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Buffalo Bills News - October 3, 2005

Marker Losman, Holcomb fail to move Bills after first quarter [4:55 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"That was a tough decision that (Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey) had to make," said Losman, who posted a quarterback rating of 34.0 on Sunday. "We were looking for a spark."'

Marker Official: Saints, Bills fought at halftime [4:54 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'Witnesses said the teams entered the tunnel "talking smack." The war of words escalated into a shoving match between Saints cornerback Mike McKenzie and Bills receiver Josh Reed.'

Marker Monday's New Orleans Coverage [4:53 AM] reports:
Saints make themselves at home vs. Bills (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Thomas' tackle saves the day for Saints (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Saints appreciate San Antonio's warmth (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Stallworth meets the challenge (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Saints Report Card (New Orleans Times Picayune)
'Home' becomes a castle for mistake-free Saints (San Antonio Express News)
Saints workhorse McAllister perseveres late in victory (San Antonio Express News)
Thomas saves day for Saints on kickoff return (San Antonio Express News)
Losman, Holcomb fail to move Bills after first quarter (San Antonio Express News)
Hey Tagliabue, Saints looked at home in dome (San Antonio Express News)
If Brooks could be like Ice: How to bring about passion (San Antonio Express News)
Official: Saints, Bills fought at halftime (San Antonio Express News)
Saints crowd loud, proud (San Antonio Express News)
Local fans embrace NFL (San Antonio Express News)
S.A. seen as typical NFL city (San Antonio Express News)
Benson, San Antonio officials impressed with fans' support (San Antonio Express News)
Accessible seats at Saints games (San Antonio Express News)
Slide Shows (San Antonio Express News)
Marching home (Austin American Statesman)
Photo Gallery (Austin American Statesman)
Three amigos find a new home (Houston Chronicle)
San Antonio inspires Saints (Dallas Morning News)
Saints top Bills in first game in San Antonio (Baton Rouge Advocate)
Above all else, the Saints played smart football (Biloxi Sun Herald)
Which Saints team will show up in next game? (Hattiesburg American)
Saints, crowd corral Bills, 19-7 in Alamodome (
Saints-Bills Postgame Notebook (
Photo Gallery (

Marker Saints bottle up Bills 19-7 in San Antonio debut [4:50 AM]
USA Today reports: 'After giving up a game-opening, 75-yard touchdown drive, the Saints defense allowed the Bills past midfield only twice and chased starting quarterback J.P. Losman to the bench after three quarters. Losman completed seven of 15 passes for 75 yards with one interception. He was sacked three times.'

Marker It wasn't really 'home' -- but it sure felt like it to Saints [4:49 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Saints appeared to let it go Sunday and just played. Behind a dominating effort from their defensive front, they choked off the Buffalo offense, limiting it to 208 yards, with 75 of that coming on Buffalo's opening drive to a touchdown.'

Marker Buffalo Chips [4:49 AM]
Yahoo! Sports reports: 'Shortly after the Buffalo Bills' 19-7 loss to the Saints, the tarp hanging behind Buffalo's postgame podium peeled away, revealing a sign pointing to the toilets.'

Marker Holcomb Gets Fourth Quarter Action at QB [4:48 AM] reports: 'Head coach Mike Mularkey replaced second-year quarterback J.P. Losman with nine-year veteran Kelly Holcomb on the team's first possession of the fourth quarter. However, with Holcomb directing the offense, the Bills didn't fare any better.'

Marker Special Teams Lone Bright Spot In Loss [4:47 AM] reports: Besides special teams, the Bills had just about all failing grades in their latest loss.

Marker Saints March Past Bills [4:46 AM] reports: 'The Saints (2-2) rushed for 167 yards, quarterback Aaron Brooks had a four-yard touchdown run. John Carney added four field goals. Buffalo (1-3) host Miami in week five.'

Marker New Orleans 19, Buffalo 7 [4:45 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Rian Lindell missed a chance to tie the game with 1:27 left in the half when his 45-yard field goal attempt sailed wide right. Brooks then drove the Saints 43 yards in six plays, featuring a 26-yard strike to Stallworth, to set up a 40-yard field goal by Carney, putting New Orleans up 13-7 going into halftime.'

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October 2, 2005

Marker Saints beat Bills in Texas opener 19-7 [7:25 PM] reports: 'The key for the New Orleans Saints was the fact they didnít turn over the ball, after giving it up ten times in the past two games.'

