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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2003

Marker Eagles on track [5:00 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'In one afternoon, the Eagles pushed aside three weeks of doom and gloom. In just 60 minutes of football, they regained their confidence and their status as a contender in the NFL.'

Marker Eagles' young cornerbacks do just fine [4:59 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Said Johnson: "The young guys really stepped up to the plate today. They went up against a great quarterback and a great receiver and did the job they had to do. That's what I enjoyed the most. Those young guys had their backs against the wall, and they responded the way you want them to respond. They came out fighting."'

Marker Westbrook provides big finish [4:58 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"The offensive line did a great job pushing everybody down and it just opened up for me,'' Westbrook said of his first NFL touchdown.'

Marker Battered Birds buffalo Bills [4:57 AM]
Trenton Times reports: '"I love this kind of game," defensive coordinator Jim Johnson, who got a break when the Bills made injured running back Travis Henry inactive, said. "Our backs are against the wall, we're losing players and we just fought and fought. I don't know if I thought we could win without those guys (Vincent, Dawkins and Taylor), but the young secondary just gave us a great effort."'

Marker Thrash's big grab was a season-saver [4:56 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Moulds, Buffalo's Pro Bowl receiver, put up numbers but didn't make the plays his team needed. Thrash's third and final catch of the day may have been the game's most important play.'

Marker McNabb no longer McBad [4:55 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"The Case of the Vanishing Buffalo." After the first two weeks, Bills fans were clearing their calendars for a trip to the Super Bowl. But after the last two weeks, they just want to go hide. Between Miami and Philadelphia, the Bills went eight quarters without scoring before mounting a mini-rally in the final minutes against the Eagles. One obvious clue -- RB Travis Henry is missing and Joe Burns is not the answer.'

Marker That's one for the Birds [4:54 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It felt like we were fighting an uphill battle an awful lot," Bledsoe said. "We just didn't make enough plays. That's the bottom line."'

Marker Eagles Flutter Back to Life [4:53 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'McNabb led the Eagles to a textbook opening touchdown drive today in extremely hostile territory and the Philadelphia Eagles breathed a sigh of relief when the final gun sounded in their 23-13 victory over the often-bumbling Buffalo Bills (2-2).'

Marker Eagles finally fly off [4:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'When the Bills tried to stack the line of scrimmage and play man defense, McNabb floated perfect touch passes behind the secondary. When the pass protection broke down, McNabb used his legs to pick up 47 yards rushing.'

Marker McNabb's outlook sunnier [4:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The next possession, a 16-play drive that inhaled 8:36 of the first quarter, was pure McNabb. Three times he converted on third down, finding enough time and space in the pocket to hit James Thrash for 16 yards, and Pinkston for 11 and 5. After a 26-yard David Akers field goal, the Eagles had already matched their offensive output on the season.'

Marker McNabb, Eagles find lost rhythm [4:50 AM]
NFL.com reports: '"He just set the tone for all of us," Eagles tight end Chad Lewis said. "I don't know if it was the week off or if it was any inward thinking that he did, but he came today with a will and it was Donovan's will. He asserted that on the first drive. He really took all of us on his back and said, 'Let's go!' You could just feel that he was our leader from snap one."'

Marker Bullying Buffalo [4:39 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: 'For the first time this season, McNabb actually looked like he was enjoying himself out there.'

Marker Hey Sheldon, You Get to Cover Eric Moulds [4:38 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: '"We knew that they had struggled a little bit running the ball," defensive tackle Corey Simon said. "We knew their best running back was out, so we just had to go out there and not have a letdown. Last year, when we went into the Indianapolis game, and we figure OK, we can just go out and play the pass, and James Mungro had a huge game. So, we knew Joe Burns can run the ball. He's a tough runner. We had to go out there, focus and bear down and get after it."'

Marker Eagles on winning track with victory in Buffalo [4:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's offense was ineffective for much of the game, but he still finished with 296 yards and a TD on 27-of-43 passing for Buffalo (2-2), which was coming off a 17-7 loss in Miami last Sunday night. Bledsoe also rushed for a score.'

Marker Bills Drop Second Straight [4:29 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'The Bills failed to put points on the board until the fourth quarter when quarterback Drew Bledsoe passed for a touchdown and ran for a score to pull Buffalo within three points. But, Eagles running back Brian Westbrook killed any chance of a come back with a late 62 yard score.'

