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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2003

Marker Bills have their say regarding Clarett's pro quest [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'ďThat seems a little bit young,Ē the Bills quarterback said, when told Clarettís age. ďBut I donít know. Iím probably the wrong person to stand up here and say he should stay in school because I came out a year early.Ē'

Marker Takeo Spikes, linebacker, Buffalo [5:27 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Spikes is so hyperactive on the football field that he must consume hot dogs topped with Ritalin at halftime.'

Marker Reid could see himself in criticism by HBO show [5:26 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The popular HBO program Inside the NFL delivered some strong opinions about the pro football season that should resonate with Eagles fans, who can watch a rerun at 7 tonight.'

Marker Bledsoe must make good on promises [5:25 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'And make no mistake, Bledsoe was bad Sunday. It was obscured by the halfback option and the sorry running game, but he was awful. In fact, it might have been the worst game of his 11-year career. Bledsoe was 10 of 25 for 98 yards, no TDs, and two interceptions. It was the fewest yards he's ever had in a game in which he threw at least 18 passes.'

Marker Turnovers crippling the Birds [5:24 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Add in the three interceptions by struggling quarterback Donovan McNabb, and the Eagles have eight turnovers in two games. That's one-third as many turnovers as the 24 the Eagles had in each of the last two seasons when they advanced to the NFC championship game.'

Marker Eagles can only dream of winning [5:23 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Bills running back Travis Henry is hurting and questionable for Sunday's game. Questions persist regarding the toughness of the Bills' offensive line. Coaches are being interrogated about their play-calling, and with the loss in Miami, Buffalo lost sole possession of the AFC East lead. This all qualifies as motivation for the Bills. No team wants to lose two straight. And no one should be more motivated than Bledsoe, one week after aiding his team's demise.'

Marker Childress explains how it came to pass [5:22 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Yesterday, it was offensive coordinator Brad Childress' turn to explain why the team's three top running backs have carried the ball just 21 times for 65 yards in two games.'

Marker Defense a big part of Bills' resurgence [5:21 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'No longer is Buffalo dismissed as the NFL's Siberia, a place shunned by big-ticket free agents who, all things being equal, would prefer relocating to a Sun Belt city where they can work on their tans and golf games even during winter. The chance to win makes for a wonderful overcoat, and Bledsoe (who came from New England via trade) aside, many of the Bills' more valuable pickups are playmakers on defense.'

Marker Comments of Taylor's agent painful [5:20 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'You need him back as soon as possible to help save a season that already is hovering on the edge of a cliff. Then you read those comments from his agent. Comments, by the way, that Taylor did not bother to dispute.'

Marker The pick [5:19 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'Bills 24, Eagles 20.'

Marker Hard to tell what's worse, Birds' performance or personality [5:18 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: '"We're trying to pick that up right now,'' said safety Clinton Hart, who will start again in Brian Dawkins' spot Sunday, as Dawkins recovers from a Lisfranc foot sprain. "We've been out there in practice hyping things a little bit more. After big plays, we have to start relishing those moments, and getting other guys hyped up.'''

Marker Look for a return to the run game [5:17 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 'It clearly isn't Andy Reid's first choice. But for people who paint him as stubborn and unyielding about this stuff, you really haven't been paying attention. When it isn't working the other way, Reid will run - and last year proved it.'

Marker Harbaugh sees bright future for returner Westbrook [5:16 AM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: '"Dirk's proved that he can punt in the NFL, under high-pressure situations," Harbaugh said. "When your job's on the line - David Akers talked about this his first year here, he felt like in some ways he was being evaluated every week for 16 weeks; he was just waiting to see if he was still on the team on Tuesday. I'm sure Dirk feels that way. But Dirk has punted great. He's proved he can do it."'

Marker Akers ready to test his mettle from distance [5:15 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: '"In a no-wind situation, perfectly calm conditions, I say David can go 60, 65 yards," Eagles special-teams coach John Harbaugh said. "If the wind is at his back, I'm not sure he can't go farther. He's capable of breaking the record for sure."'

