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11/17/2013 8:42 PM EST
Bills D rattles Jets QB Smith in 37-14 win
BUFFALO 37, NY JETS 14

By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- For Bills safety Jairus Byrd, there
was nothing like the sight of watching Jets backup quarterback
Matt Simms trot out on the field early in the fourth quarter
Sunday.

To Byrd, that was a signal that he and Buffalo's defense had
done its job in thoroughly rattling rookie starter Geno Smith.

"It sits great with us," Byrd said. "Any time you can do that,
it means we're being relentless out there."

That was the case from start to finish as the Bills defense and
blustery winds gusting up to 30 mph proved too much for Smith
and the Jets to handle in Buffalo's dominating 37-14 victory.

Byrd had two interceptions. Defensive tackle Kyle Williams had
two sacks and forced a fumble. And, safety Da'Norris Searcy
returned another Smith interception 32 yards for a touchdown as
Buffalo turned four turnovers by the quarterback into 17 points.

The Bills got after Smith from the Jets' opening possession.
That's when defensive tackle Marcell Dareus briefly knocked the
quarterback out of the game by hitting him in the mid-section.

"First play of the game, I knew that we had him," Dareus said.
"We got a big lick on him, and he kind of rolled around. We knew
right then we were in his head. From then on, he looked crazy,
looked scattered."

The Bills also didn't take too kindly upon hearing the Jets
spent part of Saturday at Dave & Busters, a chain restaurant and
entertainment venue in suburban Buffalo.

"Me personally, I feel they're disrespectful in the first place,
so it didn't shock me," Bills defensive end Mario Williams said.

Jets coach Rex Ryan defended the decision, saying it wasn't
meant to be disrespectful.

"I don't know why that's added motivation. We do different
things when we're on the road," Ryan said. "We went out as a
team, so that's what we did."

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 10
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.

NOTES: The conditions were so tough that a tear-away portion of
the football-field sized American flag came undone during the
national anthem. ... Jets PK Nick Folk missed his first
field-goal attempt of the season after a 48-yarder sailed wide
right. Folk's streak ended at 23 straight, one short of matching
the franchise record set by Jay Feely from 2008-09. ... Among
those in attendance was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who
played a big role last year in negotiating the Bills' 10-year
lease agreement to stay at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

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AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

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