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Sunday, August 9, 2009
Rough opening night for Bills first-teamers


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

CANTON, Ohio -- Good thing the Buffalo Bills get five of these games.

Their first exhibition didn't go so well for the starters on either side of the ball or on special teams.

At the end of the first quarter and down 14-0 to the Tennessee Titans in the Pro Football Hall of Fame Game, the Bills' starters appear done for the evening.

Bills coach Dick Jauron gave his starting offense one series. Trent Edwards, running the new no-huddle offense against an opponent for the first time, looked good until throwing an interception at the 7-yard line.

On the series, Edwards completed three of his four passes for 34 yards and scrambled 8 yards to convert a third down. Terrell Owens had 27 of those aerial yards on two receptions, both for first downs. But Titans safety Michael Griffin snuffed the drive.

Buffalo's first-team defense surrendered a touchdown on the ensuing drive. Tennessee went 73 yards on 11 plays to take a 14-0 lead. Bills cornerback Leodis McKelvin gave up a 19-yard Justin Gage reception on a third-and-15 play.

Buffalo's special teams got burned for the first touchdown. Tennessee's backup punter, rookie A.J. Trapasso, executed a brilliant hide-the-ball fake and darted 40 yards up the left sideline for a touchdown.