T.O. Catchless for First Time Since '97
Well, uh, getcha popcorn ready.
In the Saints' 27-7 win over the Bills Sunday, Owens was held catchless in a game for the first time since Jan. 4, 1997, a 35-14 playoff loss for Owens' 49ers against the Packers.
Owens was curt in his responses to the media after the game -- when asked about his feelings regarding his catch-streak ending, Owens simply said, "It's over."
At one point, a reporter asked Owens if he felt that he and Lee Evans were being wasted in the Bills' current attack. Owens responded, "Guys, we're just going with the plays that are called." When the reporter then pressed Owens, stating, "You could have said no," thereby indirectly supporting Buffalo's in-game strategy, Owens reiterated his line again.
Bills quarterback Trent Edwards targeted him on a number of passes, but couldn't connect. He had Owens with a step deep on Saints corner Jabari Greer in the third quarter, but overthrew him. An earlier pass intended for Owens deflected in the secondary and led to an interception by defensive end Will Smith. The last target Owens got came with 3:17 left in the game. Edwards hit Owens on the sideline, but Owens couldn't stay in bounds.
It was part of a rough day all around for the Bills' offense, which didn't score a single point (Buffalo's only score of the game came on a fake field goal). Edwards managed only 156 yards and was sacked four times. Josh Reed led the team with six receptions, and Derek Fine had five.