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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2003

Marker Still tackling dummies [5:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets went to Buffalo needing a win to keep their faint playoff hopes alive, and instead saw their longshot dreams ended by an undersized Bills running back named Travis Henry who had a career day - wait, it gets worse - despite playing with torn rib cartilage and a broken right leg.'

Marker Hope Trampled by Buffalo [5:01 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I don't know when I [last] felt that we just got beat up the way we did today," Martin said. "I don't even know that I felt like that this year. This is probably our worst game collectively this year, when we needed it the most."'

Marker Bills' Heat Cools Chad [5:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Buffalo blitzed more than it has in the past against the Jets and appeared determined to collapse the pocket and force Pennington to roll out or hurry throws. Tackle Sam Adams had two sacks from the inside, but pressure also came at times from a linebacker or a safety. This strategic mix confused the offensive line, and Pennington, who rushed a number of passes and was not his usual sharp self, completing only 15 of 29 for 155 yards and an interception.'

Marker Martin Passes O.J. On List [4:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With 39 yards next week against Pittsburgh, Martin will pass former Jet John Riggins for 11th all-time. With 47 yards, he will reach 1,000 yards for the ninth consecutive season. Barry Sanders (10 years) is the only other back in NFL history with as long a streak to start his career.'

Marker A Crash Landing [4:58 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"They took it to us," said Pennington, who could not elude Buffalo's devastating array of blitzes long enough to rescue his team this time. "This game's not real hard, and they out-executed us, their defense against our offense."'

Marker Banged-Up Henry Blasts Jets Defense [4:57 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"It's December. That is when you're supposed to run the ball," Henry said. "Today I was in the zone. I wasn't thinking about anything. Every time I got the ball in my hands I was thinking [go] north and south, and trying to take control of the game."'

Marker Grading the Jets [4:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets failed to adjust to the Bills' varying blitzes and stunts.'

Marker Bills and Henry run all over Jets [4:55 AM]
Staten Island Advanve reports: 'That's how it has often been for teams playing against the Jets, who let Henry run through holes so large that even the Bills' linemen seemed a bit surprised. The running back rarely got touched behind or near the line of scrimmage.'

Marker Jets lose again in fantasy football [4:54 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Because when they needed their biggest effort of the season following a stunning upset of the Tennessee Titans on Monday night, the Jets came up small in a 17-6 loss to the struggling Buffalo Bills yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Once again, the Jets were exposed as a team in need of a major talent infusion, especially on defense. And owner Woody Johnson and general manger Terry Bradway saw it all live.'

Marker Martin runs by O.J. to 12th on rush list [4:53 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Running back Curtis Martin reached another milestone, rushing for 84 yards on 25 carries to pass former Bills star O.J. Simpson (11,236) and move into 12th place on the NFL's all-time rushing list with 11,314 career yards. Martin is closing in on John Riggins, who is in 11th place with 11,352 yards.'

Marker Jets face reality after loss: Playoff hopes are over [4:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"This was probably our worst game this year, collectively, when we needed it most."'

Marker Season all but over [4:51 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"How can you play with one of the best teams in the NFL and then go out here and play the way we did is hard to understand,'' the defensive tackle said as he choked back the tears that eventually came, leaving him silent. "There's so much at stake,'' Evans whispered.'

Marker Adams overruns Jets' Smith [4:50 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"He played very physical and won his matchup,'' Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We were hoping, coming into this ballgame, that he would. It was a very key and integral park of what we were setting our defense to do.'''

Marker Bills make wrong call on Bledsoe [4:49 AM]
Munster Times reports: 'Bledsoe's and Chrebet's supposed non-concussions must have been concussions. Still, the operative word from the "tests" in these cases actually seems to be "quacks."'

Marker Jets' KR Carter out with injured left knee [4:48 AM]
AP reports: 'Carter was hurt when his left leg bent awkwardly beneath him as he was tackled by Pierson Prioleau and Angelo Crowell at the end of a 19-yard kickoff return early in the second quarter.'

Marker The Bills Are Still Alive And Kicking After Beating The Jets [4:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Can you believe Kevin Gilbride's offense ran the football 40 times and went back to pass just 17?'

