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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2003

Marker Bills defender gives Fiedler fits [5:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Against a Bills unit that came into the game ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense and eighth against the pass, Fiedler held his own, even though it took a while to move the offense early.'

Marker Angry defense gets its man [5:20 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''They changed their scheme for us, but we made mistakes and didn't make plays,'' Moulds said. ``They double-teamed all game and basically said I wasn't going to be the guy to beat them. I didn't make plays when I had a chance to. It hurt us.'''

Marker Longest 5 yards of Fiedler's life? You be the judge [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Makes you wonder, too, having seen how overwhelming Miami's defense was: How in the world did these Dolphins ever lose to the Houston Texans?'

Marker Buffalo discovers Miami's faithful never give up [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''A true heavyweight fight on both sides,'' coach Dave Wannstedt called this nose-to-nose savagery. Say this: The Bills never quit trying or trash-talking.'

Marker 'Heavyweight fight' leaves both teams bruised, bloody [5:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A true heavyweight fight, yes. But a TKO, the loser with eyes swollen, beaten shut.'

Marker Greg Cote and Dan Le Batard break down Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills [5:16 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Buffalo hasnt been slowed this way all season, and Miami reduced Drew Bledsoe and his band of merry men to a pile of dust and rubble. The Bills couldnt run, couldnt get open, couldnt breathe, and that suffocation started with the carnivores up front. Travis Henry was a Pro Bowler last year. Miami's D-line made him look like a pro bowler.'

Marker Key matchup No. 1 [5:15 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Play: FS Marion intercepts a pass by Bills QB Drew Bledsoe in the end zone on third-and-goal from the Miami 8-yard line. The play stopped the second of two strong scoring threats by Buffalo in the first half as the Dolphins defense didn't allow the Bills to score an offensive point. What happened: This was a terrific bit of defense and a very poor bit of work by Bledsoe. The Dolphins were excellent in bracketing WR Josh Reed on the right side and forcing Bledsoe to stare down Moulds. Bledsoe made life worse for himself by staring at Moulds and holding the ball. Marion deftly moved in from underneath to snare the ball before Moulds had a chance.'

Marker Bledsoe starts slow, gets worse [5:14 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Miami did a great job of changing things up,'' Bledsoe said. ``They threw things at us we have never seen them do. But we have to respond to the situation.'''

Marker Royals still not back in fans' good graces [5:13 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Although Royals averaged a relatively decent 42 yards on three punts in the first half, the attempts were not exactly impressive.'

Marker Dolphins stymie Bills behind Williams [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe was intercepted twice and sacked four times while throwing for only 98 yards in a 10-for-25 outing.'

Marker Heavy dose of Ricky is the plan [5:11 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Bills eventually wore down from trying to stop Williams. He had 45 yards at halftime on 18 carries and two receptions, touching the ball on 59 percent of the Dolphins' plays.'

Marker Bills' offense doesn't get much time to do its job [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'By working Williams overtime, the Dolphins were able to maintain possession for 40:50, leaving Bledsoe only 19:10 to work. The Bills came in averaging 32:30 and 346.5 yards in their first three games and had scored 69 points.'

Marker A useful grudge is back -- no spit [5:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It wasn't all Surtain. It was Jason Taylor jawing at Moulds as he broke the huddle. It was Marion standing over him on the Bills' first series of the third quarter, when he couldn't pull in a pass slightly in front of him. It was any other Dolphin you could think of trying to get a word in. It was a team that acted like one, guys taking up for their teammate.'

Marker Dolphins defense full of fury [5:08 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe came off like Nancy Drew, completing 10 of 25 passes for 98 yards and a handle-with-tweezers 18.4 rating (he entered the game with a 112.5 rating). Even that overstates his night. Before its final drive, the Bills had more penalty yardage (84) than total offense (67).'

Marker Familiarity no help to Rogers [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Rogers is familiar with Buffalo special teams coach Danny Smith and much of his personnel. Smith and the Bills also are familiar with Rogers, who had a down year in 2002.'

Marker Lights out for Bills [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"This isn't shocking, this is pleasing," said defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who had two sacks. "Drew is a future Hall of Fame quarterback. But man, we've got players all over the locker room, too."'

Marker Ricky's special Sunday sealed with a kiss [5:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"He's the best back in the league," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said. "He was the best back in the league last year, and he's the best back in the league now."'

Marker Fiedler the fighter perfect fit for Dolphins [5:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Look at the Buffalo Bills, hottest team in the AFC East. Last week they scored 38 points at Jacksonville, this week at Pro Player Stadium the only touchdown they get is provided by the defense and Miami gives them a 17-7 plunking.'

Marker Buffalo's offense disappears [5:03 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Instead, the Bills quarterback had one of the worst days of his career, completing 10-of-25 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions -- numbers actually padded by a four-completion drive good for 40 yards in the final moments of the game.'

Marker Dolphins' pass rush sets tone [5:02 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"If they're going to double-team J.T., I've got to make them pay," Ogunleye said of the Bills concentrating on Taylor. "We started to jell tonight. We didn't do anything differently. We know what we're doing. We didn't listen to the criticism after the first game."'

Marker Surtain, Dolphins get the better of Moulds [5:01 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Absolutely he'll play," Jason Rosenhaus said. "It's a nine-month injury and if anything we've had to slow him down. His doctors say the knee is healed. It's just strengthening everything around it. He can start practicing later this year and we believe he'll play."'

Marker Dolphins pick off Bills 17-7 [5:00 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'On Sunday night, however, it was Miami which got the best of its showdown with Moulds, picking off two passes intended for him. The Dolphins also shut down another Dolphin killer -- running back Travis Henry, who had 7 yards on five carries before leaving the game with an apparent rib injury in the second half.'

Marker Dolphins, led by Williams, rumble over Bills, 17-7 [4:59 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'Run Ricky run. And run and run and run and run.'

Marker Dolphins notebook [4:58 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'The Dolphins have scored a first-quarter touchdown in four of the last five games against the Bills, while Buffalo has scored a touchdown in the opening period just once in the last 17 games against Miami, including the playoffs. Sunday's game was scoreless after the first quarter.'

Marker Winning -- 3 yards at a time [4:57 AM]
Vero Beach Press Journal reports: 'The Dolphins won, 17-7, to raise their record to 2-1 and pull even with Buffalo and New England atop the division - but only because the Bills played more like the Bengals, only because Drew Bledsoe suffered through his worst outing since his rookie season.'

Marker Dolphins shut down Bills' attack [4:56 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"They played an excellent game," said Moulds.'

Marker Excessive use of running back can be addictive [4:55 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'As Ricky goes, the Dolphins will go. But they might consider incorporating the word "decoy" in the playbook. Or remembering there are other skill players on the payroll. Or making sure Dave Wannstedt doesn't have Williams in his fantasy league.'

Marker 1st-half sacks boost defense [4:54 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins were trying to avoid something that hadn't happened in 14 seasons. It's been that long since they lost two homes games in September. Miami had won 13 of its past 17 games in September. The problem, as any Dolphins fan can attest, has been the December streaks.'

Marker Williams and Dolphins Play Keepaway With Bills [4:53 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The loss was the Bills' first of the season after two victories, but it was their eighth in the last 10 games here. At least their rejuvenated defense, with four new starters, stood out. The Bills extended a streak of holding opponents to 17 or fewer points to six games.'

Marker Too much Ricky [4:52 AM]
New York Post reports: 'It wasn't pretty, but this is Wannstedt football.'

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