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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2005

Marker Bills vs. Saints [1:46 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The Saints will win this game 27-20.'

Marker Haslett trying to endure a stormy start for Saints [12:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Haslett’s Saints will play in their home-away-from home Sunday, for the first time. “I don’t know what to expect ... hopefully it’s gonna be 65,000,” he said, of the crowd and the Alamodome’s capacity. “I just know they probably won’t be cheering for Buffalo, so at least we won’t have to deal with the crowd noise we’ve dealt with the last three weeks.”'

Marker Crowell gets a chance to prove himself [11:35 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '"We need Angelo to come in and play hard," Milloy said. "I think everybody understands what we expect from each individual. We don't single out one particular person or another, that's divide and conquer. We expect that he understands his role."'

Marker Bills LB Crowell ready to replace Spikes [10:43 AM]
AP reports: 'Angelo Crowell has lost the flashy earrings and now has his ball cap on straight. The Buffalo Bills third-year linebacker decided before the start of the season that if he was going to be a professional, he might as well start looking the part.'

Marker Ezekiel signs with Buffalo Bills [10:43 AM]
GoNU.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills announced Wednesday that Northeastern’s former three-time All-America linebacker, Liam Ezekiel, has been added to the Buffalo Bills’ 53-man roster while injured LB Takeo Spikes has been placed on injured reserve.'

Marker Bills defense dared to dream but has missed the mark [10:42 AM]
RealFootball365.com reports: 'For instance, all-pro corner Nate Clements seems more concerned about getting paid than winning games. He even stated back in July that he would accept no less than being the highest-paid corner in the NFL. I guess we'll have to wait for the free agency period in the off-season to see how Clements' situation pans out. Before Nate revealed his true agenda, Bills safety Lawyer Milloy was cut by Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick. Why? Because he cared more about his payday than he did winning titles and was too selfish to live with the millions of dollars that he was already raking in. Big mistake considering New England has won three titles in a four year span, and could very well be on their way to yet another. And, with the loss of their best player, Takeo Spikes, it seems that the Bills' goal of being a legendary defense has faded away into the blue skies of Buffalo. There's always next year.'

Marker Saints know their mission statement [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's just an unfortunate incident that the hurricane hit, that it devastated the region, ruined a lot of peoples' lives, and we happened to be in the middle of it," Haslett said on a conference call Wednesday. "Hopefully we can play better, we can do some things to turn this around, because one thing they do have (in Louisiana), they love football. They love the Saints, they love LSU, and I think it does give people a little hope if we do play well."'

Marker Rookie Ezekiel replaces Spikes on roster [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I told him he can keep our morale up and don't let it end at the halftime speech," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey, referring to the fact Spikes urged on his teammates during Sunday's Atlanta game. "He's probably more important now for us even though he's not on the field. We can sure use the support from him, and his teammates have so much respect for him."'

Marker Bills made huge investment in Losman [7:02 AM]
New Orleans Times Picayune reports: '“He ain’t no Donovan McNabb, or Michael Vick, or Daunte Culpepper,’’ Saints defensive end Charles Grant said. “Once he sees people in his face he wants to get the ball out of his hands. So we got to keep that pressure on him. We got to come at him full force with the blitzes and schemes that we have.’’ “He’s not a real running threat,’’ Saints cornerback Fakhir Brown said. “They like to roll him out and let him throw it. His best ball is a deep ball, like throwing a fade. I think we can put pressure on him because he’s not a really good drop-back passer. He can get the ball to the slot receiver pretty good but when he throws to the outside they got to roll him out.’’'

Marker Unease in Buffalo [5:56 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As it so often does -- and misguided as it can be -- the raging flashpoint for debate begins with the quarterback.'

Marker Wyche helps Losman weather storm [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's a natural process that's going on right now for a young quarterback, and Sam has experienced it. At least he can say, 'Hey, back when this happened,' and you know he's gone through it. It's not like he's experiencing it at the same time J.P. is."'

Marker Linebacker Crowell gets chance to start [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'While nobody at One Bills Drive is saying that the Bills won't miss a beat without Spikes — the undisputed defensive leader and locker room Gen. Patton — it's clear just how confident the team is in Crowell.'

Marker Horn says NFL used Saints to score points with public [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Man, let me tell you something: The Saints aren't going to be the first team they make a mockery of, and we will not be the last team they make a mockery of," Horn said in a conference call Wednesday. "Believe that. Nobody is bigger than the NFL. And whoever the commissioner is calls the shots. It's as simple as that."'

Marker Bills see improved play despite growing pains, stick with Losman [4:59 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'The struggles certainly haven't fazed Losman or his teammates. "We're fine," he said. "Everybody has been behind me and my efforts, but there's going to come a time when we're going to have to make some plays, and the quarterback position is going to have to step up and make some throws, especially down in the red zone."'

