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Buffalo Bills news, 9/23: ugly loss to the Jets under the microscope

The Buffalo Bills' ugly loss to the Jets is under the microscope by local and national media members this morning. Just like the game, this links post got kind of ugly.

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Matt Warren is Associate Director of NFL coverage for SB Nation and previously covered the Bills for Buffalo Rumblings for more than a decade.

Jets have just enough to outlast Bills -
"The Bills performance was far from pretty, but with 2:44 left and the ball on their own 28, Buffalo was down just a touchdown. They had erased a 14-point deficit earlier in the fourth quarter, but in the end their inconsistent offense could not provide another scoring drive with time running out." That's creative headline writing...

Bills secondary hit with big plays, injuries -
"You have your two starting corners out, and Jairus (Byrd) is out for the game, you’ve got three good guys that aren’t on the field," Marrone said. "Those other guys out there have done a good job, (but) at times they weren’t able to make plays they made in the other two weeks."

Spiller leaves game with knee injury -
The Associated Press runs down the long line of injuries for both teams from the game.

EJ Manuel : "We didn't execute well enough" -
Fred Jackson: "We have to score touchdowns" -

Doug Marrone: "We have to be that type of team" -

Bills Roundup: Jets Edge Bills 27-20 - VIDEO -
"Despite Buffalo coming back from being down 14 points, they could not hold off New York, as the Jets scored a go ahead fourth quarter touchdown for a 27-20 win over the Bills."

Inside The Bills | Jets handed Bills 1st downs
"While the Bills got four first downs rushing and six via the pass, the Jets handed them eight first downs off of penalty, giving Buffalo a fresh set of downs by penalty more than any other means of moving the sticks."

Inside The Bills | Bills go without a red zone TD
"They were down there more than once on Sunday against the Jets, but none of Buffalo’s three red zone trips resulted in a touchdown and it proved costly in a seven-point loss to the Bills."

Bills found historic way to lose Sunday at Meadowlands - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"The last time a team committed 20 penalties and won was 1951, when the dominant Cleveland Browns of Otto Graham, Marion Motley and Dante Lavelli did it."

Points after: Jets 27, Bills 20 - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"In the first installment of what both teams hope to be a long rivalry, Smith was better. Manuel was 18 of 38 for 231 yards and one touchdown with zero interceptions. Manuel ran for 40 yards but was sacked seven times, thrice in the third quarter alone."

Rex 1, Pettine 0 - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"Well, on Sunday Ryan came out the clear winner. The Jets won, 27-20. Ryan's defense harassed rookie EJ Manuel into a 19 of 42 passing day. Oh, and the Jets had 513 yards of offense at Pettine's expense -- the most in Ryan's five-year tenure as head coach."

Same old Bills defense? - Press Coverage | The Buffalo News
"The Bills' defense has made strides under Mike Pettine this year. They're blitzing more. They caused a lot of problems for Tom Brady and Cam Newton. But after three weeks, the overall numbers look distressingly similar to last year's. In fact, they're worse."

Game effort by Bills can’t mask inconvenient truths - The Buffalo News
"It wasn’t meant to be. And frankly, it never really felt as if the Bills were going to pull this one out. Even when they tied the game after one of the improbable scoring drives imaginable, you still didn’t have the sense that they were going to steal another late, improbable win."

Report Card: Jets dominate most facets - The Buffalo News
Outside of a solid special teams effort, the best grade Jay Skurski gave out was a pair of D+ marks.

Bills notebook: Spiller, Williams and McKelvin lead a long list of injuries - Sports - The Buffalo News
Jim Leonhard: "I don’t think there’s really any excuses. Guys have got to step up and make plays. As a secondary, we’ve got to rally around each other when we know things are a little bit crazy. We’ve got to play better than we did today. We’ll put that square on our shoulders."

Ryan’s big bodies too much for Bills in 27-20 loss - The Buffalo News
"The New York Jets’ smash-mouth defense dominated the line of scrimmage Sunday and dared the Buffalo Bills to make big plays down the sidelines. Sound familiar? It should."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: The Bills Are Going To Be A Season Long See-saw
"I know some of you will think I’m crazy, but I think today was progress. Why? With as poorly and many of the Bills played today, they still were in the game until the end." You're crazy.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Sideline Reactions: Jets 27 - Bills 20
Joe Buscaglia's postmortem on the game is a very good read. Make sure you check it out.

Buffalo BIlls look for positives in quirky loss - ESPN
"You can say that the Buffalo Bills had no business keeping Sunday's game close... You can also say that the Bills should have won this game."

Rapid Reaction: Jets 27, Bills 20 - ESPN
Mike Rodak didn't like what he saw from Justin Rogers.

Sal Maiorana: Bills turn back the clock, in a bad way | Democrat and Chronicle
"Ugly doesn’t come to close to capsulizing that nightmare at MetLife Stadium as the Bills allowed EJ Manuel to be sacked eight times, got only 10 yards of total offense on 11 touches from C.J. Spiller, and yielded 513 yards to a New York offense operated by rookie Geno Smith."

MEILER: Bills lose first of (hopefully) many Manuel-Smith battles - Niagara Gazette
"Either way, the futures of the AFC East cellar-dwellers lie in the decisions made in April. The teams — and quarterbacks — can and will be compared with each other, fair or not. And if we score their meetings over the next few years like a prize fight, the Bills lost the first round by unanimous decision."

Jets bring EJ Manuel back to reality | Toronto Sun
"Maybe EJ Manuel needs someone to hold his hand. Or perhaps a coach and offensive coordinator willing to take off the training wheels. Better yet, perhaps the first-year Bills quarterback would benefit from playing against a defensive secondary as weak as his own."

Pitoniak: This One Was Ugly! -
"A week after becoming just the fifth rookie NFL quarterback since 1960 to pull out a fourth-quarter victory in either his first or second game, EJ Manuel took several steps backward. He played like a rookie. A confused one."

Immediate reactions: Jets 27, Bills 20 |
"Lastly: We all deserve another weekend day."