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Buffalo Bills News - September 19, 2003

Marker Balancing act [4:13 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"If teams are going to commit to stopping the run, then we can throw the ball," Bledsoe said.'

Marker ESPN's Take [1:26 PM]
ESPN reports: 'This is a classic matchup. Miami's strengths lie in its running game and defense. Although the defense didn't look very good in Week 1 against Houston, it came back with a little vengeance against the Jets -- a bad team admittedly. So, the Dolphins are going to have their hands full with Buffalo on Sunday night.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins should be a heavyweight fight [1:22 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Here are three keys the Bills must focus on to beat the Dolphins...'.

Marker A Closer Look at Coy Wire [9:47 AM] reports: 'Q: What restaurant has the best buffalo wings? CW: Gabriel's Gate, but I haven't been many places for wings.'

Marker They're off, but not running [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The statistics suggest Henry has been ineffective, but this might be a time when numbers don't tell the whole story. Henry has 115 yards on 48 carries for a 2.4-yard average through the first two weeks. His longest gain is 11 yards. It's not the start the Pro Bowl running back had in mind with 2,000 yards rushing his goal for the season.'

Marker Miami under pressure to improve pass rush [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The lack of a pass rush and poor coverage in the secondary have resulted in the Dolphins ranking last in the NFL against the pass, allowing an average of 316 yards in two games. This from a team that was No. 1 against the pass in 2001 and hasn't ranked lower than eighth the past five seasons.'

Marker Be very afraid when Bills face Parcells' team [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cowboys are the one Bills opponent it would be dangerous to underestimate. They may not look like much, but think about it. What Parcells team really ever has?'

Marker Henry denies magazine quotes about McGahee [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gary Hoenig, editor in chief of the magazine, said it stood by the story.'

Marker Campbell thrives in passing lane [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I can catch the ball, I just haven’t had much of an opportunity to catch it,” said Campbell, referring to the three seasons he played for the Cleveland Browns, where he caught just 46 passes for 390 yards and four touchdowns. If that play in Jacksonville is any indication, it looks as though Campbell’s going to get an opportunity to catch the football with the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Henry casts doubt on quotes in ESPN article [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Finally, on the issue of wanting to remain a Bill, Henry said “Yeah. They drafted me. This is where I want to be. I want to spend my whole career here, if that’s possible.”'

Marker Finding just the right touch [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Statistically, the Dolphins offense has become a three-man unit. With quarterback Jay Fiedler distributing the ball, Williams and receiver Chris Chambers have accounted for nearly 75 percent of the touches. They accounted for 67 percent of the touches last season.'

Marker Surtain refutes WR's comment [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''We never talked in Hawaii,'' Surtain said on ESPN's NFL Live this week, echoing comments he made during training camp. ``And we never kicked it in Mississippi.'''

Marker Milloy: ‘There is no loyalty in this league’ [5:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Milloy's situation is strikingly similar to that of Dolphins linebacker Junior Seau. After an injury plagued 2002 campaign, Seau was traded in the offseason after 13 seasons in San Diego because Chargers management felt he wasn't worth $5.7 million in 2003 salary.'

Marker No talk in locker room about spat [5:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins haven't responded much to provocative remarks by Bills wide receiver Eric Moulds, beyond hanging a copy of the comments on their locker-room bulletin board.'

Marker New Dolphins must fit in - quickly [5:15 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"There is only so much time on Wednesday and Thursday to practice and you can't show your defense every look that these people have," Bates said. "So sometimes you have to bear down and just play the technique within the scheme of things and not let trickery confuse you. There are always plays in every game that we haven't seen on the practice field. And that's where the new guys will have the hardest time adjusting."'

Marker Thompson: Throw it to me [5:14 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"It's only been two games, but it definitely can't go like this for 16 games," said Thompson, whose only catch was for 24 yards early in the 21-10 victory against the New York Jets. "We definitely have to open up and get more feel for each other."'

Marker Dolphins' return man hopes to burn former team [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The former Bill believes the styles of Buffalo punter Brian Moorman and kicker Rian Lindell will give him a chance to finally have the kind of impact he's been hoping to make.'

