When Johnnie Lee Higgins took a pass from JaMarcus Russell in stride, racing past Bills defenders with 6:23 left, it appeared to be the knockout punch. Higgins 84 yarder put the Raiders up 23-14, and knocked the wind out of the fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium.
One person who didn’t panic was second year pro Trent Edwards. “It’s not over until it’s over. It sounds like a cliché but really it’s true.” Edwards proved that old cliché true, leading the Bills to two consecutive scoring drives to squeak out a 24-23 win against the Oakland Raiders.
The Bills were their worst enemy for much of the game, turning the ball over three times. Lee Evans, who was involved prominently in two of those turnovers, was the first to admit it. “It was bad. We were killing ourselves and we knew what we could do,” Evans said.
With the Bills down 9 and with just about six minutes left, the Bills offense would rise to the challenge with a 7-play 69 yard touchdown drive ending in a spectacular 14 yard pass from Trent Edwards to Roscoe Parrish. Edwards was under heavy pressure and could not see Parrish on the play.
After a quick three and out, kicker Rian Lindell drilled a 38 yard field goal as time expired. Lindell redeemed himself for an earlier missed field goal. “I can sleep tonight now,” Lindell said after the game.
The Bills move to 3-0 and travel to Saint Louis to take on the lowly Rams next week. Oakland drops to 1-2, and the status of their head coach Lane Kiffin is up in the air as they head back home to face San Diego.
Trent Edwards did not mince words in his post game interview. When asked what the win meant, Edwards said, “It means a lot, we are going to grow up a lot from this win. And it felt like for a while there it wasn’t our day. We could have sat there and been like, ‘it’s not our day’. But now the guys in the locker room are happy and we are sitting here 3-0. It comes down to the head coach. I really think he’s one of the best in the business. You know I want to win for my players but I want to win for coach Jauron even more.”