Trent Edwards looks sharp against Steelers

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham
TORONTO -- Backup quarterback J.P. Losman drove the Buffalo Bills to their only touchdown in Saturday's preseason opener.

Trent Edwards, still viewed with a certain amount of skepticism even though he's the organization's unquestioned starter, completed 1 of 5 passes for 18 yards and failed to score after the Washington Redskins fumbled the opening kickoff.

Edwards needed to do something notable in Thursday night's exhibition with the Pittsburgh Steelers in the Rogers Centre.

Mission accomplished.

Edwards looked sensational in his two series. He conducted a high-efficiency attack to a pair of touchdowns before leaving the game in the second quarter. At the time of this posting, the Bills lead the Steelers, 17-7, in the third quarter.

The second-year pro from Stanford was 9 of 11 for 104 yards and two touchdown passes to tight end Robert Royal. Lee Evans caught three passes for 55 yards.

"There's been plenty of time to throw the ball, and that's allowed our receivers to get open down the field and allowed me plenty of time to be accurate," Edwards said at halftime.

His first drive was a methodical march that began on his own 33-yard line and concluded with a clutch touchdown pass to Royal in the back of the end zone on third and goal from the 7.

Edwards' second drive was a masterpiece. It officially went 90 yards, but a sack on the first play -- James Harrison broke free of left tackle Langston Walker and nearly pulled a Turkey Jones pile driver on Edwards -- dropped the Bills on their own 3. (The Bills need to reach an accord with Pro Bowl holdout Jason Peters ASAP).

Edwards scrambled 22 yards to get the Bills into respectable territory then completed all five of his passes for 57 yards. On third and 4 from the Steelers' 13, he tossed to Royal at the 5-yard line. Royal took it in from there.

It was a monumental peace-of-mind performance.

Losman completed 4 of 5 passes for 19 yards before giving way to Matt Baker midway into the third quarter.