Bills Notebook: Urgency surrounds team

Trent Edwards (Scout)

With favorable schedule ahead, Buffalo needs to start winning. The players are well aware...

--Based on current records, the Bills remaining schedule is less than daunting. Buffalo faces four winless teams (Browns, Panthers, Titans, Chiefs) and two .500 clubs (Jaguars, Texans) over the remaining 12 weeks of the season. The mood of the team was a positive one when it got back to work on Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium in preparation for Sunday's game against the Browns.

"It's embarrassing the way things went (last week)," DT Kyle Williams said, referencing Buffalo's 38-10 loss in Miami, among the worse of the Dick Jauron era. "But the great thing about this league is that you have Wednesday and you have another team looking you in the eye. Every team is talented enough to beat you if you don't prepare the right way and play. It's a week in, week out deal and we have another opportunity this week."

--The Bills offense is concentrating on third-down play this week. The team has converted just 11 of 47 attempts, or 23.4 percent, down from last season's 40 percent. About half of Buffalo's third-down plays have been third-and-5 or longer, meaning the team hasn't performed all that well on first and second down either. Buffalo ranks 26th in total offense and 23rd in points.

"Any offense, you want to keep it third and manageable," offensive coordinator Alex Van Pelt said. "That's third-and-5 or less. But we still have to find a way to convert third-and-10 or longer, because you're going to have days like that, too. We've got to get that done."

--Quarterback Trent Edwards tossed three interceptions for the third time in his career in last week's loss to Miami. He now has another chance to prove he can bounce back. Last year, after tossing three picks in a loss to Cleveland, he threw for 273 yards and two scores in a win over Kansas City. It's difficult to get a read on Edwards, who is good at keeping his emotions in check and always reciting the company line.

"The only reaction you'll get from me is even-keeled," he said. "It won't ever get too high or too low, win or lose. That's my personality. I can't change that."

--The Bills reacted to Cleveland's trade of talented but controversial WR Braylon Edwards to the Jets with mixed feelings. Sure, they don't have to face Edwards this weekend. Instead, they'll have to face him twice a year in the division, and Edwards makes the Jets better.

"It was shocking. I didn't see it coming," Bills WR Lee Evans said. "There are far more issues going on over there, but it tightens things up around here. He comes to our division and we have to see him twice and he's definitely a talented player."

Last year, Edwards caught eight passes for 104 yards in a Browns' victory over the Bills.

--The trade of Edwards gave the Browns two future draft picks as well as two players the Bills are familiar with: special teams ace Jason Trusnik and WR Chansi Stuckey.

"(Stuckey) was a starting receiver prior to this and I know him well," coach Eric Mangini said in a conference call with Buffalo beat reporters. "He's a smart guy, a competitive guy, he's got good hands, he's got good quickness. Jason Trusnik gives us some depth at outside linebacker, some depth at inside linebacker. He was the AFC special teams player of the week in Week 3, so he adds value there as well. And then with the draft picks, I think that'll help in the future."

BY THE NUMBERS: 290 - The number of extra points PK Rian Lindell has converted. In fact, he's never missed, making it the longest streak to start an NFL career in history.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "Listen, if we keep playing the way we're playing, we will be playing to save our own jobs. We're all under evaluation. Sure we want to win for Coach Jauron. He's a good guy and he prepares us well. But if you don't execute the scheme, it's not the coach's fault." -- DT Marcus Stroud when asked if the team was playing to save Dick Jauron's job.

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