Monday Billboard [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Play of the Game: The Bills were trailing, 16-13, and facing a fourth-and-3 situation after the two-minute warning when Eric Moulds caught a 5-yard pass from Drew Bledsoe and turned it into a 19-yard gain. It set up Rian Lindell's 29-yard field goal, sending the game into overtime.'
Effort is there; so is a loss [8:04 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'The Bengals didn’t know what to make of themselves afterward. They didn’t play like lovable losers. They didn’t get smacked. They stood toe to toe with a playoff-caliber team. But they lost.'
Kitna off target late, while Bledsoe hits bull’s-eyes [8:03 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Kitna was thoroughly outplayed down the stretch yesterday by counterpart Drew Bledsoe, and that was the major difference in the Buffalo Bills’ 22-16 victory.'
Spikes has empathy for Bengals after latest loss [8:02 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: '"I understand how they feel," Spikes said. "I totally do. Especially the guys who were there before and the guys who were there when I came in. My heart goes out to a guy like Willie Anderson . . . Corey Dillon . . . Brian Simmons . . . Adrian Ross . . . . I wish them the best. I wish them the best."'
All is not lost [8:02 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'A veteran defensive end in his first year with Cincinnati, Clemons recorded three sacks of Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. It was a career high for Clemons. All three came on third down and forced Buffalo to punt.'
'Close does not count' [7:10 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"I hate when the game is over, and the team we just played comes over and says, 'You all have a good team.' I hate hearing that," Warrick said.'
Spikes felt 'weird,' emotional [7:09 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"It was the Buffalo Bills against the Cincinnati Bengals," said Bengals linebacker Brian Simmons, who still remains as close to Spikes as when the two had lockers next to one another at Paul Brown Stadium. "You don't look at one person or one player; you're just focused on the game."'
Bengals their own nemesis [7:08 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"We're not winning games that we should or could win," said Artrell Hawkins. "We could have come here and won on the road and won two in a row, and all that stuff would have been great. They just outplayed us at the end."'
Burris OK after brief scare [7:08 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Drew Bledsoe put aside being sacked four times and being held to under 100 yards passing through three quarters to deliver the 22nd come-from-behind victory of his career, and his third in 21 games with the Bills. He was 11-of-25 for 95 yards before completing eight of his final 10 passes for 106 yards on Buffalo's final two possessions.'
Key play [7:07 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bills had converted just two of their 12 third downs when they lined up for a third-and-11 at their own 40 with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Bengals leading, 16-13. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who had been sacked four times, was pressured but hung in the pocket long enough to complete a 14-yard pass to Bobby Shaw for the first down, a drive that eventually ended with a 29-yard Rian Lindell field goal to send the game into overtime.'
Key player [7:06 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe proved you don't always have to be at your best to win a game; you just have be your best when it counts.'
Key stat [7:06 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo won the turnover battle, 2-0.'
They said it [7:05 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"It was one of those balls you thought you could get to, but Bledsoe is just one of those guys who can get the ball into places where you think you've got him but you don't."'
Coaching [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The team had opportunities to win and didn't capitalize on them. That has to fall back on the coaches.'
Special teams [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Shayne Graham made three of four field-goal attempts -- his only miss coming from 54 yards.'
Offense [7:03 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The running game managed only 2.5 yards a carry, the passing game couldn't complete anything downfield and only one touchdown was scored in four red-zone opportunities.'
Defense [7:03 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'When a big play was needed at crunch time, there was none to be found.'
Bills 22, Bengals 16 (OT) [5:45 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Their last three losses have come by margins of three, seven and six points.'
Spikes sees change, but still glad he left [5:44 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Spikes also chatted briefly with at least four other former teammates. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis went out of his way, jogging about 25 yards, to shake Spikes' hand. "He kind of surprised me," Spikes said of Lewis. "I know he doesn't dislike me. We never had any dislikes. He wished me good luck."'
Burris said to be 'fine' after hit [5:43 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The hit Sunday knocked him out cold. "All I remember is seeing Sam come out" of the backfield, Burris said. "I was trying to get a shot at him. The last thing I remember was holding up my thumb. The next thing I knew, I was in" the dressing room.'
Bengals crumble in clutch [5:42 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Until it mattered, Drew Bledsoe's offense ran like a Bl-Edsel. Until they had to have the win, the Buffalo Bills played as if they were afraid to lose, and maybe they were. Because the NFL's perception of the Bengals hasn't caught up to reality, even the possibility of losing to the erstwhile Bungles can cause throats to tighten.'
Clemons keys strong D with 3 sacks [5:41 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals doubled their season sack total Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, and with three coming in the second half, they helped maintain a field-position edge.'
Bills squeak by in OT [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t care about the elements,” said safety Lawyer Milloy. “I’m not the type of guy who’s going to go to midfield and throw up the grass to see which way the wind was blowing. I attack the ball.”'
Simple running game the road to important win [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We want the chance to show what we can do with the run,” offensive guard Ruben Brown said. “That’s what we got today, the opportunity, and how fitting that last score was on a run.”'
Bills coaches wise up, get ball to Moulds [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Had the Bills dropped this one, Gregg Williams and his strategically challenged coaching staff would have felt as if they were sitting on a tailgater’s grill.'
Buffalo Bills report card [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Running back: Travis Henry, gutting out the game with sore ribs, shook off two fumbles and a dropped pass to spark Buffalo’s big second half. He scored on a 9-yard screen pass and added the game-winning TD in overtime on a powerful 2-yard run, finishing with 85 yards on 25 carries. Fullback Sam Gash made three catches. A.'
Erratic Bills may be testing Wilson's patience [5:30 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Is there reason to panic over the Bills' 2-2 record? Not really, or, at least not to the extent we've heard and read about this past week. Perhaps this is the result of not having a contending team for the past several seasons and simply forgetting how high and low emotions can ride, but it's been humorous to witness the reaction in Bills' country over the back-to-back losses.'
Boo-ffalo wings it [5:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is a game we needed to win," Bledsoe said. "It was almost a desperation situation for us."'
Henry makes gains ... in pain [5:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"He's my hero, he's a warrior," Bills guard Jonas Jennings said. "To go out and play in pain like that, we all noticed."'
Bills scrape past pesky Bengals [5:28 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'After missing the previous game, a loss to the Eagles, with sore ribs, Henry turned in a solid effort, scoring both Bills TDs. It wasn't known until yesterday morning whether he would play. "Throughout the first quarter it was all right, but when we got deep in the game it started hurting bad, but I got through it," said the diminutive back, who finished with 85 yards on 25 carries and two receptions for 14 yards.'
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