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Statistics so far are eye-catching

Do not adjust your computer monitor or check your eyeglasses, Bills fans.

The numbers you are about to read are real. Through the first three weeks of the season, the Buffalo Bills are the highest-scoring team in the NFL, with 113 points (37.7 per game). They're averaging 431 yards per game, which is third in the league.

"We've gotten off to a great start, no doubt," Bills running back Fred Jackson said, before adding the caveat that's become mantra in the Bills locker room. "We have a lot of work that we can still look at and see where we can improve as an offense even with the stats we're putting up now. There are a lot of plays that we look at on film that can still be made by us.

"There's still a lot of games to be played and a lot of work," quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick said. "There's a lot of stuff we can correct from this last game. The goal is to get better every week and we need to continue to do that."

By now, the Bills' recent history on offense is well known. It's been offensive.

Buffalo hasn't finished in the top 10 in yards per game in the last 10 seasons. In eight of those 10 years, the team has finished 25th or worse.

The '04 Bills team finished seventh in scoring (24.7 points per game), the only time Buffalo has been in the top 10 in that category in the last decade. In eight of 10 years, the Bills have been 23rd or worse.

There were hints last season the offense was taking a turn under new coach Chan Gailey, but the results weren't overwhelming. The Bills were 25th in yards and 28th in points a season ago.

So what's keyed such a radical turnaround?

"I give a lot of credit to the O-line, to Fitz, to the receivers, to Fred and to the tight ends. I mean, the coaching staff's doing a great job of getting them organized and communicating what we want on the field," Gailey said.

In other words, it's all come together during this 3-0 start that has left fans wondering just how far this team can go, and caught the attention of the national media.

Reporters from Yahoo! Sports, ESPN and NFL Network were in the locker room Monday. Fitzpatrick appeared on the nationally syndicated Jim Rome Show among at least seven radio spots he did on the day. That was certainly not the case a season ago.

"I don't love it," Fitzpatrick said, only half-kidding. "I mean it's cool, it's good for our team and it's good for our city to get some recognition. I was just fine how it was last year, being able to walk around here and talking to like three of you [media] guys. It's a good problem and obviously I'd love it to continue because that means that we're winning games and we're still competitive."

"They deserve it," center Eric Wood said of the national attention paid to Fitzpatrick, Jackson and receiver Stevie Johnson. "They're playmakers, and playmakers in this league get a lot of publicity."

Wood said it could be viewed as a sign of respect, but pointed out that the Bills were big underdogs heading into Sunday's game with New England.

"I'm sure people are making tons of excuses [Monday] for the Patriots losing that game, and that's fine," Wood said. "We don't want you [the media] to pump us up. We don't need people pumping us up. We've got a good, solid group of guys, good leadership that will keep us going in the right direction."

As he was finishing an interview, the rest of the offensive line came up behind Wood to pull him away. He was late to a meeting.

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It was a scary scene Sunday when Bills rookie cornerback Aaron Williams was carted off the field on a stretcher in the third quarter of his team's win against the New England Patriots.

On Monday, Gailey provided an update on Williams.

"Aaron's going to be [out] a while," Gailey said. "It's not season-ending. It's that [collarbone] area. I don't know if it's a break, sprain, separation, but it's bad enough to keep him out a few weeks."

The Bills are down to four healthy cornerbacks, as Terrence McGee is not ready to return from a hamstring injury suffered on the first play of the season. McGee was in the locker room Monday and said he's feeling better, but wasn't ready to put a time frame on when he may return.

Justin Rogers, a seventh-round pick out of Richmond, is likely to make his debut Sunday when the Bills visit the Cincinnati Bengals.

"He's got to be ready to go," Gailey said.

Gailey also said rookie linebacker Chris White suffered a pulled hamstring against the Patriots and will miss a few weeks.

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Jackson will be joined by receiver Stevie Johnson, running back C.J. Spiller, linebacker Chris Kelsay, cornerback Leodis McKelvin and safety George Wilson tonight at an autograph signing to benefit Kids Escaping Drugs.

The event will take place from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Boulevard Mall food court. For a $25 donation, fans will receive a Bills poster and an autograph from each player.

e-mail:jskurski@buffnews.com