- 2008 Buffalo Bills season
Edward Jones Dome, St. Louis, Missouri"
* Game time: 4:05 PM EDT
* Game weather: None (Domed Stadium)
* Game attendance: 61,017
* TV announcers (CBS):
Ian Eagle& Solomon Wilcots
Coming off their last-second home win over the Raiders, the Bills flew to the
Edward Jones Domefor a Week 4 interconference duel with the winless St. Louis Rams. In the first quarter, Buffalo drew first blood as kicker Rian Lindellgot a 45-yard field goal. The Rams would respond with WR Donnie Averygetting a 37-yard TD run. The Bills would answer with Lindell's 35-yard field goal. In the second quarter, St. Louis increased its lead with RB Steven Jacksongetting a 29-yard TD run.
In the third quarter, Buffalo began to rally as RB Fred Jackson got a 22-yard TD run. In the fourth quarter, the Bills completed their comeback with CB
Jabari Greerreturning an interception 33 yards for a touchdown, QB Trent Edwardscompleting a 39-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans, and Lindell nailing a 45-yard field goal.
With the win, Buffalo got its first 4-0 start since 1992.
Week 5: at Arizona Cardinals
University of Phoenix Stadium, Glendale, Arizona"
* Game time: 4:15 PM EST/2:15 PM MST
* Game weather: None (Dome Closed)
* Game attendance: 63,830
* TV announcers (CBS):
Bill Macatee& Steve Beuerlein
Coming off their road win over the Rams, the Bills flew to the
University of Phoenix Stadiumfor a Week 5 interconference duel with the Arizona Cardinals. In the first quarter, Buffalo trailed early as Cardinals QB Kurt Warnercompleted a 2-yard TD pass to WR Larry Fitzgerald. In the second quarter, Arizona increased its lead as RB Tim Hightowergot a 17-yard TD run. The Bills would respond as QB J.P. Losman completing an 87-yard TD pass to WR Lee Evans, yet the Cardinals replied with RB Edgerrin Jamesgetting a 1-yard TD run. Buffalo would answer right back with Losman getting a 1-yard TD run, yet Arizona closed out the half with kicker Neil Rackersgetting a 47-yard field goal.
In the third quarter, the Bills tried to catch up as kicker
Rian Lindellgot a 48-yard field goal, but the Cardinals answered with Warner completing a 2-yard TD pass to Fitzgerald. In the fourth quarter, Arizona pulled away as Rackers nailed a 38-yard field goal, along with Hightower getting a 2-yard TD run,
With the loss, Buffalo went into their bye week at 4-1.
Trent Edwards(3/3 for 18 yards), who originally started, was knocked out the game on the Bills' third offensive play by Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson with a concussion.
Notable Roster Additions
Marcus Stroud- Acquired via trade with the Jacksonville Jaguarsin exchange for 2008 3rd and 5th round selections.
Kawika Mitchell- Signed as a free agent from the New York Giants.
* DT Spencer Johnson- Signed as a free agent from the
Courtney Anderson- Signed as a free agent from the Oakland Raiders. Released on August 30.
* CB William James - Signed as a free agent from the
Philadelphia Eagles. Was released on August 30, after being beaten out in training camp.
Notable Roster Losses
Anthony Hargrove- Suspended by league for one year January 24th
* RB Anthony Thomas- Released on February 27th
Larry Tripplett- Released on February 29th
Coy Wire- Released on February 27th, failed physical
Peerless Price- Released on February 14th
Sam Aiken- Signed with the New England Patriotsas a free agent
Jason Webster- Signed with the New England Patriotsas a free agent
Michael Gaines- Signed with the Detroit Lionsas a free agent
Going into the 2008 NFL Draft the teams biggest needs are at wide receiver, cornerback, and tight end. Specifically, the team's top three wide receivers were all under 5'11" in height, and a large wide receiver was a high priority for the team. The Bills had a large number of selections in the 2008 draft and addressed these needs by selecting
Leodis McKelvin, considered by many to be the top cornerback in the draft, in round 1, and James Hardy, a 6'5" playmaking receiver also considered to be among the best in the class, in round 2. Tight end, however, was not addressed until Round 4, with the selection of Derek Fine. Depth picks filled out the rest of the draft order.
Leodis McKelvin, CB, Troy
*Round 2(41)- James Hardy, WR, Indiana
*Round 3(72)-Chris Ellis, DE, Virginia Tech
Reggie Corner, CB, Akron
Derek Fine, TE, Kansas
Alvin Bowen, OLB, Iowa State
Xavier Omon, RB, Northwest Missouri State University
Demetrius Bell, OT, Northwestern State University
*Round 7(224)-Steve Johnson, WR, Kentucky
Kennard Cox, DB, Pittsburgh ESPNdraft analyst Mel Kiper Jr.gave the Buffalo Bills a C+ grade for their 2008 NFL Draft, praising the selections of McKelvin and Hardy but criticising the selections of Corner and Fine as reaches in the 4th round.
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