EJ Manuel: ''It didn’t look like I'd be able to protect myself'' [1:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I was getting taken down, and just the second guy kind of jumped over somebody else and just kind of landed on my knee when it was on its way up and that’s what caused the friction. It was a freak accident, it’s crazy.'
Thad Lewis: ''You never know when your next start is'' [1:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'You never think that you’re going to be able to play against your hometown team twice, at least in the same season, let alone being the backup, you never know when your next start is going to come. You’re just kind of sitting in a waiting game.'
Bills traveled long road with success [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel and Co. went at least 70 yards on three drives that ended in touchdowns, the first time that’s happened in a single game this year. Each of those possessions lasted at least eight plays — Buffalo had only six touchdown drives of at least that many snaps and yards heading into Week 15.'
Give EJ Time [1:58 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'His game in Jacksonville wasn't eye-popping statistically, but upon further review, I came away impressed. However...before I show you all the things that Manuel did well in the game, I'm going to give a look at what I want next.'
Upon Further Review: Bills at Jaguars [1:57 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'As is the case with most teams throughout the NFL, when the quarterback goes so does the offense. In the first quarter, both Manuel and the offense weren't able to get anything started. Despite having two drives start in Jacksonville territory through the opening 15 minutes, the Bills could only come away with three points.'
Bills Turn It Around [1:56 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'It’ll be interesting to see how Manuel plays this week. Miami is a quality opponent, but Manuel will have the home crowd cheering him on. It’s time to see what the rookie can do – the future is now and the quicker we can determine whether Manuel’s the man to lead the Bills to the next level the better.'
A winning division record the goal for Bills [1:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo last posted a winning record in the division back in 2007 when they had a 4-2 mark in what was a 7-9 season. They have a chance to repeat that now in 2013 in their first season under Marrone. The Bills have a 2-2 division mark with a home game against the Dolphins and a road finale with the Patriots in New England the following week.'
From the booth: Bills at Jaguars [1:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills went into the game with 7 forced fumbles for the season, with none of them caused by the secondary. Buffalo played seven of their first 14 games without forcing a fumble and they are 2-5 in those games.'
Manuel takes baby steps against Jags [2:17 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The win in Jacksonville is fine, but should not be enough to make the Bills feel completely comfortable with Manuel in 2014.'
Manuel to Woods combination reconnects [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“The ball was there when I came out of my breaks,” Woods said. “I was able to make some plays. It’s what we practiced. We knew it was going to be there and it was.”'
Bills game will be only second NFL blackout this year [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The reason for this week’s blackout here seems obvious. The team, according to Brandon, has some 16,000 tickets remaining for the Dolphins game, a tough sell in late December with the Bills already out of the playoff hunt.'
Buffalo Bills need work despite win [1:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This Buffalo team still has troubling issues, and Marrone — proud as he was about how the Bills stuck with it Sunday, battled through a miserably slow start by quarterback EJ Manuel, and found a way to walk off that field happy — knows it.'
Bills coach Marrone makes case for strong finish [1:56 AM]
AP reports: '"I was proud of our team," said Marrone, who rewarded his players by giving them a day off from meetings. "It hasn't always gone our way in those types of games, and we were able to turn it."'
Bills' Manuel suffers third knee injury, should be okay [1:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This time around the injury is to the left knee, the same one that bothered him in the preseason. Even though the injury came out of nowhere, Marrone seemed at ease with his starting quarterback's chances for Sunday.'
EJ's Day [1:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While I would not tell you Manuel has done enough to make me feel as though the Bills are all set at quarterback, I think over the course of 10 starts this year I'm ready to cool it on the draft idea, at least with an early pick, and give Manuel the keys to the offense moving into next season.'
Doug Marrone: ''We've been fighting through a lot of things'' [1:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I think our focus now is getting ready for Miami. A team that we played once, we came out on the winning side of it, but it was a tough game, a hard fought game. They’re coming up here which is exciting to get a chance to play at home. We’ve got two division games left and it starts with Miami. Beating them and they’re playing well right now, they’re coming off a big win. They’ve been playing well lately and we have to go and try to get this second win in a row, something that we haven’t done since we’ve been here.'
