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Slow Night on Offense Halts Bills in 13-10 Loss to Falcons

 Tough night on offense

It was a slow night for the Bills offense, as they put up just 11 first downs and 227 total yards in a lackluster 13-10 home loss to the Atlanta Falcons Friday night at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Starting quarterback J.P. Losman was just 7-for-13 for 78 yards, and rookie running back Marshawn Lynch, who got the start, ran the ball just five times for 16 yards with a long run of 9 yards. The Bills did strike first, as a fumble recovery by John McCargo was converted into a 48-yard field goal by Rian Lindell to put Buffalo up 3-0 with 11:25 left in the first half.

Atlanta came back with two field goals after drives of 10 plays and 5 plays that gave them a 6-3 lead at half time. In the third quarter, the Bills picked off a Chris Redman pass, and one play later, rookie Trent Edwards went 10 yards to Roscoe Parrish to put the Bills up 10-6. The ball by Edwards was nicely placed, as it was caught in the rear left corner of the end zone.

The two teams played sloppy on offense the rest of the way, with the Bills offense going nowhere, running 24 plays and never getting past the Falcons 42-yard line the rest of the night. The game-winning drive by the Falcons started at their own 20-yard line, and D.J. Shcokley got the team to the Bills 24-yard line before he was carted off with what looked like a left leg injury. Redman came back in, and four plays later found George Cooper for a 1-yard TD that put the Falcons up 13-10.

The Bills had one more chance, and Edwards got the Bills from their 24 to the 50, but on 4th-and-9 from midfield, Edwards had the ball knocked out of his hands, sealing the Bills poor night on offense and their first loss in the preseason.

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