DETROIT -- Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Monday's 38-3 win over the New York Jets:

Defensive ends:
Jerry Hughes -- 49 of 58
Mario Williams -- 46 of 58
Manny Lawson -- 18 of 58
Bryan Johnson -- 0 of 58 (inactive)
Jarius Wynn -- 0 of 58 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: The Bills dressed just three defensive ends for the game but it wasn't an issue; everyone stayed healthy and the anemic Jets offense was only on the field for 58 snaps. Still, it was a heavier workload for both Hughes and Williams than what they've had in other games this season.

Defensive tackles:
Marcell Dareus -- 32 of 58
Kyle Williams -- 34 of 58
Corbin Bryant -- 24 of 58
Stefan Charles -- 24 of 58

Quick-hit thoughts: The Bills dialed it back for their two big men here, Dareus and Williams. They've been playing upward of 75 percent of snaps in recent games but that dropped to under 60 percent for both Monday. That was another product of the blowout.

Linebackers:
Preston Brown -- 48 of 58
Nigel Bradham -- 42 of 58
Brandon Spikes -- 26 of 58
Keith Rivers -- 10 of 58
Larry Dean -- 8 of 58
Ty Powell -- 7 of 58
Randell Johnson -- 0 of 58 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: The Bills emptied their bench late in the game, even giving Brown -- a rookie who has barely come off the field this season -- a breather. Rivers, who was active but did not play in the loss to Miami, saw some time with the defense.

Cornerbacks:
Stephon Gilmore -- 48 of 58
Corey Graham -- 48 of 58
Nickell Robey -- 31 of 58
Ron Brooks -- 11 of 58
Ross Cockrell -- 10 of 58

Quick-hit thoughts: Cockrell, a fourth-round pick, saw his first action on defense of his young career, subbing in late in the game along with Brooks.

Safeties:
Aaron Williams -- 41 of 58
Duke Williams -- 37 of 58
Da'Norris Searcy -- 34 of 58
Bacarri Rambo -- 10 of 58

Quick-hit thoughts: Searcy got the start but it was Duke Williams who saw more snaps, which was simply a product of him being in the base defense late in the game. After seeing very little time on defense this season, Duke Williams has been eased into the mix this season and came away with his first intercepton. Rambo, who signed last week, saw his first action with the Bills.
DETROIT -- Taking a closer look at offensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Monday's 38-3 win over the New York Jets:

Quarterbacks:
Kyle Orton -- 63 of 66
EJ Manuel -- 3 of 66

Quick-hit thoughts: Manuel saw his first action since being benched in Week 4, completing a 1-yard pass before handing it off twice.

Running backs:
Fred Jackson -- 32 of 66
Anthony Dixon -- 20 of 66
Bryce Brown -- 15 of 66

Quick-hit thoughts: Jackson received the lion's share of snaps after sitting out the Bills' Week 11 loss to the Dolphins. He was less productive (3.2 yards per carry) than Brown (3.3) or Dixon (4.5). I asked Jackson after the game if he felt like he was working at full capacity. "Oh no," he said. "But nobody is at this point in the season. It's on me just to try to get as best as I can when I'm out there on the field."

Fullbacks:
Frank Summers -- 0 of 66 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Surprising move for the Bills to make Summers a healthy scratch after he was active for every game this season. Perhaps the Bills' could have used him on a play such as Dixon's fourth-and-1 run when he was stopped for no gain.

Wide receivers:
Sammy Watkins -- 62 of 66
Robert Woods -- 53 of 66
Chris Hogan -- 25 of 66
Marcus Easley -- 3 of 66
Mike Williams -- 0 of 66 (special teams only)
Marquise Goodwin -- 0 of 66 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Williams was surprisingly active over Goodwin, who was listed as probable on the injury report. He didn't play any offensive snaps but was on the field for six special teams snaps, which is different than the norm for the veteran. Without Goodwin, the Bills turned again to Bryce Brown to return kicks. Easley's three snaps came late in the game.

Tight ends:
Scott Chandler -- 41 of 66
Lee Smith -- 44 of 66
Chris Gragg -- 34 of 66
MarQueis Gray -- 0 of 66 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Gragg's late-game knee injury is something to watch, as the Bills have incorporated him more into the offense as the season has progressed. In general, the Bills are liberally employing their tight ends, using Smith and Gragg in two-tight end packages and Chandler with the three-receiver package. All three were even on the field for some non-goal line plays Monday.

