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It's Jeff Tuel Time in Buffalo

Jeff Tuel will make his first regular season start on Sunday.


For the first time since Oct. 23, 2006, a WSU Cougar quarterback will start a NFL game. With E.J. Manuel and Thad Lewis injured, Jeff Tuel will be under center for the Bills on Sunday.

Tuel will get the start over Matt Flynn who has seen his career take a nosedive in the last 15 months. Last offseason, Flynn was considered to be the top quarterback on the free agent market. Flynn signed a three-year deal worth $26 million but has since been traded, released and beaten out by an undrafted rookie free agent.

As for Tuel, he won't get a soft landing. The Bills will host the 8-0 Kansas City Chiefs, who happen to have one of the best defenses in the NFL. Kansas City is fourth in the league, allowing just 205.8 passing yards per game. Tuel struggled in his regular season debut earlier this season, but was thrust into action. With a week of practice, hopefully he has a better showing this time around. Manuel will regain the starting job no matter how well Tuel plays on Sunday, but Tuel could go a long way in solidifying his spot in the league with a solid performance.

Tuel nearly started the season opener, but Manuel was able to recover in time to make the start. Brian wrote a bit of a retrospective on Tuel's career then and it's absolutely worth another read.

Congrats, Jeff. Give them hell.


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