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Buffalo Bills News - November 6, 2003

Marker AFC midseason grades [8:13 PM]
ESPN reports: RT Mike Williams is only one to make Clayton's All-AFC Team.
Four of the top playoff spots are reasonably secure unless the Chiefs, Colts, Titans and Patriots blow it in the second half. That leaves the Dolphins, Broncos and Bills battling for the last wild card (remaining slot is guarenteed to best team in AFC North).

Marker Bills OT Jennings questionable, nursing hip injury [3:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills list Jennings as questionable, meaning he has a 50-percent chance of playing. Without him, Marcus Price would take over the starting job.'

Marker Cowboys begin tough stretch against Bills [2:04 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills will be out to prove themselves in a tough contest at Texas Stadium. Dallas has been a mediocre at best in the past few weeks and it will catch up with it in this contest. Expect a well-rested Buffalo team to come out and play its best game of the year.'

Marker 2003 Mid-Season Report [12:45 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The second half slate features the Colts, Giants, and a three game finish against the Titans, Dolphins, and Patriots. The Bills won't survive that gauntlet, and they'll be lucky to finish 8-8.'

Marker Statistics show Bills quarterback's an ordinary Drew [12:24 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Since 1998, the pivot is just 2-15 on the road against teams that finished the season with a winning record. Not exactly a comforting statistic considering three of the Bills' four remaining road games are against plus-.500 teams (Dallas, 4-4 New York Giants, 6-2 Tennessee Titans, and 7-2 New England).'

Marker Bills' offense looks out for No. 1 [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Conclusion: The Bills either need to do a whole lot of damage on second down . . . or start playing significantly better overall.'

Marker Henry's ready to giddyap in Dallas [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Parcells is a classic bully. You beat the bully by punching back, by hitting him in the mouth. That's what the Bills must do to have a chance. They have to run the ball at the Cowboys and run it some more. They have to beat him at his own game, the way they failed to do - sorry - in a certain Super Bowl loss 13 years ago.'

Marker McGahee activated but won't be in uniform Sunday [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make room for McGahee, the Bills released running back Ken Simonton. If he clears waivers, Simonton may be re-signed to the practice squad.'

Marker Bills not good keeping drives alive [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You're right, it should be a point of emphasis. The Bills say it has been something they've stressed and will continue to stress. I don't think they've stopped it, but they aren't doing a good job of keeping drives alive. They had success running short drops versus Washington. I don't think deep drops cost them in the first half in Kansas City. Bledsoe just couldn't make plays on third down.'

Marker Football star sentenced in crash [8:44 AM]
Fresno Bee reports: 'Wright's troubles began about three months after he was selected in the final round of the 2002 National Football League draft by the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills put McGahee on roster [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The three-week window ended Wednesday, and McGahee showed enough progress to warrant the activation, but it doesn’t mean the Bills have to play him in games right away. He will very likely be inactive for Sunday’s game in Dallas, and perhaps a few games after that until he proves he can withstand the wear and tear of live action.'

Marker Buckeyes reunite on opposite sides [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We stack up pretty well,” Winfield said. “They’re not big guys. We don’t have to worry about the jump ball, but they have good speed and they’re experienced receivers. So it’s going to be a good challenge for us.”'

Marker Parcells, Bills' Bledsoe a mutual admiration society [5:14 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'There were testy times, but looking back Bledsoe appreciates what Parcells meant to him. He can laugh now at having to take Parcells a cup of Gatorade before practice, just as this year's top draft pick, Terence Newman, does.'

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Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Dallas [11:01 PM] reports: '"We can run the ball on third down and I anticipate that we will do that more through the last eight games of the regular season. We've shown some great progress in the running game in the last few weeks. I anticipate that will become a bigger part of what we do on third downs. To be able to run the ball on some passing downs and to pass the ball more on the running downs (is an advantage)."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Dallas [11:00 PM] reports: '"There are certain things and certain plays on both sides of the ball of all three phases that we are doing well. We have to try to take a look and emphasize in doing those a little bit more. There are certain plays within the run game that are averaging out better than some of the other plays. We have to analyze that and see why that is so technique wise, defensive front wise, and scheme wise. What was causing some of those breakdowns? We have to emphasize the runs that did do well. We also took a look at some of our fronts and coverage on defense and where those things were standing out and the emphasis of where it should go in game plan going out the rest of the season."'

