Even without Joey Galloway to throw to, Jon Kitna is getting the job done for the Seattle Seahawks.
Kitna, in his first full season as the Seahawks' starter, passed for two touchdowns and Todd Peterson kicked four field goals as Seattle moved into a three-way tie for first place in the AFC West with a 26-16 victory over Buffalo today.
With Galloway still holding out in a bitter contract dispute that threatens his entire season, Kitna made Derrick Mayes his top target--teaming with him on scoring passes of seven and 43 yards.
"Jon made very good throws to me," Mayes said. "All I had to do was catch it."
Peterson kicked field goals of 40, 21, 42 and 34 yards for the Seahawks (4-2), who rebounded after a last-second defeat in San Diego last weekend to grab a share of first place in the division with the Chargers and Kansas City Chiefs.
The Bills (4-3) lost for the second week in a row following a four-game winning streak.
Seattle built a 23-3 halftime lead, but Doug Flutie rallied Buffalo in the second half. After a 45-yard completion to rookie Peerless Price, Flutie threw a one-yard touchdown pass to tight end Jay Riemersma with 7 minutes 32 seconds left to cut Seattle's lead to 26-16.
But Flutie, who celebrated his 37th birthday today, committed his third turnover of the game when he was sacked by Michael Sinclair and fumbled. Sam Adams recovered for the Seahawks on the Seattle 45 with 5:10 to go.
Playing without guard Ruben Brown, No. 2 tackler and linebacker John Holecek and top receiver Eric Moulds, who were injured last week against the Oakland Raiders, the Bills couldn't get any pressure on Kitna in the first half and they couldn't get anything going on offense, either.