1:00 PM ET, November 4, 2007
Ralph Wilson Stadium, Buffalo, NY
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) -- Who needs to debate the Bills' revolving door at quarterback when Marshawn Lynch showed he can effectively fill two positions?The rookie running back threw a touchdown pass and ran for another on consecutive fourth-quarter possessions, sparking Buffalo's popgun attack in a 33-21 win over the Cincinnati Bengals on Sunday.No big deal, said Lynch, the first-round pick who has now helped produce six of the Bills' nine offensive touchdowns this season."Aw, man, it was high school. Pitch and catch with Robert Royal," Lynch said, referring to his 8-yard pass to the tight end that put the Bills up for good, 26-21 with 5:51 remaining. "I just wanted to make sure I got that tight spiral on the ball."
Cincinnati's T.J. Houshmandzadeh is the first player in 20 years to catch at least one TD in each of his first seven games of a season. He's now 8-for-8 after another touchdown Sunday.
|Buddy Dial, Steelers||1960||8|
Lynch was the first non-Bills quarterback to complete a touchdown pass since RB Joe Cribbs hit RB Curtis Brown for a 9-yard pass against Dallas in 1981. ... Holt's return was the second longest in Bengals history, 2 yards short of the mark set by Eric Bieniemy against the Giants in 1997. ... By converting Evans' touchdown, PK Rian Lindell hit his 235th consecutive extra point, setting the NFL record for longest streak to open a career. The eight-year veteran passed the record set by Tommy Davis from 1959-65.
You have to give Bills coach Dick Jauron a lot of credit for the way his team has overcome an assortment of major injuries to find ways to win. Buffalo set the tempo early in this game, moving the ball quickly down the field and scoring on a touchdown pass to Lee Evans. Offensive coordinator Steve Fairchild’s conservative attack relied on the power running game behind running back Marshawn Lynch and set up the play-action passing game. The Bills’ offensive line controlled the line of scrimmage and allowed quarterback J.P. Losman to manage the game effectively, and he was able to take advantage of a suspect Bengals secondary. Both Lynch and Losman were impressive in this win.
-- Keith Kidd, Scouts Inc.
Team Stat Comparison
Passing 1st downs
Rushing 1st downs
1st downs from penalties
3rd down efficiency
4th down efficiency
|Yards per play||5.3||6.8|
Yards per pass
Yards per rush
|Red Zone (Made-Att)||2-3||2-5|
|Defensive / Special Teams TDs||1||0|
|TD||11:49||Lee Evans, 8 yd pass from J.P. Losman (Rian Lindell kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 75 yds, 3:16
|TD||8:40||T.J. Houshmandzadeh, 15 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)|
Drive info: 5 plays, 79 yds, 3:09
|FG||2:00||Rian Lindell 23 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 15 plays, 70 yds, 8:46
|TD||1:56||Glenn Holt, 100 yd kickoff return (Shayne Graham kick is good)|
Drive info: 1 plays, 100 yds, 0:00
|FG||0:06||Rian Lindell 21 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 63 yds, 1:41
|FG||7:35||Rian Lindell 29 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 10 plays, 46 yds, 5:34
|TD||3:12||Jeremi Johnson, 1 yd pass from Carson Palmer (Shayne Graham kick is good)|
Drive info: 10 plays, 70 yds, 4:24
|FG||13:58||Rian Lindell 38 yd Field Goal|
Drive info: 9 plays, 38 yds, 4:13
|TD||5:57||Robert Royal, 8 yd pass from Marshawn Lynch (Rian Lindell kick is good)|
Drive info: 7 plays, 32 yds, 4:01
|TD||2:33||Marshawn Lynch, 56 yd run (Rian Lindell kick is good)|
Drive info: 4 plays, 72 yds, 1:50