Owens back in Buffalo in 2010?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2009 – 4:32 pm

Terrell Owens addressed the subject of where he’ll be in 2010 after his current one-year contract expires.

The question posed to him was whether or not he could see himself back in Buffalo next season. Here was his response.

“Definitely. I’m not sure if you’re familiar with our practice schedule and how coach Jauron does things, but the way we practice, it’s definitely conducive for somebody that’s at the end of their career that can prolong it further because of the way we practice. He gives us breaks and there’s breaks in our schedule where he allows us to rest. Definitely, if that’s the case and they would have me back, then yeah, I’ll be here.”

Naturally there are a lot of variables attached to that comment because next offseason is a long way off and with pending labor negotiations and a half of a season left to be played a lot can change. But as it stands right now, Owens is open to returning.

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Edwards amount of practice work

Posted by Chris Brown on October 28, 2009 – 2:58 pm

Trent Edwards did not participate fully in practice on Wednesday.

That’s according to Edwards himself.

“I was limited today and it’s kind of going to be a day by day basis,” said Edwards after Wednesday’s practice. “I’m kind of going to see how it feels tomorrow, see how I recover from it and take it in that direction.”

Dick Jauron is scheduled to address the media at 3:15pm this afternoon and might have more information on Edwards, though Jauron said Monday that Edwards has been ruled out for Sunday.

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Jauron earns MMQB honor

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2009 – 4:04 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron was honored by SI.com writer Peter King in his Monday Morning QB column.

Jauron was named his Coach of the Week after Buffalo’s 20-9 win over Carolina Sunday. Here’s what King wrote

Coach of the Week
Dick Jauron, head coach, Buffalo

Meaningless games beckoned earlier this month, with sprouting billboards calling for Jauron’s job as the Bills stared at a two-game trip to the Jets and Panthers. During the visit to the Jets, a quarterback from Harvard, Ryan Fitzpatrick, was asked to save a season, and the Bills won in overtime. On Sunday they got past a bad Carolina team in Charlotte. This won’t get the billboards overtaken, but the past eight days showed this team still plays for Jauron.

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Jauron presser early today

Posted by Chris Brown on October 26, 2009 – 9:11 am

Just wanted to let everyone know that the Dick Jauron Monday wrap up press conference is going to be earlier than usual today.

Typically it’s at 12:30pm, but it’s scheduled for 11am. So be sure to log on to Buffalobills.com for live coverage.

Jauron gave the players the day off today after the win Sunday.

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Parrish on his inactive status

Posted by Chris Brown on October 22, 2009 – 2:58 pm

Roscoe Parrish will be watching one of his teammates return punts again this week as he’s likely to be a healthy inactive for a second straight Sunday. On Thursday the league’s all-time leader in punt return average addressed his situation.

“Very frustrated,” said Parrish after Thursday’s practice. “It’s just something the coaches went with. That’s how they feel about the personnel right now. I don’t feel like I did something on the field where I put myself in a situation like this because you have guys make mistakes every Sunday. That’s the frustrating thing about the situation. So I’m just going to be supportive to Fred.”

What has Parrish puzzled is why a player with his track record, which includes back-to-back seasons of leading the league in punt return average and three straight top 3 finishes, can’t get on the field to help his team.

“You know what kind of guy I am when I’m out there,” he said. “I know I can help this team when my opportunity is given. I made a bad decision in the Cleveland game, but every guy makes mistakes. And the ones that make mistakes are the ones that try. That’s part of the game and I only control what I can control. If Dick Jauron feels like Fred is the guy, he is the head coach. I can’t say much about that and just keep on working. Hopefully in the future if it’s not here I’ll get my opportunity.”

Parrish was asked if he was disappointed that he wasn’t traded prior to the league deadline which passed on Tuesday, after asking for a trade in the offseason.

“It is what it is,” he said. “There’s only so much I can do. It’s been a frustrating offseason. It’s been frustrating during the season. My position on this team was slowly but surely moving down the depth chart as far as on offense. I went from getting a couple of snaps on offense to not getting snaps on offense and just doing punt return for one particular reason.”

