After missing four weeks of action Buffalo Bills rookie quarterback EJ Manuel returned against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bills went 1-3 in his absence with the only win coming against the Miami Dolphins.
The Bills hoped Manuel’s return would ignite a struggling offense. The last two weeks the Bills managed to score 17 and 13 points against the New Orleans Saints and Kansas City Chiefs respectively. Manuel’s ability to move around makes defenses prepare a little differently as opposed to a pure pocket passer.
The hopes were in vain, though, as his return did anything but spark the offense. The offense managed only 10 points for the game, and perhaps the most aggravating part is the Bills scored their lone touchdown with only five seconds left in the game. Manuel only passed for 155 yards and he threw one touchdown with one interception. The offense only rushed for 95 yards as well against a defense that allowed over 600 yards in total offense last week to the New England Patriots.
Manuel and the offense will have to figure out what’s wrong and fast. Next week they play against the division rival New York Jets and then they face a couple of NFC South opponents. If Buffalo wants to salvage this season they have to get things going on the offensive side of the ball. Through the first seven weeks of the season Buffalo was one of two teams to score at least 20 points in every game, but in the last three weeks they have yet to reach the 20-point plateau. This is a team that needs to find their offensive groove again, and it all starts with Manuel.