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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2003

Marker Sum of defense better than parts [5:06 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'The defensive line still got pressure on quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who was sacked by Simon on the Bills' first offensive play and later was sacked by the blitzing Brown. ''We just went out and got after it,'' Simon said. ''When Troy went out of the game, we just knew we had to force them into some mistakes, and we did that.'''

Marker The 'real' McNabb emerges [5:05 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'Tight end Chad Lewis could sense it. Could sense from the moment McNabb entered the huddle at the start of the first offensive series, he was back to being himself. Back to ''relaxing and having fun and keeping the guys smiling.'''

Marker A recap of Sunday's 23-13 win over the Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Field [5:04 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'BEST HIT: It wasn't delivered by a Philadelphia or Buffalo player, but by one of the stadium security guards. With the Bills preparing for the failed two-point conversion attempt that followed their first touchdown, a fan ran on the field and raced approximately 70 yards before he was stopped cold and driven to the ground by the security guard.'

Marker This performance long overdue [5:03 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'The Eagles were exceptional on third-down conversions (9 of 16) and had a 7 minute, 36 second edge in the time of possession. And that kept Bledsoe -- and his rifle arm -- off the field for big chunks of the game. The Bills had just 12 offensive plays from scrimmage in the first and third quarters combined.'

Marker Secondary comes of age [5:02 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'With three-quarters of his star-studded secondary sidelined with injuries and facing quarterback Drew Bledsoe and the Bills dangerous stretch-the-field passing game, Johnson patched together a unit that somehow, someway, limited Buffalo to just two touchdowns and 296 yards through the air.'

Marker Akers continues to prove his value to Birds [5:01 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: 'Moments after his extra point gave the Eagles an early 7-0 lead, Bills return specialist Antonio Brown broke through the first few waves of tacklers, broke to the outside and was threatening to even the score on the ensuing kickoff. Thatís when Akers prevented it.'

Marker Eagles on track [5:00 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'In one afternoon, the Eagles pushed aside three weeks of doom and gloom. In just 60 minutes of football, they regained their confidence and their status as a contender in the NFL.'

Marker Eagles' young cornerbacks do just fine [4:59 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Said Johnson: "The young guys really stepped up to the plate today. They went up against a great quarterback and a great receiver and did the job they had to do. That's what I enjoyed the most. Those young guys had their backs against the wall, and they responded the way you want them to respond. They came out fighting."'

Marker Westbrook provides big finish [4:58 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"The offensive line did a great job pushing everybody down and it just opened up for me,'' Westbrook said of his first NFL touchdown.'

Marker Battered Birds buffalo Bills [4:57 AM]
Trenton Times reports: '"I love this kind of game," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who got a break when the Bills made injured running back Travis Henry inactive, said. "Our backs are against the wall, we're losing players and we just fought and fought. I don't know if I thought we could win without those guys (Vincent, Dawkins and Taylor), but the young secondary just gave us a great effort."'

Marker Thrash's big grab was a season-saver [4:56 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Moulds, Buffalo's Pro Bowl receiver, put up numbers but didn't make the plays his team needed. Thrash's third and final catch of the day may have been the game's most important play.'

Marker McNabb no longer McBad [4:55 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"The Case of the Vanishing Buffalo." After the first two weeks, Bills fans were clearing their calendars for a trip to the Super Bowl. But after the last two weeks, they just want to go hide. Between Miami and Philadelphia, the Bills went eight quarters without scoring before mounting a mini-rally in the final minutes against the Eagles. One obvious clue -- RB Travis Henry is missing and Joe Burns is not the answer.'

Marker That's one for the Birds [4:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It felt like we were fighting an uphill battle an awful lot," Bledsoe said. "We just didn't make enough plays. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Eagles Flutter Back to Life [4:53 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'McNabb led the Eagles to a textbook opening touchdown drive today in extremely hostile territory and the Philadelphia Eagles breathed a sigh of relief when the final gun sounded in their 23-13 victory over the often-bumbling Buffalo Bills (2-2).'

Marker Eagles finally fly off [4:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'When the Bills tried to stack the line of scrimmage and play man defense, McNabb floated perfect touch passes behind the secondary. When the pass protection broke down, McNabb used his legs to pick up 47 yards rushing.'

Marker McNabb's outlook sunnier [4:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The next possession, a 16-play drive that inhaled 8:36 of the first quarter, was pure McNabb. Three times he converted on third down, finding enough time and space in the pocket to hit James Thrash for 16 yards, and Pinkston for 11 and 5. After a 26-yard David Akers field goal, the Eagles had already matched their offensive output on the season.'

