As Giants sink, 'O' line needs a depth charge [4:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'One veteran, who requested anonymity, questioned how the Giants, despite injuries, could allow themselves to be this shallow at offensive line and forced to start four rookies. "Why are they in there? That's the question somebody else has got to answer," he said. "Every team gets injuries, but they don't have to put four rookies in."'
A good event at which to vent [4:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"Disgusting," one said as he left. "Horrible," another said. "Oh, I'm coming back," another said. You are? "I'm a Bills fan."'
Collins battles to the bitter end [4:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Undrafted rookie Jeff Roehl replaced Petitgout and was matched up against Bills DE Aaron Schobel, who had a career-high three sacks -- the most by a Giants opponent in six years -- and recovered the Collins fumble. Roehl estimated that the Bills blitzed as many times yesterday as they did in their previous four games combined. "Just because they know we're inexperienced and they know we haven't picked them up as a unit together," Roehl said. "There's a big difference getting out there and doing it full-speed versus seeing it and knowing what to do. Because we all know what to do. We just didn't do it."'
LT's still high on his wild ways of yore [4:47 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The most disturbing parts of the interview were the revelations of Taylor's drug use. Wallace reported that in Taylor's new book "LT: Over the Edge," Taylor claims he first used cocaine at a party during his rookie season with the Giants, in 1981, and crack in 1983.'
Whatever the reasons, Giants are no longer competitive [4:46 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"We owe it to each other (to play hard) and we owe it to Jim. He's been a good coach to us," Tiki Barber said. "If you don't fight, you shouldn't be here."'
Giants hit rock bottom [4:45 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Bills (5-7), meanwhile, had their own problems, arriving with four straight losses and seven in the previous nine games. But they couldn't help but look sharp vs. the Giants. Bledsoe fired for 247 yards and two touchdowns before leaving as a precaution late in the third quarter, not long after taking a helmet hit to the head from Keith Hamilton.'
Rookies get roughed up [4:44 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Roehl was one of three rookies starting on the line, along with Wayne Lucier and David Diehl. Roehl, a Northwestern product, was playing in place of Luke Petitgout, the Giants most reliable lineman who was out because of a back injury. Buffalo exploited their inexperience, bringing several blitz packages on what seemed like every play. They sacked quarterback Kerry Collins six times and hurried him the entire game.'
Blue In The Face [4:43 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I've been coaching a long time," Fassel said. "I've never been around a team that will work so hard during the week, pay attention to detail and then go out and play the way they did [Sunday]. We do not play football very well. We cannot block, we don't tackle, we don't cover, we don't catch the ball in critical situations. Honestly, I am at a loss for words."'
Beef Wellington After Loss [4:42 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I knew the question was coming," Mara said. "And I have a prepared answer. I'm not going to talk about it."'
Bills smack inept Giants [4:41 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: '"What can I say? I was getting him killed out there,"' Roehl said of quarterback Kerry Collins.'
Fassel looks like beaten man [4:40 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'Look at the eyes. See how blank they are? Remember the surging rush of pride you once saw there? Gone. Blank. Dead.'
Fassel's waning moments [4:39 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Everything isn't Fassel's fault. The injury list is longer than the Dead Sea scrolls. Three players who started Sunday were knocked out of the game. A practice-squad center played guard; with two other rookies and second-year tackle Ian Allen on the offensive line, the results were predictable. The Bills blitzed unrelentingly, sacked Kerry Collins six times and hit him so often the Giants couldn't call passes that required more than a three-step drop.'
A Giant list of problems [4:38 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'But after being held to 21 first-half rushing yards, Henry finished the game with 113 yards, moving past Cookie Gilchrist and into fifth place on Buffalo's all-time rushing list.'
Bills coach quiets his doubters [4:37 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''It just felt good,'' Williams said. ''Here we were trying to decide if (quarterback) Drew (Bledsoe) should come out of the game with a concussion and he just broke me up when he answered all of the questions Ö we needed this.'''
Giants co-owner Mara 'dissatisfied' with state of team [4:36 AM]
AP reports: '``I'm very dissatisfied. The message comes across loud and clear. All it tells me is that we need to improve the product. And how we go about that is something we will discuss.'''
Bills Finally Get A Win Beating The Giants [4:35 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'I have to wonder if Bledsoe had more time to throw against the blitzing Giants because the veteran Tucker was in for Pucillo. Pucillo's season had been below average at best.'