Now he’s not even dressing for games. What has surprised Parrish the most is the quick hook that he got following the Cleveland game where he had a costly muff at the end of the game that led to the game-winning points for the Browns in a 6-3 final.

“That’s the only crazy part about it,” said Parrish. “To be honest with you, not to bad mouth nobody, not to bad mouth Jauron, my resume speaks for itself. When you see my resume and you see me not returning punts, it’s kind of like. ‘Wow what is going on?’ I’m not going to sit up here and be negative with the whole situation toward Dick Jauron, but it’s kind of a situation where you look at it and you say this guy here led the league two years in a row and the year before he didn’t lead he finished third and then that year he had a good average. And just four or five games into a season and I’m off the field not dressing. That’s the only frustrating part to me. It’s really not enough (of an) explanation.”

Parrish’s career average coming into the season was 14 yards a punt return. Thus far this season his average is 6.1. But Parrish says five games does not make a season.

“What can possibly be said to a guy that’s been leading the league in punt return,” asked Parrish rhetorically about his benching. “What can possibly be said, ‘I’m not doing a good job because of one game?’ It’s a long season.”

Dick Jauron was pretty forward in his comments about Parrish as a punt returner this past Monday when asked why Parrish was inactive. In addition to explaining that Jackson allows them to use other players on special teams at other positions like Steve Johnson and Justin Jenkins he also added the following at the end of his comment.

“Both Roscoe and Freddy are terrific returners,” said Jauron. “We didn’t feel like we were losing much quite frankly.”

Jackson has just eight career punt returns, but his average is 17.9. Parrish’s career average counting figures from this season is 13.1 on 106 career returns.

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Edwards not at One Bills Drive Wed.

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2009 – 4:22 pm

Trent Edwards was not at One Bills Drive in any capacity on Wednesday according to head coach Dick Jauron.

“With a head injury we follow protocol and that’s what we’ll do,” said Jauron in reference to Edwards. “We’ll go day to day. He wasn’t involved at all today in any aspect of our work. We’ll see how he is tomorrow, how he is later today actually and then see how he feels tomorrow.”

Jauron confirmed that Edwards stayed home Wednesday and that he was not even contacted by phone or text as part of the protocol following the concussion suffered last Sunday.

The Bills head coach would not venture a guess as to whether this concussion was worse than the one he suffered a year ago in Arizona, nor would he set a deadline for when Trent would have to return to work this week to still have a chance to play on Sunday.

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt when asked about Fitzpatrick’s strengths and if much would have to change in the team’s offensive approach with Fitzpatrick in there offered the following.

“We’ll change things and find things he does differently,” said Van Pelt. “Some things he does better and some things he does not do as well and we’ll get the things in the game plan that he does well. He did a great job for us last week coming into a bad situation and getting us a win in that game. He’s excited to go. Obviously, we’re going to miss Trent, but we’ll get good work in this week and go down there and try to get a win.”

While it’s certainly not definitive, it sounds as if Van Pelt is preparing to game plan for the Panthers presuming that Fitzpatrick is going to be his quarterback this week.

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Jauron on Hardy’s PUP status

Posted by Chris Brown on October 21, 2009 – 3:56 pm

James Hardy may have returned to the practice setting on Wednesday, but the Bills coaching staff won’t be rushing to make any decisions on his status with respect to the active roster.

“His time frame is real clear,” said Jauron. “We have 21 days from the start of it and then we have to make a decision. he hasn’t been on the field in a long time, it’s been close to a year. So we’ll take it a little bit slow. In other words it’s not going to be this week. Hopefully that doesn’t disappoint him, but I think that would be a little bit careless.

“It’s just great to see him back out there. I watched him on a number of routes that he ran for our look squad and he ran hard and he doesn’t seem to favor it at all. And he’s worked awfully hard to come back so we’re excited to have him. And now that the clock is running, we’ve got 21 days and we’ll see where it goes.”

Presumably the staff will watch him for a couple of weeks in the practice setting and make a call on his status. However, with six receivers already on the roster it’s going to be interesting to see what the coaching staff decides to do. Having 7 receivers on a 53-man roster is unusual.

