Buffalo returns to basics in beating Bengals [1:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Cincinnati's defense entered the game ranked a miserable 25th in the NFL against the run, but No. 8 against the pass. Henry's ribs had healed enough to play, giving Buffalo the quality running back it lacked a week earlier against Philadelphia. So, of course, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride called for 18 passes in the first half, as opposed to 10 runs.'
Bills struggle to down Bengals in OT [1:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But you could do worse than speculating that the Buffalo Bills’ head coach’s future was on the line late Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Close no longer good enough for Bengals [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’re not winning games that we should win or that we could win,” said defensive back Artell Hawkins. “When does that all change? I don’t know. But we are playing harder. We are right there, and every team that we play knows that. Now, the onus is on us to finish it, to get the Ws that are sitting right there in front of us.”'
The only good thing the Bills did was win [1:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, about the only good thing the Bills did on Sunday was win. And that’s enough ... for now. But losing in virtually everything but on the scoreboard isn’t a recipe for a continued victories and, hopefully, the Bills realize it.'
Bills Notebook [1:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'When it was revealed that Buffalo’s undefeated heavyweight boxer Baby Joe Mesi — who has gotten a lot of criticism for the lack of quality opposition on his resume —would lead the Bills out on the field, the recurrent line was, “The Bengals must be terrible ... Baby Joe only shows up for pushovers.”'
Bengals-Bills Game Notes [11:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Led largely by the play of defensive tackle Pat Williams, the Bills run defense surrendered just 67 yards on 27 carries (2.5 average) and stopped the Bengals for no gain or negative yardage on one of every three rushes (9 of 27 attempts).'
Grand Island's Dean Santorio Named Bills HS Football "Coach of the Week" [10:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'At the end of the season, one of the weekly award winners will be named the “Coach of the Year” and will receive an additional $1,000 donation to his program from NFL Charities. The 2003 "Coach of the Year" will be honored at the Bills-NY Jets game on December 7 and at the final luncheon meeting of the Monday Quarterback Club on December 8.'
Clemons sacks hat trick [10:45 AM]
Bengals.com reports: 'Really, it came down to these two throws on third down: With 3:31 left in the game and trailing 16-13, Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is facing a do-or-die third-and-11 from his own 40. At the last possible instant in the face of a strong rush, Bledsoe drills a 14-yard line shot to wide receiver Bobby Shaw on the sideline. Rookie cornerback Terrell Roberts, in the game because of Jeff Burris’ neck injury, has decent coverage, but what are you going to do? Then, on the third play of the overtime, Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna has rookie receiver Kelley Washington over the middle on third-and-two and underthrows him. The Bengals have to punt and never get the ball back.'
Henry and Bills land on their feet [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This was a big emotional game for us," said Spikes, who bested his former teammates. "We got the win, that's the only thing that matters."'
Henry's a sore subject after win [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I knew I had to be in the game for us to win the game," he said. "I had to suck it up. I just wanted to do anything in my power to give the team a boost."'
For Bengals, wins as elusive as joy [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's really tough," cornerback Artrell Hawkins said. "We don't get to put W's in the moral victory column. We don't want to. . . . Once again, we played a game that we were in and we didn't finish like we should have. We're going to get to that."'
Win is more a relief than cause for celebration [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, it's a win. But this makes three weeks in a row that a supposed Super Bowl contender has looked like a very average team.'
There's no running from fact Moulds is dynamic [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It'll be interesting to see where Gilbride takes it from here, whether he'll finally relent and make a true commitment to the running game. A team cannot survive by the passing game alone. Nor can it play the Bengals every week.'
Moulds, Adams not concerned over injuries [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds' injury appears to be more serious. He suffered a pulled groin muscle on a pass reception in overtime. Moulds stayed on the field for Travis Henry's winning touchdown but appeared to be in serious pain as he was helped into the locker room by the Bills' trainers.'
Monday Billboard [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Play of the Game: The Bills were trailing, 16-13, and facing a fourth-and-3 situation after the two-minute warning when Eric Moulds caught a 5-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe and turned it into a 19-yard gain. It set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal, sending the game into overtime.'
Effort is there; so is a loss [8:04 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bengals didn’t know what to make of themselves afterward. They didn’t play like lovable losers. They didn’t get smacked. They stood toe to toe with a playoff-caliber team. But they lost.'
Kitna off target late, while Bledsoe hits bull’s-eyes [8:03 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Kitna was thoroughly outplayed down the stretch yesterday by counterpart Drew Bledsoe, and that was the major difference in the Buffalo Bills’ 22-16 victory.'
Spikes has empathy for Bengals after latest loss [8:02 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: '"I understand how they feel," Spikes said. "I totally do. Especially the guys who were there before and the guys who were there when I came in. My heart goes out to a guy like Willie Anderson . . . Corey Dillon . . . Brian Simmons . . . Adrian Ross . . . . I wish them the best. I wish them the best."'
All is not lost [8:02 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'A veteran defensive end in his first year with Cincinnati, Clemons recorded three sacks of Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. It was a career high for Clemons. All three came on third down and forced Buffalo to punt.'
'Close does not count' [7:10 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"I hate when the game is over, and the team we just played comes over and says, 'You all have a good team.' I hate hearing that," Warrick said.'
Spikes felt 'weird,' emotional [7:09 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"It was the Buffalo Bills against the Cincinnati Bengals," said Bengals linebacker Brian Simmons, who still remains as close to Spikes as when the two had lockers next to one another at Paul Brown Stadium. "You don't look at one person or one player; you're just focused on the game."'
Bengals their own nemesis [7:08 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"We're not winning games that we should or could win," said Artrell Hawkins. "We could have come here and won on the road and won two in a row, and all that stuff would have been great. They just outplayed us at the end."'
Burris OK after brief scare [7:08 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Drew Bledsoe put aside being sacked four times and being held to under 100 yards passing through three quarters to deliver the 22nd come-from-behind victory of his career, and his third in 21 games with the Bills. He was 11-of-25 for 95 yards before completing eight of his final 10 passes for 106 yards on Buffalo's final two possessions.'
Key play [7:07 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bills had converted just two of their 12 third downs when they lined up for a third-and-11 at their own 40 with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Bengals leading, 16-13. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who had been sacked four times, was pressured but hung in the pocket long enough to complete a 14-yard pass to Bobby Shaw for the first down, a drive that eventually ended with a 29-yard Rian Lindell field goal to send the game into overtime.'
Key player [7:06 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe proved you don't always have to be at your best to win a game; you just have be your best when it counts.'
Key stat [7:06 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo won the turnover battle, 2-0.'
They said it [7:05 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"It was one of those balls you thought you could get to, but Bledsoe is just one of those guys who can get the ball into places where you think you've got him but you don't."'
Coaching [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The team had opportunities to win and didn't capitalize on them. That has to fall back on the coaches.'
Special teams [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Shayne Graham made three of four field-goal attempts -- his only miss coming from 54 yards.'
Offense [7:03 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The running game managed only 2.5 yards a carry, the passing game couldn't complete anything downfield and only one touchdown was scored in four red-zone opportunities.'
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