One's sliding to the turf to avoid getting hit. Another is how
to celebrate a touchdown.
The first-year starter appeared a little lost, not knowing what
to do after his 1-yard scamper into the end zone opened Buffalo's
scoring in a 27-7 win over Green Bay on Saturday.
"I was like, `Should I celebrate, should I not, should I wait
for the regular season?" said Losman, who simply stood in the end
zone holding the ball before his teammates arrived to celebrate.
"But it was a great feeling to get that first one out of the
It happened on the Bills' first series in front of a sellout
house and in Losman's home debut since the 2004 first-round draft
pick replaced Drew Bledsoe in February.
Losman followed the touchdown by engineering scoring drives on
Buffalo's next two possessions, finishing 7-of-14 for 59 yards
passing and five carries for 36 yards.
It was a much better performance after Losman managed one first
down in his first four series in Buffalo's 17-10 win at
Indianapolis last weekend.
"It was exciting to come out strong tonight, especially after
the slow start last week," Losman said. "I think definitely we
got better this week."
The Packers played with more cohesion than in their sloppy 10-7
win against San Diego last week. But they had difficulty generating
offense after Brett Favre needed only one series to show he's ready
for the regular season.
Favre went 4-of-6 for 41 yards, capping a 75-yard, 13-play
opening drive with a 12-yard touchdown pass to Ahman Green.
"It was better than last week, so it's good to show some
improvement," Favre said. "But we still have a long way to go."
In two games, Favre is 13-of-16 for 132 yards and two
Green finished with 22 yards rushing and two catches for 14
yards. Just as important, he held on to the ball after fumbling
twice against San Diego.
Rookie first-round draft pick Aaron Rodgers struggled taking
over for Favre. He finished 4-of-9 for 21 yards and an interception
in four series.
Without Favre, the Packers managed a mere 108 yards offense the
rest of the game.
"Concerned isn't the word. Aggravated probably is," Packers
coach Mike Sherman said. "I'm disappointed that our second offense
was not more productive."
Down 7-0, the Bills responded with 27 consecutive points. They
improved to 2-0, marking only the second time the team has opened a
preseason with two straight wins -- and first since 1966.
Losman's performance was not error-free.
He was sacked for a safety early in the second quarter, but the
play was negated by an illegal contact penalty against the Packers.
There were also a few times when Losman took unnecessary hits, like
when he was bowled over into the sideline by Green Bay's Aaron
Kampman, 2 yards after Losman had already picked up a first down.
"I'd still like to see him get down," coach Mike Mularkey
said. "But that's something that'll go until he figures it out or
takes a good solid hit. Hopefully, he'll pay attention to that
before it happens."
It's a particular fear with Losman, who missed the first half of
last season with a broken leg after he was hit and fell awkwardly
after a scramble during training camp.
Losman said he's trying.
"Sometimes you get so caught up, it's just a game and you don't
think it's preseason," Losman said.
Bills WR Eric Moulds did not return after bruising his ribs
in the second quarter. Moulds said he felt OK after getting the
wind knocked out of him. ... Bills backup TE Tim Euhus (strained
pectoral) will have tests Sunday, coach Mularkey said. ... Packers
TE Ben Steele did not return after he hurt his back and neck in the
second quarter. Other Packers injured were: S Todd Franz (shoulder)
and DL Kenny Peterson (neck).neck
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