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Bills' Day After: Raider homecomings threaten

Maybe you looked forward to next Sunday's game against the Oakland Raiders to watch running back Marshawn Lynch back in Orchard Park.


Perhaps you would love to see EJ Manuel's homecoming against the Buffalo Bills.

Think again!

The NFL has suspended Lynch for the Week Eight game at New Era Field, and Raiders quarterback Derek Carr's busted back has healed sufficiently enough to hold Manuel on the sideline.

And that's too bad for the Bills, who would be better off if Manuel (of course) and Lynch (say what?) remained starters. Lynch has an appeal pending with the league but a suspension for putting your hands on an official is going to be a tough one to get overturned.

We've witnessed enough of Manuel to know he would be a welcome sight instead of Carr. Manuel, the Bills' 16th overall draft choice in 2013, is a turnover machine. Manuel has 21 giveaways in 25 games, 18 of them starts.

For comparison, Tyrod Taylor has 19 giveaways in 49 career games, including 35 starts.

Anyhoo, Carr is back and rested. He threw for 417 yards (second-most of his career) and three touchdowns without an interception in Thursday's victory over the Kansas City Chiefs.

The Bills better watch out for that.

Furthermore, Lynch hasn't been definitively better than backup running backs Jalen Richard and DeAndre Washington. The NFL suspended Lynch for manhandling an official, but he hasn't been the embodiment of "Beast Mode" when it comes to rushing.

Buffalo's 12th overall pick in 2007 has averaged 3.7 yards a carry and two touchdowns this year for Oakland. That's pedestrian. I hope nobody runs him over.

Lynch has added a virtually silent four receptions for 38 yards and no touchdowns.

Richard is averaging 4.5 yards a carry. He and Washington have two rushing TDs, 26 catches and 127 receiving yards between them.

So at least Bills fans can look forward to University at Buffalo star Khalil Mack's homecoming ...


Hold the bouquets on that one, too.

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