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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2003

Marker Bills Coach Takes A Chance [1:36 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Yes, Jacksonville scored---but who cares? The Bills had 38 points. The failed fake punt was of no consequence to the outcome of the game. This has to be a horrible time for talk radio. What do you talk about when a team has played as well as the Bills the first two games, and there's nothing negative to drone on about? The answer-- they have to focus on an play that meant absolutely nothing.'

Marker This Week's game [1:19 PM] reports: 'After avenging a five-game losing streak to the Jets at the Meadowlands last Sunday, the Dolphins will try to halt a modest two-game winning streak by Buffalo in this series, and prevent the Bills from boasting their first three-game winning streak against Miami since 1993-94 (last of ’93 and both of ’94).'

Marker The Bills [1:18 PM] reports: 'The Bills are 2-0 and have outscored their first two opponents by a composite 69-17.'

Marker The Dolphins-Bills series [1:17 PM] reports: 'The Dolphins hold a 25-11-1 lead over Buffalo in games played in Miami during the regular season, while the Bills own a 9-7 advantage in games staged at Pro Player Stadium.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills Series notes [1:15 PM] reports: 'Bills RB Travis Henry surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in both games against the Dolphins last year.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills Connections [1:14 PM] reports: 'Bills special teams coordinator Danny Smith spent two years coaching his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, where he tutored former Dolphins QB Dan Marino.'

Marker Bledsoe Up For NFL Player of the Week Honors [1:12 PM] reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' 38-17 win over Jacksonville. Bledsoe completed 19 of 25 attempts and recorded a 144.2 passer rating.'

Marker No. 1 Bills next up on the hot seat [11:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'This team is for real.'

Marker Send a question to Drew Bledsoe [10:49 AM] reports: 'Now is your chance to ask Buffalo's quarterback a question!'

Marker Miami week means even more hype about Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what Buffalo is about," guard Ruben Brown said. "That's what the Buffalo area is about, the Buffalo Bills and how well the Bills do. I've been here when we played crappy or we're not that good, and everybody in town is sad and down and they don't want to go anywhere."'

Marker 'Bookend' pair helping Bills turn new page [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But it's funny how a guy that big can get overlooked. He came here 17 months ago as the No. 4 pick in the draft, the Bills' highest draft pick since Bruce Smith. But he became old news after Drew Bledsoe's arrival. This year, all the fuss was about the new additions on the defense. It's reached the point where people take him almost for granted.'

Marker Wright was cut after three-car accident [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team sources said Wright had his share of problems before his latest arrest. Just this season, he was served with an order to pay a car loan he abandoned in Tennessee. He was given an eviction notice for failing to pay rent on his apartment in Western New York. He also had his furniture repossessed because he failed to keep up with those payments, sources said.'

Marker Bills replay [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who is to blame for the poor running game, Travis Henry or the offensive line? Probably a combination, but one would have to lean toward the line. Henry knows how to run, and he usually makes good decisions on picking holes or cutting back. Against the Jags, he had nowhere to go because the line had trouble keeping Jacksonville’s front seven out of the backfield.'

Marker Do the Bills need to run better? [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unless the Bills start establishing a ground attack, teams are going to start loading up against the pass and making it a lot more difficult for the gunslinging Bledsoe.'

Marker Miami still the king of Bills' rivals [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But Buffalo vs. Miami goes beyond the team. It extends to the fans. A clash of cultures. Chicken wings vs. tofu. Snow shovels vs. sun block.'

Marker Inside slant [5:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We've got to get better in everything, and that's certainly an area that has not been as consistent as we'd like it to be," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of the running game. "(Jacksonville has) a good front, that's one of the strengths of their football team. That doesn't dismiss the fact that we have to run better, there's no question, but that's an area that they were committed to, stopping the run. What they were doing made it difficult to run, but it made them very vulnerable to us being able to hold the ball long enough to let some of those routes develop."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:19 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have won their first games by a combined 69-17, but their running game is a point of concern heading into this week's game at Miami.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:18 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"If we are going to be the team that we expect ourselves to be, we have to win on the road. This was a big test for our young guys coming down here, but we've got another one next week." -- Bills coach Gregg Williams on winning the first road game of the year.'

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September 15, 2003

Marker Bills riding high on Bledsoe's fast starts [9:24 PM]
AP reports: '''The first one, I think, we needed psychologically as a team after what happened the year before,'' said Gilbride, referring to Buffalo's two lopsided losses against New England last season. ''And this one (against Jacksonville) was to prove that it wasn't going to be a letdown, that we were going to come out and play just as well as we could as we did the previous week.'''

Marker Former Bills receiver charged with DWI [8:33 PM]
AP reports: Wright was arrested last Wednesday morning in the town of Hamburg, a suburb of Buffalo, after he was involved in a three-car accident. Three people were transported to area hospitals with injuries after Wright rear-ended one of the vehicles. Wright was also injured, but did not go to a hospital.

Marker Unexpectedly, the D has carried the up-and-coming Seahawks [8:32 PM]
CNN\SI reports: Forgot to tell you this last week, but Lawyer Milloy really wanted to sign with Seattle. So much so he would have taken less to play there. But the Seahawks, who talked to agent Carl Poston about Milloy, are in good secondary shape and never were in Buffalo's financial ballpark of four years and $15 million. Reggie Tongue is good enough for Seattle to get by with at strong safety.

Marker Poor analysis On Bill's O soft spots [4:52 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Excellent response to PFW article on Bills by Stadium Wall All Pro Barry Brady.

Marker Bills avoid letdown to take care of business [1:40 PM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'The Bills were 8-14 in the game on third down, despite a running game that was virtually non-existent outside the red zone.'

Marker A winning air about the Bills [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I don’t know if you can establish yourself as the team to beat after two games,” he pointed out with an eye toward next Sunday night’s game against the Dolphins in Miami. “But we can definitely set the tone for how we’re going to play for the rest of the season.”'

Marker It’s tough to find fault with the Bills [1:15 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, oh yeah, Buffalo middle linebacker London Fletcher wasn’t even frustrated at the short field his unit inherited. “The fake punt didn’t go our way,” he admitted, “but I look at it as a challenge for us to step up and play.”'

Marker TD drives make for record start for Bills’ offense [1:14 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'After a tough opening week when second-year wide receiver Josh Reed dropped a sure touchdown pass on a flea-flicker and caught only one ball of seven thrown his way, he redeemed himself with five catches for 71 yards against Jacksonville. “What happened last week?” Reed joked, “All I know is that we won. In this game you have to have a short memory.”'

Marker Jaguars-Bills Game Notes [11:03 AM] reports: 'The last time the Bills scored TDs on the opening two possessions of consecutive games at any point in a season was in December of 1990 (12/9/90 at Indy and 12/15/90 at NYG).'

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.'

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