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Jauron presser moved up

Posted by Chris Brown on October 19, 2009 – 10:18 am

Dick Jauron’s Monday press conference has been moved up to 11am today.

You can watch it live at Buffalobills.com.

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Jauron on T.O.’s production

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 5:31 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron appeared on Sirius NFL Radio Friday afternoon and was asked by Rich Gannon and Adam Schein about why Terrell Owens hasn’t been more productive. Here was his comment.

“He really is a disruptive force, you know, and he’s playing well for us,” said Jauron of Owens. “And we’ve got to find ways to keep our quarterback upright long enough to deliver the ball to him, too.  You know, we’ve struggled in that area and we’ve struggled in a lot of different areas. 

“In the game last week clearly we wanted to run the ball to help our offensive line, to take some of the pressure off them.  We wanted to play-action pass and we wanted to take some shots deep and it seemed like everything that could go wrong did go wrong.
“So when we had some deep shots called, it seemed like the protection broke down. And when the protection held up, then we didn’t seem to have guys open or we couldn’t’ find them.  It just seems to be one thing after another and clearly it’s on our shoulders to correct it.  And we’re working to try to get it done. But we’ve got to get it done somehow, and he’s a big part of it, as you pointed out. He’s an outstanding football player and he’s not alone.  We have some, I think our skill people are really good. We’ve got to get the ball into their hands more than we’re doing and give them more chances.”

Jauron points out protection problems, quarterback read problems and receiver separation problems. He has said before that its everything, so this is the most specific answer we’ve seen.

Of course most fans could see that pass protection, QB misreads and receiver separation have all cropped up as issues.

And though all of those elements might be deemed correctable, its proven hard to correct them effectively in the last three games.

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Jauron on no huddle future

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 5:11 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron appeared on Sirius NFL Radio this afternoon with Rich Gannon and Adam Schein and he was asked about whether Buffalo’s no huddle attack will be scrapped moving forward. Here was his response.

“Well, we’ll look at everything as we go through this week and then we’ll see how things go in the game on Sunday,” said Jauron. “But we certainly have committed ourselves to that up to this point, but we’ll consider anything to help us win a football game.” 

Jauron clearly isn’t ruling out making such a change for Sunday’s game. After penalties were a big problem last week in a home game it’s hard not to think the offense will huddle up more in what is expected to be a hostile road environment.

Whether they go exclusively to huddling up remains to be seen.

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Fan Friday 10-16

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 1:47 pm

Fan Friday 10-16
We plow ahead into Week 6. The Bills might be struggling, but we press on with Fan Friday. Questions go to AskChris@bills.nfl.net.

1. Chris,
Quick question.  With the injury to Poz, who on the defense has the ‘headset’ in the helmet?  Is it Buggs, or is it Ellison?  Thanks.
Lifelong Bills Fan, Ex-WNYer now living in Maryland

CB: Well when Poz first went out and was replaced by Marcus Buggs, Buggs had the radio helmet. When he was replaced by Kawika Mitchell, he had the radio helmet. And finally when Mitchell was hurt last week against Cleveland, Keith Ellison grabbed the radio helmet.

But with Poz expected to start this week (he’s probable), Poz will have the radio helmet with Ellison as the backup provided he plays. Catch all that?


2. Chris,
I was wondering why McGee hasn’t been taking kickoffs in place of McKelvin? In my opinion, McGee was one of the best kick returners we had in many years. Thanks!
Steve Barker
Fredericksburg, VA

CB: Truth be told Buffalo’s kick return average has improved from the first week McKelvin went out until now, albeit marginally (20th to 18th). That being said, you will get no arguments from me about putting McGee back there. He’s one of the best kick returners I have ever seen. However, he is nursing a sore knee so giving him extra work really isn’t an option this week.


3. Chris,
Has the NFL addressed the possible expansion of the 53 man roster due to all the injuries on every club,every year?
Al in Syracuse

CB: I don’t see it changing because more players means more payroll and less profit for NFL owners. I know coaches would like to see it, but unless the new CBA negotiations add games to the regular season schedule (18 game regular season) I can’t see the roster size increasing.


