To Byrd, that was a signal that he and Buffalo's defense had done its job in thoroughly rattling rookie starter Geno Smith.
"It sits great with us," Byrd said. "Any time you can do that, it means we're being relentless out there."
"First play of the game, I knew that we had him," Dareus said. "We got a big lick on him, and he kind of rolled around. We knew right then we were in his head. From then on, he looked crazy, looked scattered."
The Bills (4-7) snapped a three-game skid and enter their bye week by winning for only the second time in seven games.
The Jets (5-5), coming off their bye, continued their string of inconsistent outings by becoming the NFL's first team to alternate wins and losses through the first 10 games of the season.
Smith, a second-round pick out of West Virginia, went 8 of 23 for 103 yards passing, and was blunt in assessing his outing.
"The way I can sum up this game is awful," Smith said. "I couldn't hit anything today. I just wasn't hitting the mark."
Smith has now gone a combined 36 of 72 for 377 yards passing, with no touchdowns and five interceptions in his past three games. And he's particularly struggled on the road, where he dropped to 1-4 and thrown four touchdown passes and nine interceptions. Overall, he has eight touchdowns, 16 interceptions and has lost four fumbles.
Coach Rex Ryan attempted to deflect criticism directed at his quarterback by noting Smith had little protection.
"With that protection, you could've had Joe Namath back there and I don't think it would've mattered today," Ryan said. "Obviously, when you turn the ball over four times, that's a poor performance."
Starting with Manuel's 34-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Graham with 4:05 left, Buffalo scored 17 points over a span of 2:50 to build a 20-0 lead with 65 seconds left in the first half.
NOTES: The conditions were so tough that a tear-away portion of the football-field sized American flag came undone during the national anthem. ... Jets PK Nick Folk missed his first field-goal attempt of the season after a 48-yarder sailed wide right. Folk's streak ended at 23 straight, one short of matching the franchise record set by Jay Feely from 2008-09. ... Among those in attendance was New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, who played a big role last year in negotiating the Bills' 10-year lease agreement to stay at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
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