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Buffalo Bills News - November 17, 2003

Marker Buffalo's season platters in historic fashion [2:43 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'In case you found a more pleasantly entertaining way to spend Sunday afternoon, like eating all the light bulbs in your home, or removing your toenails with a pair of pliers, you missed the Buffalo Bills hitting bottom. The Houston Texans' wheezing, stumbling 12-10 survival at Ralph Wilson Stadium wasn't just the low point of this season, or even Gregg Williams' crashing bore of a coaching tenure. Losing in such execrable fashion, at home, to a second-year expansion team operating with its second-string quarterback while failing to score an offensive touchdown for the third full game stands as the most pathetic moment in the franchise's 44-year history. Yes, plenty of Bills teams have lost in heinous fashion to opponents who were supposedly even worse. But nobody expected anything of the teams that won one game in 1968 and 1971, or the two-time winners Buffalo fielded in 1976, '84 and '85. Even during the worst moments of Williams' 3-13 rookie campaign two years ago, there were some signs of improvement, a few reasons to hope things would get better.'

Marker Sorry, Steve: No induction for you [2:42 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Steve Tasker was, without question, one of the great special-teams players in National Football League history. His teeth-cracking hits on return men electrified crowds at Rich Stadium and often provided the Buffalo Bills with crucial field position before, during and after the franchise's Super Bowl era. His blocked punt on a Sunday night against the Los Angeles Raiders in 1990 triggered his team's run to the first of four straight AFC titles. He also provided a spark on kick returns, like his game-turning runback of a squib kick against the Raiders in the 1993 postseason, and as a receiver on the rare occasions he was asked to do so. Without question, Tasker deserves to be enshrined. On the Bills' Wall of Fame. But the Hall of Fame in Canton? Nah. Before sending a nasty e-mail questioning my football knowledge, parentage, patriotism or sexual preference, hear me out.'

Marker An offensive stinker for the Bills [2:36 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This loss was all about the Bills’ beleaguered offense which couldn’t score a touchdown against the NFL’s 31st-ranked defense (29th against both the pass and run) in both yards and points surrendered.'

Marker It’s time for Donahoe to clean house [2:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'OK Tom Donahoe, it’s time.'

Marker Texans have reason to celebrate [2:34 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You can play as bad on defense as you want,” Wong said. “But if you don’t let them get in the end zone and you don’t let them kick a lot of field goals, you’re doing a pretty good job and you’re going to give your team a chance to win.”'

Marker Thurman To Receive Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Award [10:47 AM] reports: 'Former Bills’ running back Thurman Thomas will receive the 18th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award in special ceremonies prior to the Bills-Colts game on November 23.'

Marker Bills' season is slipping away [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a season that has featured one frustrating performance after another, the Bills hit a new low.'

Marker Futile offense frustrates Bills' defensive players [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They scored 12 points, but they shouldn't have score a point. That's the way we as a defense have to look at it. We've got to make clutch situations on third down where we have defenses called to get off the field, but we didn't execute well enough on those two field goal opportunities. We can talk about how the offense is struggling, but we just have to do our part. We could have held this team scoreless. We lost because we didn't do that. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Texans celebrate winning feeling [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Texans were excited because they basically strolled into The Ralph with a few players off the junior varsity and walked out with a victory.'

Marker Williams' era sinks to yet another new low point [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whatever the explanation, it seems like yet another example of how ill-suited Williams is to be the head coach of an NFL team. We already knew that, of course, but it looks like we're stuck with him for the rest of the year. It'll be a long, cold death march.'

Marker Call me crazy, but everything's coming up roses for this team [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's a lot of glee to wallow in today. The Bills have gone three straight games without scoring a touchdown. Painful? Embarrassing? Only for those who fail to appreciate the degree of difficulty attached to the feat.'

Marker Cracked leg bone spoils Henry's big game [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite Williams' optimism, it does look like Henry could be out a while. A concerned Henry left the locker room wearing a temporary cast halfway up his calf and a protective walking boot on his foot.'

Marker Monday billboard [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Best sign: "Buddy Was Right!"'

