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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2003

Marker Boo-ffalo wings it [5:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is a game we needed to win," Bledsoe said. "It was almost a desperation situation for us."'

Marker Henry makes gains ... in pain [5:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"He's my hero, he's a warrior," Bills guard Jonas Jennings said. "To go out and play in pain like that, we all noticed."'

Marker Bills scrape past pesky Bengals [5:28 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'After missing the previous game, a loss to the Eagles, with sore ribs, Henry turned in a solid effort, scoring both Bills TDs. It wasn't known until yesterday morning whether he would play. "Throughout the first quarter it was all right, but when we got deep in the game it started hurting bad, but I got through it," said the diminutive back, who finished with 85 yards on 25 carries and two receptions for 14 yards.'

Marker Bengals can’t keep Bills in pocket [5:27 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"I don't have any words for it," James said. "I had many chances to make stops and get us off the field. I didn't make ’em. It hurts. When it was crunch time, (Moulds) made the plays that it took to win the game."'

Marker Spikes happy to see Bengals — and to beat them [5:26 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"It was a special day, but it was real funny," he said. "From day one coming in as rookie, the guys that you see are like your brothers. You go out and work and sweat with them, and then there's the adversity that we were going through in my five years there. There is a special bond between all of us. What we had was bigger than a game. . . . But it was a weird feeling now . . . wanting to take their heads off."'

Marker Burris doing OK after injury scare [5:26 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"I tried to get a big shot at (Gash) and the next thing I know I was in here (the locker room)," Burris said. "I was unconscious for a while. The last thing I remember was holding up my thumb, coming off the field."'

Marker The Bills Avoid The Upset With A Gutty Return By Henry [5:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The offense sputtered most of this game until Bledsoe stopped having drops by his receivers and throwing bad balls. The running game was also pretty bad, but got going once Buffalo tried using it a lot. When it was all said and done, Bledsoe was 19 of 35 for 211 yards, but was sacked four times. Eric Moulds had a key early drop, but came on with 9 catches for 99 yards.'

Marker Bengals can't finish off Bills [5:03 AM] reports: 'No doubt playing with a certain frenzy from their new defensive line coach, Krumrie’s unit controlled scrimmage. Led by tackle Pat Williams, the Bills stuffed Cincinnati on minus six rushing yards in the first quarter, and forced a turnover early in the second quarter even as Adams exited.'

Marker 'One more play than we made' [5:02 AM] reports: 'The Bills are almost as spanking new as the Bengals after their off-season makeover, but they learned something in those nine minutes. Lewis (“We learned a valuable lesson today”) hopes they get it during the bye week. It was the Bills' NFL-leading 17th overtime victory. The Bengals failed to get their 15th in 23 tries.'

Marker Post-game quotes [5:01 AM] reports: 'On having some former Bengal staff members on the Bills staff to help game plan for Cincinnati:
“They do a few similar things to the things they did last year, but it is a new staff and new defense and I think we had a pretty good handle on it anyway. We did talk to them a little bit about some of their personnel, but even that has changed, so we didn’t pick their brain too much.”'

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October 5, 2003

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [6:14 PM] reports: '"Week-in and week-out there is never an easy game in this league. I was proud of the guys fighting through a lot of things today and staying together, staying tough and staying tight. We had to run the ball in order to win it today. To give us some type of continuity in the second half, we came out and ran the ball better. We established a little bit of rhythm offensively that way. The Bengals played hard, they did. They played well. They lost to Oakland by three and Pittsburgh by seven. It took us sixty-plus minutes to get a win out of them today. We did enough things to win. Obviously there are some things to clean up but we'll take the win. No matter how hard it is, we'll take the win."'

Marker Eric Moulds Quotes [6:12 PM] reports: 'Is that the play on which you were injured?
"Yeah, that was the play I injured my groin on. It had been bothering me a little the whole game but on that play when I tried to stop and stiff-arm the guy, he did a great job tackling. I couldn't get my feet together and that's when it happened."'

Marker Rian Lindell Quotes [6:11 PM] reports: 'On the kick at the end of regulation (against wind):
"I just had to hit it straight. That's usually the case out there; if you hit it straight then you're all right. It's the ones that barely deviate off your target line that get tossed away. I got a good snap and hold, from Moorman and Teague."'