Offensive linemen:
LG Kraig Urbik -- 66 of 66
RG Erik Pears -- 66 of 66
RT Seantrel Henderson -- 66 of 66
LT Cordy Glenn -- 63 of 66
C Eric Wood -- 63 of 66
Chris Hairston -- 4 of 66
Cyril Richardson -- 3 of 66
Cyrus Kouandjio -- 0 of 66 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: The Bills gave Glenn and Wood, their two best linemen, a breather on their final drive, replacing them with Hairston and Richardson.

QB snapshot: Kyle Orton

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A quick observation of quarterback Kyle Orton and how he played in the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 win in Week 12:

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The New York Jets really do bring out the best in Orton.

A month after the Bills quarterback posted a career-high 142.8 quarterback rating in a Week 8 win against the Jets, Orton set a career high in completion percentage Monday night.

Orton completed 24 of 32 passes, a 75 percent rate that topped his previous career high of 74.2 percent set in 2011 when he was a member of the Kansas City Chiefs.

It wasn't exactly a high-flying outing by any means -- his 7.19 yards per attempt ranked 13th among QBs in Week 12 -- but even with 230 yards passing, Orton had little trouble against the Jets' defense.

With the win, Orton improved to 4-0 all time in games at Ford Field. After two wins in Detroit as a member of the Chicago Bears, he now has added two more victories at the facility in a span of two months.
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Bills to play Browns in Buffalo

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Ralph Wilson Stadium will be ready to host the Buffalo Bills' game against the Cleveland Browns on Sunday, team president Russ Brandon announced Tuesday.

He said he expects the stadium to be "100 percent operational'' on Sunday.

The team was forced to play Monday night at Ford Field in Detroit as Ralph Wilson Stadium had been snowbound from last week's severe lake-effect storms.

The Bills defeated the Jets 38-3 Monday night to improve to 6-5 this season. After the game, Bills coach Doug Marrone gave a ceremonial game ball to all of the first responders in Erie County who assisted during last week's snow emergency in Buffalo. There were none present in the locker room, but Marrone held up the ball for his players.

The Lions stepped up to host Monday's game, even going as far to paint the Bills' logos on the Ford Field turf and to set up a temporary locker room at their facility. Marrone thanked them after the game.

"I don't think we would have been as prepared if it wasn't how they opened their arms up this week to do everything to help us," he said.

A team official had told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter earlier Monday, however, that the team would be able to return home on Sunday. Brandon made that news official Tuesday.

The Bills tweeted out a before-and-after picture of Ralph Wilson Stadium on Tuesday.

Brandon provided the update Tuesday after a tour of the stadium uncovered some minor damage from the storms that dumped more than 6 feet of snow on the Buffalo region last week.


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Ups and downs for Buffalo Bills

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DETROIT -- A look at which players are "up" and which players are at the opposite end of the spectrum after the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 win over the New York Jets:

Up

WR Robert Woods -- Doug Marrone said the Jets were "rolling" coverage to Sammy Watkins' side of the field, helping make this a big night for Woods. He finished with a career-high nine catches for 118 yards, including an acrobatic touchdown catch and another highlight-reel grab where he pinned the ball against his helmet.

DE Mario Williams & defensive line -- Jets right tackle Breno Giacomini couldn't handle Williams, who finished with two sacks and three total quarterback hits. The defensive line -- as it's done consistently for the past two seasons -- put pressure throughout the game on Michael Vick and Geno Smith, sacking them a combined seven times. Like Williams, Jerry Hughes added two sacks.

RB Anthony Dixon -- For the second time this season, Dixon blocked a punt, leading to teammate Manny Lawson recovering the ball in the end zone for a touchdown. While Dixon was stopped short of a first down on a fourth-and-1 run -- Marrone was ribbing him for it at the end of his postgame news conference -- he ran for a 30-yard touchdown to add to the Bills' lead late in the game.

DE Manny Lawson -- Couple of stand out special teams plays from the veteran, who's had a quiet season on defense. He chased down Jeremy Kerley from behind on a 41-yard punt return in the first quarter, possibly preventing a touchdown. He later recovered Dixon's blocked punt for the touchdown.

Offensive line -- Kyle Orton was only sacked once in the game, a strong showing by a Bills offensive that came under fire earlier this season. With Orton throwing 32 times in the game, they protected him well against a tough Jets front.

Down

None -- Tough to quibble about anything after the week the Bills had and their strong showing Monday night.

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DETROIT -- Does anyone need two hands to catch in the NFL anymore?

With fans' jaws still dropping at New York Giants rookie Odell Beckham Jr.'s physics-defying grab Sunday night, Buffalo Bills receiver Robert Woods put on his own show Monday night.

