Is Lindell Over the Hump?
Kicker Rian Lindell (Rick Stewart/Getty)
Kicker Rian Lindell (Rick Stewart/Getty)

Posted Oct 24, 2007


Is Bills kicker Rian Lindell over the hump? ... Marshawn Lynch marches on ... Michael Gaines continues a career-long streak ... and more in today's Bills Player Notes.

Place-kicker Rian Lindell had been having a quietly frustrating season for the Bills. Through the season's first five games, he had attempted just five field goals, making three.

That lack of work was indicative of Buffalo's offensive struggles and failure to drive consistently into the opponents' red zone.

In Sunday's victory over Baltimore, however, the Bills offense got on track, earning four red-zone opportunities. Rookie quarterback Trent Edwards could get his team into the end zone just once, but Lindell was there to pick up the slack, connecting on three field goals and four overall.

The Bills won 19-14.

"It was great -- they all went through," said Lindell describing how the game went for him. "I think anytime you can put points up after a drive, that's good. You want a touchdown first, then a field goal. It's nice to just keep chipping away and keep adding. Before long, you've got 12 points on the board."

Lindell's two misses this season were costly, coming in one-point defeats to Denver (from 45 yards) and Dallas (from 54).

The misses didn't happen at dramatic times, but when the opponent's kicker is winning the game with kicks with no time on the clock -- which happened both times -- it can be tough to watch.

Lindell remains Buffalo's all-time most accurate kicker at 82.64 percent (100 of 121). That's better than Steve Christie's 78.26 percent.

Lindell's four field goals on Sunday marked his fifth career four-field goal game (all with Buffalo) and raised his career total to 158, tying him for 63rd place on the NFL's all-time list, breaking a tie with Horst Muhlmann (154), passing Toni Fritsch (157), and matching Mike Lansford (158).

"You just keep fighting, you just keep swinging," Lindell said about his kicking philosophy. "It's nice because we've had two games that were heart-wrenching and to keep positive and play well is great."

PLAYER NOTES

--QB Trent Edwards remains the only quarterback from the 2007 draft to start this season. He was 2-1 subbing for injured J.P. Losman and has been named the starter full-time. He was 7-of-12 for 76 yards on four field goal drives against Baltimore on Sunday and threw a 54-yard completion to Lee Evans to set up a touchdown.

--RB Marshawn Lynch scored his fourth touchdown of the season on Sunday against Baltimore. That's the most by a Bills rookie running back since Travis Henry had four in 2001.

--TE Michael Gaines has a catch in six consecutive games dating to last season, extending a career-long streak.

--WR Lee Evans is the ninth Bill with 3,000 career-receiving yards. He hit the milestone in his 54th game, second fewest in club history. Frank Lewis needed 52 games as a Bill to hit the mark.

--WR Josh Reed is beginning to heat up with big plays. He has had two receptions of at least 25 yards in two of his last three games, including a 25-yarder against Baltimore that set up Buffalo's fourth field goal.

--DE Anthony Hargrove is starting to get in game shape after missing four games serving an NFL suspension. In Sunday's win over Baltimore, he registered a half-sack (with LB John DiGiorgio) and finished with three quarterback pressures.

--PK Rian Lindell's four field goals on Sunday was his fifth career four-field goal game. It raised his career total to 158, tying him for 63rd place on the NFL's all-time list, breaking a tie with Horst Muhlmann (154), passing Toni Fritsch (157), and matching Mike Lansford (158).

--LB Leon Joe has a bone bruise that will need further testing.

--DE Chris Kelsay suffered an ankle injury against the Ravens but was able to return.

--LB Josh Stamer is nursing a calf injury but should be fine for this week's game against the Jets.



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