ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Offensive Coordinator Nate Hackett is typically found in the press box during games, but not this week. Hackett brought his energy and presence to the sidelines and QB EJ Manuel says it made a big difference. "Just being able to look him in the eye and have that face-to-face communication rather than over the phone or headsets." Manuel went on to say if he has any say, this will be the new normal. "He's not going back up, he'll be down there for the rest of my career."
The rookie quarterback was 20 of 28 for 245 yards, arguably his best game as a pro. But Manuel was reluctant to take the credit for the win. "It was great, I think it is huge momentum for us. Obviously it was a teamvictory for us today. The guys played lights out as they usually do."
Particularly he said that his receivers came of huge. Many analysts had questioned how effective the passing game would be because of the strong winds today and the fact that the Bills were without their top two receivers with Stevie Johnson and Robert Wood nursing injuries. Manuel says the others were ready to step up and grab the opportunity to make plays. "I was very thankful that they came out focused and ready to go. They knew the ball was coming to them and they mad big plays for us."
It was a game that the offense was clicking, the defense was making big plays and getting the ball back, and Manuel says all that lets him concentrate on what he has to do. "I was just playing more confident,I knew whereI was going with the ball, that's it," said Manuel.