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Eric Wood on Meadowlands result: 'We kind of threw it away'

By Tim Graham

Buffalo Bills captain Eric Wood used the words "terrible" and "unacceptable" to describe Sunday's performance in a 27-20 loss to the New York Jets.

"That was a game, we kind of threw it away," Wood said this morning at One Bills Drive. "Credit them. They played well. They were able to hit some big plays on us, but that's on us."

The Jets' defense ravaged the Bills. The Jets sacked rookie EJ Manuel eight times and registered 16 quarterback hits.

The Jets also kept C.J. Spiller under a yard per carry and Fred Jackson to under 2 yards a carry aside from a 59-yard rumble.

Buffalo failed to score a touchdown on three trips inside New York's 20-yard line.

"Just a lot of mistakes on offense, and red-zone execution was terrible," Wood said. "If we score a couple of those times we get down there, it's a totally different ballgame; we don't give up six sacks because we're not getting teed off on in the second half.

"But you get what's coming to you when you play the Jets. If you dig a hole, that's their game."

The Jets scored a touchdown on their opening drive and were up by 11 points at halftime.

The Bills essentially abandoned the run by the third quarter. Spiller had one carry and Jackson two after halftime.

Under intense pressure, Manuel completed 14 of his 32 passes in the second half.

"Miscommunication, guys getting beat, just them getting a chance to tee off on us," Wood said. "You've got to stay ahead of the chains on them.

"It's a lot like our defense. When we'll get up on teams, our defense is going to tear people apart. You saw when Carolina got into obvious passing downs last week how easy we were able to get sacks and pressure on Cam Newton.

"That's the name of the game in the NFL. We set ourselves up terribly for it yesterday."


C.J. Spiller | EJ Manuel | Eric Wood | Fred Jackson
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Tim Graham

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Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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