Marker Thursday's New Orleans Coverage [4:58 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Bills made huge investment in Losman (New Orleans Times Picayune)
12,000 tickets left for Saints' San Antonio debut (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Twin finds a place of his own (San Antonio Express News)
Saints' wicked hoop: It's been done (San Antonio Express News)
Bills see improved play despite growing pains, stick with Losman (San Antonio Express News)
Saints march in with aid (San Antonio Express News)
No decision on TV blackout of Saints (San Antonio Express News)
New Orleans Saints report (San Antonio Express News)
The Saints come marching in (Austin American Statesman)
A golden ticket for San Antonio? (Dallas Morning News)
San Antonio embraces Saints, hopes for NFL team (AP)
Horn: NFL made `mockery' of Saints for playing at Meadowlands (AP)
Saints WR Horn questionable? (The Sports Network)
Inside slant (The Sports Xchange)
Strategy and personnel (The Sports Xchange)
Notes, quotes (The Sports Xchange)
First true home game week for Saints (NewOrleansSaints.com)

Marker Inside slant [4:57 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'The Bills have long boasted that their backup linebackers are good enough to start. Now they'll get to prove it.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:56 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: '"We opened the game with a couple of chances (down field), but I don't want to use the word 'pamper,'" Mularkey said. "Whatever he sees, I want him to take. (Against the Falcons), it wasn't the short stuff; the checkdowns or drop offs to the tight end that he saw." Of the 39 pass completions that Losman has, 26 have gone to the wide receivers and 13 to his running backs and tight ends. After the two fly routes to Moulds and Evans last week, Losman came back with a dump pass to FB Daimon Shelton for eight yards and a quick sideline toss to Moulds for eight. Those routes and completions kick started a 13-play, 50-yard drive to a field goal."'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:55 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes had surgery Tuesday to repair his ruptured right Achilles' tendon. Dr. James Andrews performed the operation in Birmingham, Ala. "From what we've been told, it went well," general manager Tom Donahoe said. "It's a long rehab process but Takeo's a special worker and he'll do what he has to to get back." Spikes was placed on season-ending injured reserve while rookie linebacker Liam Ezekiel was added to the 53-man active roster from the practice squad. Signed to the practice squad was LB Wendell Hunter. Hunter was a training camp cut.'

Marker Buffalo (1-2) at New Orleans (1-2) [4:54 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's defense has struggled this season even with Spikes in the lineup, allowing a combined 721 yards in the last two games, including a 19-3 defeat at Tampa Bay on Sept. 18. Quarterback J.P. Losman struggled against the Falcons, finishing 10-of-23 for 75 yards with an interception and a lost fumble. Willis McGahee was the lone bright spot offensively, rushing for a career-high 140 yards and scoring Buffalo's only touchdown.'

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September 28, 2005

Marker McGahee Wins Week 3 Game Ball [9:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'When are you going to break out that wicked stiff arm we Bills fans loved to see last season?
Willis McGahee: Pretty soon. There hasn't been any need for me to use it yet. It's going to come out. I don't know when or where or against who but it's coming.'

Marker Spotlight Shines on Crowell [9:35 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“I don't feel any pressure,” Crowell said. “I feel like I go out there and just play ball, play within the scheme and just do whatever I can to help this team win.”'

Marker Bills Return To Practice, Spikes Added To IR [9:31 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams and Wire are listed as questionable for Sunday's matchup with the Saints. TE Tim Euhus is also listed as questionable.'

Marker WR Moulds biting his tongue over offensive struggles [9:30 PM]
AP reports: '``I'm trying to keep a level head,'' Moulds said Wednesday. ``Back four or five years ago, I probably would've lost it by now. But I told coach I'm going to stick with it and see what happens. But there comes a point where we have to win some games, we have to make plays.'''

Marker Bills Place Spikes on I.R.; Sign Ezekiel [5:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills also announced today that the team has signed LB Wendell Hunter to its practice squad.'

Marker Bills place LB Spikes on injured reserve [5:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Takeo Spikes was placed on injured reserve Wednesday after the Bills Pro-Bowl linebacker had successful surgery on the right Achilles tendon he tore in Sunday's 24-16 loss to Atlanta.'

Marker Bills Can't Feel Sorry For Themselves [1:54 PM]
WHAM-TV reports: 'You think the Bills have problems? The Saints would trade places with them in a minute.'

Marker Wednesday's New Orleans Coverage [1:54 PM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Changed city, same Saints (New Orleans Times Picayune)
Scouting Report: Saints vs. Bills (New Orleans Times Picayune)
City reiterates goal to fill Dome (San Antonio Express News)
Tickets to evacuees (San Antonio Express News)
Saints team up with KB Homes to reach out to evacuess, volunteers & support workers for first game (NewOrleansSaints.com)
Update on tickets for Saints' first game at the Alamodome (NewOrleansSaints.com)

Marker Bills offense has failed to properly utlilize Evans [1:54 PM]
RealFootball365.com reports: 'The Buffalo Bills coaching staff is mostly at fault as they have failed to utilize Evans the right way, it seems as if he has caught nothing but screen passes and curl routes. The key is to send him down the field to use his world class speed against the opposing defensive secondary. Evans proved to be the Bills best receiver during the team’s surreal playoff run at the end of last season when they went 8-2 in their last 10 games.'

Marker A father and son frisking [11:41 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Instead, just past Schenectady, my third-generation Bills fan asked me, "Are they going to touch my balls?"'

Marker Saints Game Preview [11:39 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: 'This is a matchup of two struggling teams that will be filled with emotion. The Saints will have their first "pseudo home game" as they make their San Antonio debut.'

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