ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. (AP) – Linebacker London Fletcher and Buffalo Bills’ turnover-happy defense made up for a sputtering offense hampered by Willis McGahee’s rib injury Sunday.

Fletcher scored on a 17-yard interception return of Brett Favre’s pass, keying a four-takeaway performance in Buffalo’s 24-10 win over the Green Bay Packers.

Rookie safety Ko Simpson sealed the win when he intercepted Favre’s pass on first down from the 1 with the Packers down 17-10. Simpson returned it 76 yards to set up Anthony Thomas’ 14-yard touchdown run.

J.P. Losman hit Lee Evans for a 43-yard TD pass, breaking a 10-10 tie, and the quarterback finished 8-of-15 for 102 yards. More important, Losman did not commit a turnover after producing eight, including five interceptions, in his past three games.

The win, which ended Buffalo’s three-game losing streak, did come at a price. McGahee did not return after he was hurt four minutes in.

Thomas filled in and finished with 95 yards rushing, helping Buffalo improve to 3-5.

Favre and the offense’s sloppiness spoiled what was otherwise a stingy defensive effort for a Green Bay team (3-5) attempting to win three straight for the first time in two years.

Defensive tackle Corey Williams had a career-high three sacks, keying a five-sack Packers effort. Green Bay’s defense limited the Bills to 90 yards and four first downs in the first three quarters.

Buffalo finished with 184 yards on offense, the fewest allowed by the Packers since a 10-0 win over the Bills at Green Bay on Dec. 22, 2002.

It wasn’t enough, even for a Green Bay offense that generated 427 yards and 26 first downs.

Favre finished 28-of-47 for 287 yards, including a 1-yard touchdown pass to Donald Driver. Ahman Green had 122 yards rushing for his third straight 100-yard game.

The trouble was turnovers, which came at the most inopportune times.

Besides Favre’s two interceptions, which both led to Bills scores, center Scott Wells botched two snaps.

Wells’ second miscue proved very costly, coming in the final seconds of the first half with Green Bay having first down at the Bills 5. With Favre lined up in a shotgun, Wells’ hard snap hit the quarterback’s face mask, the ball bouncing toward the line of scrimmage, where Aaron Schobel recovered.

The four turnovers were one more than Green Bay committed in its previous three games. Favre, meanwhile, had not thrown an interception in 111 attempts before being picked off by Fletcher.

The Bills, who never trailed, took the lead for good when Losman found Evans wide open up the left sideline, 10 yards behind cornerback Al Harris.

It was the first time in 16 career starts that Losman’s won a game when tied or trailing in the fourth quarter, and it came as Bills fans were questioning whether the second-year starter should be benched.

Rian Lindell rounded out Buffalo’s scoring with a 28-yard field goal, set up by Terrence McGee’s game-opening 61 yard kickoff return. The drive stalled at the Packers 9 when McGahee was hurt, stuffed by Colin Cole for a 3-yard loss on third down.

The player lay on the field for several minutes and required help to the sideline. McGahee had difficulty walking and also winced. He was carted to the locker room after the training staff attended to McGahee’s left side.

Dave Rayner hit a 49-yard field goal for Green Bay.

AP-ES-11-05-06 1630EST


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