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Buffalo Bills News - October 12, 2003

Marker A Last Chance To Turn Around [9:34 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With Pennington's return imminent, the Jets still could get on a roll. If the Jets can find a way to beat the Bills, Edwards can walk into the team meeting tomorrow morning and tell the players: You're 1-4, same as last year. It's not over.'

Marker Jet rookie hopes for breakout game [9:33 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'A monster mash would be nice for Robertson and his teammates against the Bills today. It would be great to see him rack up some stats commensurate with his high draft status. Though he's been on the field for two-thirds of the Jets' defensive plays, he has modest numbers: 18 tackles, three quarterback pressures, one tackle for loss, and no sacks.'

Marker Bills expect a tussle [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I didn’t see the Jets being 0-4 at this point,” quarterback Drew Bledsoe said.'

Marker Q&A: Lawyer Milloy [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“This whole thing is more of a blessing than a negative. When the smoke cleared, not only did I end up financially OK, I ended up on a very good team and I’m actually back down in the box playing the run. I’m able to have fun in this defense. It allows people to make plays and flow to the ball.”'

Marker Bills likely 0-for-6 in Canton voting [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Here’s how I rate those six nominees in order of the probability of being elected this time around for the shrine in Canton, Ohio...'.

Marker Bills aren't taking winless Jets lightly [5:17 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The bye week also didn’t hurt the Jets. "It probably came at a pretty good time for them with their injuries and some of the changes they were talking about making in their line-up,” said Buffalo coach Gregg Williams. “For them (the bye week) probably came at a pretty good time. Maybe they’re re-energized, a little more refreshed, and rested coming off of a tough month. We know we’re going to get their best."'

Marker Edwards Looking for Jets to Play With More Energy [5:16 AM]
New York Times reports: '"Getting the young guys in the mix has been a positive thing for us," center Kevin Mawae said. "The tempo in practice has been a lot better than it has been the last three or four weeks. You need a lot of energy to play this game. At times, it feels like guys are just out there working instead of having fun and playing. It might be a product of the fact that we're losing. You feel you have to be perfect on everything. When you get caught up in trying to be perfect, everybody tries to walk a tightrope."'

Marker Legend of the fall [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Cottrell used the extra week to study the first four games - all 258 plays - determining which defensive calls worked best against certain plays. He will adjust his play-calling accordingly. A baseball analogy: If a pitcher, behind in the count, allows most of his home runs with curveballs, he's going to start throwing another pitch.'

Marker Win would ease their pain [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'This is the Holy Grail the Jets are in search of today: One win, a first win, a baby step toward easing the ever-increasing vise-grip pressure the team has endured through the first quarter of the season.'

Marker Flag on Herm if he benches Abraham [5:13 AM]
New York Post reports: 'But if a coach's job is to give his team the best chance to win the game, then Abraham should play against the Bills today. He has five sacks in six career games against the Bills and is clearly the team's best pass rusher. If Kobe Bryant can practice with the Lakers, then Abraham can play today for the Jets.'

Marker Spikes knows winless = dangerous [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: 'One area where the Jets and Bills are pretty even is in the running game, where Buffalo has averaged only 58.4 yards per game and an average of 2.5 yards per rush. The Jets are the only team worse, with an average of 52.3 yards per game.'

Marker It's Hobson's turn to tackle [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Hobson, a second-round pick out of Michigan (53rd overall), was immediately anointed Lewis' heir apparent upon his selection last April. He's a high-energy, intimidating player who runs through opponents when he tackles them.'

Marker Jets Matchups [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Jets 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Jets keys [5:09 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The Jets have been incredibly bad against the run, surrendering an unimaginable 174 yards each weekend on the ground.'

Marker Jets lockerroom [5:08 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Other than that, look for a shakeup at LB, where youngsters Victor Hobson, Kenyatta Wright and Jason Glenn will get some playing time, subbing for the under-achieving starting trio of Mo Lewis, Marvin Jones and Sam Cowart.'

Marker Jets stats [5:07 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'More than anything, a QB has to score points, and that's what Vinny Testaverde has not been doing.'

Marker Jets summary [5:06 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The odds are clearly stacked against them, with only one team every escaping an 0-4 start to grab a post-season berth, while the Jets themselves have never done better than a 5-8-1 record when starting this badly. Still, they were 1-4 at one point last season, which would be their record if they can handle the Bills.'

Marker Jets insider [5:05 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'With WR Curtis Conway benched, Wayne Chrebet, primarily a flanker during his career, will move to Conway's split end position, with Santana Moss moving in at flanker.'

Marker Jets face desperate situation [5:04 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"It's pretty much pulling out all the stops,'' Spikes said earlier this week. "You are not holding back. You are throwing everything in, the kitchen sink and everything. I know they are not going to sell out. They will be there every play.'''

Marker Back-to-basics mindset for Jets [5:03 AM]
Middletown Times Herald-Record reports: 'Like running the ball? Stopping the run? Scoring points? The Jets haven't done any of those things well in 2003.'

Marker Bills made error not picking WR [5:02 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Bills must hope Reed is a late bloomer like Moulds, who only had 49 catches in his first two seasons before becoming one of the league's elite receivers.'

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October 11, 2003

Marker Two worst running teams square off [6:39 PM]
AP reports: '"This past game we progressed a lot, especially in the running game," Henry said. "That was the area we were kind of soft at the first four games. I feel very confident and comfortable going into this week."'

Marker Bills also feel frustrated [12:07 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Part of the problem has been the lack of a running game, something they obviously will try to correct against a Jets' defense ranked last in the league against the run. Travis Henry is averaging only 2.7 yards on 78 carries, although he had his best game this season against the Bengals with 85 yards rushing on 25 carries. He had missed the game against the Eagles because of a rib injury.'

Marker Jets odds and ends [12:06 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The fact that Abraham has been practicing leads one to believe that he will play Sunday, at least for part of the game. When asked why he hasn't announced a decision, Edwards intimated that gamesmanship could have something to do with that, as he attempts to keep the Bills guessing.'

Marker Jets hold to flight plan [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"All I can do is be positive, like I generally am every day, and let them know we can get out of this," Edwards said during a conference call with the Western New York media. "It's a long season. Things happen. But we have to win games to get out of it."'

Marker Moulds looks doubtful, for now [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He did more working out on the side today, and we will work him out on Sunday morning," Williams said of Moulds. "He's a remarkable athlete (considering) what he's been able to do this week. . . . I wouldn't hesitate to play either one of those guys if they can answer the bell on Sunday."

Marker After a Fast Start, the Bills Are Singing a Different Tune [5:30 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We understand the hype, especially after you win two games right off the start," Spikes said recently. "The thing is, as a pro athlete, you deal with expectations every day. But what we're trying to do, what we're doing, is dealing with our own expectations."'

Marker Jets look for Carter's warp speed [5:29 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The second-year wide receiver is being moved into the offensive scheme for a planned 10 to 15 plays this week because he's probably the fastest man on the team. With wide receiver Santana Moss moved into the starting lineup, the Jets are looking to stretch out their offense with speed.'

Marker Ellis stands out [5:28 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Shaun Ellis . . . wow, he's playing good football now," Herman Edwards said. "He's fun to watch. He's the guy that's flashing. Shaun is very consistent. He's playing well in the run game, too. He is playing his heart out."'

Marker Light in the Dark [5:27 AM]
New York Newsday reports: ' In five games against Bledsoe, Ellis has 3 1/2 sacks.'

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