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Posted: Tuesday, November 6, 2007 12:00 am

ORCHARD PARK - Notes from the Bills' 33-21 win over the Bengals on Sunday afternoon at "The Ralph:"

- The game was "Canada Day" at the stadium and since the tradition was started in 1994, the Bills are 10-4 in those games all time.

- Marshawn Lynch's 8-yard touchdown pass to tight end Robert Royal was the first TD toss by a Bills' non-quarterback since Joe Cribbs' throw to Curtis Brown on Nov. 9, 1981.

And that was only part of Lynch's big day.

The first-round draft choice from California got his first NFL 100 yard game, going for 153 yards on a career-best 29 carries.

His 56-yard, fourth-quarter scoring run was the longest since Willie McGahee went 57 for a TD against the Jets last December.

With half a season gone, Lynch's 690 yards are 10th best in Bills' rookie history, but he could reasonably jump past four more next Sunday in Miami: O.J. Simpson (1969, 697), Darick Holmes (1995, 698), Travis Henry (2001, 729) and Bobby Burnett (1966, 766)

- Glenn Holt's 100-yard kickoff return for a touchdown was the second-longest in Bengals' history and the first since Nov. 10, 2002. The last previous kickoff return for a touchdown against the Bills was by the Jets' Justin Miller in the 2005 season finale at Giants' Stadium. Cincinnati's longest-ever kickoff return was a 102-yarder by Eric Bieniemy in 1997.

- With his 15-yard touchdown on the Bengals' opening drive, wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh has at least one TD catch in all eight games. That's tied for second-best in NFL history from the start of the season with Pittsburgh's Buddy Dial in 1960. The Rams' Elroy Hirsch opened the 1961 season with touchdown catches in 10 straight games.

- Buffalo wide receiver Lee Evans had nine receptions on the game, moving him past Jay Riemersma (204) and into 10th place on the Bills' all-time list with 209. Next up is Frank Lewis (269). His 165 yards were the second-most of his career (he had 265 against Houston last season) and Sunday marked his ninth 100-yard-plus receiving game, but only his second at "The Ralph."

- The other Bills' starting wideout, Josh Reed, caught six balls, giving him 203 for his career, making him the 12th Bill to pass 200 catches.

- Cincinnati's lone takeaway was an interception of a J.P. Losman pass by cornerback Leon Hall, his team-leading third of the year.

- Buffalo's only takeaway was an interception of Carson Palmer by nickel back Kiwaukee Thomas in the final seconds. It was the first pick of his 8-year pro career.

- One other interesting stat.

The Bills had a nearly 11 1/2 minute edge in time of possession. It marked the fifth straight time Buffalo has had the edge in TOP and the first time since 1998 it had accomplished that five times in a row. The Bills are 7-2 starting last season when they won the possession battle and their 35:42 against the Bengals was the best since 35:57 against the Vikings 13 months ago.

- In a rarity, there wasn't a single sack in the game.

- With his first extra point, Bills' place-kicker Rian Lindell set the NFL record for consecutive conversions at the start of an NFL career. He had been tied with former 49er Tommy Davis at 234. Lindell now has 237 straight. It was also the second consecutive home game Lindell has kicked four field goals. He also had four in the 19-14 win over Baltimore.

- Losman's 295 passing yards give him 5,086 in his Bills' career, moving him past Rob Johnson (4,798) into seventh on the all-time list. Next up is Dennis Shaw (6,286). Losman fell five yards short of his third career 300-yard game.

- The Bills have now beaten Cincinnati nine straight, their longest live streak against any team.

- Buffalo outside linebacker Angelo Crowell had an outstanding game with 14 tackles, including 11 primary stops. Outside linebacker Landon Johnson topped the Bengals with nine tackles.

- The Bills had two players leave the game with injuries, wide receiver/punt returner Roscoe Parrish with a quad contusion and middle linebacker John DiGiorgio with a concussion.

- Three Bengals' starters were inactive for the game: middle linebacker Ahmad Brooks, offensive tackle Willie Anderson and defensive tackle John Thornton. In addition, running back Rudi Johnson, though finally healthy, did not start. Kenny Watson opened the game.

- The Bills' inactives were quarterback Trent Edwards (wrist), cornerback Ashton Youboty (ankle), wide receiver Sam Aiken (hamstring), linebacker Leon Joe (back), tight end Matt Murphy and defensive linemen Copeland Bryan and Jason Jefferson.

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