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Buffalo Bills News - December 1, 2003

Marker Solid effort leaves team wondering: What if? [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s not even 7-5, I say we could be 8-4 or 9-3,” said linebacker Takeo Spikes, who could’ve used a bullet to bite down on. “That’s what drives me. I get (ticked) off. We’re this close to being what we want to be.”'

Marker Offense finally catches up with the defense [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Sometimes you can’t control the outcome of the game,” Milloy said, insinuating without actually saying it that the offense hasn’t done its part in recent weeks. “But defensively if you show up and play hard and give your team a chance to win, nine times out of 10 you’ll win the game."'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterbacks: Drew Bledsoe may have been joking, but he did play better with a fuzzy head brought on by last week’s concussion. His 252 passing yards and two touchdowns was his best output in eight games. Deftly beat the blitz and finished with no turnovers and a 115.9 rating before leaving the game in the third quarter with a 24-7 lead. Now that’s more like it. A.'

Marker Instead of some good football, we got the Bills [5:16 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"The Bills have a huge following here and our ratings history shows that a bad Bills game will still have higher ratings than any other game," he said, noting that Global traditionally reviews the Bills-first policy in December.'

Marker Mara Puts Heat on Fassel as Giants Fans Turn Icy [5:15 AM]
New York Times reports: 'For the second straight home game, the Giants lost to a struggling team in an avalanche of ineptitude.'

Marker Giants Need to Check Their Downward Spiral [5:14 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Firing Fassel is the easy answer and probably the only short-term solution to the Giants' inconsistency.'

Marker The Bills Wish More Games Worked Out Like This One [5:13 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Some Bills said this was their best defensive game of the year. "I think so," outside linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "At least until next week."'

Marker Giants go from bad to worse [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Giants did the unimaginable, which is to make the Bills (5-7) look like a powerhouse.'

Marker Fassel & Co. hit new Buffa-low [5:11 AM]
New York Post reports: 'But a team that may now win only four games has problems deeper than discipline, planning, instruction, and injury to its No. 1 weapon, Shockey. Or, injury wreckage along the offensive line and defensive backfield that yesterday lost a third starter, Will Allen. The woes run even deeper than a shortage of depth some teams seem to survive better than others.'

Marker Drew becomes Bill of goods [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We've been waiting for him to have a game like this," WR Eric Moulds said. "He's Drew Bledsoe, he doesn't forget how to be good. We just had a lot of things go wrong."'

Marker Can't blame Collins for this one [5:09 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Some of it is Collins' fault and much of it isn't, and no one seems to care right now that much of it isn't.'

Marker Big blue offensive line: We let Kerry down [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I didn't do what I'm supposed to do," Roehl said. "I thought I was ready to play and I knew my assignments, even though it didn't look like it."'

Marker Call 'em big black & blue [5:07 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Giants' 24 rushing yards was their lowest total since they had 24 yards at Tennessee Oct. 1, 2000. Giants' 10 first downs was their fewest since they had four at Tampa Bay Sept. 12, 1999.'

Marker 'Dissatisfied' Mara not the merrier [5:06 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It's their right to leave," Tiki Barber said. "We're not putting out a good product. I wouldn't want to watch the way we're playing, especially on offense. There's nothing to get excited about. Nothing we did would keep you in the stadium."'

Marker Giant stinker unwatchable [5:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The performance yesterday was their worst of the season - particularly on offense, where they've been shaken by a crumbling offensive line.'

Marker Thanks to Drew, victory comes to pass [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'They hadn't won since October or scored a touchdown on the road since September. But they had the Giants next on the schedule, which, these days, overrides everything.'

Marker For Kerry, it's getting offensive [5:03 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'How bad was it? Tackle Jeff Roehl, when asked if Collins gets upset at the offensive line, said, "How can he not get angry?"'

Marker Seats empty, words not [5:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Giants are very nearly the worst team in the NFL right now, groping in the dark while trying to remember how to play this complicated game. Their quarterback is in danger of serious injury on every snap from center. On defense, their tacklers have stopped tackling.'

