It's time for Sherman to start calling the plays [5:46 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'If Mike Sherman wants to instill confidence, he can start by putting his offensive background to good use. He needs to get more involved in the play-calling, unless he is to blame for the lame third-down calls, in which case he should get out of his offensive coordinator's way.'
Favre shows his arm is feeling just fine [5:45 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Brett Favre didn't show any of the rust in the Packers' 27-18 loss to Buffalo on Sunday that was evident in last week's loss to the New York Jets. Favre missed the final three preseason games because of tendinitis in his right elbow, and it showed early in his 14-of-34 performance against the Jets. But against the Bills, he completed his first 14 passes and finished 25-of-35 for 269 yards.'
Packers in dire straits [5:40 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'The gory details for the winless visitors, as witnessed by 72,722, included four fumbles fueled by a fearsome Bills defense, a close encounter between quarterback Brett Favre and running back Ahman Green and no fewer than five injured players and an equally harsh specter of a season on the brink. The sight of blood on the front of Bills quarterback Rob Johnson's pants afterward was a testament to how frightening things are going for the Packers after two games. "It isn't good," said Favre, matter-of-factly.'
A tough day all around for Edwards [5:38 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'Edwards, the Green Bay Packers' 1999 first-round draft pick making only his second NFL start, was picked on relentlessly by a Rob Johnson-led Buffalo Bills offense. The Bills went after Edwards because he was filling in for Mike McKenzie, injured in the season opener, at left cornerback.'
Defense makes its point, sort of [5:37 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'The most telltale indication is the disparity in the sacks column. Against the Jets: 0. Against the Bills: 5. "A lot was made of how much pressure we weren't putting on the quarterback in the preseason," said Packers' nose tackle Russell Maryland. Unlike the Jets, who ran draw and screen plays and thus forced the Packers to be passive with an otherwise aggressive scheme implemented by new coordinator Ed Donatell, the Bills' fondness of the pass enabled a hungry group of Packers to let loose. They dropped quarterback Rob Johnson behind the line of scrimmage four times in the first half, only one of which was by a lineman - end John Thierry. The other three evolved out of blitzes by safeties LeRoy Butler and Darren Sharper and linebacker Nate Wayne. "We took a lot more chances, and those gambles that we took, they worked," said Maryland, "as opposed to last week when we may not have run as many, and when we did, we weren't as successful."'
Packers experience a painful ordeal [5:36 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"You win a ballgame like this, it kind of makes the aches and pains feel a little bit better," said Favre, who is less than 100 percent physically with tendinitis in his throwing elbow and a sprained thumb on the same right arm. "But, when you lose, it seems like they're twice as bad."'
Bills broke loose late in first half [5:35 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'The Packers-Bills' game was scoreless until 44 seconds remained in the first half. But a sequence of plays after Buffalo finally broke through for the game's first touchdown seemed to make the difference in the outcome.'
Injuries, Bills gang up on Packers [5:34 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Given that the Buffalo Bills don't have a single starter sidelined by injury, let alone four of their 10 best players like the Packers, it should have been a foregone conclusion who would win. All the point spread - Bills by 6 - really indicated is that the oddsmakers haven't caught up yet to how truly weakened the Packers are.'
Knee injury forced Edwards out [5:33 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Antuan Edwards' knee injury forced the Green Bay Packers to play much of the second half with only two healthy cornerbacks Sunday in a 27-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills.'
Defense's problem so far is injuries [5:32 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'What was supposed to be a major weakness for the Green Bay Packers still is, but for a much different reason. A Packers defense that wasn't supposed to have the right mix of talent or enough time together to execute the aggressive, hustling scheme coordinator Ed Donatell brought with him from Denver showed signs of being a much more valuable asset than first thought. At least that was the case for most of the Packers' 27-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium. But injuries have depleted the unit at a position of strength, and for all the impressive individual efforts put forth against the Bills, the defense couldn't overcome a handful of bad plays. All it took was a mistake here and a letdown there for Buffalo to put three touchdowns on the board.'
Dotson's painful exit leaves teammates with queasy feeling [5:30 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: The Green Bay Packers returned home from their 27-18 loss to the Buffalo Bills not knowing if they'll ever see right tackle Earl Dotson on the field again. Such was the dramatic nature of Dotson's departure on the second play from scrimmage. The 6-foot-4, 317-pound veteran had to be helped off the field because his ailing back locked up on him so badly.'
