Bills Notes: Evans back on track

Edwards, Evans re-connected in Kansas City, and more Bills notes and quotes inside...

--WR Lee Evans resurfaced in Kansas City after a lengthy disappearance. Evans was held without a catch for the first time in 68 games against Cleveland, and going back to the New England game on Nov. 9, Evans had gone 16 offensive possessions without catching a pass before making a reception in the second quarter at Kansas City. He finished with five catches for 110 yards including a 51-yard bomb, Buffalo's second-longest pass play of the season. Evans had only six catches for 63 yards in the previous three games.

"I think we certainly had more opportunities this week," Evans said. "I think Turk (Schonert, the Bills' offensive coordinator) wanted to try to make a point to get me the ball at times. We didn't do it to where we had to force things. We kind of stayed in rhythm, made some big plays, threw the ball down the field a little bit."

--WR Josh Reed made a productive return to the lineup. After sitting out the previous 3 1/2 games with a high ankle sprain, Reed caught five passes for 50 yards and a touchdown. It was his first score since December 2006. "It has been awhile, but it felt good," Reed said of his first touchdown in 26 games. "It feels even better when you're winning by that much. Obviously, it felt good to be back." Reed is a reliable underneath receiver, and it was obvious that QB Trent Edwards was glad to have him back in the arsenal.

"He's got great awareness on the field and a terrific feel for the game around him, for running routes, how to beat somebody and how to get open," coach Dick Jauron said. "They do have a great comfort level with each other, so that makes a difference, there's no doubt."

--QB Trent Edwards had been going through a very rough four-game span where he committed 10 turnovers (eight picks, two fumbles) and threw only three TD passes. His passer ratings in that stretch were 67.2, 79.3, 49.2 and 50.3. But against the woeful Kansas City defense, Edwards found great comfort as he completed 24 of 32 passes for 273 yards with two TDs, no interceptions and two rushing TDs. His passer rating of 121.0 was a career high. He also ran for two TDs, becoming the first Bills QB to do that since Jack Kemp in 1966.

"We did a good job of play-calling, and the game plan was very suitable for the position I was in," Edwards said. "It was nice to get in a rhythm early in the game and get some points on the board."

--Buffalo's 54 points are the most it has ever scored in a road game, and the second most in team history, topped only by the 58 points the Bills rang up in 1966 against the expansion Miami Dolphins at old War Memorial Stadium. The 30 points at halftime were the most Buffalo has scored in one half since Dec. 9 of last year against the Dolphins, but were the most on the road since 1988 against the Jets. And the 85 combined points by the Bills and Chiefs are the third most in Bills history behind the 88 scored by Buffalo and Houston in 1989, and a pair of 86-point games with Dallas (1971) and Pittsburgh (1991).

Strategy and Personnel

PLAYER NOTES

--RB Marshawn Lynch gained 79 yards on 20 carries and scored a TD, plus he caught five passes for 25 yards.

--TE Robert Royal caught three passes for 29 yards, but he had to leave the game with a hamstring injury.

--TE Derek Schouman caught three passes for 25 yards and scored the first TD of his career.

--RB Fred Jackson had 56 yards rushing on nine attempts, and he caught two passes for 20 yards.

--SS George Wilson started, and he recovered a fumble and recorded a sack.


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