EJ Manuel gave the Buffalo Bills -- and their fans -- exactly what they needed to see in the second quarter today at EverBank Field against the Jacksonville Jaguars.
After the Jaguars took a 10-3 lead on the first play of the second quarter, the Bills' offense went three and out, with Manuel being sacked twice. It looked as though things were about to get really ugly for the Bills' offense -- especially considering its next possession started at the Buffalo 4-yard line.
But then a crazy thing happened. Manuel directed a nine-play, 94-yard drive that ended with a 7-yard touchdown pass to Robert Woods. Dan Carpenter tied the game, 10-10, with the extra point.
The Bills then went ahead on their next possession, with Manuel directing an eight-play, 76-yard scoring drive that he finished off with a 6-yard touchdown run on a quarterback draw.
Manuel's touchdown pass to Woods was his 10th of the season, which tied a team record for touchdown passes by a rookie (Dennis Shaw had 10 in 1970).
Sack masters: From the Bills' PR department: Marcell Dareus and Kyle Williams each have eight sacks on the season. Along with Mario Williams (12) and Jerry Hughes (eight), the Bills have four players with eight sacks or more for the first time since sacks became an official stat in 1982. The Bills are the first NFL team to achieve this feat since Baltimore in 2006. ... The Bills' 46 sacks are the most since 46 in 1997.
Late turnover: Rookie cornerback Nickell Robey made a big play for the Bills in the dying seconds of the first half. Robey stripped Jaguars receiver Mike Brown at the Buffalo 38-yard line, then recovered the fumble. The play was upheld after a lengthy review. The Bills then went 39 yards in three plays, with 31 of those coming on a pass interference call drawn by Bills receiver Marquise Goodwin. That set up a 40-yard field goal by Dan Carpenter to give the Bills a 20-10 half-time lead.
700 club: Also from the Bills' PR department, running backs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are just the second Bills running backs to produce 700-plus rushing yards in a season (O.J. Simpson had 1,817 yards and Jim Braxton added 823 in 1975).