Marker Conaty 'A Quick Study' [10:50 PM] reports: '"This is my first day so hopefully I'll learn some things before I get in there," Conaty said. "It's a lot of stuff I've heard before though. I've been around, this is my seventh year. A lot of the terminology is the same so I think I'll be a quick study."'

Marker Glenn enjoying big season in Dallas, for Parcells [9:24 PM]
AP reports: '''I feel comfortable. I feel at home,'' Glenn said Wednesday. ''I feel like I'm a part of what's going on, I feel like I need to be a part of what's going on for us to be successful and I'm happy about that. I want it.'''

Marker Bills Activate McGahee [8:32 PM] reports: '"I feel like in practice I'm playing with some of the best players in the league," McGahee said. "It's like a game tempo for me. They're coming in, we're hitting, so that's like a lot of action for me."'

Marker Willis McGahee Takes The Next Step [8:29 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Eric Moulds is not on the injury report this week as he's ready to go. DT Ron Edwards did hit the sled in individual drills, but is doubtful for Sunday in Dallas. Jonas Jennings sore hip flexor his questionable. He did not practice on Wednesday, but Williams hopes to have his LT out there Thursday.'

Marker McGahee removed from injured list [8:28 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Last year, McGahee set the single-season rushing record at Miami with 1,753 yards on 282 carries. He rushed for 28 touchdowns before leaving the national championship game against Ohio State.'

Marker Bills activate RB McGahee [8:21 PM]
AP reports: '``It's like a training camp for him right now,'' said Williams, whose team plays Dallas on Sunday. ``He's not ready to play yet. Hopefully, if he continues to work as hard as he has been working, he'll get a chance to get into a game this year.'''

Marker Bills activate RB Willis McGahee [8:20 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'McGahee was taken off the reserve/non-football injury list, where he spent the first half of the season recovering from reconstructive surgery.'

Marker Bills attempt to correct road woes at Dallas [8:19 PM]
AP reports: 'In their last three road games they've been outscored by a combined 85-15, including a 38-5 loss at Kansas City on Oct. 26. Going back to last season, the Bills have lost seven of their last eight road games. During that stretch they've been outscored 187-99 and averaged less than 256 yards on offense.'

Marker Bills Add McGahee To 53-Man Roster [4:24 PM] reports: 'To make room for him, the Bills have released running back Ken Simonton.'

Marker Bills prepared to activate RB McGahee [3:10 PM]
AP reports: While impressed by the player's progress, Williams said it's far too early to tell when McGahee could be ready to play, if at all this season.

Marker What a difference a decade makes [1:09 PM] reports: '"That win rates right up there, especially because it was down here and the way they beat us in the Super Bowl," wide receiver Don Beebe said. "It's pretty exciting for the guys. I hate the word revenge, but we'd be lying if we said we didn't have a little more incentive to come in and play these guys well after that debacle in the Super Bowl."'

Marker Dallas vs. Buffalo - Game 9 [12:32 PM] reports: 'A Cowboys win would mark the Cowboys first regular season victory over Buffalo since Nov. 9, 1981.'

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Lou Saban [10:55 AM] reports: 'However, one week after celebrating the championship, the coach resigned. At the time, Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. reportedly called it a "courageous decision." Saban disagrees. "That’s one thing I didn’t think people have been able to understand. In a person’s own life, there are certain adjustments you think you have to make. At that stage, because of my family, I thought maybe this might be a chance to make one of those adjustments. I tried to see if I could put a very difficult atmosphere, tied in with what I thought was a very congenial situation at home, and keep pressure off my family. That was impossible to do. Youngsters who happen to be children of head coaches in professional sports don’t have it easy. I just couldn’t fathom how difficult it was to make changes in that type of an atmosphere. But I gave it a try."'

Marker Kids helping kids [9:04 AM]
Grenada Daily Sentinel Star reports: Children from Mrs. Montgomery's class at Grenada Upper Elementary crowd around former Buffalo Bills center Kent Hull. The class raised nearly $150 for Make a Wish in a fundraiser sponsored by the PTA and were the winners of the PTA contest for most money raised. The children enjoyed a pizza party with Hull who promised that he would send each child an autographed picture.

Marker Gray's anatomy [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There are things that we still want to fix and there's always things you want better," Gray said. "I think our guys are getting better. But we're not satisfied with where we are."'

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