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Bills Blasted in the Desert by Cardinals 41-17

The Bills lost their quarterback on the third play. They lost their defense after that. The Bills defense was pourus all game long, as the Bills dropped their first of the season 41-17 to the Arizona Cardinals.

Trent Edwards went down on the third play of the game when Al Wilson came unblocked off the edge and delivered a crushing, helmet to helmet blow to Edwards. Wilson was not flagged on the play. The Bills would soon fumble the ball away on a bad handoff between J.P. Lossman and Marshawn Lynch. The Cardinals marched down the field and scored, and never looked back.

The Bills defense gave up a whopping 373 yards of offense, a departure from their play of late. The Bills could not stop Arizona’s intermediate passing game, and the Cardinals just picked them apart all game long, eventually tiring out the unit and running all over them in the second half. The lone bright spot on the Bills defense was the play of Kawika Mitchell, who was a force to be reckoned with all day, delivering bone crunching hits despite the big deficit on the scoreboard.

In relief, J.P. Lossman had mixed success. His performance was a microcosm of his brief NFL career up to this point. He made his share of plays: a brilliant 87 yard strike to Lee Evans and a nicely executed Quarterback draw. He also made his fair share of mistakes, holding on to the Ball far too long, throwing a pick, taking sacks and putting the ball on the ground.

The Bills will do some soul searching heading into a bye-week. They will play 2-3 San Diego at home in two weeks.

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