Marker Henry Reaches 1,000 Yards Rushing - Again [4:25 AM] reports: 'The third-year back, who entered the game 30 yards shy of the mark, became just the fourth player in Bills history with multiple-1,000-yard campaigns (O.J. Simpson, Joe Cribbs and Thurman Thomas).'

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [4:24 AM] reports: '"We want to be physical every week, week-in and week-out. Today our guys were able to win the line of scrimmage. That's what we would hope we would be able to do all year long. Today was nice. It was nice to see our guys do that."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:23 AM] reports: '"We know why it didn't work, we watched the plays, we watched every game. The games where we lost four in a row there we just didn't make the plays, whether it was the running game or whether it was the passing game, whatever it was we didn't make the plays we had to to win those ball games. So we put ourselves behind the eight ball. I think you have seen a display of the character that this team has with the effort we have put on the field the last couple of weeks. We went through a really tough stretch but have come back and played well."'

Marker Travis Henry Quotes [4:22 AM] reports: '"We came out we played great. The offensive line was unbelievable today. We ran the ball up the middle and there were a lot of lanes to run through. My hat goes off to the offensive line, they did a great job today."'

Marker Aaron Schobel Quotes [4:21 AM] reports: '"Sam (Adams) is hard to stop when he gets going. Everyone is playing hard. Everybody is covering, we're a team, that's where it comes from. Sacks are a team stat. It was a fun game. Everyone played hard and we got after them."'

Marker Sam Adams Quotes [4:20 AM] reports: '"We had to all play. We have to step up at this point in the season. We have to play every game, but our backs are against the wall. We'll see who steps, and we all have to do that. We had a good game today, offensively, defensively and on special teams."'

Marker Marques Sullivan Quotes [4:19 AM] reports: '"Whenever somebody kicks your butt like that you want to come back and redeem yourself. The Jets are a heck of a team, and have a heck of a quarterback, but we can't control that. All we control is what we do, and what their defensive line does. We took that as a motivating factor."'

Marker Lawyer Milloy Quotes [4:18 AM] reports: '"When we play total defense, and when the offense puts points up, and the special teams are solid - we're a dominant team. That's what makes this situation we're in, fighting to get back into the hunt, going one game at a time, makes it so disappointing. This team is a better team that what our record shows."'

Marker Herman Edwards Quotes [4:17 AM] reports: '"Well we had some fouls, you know we're generally not a penalized team but our fouls hurt us and backed us way up. We were starting minus 10, minus 15 and its hard to drive against a good football team like this and for most of the first half. We were always backed up. They had the one big long drive in the first half but we were still in the football game. In the second half, we get a big turnover, we don't get anything out of it and then they go on and make another long drive basically just running the ball.'

Marker Chad Pennington Quotes [4:16 AM] reports: '"They took it to us. This game is not real hard, they out executed us. Our defense played extremely well and kept us in the football game. They also have a good defense, when you play against a good defense you only get a certain number of chances to hit a big play and when you don't make those plays you make it really tough on yourself. They did a good job of mixing up their defenses and they stayed aggressive all game. We made a few big plays on third downs to keep some drives alive but didn't make enough and when you are on the road you have to make plays to put you in the red zone"'

Marker Jets Buffaloed 17-6 by Bills [4:15 AM] reports: 'The Green & White failed to generate big plays. When they did, they couldn’t capitalize. The offense didn’t score points and the defense did not stop the run. As a result, Buffalo rode to victory behind a dominating defensive performance and a powerful ground attack. The Bills sacked Chad Pennington five times and held the Jets to just 215 total yards while Travis Henry pounded his way to 169 yards on 32 attempts.'

Marker Jets get run over by Bills [4:13 AM] reports: 'Quarterback Chad Pennington played his worst game of the season partly due to being harassed by the Bills’ front four and linebackers. New York’s offensive line was ineffective in providing time for their franchise quarterback as Pennington was sacked five times.'

Marker A game like this makes you wonder 'What if?' [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was the formula that we talked about from training camp with the makeup of this team," Bledsoe said. "That is the way we would like to play. We like to have that power running game, we like to play great defense, play good field position with the football and let Travis Henry do the work."'

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December 7, 2003

Marker Buffalo 17, NY Jets 6 [7:12 PM]
AP reports: 'What's a little pain for Travis Henry when you can run on adrenaline?'

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