Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/19/14
With no Adrian Peterson to worry about, Jerry Hughes and the Buffalo Bills' defense thoroughly stymied Christian Ponder and the Minnesota Vikings in 20-16 preseason victory Friday night. Hughes had two sacks and forced a fumble, and backup linebacker Jamie Blatnick recovered a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown. Hughes was starting in place of defensive end Mario Williams, who was held out after complaining of soreness following practice Wednesday. Rookie quarterback EJ Manuel then took over in the second half to seal the win in continuing to inch his way toward securing the starting job after veteran Kevin Kolb struggled in the first half. Greeted by cheers as he took the field, Manuel hit all six attempts, including a 4-yard touchdown pass to Brad Smith, to cap a 14-play, 80-yard second-half opening drive. The first-round draft pick out of Florida State was 10 of 12 for 92 yards in three series. The Bills improved to 2-0 in the preseason under new coach Doug Marrone, f...
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