Not a good week in terms of the final result, but some good individual showings nonetheless.
BEST PROGRESS: James Hardy – The rookie wideout was a factor somewhere else besides the red zone making catches over the middle. Three catches for 35 yards doesn’t seem like much in a blowout loss, but it’s a positive step.
BEST DEEP BALL: J.P. Losman – 87 yards to Evans. Need we say more?
BEST DOWNFIELD BLOCK: Melvin Fowler – His lead block on Lee Evans’ end around sprung the wideout for a 22-yard gain.
BEST PLAY CALL: Turk Schonert – His draw play call on Losman’s two-yard TD run was superb. Finally seeing a coordinator utilize J.P. Losman’s strengths was refreshing and Schonert does that.
BEST PASSER RATING: J.P. Losman – At the half the Bills backup quarterback had a perfect passer rating of
158.3. He had only gone 3-3 for 107 yards and a touchdown, but it was perfect nonetheless. Losman finished the game with a passer rating of 101.3.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP: Kawika Mitchell – On a day when the Bills didn’t have many, Mitchell’s take down of Arizona TE Ben Patrick on a 3rd-and-6 to start the second half got the ball back for Buffalo allowing them to pull within seven on a FG drive in the 3rd quarter.
BEST BACK-TO-BACK PLAYS: Aaron Schobel – On a 1st-and-10 play he brought down Edgerrin James for a three-yard loss, then dropped into coverage on a 2nd-and-13 and batted a Warner pass attempt out of the air.
BEST MISSILE: Donte Whitner – On a 1st-and-10 play Whitner knifed through the line and arm tackled James holding him to no gain.
BEST THIRD DOWN STOP PART II: Marcus Stroud – His stuff of J.J. Arrington on a 3rd-and-2 at the Bills 11 forced the Cardinals to settle for a field goal. Unfortunately an offsides penalty gave Arizona a fresh set of downs and first-and-goal.
BEST HITTER: Kawika Mitchell – Buffalo’s linebacker had a big hit on a pressure of Kurt Warner splitting his chin open requiring stitches. And he later nailed Edgerrin James on a 2nd-and-12 play late in the third quarter.
BEST TACKLER: Jabari Greer – The Bills cornerback finished with 12 tackles. Though you never want a cornerback to be your team’s leading tackler, Greer was wrapping up consistently to minimize gains.
BEST RUSH AVERAGE: Marshawn Lynch – Though he only carried it 13 times the Bills feature back averaged 4.2 yards per carry. It’s the first time he’s averaged better than 3.6 per carry in a game since the opener. Unfortunately the large second half deficit wound up taking the ball out of his hands.
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