4. Chris;
Thanks for taking my question.  Do you think Coach Jauron has any thoughts on playing Jamon Meredith to see what he has?  I do not see the Bills doing much this year and with Butler on I-R.  At least get some game action with Meredith and see what he can do.  He can’t be any worse.
Also, why was Seth McKinney playing goal line defense in Miami?  Was it merely a case that McCargo was inactive and they needed an extra wide body?

CB: Jamon Meredith is expected to start Sunday with Jonathan Scott out due to an ankle injury. So it seems they’re willing to try him there, but making your first NFL start on the road alongside another rookie is a precarious situation as I see it. Guess we’ll find out what he can do in a hurry.

As for McKinney, you’re correct. McCargo was inactive for the Miami game, so with just three defensive tackles active, they needed another wide body in there for goal line defense.


5. Hi Chris,
2 part question for you:
1. Wondering how James Hardy’s rehabilitation is going with his knee? I think I remember you writing that the Bills have the first 6 weeks of the season to decide whether or not to bring him to the active roster or to permanantly place him on IR for ’09. 
2. If they bring him back, which player comes off the roster at this point?
Thank you,

CB: James is doing very well. What can happen after Monday Oct. 19 is he can become eligible to begin practicing with the team if they feel he is ready to do so. That would begin a 21-day practice period in which he can practice with the team, but he does not have to be added to the active roster during that time.

At the end of the three week practice period the team must decide at that time whether to add him to the active roster or put him on season-ending injured reserve. And yes another player would have to be waived to make room for him on the roster. Who that player is would be up to the coaching staff.

The staff does not have to begin practicing him this week. They could wait another week or two weeks to begin the 21-day practice windown period.

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Why Reed was absent

Posted by Chris Brown on October 16, 2009 – 1:13 pm

Josh Reed was not at practice on Friday, but it was not because of injury.

Reed was excused for personal reasons according to head coach Dick Jauron.

However, the veteran wide receiver has been limited in practice this week due to a lower leg injury. Reed is listed as probable.

Fellow receiver Roscoe Parrish was limited again on Friday with a nagging thigh injury. Parrish is listed as probable for Sunday’s game.

Also probable are McGee, Posluszny and Whitner.

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No huddle to be scuttled?

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 5:52 pm

According to ProFootballTalk.com, the Bills will be tossing the no huddle out of their offense this week.

ProFootballTalk cites a “league source” for the story that head coach Dick Jauron has decided to do away with the no huddle, which the Bills have run the entire offseason, preseason and first five games of the regular season.

If the report is accurate, the decision likely was borne out of the offensive struggles that were only compounded by 11 offensive penalties including nine false starts.

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt did comment on what needs to be done to be more successful on offense Wednesday.

“Eliminate the penalties is the first thing we start to concentrate on,” Van Pelt said. “And put more emphasis on the snap count, and then continue to do the things that we’ve done well, such as run the football.”

When asked what his message was to the offense this week he offered the following.

“Execute, simplify, execute, and make the plays when they are there,” he said. “As simple as that.”

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Owens trade talk pure fantasy

Posted by Chris Brown on October 14, 2009 – 3:08 pm

A well known national football journalist raised the prospect of the Bills trading Owens before the deadline because he thought it made sense. Too many people unfortunately took it as gospel.

Head coach Dick Jauron confirmed that trading Terrell Owens has not even been considered as a topic.

“It’s not anything we’ve discussed, no,” said Jauron on Wednesday.

Meanwhile Terrell Owens when asked about the rumors that sprang from the initial thought process of ESPN’s Adam Schefter, Owens said he’s committed to the Bills and nothing else right now.

“Whether it happens or not I don’t know,” said Owens. “I’m committed right here until it does happen. I’m not saying that it will, but I’m committed (to Buffalo).”

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Jauron’s presser set for 12:30pm

Posted by Chris Brown on October 12, 2009 – 9:25 am

Bills head coach Dick Jauron is scheduled to address the media as he does every week after games at approximately 12:30pm.