Buffalo bulldozes Giants [4:34 AM]
TheGiantInsider.com reports: 'And so it goes. The Giants have mailed in the season. Playing with no emotion, life or energy, New York fell to the Bills, 24-7. Big Blue dropped its fourth straight game and all-but officially eliminated itself from playoff contention. Even Jim Fassel's December magic isnít going to be able to get the Giants out of this mess. Speaking of Fassel, it's obvious that he has exactly four games left to coach in his Giants career.'
Giants-Bills Quotebook [4:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"When you make a big play you make teams suffer a little bit. They started to back off a little bit and you start top catch things underneath and make plays that way. We didn't do that earlier in the season and it showed. We made plays today and kept drives alive today."'
Gregg Williams Quotes [4:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We had an awful lot of contributors today from every area of the team. Defensively we were one play away from being pretty good. We gave up that one play down the middle of the field on the play action. It was a nice play by them. We weren't as sound as we needed to be. Special teams covered very well, did a very good job. We had some guys step up and play in some first start positions. Ross Tucker jumped in there and got his first start, played solid. We had a couple of ticky tack penalties that we need to clean up in the run game. It's always frustrating when you get a holding call in the run game, but for the most part it was a good team win. Obviously we needed one at this time."'
Fassel Press Conference [4:31 AM]
NewYorkGiants.com reports: 'I just told them, Iíve been doing this a long time; I have been coaching a long time and Iíve never been around a team that will work so hard during the week, pay attention and then go out and play that way. We do not play the game of football very well, we cannot block people, we donít tackle people, we donít cover people, we donít catch the ball in critical situations. I have never seen it and never in my seven years here have we ever played football the way we are playing right now. Honestly, I am at a loss for words.'
Giants Fall to Bills, 24-7 [4:46 PM]
NewYorkGiants.com reports: 'Hoping to salvage something from their disappointing season, the Giants fell hard at home and lost to the Buffalo Bills, 24-7, in chilly Giants Stadium, which was mostly empty by game's end.'
Bills 24, Giants 7 [4:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Coming into this game, they had not scored a touchdown on the road since Sept. 14.'
Buffalo 24, NY Giants 7 [4:37 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Picked by many to make the Super Bowl, the Giants continued to get nothing going behind their inexperienced offensive line. They also missed a series of tackles and gave up a host of big plays.'
Bledsoe pulled in third quarter against Giants [3:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe left the Bills' game against the New York Giants in the third quarter Sunday after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit.'
Giants facing winter of change [1:46 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'With so many problems and shortcomings exposed, do the Giants need only a retooling effort before next year, or is management looking at a rebuilding project? Shockey doesn't see wholesale changes.'
Giants vs. Bills [1:45 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Give the ball to RB Travis Henry and dare the Giants' linebackers to stop him. If Henry gets going, then QB Drew Bledsoe will have a much easier time finding his favorite target, receiver Eric Moulds. Moulds has been playing through a groin injury this season, but will still be a major test for the Giants' injury-riddled secondary.'
Third-down blues [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defenses continue to "squat" their coverage, overplay the shorter zones without fear of getting burned deep.'
A marquee matchup is now a Giant bust [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Welcome to the Underachiever Bowl, featuring two 4-7 teams that have fallen well below expectations this season.'
Under construction [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But the Bills are encouraged by his development and have not backed off their belief that Williams will eventually become a great player. "He's making progress," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "He's made improvements from his first year to his second year. Only through experience of playing week in and week out will he be able to take his game to the next level.
"Once he gains a better understanding of his opponents in this league he has a chance to be physically dominating every time he steps out there. You can tell there are a few things that surprise him and that's going to happen to a first or second-year player. When he gets through things, the different schemes and players he hasn't faced before, he'll be confident enough to dominate."'
Out clause could put Haslett on Bills' radar [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Haslett basically has control of personnel decisions in the Saints organization. Saints General Manager Mickey Loomis is a salary cap expert and does not stand in Haslett's way on player moves. Haslett obviously would not have full control of player moves with the Bills. Haslett's family also is happy in the Big Easy. The Saints also have a decent group of young players - Deuce McAllister and Aaron Brooks among them - and could be poised for a strong playoff run next year. Coaches almost never voluntarily leave a spot where they have as much control as "Haz" has in New Orleans. Nevertheless, the Saints' finish this month bears watching. After today's game with the 'Skins, they play Tampa, the Giants, Jacksonville and Dallas.'
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