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Bills try to extend Falcons' streak

ATLANTA -- The Atlanta Falcons and Buffalo Bills might wish they could have switched divisions this season.

The Falcons, already eliminated from the playoffs, improved to 2-1 against the AFC East with last week's win at the New York Jets. The Bills, overwhelmed by a staggering list of injuries that grew longer this week, have somehow managed a 2-1 mark against the NFC South in their 5-9 season.

Buffalo quarterback Brian Brohm is expected to make his NFL debut today against the Falcons. Ankle injuries to Trent Edwards and Ryan Fitzpatrick have given Brohm a possible opening to start.

Brohm will be a part of history if he completes two passes to Terrell Owens. Owens is two catches away from becoming the sixth player with 1,000 career receptions.

"There's got to be a comfort level for him and so I think I'm pretty sure he may have a few jitters here and there with it being a new situation for him, so we have to help him out," Owens said. "So as a team, and as a receiver, yeah we have to be on the same page, and I want to be able to communicate and let him know that we're going to be there to make plays for him and try not to put too much on his shoulders."

Brohm, from Louisville, was a second-round pick by Green Bay in the 2008 draft. The Bills signed Brohm from the Packers' practice squad on Nov. 19 -- two days after Dick Jauron was fired as head coach and defensive coordinator Perry Fewell was hired as interim coach.

"I think this will be the first time that anybody from the Bills sees me out there in live action, so it's an opportunity to go out there and make a good first impression, and hopefully play well," Brohm said.

"No matter what the circumstance, it doesn't matter that this is my first week getting reps in this offense. None of that matters. I think I need to seize the opportunity and try to make the most of it."

Fewell said Brohm made a good impression by learning quickly in his first month with the team.

"The one thing that we noticed when he first came was that he's a sharp guy," Fewell said. "He's a very intelligent guy. ... It won't limit what we do. We'll do what Brian does best if that's the way we choose to go. He's already had his training camp because he's been here a month."

Owens has 47 catches for 725 yards and four touchdowns.

"I haven't really played up to my standards," Owens said, adding he has "tried to remain focused and positive" with the hopes of ending the season with two wins.

"That's about the best you can do at this point because you know you're not going to the playoffs," he said.

The win against the Jets left the Falcons (7-7) with a chance to become the first team in franchise history with back-to-back winning seasons. The Falcons, 11-5 in their 2008 playoff season, must beat the Bills and win at Tampa Bay next week for a 9-7 finish.