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Buffalo Bills News - August 28, 2001

Marker Johnson can't sack the takedown question [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When will he learn to unload the ball? The question isn't going away until Johnson proves he can avoid getting sacked.'

Marker Newcomer Brown gets his turn to play [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Travis Brown had his first full workout with the Bills on Monday, five days after he was signed to compete for the third quarterback position behind Rob Johnson and Alex Van Pelt.'

Marker A Taste of the Season - Buffalo Bills Style [9:02 AM]
Buffalo Niagara Partnership reports: Held Tonight (Tuesday).

It kicks off the Bills season for the corporate community and raise awareness and support for the Food Bank of Western New York.

The networking reception brings together corporate sponsors, local restaurants, chefs and the entire roster of Buffalo Bills players and coaches. Guests will sample specialty foods prepared by some of the region's finest restaurants.

Marker My notes from Bengals game [8:12 AM] reports: 'The third sack in particular occured on a stunt, with 5 men rushing. The RDE looped around to the left and shot thru the right guard and tackle, who were both occupied. It is Larry Center's job to pick it up, he threw a poor block. Ruben Brown saw this and quickly rolled back to hit attacker, leaving Michael Early with no help on Oliver Gibson, who had a near clean shot at Johnson, and ultimately lead to RJ getting sacked near the line by the safety...'

Marker Christie working to regain FG form [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'With just one dress rehearsal left, Thursday at Pittsburgh, Christie's struggles are magnified, putting into question new general manager Tom Donahoe's decision-making last spring.'

Marker Moulds says Johnson needs a quicker release [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'A new offense or not, blocking problems or not, it's going to be another long season for Johnson unless he learns to throw the ball sooner, Moulds said.'

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August 27, 2001

Marker It's up to Johnson to shed sack label: Moulds [7:50 PM]
AP reports: '"It's easy for people to go in and continue to preach and say that he has to do this and he has to do that," Moulds said. "But Rob has to go out and make the decision that, 'This is what I'm going to do. And this is the type of quarterback that I'm going to be."''

Marker Bills-Steelers pre-season preview [12:21 PM] reports: 'Buffalo isn't too sorry to see Three Rivers Stadium go, as the Bills were just 2-8 lifetime at Three Rivers, with their last win in Pittsburgh coming in the 1992 AFC Divisional Playoffs on the heels of the comeback game against Houston.'

Marker Personnel losses, injuries will take toll on Buffalo this season [10:48 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: The Bills catch a break with a relatively soft schedule. However, with huge holes along the offensive line, the brittleness of starting QB Rob Johnson and the vast turnover of players on defense, the Bills will do well to break even this season.

Marker Early time could be nearing [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Center Michael Early was a no-name free agent when he signed just before the Buffalo Bills went to training camp. To most fans and media, the 6-foot-2, 320-pounder was nothing more than an extra body for practice. However, Bills observers recently were hit with the reality that Early is close to being the regular-season starter.'

Marker Reliving replacement glory [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'On Oct. 18, 1987, the Buffalo Bills defeated the New York Giants in a rather nondescript game at Rich Stadium. It was the third and final replacement game during the '87 players strike - a contest that featured its fair share of insurance agents, welders and construction workers - and the Bills came away from this glorified pillow fight with a 6-3 overtime victory. Bills coach Marv Levy called it the worst football game ever played, but that's not how Rick Schulte remembers it.'

Marker Three injured in shooting [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A former Buffalo Bills linebacker escaped injury when bullets sprayed through a house on West Balcom Street, wounding three men. Three Buffalo men are recovering from gunshot wounds, but two others in the house, former Buffalo Bills linebacker Damien Covington and his brother, Kip, both of New Jersey, suffered no injuries during the Saturday night shooting, Buffalo police officials said.'

Marker AFC East Preview/Who's Sorry Now? [6:36 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Team on the rise: Buffalo Bills...Team on the slide: Miami Dolphins.'

August 26, 2001

Marker Defense powers 20-10 win over Bengals [9:29 AM] reports: "That was outstanding," Johnson said of the defense's performance in getting field position. "It's great to have. When you are going thirty or forty yards, your plays change. The defense did us a great job of getting us the ball in plus territory."

Marker Defense powers win [9:28 AM] reports: 'While the Bills got the return of Rob Johnson to the lineup, Buffalo's defense helped out the cause by powering the Bills to a 20-10 win over the Bengals at Paul Brown Stadium in Cincinnati.'

Marker Bills merely good enough to beat Bengals [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson and the rest of the Bills' first-team offense played through the first series of the third quarter. The resulted were mixed.'

Marker Bills should let their mushrooms grow [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jerry Ostroski, their veteran right guard, broke his leg last week and will miss a large chunk of the season. Jerry O. is a nice guy and a team leader, although not the second coming of John Hannah. Yet to hear the fans' reaction, you would think a falling meteor had wiped out Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Winfield experiences a windfall [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Antoine Winfield was picked on early and often by Bengals quarterback Scott Mitchell, but the Bills' diminutive corner responded with a pair of interceptions.'

Marker Mitchell fails to capitalize with big game [9:17 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Rob Johnson threw a touchdown pass to Jeremy McDaniel to give the Bills a 12-3 lead late in the second quarter, and that was all the offense Buffalo needed.'

Marker Loss leaves Cincy QB job up for grabs [8:06 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Dillon played the entire first half, rushing seven times for 34 yards. And the defense managed five sacks. Other than than, not much went right.'

Marker Smith’s status dims [8:04 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Three players who had short stints with the Bengals have surfaced with the Bills - left offensive tackle Kris Farris, center Craig Heimburger and wide receiver Chris Rosier.'

Marker Bills-Bengals redefine 'meaningless game' [6:46 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This victory came against one of the NFL's worst teams ... probably the AFC's weakest. So any success is metered.'

Marker Bills 20, Bengals 10 [6:45 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals had only one sustained scoring drive, their first, all night. They outgained Buffalo 371 yards to 274.'

Marker Bengals Notebook [6:43 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Bengals safety Cory Hall and Buffalo linebacker Fred Jones were ejected following offsetting personal foul penalities in the second quarter on a Bengals punt. Hall was restrained by teammate Oliver Gibson while trying to confront the referees.'

Marker Kitna may win by default [6:42 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'After three quarters, Mitchell and Kitna had a combined quarterback rating of 69.8. That was less than the individual ratings of each of the Bills QBs, Rob Johnson and Alex Van Pelt. That's the Titanic, in full dive.'

Marker Bills' defense does it [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'The result? Ten points but a lot of indecision and running for his life behind a patchwork offensive line as the Bills beat the Bengals 20-10 in the rain at Paul Brown Stadium.'

Marker Bills 20, Bengals 10 [5:14 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (2-1) were hoping to resolve a three-way competition at running back. They don't have a clear-cut choice, either.'

Marker Buffalo 20, Cincinnati 10 [5:12 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Johnson, who was part of Buffalo's quarterback controversy with Doug Flutie, completed 8-of-19 passes for 81 yards in the first two quarters.'

August 25, 2001

Marker Join us in the GoBills! Chat Room! [8:02 PM]
TBD reports: Listen to the game with your fellow fans and talk about every play!

Marker Bills expect bigger things out of the first team [6:04 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm looking for the first group to play better; fewer errors," said offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard. "Sometimes the defense has something to say about it, but we want our guys to improve. If we're not improving now, we're back to the drawing board."'

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