Marker Saints, crowd corral Bills, 19-7 in Alamodome [7:23 PM] reports: 'The Saints rolled up 333 total yards of offense and the defense had a season-low 208 yards allowed. Buffalo turned the ball over twice and committed 12 penalties for 79 yards. Losman was 7-of-15 passing for 75 yards, threw one interception and was sacked three times. Holcomb was 3-of-6 for 28 yards in relief of Losman.'

Marker Bills Offense Sputters, Lose 19-7 To Saints [6:38 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Tom Clements and the Bills just refuse to use their best offensive player Willis McGahee. Despite McGahee looking very strong on the opening drive, which resulted in the Bills only score, he only carried the ball just 11 more times on the day. Willis ran for 84 yards on 16 total carries.'

Marker New Orleans 19, Buffalo 7 [5:13 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have just two touchdowns in their last 14 quarters.'

Marker Deuce carries Saints to win over Bills [5:12 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '.P. Losman finished an awful 7-of-15 passing for 75 yards with one interception and was replaced by Kelly Holcomb in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Bills lose third straight 19-7 [5:11 PM] reports: '...falling apart at the seams.'

Marker Inside the Herd: TE Tim Euhus [3:33 PM] reports: 'You just have to keep pushing through. If you want to play bad enough you are willing to push the injury and do the extra rehab and the extra work. Itís frustrating at times, Bobby April talks about the mental battle always going on and you just canít let the bad guy win. You got to stay and be tough and keep going after it.'

Marker Jerman to Start at RT for Williams [3:32 PM] reports: 'In only his second career NFL start last weekend against Atlanta, Jerman helped pave the way for a game-high and career-high 140 yards by running back Willis McGahee.'

Marker Buffalo at New Orleans [12:59 PM] reports: "Hopefully, it's going to be 65,000," he said of the turnout at the Alamodome. "I just know they probably won't be cheering for Buffalo, so at lease we won't have to deal with the crowd noise we've dealt with the last three weeks."

Marker Bills stuck in neutral [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, it appears San Antonio would be a tough sell to NFL owners. The region is loyal to the Cowboys. The local Fox affiliate plans to show the Cowboys games instead of the Saints games when both teams are on the road at the same time later this season.'

Marker Bills and Saints both seek to put an end to ugly trend [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Saints 23, Bills 17.'

Marker Though Spikes is gone, his desire can't be forgotten [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now the reality is setting in. This was only an average team at best.'

Marker Kicking it up a notch [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The misses are definitely in bolder ink on the stat sheet. That's how it is, but that's the job I signed up for," Lindell said. "What anybody says or thinks isn't going to make the goal posts any wider, and it's not going to give me a better ball for kickoffs."'

Marker Bills' pass defense will miss LB Spikes [6:28 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Spikes, a two-time Pro Bowler with the Bills, had successful surgery in Alabama this past week to repair the Achilles' tendon in his right leg. But it's a long recovery from the injury, a full 10 months to a year.'

Marker Break from reality [6:22 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But as grateful as the Saints are for the support, coach Jim Haslett says its time to put the sympathy angle behind them. "We need to get this football team on track," Haslett said following Friday's practice. "We haven't played as well as we would like ... we're going to try to fix this (today)."'

Marker Time for Bills to wake up [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's too early to panic," Donahoe said last week. "You can see in just one weekend a lot of things happened in our division (with injuries). Things can change quickly in football, but we've got to play better as a team."'

Marker Saints finally get home-field advantage [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Veteran wide receiver Joe Horn, the team's lead spokesman during these trying weeks, said it'd be easy to use Katrina as an excuse. But he won't go there. "Collectively, we're mad, angry and (ticked) off," he said.'

Marker Saints embrace recovery role in New Orleans [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're part of New Orleans, so they're attached to us wherever we go," said Saints receiver Joe Horn, who has led a campaign that has raised nearly $500,000 for the Bayou's evacuees. "We have to pick up the pieces and keep on moving. You have to keep on stepping because if you don't you're going to be flat on your back the rest of your life."'

Marker Bills Q&A: Josh Reed [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You're in your fourth year and you still haven't made a big mark in the NFL. Are you disappointed with the way your career has gone so far? "Disappointed is such a bad word. I could definitely perform better than the way I have, but I have to stay positive about it and keep myself grounded."'

Marker Bills head south with some big concerns [4:59 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Both teams opened with impressive wins, Buffalo handling Houston and New Orleans beating the Panthers in Charlotte on a last-play field goal. Since then, though, each club has struggled. The Bills were manhandled at Tampa Bay and stampeded at home against the Falcons while the Saints imploded in a ďhomeĒ game against the Giants at the Meadowlands and a week later in Minnesota. However, New Orleans has an excuse.'

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