Harrington struggles in Falcons' 13-10 sloppy win over Buffalo

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Bills quarterback J.P. Losman was given every opportunity to produce a scoring drive, but came up empty. Atlanta's Joey Harrington wasn't much better.

Sloppiness and inconsistency again held back a pair of teams scrambling to find an offensive identity two weeks into the preseason.

The Falcons (1-1) pulled out a 13-10 win Friday night when backup quarterback Chris Redman - filling in for injured third-stringer D.J. Shockley - hit George Cooper for a 1-yard touchdown pass with 2:38 remaining.

Redman was forced back into the game when Shockley was carted off after hurting his left leg. Shockley was finishing a 10-yard run up the left side when his left foot got caught in the turf. He fell awkwardly as linebacker Josh Stamer tackled him.

The lone touchdown for the Bills (1-1) came from third-stringer Trent Edwards, who hit Roscoe Parrish for a 10-yard pass in the third quarter. That score was set up two plays earlier when Anthony Hargrove intercepted Redman's pass deep in the Falcons' end.

Otherwise, squandered opportunities were the common denominator for both first-string units.

Losman went 7-of-13 for 78 yards passing, and the Bills starters managed just three first downs despite being given the entire first half to find chemistry. All they produced was Rian Lindell's 48-yard field goal that was set up by defensive tackle John McCargo's fumble recovery.

Including last week's 13-10 win at New Orleans, Buffalo's first-string offense has combined for 133 yards and five first downs in eight series.

'We're still working some kinks to finish off some drives,' Losman said. 'We're real confident, and we feel we'll put it together here pretty soon.'

At least Harrington was effective in moving the ball for the Falcons. Atlanta is counting on the journeyman to take over for Michael Vick, whose playing future is uncertain because of his legal troubles.

Harrington finished 4 of 7 for 31 yards passing in his second preseason start and efficiently drove the Falcons 69 yards on 10 plays on their opening possession. The drive ended when rookie Jason Snelling, attempting to sneak in off right tackle from the 1, was stuffed by safety Donte Whitner for a 2-yard loss on fourth down.

'We need to work a little bit on finishing drives,' said Harrington, sounding like Losman. 'We've had a couple come up short these first two preseason games.'

SideBar: Bengals at Falcons

When: Aug. 27, 8 p.m.

Where: Georgia Dome

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