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Wrap-up: Bills 33, Buccaneers 20

Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

The Buffalo Bills should be 2-0, and the New England Patriots should be 0-2.

But the Bills can at least find some solace Sunday in that they rebounded from what should have been a victory in Gillette Stadium to beat the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, 33-20, in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills will never get that awful Monday night feeling out of their intestines, but they at least can feel good about the way they focused on the next opponent, evened their record and restored some organizational belief. Even more impressive is that they did it on a short week and without their best tackler, middle linebacker Paul Posluszny.

A loss to the Buccaneers would have been disturbing. The Buccaneers are a bad team and were playing on the road without one their best offensive players, injured receiver Antonio Bryant.

The Bills did what they were supposed to do. Fred Jackson rushed for a career-high 163 yards. Trent Edwards completed 21 of 31 passes for 230 yards and two touchdowns with one interception.

Although it occurred when the game essentially had been decided, Edwards got Terrell Owens his first Bills touchdown, a 43-yard throw to exploit one-on-one coverage in the fourth quarter. Owens finished with three receptions for 52 yards.

Just imagine, had the Bills hung on to defeat the Patriots, they would be two games ahead of the favorite to win the AFC East and the maybe even the defending AFC East champs.

There's a decent chance the Miami Dolphins will be 0-2 after they host the Indianapolis Colts on Monday night.