Buffalobills.com will carry that press conference live as we do every week. The Bills media relations department just sent out today’s schedule to confirm the time.

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No plans to halt no huddle

Posted by Chris Brown on October 8, 2009 – 12:54 am

With time of possession a problem for Buffalo’s offense the question was posed to Dick Jauron if he is considering scrapping the no huddle approach, which has been a staple on offense this season.

While Jauron admitted that it’s been discussed, they won’t change the approach.

“No, and we’ve discussed that, too, a lot,” said Jauron. “I don’t think the two are related. I don’t believe that the two are related, never have. The fact that you huddle or don’t huddle has nothing to do with when you snap the ball, how much you use on the clock, it doesn’t have anything to do with it. It really doesn’t have anything to do with what you call or how you call them. It has to do with communicating and where you communicate. It’s a little easier in the huddle than it is on the ball. Other than that, there’s not a lot of difference.”

Offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt is also committed to the no huddle.

“No, I would not want to do that,” said Van Pelt when asked if he’d be interested in scrapping it. “I love the no-huddle. Yes. It’s a slower version but it’s faster than Indy’s.”

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Jauron on Trent’s confidence

Posted by Chris Brown on October 5, 2009 – 5:25 pm

Bills head coach Dick Jauron was asked if he’s worried about Trent’s confidence being shaken in light of the offensive struggles the past two weeks. Here was his response.

“I would say everybody’s confidence, when you lose it’s hard to keep confident,” said Jauron. “So we’ve got to get back to winning games and focus on this game and go out and give everything we have to win it. It’s a tough deal when you lose a football game and when you lose a couple in a row it gets tougher.”

For the season now Edwards stat line reads as follows.

70-117 (59.8%) for 790 yards (6.75 yds/att), 5 TDs, 5 INTs, sacked 16 times and a passer rating of 76.5.

Not being an apologist here, but seeing that he’s been sacked an average of four times per game is a small indication as to the pressure he’s been under when back in the pocket. Not saying that’s all a protection problem, but it’s part of the equation.

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Nic Harris at safety not a bad idea

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2009 – 9:30 pm

Seeing rookie LB Nic Harris taking reps at his old college position of safety today got me to thinking that it might just be the perfect idea for the run game they’re facing this week.

George Wilson is getting the starting reps at strong safety this week and will probably play a lot Sunday. I doubt the staff wants to start two rookie safeties, which would be the case if they played Harris with FS Jairus Byrd.

“It is in case of an emergency,” said Jauron of Harris getting reps at safety. “He’s played there so he seemed like the best bet at this point in case something else occurs.”

I don’t know if there’s a way to do it, but if they can get Harris on the field in some obvious run situations, at 6’2” 232 I like him in the run front a lot to help neutralize the Wildcat attack. Harris can run and hit and the Dolphins are a smash mouth attack. With his safety background he’s also capable to covering a tight end. He’d almost be like a fourth linebacker out there.

If the staff can find a way to get him on the field without him being exposed I wouldn’t be opposed to that look at all. You’ve got to think that Chad Henne will not be calling audibles at the line of scrimmage in his first NFL start, so if the Bills know the run game tendencies based on down and distance, and I’m sure they do, there might be an opportunity there. Just thinking out loud.

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Jackson to see more of the work this week?

Posted by Chris Brown on September 30, 2009 – 9:24 pm

With Marshawn Lynch now off suspension the big question has been what kind of workload Marshawn Lynch will be getting this week in his return to the lineup. Bills offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt and head coach Dick Jauron seem conscious of easing him in knowing he hasn’t been exposed to contact in almost a month.

“A lot of it for me will have to do with how he feels at the end of the work week,” said Jauron. “I can’t anticipate that he’ll feel any differently than wanting to go. And that’ll be good because Freddy has been so good and Freddy is not a surprise, but it would be nice to even out this thing, get Marshawn back into the mix, have them play off each other. It’s a really positive thing for us, it’s great to have him back.”

