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Preston Brown goes wire-to-wire for Bills

CHICAGO -- Taking a closer look at defensive snaps played by the Buffalo Bills in Sunday's 23-20 overtime win against the Chicago Bears:

Defensive ends:

Jerry Hughes -- 49 of 74

Mario Williams -- 48 of 74

Jarius Wynn -- 26 of 74

Manny Lawson -- 25 of 74

Jacquies Smith -- 0 of 74 (inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Just about a 2:1 ratio of snaps for the starters to Wynn and Lawson. That's much more of a rotation than the Bills had last season. One of the team's goals, Marrone said after the game, has been to keep its pass-rushers fresh in the fourth quarter. The only sack from this group, however, came from Williams in the first quarter.

Defensive tackles:

Marcell Dareus -- 58 of 74

Kyle Williams -- 53 of 74

Stefan Charles -- 15 of 74

Corbin Bryant -- 14 of 74

Quick-hit thoughts: Almost a 4:1 ratio here. The Bills still cycled in Charles and Bryant but needed Dareus and Williams to plug the middle against Matt Forte and the Bears' rushing attack.

Linebackers:

Preston Brown -- 74 of 74

Brandon Spikes -- 52 of 74

Keith Rivers -- 38 of 74

Ty Powell -- 11 of 74

Randell Johnson -- 0 of 74 (special teams only)

Nigel Bradham -- 0 of 74 (suspended)

Quick-hit thoughts: Impressive for Brown, a third-round rookie, to play every snap in his debut. Those numbers will undoubtedly take a hit when Bradham returns from his suspension next week, but there were only a few hiccups from Brown. Martellus Bennett's touchdown early in the game is a play that Brown, who fell down, would like back.

Cornerbacks:

Leodis McKelvin -- 73 of 74

Corey Graham -- 70 of 74

Nickell Robey -- 49 of 74

Ron Brooks -- 5 of 74

Ross Cockrell -- 0 of 74 (did not play)

Stephon Gilmore -- 0 of 74 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: After testing out his injured groin before the game, Gilmore told team doctors he wasn't ready to go. That put McKelvin in a tough spot and the Bears picked on him. It wasn't his best outing. Graham, meanwhile, left for a few plays with an apparent ankle injury but returned. Brooks filled in briefly in his absence.

Safeties:

Aaron Williams -- 65 of 74

Da'Norris Searcy -- 60 of 74

Duke Williams -- 29 of 74

Jonathan Meeks -- 0 of 74 (injured/inactive)

Quick-hit thoughts: Aaron Williams left late in the game with concussion-like symptoms. He was in the locker room after the game and his status will be something to watch this week. Duke Williams stepped in and didn't have any major breakdowns. He was also the team's sixth defensive back in dime packages.