Edwards Does Enough To Top Ravens
Trent Edwards (AP Photo)
Trent Edwards (AP Photo)

Posted Oct 22, 2007


The Buffalo Bills knocked off the heavily favored Baltimore Ravens 19-14 on Sunday to improve to a 2-1 record behind rookie Trent Edwards.

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- It wasn't the numbers that impressed Trent Edwards' teammates after Sunday's 19-14 victory over Baltimore at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

They were impressed by the way the rookie from Stanford operated a slowed-down version of the no-huddle offense that kept Baltimore's No. 4 ranked defense off balance, leading to a season-high output in points by the offense.

"They do a lot of things defensively to try and confuse you, so we figured if we were able to stay on the ball, they wouldn't bring out their whole package," said wide receiver Lee Evans, who got free for five catches and a season-high 98 yards. "I think he did a good job. He had a lot on his plate this week and he handled it really well."

Well enough to keep the starting job over a healthy J.P. Losman? Most likely.

While there is much room for improvement, Buffalo's offense, ranked 31st in the NFL entering the game, did some encouraging things against a Baltimore defense featuring stars such as Ray Lewis, Terrell Suggs and Ed Reed. It did help that Pro Bowl cornerback Chris McAlister and defensive tackle Trevor Pryce were out injured.

Edwards directed drives of 12- and eight-plays resulting in Rian Lindell field goals. After a Ravens fumble set up another field goal and a 9-0 Bills lead, Edwards then responded to a 46-yard touchdown run by former Buffalo running back Willis McGahee by putting up 10 more points.

Lindell's fourth field goal capped a nine-play, 51-yard drive, then Marshawn Lynch capped a five-play, 71-yard drive with a one-yard touchdown run. That drive was highlighted by a 54-yard Edwards hookup with Evans.

The coaching staff hadn't allowed Edwards to attack deep much during two previous starting assignments, but against the Ravens a long ball to Roscoe Parrish drew pass interference and set up a field goal before the play to Evans.

It's something the Bills hope to continue against the New York Jets next Sunday.

"We had some plays in our game plan this week that we could take advantage of those safeties that were sitting pretty low," said Edwards, who finished 11 of 21 for 153 yards. "When it's there, a great receiver like Lee can make a play and change the momentum of the game for us."

An Edwards mistake gave Baltimore the momentum back with 7:30 to play. On third-and-10 at his own 8-yard line, he threw to Evans on a curl route to the outside. Evans had no separation from cornerback Samari Rolle, who intercepted the ball and returned it for an easy touchdown.

A replay reversal showed Evans had touched Rolle down, but less than a minute later, Baltimore's Kyle Boller fired a 14-yard touchdown pass to Derrick Mason on fourth down to cut Buffalo's lead to 19-14.

Buffalo could generate no offense on its ensuing two possessions, but Buffalo's defense was also up to the test, forcing a punt and stopping the Ravens' on downs to seal the victory. Buffalo had suffered two last-second, one-point losses at home to Denver and Dallas so it felt good to finally close out a win.

"We didn't want history to repeat itself," strong safety Donte Whitner said. "We learned from the mistakes we made earlier in the season. We just came together and got the win."

McGahee finished with 114 yards on 19 carries in his first return visit to Buffalo, which traded him to the Ravens in the off-season for three draft picks, including a third rounder in 2007.

That player? Trent Edwards.



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