Jauron indicated that if they were successful running the ball and ran it 30 times it’d be nice to split it down the middle, but in his first week back it might be a bit less.

“(We’ll) probably bring Marshawn (Lynch) along slowly to let him get back into it physically. But those guys (Lynch, Jackson) are some of your better players obviously offensively and some of the groupings with both of them are very good for us. But I don’t know where or how long it’ll take before we get there, but we’re just glad to have Marshawn back. I think it’ll help us down the road keeping both of those guys fresh.”

While Jauron indicates a 50-50 split, Van Pelt seems to indicate less at least for this week. It’s hard to ignore how much success Jackson has had with 425 yards from scrimmage in three games, but Lynch is not someone you keep on the sidelines either. It will be very interesting to see how the workload is divided, knowing the staff, like many others in the league, is cautious about overworking either one of them.

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Brown’s Best Week 2

Posted by Chris Brown on September 22, 2009 – 3:06 pm

Sorry for the delay this week, as this usually posts on Monday afternoons, but with all the news Monday we got a little behind. Here’s some of the best of the unnoticed from Sunday’s game.

BEST TONE SETTER: Kyle Williams – His tackle of Cadillac Williams for a five-yard loss on the second play from scrimmage, got Buffalo’s defense amped up for another strong day in terms of run defense. The Bucs managed just 57 yards on the ground.

BEST ADJUSTMENT: Trent Edwards – On 3rd-and-1 at the Tampa 32, Edwards checked out of a run play based on the Bucs’ defensive look and took advantage of the one-on-one matchup outside with Lee Evans, hitting the wideout with a well thrown ball for a 32-yard touchdown pass.

BEST PRESSURE: Kyle Williams – The Bills defensive tackle got enough heat on Byron Leftwich to force him to hurry a checkdown throw to Cadillac Williams, which was overthrown right to Donte Whitner for a 76-yard interception return for a TD. He had three QB hits in the game.

BEST DEFEAT OF A SCREEN: Terrence McGee – The Bills #1 CB slipped underneath a Bucs’ blocker and dropped Cadillac Williams for just a one-yard gain on what looked like a well executed screen play by Tampa at the outset.

BEST SHOESTRING: Bryan Scott – Scott was ‘johnny on the spot’ with his shoestring interception on a deflected pass off the body of Bucs WR Sammie Stroughter.

BEST GUTS: Dick Jauron – Electing to go for it on 4th-and-inches at his own 35-yard line while in control of the game (17-7) early was a gutsy call. It showed faith in his offensive line and they responded allowing Trent Edwards to get two yards on a sneak. Of course the Bucs added on to the yardage with a ridiculous facemask penalty when Edwards helmet was ripped off at the end of the play.

BEST OPEN FIELD TACKLE: Terrence McGee – His wrap up on Bucs RB Earnest Graham in the flat was important. There was just one defender behind McGee further up the sideline on that swing pass. McGee’s tackle held the play to a three-yard gain.

BEST HUSTLE: Roscoe Parrish – The Bills speedy wideout sprinted 72 yards to run Bucs safety Sabby Piscitelli down from behind after a turnover on a fumble by Buffalo.

BEST STOP: Marcus Buggs, Donte Whitner – The two defenders stoned Derrick Ward for a one-yard loss on a 4th-and-1 at the Bills 43 forcing a turnover on downs in what at the time was a six-point game.

BEST REDEMPTION: Terrell Owens – After letting a potential long touchdown pass slip through his hands in the first half, Owens made good on his second opportunity pulling in a 43-yard touchdown catch from Trent Edwards to put the game on ice in the fourth quarter (30-14).

BEST OMNIPRESENCE: Keith Ellison – For the second straight game, Ellison was the team’s leading tackler. After his 15-tackle performance in Week 1, he came back with another 10 in Week 2. He also had a sack wiped out be penalty and a QB hit.

BEST STAMINA: Fred Jackson – On a day in which Jackson had 35 touches and rolled up 197 all-purpose yards, it was impressive to see him bolt 43 yards late in the fourth on his second to last carry of the game.

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