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Buffalo Bills News - September 25, 2001

Marker Bills' O-line becomes woe-line [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Starting tackles Jonas Jennings and John Fina were among the walking wounded following the Bills' disastrous 42-26 loss at Indianapolis on Sunday. Jennings has a pulled hip flexor muscle that caused him to miss the second half. Fina played the entire game after suffering a bruised quadriceps but was struggling to walk after. He was still laboring as he left the locker room Monday.'

Marker Centers avoids defeatist attitude [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For me, it's extremely disappointing," Centers said an hour after Sunday's 42-26 thrashing at the hands of the Colts. "I don't know if I can find the words to describe just how disappointing these first two games have been for me, after having such high expectations coming into this season. To start off in such a bad way is . . . it's terrible."'

Marker Stick with assignments, defenders are told [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams said the breakdowns had nothing to do with the team's high-risk aggressive defensive scheme. It was players not sticking to their assignments. "I really believe that the reason those plays were given up or a large percentage of it was people trying to do too much," he said. "I think second effort is wanted and encouraged after you take care of what you're supposed to do first. What I saw on those plays is that somebody was trying to do somebody else's job and not doing their own job."'

Marker Big plays and penalties catapult Colts [8:12 AM]
WGR - Chris Brown reports: In the early going it looked as if it would be a day of big plays for the Bills. On the fourth play from scrimmage, rookie, Nate Clements took a Peyton Manning pass 48 yards the other way for a touchdown to score the first points of the game, and the Bills first touchdown of the season.

While there is some talent on the Bills roster most of it is too green, and there isnít enough of the experienced talent to make a difference. All in all an equation that for a while will add up to losses more than wins.

Marker Debacle in Indy leaves defenders bewildered [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams' master plan may work out in time, but it's painfully evident after two games that he doesn't have the personnel to play his "46" scheme or other blitz-oriented packages.'

Marker Shoulder injury may keep Moulds on sideline [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"It started swelling up my chest a little bit and I couldn't raise my arm," said Moulds, who left the RCA Dome with his arm in a sling. "I was planning on going back in in the second half, but they said forget about it. It's going to take time to get the movement back but hopefully I'll be all right (fairly soon). I've only missed two games since I've been playing and it's frustrating to sit, so I hope I'm not out."'

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September 24, 2001

Marker Injuries add to Bills woes following embarrassing loss [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams said Monday the initial prognosis on Moulds is that he's questionable to play this Sunday's game against Pittsburgh. Moulds spent most of the postpractice period in the training room and was not made available to the media. More seriously hurt is rookie Brandon Spoon, who will miss at least a week with a dislocated left elbow, further devastating the Bills' linebacking corps.'

Marker Manning had extra incentive for Bills game [7:24 PM]
ESPN reports: Manning prepared hard for this game. The extra motivation? He remembered what Bills coach Williams did as the DC of the Titans in 1999 when Tennessee eliminated the Colts from the playoffs. In fact, Manning spent a lot of time studying that two-year-old film, and many of his decisions Sunday were based on his studies.

Marker The luster on Bills has been quick to fade [1:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And we thought the offense was the problem.'

Marker While the Bills self-destructed, the Colts galloped away [1:36 PM]
USA Today reports: Down 35-17 at halftime, the Bills, who weren't completely out of it, never could get entirely back in, either. They went most of the second half without putting up a touchdown, finally hitting on a 40-yard pass from Rob Johnson to Peerless Price on a desperation, fourth-down play with 1:25 left.

Marker Pathon adds to Colts' potency [1:33 PM]
Marion Chronicle Tribune reports: '"In the second half we were able to really push the pocket and make Johnson work harder," said defensive tackle Josh Williams, who had two sacks. "He's so elusive and we did a good job of getting to him in the second half. It was the key to our win."'

Marker It's a juggernaut [1:31 PM]
Terre Haute Tribune Star reports: 'On what was an All-America day at National Football League stadiums around the country, Indianapolis Colts quarterback Peyton Manning put on his best All-American performance Sunday in the RCA Dome.'

Marker Incidental Contact [11:52 AM]
Colts Express reports: 'From that point on, the already sketchy officiating went down hill. Example - the final Bill's TD, a result of a hail Mary pass by Johnson to the left corner of the endzone, was pulled in only after three players from each of the two teams committed every possible interference foul possible before anyone touched the ball.'

Marker Indianapolis awesome on offense [9:47 AM]
Kokomo Tribune reports: 'The comparisons to the St. Louis Rams and Minnesota Vikings of 1999 are already flying about like Manning-thrown footballs through the air. And they're just as on target.'

