Bills Beat Lions 20-13

Buffalo's J.P. Losman and Willis McGahee made the most of their abbreviated playing time as McGahee scored a touchdown on Buffalo's opening 13-play, 85-yard drive and the Bills went on to down the Detroit Lions, 20-13, in the exhibition finale for both teams.

Losman completed all five of his pass attempts and McGahee scored on a 1-yard run during their only series together. Losman threw for 52 yards, and McGahee ran for 29 yards and the TD on the opening 13-play, 85-yard scoring drive. Buffalo's opening touchdown consumed 8:42 of clock and was propelled by consecutive big plays. Running back Willis McGahee shifted gears around left end for a 20-yard gain. Tight end Robert Royal then took a screen pass from Losman, and sped down the left side for another 20-yard pickup. Losman then converted two long third downs with pass completions to Peerless Price and Lee Evans. Losman, who won the starting job earlier this week, also played in Buffalo's second series but didn't attempt a pass.

"We go out there with a plan and we try to execute it every week. Today we were able to come out from the get-go and do that," Losman said. "We've showed peaks and valleys throughout the preseason. But to come out and do it on the first drive is impressive."

In the race for the Bills' backup quarterback job, Kelly Holcomb and Nall each produced a drive that ended with a Rian Lindell field goal, giving Buffalo a 13-7 lead through three quarters. Lindell's kicks of 21 and 35 yards made him 6 of 6 for the preseason.

Holcomb played the second quarter and wound up 4 of 4 for 81 yards, including hookups with Josh Reed for 26 and 32 yards. It was Holcomb's most productive showing of the summer after not playing at all last weekend against Cleveland. Nall played the entire second half and finished 7 of 11 for 119 yards, one touchdown and an interception that led to a Detroit field goal, cutting the Bills' lead to 13-10. But on the very next series, he found Davis — who had four steps on rookie cornerback Harris Smith — in stride far down the right side for a touchdown. Davis, who signed as a free agent, may have solidified his status with the team. He had been vying for a job with George Wilson and Jonathan Smith.

Buffalo had TD pass plays this summer of 46, 54 and 70 yards. Nall wound up producing four TD drives overall.

Josh McCown completed 11-of-14 passes for 96 yards and one touchdown for the Lions. Detroit tied the game in the second with a seven-yard pass from McCown's 7-yard TD toss to Eddie Drummond tied the game at 7 five minutes into the second quarter. The scoring drive covered 93 yards on 14 plays.

After a scoreless third quarter, Lindell converted a 35-yarder with 14:06 remaining. Detroit answered on the other end as Jason Hanson kicked a 45- yarder with a tick over nine minutes left. Hanson again kept the Lions close, as he converted a 36-yarder with 3:06 remaining, but it was not enough.

Many of the teams' top players were held out of the game, including Lions starting quarterback Jon Kitna and Buffalo Bills LB Takeo Spikes.


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