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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2003

Marker Bills aiming for first 3-0 start since 1991 [4:36 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We ran the ball effectively last year [against Miami] and it gave us some one-on-one situations that we capitalized on and some guys made some great plays. We've got to be able to have as much balance as we can going into this ball game. We're a better football team when we attempt to be as balanced as we can. It helps Drew, it helps our offense, and it helps our receivers."'

Marker Life is good for Bills [4:35 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Time for the pick. Bills 23 Dolphins 20.'

Marker Bills Offense Among League's Best [4:22 PM] reports: '"No question these teams are going to commit to stopping the runs and we can throw the ball," Bledsoe said. "I have confidence in the guys that I'm throwing the ball to. We've got guys that can make plays in the passing lane."'

Marker Lawyer fits well in new suit [4:21 PM] reports: The deal conjured memories of that Halloween heist the Buffalo Bills pulled 16 autumns ago when they stole sack-happy linebacker Cornelius Bennett from the Indianapolis Colts. Bennett, who had drawn comparisons to a young Lawrence Taylor, became one of the final pieces in Buffalo's transformation from basement dwellers to perennial Super Bowl participants in the early 1990s.

Marker Heinz Red Zone is not, it seems, just a 'Burgh thing [1:23 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Pittsburgh's ketchup company, which also used the promotion with the Cleveland Browns last year, has worked out sponsorship deals with the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Basically, whenever the home team's offense moves inside the 20-yard line, Heinz blitzes. Radio broadcasters are supposed to say, "The [insert home team name here] are now in the Heinz Red Zone," while anyone paying attention in the stadium sees some version of a ketchup bottle pouring.'

Marker Injury Report [12:37 PM] reports: Sammy Morris, RB (Leg, Questionable) has been added to injury report.

Marker Quotes From The Locker Room [10:14 AM] reports: '“I think another thing that has allowed them to be very aggressive is that they’ve gotten out to big leads and force teams to be one-dimensional. That’s something that we’ve got to keep from letting happen. We’ve got to stay in the game, we’ve got to score early and can’t let Buffalo get up two or three scores on us early and let the defense just come out and blitz us and know that we’re in passing situations.”'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Miami [10:12 AM] reports: '"It's still a huge rivalry, to say it is the same around here a decade ago, none of the players are the same you've got a lot of guys that came in off of different teams. So it can't be anything close to what it was, but it's still a big rivalry and I have a great respect for their team, their defense. It's one of the best tests that you face all year every year and we have to face them twice. So it's a game we get up for and prepare very well for and we have to play at an extremely high level to come away with a victory from the Dolphins. They're a good team across the board there really are no weaknesses."'

Marker Bills Big Test In Miami [10:11 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have jumped out of the gate in a hurry for the still young 2003-2004 season, with convincing wins over New England and in Jacksonville. Yet the measure of this team's true potential does not come until this Sunday night, when one of the fiercest rivalries in pro football begins a new era.'

Marker Mission implausible? Stop Ricky [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a big challenge for the team," linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "The guy ran for 325 in two games. As a defense you want to come back and play a running back of that caliber. I'm sure it's like that in Cleveland (which gave up 295 yards to Baltimore's Jamal Lewis last week). I'm sure they can't wait to play this week."'

Marker Miami Week still gets juices flowing [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At times like these, you're reminded how deep the feelings run toward Miami. Older fans must scoff at the notion that the Pats could replace the Dolphins as the team's chief rival. Bill Belichick comes up with a couple of good game plans and all the Miami stuff goes out the window? Try telling that to Bryan Cox, or Marv Levy, or Thomas.'

Marker Rogers bad-mouths the efforts of special teams [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Regarding Rogers' comments, Polk said, "To each his own."'

Marker Quarterbacks employ language all their own [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If it's a pass, we're pointing at the two players we think are going to be the most likely to blitz. It could be a linebacker, a safety, a cornerback. We're just pointing out which two guys could be coming and would make us adjust on the route."'

Marker Can Bills put brakes on Williams? [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“With the personnel we have up front now, we’d like to feel he won’t be able to do that to us this year,” Prioleau said after practice on Wednesday. “He’s a good back and he came out ready to play that day. You have to credit him for those runs, breaking into the secondary. But we have to make him earn all his yards this time.”'

