Tuesday, August 17, 2010
No preseason TDs for Bills starters since '08
Twenty possessions and counting.
That's how many preseason possessions the Buffalo Bills' starters have gone without a touchdown.
The Bills went nil for 2009 last year, a sorry stretch of 16 possessions that cost offensive coordinator Turk Schonert his job 10 days before the regular season began. Their turns ended with nine punts, three interceptions, two fumbles, one field goal and halftime. They ran 78 plays for 269 net yards.
The Bills managed only a field goal on four first-team series in Friday night's abysmal preseason loss to the Washington Redskins. Trent Edwards moved them 55 yards in nine plays on their first drive. The Bills snapped 18 times for 83 yards (field goal, interception, punt, punt) before Ryan Fitzpatrick came in.
Edwards was asked Tuesday if a touchdown Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts would be a moral victory.
"Personally, I don't believe in moral victories, but I understand your question," Edwards replied. "I feel like that's something that we need to do. We need to put the ball in the end zone. We need to get in field goal range, and we need to put points on the board.
"Our goal is to get in the end zone. We need to clean up some things here and there. We're watching a little bit of tape on the Colts, but it's not necessarily a regular-season game. We want to score, but we also need to fix some things here and there and hopefully not get anyone hurt either."
In five games over the past two preseasons, Edwards is 32-of-50 for 247 yards and zero touchdowns with four interceptions. That's a 42.7 passer rating.