Final

Bills 20

(1-3, 1-1 away)

Lions 13

(1-3, 1-1 home)

7:30 PM ET, August 31, 2006

Ford Field, Detroit, MI 

1 2 3 4 T
BUF 7 3 0 1020
DET 0 7 0 613

Losman, McGahee help Bills get in the win column

DETROIT (AP) -- Charles Rogers took off his Detroit Lions jersey after Thursday night's 20-13 exhibition loss to the Buffalo Bills and handed it to a fan in the stands at Ford Field.

The second overall pick in 2003 doesn't expect to wear No. 80 for Detroit again.

"It would be hard for me to believe I'll still be here after this situation," Rogers said. "I think my days are numbered."

Rogers and fellow first-round pick Mike Williams, who have been trying to impress new coach Rod Marinelli enough to make the final 53-man roster, didn't see action in the first half and played sparingly after halftime.

Rogers caught one pass for 3 yards and Williams had no receptions. The pair spent much of the first half standing on the sideline, chatting away.

"We'll wait 'til Saturday, but it don't look too pretty," Rogers said.

Rogers was surprised at how little he played after coaches said he would play a lot, reinforcing the belief that the Lions don't want him on the team.

"I think everyone is seeing the same thing," he said. "I'm a little bitter. Their minds are already made up and after what happened today, it signifies it."

Marinelli defended his decision to barely play Rogers against the Bills.

"If he plays two more series, is that fair? If he catches another ball, is that fair? It comes down to what is fair to the team. What is right for the Detroit Lions? When does that count? That's the most important thing," he said.

Meanwhile, Buffalo's J.P. Losman and Willis McGahee made the most of their playing time.

Losman completed all five of his pass attempts and McGahee scored on a 1-yard run during their only series together. Losman threw for 52 yards, and McGahee ran for 29 yards and the TD on the opening 13-play, 85-yard scoring drive. Losman, who won the starting job earlier this week, also played in Buffalo's second series but didn't attempt a pass.

"We go out there with a plan and we try to execute it every week. Today we were able to come out from the get-go and do that," Losman said. "We've showed peaks and valleys throughout the preseason. But to come out and do it on the first drive is impressive."

Detroit and Buffalo each ended the preseason 1-3.

"We've improved every week so far," McGahee said. "The first two games were shaky. We had a lot of mental errors, and that was killing us. We tried this week to start out fast and finish strong without any errors. You see what happened out there."

Many of the teams' top players were held out of the game, including Lions starting quarterback Jon Kitna.

Josh McCown played the first half in Kitna's place and improved his chances of earning the backup job, completing 11 of 14 passes for 96 yards. His 7-yard TD toss to Eddie Drummond tied the game at 7 five minutes into the second quarter. The scoring drive covered 93 yards on 14 plays.

Kelly Holcomb distinguished himself in the competition to be Buffalo's No. 2 quarterback. He went 4-for-4 for 81 yards and directed a drive at the end of the second quarter that resulted in Rian Lindell's 21-yard field goal that put the Bills ahead 10-7.

Buffalo's other quarterback, Craig Nall, also played well, connecting with Andre Davis on a 70-yard touchdown pass midway through the fourth quarter to give the Bills a 20-10 lead. Nall finished 7-of-11 for 119 yards, one TD and one interception.

Davis, who signed as a free agent, may have solidified his status with the team. He had been vying for a job with George Wilson and Jonathan Smith.

The Lions sat more than half their starting lineup on offense. Wide receiver Roy Williams, running back Kevin Jones and offensive linemen Jeff Backus, Rex Tucker and Ross Verba joined Kitna on the sideline.

The Bills sat starting linebacker Takeo Spikes.

The teams had good reason to rest those players, considering the Lions lost Jeff Garcia to injury against the Bills in the final preseason game a year ago, and running back James Stewart was hurt against the Bills during the 2003 preseason.

Game notes


This was the fifth consecutive season Detroit and Buffalo closed out each other's preseason schedules. ... Buffalo owner Ralph Wilson, who lives in the Detroit area, attended the game. ... Detroit rookie RB Brian Calhoun played much of the game and gained 58 yards on 15 carries. ... Jauron went 1-4 as Detroit's interim coach at the end of last season. ... Detroit WR Shaun Bodiford limped off the field in the second half. Marinelli would only say that the injury was in the lower part of Bodiford's leg.

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Scoring Summary

FIRST QUARTERBUFDET
bufTD6:23Willis McGahee, 1 yd run (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 13 plays, 85 yds, 8:42
70
SECOND QUARTERBUFDET
detTD9:44Eddie Drummond, 7 yd pass from Josh McCown (Jason Hanson kick is good)
Drive info: 14 plays, 93 yds, 7:38
77
bufFG0:02Rian Lindell 12 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 9 plays, 65 yds, 4:53
107
FOURTH QUARTERBUFDET
bufFG14:10Rian Lindell 27 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 10 plays, 37 yds, 5:01
137
detFG9:43Jason Hanson 37 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 4 plays, -9 yds, 0:51
1310
bufTD8:15Andre Davis, 70 yd pass from Craig Nall (Rian Lindell kick is good)
Drive info: 3 plays, 74 yds, 0:56
2010
detFG3:10Jason Hanson 28 yd Field Goal
Drive info: 11 plays, 58 yds, 4:59
2013