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Buffalo Bills News - November 10, 2003

Marker Dallas defense carries the day [4:55 AM]
Shreveport Times reports: 'Buffalo was held to just 19 percent on third-down conversions (3 of 16).'

Marker Cowboys did just enough to win [4:54 AM]
Shreveport Times reports: 'The Cowboys didn't let Buffalo running back Travis Henry break any long runs. They didn't let Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe get hot in the passing game. Bledsoe managed only 104 yards passing while Henry gained only 80 yards rushing.'

Marker Murrell cuts into Hambrick's playing time [4:53 AM]
Shreveport Times reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry came into Sunday's game with the Dallas Cowboys trying to become the first Bills back since Thurman Thomas in 1994 to have three consecutive 100-yard rushing games. Henry wasn't even close.'

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [4:52 AM] reports: '"It's pretty tough to win but we fought clear to the bitter end. We weren't precise enough even at the end to be able to pull out some type of a thing in the last gasp. They were able to kneel on it and we couldn't get it back."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:51 AM] reports: '"They came out (and blitzed). Especially in the second half, they were just going to come after us and blitzed us. When they are going to blitz and play man coverage we must make one play for a big play against their man coverage and we weren't able to get that done."'

Marker Eric Moulds Quotes [4:50 AM] reports: '"It was troubling because we didn't make plays when they were there. We knew they were going to come in and blitz. We knew they were going to try to take advantage and get pressure on Drew Bledsoe. It's troubling we don't make plays when they come back to your quarterback. We can't have that if we want to be a good football team especially on the road."'

Marker Antoine Winfield Quotes [4:49 AM] reports: '"It's tough. We're all professionals. When (the offense) turns the ball over we should (hold) them to a field goal. We didn't do that. It's tough to go out there and lose like that."'

Marker Josh Reed Quotes [4:48 AM] reports: '"It's frustrating. You have to score on those opportunities and take advantage of them. When you get in the red zone you want to score touchdowns. Field goals are good but touchdowns are of course much better."'

Marker Cowboys Win Defensive Showdown [4:47 AM] reports: 'The Cowboys suffocated Buffalo's passing game, putting enormous pressure on quarterback Drew Bledsoe. And whenever he had time to throw, there was stifling pass coverage. Top receiver Eric Moulds was limited to five catches for only 32 yards by starting cornerbacks Mario Edwards and Terence Newman.'

Marker Paying The Bills [4:46 AM] reports: 'In fact, the Bills managed a grand total of just two yards in the final 15 minutes of play.'

Marker Murrell The Man [4:45 AM] reports: 'The Bills have not scored an offensive touchdown in their last four road games. They have scored just 21 total points in those four road games, all of which were losses.'

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November 9, 2003

Marker Dallas 10, Buffalo 6 [7:25 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (4-5) failed to score a touchdown for the third straight road game.'

Marker Dallas 10, Buffalo 6 [7:24 PM]
Sportsticker reports: "When you don't score touchdowns in this league, it's pretty hard to win," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "We've got to get answers. We've got to get touchdowns."'

Marker Bills Offense Ready For Challenge [7:23 PM] reports: On the road and playing the No. 1 defense in the league isn't exactly the ideal way to open the second half of the season, especially when your team has dropped its last two road games by a combined 68-8, and has failed to score an offensive touchdown in its last three contests away from Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Bills Games Played On November 9 [7:22 PM] reports: The Bills have played a total of seven games on November 9th since 1960. Their record on this date stands at 3-4. Four of the seven games have been played at home, two of which resulted in Buffalo victories including Marv Levy's first game as the Bills head coach. The recaps of these November 9th games are below.

Marker Bills-Cowboys Pregame Notebook [7:21 PM] reports: Since bye weeks were introduced in 1990, the Bills are 10-4 in games following the open date. Only Minnesota (12-3), Philadelphia (11-3) and Dallas (11-3) have more post-bye week wins than the Bills. The Cowboys had their bye in week three of this season. Both the Bills and Cowboys rank among the league's top 5 in terms of post bye week performances.

Marker Blowouts send Bills back to basics in Dallas [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's probably the best defensive line we've faced so far this year," said center Trey Teague, "and La'Roi Glover is probably the best pass-rushing defensive tackle we've played against."'

Marker In order to win, Bills' stars must prove they're best bets for the job [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bills want to make the playoffs, they must beat the Cowboys. On paper, they have more talent than Dallas. It's not about paper. Critics are tough on paper. Athletes prove it on the field, on Sundays. If the Bills are so talented, if they truly have character in their locker room, they have to show it today.'

Marker Bills' coach of future? Here's a little list of likely candidates [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If there is another humiliating loss, don't expect Gregg Williams to hand in his key to the executive washroom. But while the team is treading water, Tom Donahoe can make use of his time by pondering what coach he wants to hire in January to straighten out the mess.'

Marker Cowboys, Bills struggle to regain winning ways [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No team has a more difficult second-half schedule than the Bills, whose next eight opponents have a combined winning percentage of .615 (40-25). They will have to overcome the inconsistency that has plagued them this season.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The second half of Bills' season gets off to bad start as Cowboys continue winning ways, 20-16.'

Marker Today's key matchup [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe usually keys on the strong safety when deciding whether to audible to a run or pass. Bledsoe will have to know Williams' whereabouts at all times.'

Marker Mastering the mind game [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know," he said. "One day my body feels good and one day my body feels bad."'

Marker Felder's laid-back approach belies his passion for making music [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's a rare composer who will write a piece that requires an orchestra to be accompanied by footage of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Bills want 2nd-half turnover [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When asked at the NFL owners meetings last week if his Bills are capable of making the playoffs, owner Ralph Wilson did not give a ringing vote of confidence. “I don’t know. They’ll have to show me,” Wilson said. “We’ve got a lot of good players and I want to see what they do in the second half.”'

Marker The biggest star in Dallas [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I’m not surprised at all,” says Buffalo fullback Sam Gash, who played for Parcells in New England and is hoping he and his teammates can get the best of his former coach when the Bills visit Texas Stadium this afternoon. “He’s done this every place he’s coached. It’s no coincidence. The only surprise might be that he has turned it around there as fast as he has.”'

Marker Bills' postseason chances don't look good [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I give them a 25-75 chance for the AFC’s second wild-card berth.'

Marker Q&A: Sam Gash [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What was your reaction when you heard you were coming back to the Bills after a three-year hiatus?
“It threw me completely off. It was one of those things where everything fell into place. We basically moved here as soon as they signed me. This is home now, and it really couldn’t get any better. I mean, this is my favorite place to play. I’ve played in Baltimore and New England but this, with the fan following the team has, blows away every other place.”'

Marker Bills verse Cowboys no forgone conclusion [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The reality is, Buffalo probably needs to go 6-2 down the stretch to make the playoffs ... because 9-7 probably won’t get it done. And a division title is a particular longshot because, after Monday night’s dramatic win at Denver, the Patriots are 7-2 and despite losing to the Bills in the opener, have a 2 1/2 -game lead over Buffalo.'

Marker Williams, others carrying a big stick [5:20 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '"I feel that we are a somewhat intimidating secondary," Williams said. "I think some of the wide receivers are all talk until they see our cornerbacks are very, very good, and me and [Darren] Woodson are going to lay a punishing blow."'

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