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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2003

Marker Belichick to blame for loss [5:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'But the problem began with Belichick. It's a coach's responsibility to put his players in a position to win games. His decision to waive Lawyer Milloy five days earlier deprived the team of its defensive captain and quarterback at the worst possible time and created an all too predictable predicament.'

Marker Milloy move was a boon for Bills [5:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``He gave us the reasons `why' behind some of the things they do to us. We didn't change our game plan or anything, but he definitely gave us some insight.'''

Marker Bills kill Pats in a quirky first game [5:10 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'How bad was it? At one point, a defensive tackle named Sam Adams returned an interception 37 yards for a touchdown. That a man who bears the name of a Boston patriot helped bring down the Patriots is bad enough; that he's 6-foot-4 and 335 pounds, and plays defense, simply epitomized what type of day it was for New England. The result marked the first time the Patriots were shut out since 1993 and is the worst season-opening loss in franchise history, dating back to 1960.'

Marker Belichick must work to regain players' faith [5:09 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'If that can happen to Milloy, what does that mean for me? That thought might start to explain why the Patriots didn't show up for their head coach yesterday, why they committed an uncharacteristic 12 penalties, why they often looked confused, why they seemed to lose their composure at times.'

Marker Bills have their every which way with Patriots [5:08 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The 31-0 loss featured defensive disarray, offensive predictability, bad quarterbacking, zero pass rush, an inability to stop the run or run themselves, not to mention stupid penalties.'

Marker Milloy has good reason to gloat, and he does [5:07 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It felt good," Milloy said when asked how it felt when he came out of the Bills' tunnel, the last player introduced. "I was in an atmosphere where they make the player feel like he is needed, and not the other way around. That was what I left behind."'

Marker Bills' free agents money well spent [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Don't think that just because I ran a good ways [on the touchdown] that I had to come out," Adams said. "I didn't take any oxygen, either."'

Marker Bledsoe engineers fast start [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"It was important for us to come out, have a good first drive, convert the two big third downs and put points on the board. It was very important for us to set the tone offensively. Then, for our defense to come out and play like they did was tremendous."'

Marker Bledsoe and Milloy have ample reason to be happy [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I told him when he got here," Bledsoe said, "that, if I could have picked any player around the league to put on our defense, there wouldn't have been many guys ahead of him."'

Marker What were they thinking? They weren't [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The people who think Milloy made the difference yesterday are the same people who think Belichick gets into Bledsoe's head. They should think again.'

Marker In heat of battle, Brady's stone cold [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Brady's quarterback rating against the Bills was 20.4, thanks to his 14-for-29, 123-yard, no-touchdown (obviously) and four-interception humiliation in the Patriots' 31-0 humbling.'

Marker Two-minute drill [5:01 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'By the time the Patriots got their first first down, they trailed 21-0. Need we say more?'

Marker Key play of the game [5:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Milloy threw up a hand in front of Patten's face (he could have been called for face-guarding, but wasn't).'

Marker Have It Down Pat [4:59 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I don't have too much to say," Belichick said. "They outplayed us in every phase of the game. They beat us every way they could. We just didn't play well, coach well or do anything well. They deserved to beat us. And they deserved to beat us by the score they did."'

Marker Milloy's Presence Felt [4:58 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, a former Patriots teammate who lobbied for the Bills to sign Milloy, said they studied film of the Pats defense together. Nothing like having a spy on your side.'

Marker Patriots save their worst for first [4:57 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'It may be possible for the New England Patriots to play worse than they did yesterday, but it would probably require extensive game planning toward that end.'

Marker Milloy feeling wanted [4:56 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I couldn't have come to a better place, the 29-year-old safety said. "I'm just going to come out here and fight hard for these guys. They have a lot of talent, they fight hard and they want me here."'

Marker Snuffed in Buffalo [4:55 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Their vaunted pass rush, which was so solid in the preseason, failed to apply much pressure on Bledsoe. They couldn’t stop running back Travis Henry, who carried 28 times for 86 yards and two touchdowns, and their new-look secondary got exposed on numerous occasions -- most notably on a 49-yard bomb from Bledsoe to Eric Moulds that prompted cornerback Ty Law to chew out replacement Antwan Harris in front of 73,262 fans.'

Marker A day for Milloy to enjoy [4:54 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"After what I experienced in Boston, and then coming here and hearing my name get called, it was great," Milloy said. "This is football. This is what football is about. I was around fans who really appreciate football."'

Marker Faulk makes a case to be Patriots’ top running back [4:53 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The win was sweet, but the best part, Spikes said, will be watching the nightly news without hearing people criticize his team. He came from the Cincinnati Bengals, who have long been the laughing stock of the NFL, so playing for a contender is a refreshing change. "This is the first time I’ll be able to go home and watch the NFL live on ESPN and not have to hear [sports commentator] Chris Berman kill us like he used to," Spikes said. "I’m recording it, too. I’ve got my VCR ready, TiVo and everything."'

Marker Adams and Retooled Bills Hit on All Cylinders [4:52 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Belichick did say that his team was "outplayed in every area" and by every Bills player. "They beat us every way they could beat us," Belichick said.'

Marker Limbaugh Blindsided By Impact of Lawyer [4:51 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"The Patriots are not flat," Limbaugh argued, downplaying the impact of Milloy playing against the Bills. "They're professionals. They're going to win today."'

Marker NFL to Look Into Allegation [4:50 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Peter King, who reported the story for SI.com, said he stands by his story.'

Marker Redskins Deny Making Offer To Bills' Milloy [4:49 AM]
Washington Post reports: '"I didn't speak to [agent Carl Poston] about [Milloy] before Tuesday," said Cerrato, who added he found out about the safety's release online Tuesday. "I didn't call him, and he didn't call me."'

Marker NFL to look into tampering report [4:48 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"We're aware of the situation, and we'll look into it," NFL spokesman Greg Aeillo said last night by telephone. However, a source who works in the league said it will be extremely difficult to prove any wrongdoing.'

Marker Redskins deny Milloy tampering [4:47 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"It didn't happen," said Vinny Cerrato, Redskins vice president of football operations.'

Marker Former Patriot has impact in win [4:46 AM]
ESPN reports: "It felt good, but more a positive kind of good, not a personal vendetta kind of good," Milloy said. "It didn't dawn on me until maybe the second series or so, and I thought, 'Hey, I'm on a good team.' The way things happened during the weeks, with the ups and the downs and all the stuff I had to think about, that hadn't occurred to me."

Marker Patriots offensive woes continue [4:45 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Part of the Bills' dominance was attributable to a refurbished defense that features four new veteran starters, all signed as free agents. But when the Patriots awaken on Monday morning and stare hard in the mirror, they'll find out they're behind enemy lines as well, because they continue to commit egregious errors.'

Marker The Bills Start The Season With A Huge Victory [4:44 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'What a start for the Bills.'

Marker Milloy, Bills form stellar defense [4:43 AM]
Yale Daily News reports: 'Nobody circles the off-season defensive acquisitions like the Buffalo Bills.'

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