plenty of time to think about it. ... My whole mentality was, 'I've got to get back on the field and help my team."'
Losman made it close, scoring on a 12-yard scamper with 75 seconds left.
The Bills got the ball back on the ensuing kickoff, but their last-gasp drive failed when Losman had the ball slip out of his hands, forcing an incompletion on a fourth-and-3 at the Buffalo 45.
"It's just the little things, the penalties, the turnovers, that hurt us," McGahee said.