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Buffalo Bills News - November 16, 2003

Marker Today's key matchup [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry must be salivating at the chance to go against NFL's 31st-ranked rushing defense.'

Marker Fan blitz on Bledsoe off target [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's a relatively simple way for the Bills to win a lot more games with Bledsoe as their quarterback: Run the football and design maximum protection (without putting Sam Gash in motion to run pass routes) to give him time to set his feet and pass.'

Marker Stopping on a dime [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have been looking for big plays from the defense all year, but they have forced just 10 turnovers. Winfield hasn't picked off a pass since Nov. 11, 2001, against the Patriots. He doesn't have an interception in a game the Bills won since 1999, when they beat Miami his rookie year. "I've had my hands on a few balls," Winfield said. "I've dropped some. I really don't get that many opportunities and when I do I haven't come up with them. I don't have the interceptions, but I have the tackles. I don't really give up many deep balls for touchdowns and stuff like that. General managers and everybody will look at that."'

Marker Athlete, volunteer, Bills fan: the all-around Mary Wilson [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think what makes this place incredible is really the people," Mary Wilson said. "I think people take more time with people here."'

Marker Bills need to really hammer it home [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Cincinnati hammered Houston with 57 runs, good for 240 yards, in a 34-27 win last Sunday. Bills running back Travis Henry would love to see the coaching staff keep it simple today against Houston’s injury riddled, 31st-ranked defense. “Oh, yeah, most definitely,” he said. “They’ve shown you can run on them, there’s a lot of creases in that defense, they give up a lot of lanes to run through. I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to move the ball on them.”'

Marker Q&A: Willis McGahee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What do you miss most about college?
“College girls.”'

Marker Bills fumble on turnovers, sacks [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since 2001, the Bills rank last in the NFL in both turnover differential and sack differential (excluding the second-year Houston Texans). That’s a parlay guaranteed to lose a lot of football games.'

Marker Bills’ playoff hopes face must-win [5:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, surprisingly, the Bills’ faithful remain loyal, producing the fifth home sellout in as many games this season.'

Marker Oh, Henry [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans have allowed an average of 137 rushing yards a game, fourth-worst in the NFL. Not surprisingly, opposing offensive coordinators are watching game tape and making it a point to exploit the Texans' injury-depleted defensive line.'

Marker Position-by-position matchups [5:10 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'It has become painfully obvious that the Texans can't defend the run, and the Bills will exploit that on a day when the conditions could make it difficult to throw the ball. Buffalo's defense has been solid, but the Texans consistently have moved the ball on good defenses this season. The offense can't afford to leave plays on the field, as it did in last week's loss to Cincinnati. If it does, the result will be the same.'

Marker Fangio still has a Jones for a good challenge [5:09 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'All of which sends Fangio scrambling in against the Buffalo Bills the way he has since the start of the season, scheming and plotting and playing chess without the right number of pieces, juggling with one arm. The defense that a year ago was eighth-best overall in the league now is ranked 31st.'

Marker Knee injuries play havoc with running back corps [5:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'A recent survey of NFL physicians showed that nearly 90 percent of NFL athletes who tore the ACL -- the primary stabilizing ligament in the knee -- were able to return to competition after surgery. That doesn't mean all were as good as they were before their injury. The Buffalo Bills, the Texans' opponent today, are counting on the percentages after selecting former Miami running back Willis McGahee late in the first round of this year's draft despite serious health questions. The All-America running back, projected as a top draft pick, tore the ACL, the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) early in the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes' 31-24 double-overtime loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.'

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November 15, 2003

Marker Forward thinking [3:13 PM]
HoustonTexans.com reports: 'However, as far as Foreman is concerned, there would be no place better to turn that around than tomorrow in Ralph Wilson Stadium, where he enjoyed his first three seasons in the NFL. He will not admit to holding any grudges against his old squad, but the fire burns deep within him to even the mark against the team that traded him, after Buffalo defeated the Texans last year 31-24 here in Houston. “It might mean a little bit more, but not too much more," Foreman said. "Maybe last year it meant more because I had just been traded and I still didn’t know how to act or react to the trade."'

Marker Reed Making Strides in Second Season [3:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My confidence is very high right now. It has to be because of the fact that the coaches let a good player like Peerless Price go because they believed that I was good enough to do the job."'

