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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2003

Marker Dolphins notebook [4:58 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'The Dolphins have scored a first-quarter touchdown in four of the last five games against the Bills, while Buffalo has scored a touchdown in the opening period just once in the last 17 games against Miami, including the playoffs. Sunday's game was scoreless after the first quarter.'

Marker Winning -- 3 yards at a time [4:57 AM]
Vero Beach Press Journal reports: 'The Dolphins won, 17-7, to raise their record to 2-1 and pull even with Buffalo and New England atop the division - but only because the Bills played more like the Bengals, only because Drew Bledsoe suffered through his worst outing since his rookie season.'

Marker Dolphins shut down Bills' attack [4:56 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"They played an excellent game," said Moulds.'

Marker Excessive use of running back can be addictive [4:55 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'As Ricky goes, the Dolphins will go. But they might consider incorporating the word "decoy" in the playbook. Or remembering there are other skill players on the payroll. Or making sure Dave Wannstedt doesn't have Williams in his fantasy league.'

Marker 1st-half sacks boost defense [4:54 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins were trying to avoid something that hadn't happened in 14 seasons. It's been that long since they lost two homes games in September. Miami had won 13 of its past 17 games in September. The problem, as any Dolphins fan can attest, has been the December streaks.'

Marker Williams and Dolphins Play Keepaway With Bills [4:53 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The loss was the Bills' first of the season after two victories, but it was their eighth in the last 10 games here. At least their rejuvenated defense, with four new starters, stood out. The Bills extended a streak of holding opponents to 17 or fewer points to six games.'

Marker Too much Ricky [4:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'It wasn't pretty, but this is Wannstedt football.'

Marker Dolphins avoid frustration [4:51 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Tough, hard-nosed football," said Miami safety Brock Marion. "We just went out and played."'

Marker Bills find it’s not easy going unbeaten [4:50 AM]
MSNBC reports: 'As the Buffalo Bills learned the hard way Sunday night, it won’t be easy. In fact, if you run into the kind of defense the ’03 Dolphins can play, it can become impossible.'

Marker Dolphins use familiar formula to beat Bills [4:49 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We knew if we kept Drew off-balance that we could get him out of his rhythm," said Marion. "The guys up front helped to do that."'

Marker Miami 17, Buffalo 7 [4:48 AM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' first four possessions produced two turnovers and no first downs, and they wasted two scoring chances inside the Miami 20 in the second quarter. One threat ended when a trick play backfired, with Henry's underthrown pass being intercepted by Surtain at the 1.'

Marker Surtain wins on-field battle against Moulds [4:47 AM]
AP reports: '''The stats speak for themselves,'' Dolphins safety Sammy Knight said. ''Eric Moulds is a great player, but we got the best of him today.'''

Marker Bills RB Henry injures ribs against Dolphins [4:46 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said Henry's ribs were ``very sore'' but not broken. He said Henry would be re-evaluated Monday.'

Marker Miami 17, Buffalo 7 [4:45 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I certainly didn't think that we would come out and play the way we did," Bledsoe said. "I thought we would play better than we did. They had a good plan for us and they changed some things up on us which they haven't done in three or four years."'

Marker Williams and Dolphins run over Buffalo [4:44 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"The way Miami controlled the line of scrimmage, especially against our offense, made it a long night for our defense," said Bills head coach Gregg Williams. "They were able to play on the short field most of the night and Ricky was able to pop a few runs late in the game and they were able to put the game away."'

Marker Henry injures ribs in loss to Dolphins [4:43 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Henry was hurt in the first half of the 17-7 loss and did not return. He will be further evaluated on Monday.'

Marker Postgame Notes [4:42 AM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'With two interceptions tonight, Bills CB Nate Clements now has six interceptions over his last three games against the Dolphins, including two for touchdowns. In addition to his 54-yard return for a score tonight, he brought one back 29 yards on October 20 of last year at Pro Player Stadium when he picked off a Ray Lucas pass.'

Marker Dolphins Quotes [4:41 AM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: '“We got real physical with these guys and the defensive line did a terrific job up front and really got after the quarterback. When everything comes together like it did tonight you’re going to have a great defensive game and we did.”'

Marker Bills Quotes [4:40 AM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'What was your view on Drew Bledsoe’s interception in the end zone?
“One of our coaches upstairs said our receiver got thrown down. He came back and tried to make a play over the top of the back line of the end zone but we underthrew the pass.”'

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September 21, 2003

Marker The best matchup of the day: Buffalo (2-0) at Miami (1-1) [9:45 AM]
Sacremento Bee reports: 'What you should look for: The Dolphins will try to wear down the Bills' defense with heavy doses of Ricky Williams, the league's defending rushing champion, and the Bills are eager to see if Miami will continue using single coverage on receiver Eric Moulds, who has burned the Dolphins in the past.'

Marker Rivals reinforced for their 75th renewal [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outcome: Bills take control of AFC East with 24-20 victory.'

Marker Today's Key Matchup [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will give Jennings help on occasion, but in one-on-one situations Jennings must do the job.'

Marker Dolphins bank on pocket change [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going to let Bledsoe just sit back there and throw the ball! We love him that much," joked new Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau this past week. "Our game plan is pretty easy. Everyone wants to put pressure on the quarterback and he is definitely going to be a key to get their offense going. We all know that. Getting him to move his feet outside the pocket is one of the keys."'

Marker Early returns are good, but Bills have ways to go [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They haven't played from behind yet. They haven't had to race the clock in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Some thoughts on Henry, all quoted verbatim and in context [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Q: Is he worried about McGahee? A: Sure, he is. Remember, when The News called him on draft day, he called it a "slap in the face." Then management got to him and he backed off that, too. He knows the Bills believe McGahee can be a star in the National Football League. He was worried in April, he's worried now and he'll be worried as long as McGahee is on the same team.'

Marker The great escapist [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have fun," he said. "You never know when it's going to all end so you might as well have fun."'

Marker Quick starts have been key so far for the 2-0 Bills [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The fact there is good focus and good execution on starting fast is a good thing,” said coach Gregg Williams. “Those are important ingredients in being able to always be in control of the ballgame and not have to scramble at the end.”'

Marker Moulds and Dolphins are very eager to ‘meet' again [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'By portraying the Bills Pro Bowl wide receiver as the spitting image of Robbie Alomar and Bill Romanowski, the Miami Dolphins defensive backs are trying to get inside Moulds’ head.'

Marker Q&A: Mike Pucillo [5:29 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What have you heard about the Bills-Dolphins rivalry? “I know it’s a big game for the fans. But it’s not like a college rivalry because I think the cities are a little too far away from each other.”'

Marker As always, plenty at stake for Bills, Dolphins [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“This is a big, big challenge for us,” Wannstedt concluded, “we’re going to have to find a way to make some plays.”'

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