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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — He may not have an NFL win yet under his belt, but one week into his professional career, Bills rookie quarterback E.J. Manuel’s first victory likely will come sooner than later.
That much was evident by the way he led the Bills throughout Sunday’s 23-21 punch-in-the-gut defeat to the Patriots.
Manuel, who was tabbed the eighth overall pick out of Florida State in April’s draft, showed what all the ado was about.
Displaying equal parts poise and ability, Manuel completed 18 of 27 passes for 150 yards and delivered two scoring bull’s-eyes, one heading into halftime, the other coming out of it, as he spurred the Bills to within a whisker of pulling off a Week 1 upset.