Marker Bills Punter Moorman Kicking For a Cure [3:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The punter donates $100 each time he kicks inside the 20 yard mark, and his goal is to get a pledge form out in which other people can donate along with him. The main thing for Moorman is that he is getting awareness for pediatric cancer research and helping to raise the percentage of children that survive it.'

Marker Texans are crawling toward respectability [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps the biggest difference in the Texans is their feistiness. Two of their last three losses were by seven points or less, and a 30-21 defeat at Indianapolis was closer than the final score indicated.'

Marker Moulds may miss game with Texans [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given the importance of Sunday's game it would take a lot to keep Moulds on the sideline. But he has maintained he wouldn't play if he were unable to help the team.'

Marker Bills aren't about to bail on Drew [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the 17 games since, the Bills are 7-10 including 1-8 on the road. During that stretch Bledsoe’s QB rating is 73.4, he averages almost 100 yards less passing per game and has thrown 14 TDs compared to 18 interceptions.'

Marker Benching Gilbride may serve Bills best [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Let Gilbride work on the game plan during the week, but on game day the demanding job of operating that plan needs a fresh set of eyes.'

Marker With Moses gimpy, Texans hold tryouts [5:18 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans have been one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL.'

Marker It's Downright Offensive [5:17 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction: Bills 28 Texans 20 (Season record 5-4). The 28 points will come from 6 field goals and 2 safeties. You don’t really think this offense could score four touchdowns!'

Marker Inside slant [5:16 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"Everybody has to look at themselves and say, 'Am I doing enough to help the team win?'" Moulds said. "If not, then get out of there and let someone else do it. We're not playing well enough to do anything right now. Seventeen quarters without a TD? That's ridiculous. There are semi-pro teams that score more."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'This really needn't be difficult. The Texans are an improved team on offense, are well coached under Dom Capers, and they're dangerous, judging by wins over Miami and Carolina. But Houston is 31st in defense, 29th against the run, and this is a prime opportunity for the Bills struggling offense to get well again but running the ball to their hearts delight. Cincinnati used 57 rushes, good for 240 yards, to earn a 34-27 victory last week. The Titans have a mere eight sacks so protecting Drew Bledsoe shouldn't be the problem it's been lately. Defensively, Texans' young gun David Carr, receivers Andre Johnson and Corey Bradford, and rookie RB Domanick Davis command respect. But the Bills No. 3 unit is coming off a strong game against Dallas and should be primed for a big day at home.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'At 4-5, the Bills are far from eliminated from the playoff chase, particularly for a wild-card berth where an 8-8 mark might be good enough to win a spot in the topsy-turvy AFC. "We're back at home. We're still in the mix," coach Gregg Williams said. "We've got a lot of areas on our football team that are playing very strong and what we've got to do is get a couple of the other ones fixed and we'll be right back in the mix again."'

November 14, 2003

Marker Ralph Wilson Purchases Bills Tickets For Local Military Personnel [6:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has purchased more than 4,000 tickets to this weekend's game with the Houston Texans and has donated them to local military personnel.'

Marker Haggan Added To 53-Man Roster [6:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Haggan (6-3, 248) was selected by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft out of Mississippi State and has spent the entire season on the practice squad.'

Marker Moulds added to injury report [6:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Moulds still leads Buffalo with 41 catches for 542 yards.'

Marker Moulds questionable with groin injury [5:56 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The same injury forced Moulds to miss games against the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins in October.'

Marker New heights [3:21 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'By spreading the Bills out with three and four receivers, Houston can mitigate the strength of Buffalo's defense. Linebackers Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher and former Texan Jeff Posey form one of the best units in the league. The Bills' safeties, though, are among the worst. Lawyer Milloy and Izell Reese were brought in to make big plays. Last year, Buffalo's safeties did not have an interception or a forced fumble. This season, the Bills have created just 10 turnovers, and none of the team's seven interceptions are by a safety.'

Marker Home cooking [12:43 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We played last year and there were many times when our offense had to bail our defense out," Williams said. "We'd give up 29 [points] and have to score 30 to win a ball game. Our defense is playing really solid right now. The special teams are playing really solid. Those two phases need to bail out the offense a little bit until they get kick-started again. We're really only one or two plays away from getting it rolling."'

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