Rout by Bills raises flags for the Jags [5:19 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'No, what the Buffalo Bills did to them yesterday -- obliterating Jacksonville 38-17 in the home opener and having Drew Bledsoe rip apart an overmatched defense -- was the kind of Sunday punch that requires its victim to take a standing-eight count. And take stock of themselves.'
Babies are big hit with fan cam [5:18 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'At Alltel Stadium, security measures can be tough. Bo Reed, director of special events and promotions, said security personnel sometimes find fans trying to sneak in illegal materials. Reed said fans have tried to slip video cameras, giant beach balls and large quantities of food through stadium security. "The strangest things include a fish and a beer funnel," he said.'
Jaguars Notebook [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Bills' coaches were so confident that they dressed just six defensive linemen, which was one or two fewer than most teams activate on hot days. "Hydration was the key for us,'' Milloy said. "The heat really wasn't a factor. If you prepare for it, you don't worry about it mentally. Our coaches did a good job keeping us focused on the Jaguars and not the weather.'''
Buffalo stampede [5:16 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The game was effectively over by the third quarter -- a point at which Buffalo held a 25-point lead and had converted 7-of-10 on third downs. But the game was less about deflating Jacksonville's defensive aim than just simply popping it altogether.'
Jaguars need just 1 thing to win: The right plan [5:15 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo laughed at the heat and the home-opening hoopla and everything else Jacksonville threw at it. Which, most notably, did not include a pass rush.'
Passing games the difference [5:14 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '19: The number of completions thrown each by Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell. 16.5: The average yards gained on Bledsoe's completions. 6.4: The average yards gained on Brunell's completions.'
Leftwich leads late-game drive [5:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'While there was plenty to lament, at least one part of Jacksonville's plan went right. After giving up 122 yards rushing last week to Carolina, the Jaguars were intent on vacuuming up Buffalo RB Travis Henry at the line of scrimmage. And while Henry scored three rushing touchdowns, he only managed 26 yards on 21 carries -- a far cry from his Pro Bowl talent.'
Jaguars schooled at home by Bills [5:12 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: '"We went up against a very good football team, and they were the better team today," Del Rio said. "My hat's off to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe. We didn't do enough to get him out of rhythm."'
Bledsoe poisons Jags, defense can't stop the pass [5:11 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'On this day when his quarterback rating soared to 144.2 (the maximum is 158.3), Bledsoe never did go down. He was not sacked. He was not intercepted. His uniform won't even need to be laundered. Nothing stopped Bledsoe, not security on the way into the stadium or traffic on the way back to the airport.'
Tough beginning, 38-17 [5:10 AM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Bledsoe was not sacked and was seldom under any kind of pressure. His offensive line gave him time to find secondary receivers and allow deep receivers to get open. Eric Moulds caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown bomb, and Josh Reed dropped what would've been another Bledsoe touchdown bomb.'
Jaguars' secondary under fire [5:09 AM]
Savannah Morning News reports: 'One week after allowing some guy named Jake Delhomme to come off the Carolina Panthers' bench and become an overnight sensation, the Jags made Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe look 10 years younger in a 38-17 loss at Alltel Stadium.'
Bills Leave Jacksonville With Their Second Straight Romp [5:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This game was never in doubt.'
Bills take over top spot [5:07 AM]
ESPN reports: Bills clicking on all cylinders.
Two Bills Drive Three Star Awards [11:10 PM]
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Era of patience begins [7:38 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Let's not forget the roots of today's opponent. Two years ago, the Bills were a 3-13 football team. They won one home game all season; a one-point win over a 1-15 Carolina team in the gloom and doom of a Buffalo December; a loser's December. It was a season Bills fans never want to remember; one of the worst seasons in the franchise's history. But it was also one of the most important seasons in the Bills' history because it was the foundation of something that may now be on the verge of greatness.'
Buffalo 38, Jacksonville 17 [4:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills showed more signs of how special this season might be. The Jacksonville Jaguars looked every bit as bad as their harshest critics could have imagined.'
Jags LB taken off on stretcher [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Mitchell, a seventh-year veteran who joined Jacksonville this season, had feeling and movement in all his extremities, and X-rays showed no broken bones, the Jaguars said.'
Buffalo 38, Jacksonville 17 [4:32 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The "Big Three" of the Buffalo Bills came up big.'
This Lawyer won't compromise [9:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what the New England Patriots underestimated," Milloy said last week as the Buffalo Bills prepared for today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They underestimated me as a man and the things I went through. A weak person wouldn't have been able to make that decision. A weak person would have said "OK', and signed whatever they wanted you to sign. I couldn't sell my soul."'
Beware the 'Sandwich Game' [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's an entirely different challenge than we had going into the Patriots game, where you're trying to account for all the different fronts," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "These guys don't try to fool you, they just line up and say, "Here we come.' "'
Bills won't let 'letdown' enter their vocabulary [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been my experience in my time in the league that sometimes success can be as hard to deal with as failure," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "I've been on a couple teams in the past that started out very fast and went on and stumbled down the stretch and didn't end up tackling that early success and carrying it through the season."'
Key matchup [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's skills as a runner are enough to keep the Bills on their toes. But with the Jaguars' receiving corps missing its best player, Jimmy Smith, Taylor could play an even bigger role in the passing game. As he showed last week, Spikes is an excellent cover linebacker with great hands and the speed to run with most backs. He's also a sure tackler in the open field. Limiting Taylor's touches will limit QB Mark Brunell's options in passing game.'
Road trip will offer more clues about Bills' ultimate destination [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is a good team. Time will tell if the Bills have greatness in them.'
Bills have trumped foes in the free agency wars [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The position of pro scout is undervalued by too many teams. He's the man who seldom sees his own team play since he's crisscrossing the nation watching the 31 other teams. He compiles dossiers on players who might be of interest to the Bills through trades, waivers or, most frequently, through free agency.'
New VFW post to honor Buffalo Bill killed in war [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills player James R. "Bob" Kalsu, the only U.S. professional football player to die in action in the Vietnam War, will be honored today at the opening of a new Hamburg veterans organization.'
Buffalo (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1) [8:51 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Jacksonville is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since losing its first four games in its inaugural campaign in 1995.'
Bills face real dangers at Jacksonville [7:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Can they focus on the Jaguars and not look ahead to next week’s return visit to Florida to face the rival Miami Dolphins, or the week after that when the Philadelphia Eagles come to Orchard Park? We’re about to find out.'
Q&A: Sam Adams [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They pay me to make sacks and tackles, not to return interceptions, but it helped the team win and that’s what’s more important. It was cool. It was fun. But it was over after I did it. We still had three quarters to play and now we face Jacksonville. It’s imperative we take another step forward.”'
Bills look to silence Alltel crowd vs. Jags [5:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams, of course, knows Alltel all-too-well. As defensive coordinator for the then-Oilers, he faced the Jags in their first-ever, regular-season home game, winning 10-3.And in his subsequent trips there, Williams’ teams are 5-2, including a 13-10 victory in 2001, his first triumph as Buffalo’s head coach.'
Brunell busted? [5:18 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bledsoe is sympathetic to his contemporary's plight, and figures Brunell will land on his feet. "It has been a crazy situation for him," Bledsoe said. "But I don't know if there's been a player who has been more important to his team than Mark."'
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