Marker Fins pass defense a thing of the past? [5:12 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'Teams are hitting the Dolphins with quick passes, not giving the line time to get pressure on the quarterback. Throw in a not-so-fresh Patrick Surtain, the Pro Bowl cornerback who missed all of the preseason after undergoing knee surgery, a nicked-up Sam Madison, the Pro Bowl cornerback who sprained his ankle in the season opener, and a handful of mixed tackles after those short passes and you get the league's worst pass defense.'

Marker Foundations Laid in N.F.L. Off-Season [5:11 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The reconstruction of the Buffalo Bills began in a suite inside Ralph Wilson Stadium, where General Manager Tom Donahoe had a pair of binoculars focused on the right arm of New England Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe. It was Dec. 16, 2001, and the Bills were playing the Patriots. The wind was up and the salary cap was tight.'

Marker Spikes likes new life with Bills [5:10 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Ah, winning. "It makes everything so much more enjoyable," Spikes said. "It makes it easier to come in on Monday mornings. Your injuries don't seem to hurt as bad. You don't even worry about little nicks and bruises. But that's why I wanted to come here. And with the team we have, you're going to see a lot more of it."'

Marker New Faces, Same Rivalry [5:09 AM] reports: '"It's the community that makes it that way," said Bills guard Ruben Brown. "We're interchanging players so much that it's not the players, it's the community. It means a lot to them."'

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September 18, 2003

Marker On the record: Buffalo LB Takeo Spikes [9:40 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Q: Are you looking forward to playing a game in prime time with the rest of the league watching? SPIKES: It's going to be big. That's something we always wish for, but at the same time it's a chance for us to go out there and show America what we're made of.'

Marker Beating Dolphins more important than stopping Ricky [9:21 PM]
AP reports: '''We just worry about ourselves,'' said Bills defensive tackle Pat Williams. ''We ain't worried about Miami, what they're doing over there or nothing. We're just worried about what we're going to do.'''

Marker Bledsoe Wins FedEx NFL Player of the Week [8:58 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe of the Buffalo Bills was voted the FedEx Air NFL Players of the Week for games played on September 14-15. Bledsoe passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills’ 38-17 win over Jacksonville. He completed 19 of 25 attempts and recorded a 144.2 passer rating.

Marker Bills aiming for first 3-0 start since 1991 [4:36 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We ran the ball effectively last year [against Miami] and it gave us some one-on-one situations that we capitalized on and some guys made some great plays. We've got to be able to have as much balance as we can going into this ball game. We're a better football team when we attempt to be as balanced as we can. It helps Drew, it helps our offense, and it helps our receivers."'

Marker Life is good for Bills [4:35 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Time for the pick. Bills 23 Dolphins 20.'

Marker Bills Offense Among League's Best [4:22 PM] reports: '"No question these teams are going to commit to stopping the runs and we can throw the ball," Bledsoe said. "I have confidence in the guys that I'm throwing the ball to. We've got guys that can make plays in the passing lane."'

Marker Lawyer fits well in new suit [4:21 PM] reports: The deal conjured memories of that Halloween heist the Buffalo Bills pulled 16 autumns ago when they stole sack-happy linebacker Cornelius Bennett from the Indianapolis Colts. Bennett, who had drawn comparisons to a young Lawrence Taylor, became one of the final pieces in Buffalo's transformation from basement dwellers to perennial Super Bowl participants in the early 1990s.

Marker Heinz Red Zone is not, it seems, just a 'Burgh thing [1:23 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Pittsburgh's ketchup company, which also used the promotion with the Cleveland Browns last year, has worked out sponsorship deals with the Baltimore Ravens, the Cincinnati Bengals, the Buffalo Bills and the New York Jets. Basically, whenever the home team's offense moves inside the 20-yard line, Heinz blitzes. Radio broadcasters are supposed to say, "The [insert home team name here] are now in the Heinz Red Zone," while anyone paying attention in the stadium sees some version of a ketchup bottle pouring.'

Marker Injury Report [12:37 PM] reports: Sammy Morris, RB (Leg, Questionable) has been added to injury report.

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