Bills 20

(1-2, 0-1 away)

Jets 27

(2-1, 2-0 home)

Coverage: CBS

4:25 PM ET, September 22, 2013

MetLife Stadium, East Rutherford, NJ 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 0 6 6 820
NYJ 7 10 3 727

Top Performers

Passing: G. Smith (NYJ) - 331 YDS, 2 TD, 2 INT

Rushing: B. Powell (NYJ) - 27 CAR, 149 YDS

Receiving: S. Holmes (NYJ) - 5 REC, 154 YDS, 1 TD

Bills-Jets Preview

FLORHAM PARK, N.J. (AP) -- EJ Manuel and Geno Smith were two guys with big arms and even bigger dreams when they first met at a football camp in South Florida a few years ago.

They kept in touch with occasional text messages through high school and then college, where Manuel starred at Florida State and Smith at West Virginia. By the time the draft rolled around in April, both quarterbacks were considered first-round possibilities.

Manuel went to Buffalo at No. 16, a bit higher than some projected.

Smith, once mentioned as a possible No. 1 pick, slid all the way to the Jets in the second round at No. 39.

"I stood up," Smith recalled Wednesday of his reaction when Manuel was drafted before him. "I congratulated him and that was it. I was happy for him. I was happy for every single guy that got drafted."

Smith, however, went through the embarrassment of having television cameras focused on him as each pick was made in the first round -- without hearing his name.

"I'm past that now," Smith said. "I hate to talk about it because I'm focusing on what we have here, which is a great opportunity, (a) good team and we've got a tough matchup coming up on Sunday."

That's when the attention will again be on the first two quarterbacks drafted, when the Bills (1-1) and Jets (1-1) square off. It's the 106th game in the series, and the first featuring a pair of rookie starting quarterbacks.

"To be compared to EJ, I'll take it," Smith said. "EJ's a great guy. He's accomplished a bunch in his career and I think the world of him. He's also my good friend, so it's good to compete against a guy like that.

"But when it comes down to Sunday, there are no friends on the field. We're out there competing for our teams and that's all there really is to it."

Both Manuel and Smith have already led their teams to fourth-quarter comeback victories and are considered the potential future of their respective franchises. Sunday's game also will put the winner in a respectable position in the AFC East at 1-1, while the loser will fall to 0-2 in the division.

"We know this is a huge game for us," Manuel said. "One, it's on the road, and, two, it's a divisional game and it's definitely a game we need to win. We both lost to the Patriots and early on you don't want to get behind in the season.

"It just adds even more urgency to this game."

Both quarterbacks were heavily scouted by the Bills and Jets during the draft evaluation process.

"You notice the physical (size), when he walks in the door he fills up that doorway," Jets coach Rex Ryan said of the 6-foot-4, 237-pound Manuel. "He was really a tremendous person and you can see why Buffalo's excited about him."

Manuel's ability to come through in the clutch was evident last week when he connected with Stevie Johnson on a 2-yard touchdown pass with 2 seconds left to lead Buffalo past Carolina 24-23. It capped a nine-play, 80-yard drive as Manuel became the fifth quarterback in NFL history since 1960 to record a fourth-quarter comeback in either the first or second game of his career.

The fourth quarterback? Well, that was Smith, who did it in the season opener while leading the Jets to the winning field goal with 2 seconds left in an 18-17 victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"He's always been able to make every throw, he's always had a high level of accuracy," Bills coach Doug Marrone said of Smith. "I see him going through progressions and I see him talking with protection. You're seeing that he's developing into a fine quarterback. He's going to create some challenges for our defense."

Smith was the first quarterback to overcome a deficit of at least nine points in his NFL debut since St. Louis' Ryan Fitzpatrick did it against Houston in 2005. Meanwhile, Manuel is the first quarterback since 1960 to post a passer rating of 89.0 in each of the first two games of his rookie season.

Both the Bills and Jets fell just short against New England: Buffalo was edged 23-21 in Week 1, and New York dropped last Thursday's game 13-10. Manuel was solid against the Patriots, going an efficient 18 of 27 for 150 yards and two touchdowns. Smith threw three fourth-quarter interceptions at New England.

"Both players were poised, I thought," Ryan said. "I'm not lumping them together, but EJ was impressive. I thought Geno was for the most part, as well."

As for trying to prove whether the Bills or Jets got the better quarterback, both Manuel and Smith insist that can be for everyone else to debate.

"No, I think that mindset would be selfish," Smith said. "It's about this team. It's about all of us going out there and getting a win for each other."


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Passing Leaders

T. Taylor63.73035206
E. Manuel61.956133
R. Fitzpatrick59.639053115
G. Smith64.326521

Rushing Leaders

L. McCoy2038954.43
T. Taylor1045685.54
C. Ivory24710704.37
B. Powell703134.51

Receiving Leaders

S. Watkins60104717.59
R. Woods4755211.73
B. Marshall109150213.814
E. Decker80102712.812

Team Averages & NFL Ranks

Total YardsBUF
Yards PassingBUF
Yards RushingBUF
Yards AllowedBUF
Pass Yds AllowedBUF
Rush Yds AllowedBUF

Head to Head Matchups (Since 2001)

NY Jets leads 16-10
Dec 30, 2012BUF 28, NYJ 9
Sep 9, 2012BUF 28, @NYJ 48
Nov 27, 2011BUF 24, @NYJ 28
Nov 6, 2011BUF 11, NYJ 27
Jan 2, 2011BUF 7, @NYJ 38
Oct 3, 2010BUF 14, NYJ 38
Dec 3, 2009BUF 13, NYJ 19
Oct 18, 2009BUF 16, @NYJ 13
Dec 14, 2008BUF 27, @NYJ 31
Nov 2, 2008BUF 17, NYJ 26
Oct 28, 2007BUF 13, @NYJ 3
Sep 30, 2007BUF 17, NYJ 14
Dec 10, 2006BUF 31, @NYJ 13
Sep 24, 2006BUF 20, NYJ 28
Jan 1, 2006BUF 26, @NYJ 30
Oct 16, 2005BUF 27, NYJ 17
Nov 7, 2004BUF 22, NYJ 17
Oct 10, 2004BUF 14, @NYJ 16
Dec 7, 2003BUF 17, NYJ 6
Oct 12, 2003BUF 3, @NYJ 30
Nov 24, 2002BUF 13, @NYJ 31
Sep 8, 2002BUF 31, NYJ 37
Dec 30, 2001BUF 14, @NYJ 9
Oct 7, 2001BUF 36, NYJ 42