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Buffalo Bills News - October 13, 2003

Marker As expected, Abraham sits [4:49 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Winfield and Clements, man-to-man specialists, are among the premier cornerback tandems in the league. They held the Jets wideouts, Santana Moss, Wayne Chrebet and Curtis Conway, to six catches for 67 yards. But the Bills left themselves vulnerable to other receivers. Enter TE Anthony Becht. After an early drop, Becht rebounded with three catches for 41 yards, including two TDs.'

Marker Jets' report card [4:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Coaching: A. Herman Edwards pushed all the right buttons, integrating several young players into the mix, deactivating John Abraham (and not having it backfire) and calling a players-only meeting on the eve of the game. Paul Hackett scaled down the offensive game plan, using only six different running plays. Ted Cottrell turned up the heat by playing more man-to-man and taking more chances on defense.'

Marker Confidence game [4:47 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets' maligned defense, which entered the game ranked last in the NFL against the run, shut down the Buffalo running game (53 yards) and produced seven sacks, two fumbles and two interceptions - as well as stopping the Bills on fourth down three times.'

Marker Passing a milestone [4:46 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Testaverde and Becht (two TD catches) weren't the only stars. The passing game flourished because of the success of the Jets' running game that earned 118 yards on 33 carries. The Jets' defense, playing without John Abraham, also came up big with a season-high seven sacks.'

Marker Abraham's benching sparks 'D' [4:45 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets were constantly in Buffalo's backfield, much to defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell's delight. "This is how I knew we were capable of playing," Cottrell said. "We got to see how good we could play. It's a relief for that to finally happen."'

Marker For a Day, Misery Flies Away [4:44 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Guys had a lot more fun out there today," defensive tackle Chester McGlockton said. "It was evident."'

Marker Vinny Finds His Groove [4:43 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'So what was the difference yesterday from the previous four games? Testaverde couldn't say. "You wish you could put your finger on it and correct it sooner," he said, "but we don't really know but we're glad things worked out for us."'

Marker Youth Serves Jets In Abraham’s Stead [4:42 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"The center didn't know the quarterback had stepped away," Thomas recalled of the moment before center Trey Teague sent the snap 21 yards behind the line of scrimmage as Bledsoe motioned for a timeout. When the errant snap bounded past Bledsoe and out of the reach of running back Travis Henry, Thomas tore through a gap and recovered the ball at the Bills' 17-yard line. "I ran there and hopped on it," he said.'

Marker Moss Shines in New Role [4:41 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"When our punt-return team knows he's going to catch the ball, [they] do a little extra for him to cut him loose," coach Herm Edwards said. "He can make people miss in space."'

Marker At long last: Begone, despair [4:40 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"It's just one win," cornerback Ray Mickens stressed, "but today we played the way we see ourselves. We know we're not a bad team. We know it."'

Marker Jets Turn Red Zone to Green With Three TDs [4:39 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'On Becht's second touchdown, the 18-yarder, the Jets made a halftime adjustment on the play that was called. Basically, they turned the protection in the other direction - something the Bills might not have seen them do before. Becht got open against safety Lawyer Milloy with help from fullback Jerald Sowell, who ran an underneath clearout route.'

Marker Grading the Jets [4:38 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'One number says it all: 53. Incredibly, that's the number of rushing yards the Jets allowed after giving up an average of 174 in the first four games, which was last in the NFL.'

Marker Proper Spin on Jets' Rotation [4:37 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Who is a worse center than Buffalo's Trey Teague?'

Marker Earn first one in a big way [4:36 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets played one of their most spirited halves of the season in the first 30 minutes, holding Buffalo to just 112 net yards, and just 35 yards rushing. Buffalo was 2-of-9 on third-down conversions in the first two quarters.'

Marker Minus star, Jets show sack attack [4:35 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"We knew Bledsoe would stay in the pocket," Ellis said. "He's very brave, so he just stays in there -- he'll hold the ball, try to get the ball downfield. We were able to get some heat on him."'

