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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2003

Marker Bills' house party [5:24 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The defense, which was burned by the run in Carolina, stopped the run this time, but was strafed by Bledsoe's passing arm. "It starts with the D line. If we don't put any pressure on him, it's going to make it harder on the secondary," defensive end Paul Spicer said. "We've got to take just as much of the blame [as the secondary], probably even more because we're the first guys who have to make him reload."'

Marker Leftwich downplays late touchdown drive [5:23 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Considering the touchdown march came against Buffalo's backups and with the Jaguars trailing by 28 points, Leftwich didn't see any need to be boastful. "It was what it was," Leftwich said of his play. "I'll let other people talk about it."'

Marker Ex-Jag Shaw took 'care of business' [5:22 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"It's great to be 2-0, and just a little bit sweeter doing it here," Shaw said. "You always want to show an old team what you can do, but I didn't put any extra pressure on myself. When the ball is snapped, it doesn't matter who you're playing. You've got to take care of business."'

Marker Bledsoe was in a zone against Jaguars zone [5:21 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Facing little pressure from the Jaguars' defensive front four, Bledsoe barely broke a sweat -- even on a hot day -- while completing 19 of 25 passes for 314 yards and two touchdowns in slightly more than three quarters of work.'

Marker Nothing Gained [5:20 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Prescott is hopeful that lower ticket price and fan amenities will boost sales the rest of the season. A few victories wouldn't hurt, he conceded.'

Marker Rout by Bills raises flags for the Jags [5:19 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'No, what the Buffalo Bills did to them yesterday -- obliterating Jacksonville 38-17 in the home opener and having Drew Bledsoe rip apart an overmatched defense -- was the kind of Sunday punch that requires its victim to take a standing-eight count. And take stock of themselves.'

Marker Babies are big hit with fan cam [5:18 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'At Alltel Stadium, security measures can be tough. Bo Reed, director of special events and promotions, said security personnel sometimes find fans trying to sneak in illegal materials. Reed said fans have tried to slip video cameras, giant beach balls and large quantities of food through stadium security. "The strangest things include a fish and a beer funnel," he said.'

Marker Jaguars Notebook [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Bills' coaches were so confident that they dressed just six defensive linemen, which was one or two fewer than most teams activate on hot days. "Hydration was the key for us,'' Milloy said. "The heat really wasn't a factor. If you prepare for it, you don't worry about it mentally. Our coaches did a good job keeping us focused on the Jaguars and not the weather.'''

Marker Buffalo stampede [5:16 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The game was effectively over by the third quarter -- a point at which Buffalo held a 25-point lead and had converted 7-of-10 on third downs. But the game was less about deflating Jacksonville's defensive aim than just simply popping it altogether.'

Marker Jaguars need just 1 thing to win: The right plan [5:15 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo laughed at the heat and the home-opening hoopla and everything else Jacksonville threw at it. Which, most notably, did not include a pass rush.'

Marker Passing games the difference [5:14 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '19: The number of completions thrown each by Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell. 16.5: The average yards gained on Bledsoe's completions. 6.4: The average yards gained on Brunell's completions.'

Marker Leftwich leads late-game drive [5:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'While there was plenty to lament, at least one part of Jacksonville's plan went right. After giving up 122 yards rushing last week to Carolina, the Jaguars were intent on vacuuming up Buffalo RB Travis Henry at the line of scrimmage. And while Henry scored three rushing touchdowns, he only managed 26 yards on 21 carries -- a far cry from his Pro Bowl talent.'

Marker Jaguars schooled at home by Bills [5:12 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: '"We went up against a very good football team, and they were the better team today," Del Rio said. "My hat's off to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe. We didn't do enough to get him out of rhythm."'

Marker Bledsoe poisons Jags, defense can't stop the pass [5:11 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'On this day when his quarterback rating soared to 144.2 (the maximum is 158.3), Bledsoe never did go down. He was not sacked. He was not intercepted. His uniform won't even need to be laundered. Nothing stopped Bledsoe, not security on the way into the stadium or traffic on the way back to the airport.'

Marker Tough beginning, 38-17 [5:10 AM] reports: 'Bledsoe was not sacked and was seldom under any kind of pressure. His offensive line gave him time to find secondary receivers and allow deep receivers to get open. Eric Moulds caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown bomb, and Josh Reed dropped what would've been another Bledsoe touchdown bomb.'

Marker Jaguars' secondary under fire [5:09 AM]
Savannah Morning News reports: 'One week after allowing some guy named Jake Delhomme to come off the Carolina Panthers' bench and become an overnight sensation, the Jags made Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe look 10 years younger in a 38-17 loss at Alltel Stadium.'

Marker Bills Leave Jacksonville With Their Second Straight Romp [5:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This game was never in doubt.'

Marker Bills take over top spot [5:07 AM]
ESPN reports: Bills clicking on all cylinders.

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Marker Era of patience begins [7:38 PM] reports: 'Let's not forget the roots of today's opponent. Two years ago, the Bills were a 3-13 football team. They won one home game all season; a one-point win over a 1-15 Carolina team in the gloom and doom of a Buffalo December; a loser's December. It was a season Bills fans never want to remember; one of the worst seasons in the franchise's history. But it was also one of the most important seasons in the Bills' history because it was the foundation of something that may now be on the verge of greatness.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Jacksonville 17 [4:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills showed more signs of how special this season might be. The Jacksonville Jaguars looked every bit as bad as their harshest critics could have imagined.'

Marker Jags LB taken off on stretcher [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Mitchell, a seventh-year veteran who joined Jacksonville this season, had feeling and movement in all his extremities, and X-rays showed no broken bones, the Jaguars said.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Jacksonville 17 [4:32 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The "Big Three" of the Buffalo Bills came up big.'

Marker This Lawyer won't compromise [9:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what the New England Patriots underestimated," Milloy said last week as the Buffalo Bills prepared for today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They underestimated me as a man and the things I went through. A weak person wouldn't have been able to make that decision. A weak person would have said "OK', and signed whatever they wanted you to sign. I couldn't sell my soul."'

Marker Beware the 'Sandwich Game' [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's an entirely different challenge than we had going into the Patriots game, where you're trying to account for all the different fronts," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "These guys don't try to fool you, they just line up and say, "Here we come.' "'

Marker Bills won't let 'letdown' enter their vocabulary [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been my experience in my time in the league that sometimes success can be as hard to deal with as failure," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "I've been on a couple teams in the past that started out very fast and went on and stumbled down the stretch and didn't end up tackling that early success and carrying it through the season."'

Marker Key matchup [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's skills as a runner are enough to keep the Bills on their toes. But with the Jaguars' receiving corps missing its best player, Jimmy Smith, Taylor could play an even bigger role in the passing game. As he showed last week, Spikes is an excellent cover linebacker with great hands and the speed to run with most backs. He's also a sure tackler in the open field. Limiting Taylor's touches will limit QB Mark Brunell's options in passing game.'

Marker Road trip will offer more clues about Bills' ultimate destination [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is a good team. Time will tell if the Bills have greatness in them.'

Marker Bills have trumped foes in the free agency wars [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The position of pro scout is undervalued by too many teams. He's the man who seldom sees his own team play since he's crisscrossing the nation watching the 31 other teams. He compiles dossiers on players who might be of interest to the Bills through trades, waivers or, most frequently, through free agency.'

Marker New VFW post to honor Buffalo Bill killed in war [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills player James R. "Bob" Kalsu, the only U.S. professional football player to die in action in the Vietnam War, will be honored today at the opening of a new Hamburg veterans organization.'

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