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Bills clamping down on AFC East

10/20/2008

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
The Buffalo Bills defeated the San Diego Chargers on Sunday and are off to their first 5-1 start since 1995 and their sixth since 1988.

Every time, the Bills went on to win the AFC East and never finished with fewer than 10 wins. Only twice did they not reach the Super Bowl. (The shaded part of the chart indicates Super Bowl appearances).

Those, of course, were the halcyon days of Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and Bruce Smith.

Trent Edwards, Marshawn Lynch and Donte Whitner are trying to write their own history. Edwards made his first start since suffering a concussion in Week 5 and completed 25 of 30 passes for 261 yards and a touchdown.

The Bills are two games ahead of the New York Jets and three games ahead of the Miami Dolphins. Both teams lost on Sunday. The New England Patriots are 3-2 and host the Denver Broncos on Monday night.

The Bills are 3-0 after a bye week under head coach Dick Jauron. They also raised their record to 12-2 in games when they hold opponents to less than 300 yards. The Chargers gained 263, with star running back LaDainian Tomlinson managing only 41 rushing yards.