ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Its not every week Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander finds himself leading the NFL in sacks.The 10-year journeyman intends to enjoy the moment for however long it lasts.Ive got cats texting me and calling me from around the league that Ive played with, Alexander told The Associated Press on Monday, noting one of the congratulatory messages he received was from Titans linebacker Brian Orakpo. Orakpo hit me this morning, saying, `Man, Im chasing you.Get in line, Orakpo. You, too, Von Miller.Coming off a three-sack performance in Buffalos 30-19 win at Los Angeles on Sunday, Alexander has set the leagues early season pace by upping his total to seven. That puts him a half-sack ahead of Miller, and one up on Orakpo, Alexanders former teammate in Washington.The production is off the charts for a 33-year-old who totaled nine sacks in his first 127 career games . Hes Buffalos first player to register a sack in each of the first five games of a season since sacks became an official NFL statistic in 1982.More important is how Alexander has played a role in helping re-establish the pass rush in Buffalo a year after Rex Ryans defense managed just 21 sacks -- a franchise low in a 16-game-season. The Bills 17 sacks in five games matches the number they had through five games in 2014, when they led the NFL with 54 sacks.So much for Buffalo missing Mario Williams, its top pass-rushing threat who was cut in March because of his high-priced contract and after he spent much of last season publicly questioning whether he fit in Ryans scheme.Thats something not lost on Alexander, who was aware of the complaints raised last year.Everybody wasnt bought in, Alexander said. And when you have that within your team, youre not going to do as well.Ryan credited Alexander for how quickly hes grasped the defensive system. Ryan then added he doesnt recall Alexander ever complaining about having to drop back in coverage, which was one of Williams criticisms.Lorenzo deserves all the credit. This is somebody that came in here and accepted a different role that we had for him, Ryan said. He came in here and just outplayed everybody. He earned that job.The Bills signed Alexander in April to initially shore up their special teams units and play a complimentary role as a defensive backup.Those plans began changing in May, when projected starter, rookie first-round draft pick Shaq Lawson, had shoulder surgery. Veteran Manny Lawson was next in line before he was sidelined by a partially torn pectoral muscle once training camp opened.Alexander formally took over the starting spot once Lawson was cut a week before the start of the season.Now, Ryan cant foresee Alexander giving up the starting spot even when Shaq Lawson is eligible to return next week.Well worry about the rest of the stuff later, but Lorenzos a starter, Ryan said. I guess the big question right now is he going to start in the Pro Bowl because thats how hes playing.Alexander, who also has two forced fumbles, is enjoying a breakthrough season not long after he thought his career might be over. He contemplated retiring after sustaining a Lisfranc injury to his right foot three games into the 2013 season with Arizona.The injury slowed his performance the following year with the Cardinals, and he spent last season playing mostly special teams in Oakland.I didnt want to go out the way I was playing. I didnt want to leave that lasting taste of regret, Alexander said. I became relegated to being `just another guy. And I didnt want to end my career like that.The Bills were the only team that showed any real interest in signing him last spring.In retrospect, Alexander cant think of a better fit, noting few expected anything of him or the Bills, who are in the midst of a 16-season playoff drought.Nobodys thinking we can do it. And obviously, nobody thinks that Im capable of doing what Im doing right now, Alexander said. So to be able to continue and maintain that and have success as a team would be picture perfect.---AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org and AP NFL Twitter feed: www.twitter.com/AP-NFL Iceland Jerseys From China . Clarkson had been dealing with an elbow injury in early January and will be out of action for at least one week. He has three goals and five assists through 36 games with the Leafs this season. 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RICHMOND, Va. -- It was yet another Denny Hamlin runaway for Joe Gibbs Racing on Saturday night in what turned out to be an anticlimactic end to NASCARs regular season.The fireworks came off the track at Richmond International Raceway, where Ryan Newman angrily chided former boss Tony Stewart after an accident between the two officially ended Newmans chances to make the playoffs.The verbal beat down from Newman came with 37 laps left, before Hamlin finished off his third career Sprint Cup win at his home track while giving JGR its third consecutive victory at the track and ninth in the last 15 races.Newman called Stewart bipolar, said the retiring race car driver had anger issues, and all but outright referenced the 2014 incident in which Stewart fatally struck a sprint car driver.I guess he thought he was in a sprint car again and didnt know how to control his anger, Newman said after the two made contact three times before finally wrecking. Dylan Lupton couldnt avoid the accident and his car ended up wedged between the wall and on top of Newmans car when the crashing finally ceased.The wreckage caused a stoppage of just over 20 minutes and sent Newmans temperature soaring. Newmans team was penalized 15 points this week by NASCAR for failing post-race inspection at Darlington, and the punishment made his task of trying to race his way into the Chase extremely difficult.But few expected him to be so harsh toward Stewart, who employed Newman for five years until Newman was let go from Stewart-Haas Racing at the end of the 2013 season.Just disappointing that you have somebody old like that that should be retired the way he drives. Its just ridiculous, Newman said. I dont think there was any reason other than him just being bipolar and having anger issues. Google Tony Stewart, youll see all kinds of things hes done. 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Although he has two wins this year, hes at career lows in nearly every category, including laps led.BUSTED BLANEY: It was a short night for Ryan Blaney, who guessed stubbornness was to blame for an accident just 11 laps into the race. Blaney made contact with Trevor Bayne that caused a flat tire and sent Blaney into the wall. He was baffled because he thought he was clear of Bayne, but figured Bayne thought otherwise and neither driver would yield.I should know better than that, Blaney said. We didnt even give ourselves a shot at it, that is something I will have regret about.UP NEXT: The opening race in the Chase for the Sprint Cup championship on Sunday at Chicagoland Speedway. The field starts with 16 drivers, which will be whittled down over nine rounds to create a final four to race for the title Nov. 20 at Homestead-Miami Speedway. 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