Cards knock Edwards, Bills from unbeaten ranks
GLENDALE, Ariz. - The Buffalo Bills lost their quarterback and, emphatically, their first game of the season.
Rookie Tim Hightower had a pair of touchdown runs and Kurt Warner threw to Larry Fitzgerald twice for scores to lead the Arizona Cardinals to a 41-17 victory over the Bills yesterday.
Second-year quarterback Trent Edwards, a major reason Buffalo was one of three unbeaten teams entering the day, went down with a concussion on a fierce hit from Cardinals safety Adrian Wilson on the third play of the game. It was the Bills' defense that collapsed after that.
The Cardinals (3-2), without standout receiver Anquan Boldin, amassed 373 yards against what had been one of the league's stingier defenses. Buffalo's offense contributed, too, fumbling the ball away three times in Bills territory, leading to 17 Cardinals points.
J.P. Losman, who wanted an offseason trade after losing his job to Edwards, was 15 of 21 for 220 yards, including an 87-yard TD pass to Lee Evans.
Warner, who committed six of Arizona's seven turnovers in last week's 56-35 loss at the New York Jets, bounced back to go 33 of 42 for 250 yards with no interceptions. The Cardinals did not have a turnover. With Boldin out because of a helmet-to-helmet hit by the Jets' Eric Smith, his replacement, Steve Breaston, caught seven passes for 77 yards.
Arizona scored on all four of its first-half possessions to go up 24-14 at the break. The first three went for touchdowns, giving the Cardinals eight TDs in nine possessions, going back to the second half of the Jets game.
Very early, it looked to be a long day in the desert for the Bills (4-1).
Wilson blitzed untouched and leveled Edwards, slamming the second-year quarterback onto his back. Edwards lay on the ground for several minutes before being helped to the sidelines.
Wilson, a gametime decision because of a hamstring injury, called for help from the Buffalo sideline right after the play.
"I looked to see if the ball was completed, then he didn't get up," Wilson said. "I know the situation that happened with Anquan [Boldin] last week, so it was just a scary situation whenever you see a guy just laying there and not moving. So I just wanted to help out."
Two plays later, Losman and Marshawn Lynch botched a handoff and Antonio Smith recovered for Arizona at the Bills 38. Edgerrin James ran 13 yards to help set up Warner's 2-yard TD pass to a wide-open Fitzgerald, and the Bills never pulled even again.
After the game Bills coach Dick Jauron said Edwards's neck was being iced, but his status was unknown. The Bills are off next week.
"Trent was responding, but he was still a little groggy [after the game]," Jauron said. "Hopefully, he'll be fine as time goes by here. It's a good time to have a bye."