Marker Birdsí QBs rally around struggling McNabb [5:14 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'McNabb was poor the first two games. He completed 37-of-82 passes (45.1 percent) for 334 yards with three interceptions, two fumbles and no touchdown passes in losses to Tampa Bay (17-0) and New England (31-10). His 41.4 rating is the lowest in the NFL. He is the only starting quarterback who has yet to throw a touchdown pass.'

Marker Young secondary on hot seat [5:13 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'This week, Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe must think he can do at least as well as Brady and Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson have done against the Eagles. In fact, the young defensive backs are bracing for an aerial assault. "Why not?" said Brown, a second-year cornerback when asked if he expected to see Bledsoe put a lot of balls in the air Sunday. "We got two rookies out there, and I'm sure they think they can throw on us."'

Marker Akers says consistency, not length, is priority [5:12 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'One of the big questions surrounding their game against the Bills this week is whether the Eagles will try to run the ball more than they have in the first two games, both of which ended in losses.'

Marker Smith, McMullen waiting their turn [5:11 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: 'But two games ó two losses ó into the 2003 season, Smith and McMullen have combined for a grand total of zero catches.'

Marker Week off a getaway for McNabb [5:10 AM]
Delaware County Times reports: '"Iíve never been a part of anything like this," he said. "There are times when you just donít play well or you donít put points on the board, and to do it on back-to-back games is tough. But as a leader and the quarterback of this team, I canít let it bother me or bother my play. You just have to focus on the next opponent and go out and show your team that your head is high and things are going to turn out positive."'

Marker Eagles look to shuffle in Buffalo [5:09 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'After two games, the Eagles aren't even close to 50-50. Again, if you take away quarterback McNabb's 10 carries, the Eagles have run the ball 18 percent of the time and passed it 82 percent.'

Marker Eagles' secondary struggling [5:08 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'The Eagles rank 27th of the 32 NFL teams in pass defense, giving up an average of 242.5 yards per game. They have allowed five touchdown passes in two games, after giving up just 18 all last season.'

Marker Akers wants chance at 63-yard record [5:07 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Akers kicked a career-best 57-yard field goal when the Eagles lost to the New England Patriots 31-10 on Sept. 14. That kick has been the brightest offensive moment for the Eagles this season, and it left open the question of whether Akers would be permitted to try other long attempts as the season goes along.'

Marker Eagles' Defense Enduring Growing Pains [5:06 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: 'The Eagles' offense hasn't done anything to pick up the slack. In the first two games, the offense has been on the field an average of 22 minutes and 53 seconds, meaning the shorthanded defense has played just over 37 minutes per game. Only the Bears' defense has been on the field longer.'

Marker DeLamielleure credits roots [5:05 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: '"I was a hard player, not a hard worker," said DeLamielleure, who was inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame last month. "I loved playing, but I always felt lucky."'

Marker 'D' Expects Bills Aerial Attack [5:04 AM] reports: 'Said defensive coordinator Jim Johnson: "I wouldn't imagine they'd run. I think they're going to stay with the vertical passing game. They want to go deep. I think they would like to run the ball better. We'll see if they can, but I think their philosophy is to get the ball deep." Bledsoe's main target is the dangerous Eric Moulds, who has 13 receptions for 244 yards this season.'

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September 25, 2003

Marker Bills hope Henry can practice on Friday [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams said Henry was feeling better and didn't rule out the possibility of him playing without practice time.'

Marker Bledsoe vows again to stop forcing passes [9:25 PM]
AP reports: '''For Drew it's tough because he's a competitor,'' Moulds said. ''Maybe he should've thrown that ball away. But his competitive nature took over and he tried to zip it in there.'''

Marker Eagles need a win in Buffalo to avoid 0-3 start [9:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Eagles are 10-4 after bye weeks. Reid owns a 21-2 mark when his club leads in time of possession and 30-4 record when his team scores 20 or more points.'

Marker Bills' Henry expects to play Sunday [9:23 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills held Henry out of practice again on Thursday and head coach Gregg Williams stated his desire to have Henry test the injury during Friday's practice. It is, however, possible that Henry might play without practicing this week.'

Marker Oh Henry! [9:22 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We're all in this together and for us to be successful I need to be on the football field. A lot of guys depend on me and I'm doing everything I can to get back out there."'

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