Sunday, November 7, 2010
Wrap-up: Bears 22, Bills 19
By Tim Graham
Some thoughts from Buffalo's 22-19 loss to Chicago.
What it means: The Bills remained winless despite being highly competitive and losing by a field goal three straight games. The Bills also are 0-3 in Toronto since beginning that annual series.
Still in the ditch: The Bills are the only NFL team without a victory and at 0-8 are off to their worst start in 26 years.
Trending: Bills receiver Steve Johnson had another big game. He caught 11 passes for 145 yards, but his touchdown streak ended at five games. He'll have to settle for tying the team record rather than owning it outright.
Lindell miss looms: Rian Lindell's rare mistake could've been costly. His streak of 321 consecutive extra points was the longest to start a career in NFL history. His 322nd attempt was blocked in the third quarter, preserving a 14-13 Bears lead and factored in the teams going for two-point conversions late in the game. The Bears got a two-pointer, but the Bills didn't.
Sack exchange rate: Maybe sacks aren't worth as much in Canada as they are in the U.S. The Bears went into Sunday as the NFL's most-sacked team, with 31 in just seven games. The Bills got to Jay Cutler just once. The Bills couldn't get an interception either.
What's next: The Bills will host their first Ralph Wilson Stadium game in five weeks when the Detroit Lions visit Sunday.