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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2003

Marker Philadelphia 23, Buffalo 13 [4:52 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Donovan McNabb finally played like Donovan McNabb.'

Marker Eagles need real McNabb [9:37 AM] reports: 'Going back to last year's playoffs, McNabb has lost three straight starts, generating just 20 points. He has four interceptions and no touchdown passes in those games.'

Marker Road has been kind in recent past [9:36 AM] reports: 'Eagles haven't beaten the Bills since 1987 and haven't won in Orchard Park since 1984. They've lost their last four meetings with the Bills and their last two here.'

Marker Don't expect Reid to quit on McNabb anytime soon [9:36 AM] reports: 'Bills 22, Eagles 16.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills squeak by Eagles in close game, 20-17.'

Marker The Santa clause [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't feel like I've taken a back seat at all," Wire said. "I feel I'm sitting in the passenger seat for a while and I'm learning from a pretty good driving instructor. I've already learned a lot from the way he plays the game. I looked up to him coming into the NFL. I always liked the way Lawyer played the game. He plays with his heart, and I can relate to that.'

Marker Desperation makes winless Eagles dangerous [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"These guys are like a wounded animal, and that makes them even more dangerous," wide receiver Eric Moulds said of the Eagles. "We have to be ready to play our best game of the year."'

Marker Today's Key Matchup [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray against Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.'

Marker Williams should leave the gimmickry to Inspector Gadget [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think I have the winner in the Gregg Williams gadget play pool for the week.'

Marker Bills put it on the line against Eagles today [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We know they're going to start blitzing when they get off the bus, so we have to get ready for that," said Bills coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Reeling Eagles a tough foe for Bills [7:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'His point: The Eagles may be 0-2, but they might be one of the best 0-2 teams he or anyone else has ever seen, and the 2-1 Bills are acutely aware that they are in for a mighty battle this afternoon at sold-out Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Q&A: Jeff Posey [7:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“One time I was at a basketball game in high school and my pants ripped. I was sitting down and they split up the middle. I was glad I had a jacket. I took my jacket off and tied it around my waist.”'

Marker Silencing the boos [7:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“(The Bills game) is very important,” McNabb says. “It’s very important for us as an offensive unit to go out and show people what we are capable of."'

Marker Conspiracy theory [5:01 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"We have an answer for that," the head scriptologist says. "After they fall to 0-3, we'll schedule the Eagles against their three division rivals - Washington, Dallas and the Giants. By the end of Week 6, the Eagles will be 3-3, their season will be saved, and interest will be red-hot in all four NFC East markets."'

Marker Today's game [4:57 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Be it ever so humble, there's sometimes no place like the road. Maybe it will all come together for the Eagles there.'

Marker Victory is only cure for what ails Eagles [4:56 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'In the NFL, September games don't customarily come with tags marked crucial attached to them. But this one, Birds at Buffalo, does.'

Marker Big bucks are riding on struggling McNabb [4:53 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Though the price was high - a 12-year deal worth $115 million and a $20.5 million signing bonus - it seemed like a good move at the time.'

Marker Eagles, Bills talking run [4:52 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Both teams have spoken all week about running more, even though neither has done it successfully this season. Moreover, the Bills are down to only one healthy running back, Joe Burns, who rushed for all of 22 yards in last week's 17-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Defense no longer able to bail Eagles out [4:51 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has no doubt studied the tapes of what Brady did to the Eagles. And he is probably drooling, waiting for his chance to attack a young secondary in which the only veteran will be Troy Vincent on the left corner.'

Marker Eagles’ Reese makes special teams point of pride [4:48 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'Reese, 29, enters today's game at Buffalo as the Eagles' top special teams player with 38 production points, eight ahead of rookie cornerback Rodrick Hood. His 23 blocks as part of the kickoff return and punt return squads lead the team, and he's ranked third in tackles with four, one behind Hood and linebacker Justin Ena.'

Marker Birds miss Douglas’ voice [4:47 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: '"None of us are real vocal, rah-rah types,'' Reese said. "There is no one here like Hugh or (New York Giants kick returner) Brian Mitchell. Those guys did most of the talking and the rest of the team fed off that. We don't have those intangibles now.'''

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.'''

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