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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2003

Marker McNabb takes struggling offense on road to Buffalo [4:46 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'It's expected to be 60 degrees and raining for today's game against Buffalo (2-1) at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Scouting Report: Philadelphia at Buffalo [4:45 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'Bills 28, Eagles 24.'

Marker Reid, Eagles are taking their show, hopes on the road [4:41 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''When you go into a hostile environment or someone else's house, you want to treat it as your own,'' quarterback Donovan McNabb said. ''It's a challenge, and that's what we feed off — challenges. Going into Buffalo, we know that it's going to be a tough environment. We know that their fans are going to be fired up and they are going to be fired up, so we have to match that and be able to add a little more.'''

Marker McNabb: 'We can change this thing' [4:40 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''Everyone has been down on us, but we haven't been,'' quarterback Donovan McNabb added. ''That's something we've all talked about — the fact that we're the ones involved in this thing. We can change this thing. The attitude will be that we go out there, execute, open up some eyes, and just continue to feed off it.'''

Marker Pressure can only help Eagles [4:35 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'In two games, Brady and Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson have completed a total of 57 passes in 80 attempts, a 71.3-percent completion ratio, for 493 yards with five touchdown passes and just one tipped interception. Those numbers compute to a 102.8 quarterback rating.'

Marker Eagles (0-2) at Buffalo (2-1) [4:33 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Buffalo, 28-24.'

Marker Good byes [4:32 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'The Eagles are 4-0 - 5-0 counting the playoffs - the week after a bye under head coach Andy Reid.'

Marker Eagles' game plan falls incomplete [4:29 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'It would be hard for them to run the ball less. The Eagles are passing the ball on seven of every 10 snaps, and their offense under Reid has never been this lopsided. Last year, the Eagles threw the ball 52 percent of the time. This year, after two games, they've thrown it 72 percent of the time. Even though the Eagles lost both games, they weren't so far behind that they had to abandon the running game.'

Marker Eagles' key to victory: Muffle Moulds [4:28 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"I wouldn't imagine they'd run,'' Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said with a smile. "I think they're going to stay with the vertical passing game. They want to go deep. Their philosophy is to get the ball deep.'''

Marker Eagles Preview [4:27 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Bills 23, Eagles 17.'

Marker Eagles-Bills Tale of the Tape [4:24 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: 'Eagles 10, Buffalo 27.'

Marker Falling Eagles [4:13 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'In a season-opening 17-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the tailbacks combined to gain 19 yards on 10 carries. In the 21-point loss to the Patriots the next week, they had 46 yards on 11 carries.'

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September 27, 2003

Marker Bills Not Underestimating Slumping Eagles [10:58 PM]
AP reports: Bills showing Eagles respect

Marker Bills vs. Eagles Preview [10:58 PM]
TBD reports: 'This season couldn't have started much worse for the Eagles, who many experts picked to finally take that last step and make it to the Super Bowl after 2 straight Championship Game losses. Injuries have crippled the defensive line and secondary. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is mired in the worst slump of his young career. They lost their first 2 games, both in their new stadium, by a combined score of 48-10 against the last 2 Super Bowl champions (Buccaneers & Patriots).'

Marker Crosby's Broken Leg Puts Him Out For The Season [6:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ken Simonton has been added from the practice squad.'

Marker Bills' Simonton on active roster; Crosby on injured list [6:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills placed backup fullback Philip Crosby on injured reserve and he will miss the rest of the season.'

Marker Buffalo is in similiar boat as Philly [9:06 AM]
Bridgeton News reports: 'Seems the Eagles and the Bills have a lot in common as they prepare to face each other in Buffalo on Sunday. The difference is the Eagles have yet to win a game or look good trying to win a game. The Bills were off to a 2-0 start and had outscored their opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots, 69-17. It just goes to show how fast a team in the NFL can fall. The Eagles now have a chance to show just how fast a team in the NFL can rise.'

Marker Stuck in neutral [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His completion percentage is a reflection of how uncomfortable he has looked in the pocket. McNabb never has been one of the most accurate passers. His completed 58.4 percent last year and ranked 22nd in the NFL. But 45 percent is in the Ryan Leaf neighborhood. That's not McNabb.'

