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Buffalo Bills News - October 1, 2001

Marker Another ugly loss for the Bills [2:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Are you ready for some BAD football? You'd better be if you're a Buffalo Bills' fan.'

Marker Despite win, Steelers need to get better [2:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The biggest problem for the Steelers on Sunday was themselves.'

Marker Injuries continue to mount [2:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Pittsburgh running back Chris Fuamatu-Ma'afala's 22-yard rushing touchdown late in the fourth quarter marked the Steelers' first offensive touchdown of the season. They had gone over seven quarters, over 116 minutes, without their offense scoring a TD.'

Marker Steelers Run Over Banged-Up Bills [2:23 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'Now, Johnson surely did not throw yesterday's game against the Steelers, but he did look like a man basically without an offensive line. He was scrambling constantly and pressured all day by the Steelers.'

Marker Steeler Defense Overcomes Penalties [2:21 PM]
McKeesport Daily News reports: 'At halftime, the Steelers had 100 penalty yards compared to 115 yards of offense. Those 100 yards included five personal foul calls.'

Marker 5th Down: Pay attention to Centers [11:41 AM] reports: Pay attention to Larry. Watch him prepare, admire his attitude, and take notes on his work ethic. Study him like you’re readying for a final exam, then break the rules. Remember that honor code that you were bound by in college last year? Dump it. Copy Larry Centers. Imitate his every move. Do it outwardly and proudly. Plagiarize the heck out of this guy.

Your jobs may depend on it.

Marker Bills fall to Steelers, 20-3 [11:35 AM] reports: "Our defense played fantastic," Jay Riemersma said afterwards. "They made great strides with some of the key losses they have had. But clearly our offense has to get its act together or we will continue to go out there and get embarassed."

Marker Defense makes up for penalties, offense [10:16 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Bills quarterback Rob Johnson threw for only 104 yards. He was sacked four times and pressured most of the game. Time and time again, he was pounded to the artificial surface. Johnson finally had to leave the game midway in the fourth quarter after he was chased and, just as he unloaded the football, slammed to the turf by outside linebacker Jason Gildon.'

Marker Pittsburgh says it'll take a win anyway it can get one [10:15 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Buffalo's never-imposing offensive line was even weaker than usual, with rookie Marques Sullivan (previously a guard on Buffalo's depth chart) and Steelers wash-out Kris Farris starting at the two tackle spots. After Farris went down with a lower-leg break, Buffalo had to turn to Jon Carman, who until about 24 hours before kickoff held down a spot on the Bills' practice-squad roster.'

Marker Ex-Steeler Farris breaks a leg in his first start with the Bills [10:14 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"I feel bad for Kris because he used to be one of us," Steeler cornerback Dewayne Washington. "After the game, we got together and said a prayer for him." Farris underwent surgery Sunday night and had a metal rod inserted into his leg.'

Marker Offense remains out of tune [10:12 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'How bad are the Bills? Pittsburgh committed 12 penalties for 125 yards ... and won. The Steelers failed to score an offensive touchdown until there was 3:52 left in the game ... and won. And quarterback Kordell Stewart completed 15 of 22 passes for a pathetic 107 yards ... and the Steelers won. But only because as bad as the Steelers were, the Bills were worse.'

Marker Defense shows way to end zone, provides early lift with touchdown [10:11 AM]
Washington Observer Reporter reports: 'Thanks in part to a three-week layoff, it took the Steelers nearly a month to score their first touchdown of the 2001 season. And it was fitting that the touchdown was scored by the defense.'

Marker For fans, it's 'better safe than sorry' [10:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Some fans from Canada might have had trouble getting to the stadium, and some fans from Pittsburgh, the Bills' opponent, might have had trouble getting into the stadium, but new security measures instituted at the stadium did not seem to bother most, on a day when the home team limped off the field after a 20-3 shellacking.'

Marker Fans at stadium donate $20,000 [10:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fans at the Bills-Steelers game Sunday donated nearly $20,000 to firefighters collecting money for the families of firefighters lost in the World Trade Center tragedy.'

