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November 18, 2013

Bills click on all cylinders in win over Jets

Manuel efficient; safety Byrd grabs two INTs.

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ORCHARD PARK —

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, continued their string of inconsistent outings by becoming the NFL's first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season.
Smith, a second-round pick out of West Virginia, went 8 of 23 for 103 yards passing, and was blunt in assessing his outing.
"The way I can sum up this game is awful," Smith said. "I couldn't hit anything today. I just wasn't hitting the mark."
Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel, selected 16th overall out of Florida State, was far better. He finished 20 of 28 for 245 yards passing and two scores. And he did so with Buffalo playing minus both starting receivers: Stevie Johnson (groin) and Robert Woods (sprained left ankle).
Smith has now gone a combined 36 of 72 for 377 yards passing, with no touchdowns and five interceptions in his past three games. And he's particularly struggled on the road, where he dropped to 1-4 and thrown four touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Overall, he has eight touchdowns, 16 interceptions and has lost four fumbles.
Ryan attempted to deflect criticism directed at his quarterback by noting Smith had little protection.
"With that protection, you could've had Joe Namath back there and I don't think it would've mattered today," Ryan said. "Obviously, when you turn the ball over four times, that's a poor performance."
It was so bad that the Jets managed just 267 yards offense and a season-low 12 first downs. Under Smith, the Jets produced 4 yards offense, no first downs and committed two turnovers on 13 plays over the final five possessions of the first half.
Jets' running back Chris Ivory scored on a 1-yard plunge on fourth down. Simms marched the Jets on a six-play, 62-yard drive, capped by a 13-yard pass to Jeff Cumberland with 9:36 left.
The Bills took control in the final minutes of the first half.
Starting with Manuel's 34-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Graham with 4:05 left, Buffalo scored 17 points over a span of 2:50 to build a 20-0 lead with 65 seconds left in the first half. Kyle Williams' sack and forced fumble led to fullback Frank Summers scoring on a 3-yard run. Then Byrd's first interception set up Dan Carpenter's 42-yard field goal.

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