Niagara Gazette


September 22, 2013

MEILER: Bills lose first of (hopefully) many Manuel-Smith battles


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More importantly, the Jets looked leagues better in a matchup of similar teams. Both have rookie quarterbacks, questions on offense and defenses that had kept them in games so far. The New York defense dominated, while the Bills gave up 513 yards. Buffalo had no place being tied in the fourth quarter but were fortunate the Jets took an inexcusable 20 penalties for 168 yards.

The Bills had a chance to pass the Jets on the AFC East totem pole Sunday, but failed. No coach aims to be third-best, but it would've marked a step forward for a franchise that has constantly found itself in the basement. You can't jump from fourth to first without passing second and third.

Instead, Buffalo finds itself in the bottom of the division again, for now at least. There's still a chance the Bills pass New York by the end of the season, but Sunday's loss made it clear that there's still a lot of ground to be gained.

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