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Posted by Staff  December 20, 2009 05:43 PM

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(Updated at 7:56 p.m. to correct Owens's stats total to two catches for 20 yards.)

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- While it was a day of redemption for Randy Moss, it was a day of frustration for the self-proclaimed Original 81.

After catching just two passes for 20 yards in Sunday's loss to New England, Buffalo receiver Terrell Owens reiterated a point he's been making all season.

 "Again, I've had this statement all year," Owens said. "I'm just going with the plays that are called. If I can't really get the ball in my hands to do anything, what can you do?"

His first reception came on the game's opening drive that ended with Buffalo scoring on a field goal to take a 3-0 lead first-quarter lead.

Owens only caught one more pass the remainder of the game. Buffalo did call a reverse for Owens, but he didn't gain a yard and the Bills were called for an illegal block on the play.

"You try to stay patient," Owens said. "It's just disappointing to be in this offense and know you can play and not really being utilized the way you can to help the team.

"All I can do keep plugging ahead. I practice hard and try to do all the necessary things I can do and when my opportunities are there, try to make plays. Other than that, I really have no answers."

Owens did have an answer as to what Buffalo needs to do in order to beat the Patriots, who have won 13 straight games against the Patriots, the fourth longest winning streak one opponent has on the other in NFL history.

"It's going to take some changes," said Owens, who is in his first season with the Bills.

"Again, this is not the brand of Buffalo Bills' football these fans are used to. I think something has to be done. Again, those are not my decisions to make. Again, I'm just trying to live up to my end of the bargain."

Buffalo had just 177 yards passing as Ryan Fitzpatrick completed 17-of-25 passes for 178 yards, but he was sacked five times.

Trent Edwards replaced Fitzpatrick in the fourth quarter, but left the game with an ankle injury after New England linebacker Tully Banta-Cain sacked him on third and 11 from the Buffalo 44-yard line.

"There are some opportunities out there," Owens said. "Sometimes the protection really doesn't hold up to allow us to get those things offensively done in the pass game." 

Owens, who missed two practices this week with an illness, entered Sunday's AFC East game having caught three touchdowns in his previous four games.

Against New Orleans, Owens didn't catch a pass, ending his streak of 185 games with a reception, the third-longest in NFL history. For the season, Owens has caught 47 passes for 725 yards and four touchdowns.

"It's just disappointing knowing you're not in the playoffs at this point, but you're trying to go out on a high note and have something to play for," Owens said. "Right now, it's nothing but pride. I don't know what the answer is."
 
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