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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2003

Marker Unwelcome home [10:01 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: '"He's a very accurate quarterback and when he gets hot he can really hurt you," Del Rio said of Bledsoe. "We stopped the run, made them throw and he torched us."'

Marker Jaguars need to take a few more chances [10:00 AM]
St. Augustine Record reports: 'It's only two games into the season, and premature to write the year off as an utter and complete failure just yet. But it's getting close to panic-button time...'.

Marker Bills stick to familiar rout [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In outclassing a Jaguars team that has lost 11 of its last 14 games, the Bills made some statements about their passing game. Their three-receiver formation still is dangerous despite the loss of Peerless Price. Their pass protection is capable of high-quality play. And Bledsoe is virtually unstoppable if given enough time to throw.'

Marker Fletcher tips his cap to Winfield [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They don't come any tougher than Antoine," said Fletcher, who tied Winfield with a team-high 12 tackles in the season-opener against New England. "He's not afraid to take on anybody. I know I have to watch him leading the team in tackles. If I'm not careful he's going to break my record (209 last year).''

Marker Jags watch Drew do that voodoo he does so well [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Honestly, we're able to do a lot of things," said center Trey Teague. "But when we're being successful with one thing, we're not going to do something else just to beat our heads against the wall. If something's working, we're going to keep doing it until they show us that it's not going to work."'

Marker Shaw does great imitation of Price [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Bobby doesn't have Peerless' speed, but he has the same intelligence of knowing what he needs to do and a great understanding of how to get open and get separation. Josh can do a lot of those things as well and will continue to get better as he gains experience."'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We've won two big games and scored a lot of points, but we still have room to improve," Morris said. "And that's scary."'

Marker Too hot to handle [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Travis Henry had a miserable day running the ball (21 carries, 26 yards), but did manage to score a career-best three touchdowns, all in all, not a bad trade-off.'

Marker Bills looked right at home on the road [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They staged a frat party at Alltel, breaking chairs, knocking over lamps, spilling beer on the carpeting and parading farm animals through the kitchen. And when it was over, they were tacking a second straight blowout in the victory column, 38-17, and the Jaguars were begging, “ Please, just leave.”'

Marker Bledsoe a coordinator's dream [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the few months since his hiring as Buffalo’s offensive coordinator, the Bills upgraded from Rob Johnson to Alex Van Pelt to Bledsoe. We should all be that fortunate. That’s like going from a Pacer to a Buick Century to a Porsche.'

Marker Play of the game [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills QB Drew Bledsoe: His quarterback rating of 144.2 was just short of perfect. He only played three quarters, but that was more than enough. He completed 19 of 25 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns, was not sacked and did not throw an interception. If he plays like that every week, the Bills aren’t going to lose very often.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterback: A+.'

Marker Bills are air-conditioned [5:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"When teams commit to stopping the run, then we can throw the ball," Bledsoe said. "Kevin is very creative. He can find holes in the defence."'

Marker Stubborn Bills don't pass on running game [5:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We can run the ball when we need to, we can pass the ball when we need to," Bills guard Ruben Brown said. "That's the thing that is exciting about this offence."'

Marker Bills' house party [5:24 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The defense, which was burned by the run in Carolina, stopped the run this time, but was strafed by Bledsoe's passing arm. "It starts with the D line. If we don't put any pressure on him, it's going to make it harder on the secondary," defensive end Paul Spicer said. "We've got to take just as much of the blame [as the secondary], probably even more because we're the first guys who have to make him reload."'

Marker Leftwich downplays late touchdown drive [5:23 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Considering the touchdown march came against Buffalo's backups and with the Jaguars trailing by 28 points, Leftwich didn't see any need to be boastful. "It was what it was," Leftwich said of his play. "I'll let other people talk about it."'

Marker Ex-Jag Shaw took 'care of business' [5:22 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"It's great to be 2-0, and just a little bit sweeter doing it here," Shaw said. "You always want to show an old team what you can do, but I didn't put any extra pressure on myself. When the ball is snapped, it doesn't matter who you're playing. You've got to take care of business."'

Marker Bledsoe was in a zone against Jaguars zone [5:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Facing little pressure from the Jaguars' defensive front four, Bledsoe barely broke a sweat -- even on a hot day -- while completing 19 of 25 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in slightly more than three quarters of work.'

Marker Nothing Gained [5:20 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Prescott is hopeful that lower ticket price and fan amenities will boost sales the rest of the season. A few victories wouldn't hurt, he conceded.'

Marker Rout by Bills raises flags for the Jags [5:19 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'No, what the Buffalo Bills did to them yesterday -- obliterating Jacksonville 38-17 in the home opener and having Drew Bledsoe rip apart an overmatched defense -- was the kind of Sunday punch that requires its victim to take a standing-eight count. And take stock of themselves.'

Marker Babies are big hit with fan cam [5:18 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'At Alltel Stadium, security measures can be tough. Bo Reed, director of special events and promotions, said security personnel sometimes find fans trying to sneak in illegal materials. Reed said fans have tried to slip video cameras, giant beach balls and large quantities of food through stadium security. "The strangest things include a fish and a beer funnel," he said.'

Marker Jaguars Notebook [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Bills' coaches were so confident that they dressed just six defensive linemen, which was one or two fewer than most teams activate on hot days. "Hydration was the key for us,'' Milloy said. "The heat really wasn't a factor. If you prepare for it, you don't worry about it mentally. Our coaches did a good job keeping us focused on the Jaguars and not the weather.'''

Marker Buffalo stampede [5:16 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The game was effectively over by the third quarter -- a point at which Buffalo held a 25-point lead and had converted 7-of-10 on third downs. But the game was less about deflating Jacksonville's defensive aim than just simply popping it altogether.'

Marker Jaguars need just 1 thing to win: The right plan [5:15 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo laughed at the heat and the home-opening hoopla and everything else Jacksonville threw at it. Which, most notably, did not include a pass rush.'

Marker Passing games the difference [5:14 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '19: The number of completions thrown each by Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell. 16.5: The average yards gained on Bledsoe's completions. 6.4: The average yards gained on Brunell's completions.'

Marker Leftwich leads late-game drive [5:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'While there was plenty to lament, at least one part of Jacksonville's plan went right. After giving up 122 yards rushing last week to Carolina, the Jaguars were intent on vacuuming up Buffalo RB Travis Henry at the line of scrimmage. And while Henry scored three rushing touchdowns, he only managed 26 yards on 21 carries -- a far cry from his Pro Bowl talent.'

Marker Jaguars schooled at home by Bills [5:12 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: '"We went up against a very good football team, and they were the better team today," Del Rio said. "My hat's off to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe. We didn't do enough to get him out of rhythm."'

Marker Bledsoe poisons Jags, defense can't stop the pass [5:11 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'On this day when his quarterback rating soared to 144.2 (the maximum is 158.3), Bledsoe never did go down. He was not sacked. He was not intercepted. His uniform won't even need to be laundered. Nothing stopped Bledsoe, not security on the way into the stadium or traffic on the way back to the airport.'

Marker Tough beginning, 38-17 [5:10 AM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Bledsoe was not sacked and was seldom under any kind of pressure. His offensive line gave him time to find secondary receivers and allow deep receivers to get open. Eric Moulds caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown bomb, and Josh Reed dropped what would've been another Bledsoe touchdown bomb.'

Marker Jaguars' secondary under fire [5:09 AM]
Savannah Morning News reports: 'One week after allowing some guy named Jake Delhomme to come off the Carolina Panthers' bench and become an overnight sensation, the Jags made Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe look 10 years younger in a 38-17 loss at Alltel Stadium.'

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