Buffalo Bills Television Network:
WKBW (Ch. 7-Buffalo); WHAM-13 (Rochester); WTVH (Ch. 5 - Syracuse); WSEE (Ch. 35 - Erie, Pa.)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Ray Bentley
COLOR ANALYST: Steve Tasker
SIDELINE REPORTER: Mike Catalana
Detroit Lions Television Network:
WWJ (62 Detroit), WNEM (5 Flint/Saginaw), WSYM (47 Lansing), WXMI (17 - Grand Rapids), WWTV (9/10 - Traverse City/Sault Ste. Marie), WJMN (3 Escanaba)
PLAY-BY-PLAY: Matt Shepard
COLOR ANALYST: Rob Rubick
SIDELINE REPORTERS: Charlie Sanders, Steve Courtney
Buffalo Bills Radio Network
PLAY-BY-PLAY: John Murphy (24th year, 7th as play-by-play)
COLOR ANALYST: Mark Kelso (5th year)
SIDELINE REPORTER: Rich Gaenzler (10th year; 2nd year as sideline)
An ugly game all around. The defense was equally bad against the run and the pass, as both Kevin Jones (23 carries-127 yards) and Roy Williams (10 catches-161 yards) notched their season highs in the Lions’ first win of the year.
By the time the Bills finally made it past midfield on the final play of the first quarter, the hometown team had taken advantage of drive-starts at their own 49 and the Buffalo 24 to build a 10-0 lead. J.P. Losman’s 44-yard strike to Roscoe Parrish cut the lead to three; the two teams spent most of the rest of the quarter trading punts before Detroit quarterback Jon Kitna capped off an efficient two-minute drill by finding Williams for a 28-yard touchdown with 0:40 remaining in the half. Terrence McGee found a seam on the ensuing kickoff, taking the ball all the way to the Detroit 23 and setting up Rian Lindell’s 53-yard field goal to make the score 17-10 at the break.
Following another Jason Hanson field goal early in the fourth quarter, the Bills countered with Losman’s 4-yard touchdown pass to Ryan Neufeld. A Ko Simpson interception gave the offense one more shot, but they couldn’t get past their own 40-yard line before the drive stalled. Detroit burned most of the remaining time off the clock before giving the ball back, and any hopes for a last-play miracle ended with the ball cradled in Lions defensive end Kalimba Edwards’ arms as time ran out.
Losman finished 21-for-34 for 207 yards and two touchdowns, but also took five sacks and turned the ball over twice while running for his life most of the afternoon. This game, and the beatdown by New England the following week, provided more than enough reason for the Buffalo coaching staff to overhaul the offensive line during the bye.
(Reprinted from the Aug. 28, 2008 Two Bills Drive preview.)
**Sorry, gang, but everything I typed this morning was lost when the blogging software booted me back to the log-in screen, and it’s time to go to work. So much for that hour and a half, as well as the Lions overview and my thoughts on the Bills’ 53-man roster.