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The Buffalo Bills turned in their most solid game of the season with Rookie QB EJ Manuel going at least 70 yards on three drives, that lasted at least eight plays and concluded in touchdowns.
“Those are the things that you get excited about and at the same time you get frustrated about because you want that more and more,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “I think it shows the capability of what you can do and then it comes a matter of time. Again, it goes back to … being consistent.”
The Bills conclude the season on the road against Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Great seats and tickets remain for both games.
Jets (4-3) at Bills (5-2), 1 p.m. Eastern, CBS
Matchup to Watch: Shonn Greene vs. Buffalo defense
The Bills have allowed 120 rushing yards a game this season. Under Rex Ryan, the Jets have averaged 279 yards on the ground in four meetings with Buffalo, which augurs well for a rejuvenated Greene. Behind a steady offensive line, Greene erupted for a season-high 112 yards on Oct. 23 against San Diego. He must contend with the superb rookie defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, a pass-rushing force who also clogs the middle.
Number to Watch: 14
That is how many passes the Bills have picked off, the most in the N.F.L. this season. Making smart decisions will be even more important for Mark Sanchez, who has thrown one interception over his last three games. He will be facing an opportunistic defense that forced two of the league’s top quarterbacks, Michael Vick and Tom Brady, into throwing four interceptions each.
Quotation of the Week
”Every time you look at him, he’s probably better than you even remember.”
Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick on cornerback Darrelle Revis, against whom quarterbacks have a 2.9 rating, according to ProFootballFocus.com.
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1 p.m., CBS
MATCHUP to watch
Eli Manning vs. Bills’ secondary
Interceptions have not been nearly as great an issue for the Giants this season as they were in 2010, but if ever there was a game for a relapse, this would be it. The Bills have 12 interceptions (and 16 takeaways over all), with safety George Wilson recording an interception each of the last three weeks. On Sept. 25, Tom Brady threw four interceptions against the Bills, so Manning must beware.
NUMBER to watch
Say this for the Giants and Bills: They don’t pass up opportunities to score. In 20 trips inside the opponents’ 20 this season, the Bills have scored 15 touchdowns, giving them the N.F.L.’s best red-zone efficiency at 75 percent. Right behind them? The Giants, who have scored 10 touchdowns in 14 red-zone opportunities (71 percent).
QUOTATION OF THE WEEK
‘Fitz is finding everybody — we all want to get into the stands and celebrate with the fans.’
Bills receiver STEVIE JOHNSON, on quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick’s accuracy in the red zone.