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Saturday, August 17, 2013
Ups and downs for Bills

By Mike Rodak

Revisiting Friday night's win over Minnesota by highlighting those Buffalo Bills players whose performance was "up," and those who fell into the opposite end of the spectrum:

UP

Chris Hogan: Continues to show up on offense, targeted a team-high seven times and finishing with a game-high four catches. Is docked, however, for a face-mask penalty early in the first quarter.

Jerry Hughes: Starting in place of Mario Williams, has two sacks and a forced fumble, leading a four-sack effort from the Bills.

EJ Manuel: Enters the game at the start of the second half and leads the Bills on an 80-yard touchdown drive. Isn't spectacular, but continues to avoid making critical mistakes.

Garrison Sanborn: Long snapper -- yes, the long snapper -- has two special-teams tackles (both on punts).

Robert Woods: Has a key 22-yard catch on a scoring drive late in the first half, and adds a 34-yard punt return in the second quarter.

DOWN

Colin Brown: Starts at left guard for a second straight game, but commits costly holding penalty in the red zone late in the first half.

Kevin Kolb: Has his first chance to outplay Manuel in a game, and finishes with a 55.9 quarterback rating, including an interception.

Nickell Robey: Undrafted rookie starts at cornerback but is flagged for defensive pass interference to extend a Vikings scoring drive in the first quarter, and is penalized for being offside in the second quarter.

Da'Rick Rogers: Rookie receiver is stuck at bottom of the depth chart, remaining on the sideline as DeMarco Sampson and others see late-game action.