Rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel returned from a month-long injury absence last week against the Steelers and, well, looked like a rookie. He completed just 56 percent of his passes for 155 yards, a touchdown and an interception. His task of moving the ball against a tough Jets defense will be made more arduous by a banged up receiving corps — favorite target and fellow rookie Robert Woods has been ruled out and Stevie Johnson is questionable with a groin injury. The Bills will lean on a running game that averages over 140 yards per game, but will need a better performance from running back C.J. Spiller, who rushed for just 23 yards on eight carries against the Steelers.
The Buffalo defense has not been impressive in terms of yardage and points — categories they rank in the bottom half of the league in — but do lead the league in interceptions. Much of the credit for those picks goes to the team’s ferocious pass rush, which has racked up 33 sacks (second in the NFL). Defensive end Mario Williams leads the charge with 11, and Jerry Hughes, Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams have all gotten to the quarterback at least five times.
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Often overlooked in the conversation of best defensive tackles is Gerald McCoy. He was sensational in the Buccaneers’ win over Atlanta, and is easily living up to his billing when he was selected with a top-five draft pick.
Kyle Palmieri Kids Jersey This season McCoy has totaled 30 tackles and a career-high 6.0 sacks. He is tied for fourth among defensive tackles, and hasn’t had any time in the spotlight due to the other issues surround the Buccaneers organization. It’s unclear whether the team’s coaching staff will be present in 2017, but McCoy is a defensive centerpiece any staff can build around.