Marker Coy Wire Quotes [6:11 PM] reports: 'On the roughing the punter penalty:
"We were trying to go after it and try to flip the field for our team and get some momentum going. I didn't get it and I take the blame for that. I felt bad putting our defense in that kind of compromising position. We left them on a short field. I have to make that play for our team."'

Marker Izell Reese Quotes [6:10 PM] reports: 'On any frustration with offense in the beginning:
"You get a little frustrated, but then that frustration turns into positive energy for us. We felt we needed to help our offense. Our offense was in a bind early, so we felt we needed to make some plays. We were able to get some turnovers and help our offense out. This is a team sport, when we're not playing well, they carry us, and when they're not playing well, we have to carry them. We know what our offense is capable of doing. We knew they would come through when we needed them."'

Marker Jon Kitna Quotes [6:09 PM] reports: 'What was the turning point:
"We lost the game, what turning point could there be? There was no turning point. Are you looking for the turning point that made us competitive in the game again? Nobody's looking for that. We aren't just happy to be in games. We expect to win every game we play. No one outmatches us, no one outplays us, but right now we are just not getting the wins. It's tough to win on the road and today was proof of that. They (Bills) didn't do anything all day until the end of the football game. But that's how it is on the road."'

Marker Bills WR Moulds injures groin [5:51 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills wouldn't say how serious Moulds' injury was, and the receiver wasn't available for comment. He was still being treated in the trainers' room. Moulds was hurt on the game-winning drive in Buffalo's 22-16 overtime victory against Cincinnati.'

Marker Bills survive in OT [4:56 PM] reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe rescued Buffalo with a third-down conversion and a fourth-down conversion covering a total of 33 yards in a microwave drive of 5:05 that produced Rian Lindell’s 29-yard field goal with 28 seconds left to force overtime.'

Marker Buffalo 22, Cincinnati 16 (ot) [4:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Drew Bledsoe overcame a bumbling start and saved his best for overtime.'

Marker Buffalo 22, Cincinnati 16 (ot) [4:53 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Two clutch catches by Eric Moulds put the Buffalo Bills in position for their third win.'

Marker Bengals CB Burris taken off field [4:50 PM]
AP reports: 'Burris was not taken to the hospital, and the Bengals said Burris' neck was being iced and he will be fine.'

Marker RB Henry back in Bills lineup [4:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills running back Travis Henry started against Cincinnati on Sunday after missing last week's game with torn rib cartilage.'

Marker Buffalo corners as good as billed [4:17 PM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'More telling, Winfield often takes down running backs in the backfield. Among his 39 stops this season, eight were for a loss. That speaks to his ability to read a play and his willingness to deliver a blow.'

Marker Bills-Bengals Pre-Game Notebook [4:16 PM] reports: Sunday's game will feature quarterbacks who were taken with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft 10 years apart - Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer.

Marker Bills hope to feed Bengals some home cooking [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since the start of the 1999 season, the Bills stand only 12-14 in The Ralph, including a 1-1 start this season. Last year, they were 5-3.'

Marker Bengals will cash in if Bills bungle chances [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The general public probably would look at the Bengals and say that's a game you should win," Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "But if you don't play well against this team you're not going to win. The Raiders were fortunate to get out of there with a victory. The Steelers put some points on the board in the second half to survive. If we don't play our best football this week, they will get us."'

Marker When the Bills run [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outcome: Fans can ease off panic button as Bills get back on track with a 27-16 victory.'

Marker Today's Key Matchup [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills cornerback Nate Clements against Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson.'

Marker Losing to Bengals would leave a lot of Bills with egg on their faces [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hold on a second, guys. Cincinnati has won one game. I don't care how competitive they've been, or whether they could be 3-1 instead of 1-3. Until proved otherwise, they remain the lovable Bungles, perennial NFL doormats.'

Marker Investment in line doesn't pay for Bills in first quarter [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The saddest sight in the loss to Philadelphia was that of Buffalo rushing Donovan McNabb with three linemen late in the game on a third-and-long when the Bills desperately needed the ball to mount a comeback. Two of the three rushers were rookie Chris Kelsay and backup Ron Edwards. McNabb had time to survey the field then, unbothered, completed the pass that choked off Buffalo's last chance. Whatever became of the vaunted blitz package the Bills were supposed to use this year?'

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