Marker McNabb, Eagles find lost rhythm [4:50 AM] reports: '"He just set the tone for all of us," Eagles tight end Chad Lewis said. "I don't know if it was the week off or if it was any inward thinking that he did, but he came today with a will and it was Donovan's will. He asserted that on the first drive. He really took all of us on his back and said, 'Let's go!' You could just feel that he was our leader from snap one."'

Marker Bullying Buffalo [4:39 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: 'For the first time this season, McNabb actually looked like he was enjoying himself out there.'

Marker Hey Sheldon, You Get to Cover Eric Moulds [4:38 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: '"We knew that they had struggled a little bit running the ball," defensive tackle Corey Simon said. "We knew their best running back was out, so we just had to go out there and not have a letdown. Last year, when we went into the Indianapolis game, and we figure OK, we can just go out and play the pass, and James Mungro had a huge game. So, we knew Joe Burns can run the ball. He's a tough runner. We had to go out there, focus and bear down and get after it."'

Marker Eagles on winning track with victory in Buffalo [4:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's offense was ineffective for much of the game, but he still finished with 296 yards and a TD on 27-of-43 passing for Buffalo (2-2), which was coming off a 17-7 loss in Miami last Sunday night. Bledsoe also rushed for a score.'

Marker Bills Drop Second Straight [4:29 AM] reports: 'The Bills failed to put points on the board until the fourth quarter when quarterback Drew Bledsoe passed for a touchdown and ran for a score to pull Buffalo within three points. But, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook killed any chance of a come back with a late 62 yard score.'

Marker Week 4: Gregg Williams Quotes [4:21 AM] reports: 'On the Bills' Running Game: "We have got to execute a lot better there. You can't be one-dimensional and we were one-dimensional today."'

Marker Week 4: Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:20 AM] reports: 'On the Lack of a Rushing Game Putting Too Much Pressure On the Passing Game: "The areas that I think we need to address are two areas. Number one, too many negative plays on early downs. We have a penalty on first down or we have a sack on first down, or we have a negative play on first down makes it hard to stay patient with the running game. Number two is our third conversions, partly because of that problem, but overall our third down conversion percentage has not been strong enough. When you don't convert your third downs then you don't get a chance to be patient with the running game. Those two areas are really making it hard for us to stay patient with the running game and on top of that we just haven't been very effective with it the last couple of weeks."'

Marker Week 4: Eric Moulds Quotes [4:20 AM] reports: 'On the Inability To Run the Ball: "It's not a lack of running game. It's doing what you have to do on the field. We have to be able to stay on the field. We have to convert third downs and our defense needs to stop third downs. That's how you win ball games."'

Marker Week 4: Joe Burns Quotes [4:19 AM] reports: 'On Whether There's a Lack of Commitment to Running Game: "I'm not the one to make that decision. I just go and execute the play that is called to the best of my ability. I just have to go out and do what they tell me to do."'

Marker Week 4: Antonio Winfield Quotes [4:19 AM] reports: 'On the Penalties: "On third downs we couldn't get off the field, which kept us on the field a long time. Offense didn't convert on third downs, which hurt us. We just have to go and get back next week."'

Marker Week 4: Andy Reid Quotes [4:18 AM] reports: 'On Aggressive Play On Last Drive: "It was very important, we kept reminding each other, players and coaches, to stay aggressive. Over our years here there have been times when I haven't been aggressive enough and the coaches did a great job of reminding me of that."'

Marker Week 4: Donovan McNabb Quotes [4:18 AM] reports: 'On the Play of the Offensive Line: "They played well today. We picked up the blitz well and for the ones I wasn't able to pick up, I was able to get the ball out to the hot reads and let them turn up field to get some yards. Collectively the O-line played well."'

Marker Birds fly in Buffalo, 23-13 [4:17 AM] reports: 'Following a touchback, the Eagles started at their own 20-yard line. Westbrook started the drive with a 3-yard run. Pinkston couldn't quite hold onto McNabb's pass on second down. On third down, McNabb fired to the right sideline and Thrash made a leaping grab for a 14-yard gain and first down.'

Marker Thrash Talk On Clutch Catch [4:15 AM] reports: '"All game we were just able to keep fighting," said McNabb, who completed 18-of-29 passes for 172 yards. "We never gave up."'

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