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Buffalo Bills News - November 24, 2000

Marker Carpenter thinking less and doing more in Bills defensive backfield [7:55 AM]
AP reports: '"I was playing like a robot," Carpenter said, recalling his first few games as the Buffalo Bills' new starting free safety. "I was trying to play mistake-free. And the plays weren't happening."'

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November 23, 2000

Marker Buccaneer defense poses sackful of problems [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tampa Bay's defense has made life miserable for opposing quarterbacks this season. The Buccaneers have recorded 43 sacks, second in the NFL and only one off the franchise record set in 1997. The Bills have given up 33 sacks, the ninth-highest total in the league, while Johnson has been sacked 29 times. Uh, oh.'

Marker Surgery ends Winfield's season [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Antoine Winfield's season is officially over as the Buffalo Bills placed him on the injured reserve list. He had successful surgery Wednesday to repair torn cartilage on his right shoulder.'

Marker Buccaneers to test depleted Bills secondary [7:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buccaneers rank 25th in the NFL in passing offense and Shaun King is far from a polished quarterback, but when he takes on the Bills Sunday at Raymond James Stadium, his mouth will be watering in anticipation. The Buffalo secondary is in disarray with the season-ending injury to starting cornerback Antoine Winfield and the nagging sprained ankle that might keep nickel cornerback Donovan Greer on the sidelines again.'

Marker Newman making an impact with Buffalo [7:27 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'In addition to the five sacks, which ties him for the second-most on the team, Newman is tied with fellow Tampa native Ted Washington for fifth on the team with 65 tackles. Through 11 games, he already has 17 more tackles and 1 1/2 more sacks than Northern had all of last season.'

November 22, 2000

Marker Bills bolster defensive backfield [9:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Ray Hill, who broke into the NFL with Buffalo in 1998, was signed by the Bills on Wednesday in an attempt to bolster their injured defensive backfield.'

Marker Johnson will be challenged by sack-happy Buccaneers [9:05 PM]
AP reports: '"I think pressure on the quarterback is going to be critical because (the Bills) seem to get into a rhythm," Bucs' coach Tony Dungy said. "When you don't pressure him, he throws very well."'

Marker Busting loose [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Whether double-teamed or single covered, Moulds has been very hard to stop this season. The fifth-year veteran is having an All-Pro year, leading the NFL with 76 catches. His 1,019 receiving yards are sixth in the NFL and third in the AFC.'

Marker Mediocrities punch holes in playoff picture [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Frankly, I thought the Bills had too many holes - soggy running game, inexperience in too many places, ghastly work on the return and coverage special teams - to qualify for the playoffs. I'm starting to change my mind and only part of the reason has to do with Rob Johnson's big game in the road victory at Kansas City.'

Marker Who's Next? [6:48 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Anonymous comments from an offensive player in Sports Illustrated three weeks ago caused an uproar, but the team seemed to rally behind Johnson last week in Kansas City and the turmoil appears to have passed - at least on the surface.'

November 21, 2000

Marker Bills in thick of AFC East scramble [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are on a serious roll, and if they can keep it going, the playoffs may not be their only reward. They might just take the AFC East Division title as well.'

Marker Win over Chiefs proves that the Bills are for real [6:33 AM]
D and C reports: 'Well, for the Bills, brains had nothing to do with anything. This game was about heart. It was about guts. And we all found out Sunday the Bills have plenty of both.'

Marker Impressive win calls for truce on Bills bashing [6:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are 7-4 and very much alive in the playoff hunt because they have two QBs who can play.'

Marker Winfield will miss rest of season [6:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' worst fears about the health of left cornerback Antoine Winfield were realized yesterday when it was determined he'll need season-ending surgery on his right shoulder to repair torn cartilage.'

November 20, 2000

Marker Bills Winfield out for season with torn shoulder cartilage [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Wade Phillips said on Monday that Winfield was examined by team doctors who have scheduled surgery for Wednesday.'

Marker Johnson's touchdown leap hailed as 'defining moment' for Bills [8:21 PM]
AP reports: '"To make the play like he did, it was a defining play for us," Phillips said. "It defined our football team. ... It's the grittiness, the toughness, the want-to, those kind of things that I think our team has. He showed that."'

Marker Sunday was near perfect for Bills [3:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As much as they dominated early, the Bills could easily have lost this one ... and probably would have early in the season.'

Marker Bills' Quarterback Controversy Put To Rest - Emphatically [1:34 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'I've got to believe that Johnson has put all his doubters to rest once and for all.'

Marker Bills streaking toward the top [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'After Sunday's 21-17 victory over the Kansas City Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City, Buffalo finds itself only one game out of first in the division and very much in contention for a playoff spot.'

Marker Bills answer call with comeback [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '". . . and he decided he was going to step up and be a quarterback. He said he was going to make the plays to help us win the ballgame. And he did."'

Marker Defense saves its best for last [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' defense looked a little shaky at times Sunday. But when it mattered the most, the unit was as sturdy as ever.'

Marker Big play by Johnson affirms Wade's leap of faith [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He brought the Bills from behind in the fourth quarter to win, the measure of a successful quarterback in this league. His stage was one of the most hostile venues in football for a visiting team. He made the game-winning play and he sacrificed his body to do it.'

Marker Injury may shelve Winfield for season [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Antoine Winfield said after Sunday's 21-17 win over the Kansas City Chiefs that he might be gone for the season with a torn labrum in his right shoulder.'

Marker Monday billboard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Play of the Game: He leaps! He flies! He soars over linebackers, breaks the goal line plane with the football and touches the pylon to boot! Rob Johnson's 12-yard scramble for the winning touchdown 12 minutes into the fourth quarter.'

Marker Gutsy Johnson delivers Bills' thrilling victory [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'And speaking of faith, how much of it do the Bills now have in their young and often embattled quarterback?'

Marker Bills secondary survives hot-handed Grbac [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: '"Elvis Grbac is a tremendous quarterback," free safety Keion Carpenter said after yesterday's 21-17 playoff-enhancing victory at Arrowhead Stadium. "He was picking us apart at times today, and we knew we had a battle on our hands. To stop him at the end, I can't explain how great that feels."'

Marker Son knows best, says a proud father [5:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'When it comes to quarterbacks (and all things), Bum's advice to Wade has always been simple: do what you think is best.'

Marker Defense, late drive, big for Bills [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'QB Rob Johnson: He produced as many touchdowns in this game as Doug Flutie did in the last three games combined.'

Marker Johnson's great feet [5:54 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Trailing the Kansas City Chiefs 17-14 with three minutes remaining and facing a crucial third and goal from the K.C. 12-yard line, Johnson took matters into his own hands.'

Marker Phillips is doing his father proud [5:53 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We worked together in high school and college and in pro football, I don't have to give him advice," Bum Phillips said. "He does fine."'

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