East Rutherford, NJ (Sports Network) - A spirited defensive effort was nearly
outdone by a team-record 20 penalties, but the New York Jets won a battle
between rookie quarterbacks after Geno Smith's third touchdown of the day was
enough to down EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills, 27-20.
Smith, who was passed on by the Bills in this past April's NFL Draft in favor
of Manuel, put forth his best performance as a pro, and needed to in order to
overcome 163 team penalty yards. He threw for two touchdowns and added another
on the ground, while completing 16-of-29 throws for 331 yards with a pair of
The Jets' (2-1) receiving corps stepped up against a depleted secondary that
Smith was routinely picking apart. Santonio Holmes and Stephen Hill each
caught long touchdown passes, with Holmes' 69-yard score with 9:23 left
proving to be the difference. He ended with five catches for 154 yards, while
Hill accumulated 108 yards on three receptions.
Manuel's life was made miserable most of the day, as the Jets' defense sacked
the rookie signal-caller eight times. He completed just 19-of-42 passes for
243 yards and a touchdown, and the Bills (1-2) were forced to settle for four
Dan Carpenter field goals on the day.
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