Bills offense comes to life against Bucs
TO finally got his TD and the Bills finally got their first win. It wasn't
easy, but should have been. The Bills raced to a 17-0 lead, but allowed the
Tampa Bay Bucs to get back into the race. Finally, with the help of TO's 43-yard
touchdown reception, the Bills beat the Bucs 33-20 before a sellout crowd of
Terrell Owens had a chance earlier as Bills QB Trent Edwards threw deep to him, but it slipped out of his hands. Until the touchdown grab, Owens only had two catches to the day. The third one made up for his miss and he celebrated, pumping his fists and showing off his muscles to the crowd chanting "TO, TO, TO!"
The Bills opened up this game with some razzle-dazzle, first with TO running
the reverse and then with Trent Edwards throwing a 32-yards strike to Lee Evans
in the right corner of the endzone.
The Bills in the second half, went more conservative, both offensively and defensively and it allowed the Bucs to get back into the game. Finally, the Bills unwrapped TO and he provided instant gratification to the fans by catching a 43-yard strike from Edwards in the same right corner to assure the Bills victory.
Even though Owens and Evans had a couple of spectacular touchdown catches, the MVP of this game was running back Freddie Jackson, who had 163 yards on 28 carries. Jackson showed grit and determination in this game, refusing to go down when he appeared to be tackled. Marshawn Lynch may have to compete for his starting job once he comes back from his suspension.
Edwards, who has been criticized the past two years for being afraid to throw
the ball deeper than ten yards, answered his critics with at least 4 long balls.
Two were for touchdowns, one was dropped by Owens and another was picked off.
Edwards completed 21 out 31 passes for 230 yards and two TD strikes.
Injury bug decimates Bills
With two key elements going down in the Bills offensive line, lineman Brad Butler (the only player who actually had playing time last season) and Tight end Derek Schouman. Now the Bills had a complete rookie O-line and they still managed to pass protect and make holes for running back Freddie Jackson, who had a career high 163 yards. Also injured were Leodis McKelvin, ankle and backup tight end Shawn Nelson got a shoulder injury.
Another Buffalo Bill has home vandalized
If this trend continues, every week another Buffalo Bill will have his home
or property vandalized. Last week it was Leodis McKelvin who came home after a
fumble probably cost the Bills the game against the Pats. Now, at around the
time that Donte Whitner was picking off a pass and going the distance for a
touchdown, his house was being burglarized.
An Ipod along with a lot of personal jewerly was taken, at a claimed worth of $400,000. Once again, it happened in the Town of Hamburg, close to Orchard Park where the Bills play.
"It's very early in the stages, but no one was harmed," said Whitner. "There was some things taken, but that's all I can say."
"I think it's two isolated incidents," related Whitner about a possible like to McKelvin’s yard being vandalized the week before. "I wouldn't say it was the fans or anything like that. I'm not pointing any fingers, but the fact of the matter is something happened."
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