Losman hits the spot

ROB LONGLEY -- Toronto Sun

, Last Updated: 7:43 AM ET

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- To hear Buffalo Bills quarterback J.P. Losman tell it, he was willing to do just about anything to get his starting job back.

Yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Kansas City Chiefs took care of the dirty work for him.

With a concussed Kelly Holcomb seeing stars after being pummeled to the turf by Chiefs defensive end Jared Allen early in the second quarter, Losman got his chance.

And this time, with frustration from four games on the bench eating at him, Losman wasn't about to mess up.

Highlight quality touchdown passes of 33 and 29 yards to Lee Evans gave the Bills a 14-3 win over a Chiefs team that played as dazed and confused as a woozy Holcomb looked.

'FEELINGS OF ANGER'

"I was thinking about (being benched) and how tough it was," said Losman, who completed nine of 16 attempts for 137 yards. "I was doing anything I could in practice to get back in there. Being the second guy again and all those feelings of anger that built up in me ... I used that as my focus."

Predictably, Bills coach Mike Mularkey wasn't ready to hand the ball back to Losman for good. But when he looks at the game film today, the coach will see a much different QB than the one who got the hook in Week 4.

"He came in with a lot more confidence," said Evans, whose second TD came on a perfect throw to the back of the end zone. "He came in with the mindset like: 'I've been here before.'"

Nice as they were, two touchdown tosses aren't enough to validate dumping Drew Bledsoe in the off-season, just yet. But they at least provided a glimpse that the Bills 2004 first-round pick may have a future.

His agility outside of the pocket helps open plays downfield. And unlike early in the season, Losman seemed less skittish while on the run.

"He has progressed," Mularkey said.

"He has taken some steps without taking (game) snaps. You have to see it on a daily basis. Obviously, he came prepared. I think he took advantage of it and didn't flinch."

The switch to Losman certainly provided the Bills, losers of their previous two, with a spark. The sellout crowd of 72,093 seemed to approve and the Bills defence responded with its biggest effort in weeks.

Despite losing safety Troy Vincent with a shoulder injury, the Bills made life miserable for Trent Green. The Chiefs quarterback, who came into the game with just three interceptions this season, but left with double that total.

"It's embarrassing," Chiefs tight end Tony Gonzalez said of his team's meek offensive effort. "For us to go out there and score three points is inexcusable."

With their fourth win in five home dates, the Bills (4-5) remained a game behind the AFC East-leading New England Patriots (5-4).

Now Buffalo must prove it can win on the road, beginning with a tough assignment next week in San Diego.

Mularkey said he wants to see how Holcomb's head is before he makes a decision on his starting quarterback. Yesterday, Losman made his pitch on and off the field.

"I play better when the odds are against me," the precocious 24-year-old said.

"It's the coaches decision ... I would love to be the guy. I would love for them to say: 'All right, here we go, take us to where we want to go.'"


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