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Kawika Mitchell had a sack and an interception in Sunday's win over San Diego. He's the first Bills player to record both in a single game since what other Bills player?
Trent Edwards was at his best Sunday completing more than 83 percent of his passes (25-30) making for the most accurate passing day in Bills history. Unlike previous games this season, Edwards started hot and continued his success throughout the game.
The Bills quarterback completed 13 straight passes in the first half tying Jim Kelly and Doug Flutie for the third longest streak in team annals. Edwards holds the record with 16 straight set back in this year's opener against Seattle.
Edwards was 6-7 for 66 yards on the team's two touchdown drives. His passer rating of 114 was the third 100-plus rating game of his career. His career high came against Jacksonville in Week 2.
Buffalo's defense had a season best day when it came to shutting down the run game. They held the Chargers to just 72 yards rushing, a season low. LaDainian Tomlinson had just 41 yards on 14 carries. The rest of San Diego's rushing yardage came on a 31-yard reverse. The run front had eight plays where they allowed one yard or less including a pair of tackles for loss.
Finding Lee Evans was not a problem for Edwards Sunday as the Bills' signal caller hit his top wideout three times on the opening drive and found him five more times through the course of the game, including a two-yard touchdown reception.
His eight catches for 89 yards put Evans up and over the 250 career reception plateau. Evans reached that mark in just 70 games, tying Peerless Price for second fewest games needed by a Bills receiver to hit 250.
Evans now also has touchdowns in three straight games.
Lynch and Jackson play catch
Making use of the backs in the passing game was a point of emphasis for offensive coordinator Turk Schonert. Marshawn Lynch matched a career single-game high of four receptions Sunday. He's already eclipsed his season total for 2007 with 19 catches on the year. Lynch had 18 all of last season.
Meanwhile Jackson chipped in three catches and is now five receptions away from surpassing his 2007 season total (22). Jackson now has a five-game reception streak.
Roscoe Parrish, Josh Reed, Robert Royal and Derek Schouman were instrumental in Buffalo's underneath passing game combining for 10 catches for 122 yards. Royal had four catches for the third time in six games this season and posted a new season high accounting for 53 of the yards.
Buffalo's defensive linemen were in the right place at the right time. Kyle Williams hit Philip Rivers, which looked like it contributed to Rivers fumble in the second quarter and fellow defensive tackle Marcus Stroud recovered. Defensive end Copeland Bryan recovered Rivers other fumble late in the fourth quarter to secure the victory. Bryan also pressured Rivers on the pass that was intercepted by Kawika Mitchell in the end zone.
Inside the numbers
The Bills are now 14-4 under Dick Jauron when the offense gains 275 yards or more (370 Sunday). They're 12-2 when holding opponents to less than 300 yards (263 Sunday), 10-3 when holding opponents to less than 100 yards rushing (72 Sunday) and are 13-3 when holding the ball for more than 30 minutes (35:29 Sunday). Buffalo is now also 9-2 under Jauron when forcing three or more turnovers (1 INT, 2 fumbles Sunday).
Name that player answer
Bills LB Angelo Crowell was the last player to record a sack and interception in the same game when he did it against the Dolphins in Miami on Sept. 17, 2006, a 16-6 Bills victory.