Marker Battered Kerry in line of fire [5:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Star of the game: Drew Bledsoe may have been woozy during the week, but he showed no effects of his concussion yesterday. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He also survived a helmet-to-helmet hit from Giants DT Keith Hamilton in the third quarter and completed two more passes on that drive enroute to Buffalo's final touchdown.'

Marker Giants' report card [5:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rushing Offense: F. Tiki Barber gained 20 yards on 12 carries, including an amazing one yard on three carries in the second half. The Bills have a good rushing defense, but they're not the '85 Bears. They were ranked 11th in the NFL and were giving up 104.1 rushing yards per game. It's not all Barber's fault - the offensive line was terrible - but he didn't make many defenders miss.'

Marker Flunking Every Subject [4:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We cannot block people. We don't tackle people. We don't cover people. We don't catch the ball in critical situations. I have never seen it and never in my seven years here have we ever played football the way we are playing right now. Honestly, I am at a loss for words."'

Marker A cure for what ails you [4:58 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Haven't scored an offensive touchdown on the road since Sept. 14? Not to worry, Drew Bledsoe. The Giants' defense is only too happy to let you have not one, not two, but three in one game.'

Marker More Moans and Groans, Then Beat the Traffic [4:57 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Three escalators leading to Gate D at Giants Stadium looked like the approach to the Lincoln Tunnel after a game: heavy traffic and packed with disgruntled Giants fans. What made this different from most Giants losses was the timing. More than 10 minutes remained in the fourth quarter. Ouch.'

Marker Offense Is Way Off Line [4:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The five guys up front didn't get the job done. Collins barely had time to hand off the ball, much less throw it downfield. Twice Collins and center Chris Bober got their feet tangled. The second caused a fumble that led to Buffalo's second touchdown and a 17-7 lead midway through the second quarter.'

Marker Giants playbook [4:55 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'OFFENSE Every offensive plan begins with protecting the quarterback. The Giants did not come close to doing that. Kerry Collins was sacked six times and the Giants had 10 first downs, their lowest total this season, and 222 yards, their second-worst total. They had 10 fewer yards against the Buccaneers last week. The Giants have scored 37 points during a four-game losing streak and seven came on a defensive TD. Oy! F.

Marker Incompetence Not Limited to Field [4:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Q: If the Giants couldn't throw because of poor pass protection, why couldn't they at least run better? A: "Once they realized they could get to Kerry in our passing game, it was eight guys in the box," Tiki Barber said. "So there were no running lanes."'

Marker Allen Is Latest Injury [4:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Linebacker Dhani Jones tried to motivate the increasingly young, inexperienced Giants after Saturday's walk-through. He had first-year players form a circle, surrounded by a circle of veterans. Jones then pushed over the younger players and the veterans caught them before they fell as a demonstration of the need for trust among teammates.'

Marker CBS' LT Hubbub: That's Show Biz [4:52 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'That's because Esiason started ripping Taylor, who is promoting a book about his drug and sexual escapades during his career, on CBS' postgame show on Thanksgiving, saying LT deserved to be in the Hall of Shame rather than the Hall of Fame for his indiscretions. He continued sacking Taylor on WFAN's "In the Huddle" Friday, and yesterday, on CBS, Esiason said Taylor's antics were a disgrace and unworthy of a book or air time.'

Marker Left behind [4:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The players had few answers, either. The defense allowed Buffalo to accumulate 403 yards, including 113 rushing yards on 26 carries by running back Travis Henry. The offense generated just 222 total yards and allowed six sacks of quarterback Kerry Collins, who somehow remained nearly bruise-free.'

Marker As Giants sink, 'O' line needs a depth charge [4:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'One veteran, who requested anonymity, questioned how the Giants, despite injuries, could allow themselves to be this shallow at offensive line and forced to start four rookies. "Why are they in there? That's the question somebody else has got to answer," he said. "Every team gets injuries, but they don't have to put four rookies in."'

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