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  • Buffalo Bills defense throttles Jets to snap slide with 37-14 victory

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  • ORCHARD PARK — Score the rematch of rookie quarterbacks in favor of E.J. Manuel.
    Manuel threw for 245 yards and two touchdowns despite playing without his top two receivers and the Buffalo Bills snapped a three-game losing streak with a 37-14 win over the New York Jets on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
    A week after struggling in his return from injury at Pittsburgh, Manuel rebounded with one of his finest performances of the season by completing 20 of his 28 passes.
    "I was just playing more confident," said Manuel. "Knowing where I'm going with the ball and just letting it rip … That's it."
    Buffalo (4-7) led 20-0 at halftime and 34-7 after three quarters.
    "The last three weeks have been difficult for us," said Bills head coach Doug Marrone. "Pit in our stomach type deal."
    No such pit this week, as the Bills picked off Geno Smith three times — two by Jairus Byrd and another by Da'Norris Searcy returned 32 yards for a touchdown.
    "Any time you're able to get a decisive win this league, it's a lot of fun," said Bills center Eric Wood. "They don't happen often."
    The Jets' rookie quarterback went just 8-of-23 for 103 yards before being relieved by Matt Simms in the fourth quarter.
    "The way I can sum up this game for myself is awful," said Smith. "I know that I can play better. I know that this isn't who I am or what I want to be."
    With Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (ankle) out with injuries, Manuel targeted Marquise Goodwin nine times for six catches and 81 yards, including a 43-yard touchdown late in the third quarter.
    "We just trusted our receivers," said Manuel. "They knew the ball was coming to them and made great plays for us."
    T.J. Graham also had a 34-yard touchdown catch to give the Bills a 10-0 lead with four minutes left in the first half. The Bills were prepared to punt on that drive, but a neutral zone infraction by the Jets gave Buffalo a 4th-and-1, which Manuel converted with a sneak.
    Frank Summers added a 3-yard touchdown run less than a minute later to make it 17-0. Summers' touchdown came two plays after a sack and fumble by Smith forced by Kyle Williams and recovered by Manny Lawson at the Jets' 5-yard line.
    Chris Ivory's 1-yard touchdown plunge on 4th-and-goal cut Buffalo's lead to 20-7 in the middle of the third quarter. The Jets took advantage of a botched Brian Moorman punt and Smith connected with Santonio Holmes for 38 yards on 3rd-and-13 to set up the score.
    However, the Bills pulled away when Manuel connected with Graham for 40 yards and Goodwin for the touchdown on consecutive plays to make it 27-7.
    Page 2 of 2 - "I have the easiest job on the field, just run fast down the field," said Goodwin. "(Manuel) throws a perfect ball and I just run under it."
    Searcy made a leaping catch of Smith's pass as he was blitzing on the play and ran untouched for the score to give the Bills a 27-point lead at the end of the third quarter.
    Simms played the entire fourth quarter for New York (5-5) and completed four of his six passes for 60 yards, including a 13-yard touchdown to Jeff Cumberland.
    "Anytime you can do that (chase the starting quarterback from a game), it means we're being relentless out there," said Byrd.
    The Bills won despite a season-worst 68 rushing yards, including only six yards on 13 carries for C.J. Spiller.
    Ivory finished with 98 yards on 15 carries for the Jets, who have alternated wins and losses for all 10 games this season.
    "We've tried everything," said Jets head coach Rex Ryan. "We had two weeks to prepare, we thought we were prepared and had some great practices, but we just didn't execute."
    Holmes returned to the Jets after missing five games with a hamstring injury and caught two passes for 71 yards. Former Bills WR David Nelson, who earlier in the week said he would make the team regret letting him go, had only one catch for 12 yards.
    The Bills have their bye this week before heading to Toronto to take on the Atlanta Falcons on Dec. 1. The Jets visit Baltimore on Sunday.
    Notebook: The Bills honored New York Army National Guard soldiers before the game. National Guard Soldiers unfurled a giant American flag across the field, which actually tore apart towards the end of the ceremony because of the high winds at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The soldiers also reaffirmed their oaths during halftime … Nick Folk's first-quarter field goal miss from 48 yards ended his streak of 23 consecutive made field goals to start the season — one short of the team record held by Jay Feely … Ed Reed, signed by the Jets this week following his release from Houston, started at safety and made three tackles in his debut for New York … Williams had two sacks Sunday, giving him a new career high of seven for the season … Dan Carpenter kicked field goals of 40, 42, and 43 yards. Carpenter has made 22 of his 24 field goal attempts this season for Buffalo … The New York Post reported Sunday morning that the Jets spent Saturday night at Dave & Buster's, a chain arcade/restaurant a few miles from the team hotel … Bills rookie LB Kiko Alonso had 13 tackles, giving him 114 for the season.
    NY Jets  0   0    7  7 — 14 Buffalo  0  20  14  3 — 37
    Second quarter Buffalo — Carpenter 40 field goal Buffalo — Graham 34 pass from Manuel (Carpenter kick) Buffalo — Summers 3 run (Carpenter kick) Buffalo — Carpenter 42 field goal Third quarter NY — Ivory 1 run (Folk kick) Buffalo — Goodwin 43 pass from Manuel (Carpenter kick) Buffalo — Searcy 32 interception return (Carpenter kick) Fourth quarter NY — Cumberland 13 pass from Simms (Folk kick) Buffalo — Carpenter 43 field goal

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