Manuel Looked Like The QB Bills Expected [10:29 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Which QB is he though? The one who struggled so mightily early that a better team would have capitalized on every mistake and won going away or the skilled game manager who got the Bills back into the lead and kept them there?'
Opportunistic defense rides to Bills’ rescue [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo defense gave up 159 rushing yards to a Jaguars team that ranked 32nd in the league in rushing and was without its star running back. The Jags ranked last in the NFL on third downs, too, yet managed to convert 8 of 15 third-down plays against the Bills. And the Bills were on the verge of giving up an 80-yard, game-tying touchdown drive in the final four minutes.'
Johnson tries to play through emotional pain of mother’s passing [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I felt I went all week with the boys and whatever I can do to help out the team,” Johnson said. “I felt I should give it my all no matter what. It was tough, but we got the win, and I’m happy about that. I’m sure she’s happy about that.”'
Marrone lets EJ right his own ship [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And that’s what happened at EverBank Field. Manuel, who was frightfully bad for a quarter, turned coolly efficient thereafter, throwing for two touchdowns and running for another as the Bills beat the Jaguars, 27-20, giving Manuel the first road victory of his brief NFL career.'
Jackson, Spiller get rolling after slow start [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Doug Marrone wanted accountability from his players and staff. Looks like he got it this week. The Bills won for only the second time in seven games and snapped a two-game losing streak. A week after committing 11 penalties for 114 yards, the Bills had seven for 67 yards, and none of them were too costly. The game was strategized and managed well.'
Quarterly Report: Bills 27, Jaguars 20 [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'he Bills made a defensive stand with just over 3 minutes to go. Jim Leonhard stopped Jordan Todman for a 4-yard loss back to the Buffalo 5. Two plays later Stephon Gilmore intercepted a Henne pass in the back of the end zone.'
Bills beat Jaguars 27-20 [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the end, the Jaguars made a few more, and Buffalo escaped with a 27-20 victory at half-empty EverBank Field.'
Manuel well aware he needs to improve [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He's hard on himself, and we all understand it's a difficult position," Marrone said. "If everyone on this team was being evaluated like a quarterback, you can find a lot of things that are going on that's not consistent. For him, does he have to get better? Yes he does, in a lot of areas, and he is, even though at times you can't see it in the performance."'
Stevie Johnson plays with a heavy heart for Bills [1:52 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“When I found out, I was already here,” said Johnson, who graciously talked to reporters following Buffalo’s 27-20 victory over Jacksonville. “I talked to coach and coach gave me the option (to play or not). I went all week with the boys, and whatever I can do to help out the team, I think I should give it my all no matter what. It was tough, we got the win, and I’m sure she’s happy about that.”'
EJ Manuel made big-time throw [1:51 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills just happened to make a few less mistakes than the Jaguars and pulled the game out.'
Report card [1:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills won, and that’s all that matters, but they sure made the putrid, injury-depleted Jaguars look good at times. There were a few times where they could have put the game away, but they let the Jaguars hang on, and it took a fourth-quarter push to finish off the victory.'
Secondary stands out in good-enough performance [1:49 AM]
Canandaigua Daily Messenger reports: 'EJ Manuel started out in the same way he played against Tampa Bay a week earlier — terrible. He was off his mark and threw an early interception. However, after that Manuel was pretty sharp and very efficient, finishing 17 of 24 for 193 yards, two touchdowns and the one pick. He connected with seven of the eight receivers that he targeted. Overall, this was a team he should look good against and he ended up looking OK. Would’ve love to have seen more. C+'
Defense, E.J. Manuel make key plays in Bills' 27-20 win over Jaguars [1:48 AM]
Auburn Citizen reports: 'Sunday was a good victory for Marrone and the Bills. While the Bills struggled early on, the defense played well and eventually the offense got going. It was good, all-around effort. There's still plenty to work on, but Marrone should be pleased with the performance.'
Manuel shakes out of funk, leads Bills to win at Jacksonville [1:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'EJ Manuel’s rookie scorecard looks like this after 10 NFL starts. Three homefield wins. One homefield loss. Four road losses. One neutral-site loss (at Toronto, ahem).'
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