Marker Bills' impressive 2-0 start doesn't mean great finish [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Here are the 13 Buffalo teams that started 2-0, their combined margins of victory in the first two games, their season-opening winning streaks and how they finished those seasons...'.

Marker Antoine is Bills' ‘Mighty Mouse' [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Now in his fifth season with Buffalo after being the club’s first-round draft choice out of Ohio State in 1999, Winfield has forged a reputation as one of the hardest hitters, pound for pound, in the NFL.'

Marker Moulds denies he spit on Dolphin [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Dolphins defensive backs did not speak with Miami reporters after Wednesday’s practice, but Chester was more than happy to speak for them. “I hope he spits on me, please,” Chester said. “That’s not cool. To disrespect a man like that, that’s not cool at all. I couldn’t let a man spit on me and be satisfied with it and I know Patrick isn’t satisfied with it.”'

Marker Moulds set to fry Fish [5:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I've been fired up ever since I heard those guys feel they are better than us."'

Marker Bills-Dolphins yapping [5:10 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'In his last four meetings with Miami, Moulds has averaged 122 receiving yards and a touchdown. "I know exactly when they're playing man and when they're playing double-team," he boldly stated.'

Marker Fiedler throws caution to wind [5:09 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I guess it's just something in me that doesn't care what people think of me,'' Fiedler said. ``I just go out there and get a job done. It's a daily process of coming in and focusing on the game ahead, the next challenge.'''

Marker Rogers hopes to 'gash' ex-teammates [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dolphins returner Charlie Rogers said he ''packed light'' when he went from Seattle to Buffalo last season because it was clear he wouldn't play for the Bills very long.'

Marker Marion likely will start against Bills [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'With Marion out, cornerback Jamar Fletcher and safety Arturo Freeman saw action in the Dolphins' dime package at practice. Wannstedt said he hasn't decided whether Fletcher or Freeman would serve as dime cornerback against the Bills.'

Marker Williams’ ability to spot any hole, anywhere, keeps blockers guessing [5:06 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Wannstedt said Williams could have had more than the 125 yards he rushed for against the Jets if the backside of a few plays were blocked differently.'

Marker NFL has little room for loyalty [5:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"If I hadn't seen Drew go through his ordeal in New England, I would have been shocked," Milloy said Wednesday of his Buffalo teammate. "But seeing Drew go through his situation, you learn there is no loyalty in this league. Loyalty is only good for the amount of your contract that is guaranteed, which is truly the signing bonus. As soon as your number escalates with the salary cap, the player is expendable. "No matter who it is."'

Marker Rogers hoping Bills regret letting him go [5:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Rogers said he could have re-signed with the Bills for the veteran's minimum ($530,000) but thought he deserved a raise. The Bills disagreed after he had career-low averages in punt returns (5.3 yards) and kickoff returns (20.0). "I definitely want them to think, 'Well, we should have paid the guy,' " Rogers said.'

Marker Milloy fits bill for Buffalo on defense [5:03 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I've been spoiled throughout the years of having some great safeties play for me for an awful long time. He's in that category of player. He's very credible because he's done it for so long. He's very instinctive. And he does a great job of walking the walk before he ever speaks up. He's very valuable to our team right now in a young area of our defense."'

Marker This Lawyer is paying off for the Bills [5:02 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"There's no loyalty in this league," he said. "It's only good for the amount of your contract that is guaranteed, which is truly the signing bonus. And then as soon as your number escalates with the salary cap, the player is expendable no matter who he is. That's just the really unfortunate part of this business."'

Marker Bills can be champions in new decade [5:01 AM]
Pitt News reports: 'After some serious thought, I will go with the Bills over the Chiefs in the AFC Title game. My opinion will probably change several times over the course of the season, but these two teams appear to be the most dominant at this time.'

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September 17, 2003

Marker Nit-picking the Bills [8:42 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The Jags, for example, sold out to stop the Bills running game, and it cost them dearly because they simply couldn’t put enough pressure on Drew Bledsoe even in 3rd and long situations. But near the goal line, they had to play both the run and pass equally, or honestly in other words, and the Bills o-line gave the hard running Henry just enough room.'

Marker Buffalo (2-0) at Miami (1-1) [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe believes the team's improved defense also helps the offense perform better. ``Last year, you're like, 'I don't know if we're going to stop these guys, so we've got to put up as many points as we can,''' he said. ``This year, we're able to utilize the whole playbook, and because of that teams have to play us more honestly.'''

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