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Jamie Sabau/Getty ImagesRobert Woods was able to pin the ball against his helmet for a 27-yard reception in the second quarter.
In a play that quickly drew comparisons to David Tyree's incredible catch in Super Bowl XLII, the second-year Bills receiver pulled in an astonishing 27-yard pass from Kyle Orton in the second quarter of the Bills' 38-3 blowout win over the New York Jets.

On third-and-2, Woods streaked past Jets cornerback Darrin Walls down the right sideline, stretching out his right hand for Orton's pass. Bobbling the pass as he continued to run, Woods was able to momentarily pin it against his helmet while keeping his feet in bounds.

Talk about concentration.

"He could have caught it with two hands," teammate Sammy Watkins opined. "But being Robert, he wanted to go one-handed and it was a great catch."

Yet it wasn't Woods' only impressive grab of the night. Darting into the end zone on a third-and-goal in the first quarter, Woods turned his body and fell backward while snagging a 7-yard touchdown pass from Orton.

It was all in a day's work for Woods, a second-round pick last season who set career highs with nine catches for 118 yards.

Part of that production, coach Doug Marrone explained, was courtesy of the Jets shading their coverage to help take Sammy Watkins out of the game.

"If you look at it, they kept rolling everything to Sammy so it was difficult for us to get him the football," Marrone said. "Like I said before, when they do that you're going to need the other guys to step up because they're going to be in one-on-one coverage.

"I thought Robert really stepped up and played extremely well and if he doesn't then we're in trouble. That's just the way it is."

Compared to Woods' 11 targets, Orton threw at Watkins just five times and the rookie finished with three catches for 35 yards.

"When you're winning the game, you don't get caught up into that. If I was losing, it probably would've been a problem," Watkins said. "But when you're winning and seeing your boys, the team who you grind with every day, [Chris Hogan] and Robert making plays, it's nothing. But it can get scrapping if you're losing the game. But if we're winning, I'm fine."
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DETROIT -- Days after their region was paralyzed by a three-day storm that dropped 6 feet of snow, the people of Buffalo needed a reason to smile.

Enter the Buffalo Bills, who delivered a laugher of a win over the New York Jets, 38-3 in Detroit on Monday night.

From Robert Woods' acrobatic catches to the Jets imploding yet again in the face of their AFC East rivals, there was plenty for the decidedly pro-Bills crowd of 56,004 to cheer -- and, yes, even laugh -- about at the Bills' makeshift home of Ford Field.

"We wanted to give the people back in our region a chance to smile a little bit by the way we play," coach Doug Marrone said after the game.

That's exactly what the Bills did, silencing questions about how they'd respond to an abnormal practice week by delivering a start-to-finish thumping of the Jets. There was no rust to knock off and nothing sluggish about the Bills; they just went out there and got the job done.

"The players did a heck of a job coming out tonight and really playing well," Marrone said. "I thought pretty much our guys were ready to go."

Players and coaches wouldn't lie -- they weren't sure how many fans would show for essentially a neutral-site game in a city more than 200 miles from their home turf.

"You don't know what to expect. I know there was a radio station trying to garner up a bunch of [Jets] green-out or something like that," Marrone said. "Obviously, you get concerned about, 'Is there going to be a home-field [advantage]?' and things like that. 'Do you get ready for a silent count?'"

"When I first came out, I was like, 'Aw, man. We'll have to find a way to crank ourselves up,'" receiver Sammy Watkins said.

Yes, the crowd -- filled with jerseys from just about every NFL team -- was sparse during warm-ups. But by kickoff, the entire lower bowl of Ford Field was full. By halftime nearly the entire stadium was packed -- and there was no mistaking which team had the fans' support.

"As soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all the blue jerseys, I was like, 'Holy cow, baby. Here we go. We got the crowd,'" Marrone said. "That was a little bit of a relief for me in the beginning of the game."

The Detroit Lions went out of their way to make their place feel like home for the Bills, painting Buffalo's logos on the field, playing the Bills' signature "Shout" song after touchdowns and even serving Buffalo wings in the press box.

Bills fans -- sorely in need of a rallying point after a week in which families in the Buffalo area were low on food and, in some cases, without heat -- soaked in every minute of it.

That wasn't lost on tight end Scott Chandler, who celebrated his 19-yard touchdown catch in the second quarter by pretending to shovel snow.

"I broke two shovels this week, so that's the only shovel I got right now," he said. "It was a little bit of a tribute to the people of Buffalo. Just kind of one of those things where you want to do something special for our fans. They did a great job of showing up for us tonight, and for the people back there, they're behind us as well."

