Buffalo's win streak came to an end at four, as the Bills were pummeled by the Cardinals, 41-17. The game featured an impressive offensive attack by the Arizona Cardinals, who were coming off a tough week 4 loss to the Jets. The Bills couldn't come up with any answers for the Cardinals as they turned in easily their sloppiest performance of the year.
The game started on a terrible note for the Bills when second-year quarterback Trent Edwards was knocked out of the game with a concussion on the third play of the game. Fifth-year veteran JP Losman came in to takeover for the injured Edwards, who wouldn't see any more action during the game.
Misfortune continued for the Bills when the Cardinals went on to score 14 unanswered points by the beginning of the second quarter. Kurt Warner connected with Larry Fitzgearald for a two-yard touchdown, and rookie Tim Hightower ran in their second touchdown on a 17-yard run.
Buffalo answered in the second quarter when JP Losman connected with his favorite target, Lee Evans, for an 87-yard touchdown pass that seemed to give the Bills' offense a little more momentum. The pass and catch were the longest in both Losman and Evans' careers.
The two teams would each go on to score another touchdown before the half. The Cardinals scored on an Edgerrin James run of one yard and the Bills on a two-yard dive by JP Losman to make the score 24-14 at the half.
The Cardinals offered no chance for another second-half Bills rally, as they took complete control of the second half. They scored 17 more points in the final two quarters, from another Warner-Fitzgerald touchdown pass, a Neil Rackers 38-yard field goal, and a Hightower touchdown run.
The Bills tallied only three points in the final half, off of a Rian Lindell 48-yard field goal.
Arizona had a firm grasp of the entire game, controlling the ball 36:16 to the Bills' 23:44. They compiled 373 total yards and five touchdowns. The Bills managed only 276 yards, committed four turnovers and were flagged for six penalties and 36 yards.
The Bills drop to 4-1 on the season heading into their bye week, while the Cardinals improve to 3-2.
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