Friday, September 20, 2013

E.J. Manuel looking to hush Jets' crowd early


The Buffalo Bills are simulating crowd noise Friday in practice, and they'll need it.

Buffalo is traveling across the bottom of the state to take on the division rival New York Jets Sunday, and they expect the Jets faithful to be roaring. Bills quarterback E.J. Manuel, however, has just the idea on how to neutralize them.

"I know it’s going to be loud and everybody is going to be against us except for the Bills fans that are there," Manuel said, via "I think the biggest thing, early in the game you really want to try to hush their crowd down if you can go out there and put points on the board or try to get the momentum on your side.

"That’s where it matters the most when you’re away if you can get that momentum on your side early in the game and try to keep it I think it’ll be a lot easier as far as the noise and that kind of stuff.”

Sunday will be the rookie Manuel's first ever professional road game. He's had some early success in the confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium, completing 68 percent of his passes and throwing three touchdowns to one interception for a win and a loss, but he'll but up against a completely new animal in the Jets' top-notch defense.

New York is allowing just 48 percent of opponents' pass attempts to be completed and is itching to up its sack total against some young blood.

"We need to get to quarterbacks more," Jets rookie defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson said earlier this week."

If they do that, Manuel might not have as easy a time quieting the stadium.

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