As the game progressed and the Bills kept racking up points, the night got even better for Bills fans. They witnessed the Jets continue to stumble through their season, the latest chapter marked by a blocked punt recovered in the end zone for a touchdown, as well as quarterback Michael Vick benched in the second half in favor of Geno Smith.

Bills fans -- who had plenty of reason to jeer Smith after he threw three interceptions and was benched in his last outing against Buffalo -- quickly serenaded him with chants of "Ge-no! Ge-no!" during his first few plays on the field.

The lopsided win over the Jets might not have been on national television, but with NFL commissioner Roger Goodell in the house, it had all the buzz of a prime-time game.

For the beleaguered Bills and their fans, it was the perfect medicine.
DETROIT -- Observed and heard in the locker room after the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 win over the New York Jets:

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Doug Marrone gives game ball to emergency crews: After the game, Bills coach Doug Marrone gave a ceremonial game ball to all of the first responders in Erie County who assisted during last week's snow emergency in Buffalo. There were none present in the locker room, but Marrone held up the ball for his players.

Bills thank Lions: The Lions stepped up to host Monday's game, even going as far to paint the Bills' logos on the Ford Field turf and to set up a temporary locker room at their facility. Marrone thanked them after the game. "I don't think we would have been as prepared if it wasn't how they opened their arms up this week to do everything to help us," he said.

Radio station gets mentioned: The crowd at Monday's game was decidedly pro-Bills, despite representation from fans of just about every other NFL team. Earlier in the week, a Detroit radio station tried to rally fans to root for the Jets (and against former Lions coach Jim Schwartz), something Eric Wood heard about. "A little insensitive, given the circumstances," Wood said. "But I don't want to make too big a deal about it. I don't know how much of the city they truly represent."

Unprompted, Marrone also brought up the radio station's campaign. "I know there was a radio station trying to garner up a bunch of green out or something like that. We had heard that," he explained. "Obviously you get concerned about, 'Is there going to be a home field?' and things like that. 'Do you get ready for a silent count?' All of the sudden, as soon as I came out and looked to the right and saw all the blue jerseys, I was like, 'Holy cow, baby. Here we go. We got the crowd.' That was a little bit of a relief for me in the beginning of the game."
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Rapid Reaction: Buffalo Bills

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DETROIT -- A few thoughts on the Buffalo Bills' 38-3 win Monday over the New York Jets at Ford Field:

What it means: For both the team and the city, the Bills needed this win and they went out and got it. On a night when just about everything went wrong for the Jets, the Bills were able to capitalize on all of their opportunities and run away with their second blowout win over their division opponent this season. It was easily the Bills' most impressive win of the season, even before you consider the circumstances for the organization last week. Quality performance.

Special atmosphere: This was a unique, fun night for Bills fans and the NFL. With a full allotment of free tickets distributed, nearly the entire stadium was full. The official attendance at Ford Field -- which holds 65,000 -- was announced as 56,004. The crowd was decidedly pro-Bills, although we spotted jerseys for at least 29 different NFL teams in the stands. NFL commissioner Roger Goodell also attended.

Stock watch: Quarterback Kyle Orton, up. We've put the veteran in the "down" category the past two weeks, so it's only right that he gets credit here. Orton bounced back in a big way from his recent shaky outings, completing 24 of 32 passes for 230 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions. Both of those touchdown throws were in the red zone, part of an overall 3-for-3 showing for the Bills inside the 20-yard line, a big improvement for the NFL's worst red zone offense entering the weekend.

Game ball: Wide receiver Robert Woods. Who needs Sammy Watkins? The Bills' No. 2 receiver set career highs with nine catches for 118 yards, stealing the spotlight from Watkins, who finished with three catches for 35 yards. But it wasn't just the statistical production from Woods that earns him this game ball, it was also a pair of acrobatic catches: one for a touchdown in the first quarter, and another for a 27-yard gain in the second quarter where Woods caught the ball with one hand and pinned it against his helmet. It was David Tyree-esque.

Another sack party: The Bills' defense line cannot be stopped. Already leading the NFL in sacks (39) entering the game, the Bills added another seven. It's the fifth time this season the Bills have notched five or more sacks in a game. Mario Williams tallied two of them.

What's next: On a short week, the Bills will return home and prepare for Sunday's game against the Cleveland Browns. After some questions about whether the Bills could clear Ralph Wilson Stadium in time, that game will be played on the Bills' home field, a source told ESPN NFL Insider Adam Schefter.

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