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This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Downhill from there

   September 11, 2005 -- Sometimes first impressions can be deceptive. Take the case of J.P. Losman.

   The former first-round draft choice got his first start at quarterback on this day. He came out firing as the Bills defeated the Houston Texans at Ralph Wilson Stadium, 22-7.

   "We weren't going to sit back [and wait] to try to get him more involved in the game," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "I think they were expecting us to run the ball, and we were not going to hold back. We were going to bring out the offense, try to keep them off balance. A lot of that was getting him out of the pocket. .‚.‚. A lot of that is trusting that he could do it, and he did it."

   Losman connected on his first five passes as the Bills jumped out to a 3-0 lead. He finished 17 of 28 passes for 170 yards with one touchdown and no interceptions. He was sacked only once. He ran for 31 yards.

   "It's an awesome feeling," Losman said. "Right now I don't even know how to handle exactly how I'm feeling or what I actually saw."

   That was Losman's only win as a starter that year. He spent five years as a Bill and never could grab ahold of the starting quarterback job.

--- Budd Bailey

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