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This Day in Bills History, Oct. 3: A poor start gets worse

Oct. 3, 2010 – If you didn't have the idea that the 2010 season was going to be a long one by September, you certainly got that impression by the time the first game of October went by.

The Bills were manhandled by the Jets, 38-14. That lowered Buffalo's record to an ugly 0-4 – the first time the Bills had reached that record since 2004.

The Bills' major problem was the team's run defense. The Jets pounded out 273 yards rushing in the game.

"I feel for the fans," said safety Donte Whitner. "I really do feel for the fans here in Buffalo because that was terrible. That was embarrassing. Each aspect of the game was like – I don't know. Each and every snap they came off and they punched us in the mouth. So it's not even about worrying about X's and O's. It's about looking at the film and [understanding] who wants to be here and who wants to play, who doesn't want to be here and who doesn't want to play."

The Jets were more or less in complete control of the game throughout. New York scored the first 17 points of the contest and led, 38-7, after three quarters. What's more, the margin could have been worse.

"We were pretty close to putting half a 100 on them if we are really sharp in the first half," Jets' quarterback Mark Sanchez said.

   Budd Bailey is a retired sports reporter and editor at The Buffalo News. He is also the author of "Today in Buffalo Sports History." Learn more about the book here.

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