Favre feeling the pain [5:29 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Sunday, Brett Favre didn't look like a quarterback who was totally impaired by an aching right elbow or a re-injured right thumb. He looked like a quarterback who gave it everything he had but still could not keep his team from losing to a superior defensive crew, the Buffalo Bills. He looked, after the game, like a quarterback who was, in his own words, "physically exhausted and mentally exhausted."'
Just throw the ball to Freeman [5:28 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Green Bay Packers basically ran two offenses Sunday. There was the one in which they did not get the ball to Antonio Freeman, and then there was the one in which Freeman actually got the ball. The second one was much better. It must have been much better because it was the only one that scored touchdowns.'
Johnson passes his way to the head of the pack [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: Johnson didn't play a very vital role last week in the 16-13 win over Tennessee, but he was a key component yesterday. He completed 18 of 26 passes for 259 yards and three touchdowns, and only because the Bills were playing a soft prevent defense in the final two minutes of the game was Favre able to finish with more passing yardage (25 of 35 for 269 yards and two TDs). "Rob's a great quarterback and when he has time, he makes the throws," said wide receiver Eric Moulds, who was in a much better frame of mind after this game as he caught seven balls for 103 yards.'
Bills' special teamer proves special [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'Long-snappers lead a lonely life. They normally aren't noticed unless they make a mistake. That's why Ethan Albright was basking in the glow of the Buffalo Bills' 27-18 victory over the Green Bay Packers at Ralph Wilson Stadium yesterday. In a young season where every special teams play is an adventure for Buffalo, Albright scooped up a fumbled Packers' third-quarter punt and returned it 19 yards to the Green Bay 4. It set up a critical field goal. "It's fun to contribute to the win," Albright said. "It's fun to be talking to the media -- and not after a bad snap."'
Moulds' actions state his case very well [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday, the seeds of Moulds' discontent bore fruit. With 7 catches for 103 yards, he set the pace for a much-improved offensive outing in the Bills' 27-18 victory over the Green Bay Packers. "The team voted me a captain and the way the offense played against Tennessee, I knew we could do better," said Moulds after his eighth career 100-yard game. "Instead of saying something to the media and lashing out against my teammates, I just walked off and decided not to say anything. I was very emotional and I didn't want to say anything detrimental to the team. "I know people read it the wrong way. I wasn't upset about not getting the ball, but rather with the offense (in general)."'
Defense forced key turnovers [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills LB Sam Cowart: He was all over the field. Whether it was against the run or against the pass, Cowart made plays from sideline to sideline. This, of course, is nothing new. Cowart is playing at a Pro Bowl level.'
Phillips crew wins, but doubts are lurking [5:18 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"We had to run the football, they knew we had to run the football and we couldn't pick up the first down," Phillips lamented. Four times in the last 11:45, the Bills offenders ran on to the field. Four times they failed to garner even one first down. The Antowain Smith era as the Bills' marquee back seems over before it ever really started. The Bills said goodbye to Thurman Thomas, confident in the belief that the fourth-year player out of the University of Houston could become the workhorse. Smith, yesterday, rushed for 17 yards on 12 carries. That total included one run of 16 yards. "Everyone's not on the same page yet," Smith said, referring to his offensive line. "We have too many busted assignments."'
Johnson gets the job done [5:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Johnson emerged as the winner in a personal duel with Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre, and earned respect from the fickle fans at Ralph Wilson Stadium. After Johnson was thrown hard to the turf following a third-down incompletion, the Bills went on to recover the fumbled punt return. And when Johnson led the offence back on the field, the packed house of 72,722 cheered. "That was nice to hear," Johnson said. "It showed me that they cared when I went back in the game."'
Moulds puts his stamp on Pack [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Yes, we tried to get Eric the football," Bills coach Wade Phillips said. "You could see why we tried to get him the football. Eric had a breakout game."'
