ORCHARD PARK, N.Y., NOV. 11 -- Steady 29 mph winds at Rich Stadium were a key factor throughout the game today, and the Buffalo Bills, who play and practice in those conditions frequently, took advantage of them to wear down the Phoenix Cardinals, 45-14.

The Bills (8-1) have won seven straight. Phoenix is 2-7.

Buffalo quarterback Jim Kelly, forced to work without leading receiver Andre Reed after Reed's first-quarter ankle injury, threw touchdown passes to Steve Tasker (first touchdown catch of his five-year career), Keith McKeller, Butch Rolle and Don Beebe.

And when the Bills, leading by only a touchdown, needed to kill the clock against the wind in the third quarter, they methodically drove 64 yards in 7:34. The drive ended with Scott Norwood's 25-yard field goal on the first play of the fourth quarter to increase the lead to 24-14.

"The thing that we didn't want to do is make a critical mistake with them having the wind," Buffalo center Kent Hull said of the third-quarter drive, which followed a 29-yard touchdown pass from Timm Rosenbach to Ernie Jones that cut the Bills lead to 21-14.

"When the fourth quarter came, we were through," said Cardinals safety Lonnie Young. "We couldn't throw the ball."

The Bills, however, scored three fourth-quarter touchdowns.

Beebe caught an 11-yard touchdown pass, Jamie Mueller scored on a one-yard run and Ken Davis added a 13-yard touchdown run.

"The weather had such an impact on the game," said Bills Coach Marv Levy. "If you get behind, as {Phoenix did}, the score can mount up."

Phoenix....7....0.... 7.... 0....14