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Wayne Post
  • BUFFALO BILLS REPORT CARD: Manuel, secondary shine in latest win

  • The rookie quarterback throws for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Safety Jairus Byrd finishes with two interceptions and a sack.
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  • Quarterbacks: This was the type of game Bills fans were hoping for out of EJ Manuel when the team drafted him last April. The rookie finished 20-of-28 for 245 yards and two touchdowns. Perhaps most importantly, he didn't turn the ball over. A
    Running Backs: Sunday was one of the more disappointing games of the season for the Bills talented tailbacks. CJ Spiller couldn't get on track (six yards on 13 carries), while Fred Jackson finished with 34 yards on just 12 carries. Fullback Frank Summers had a three-yard touchdown run in the second quarter, the first of his career. C-
    Wide Receivers: With Stevie Johnson and Robert Woods sidelined, rookie Marquise Goodwin answered the call catching six passes for 81 yards including a 43-yard touchdown in the third quarter that all but put the game out of reach. TJ Graham scored on a 34-yard touchdown in the second quarter and Chris Hogan finished with three catches for 29 yards. A-
    Offensive Line: The unit had a tough time clearing holes for the running backs against one of the league's top run defenses. To their credit Manuel was sacked only one time. C+
    Defensive Line: Kyle Williams continued his all-pro season, as the veteran nose tackle forced a fumble in the second quarter to go along with two sacks and three tackles. The unit was stout against the run, as Jets running back Chris Ivory didn't get going until the game was decided. A-
    Linebackers: Rookie Kiko Alonso led the Bills in tackles (six), but what else is new? Manny Lawson continues to be a nice pickup for Buffalo, as he recovered a fumble on the Jets four-yard line in the second quarter to set up the Bills third score. A-
    Secondary: Safety Jairus Byrd looked like a former all-pro on Sunday, recording two interceptions, four tackles and a sack. Da'Norris Searcy easily picked off Geno Smith for a 32-yard interception return for a touchdown in the third quarter. Stephon Gilmore had a nice bounce back effort after a couple of disappointing games. A
    Special Teams: It was a bit of a mixed bag for the unit as Dan Carpenter was sharp as usual going 3-for-3 on field goals. The coverage teams committed three penalties though and Brian Moorman did have a two-yard punt in the third quarter. C
    Coaching: Doug Marrone has to be applauded for bringing offensive coordinator Nate Hackett down to the sidelines, as the offense looked much sharper after last week's debacle against the Steelers. Defenisve coordinator Mike Pettine's aggressive scheme clearly confused Smith. They just need to work on punting from inside the 50. A-

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