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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2005

Marker The two-minute read [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '12.1 — David Carr's QB rating which was the second-worst of his career.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterback: J.P. Losman did what Jim Kelly and Drew Bledsoe couldn't do, win his Bills debut. The second-year pro was a very efficient 17 of 28 with one touchdown pass, one sack and no turnovers in leading the offense to points on its first five drives. A 42-yard strike to Lee Evans was right on the money on the opening drive. His play tailed off in the second half (just 1 of 7 on third-down conversions), but all in all, a very good start. B'

Marker J.P. passes first test [4:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Many of the 71,781 celebrating the season-opening party at Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday had to wonder, too. For now, at least they know -- in quarterback J.P. Losman they can trust.'

Marker QB Carr runs out of gas [4:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Carr was picked off three times and added a fourth turnover via a fumble. To complete the beating, he was sacked five times for losses of 45 yards.'

Marker Lindell’s kicks were offense’s quick fix [4:57 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“That’s what I like about my job, where you can just keep chipping away. I’m almost like that little bee that won’t go away,” Lindell said. “It’s not a big touchdown where the fireworks go off, but you go out and get a field goal and they feel it’s not a big deal because we stopped them. Then I go out and get another one, then all of a sudden they need a touchdown and then they’re down nine. It’s kind of rewarding when I go out and do my job.”'

Marker Bills' Losman makes successful debut [4:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'After struggling with his decision making and execution in the preseason, he allowed his instincts and skill to take over in his first career NFL start. That made a huge difference.'

Marker Bills' defense takes step toward lofty goal [4:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: '"They have set some goals, and they want to attain them,"Bills coach Mike Mularkey said of the defense. "If they can continue to play like that, I think they'll be OK."'

Marker Looking good in week 1 [4:56 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Achieving the ultimate goal or even the playoffs will not be easy, but after one week it does appear that these Buffalo Bills certainly have the talent and desire to get it done.'

Marker Season Preview [4:55 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'The ultimate question is “Did the Bills make the right choice by dumping Bledsoe and confirming J.P. Losman as starting quarterback?” I say that that question is a no-brainer. Even if the Bills fail with Losman at the point, taking a chance on the kid was the only way to go after the plethora of gaffes that Bledsoe made last year.'

Marker Losman Leads Bills Over Texans [4:54 AM] reports: 'The Bills defense recorded five turnovers, two interceptions by Troy Vincent, and five sacks.'

Marker Monday's Houston Coverage [4:53 AM] reports:
For starters, a real stinker (Houston Chronicle)
Offensive line succumbs to old problems (Houston Chronicle)
Johnson forced to join offense in blame only (Houston Chronicle)
Beleaguered defense wishes for more (Houston Chronicle)
Coaches not on same page as familiar story unfolds (Houston Chronicle)
Bills bury Texans to open season (
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September 11, 2005

Marker Week 1 Photo Gallery [8:30 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's game.

Marker Bills bury Texans to open season [5:46 PM] reports: 'The Texans knew that Buffalo's defense would provide a stiff test in today's season opener. But they probably weren't expecting the test to be this overwhelming.'

Marker Bills Top Texans 22-7 In Season Opener [5:33 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Losman was 17 of 28 for 170 yards. Losman also connected with Jason Peters for a one-yard touchdown pass.'

Marker Game Photos [5:04 PM] reports:
Willis McGahee (Reuters)
Willis McGahee (AP)
Brian Moorman/Rian Lindell (AP)
Bills Fans (AP)
J.P. Losman (Reuters)
David Carr (AP)
London Fletcher (AP)
J.P. Losman (AP)
Lawyer Milloy (Reuters)
David Carr (AP)
Takeo Spikes (AP)
David Carr (Reuters)
David Carr (AP)
Willis McGahee (AP)

Marker Buffalo 22, Houston 7 [5:04 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'David Carr ran for Houston's only touchdown and was dismal throwing the ball, completing just 9-of-21 passes for 70 yards with three interceptions.'

Marker Bills Off to Fast Start [5:03 PM] reports: 'The Buffalo coaching staff has been stressing the importance of a fast season all offseason. Apparently the players got the memo.'

Marker Buffalo 22, Houston 7 [5:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Who said J.P. Losman needs time to develop?'

Marker Rochester authors: A weekly profile [9:57 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Latest work: Game of My Life: Memorable Stories of Buffalo Bills Football (Sports Publishing, $24.95) came out in July; Stadium Stories: Buffalo Bills (Insiders' Guide, $11.95) came out last month.'

Marker Key to Bills' opener up in the air [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills likely will face a Houston defense loaded up to stop running back Willis McGahee and eager to unleash a flurry of blitzes on young quarterback J.P. Losman.'

Marker Bills, Texans playoff dreams hitched to workhorse backs [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 20, Texans 13.'

Marker Defense gives ringing endorsement to Bills' playoff hopes [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's no secret," said linebacker Takeo Spikes. "Ten years from now, we want people to be talking about the 2005 Buffalo defense, and what we did as a whole to get to where we needed to go and then win it. Hopefully, it's the Super Bowl."'

Marker Critics jumping the gun on Losman [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Am I saying that Losman is going to turn into Favre? Of course not. But who would be shocked if he turned out to be a winning quarterback for Buffalo?'

Marker A student of history [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I would say he's the top outside linebacker playing in the game right now because he can do it all," Fletcher said. "If you're on a winning team, you're definitely going to get more recognition. If you're a great player on a team that's not winning, nobody sees you. He's been an elite linebacker since he came into the league. Nobody knows because he's been in obscurity. The joke when he came to Buffalo was, "Welcome to the NFL.' "'

Marker Owners' failure to agree on revenue could spell trouble [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The top eight teams in total revenue last season averaged about $75 million more than those in the bottom quarter, according to Forbes Magazine figures. The big-market teams were led by Washington, which had $287 million in total revenue, according to Forbes. Vincent said the Bills were about 26th. (Forbes puts Buffalo at $173 million.)'

Marker April brings Bills special teams back to an elite level [9:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Tasker cherished his time playing for DeHaven but now, eight years removed from his retirement, he admits there's one other guy he would have liked to have played for: current Bills' special teams coach Bobby April. "Both great coaches," Tasker said. "Bruce was linked with Marv (Levy), who was very conservative. We had fakes, but it was only in desperation or at the perfect time to run them. Bobby rolls the dice a little more and I like that. I think it has its place."'

Marker Spikes says defense gives Bills a hammer [9:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We feel we are the focal point, the strong point of the Buffalo Bills," says Spikes, who is coming off an All-Pro season in which he intercepted five passes — two of which he returned for touchdowns — and forced four fumbles. "So, we take it upon ourselves. We have very high expectations. We want to dominate and get the job done, no matter how many minutes we have to spend on the field, no matter where the ball is when we go out there."'

Marker Triplets need strong defense to help put together a title run [9:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We have to be smart how we handle the game plan with him early," coach Mike Mularkey said of Losman. "And we will."'

Marker Big hopes for the new 'Big 3' [9:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It would be an amazing story, an amazing part of our lives," Losman said. "It would bring us three closer than we ever thought we could be as teammates. I just feel it's a special chance to be a special trio, if you will. But we still have a lot of games to play and a lot of 'Ws' to earn before that can happen."'

Marker At a glance [9:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium officially opened on Aug. 17, 1973, covering 113 acres. Today, the Stadium has a capacity of 73,967. The largest crowd at the stadium was 80,368 vs. Miami on Oct. 4, 1992. 164 suites, 8 club areas have been added since its inception. In addition, the stadium has 127 restroom locations and can park 12,000 cars, 300 buses and 250 campers.'

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