Marker Bills stay on magical misery tour [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It ain't good," nose tackle Pat Williams said. "I'm just mad. I'm frustrated. . . . We can't quit. I'm not quitting. I don't want to lose any more. I'm tired of losing. It hurts."'

Marker Moulds, Price vent frustrations [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think words can describe how I feel right now," Moulds said in a somber locker room. "It's like I'm out there running around for nothing. It's ridiculous."'

Marker Steelers' offense still has some kinks in it [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So it wasn't a huge surprise that the Steelers' offense appeared as bewildered as a tourist in the middle of Siberia without a map during Sunday's 20-3 victory over the Bills. It helped that Buffalo, which was missing starting offensive tackles John Fina and Jonas Jennings, looked even more lost than Pittsburgh.'

Marker Bills' offense is quickly going from bad to worst [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Let's put it right out there: Could the Buffalo Bills actually be the worst team in the NFL right now?'

Marker Fans can be thankful for one thing: Kordell's not a Bill [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question was never whether these Bills are better than these Steelers. Such musings became impertinent once Buffalo reached two more rungs down the depth chart to plug the holes in what was already a makeshift offensive line. Can't run, can't win, the day's only remaining mystery being why it took Pittsburgh so long to file away an opponent clearly inferior. No, the question was never which team is better. What's worth considering, though, is which team is better off?'

Marker Farris, Johnson lead injured list [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' list of walking wounded grows longer each week. Quarterback Rob Johnson, offensive tackle Kris Farris, defensive end Phil Hansen, wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel, defensive tackle Leif Larsen and defensive back Tony Driver left with injuries during Sunday's 20-3 loss to the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There were so many flags thrown it was a wonder that no one slipped and fell. The teams combined on 18 penalties for 182 yards. The Steelers had the most infractions with 12 for 125 yards. "I'm not going to answer anything about the officiating," said Steelers coach Bill Cowher. "I was told a long time ago that if you have nothing good to say, you say nothing at all."'

Marker Admit it: This is not a good football team [9:07 AM]
The Sporting News reports: It's time to say what the coaches have refused to admit. The Bills are not a good football team.

The Bills' offense is a mess. They can't get the ball to their top player, WR Eric Moulds, and they're running game has become virtually non-existent. Granted, the team has gone through some devastating injuries on both sides of the ball. But there is no excusing such a bad showing at home on Sunday.

Marker Overdue Bills [8:47 AM]
CNN/SI reports: The Pittsburgh Steelers left the Buffalo Bills physically and emotionally devastated.

The Bills not only lost 20-3 on Sunday to a rusty Steelers team coming off a 21-day layoff, but they ran into further injury woes, leaving the rest of their year in question.

Marker It's becoming really ugly [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"We did not play well enough to win this football game, we did not play well enough in all areas," he continued. "Guys have to play better and coaches have to coach better in order for us to get this thing going."'

Marker Williams is right to be angry [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'From coach Gregg Williams right down to the 53rd man on the roster, the Bills were angry at themselves. Probably angrier than the fans were at them. It's about time.'

Marker Before Bills will win, they must want to [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'As the Bills get out the super glue this week and try to put the pieces back together again, pride is about all they've got left.'

Marker Bills get red, white, blue and patriotic all over [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: '"If these stadiums are half-full, then the terrorists win. I'm not going to let them ruin my Sundays." Many apparently shared his sentiments.'

Marker Lack of top QB, injuries doom Bills season [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'It's beginning to feel a lot like 1985 at One Bills Drive.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'In one those pitiful duels the NFL doesn't publicize, Rob Johnson played down to the level of (gasp!) Kordell Stewart, and lost his seventh straight start. With his line crumbling around him, Johnson threw for 104 yards, produced one field goal and got hurt. Did nothing overly horrible (he did overthrow Eric Moulds at the goal-line), but nothing great, so why not just buy a ticket? Backup Alex Van Pelt threw a bad interception to seal the deal.'

Marker It gets worse for Bills [5:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Not disappointed, pissed," Williams said after watching his overmatched team fall to 0-3. "Not discouraged. Pissed."'

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