Marker Manning gives Bills an education [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Manning conducted a clinic titled "How to Attack a Blitzing Defense" in the Colts' 42-26 victory over the Buffalo Bills at the RCA Dome. The Colts' QB did more skewering, slicing and dicing in three hours than Emeril Lagasse does in a week. In one dizzying nine-minute span of the first half, Manning produced three touchdowns on six offensive plays. In dropping to 0-2, the Bills were filleted for 555 yards, the third-most yards allowed in team history. Manning hit 23 of 29 passes for 421 yards.'

Marker Shoulder forces Moulds to sit [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds suffered a sprained AC joint in his left shoulder in the first half of a 42-26 loss and did not return. "I took a little shot on it and it started swelling my chest up a little bit," said Moulds, who had a sling on to stabilize his heavily wrapped shoulder. "I couldn't raise my arm up. I was going to play back on it in the second half, but I couldn't raise my arm."'

Marker Clements shows his stuff on TD pick [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was only one play, but it was enough to show why the Buffalo Bills made cornerback Nate Clements their first-round selection in the April draft. Clements gave the Bills an early 7-0 lead when he intercepted a Peyton Manning pass intended for Indianapolis Colts wide receiver Marvin Harrison and returned it 48 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Pushed around [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most yards allowed by the Bills: 598 at San Francisco W, 34-31 Sept. 13, 1992...559 at Seattle L, 17-56 Oct. 30, 1977...555 at Indianapolis L, 26-42 Sept. 23, 2001...'

Marker Defensive play leaves Bills' coordinator speechless [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And boy, did Jerry Gray have a bad day Sunday. The Colts made him look like a Pee Wee coach, like the rookie coordinator that he is.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Armed with a lucrative new contract, the regular NFL officials returned Sunday. They made sure everyone noticed, calling 27 penalties for 192 yards. The Bills tied a team record with 19 penalties, and they deserved most of them.'

Marker Offensive showcase [5:39 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Indianapolis' 42-26 victory was an exercise in offensive excess. The Colts piled up 555 yards. They averaged 9.3 yards a play. Aside from the first down of every series, they never huddled. They never punted.'

Marker Harrison makes Bills pay for their 1-on-1 defense [5:38 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The Indianapolis Colts running back knew Buffalo would crowd the line of scrimmage with defensive manpower Sunday in the RCA Dome. "They weren't going to let me run the ball if they could help it," he said, referring to the Bills' tendency to crowd the line with safety support. And James knew one of the by-products of that pick-your-poison approach would be significant one-on-one opportunities for wide receiver Marvin Harrison. "Can't play Marv one-on-one," said James. "Give him one-on-one, and Marv is dangerous. Today just showed it."'

Marker Colts, Bills get tangled up in altercations [5:37 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"They hit us in the mouth. We hit them in the mouth," said Peterson.'

Marker Bills ashamed by their performance [5:36 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"I shook my head a lot," Winfield said. "A few of those plays were on me. I was real frustrated. We just couldn't stop them from moving. I don't think they punted one time this game."'

Marker Lifestyle change helps Pathon on the field [5:35 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'For now, at least, defenses have to be concerned with Pathon. When Sunday's game began, Buffalo was focused on stopping Harrison, who didn't catch a pass until 2:27 remained in the first quarter. By then, Pathon had caught four.'

Marker Emotion plays a big role in NFL's return [5:34 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"I've never heard or felt anything like that," said Colts cornerback Jeff Burris. "There was so much emotion from the teams, from the fans. In eight years (four as a visiting player and four with the Colts), I've never heard it so loud in here. The noise was just piercing. It was as if everybody wanted to show their pride as a country. Everybody, from the players to the fans, they wanted to show what we're about."'

Marker Defense keeps it close before offense takes over [5:33 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Three plays after Clements' interception, linebacker Kenyatta Wright covered a fumble by tight end Ken Dilger at the Colts 35. Three plays later, Bills punter Brian Moorman trotted onto the field. The Colts defense held -- two Rob Johnson incompletions, a 1-yard toss to running back Travis Henry -- and the lead remained 7-0. "It was really big for us to come out and not even let them have a field goal," said strong safety Chad Cota. Given a reprieve, the Colts' offense responded by scoring touchdowns on its next six possessions.'

Marker Patriotism abounds [5:32 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Nobody wore more red, white and blue than four friendly fans sitting in front of their Dodge minivan with New York license plates. They were located at the edge of the South handicapped lot near the main entrance between gates 2 and 3. They were members of the Buffalo Bills Booster Club.'

Marker An Indy 500 romp [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Four mistakes. Four touchdowns.'

Marker Football helps us heal, but Bills are really ailing [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '"We talked a good game," veteran wide receiver Eric Moulds said. "But we didn't play it."'

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