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First Downs and Flags: Buffalo Bills Bounce Back vs. Division Rival New York Jets

Monday, November 18th, 2013

Marquise Goodwin continued to perform well as the Buffalo Bills passing offense had one of his best games of the season Sunday. (Photo: Timothy T. Ludwig — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: John Maher

The Buffalo Bills went into Sunday’s game against the New York Jets coming off their worst showing of the season in a Week 10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers. After nothing had worked well against the Steelers for the Bills offense and quarterback EJ Manuel, all eyes were on the quarterback and the Bills offense as it was set to go against a strong New York Jets defense in the Bills’ first AFC East rematch of the season.

The Jets beat the Bills 27-20 in Week 3, but Sunday’s game went much differently, with the Bills blowing the Jets out for a 37-14 victory. Things did not look good for Manuel in the days leading up to the game as the Bills’ top two receivers, Robert Woods and Stevie Johnson, were ruled out with injuries. This left second-year T.J. Graham, rookie Marquise Goodwin, inexperienced Chris Hogan and underused Marcus Easley to serve as Buffalo’s receiving corps Sunday.

Even with those injuries and swirling gusts at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills scored their highest point total of the season Sunday.

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Week 11 Rematch: Buffalo Bills Take on New York Jets At Home

Saturday, November 16th, 2013

The Bills will be hoping EJ Manuel can get his game back on track in Buffalo’s Week 11 rematch with the New York Jets. (Photo: Anthony Gruppuso — USA Today Sports)

BBD Staff Writer: Eric Samulski

Laying a dud against in a 23-10 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers wasn’t exactly the momentum the Buffalo Bills were hoping to seize after almost toppling the best team in the league and getting their quarterback healthy again. Nonetheless, the Bills travel back home in Week 11, where they have had more success this season, to take on the division rival New York Jets.

Standing at 3-7, any chance at a playoff berth is all but lost for Buffalo, but with so many young players on the roster, each game continues to prove valuable for its development and the team’s future success. The question beyond that is, how will the team respond to their rookie head coach once the playoffs are firmly out of sight?

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