Marker Bills lineman injured in crash on Mile Strip [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Mike Williams suffered minor injuries when his vehicle veered off Mile Strip Road and flipped over while he was driving to the game Sunday, said Orchard Park police.'

Marker Another day of low points [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The most telling moment in Sunday’s almost unwatchable Buffalo-Houston game took place not on the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium but off it. With about nine minutes to go in the fourth quarter, with the Bills trailing by just one point and theoretically still in the game, thousands of fans packed up their belongings and headed for the exits.'

Marker A victory would be nice, but we'll settle for a TD [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Just like last week at Dallas, a 10-6 loss, one touchdown drive would win the game. Just ONE.'

Marker Gutsy Henry stands above the rest [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Travis Henry deserved better than this.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterbacks: Feeling bad that he played poorly only on the road, Drew Bledsoe returned to The Ralph and gave the home fans something to boo. For a third consecutive game, couldn’t produce a touchdown and his sack/fumble with 1:51 left to seal the deal was his third such turnover in as many weeks. Repeatedly checked out of called runs on third-and-short and wound up 1 of 6 passing on such plays. D'

Marker Ralph sick of Bills [5:13 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In losing to to the second-year Texans, the Bills may have approached a new low.'

Marker Bills' attack fires blanks [5:12 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday resembled nothing so much as a bowl of confusion, a weird recipe of missed field goals, untimely penalties, dropped passes, repeated failures to protect the quarterback and questionable play-calling that will keep the radio talk show guys fuming.'

Marker Bills fall hard [5:11 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Meanwhile, the rest of the Bills appeared to be in a daze. Afterward, their locker room was reduced to a quiet rubble, with what few players remained milling about but saying little.'

Marker Lindell takes blame [5:10 AM]
Erie Times News reports: '"I certainly didn't do my job," Lindell said. "You add six points to that score and we win. It's frustrating. It's embarrassing. That's my job. That's all I do. I don't work at the grocery store, I kick field goals, and when that doesn't happen it's embarrassing."'

Marker Texans' rejuvenated defense squeezes out fourth victory [5:09 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans entered Sunday's game ranked at or near the bottom of the league in nearly every defensive category, and while they surrendered 335 total yards to the Bills, they did not allow a touchdown for only the second time in their 26-game history. Pittsburgh didn't get into the end zone in a 24-6 loss to the Texans last season.'

Marker Recipe for success combines ugly ingredients into a treat [5:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'It is part true grit and part simple determination that is swept up off the floor and mixed in with the tough gristly pieces to eventually produce something tasty. It is as much attitude as it is aptitude that makes what they have served up so far easy to swallow.'

Marker Two Texans' players show hard work pays off [5:07 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'But big plays in clutch situations by Orr and Faggins, both of whom were promoted from the Texans' practice squad in the last 10 days, played a critical role in the win.'

Marker Johnson invades Bills' space for career-high day [5:06 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'With the Texans trailing 5-0 and 1:22 remaining in the first half, Johnson caught a pass from backup quarterback Tony Banks on a slant route across the middle. Johnson broke loose from the grasp of three Bills at the Buffalo 35 and finished off a 46-yard touchdown catch, the longest of his career.'

Marker Load to Shoulder [5:05 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Banks, who did not play last season for the first time in his eight-year career, engineered a victory for the second time this season. In his only start, he rallied the Texans for a 14-10 upset of Carolina.'

Marker Morale at all-time low as offense continues landslide [5:04 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Sunday against the Texans, Bledsoe and the Bills rolled up 335 yards and ran 15 plays inside the Houston 20-yard line. For their efforts, they came away with one successful field goal attempt in three tries, a 12-10 loss and round upon round of questions about 12 quarters and change of unbroken futility.'

Marker Capers benches Coleman, Peek [5:03 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Capers declined to specify which rule was violated, but sources said the players were suspended for being late to multiple team meetings, including Saturday's. Peek confirmed that he was suspended for tardiness, but Coleman said through a representative that he wouldn't speak publicly about the matter until he had a chance to address it privately with his teammates.'

Marker By the quarters [5:02 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Travis Henry is stopped for a one-yard loss by Eric Brown near the goal line on third down, forcing the Bills to settle for a field goal.'

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