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Ko Simpson's arrest... a wayward goal post...Posluszny feels for fans... and a strong finish by Fred Jackson among other things...

--Safety Ko Simpson was arrested outside a bar in Columbia, South Carolina, after refusing to leave officers alone, according to a police report. He was charged with hindering police and released on $470 bond, the Associated Press reported.

--Last Sunday's 13-0 loss will mostly be remembered for the wind that blew all game at a steady 35 mph, supplemented by gusts of 50 mph that bent the goalposts. The Bills and Patriots combined for 33 passes, seventh fewest in a Bills game. "It's tougher on the receivers," said QB Trent Edwards, who was 14 of 25 for 128 yards. "You don't know where the ball is going to be in terms of what the wind is going to do." Still, Edwards' 56.0 completion percentage gave him a season percentage of 65.51, second best in club history behind Kelly Holcomb's 67.39 set in 2005.

--RB Fred Jackson was among the few bright spots in Sunday's dismal season finale, which marked an 11th consecutive loss to the Patriots. Starting for an injured Marshawn Lynch (shoulder), Jackson set career highs for carries (27) and yards (136). Lynch (47) and Jackson (37) were the NFL's No. 1 running back receiving duo with 84. "It's not the way you want to end your season," Jackson said. "We came out, we fought hard. A lot of guys, we have nothing to put our heads down about. We'll keep our heads up, and this gives us something (to think about) going into the offseason."

--The Bills were 0-6 against the AFC East. It's just the second time they went winless in their division. In 1976, they were 0-8 when the division still included the Colts. For Buffalo, it's a big drop-off from a year ago when they were 4-2 against the Jets, Dolphins and Patriots. "We're an underachieving football team, that's what we are," SS Donte Whitner said.

--The Bills established a team record for fewest penalties (71) and fewest penalty yards (538) in a 16-game season, breaking previous records set under coach Dick Jauron. Compared to a year ago, that's seven fewer penalties. That's one feather in his cap. Why limiting errors hasn't led to more victories is partly explained by the fact that Bills opponents were also the least penalized ever when they faced Buffalo. Opponents broke records set last year for penalties (72) and yards (540).

--The Bills will draft 11th overall for a second year in a row. They tied San Francisco with 7-9 records, but the 49ers earned the 10th spot based on the strength-of-schedule tiebreaker. Buffalo's schedule is tougher next year. In addition to the AFC East, in which the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets each finished with winning records, the Bills' opponents are Houston, Indianapolis, New Orleans, Tampa Bay and Cleveland at home; Jacksonville, Tennessee, Atlanta, Carolina and Kansas City on the road. Miami, Tennessee, Indianapolis, Carolina and Atlanta are playoff teams.

QUOTE TO NOTE: I sympathize with them completely. Nine years without a playoff team and three years in a row at 7-9, that's frustrating. It's frustrating for us, and it's got to be more frustrating for the fans, because (at least) we have a say in it. We're doing it." -- LB Paul Posluszny.

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