Battered Johnson keeps Bills perfect [5:10 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'Green Bay sacked Johnson five times, just as the Tennessee Titans had done last week, and also knocked the quarterback around at every opportunity. But Buffalo's defence is as good as any in the National Football League and held the Packers and quarterback Brett Favre to below 300 yards of total offence. The Bills accomplished this despite losing four starters from last season to free agency. "We're not like Jacksonville or Tampa Bay where we do a lot of blitzing. . . . That can take away from a lot of guys' stats," Buffalo linebacker Sam Cowart said. "But if you do your job, you'll be in a position to make plays."'
Bills 27, Packers 18 [5:07 AM]
AP reports: 'While the Bills defense held Favre in check, their offense finally warmed up. Tight end Jay Riemersma enjoyed his second career two-touchdown game, and Jeremy McDaniel scored his first career touchdown as the Bills opened the season 2-0 for the first time since 1996. Steve Christie hit 45- and 20-yard field goals, both set up by Green Bay fumbles.'
Bills 27, Packers 18 [5:05 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"We had another all-around effort and played well in a lot of areas," Buffalo coach Wade Phillips said. "Certainly well enough to win."'
Johnson doesn't foresee a Buffalo let down [9:25 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"The defense played so well (surrendering only 172 yards and one touchdown to a good offense), they might have an opportunity for a letdown," said Buffalo quarterback Rob Johnson of the victory over the Titans. "But on offense, we didn't play that well ... there's no reason for a letdown."'
Bills have best 1-2 defensive punch in league [9:23 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Ted Washington, their two-time Pro Bowl nose tackle, showed up at camp in the 330-pound range rather than 350-plus and seemed set to have a big season. But so did his protege and good friend, Pat Williams, the 312-pound, fourth-year pro. Williams, an undrafted free agent, has been a find. Despite his size, he has uncommon quickness and a non-stop motor that produced six sacks the past two seasons while playing in relief of Washington. Thus, during training camp, it occurred to Cottrell that it would be a novel twist to put Washington and Williams on the field at the same time. He did just that against Tennessee. And the result was that the Titans' running game was stuffed, managing a mere 53 yards on 20 carries with feature back Eddie George held to only 37 yards on 17 attempts. "I feel like we're unstoppable when we're out there together," said the ever-enthusiastic Williams. "First Ted was pounding on (Titans' center Kevin Long), then I was pounding on him. And by the end of the game, he didn't want to play any more ... you could see it in his eyes." And afterward, Long admitted the Titans never expected such an alignment.'
Destination end zone for Bills, Packers [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two offenses that sputtered in their season-openers aim to get their motors running today at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The meeting of the Buffalo Bills and Green Bay Packers pits two teams that produced just one touchdown each last week. The Bills know they probably will need more against one of the game's greatest quarterbacks, Green Bay's Brett Favre. "After looking at the film, the last game wasn't the total mess that it appeared to be," said Bills quarterback Rob Johnson, referring to the offensive execution in the 16-13 win over Tennessee. "Usually we just broke down one guy here and one guy there. We know we have to do better."'
'65 Chargers were a tad too full of themselves [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'One of the things I remember best about the game that capped the Buffalo Bills' fantasy season of 1965 were the minutes after their stunning 23-0 shutout over the Chargers in San Diego's Balboa Stadium. As the late Tom Day came out of the dressing room he reached in his jacket pocket and fished out a button, pinning it to his shirt. It bore the catchy new slogan from Avis car rentals: "We Try Harder." That capsulized the '65 Bills, who are holding their reunion today at the Bills-Packers game.'
Twin peaks [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills simply call it The Package. That's short for The Total Package. And that's how the Bills view the dynamic duo of Ted Washington and Pat Williams, the mammoth defensive line combination they sprung on the Tennessee Titans last week with smashing results. The two nose tackles played together for 12 snaps and were joined on a three-man defensive line by either Phil Hansen or Shawn Price. Titans star Eddie George ran eight times for a mere 13 yards with Washington and Williams side-by-side. The Bills also got two sacks from the formation, one by Williams. "When The Package goes in there, we try to destroy everything in front of us," Williams said. "It worked good. It was unstoppable. We think we can stop anybody running the ball."'
Bills welcome banged-up Pack [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Favre is one of the game's all-time great warriors. But it looks like he will have to do too much on his own today. . . . Bills, 23-16.'
Fourth and inches [7:27 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'Pride cost [Andre] Reed $1.75 million with the Bills and a roster spot with the Broncos.'
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