Marker Week 4: Gregg Williams Quotes [4:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the Bills' Running Game: "We have got to execute a lot better there. You can't be one-dimensional and we were one-dimensional today."'

Marker Week 4: Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the Lack of a Rushing Game Putting Too Much Pressure On the Passing Game: "The areas that I think we need to address are two areas. Number one, too many negative plays on early downs. We have a penalty on first down or we have a sack on first down, or we have a negative play on first down makes it hard to stay patient with the running game. Number two is our third conversions, partly because of that problem, but overall our third down conversion percentage has not been strong enough. When you don't convert your third downs then you don't get a chance to be patient with the running game. Those two areas are really making it hard for us to stay patient with the running game and on top of that we just haven't been very effective with it the last couple of weeks."'

Marker Week 4: Eric Moulds Quotes [4:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the Inability To Run the Ball: "It's not a lack of running game. It's doing what you have to do on the field. We have to be able to stay on the field. We have to convert third downs and our defense needs to stop third downs. That's how you win ball games."'

Marker Week 4: Joe Burns Quotes [4:19 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On Whether There's a Lack of Commitment to Running Game: "I'm not the one to make that decision. I just go and execute the play that is called to the best of my ability. I just have to go out and do what they tell me to do."'

Marker Week 4: Antonio Winfield Quotes [4:19 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the Penalties: "On third downs we couldn't get off the field, which kept us on the field a long time. Offense didn't convert on third downs, which hurt us. We just have to go and get back next week."'

Marker Week 4: Andy Reid Quotes [4:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On Aggressive Play On Last Drive: "It was very important, we kept reminding each other, players and coaches, to stay aggressive. Over our years here there have been times when I haven't been aggressive enough and the coaches did a great job of reminding me of that."'

Marker Week 4: Donovan McNabb Quotes [4:18 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the Play of the Offensive Line: "They played well today. We picked up the blitz well and for the ones I wasn't able to pick up, I was able to get the ball out to the hot reads and let them turn up field to get some yards. Collectively the O-line played well."'

Marker Birds fly in Buffalo, 23-13 [4:17 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'Following a touchback, the Eagles started at their own 20-yard line. Westbrook started the drive with a 3-yard run. Pinkston couldn't quite hold onto McNabb's pass on second down. On third down, McNabb fired to the right sideline and Thrash made a leaping grab for a 14-yard gain and first down.'

Marker Thrash Talk On Clutch Catch [4:15 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: '"All game we were just able to keep fighting," said McNabb, who completed 18-of-29 passes for 172 yards. "We never gave up."'

Marker A Closer Look [4:14 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'CB Sheldon Brown: Thrown into Eric Moulds duty when Troy Vincent went out of the game with a hamstring injury, Brown did a good job. He played tenacious defense, didn't back down and stayed in Moulds' face even though Brown prepared all week to see more of Bobby Shaw than Moulds.'

Marker Westbrook Leads Ground Charge [4:13 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'On one glorious Sunday, the Eagles used the three-headed running back to absolute perfection. Duce Staley, Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook combined to give the offense dreamy production: 24 carries, 125 yards, 4 receptions and 21 yards. Totals: 28 touches, 146 yards and great blocking when quarterback Donovan McNabb faced the blitz.'

Marker Strong Day For D Line In Victory [4:13 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'The defense did its job. Simon set the tone with an 8-yard sack of Bledsoe on Buffalo's first play from scrimmage.'

Marker Kid DBs Come Up Big [4:12 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'But despite the absences of a host of key starters, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson managed to cook up a gameplan that, for the most part, shut down one of the NFL's most-ballyhooed offense.'

Marker Head Coach Andy Reid Quotes [4:11 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'On SS Michael Lewis' forced fumble before halftime: "That was big. There were a couple of other close calls that could have gone either way. The officials had some tough calls they had to make today, but that helped."'

Marker QB Donovan McNabb Quotes [4:10 AM]
PhiladelphiaEagles.com reports: 'On the Bills getting the momentum back in the second half: "Offensively, we were on the sidelines talking to one another. We said if we got a couple first downs and put the ball in the end zone this game is over. James (Thrash) did a wonderful job of peeling away from the defender and I tried to just put it in a spot where he could get it. And to top it all off was Brian's (Westbrook) touchdown. We never give up and that's what this team is all about."'

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