Marker For Testaverde, it's about winning [4:34 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The three TDs were the most Testaverde has had in a game since he threw five scoring passes in that memorable Monday night victory over the Miami Dolphins on Oct. 23, 2000. He was modest -- even sheepish -- about the three TDs.'

Marker Becht rebounds big-time [4:33 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets simplified their running game and it resulted in a season-high 118 yards. It should be noted that Buffalo entered the game allowing 120 yards rushing per game.'

Marker Jets rail [4:32 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Dumbest play: The Bills were stuffed on a fourth-and-one from the Jets' 34-yard line trailing 3-0 in the first quarter. MLB Marvin Jones stopped the play for a minus-1. A field goal would've tied the score and given Buffalo some confidence. The kick would've been from 51 yards out but K Rian Lindell has the leg, had perfect conditions and the field-goal friendly FieldTurf.'

Marker Jets blow away Bills [4:30 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'But the biggest difference was that the Jets were a confident football team yesterday. Confident on defense – they made the Eric Moulds-less Bills look like the Jets offense from Weeks 1 through 4 – as well as offense.'

Marker Defense finally shows up for Jets [4:29 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: '"We played the way we're capable of playing today," Cottrell said. "That was it, in a nutshell."'

Marker At last, a victory [4:28 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Jets ran for a season-high 118 yards, and their 71 yards in the first half were more than they'd gained on the ground in any single game this season. It was due in part to the running game that a team that had scored just one touchdown in eight tries inside the red zone scored three touchdowns once it got inside the Bills 20.'

Marker Bills thrown for loss [4:27 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Whether it was the loss of Abraham, the desperation born from an 0-4 start or simply a case of fortuitous timing, the emergence of the Jets' defense couldn't have come at a better time.'

Marker Jets-Bills notebook [4:26 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Thumbs down: The Buffalo offense, playing without injured deep threat Eric Moulds, caved. The Bills gained only 193 yards. Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride insists that the team can win by relying mainly on the pass. Buffalo tried only 19 runs, gaining 53 yards, and only four in a second half they began while trailing only 13-3.'

Marker Jets overwhelm Bills for first win [4:25 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'Said Buffalo linebacker London Fletcher: "Since my being here, this is my most embarrassing loss. ... There is no way to sugar-coat it or hide it, it’s the bottom."'

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [4:24 AM] reports: '"We didn't make any plays. That was the thing we talked about at half time. We talked about the packages that we'd use. We were a play or two away of getting back in the ball game and we gave them two really quick plays right off the bat. We were losing negative yardage in the first series. We had a turnover and gave up a punt. We gave up a quick score. When you look at all those other stats, that's just all they are. The score is the most important stat and we didn't play well in the scoring area of the field."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:23 AM] reports: '"I didn't expect to be 3-3. I still feel we are a better team then what we've done the last four games. We've got to get it turned around. Everyone on our team has to address what their doing. We've got to play better."'

Marker Coy Wire Quotes [4:22 AM] reports: '"This is a tough league to play in. Meeting a team that's 0-4 has all the potential in the world. If you don't play your best game then it's going to be tough to win. They played better than us tonight."'

Marker Ruben Brown Quotes [4:21 AM] reports: '"I'm just kind of shocked right now. I know our team's better than what we've been producing the last couple of games. I am just disappointed and down right now because I know we have a better team than what people have been seeing on TV. We're way better but we got to do it to be better."'

Marker Bobby Shaw Quotes [4:20 AM] reports: '"If you get 58 guys that are ready to fight and kick and scratch and go to war, whatever you need to do to win a game, then I like my chances. We have that here. It's just a matter of being consistent with it. I'm not going to panic in terms of saying the season is shot. We've lost one game and we have to come back Wednesday ready to fight and ready to go and get ready for the next week."'

Marker Antoine Winfield Quotes [4:19 AM] reports: '"It's frustrating. You want to go out and win every game. At least compete. I don't think we competed this game. They beat us 30-3. We didn't make a play to even give ourselves a chance to get into the game. That's what makes it frustrating".'

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