Jets winded in Buffalo following 37-14 loss

First, Geno Smith had the wind knocked out of him.

Then the gusting winds at Buffalo played havoc with the New York

Jets rookie quarterback’s passes.

Add it up, and it was a bad day all around for Smith and the

Jets who came unraveled in a 37-14 loss to the AFC East rival Bills

on Sunday.

”The way I can sum this game for myself is awful,” he said.

”Extremely frustrated.”

Smith was assessing an outing in which he went 8 of 23 for 103

yards passing, threw three interceptions and lost a fumble before

being pulled in the fourth quarter in favor of backup Matt


It was a game in which the Bills defense got after the

quarterback from the beginning. Smith had to leave for one play

during the first drive after being struck in the midsection by

defensive tackle Marcell Dareus.

”First play of the game, I knew we had him,” Dareus said.

”From then on, he looked crazy, looked scattered.”

Safety Jairus Byrd had two interceptions. Defensive tackle Kyle

Williams had two sacks and forced a fumble. And safety Da’Norris

Searcy returned an interception 32 yards for a touchdown.

The Bills (4-7) snapped a three-game skid and enter their bye

week by winning for only the second time in seven games.

The Jets (5-5), coming off their bye, became the NFL’s first

team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the


Here’s five things that stood out as Buffalo defeated New York

for only the second time in nine meetings:

MANUEL RESPONDS: Bills starter EJ Manuel bounced back in winning

Round 2 in the matchup of the first two quarterbacks selected in

the NFL draft in April.

Manuel, selected 16th overall, had far less difficulty dealing

with the blustery conditions and 30 mph gusts. He went 20 of 28 for

245 yards and two touchdowns: a 34-yarder to T.J. Graham and a

43-yarder to rookie Marquise Grissom.

Manuel was also only sacked once after being brought down eight

times in a 27-20 loss to the Jets at East Rutherford, N.J. on Sept.


”He played with a lot of poise,” coach Doug Marrone said. ”He

really handled things well, wasn’t rattled at all the whole


Manuel improved to 3-1 at home, and 3-3 overall.

Smith, a second-round pick, dropped to 1-4 on the road, where

he’s thrown four touchdown passes and 10 interceptions.

BYRD’S THE WORD: After missing the offseason over a contract

dispute and the first five games with foot injuries, Byrd is

regaining his Pro Bowl form.

He has three interceptions in two games to give him 21 on his


”I don’t know when people say, `Am I back?’ I don’t know if I

was any different,” Byrd said. ”Hopefully, I’m headed in the

right direction. That’s the biggest thing.”

The Bills’ four takeaways matched the number they forced in

their previous four games.

BUSTED: The Bills also didn’t take too kindly upon hearing the

Jets spent part of Saturday at Dave & Busters, a chain

restaurant and entertainment venue in suburban Buffalo.

”Me personally, I feel they’re disrespectful in the first

place, so it didn’t shock me,” Bills defensive end Mario Williams


Jets coach Rex Ryan defended the decision, saying it wasn’t

meant to be disrespectful.

”I don’t know why that’s added motivation. We do different

things when we’re on the road,” Ryan said. ”We went out as a

team, so that’s what we did.”

REED’S DEBUT: Jets safety Ed Reed not only played but started in

his debut three days after the nine-time Pro Bowl player signed to

be reunited with Ryan. He was in on three tackles, including one

for a loss after seeing limited playing time that led Reed being

cut by Houston.

”I’m ready for whatever,” Reed said. ”Being limited over the

last few weeks, I’m pretty fresh and ready to go.”

SCORING SURGE: The Bills took control by scoring 17 points over

a span of 2:50 to take a 20-0 lead on Dan Carpenter’s 42-yard field

goal with 1:15 left in the first half.

The surge began with Manuel hitting Graham for a score. Kyle

Williams then forced a Smith fumble, which set up Frank Summer’s

3-yard touchdown run.

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