T.O. muted on, off field
September, 15, 2009
By Tim Graham | ESPN.com
|Receiver Terrell Owens did not get off to a great start with the Bills. Owens was targeted on only three of Trent Edwards' 25 pass attempts.|
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- Terrell Owens wasn't in a talkative mood after his Buffalo Bills suffered an esophagus-twisting 25-24 defeat to the New England Patriots on Monday night.
"You're all wasting your time," Owens said as he wheeled away from a crowd of reporters gathered at his locker stall. "I don't have nothing to say."
Owens was silent on the field, too. But the guy can't fling the ball to himself.
Bills quarterback Trent Edwards threw to Owens only three times. Owens caught two balls for 46 yards.
ESPN Stats & Information dug around and discovered Monday night was only the third game since 2000 that Owens was targeted so infrequently. He was thrown to three times against the Cincinnati Bengals in October 2008 and against the Kansas City Chiefs in November 2000.
In his two seasons with the Dallas Cowboys, they targeted him an average of 8.5 times a game.
"Give a lot of credit to their defense," Edwards said. "They're well-coached, a well-oiled machine on that side of the ball.
"Those guys were sitting back there pretty deep, and a lot of the times we're going to look to the interior guys, getting Josh [Reed] and getting Roscoe [Parrish] and getting Derek Schouman the ball.
"I need to look and film and see where I can take my shots and when I can't."
Edwards' favorite option was running back Fred Jackson. Edwards threw his way seven times, connecting on five receptions for 83 yards and a touchdown.
Patriots receiver Randy Moss, meanwhile, had one of the better nights of his career. Moss caught 12 passes, tying a career-high, for 141 yards.
With the Patriots' triumph, Moss now is 3-2 against Owens.