Marker Henry looks doubtful for Sunday [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It still looks like the Pro Bowler casualty count for Sunday's 1 p.m. game will be Philadelphia 2, Buffalo 1.'

Marker Bills' run game going nowhere [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo ranks 31st in the NFL in rushing yards per game (63.7), dead last in average yards per rushing play (2.4), and Travis Henry — who did not practice all week because of a rib injury and will be a game-time decision on whether he can play — has a paltry 122 yards on 53 attempts (2.3 per carry).'

Marker Bills' hocus-pocus plays have no magic [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I love the razzle, but this is too much dazzle. One trick play a game? From a team good enough to win without gimmicks? I like ice cream, but I don’t partake every day.'

Marker Walker doubles as engineer, buttress for Birds' defense [4:50 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Q: Improving pressure, is that what you guys are looking at this weekend against Buffalo? A: We definitely want to get more pressure, no doubt about it.'

Marker Bragging rights are at stake for friends Emmons, Spikes [4:48 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The two linebackers who share the No. 51 as well as a charity that raises money for children's health care in Atlanta became best friends four years ago when Emmons moved from Mississippi to Georgia. "I met him when we started working out with the same trainer," Emmons said before the Eagles' practice yesterday at the NovaCare Complex. "We just instantly clicked. He's just like a brother to me. We're together almost every day. We're extremely close."'

Marker Despite extra week off, Birds' wounded are not healed yet [4:46 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The Eagles will also be without strong safety Brian Dawkins and right cornerback Bobby Taylor, both of whom are sidelined by foot injuries. Rookie first-round draft pick Jerome McDougle will miss his third straight game because of a high ankle sprain, but he is at least moving around the locker room considerably better than he was a week ago.'

Marker D-line realizes that the pressure is on [4:45 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'For the 0-2 Eagles to have a chance for their first win of the season, the offense must control the ball, and when the 2-1 Bills and dangerous deep-throwing quarterback Drew Bledsoe do get it, the Birds must get strong pass-rush pressure to give the secondary a fighting chance. "That's the key to the game," defensive tackle Hollis Thomas said yesterday. "We've got to make it a point to get there."'

Marker Westbrook hoping to put fumble behind him [4:43 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: '"I'm supposed to be a positive, not a negative," Westbrook said. "That's not why I'm on the field, so now I have to show everybody why I'm out there - to make big plays, not bad plays."'

Marker Expect Eagles to run the ball more against Buffalo [4:37 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'The video from last Sunday shows the Dolphins' Ricky Williams carrying the football 42 times for 154 yards, giving Miami possession for almost 41 of the game's 60 minutes. ''I think all teams that are playing against the Buffalo Bills will be using a little of that tape,'' Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb said. ''But you also look at some of the other games they played. Early on, Jacksonville was able to hit some passes as well as some big runs . So you have to pretty much keep them balanced.'''

Marker Westbrook's 'absolutely' the punt returner [4:36 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'Barring a late change, Brian Westbrook will retain his job as the Philadelphia Eagles' punt returner for Sunday's game at Buffalo. ''Absolutely,'' Eagles special teams coordinator John Harbaugh said.'

Marker Eagles avoiding negativity [4:33 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Playing the 2-1 Bills in Buffalo, where the Eagles have not won since Oct. 7 1984, actually may be the lesser of two evils this weekend with many Eagles fans already on the verge of major meltdowns. Since 2000, the Eagles are an NFL-best 18-6 on the road during the regular season and 7-1 away from home following a loss.'

Marker Sheppard won’t be Buffaloed [4:32 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'With the possible exception of quarterback Donovan McNabb, nobody on the Eagles will be challenged more vigorously than second-year cornerback Lito Sheppard tomorrow in Buffalo. Filling in for All Pro Bobby Taylor -- who is expected to miss another game with a strained foot -- Sheppard will make the first road start of his young career, and the scenario couldn’t possibly be more daunting.'

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