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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2005

Marker Lindell takes five, and makes five [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills didn't bring in a player to offer a serious challenge to Lindell in training camp, which should tell you how they feel about him.'

Marker And they're off [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hats off to the Kid from Tulane. Losman led the Bills to scoring drives on their first five possessions - four field goals by Rian Lindell and a touchdown pass to Jason Peters - while completing 17 of 28 passes for 170 yards in his first NFL start. Losman, who showed good poise in the pocket, was sacked just once and didn't throw an interception.'

Marker Grading the Bills [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Congrats to Sam Wyche for getting J.P. ready for Opening Day. Play-calling on offense and defense was on the money.'

Marker Grading the Texans [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texans' problem is they have only one WR threat. Carr didn't have anywhere to go with the ball. He was off target, too.'

Marker By the numbers [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: Box score and stats.

Marker A splendid start for Bills' Losman [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You know he has it in him, but you don't know what you're going to get (from a guy making his first NFL start)," said Milloy, the veteran strong safety. "Knowing that you have a young quarterback, we wanted to play a near perfect game on defense to give him as much time as possible to jell, not only as an individual but with his offensive unit. So our focus was to go out there and play our best ball and give this guy as many opportunities as possible to get it right."'

Marker Losman's long wait ends with cheers, sweet victory [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There will be days when his ears will be filled with jeers rather than cheers. But this was a start. A damn good one. "It was unbelievable how he played in his first big game," marveled Bills owner Ralph Wilson. "He was very composed. He's got everything in front of him."'

Marker Lindell has an answer: 5-for-5 [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'He needs to be more consistent on the long ones, and he needs to make a pressure-packed kick to gain full acceptance. But for now, making five field goals and playing such a central role in a victory is a step in the right direction. "It was a good start, but it's over," he said. "The uprights don't get wider next week."'

Marker Losman has 'all the tools,' says Texans tackle Payne [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They came out passing," Payne said. "We were expecting them to focus on running McGahee but then that first series they passed their way down the field. It looks like he has all the tools."'

Marker The two-minute read [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '12.1 — David Carr's QB rating which was the second-worst of his career.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterback: J.P. Losman did what Jim Kelly and Drew Bledsoe couldn't do, win his Bills debut. The second-year pro was a very efficient 17 of 28 with one touchdown pass, one sack and no turnovers in leading the offense to points on its first five drives. A 42-yard strike to Lee Evans was right on the money on the opening drive. His play tailed off in the second half (just 1 of 7 on third-down conversions), but all in all, a very good start. B'

Marker J.P. passes first test [4:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Many of the 71,781 celebrating the season-opening party at Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday had to wonder, too. For now, at least they know -- in quarterback J.P. Losman they can trust.'

Marker QB Carr runs out of gas [4:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Carr was picked off three times and added a fourth turnover via a fumble. To complete the beating, he was sacked five times for losses of 45 yards.'

Marker Lindell’s kicks were offense’s quick fix [4:57 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“That’s what I like about my job, where you can just keep chipping away. I’m almost like that little bee that won’t go away,” Lindell said. “It’s not a big touchdown where the fireworks go off, but you go out and get a field goal and they feel it’s not a big deal because we stopped them. Then I go out and get another one, then all of a sudden they need a touchdown and then they’re down nine. It’s kind of rewarding when I go out and do my job.”'

Marker Bills' Losman makes successful debut [4:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'After struggling with his decision making and execution in the preseason, he allowed his instincts and skill to take over in his first career NFL start. That made a huge difference.'

Marker Bills' defense takes step toward lofty goal [4:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: '"They have set some goals, and they want to attain them,"Bills coach Mike Mularkey said of the defense. "If they can continue to play like that, I think they'll be OK."'

Marker Looking good in week 1 [4:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Achieving the ultimate goal or even the playoffs will not be easy, but after one week it does appear that these Buffalo Bills certainly have the talent and desire to get it done.'

Marker Season Preview [4:55 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The ultimate question is “Did the Bills make the right choice by dumping Bledsoe and confirming J.P. Losman as starting quarterback?” I say that that question is a no-brainer. Even if the Bills fail with Losman at the point, taking a chance on the kid was the only way to go after the plethora of gaffes that Bledsoe made last year.'

Marker Losman Leads Bills Over Texans [4:54 AM] reports: 'The Bills defense recorded five turnovers, two interceptions by Troy Vincent, and five sacks.'

Marker Monday's Houston Coverage [4:53 AM] reports:
For starters, a real stinker (Houston Chronicle)
Offensive line succumbs to old problems (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson forced to join offense in blame only (Houston Chronicle)
Beleaguered defense wishes for more (Houston Chronicle)
Coaches not on same page as familiar story unfolds (Houston Chronicle)
Bills bury Texans to open season (
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September 11, 2005

Marker Week 1 Photo Gallery [8:30 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's game.

Marker Bills bury Texans to open season [5:46 PM] reports: 'The Texans knew that Buffalo's defense would provide a stiff test in today's season opener. But they probably weren't expecting the test to be this overwhelming.'

Marker Bills Top Texans 22-7 In Season Opener [5:33 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Losman was 17 of 28 for 170 yards. Losman also connected with Jason Peters for a one-yard touchdown pass.'

Marker Game Photos [5:04 PM] reports:
Willis McGahee (Reuters)
Willis McGahee (AP)
Brian Moorman/Rian Lindell (AP)
Bills Fans (AP)
J.P. Losman (Reuters)
David Carr (AP)
London Fletcher (AP)
J.P. Losman (AP)
Lawyer Milloy (Reuters)
David Carr (AP)
Takeo Spikes (AP)
David Carr (Reuters)
David Carr (AP)
Willis McGahee (AP)

Marker Buffalo 22, Houston 7 [5:04 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'David Carr ran for Houston's only touchdown and was dismal throwing the ball, completing just 9-of-21 passes for 70 yards with three interceptions.'

Marker Bills Off to Fast Start [5:03 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo coaching staff has been stressing the importance of a fast season all offseason. Apparently the players got the memo.'

Marker Buffalo 22, Houston 7 [5:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Who said J.P. Losman needs time to develop?'

Marker Rochester authors: A weekly profile [9:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Latest work: Game of My Life: Memorable Stories of Buffalo Bills Football (Sports Publishing, $24.95) came out in July; Stadium Stories: Buffalo Bills (Insiders' Guide, $11.95) came out last month.'

Marker Key to Bills' opener up in the air [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills likely will face a Houston defense loaded up to stop running back Willis McGahee and eager to unleash a flurry of blitzes on young quarterback J.P. Losman.'

Marker Bills, Texans playoff dreams hitched to workhorse backs [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 20, Texans 13.'

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