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Buffalo Bills News - December 2, 2003

Marker What does Sunday's win mean for Bills? [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'At this point, any win is a good win for this team, but I still contend that unless the Bills are the 1978 Yankees, who overcame a 14-game deficit to catch and ultimately beat the Red Sox, the playoffs are a pie-in-the-sky dream.'

Marker Depressingly bad [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Offensive line - F. Starting undrafted rookie Jeff Roehl at LT is too much to ask. He was brutalized by DE Aaron Schobel (three sacks) and said it was one of the worst days of his life. Who are we to argue? Six sacks allowed overall.'

Marker Bills have sights on goal of being NFL's top defense [5:13 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Our defense is chasing that mythical No. 1 defense,'' Williams said. ''I've been a part of that before with Tennessee, and we're close, we'd like to see that happen.'''

Marker Bills defender calls out offense in diary [5:12 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'He said, “I probably should have thought about what I was going to say. I have the right to my opinion, but I should be smarter than that. I shouldn't go to the media with concerns about things that are going on.” That, in itself, spoke volumes.'

Marker Bills jell vs. Giants, but season's a bust [5:11 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Bills have experienced assorted problems protecting the less-than-mobile Bledsoe, and they rank among the worst teams in the league at third-down conversions. Some of that might be explained by a groin injury to wide receiver Eric Moulds, whose game-breaking abilities have been compromised, and the trade that sent Peerless Price, another explosive wideout, to Atlanta for a first-round draft choice. But Donahoe says, ''You can't say not having Peerless Price was the reason we didn't score an offensive touchdown on the road in almost two months. I love Peerless and he's an impact player, but he doesn't have that kind of impact.'''

Marker Inside slant [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In the last four games Buffalo's defense has allowed just 46 points, 283 yards rushing, 57 first downs, 22 of 59 third-down conversions and has 12 sacks. In the first eight games, Buffalo had only 13 sacks.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Kudos to Gregg Williams for having the Bills ready to play and eager to snap their four-game losing streak in a road game. It was a complete team victory.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'K Rian Lindell has run into a tough patch on field goals. He has missed four of his last seven kicks, including a 50-yarder that came up well short against the Giants. For the season he is 13 of 19.'

Marker Bills Watch Bledsoe [5:07 AM] reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams says the Bills will work Bledsoe out on Tuesday to help determine if he's ready to practice on Wednesday.'

Marker Bledsoe Feeling Better After 2nd Concussion In Two Weeks [5:06 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Jonas Jennings has a new injury. He hurt his toe and is having more tests.'

Marker Oh oh: Williams in 2004? [5:05 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Get this straight. I’m not saying this SHOULD happen, but it most certainly COULD happen.'

Marker Giant Win Answers A Few Questions [5:04 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Sunday did emphasize what I've believed all along. Drew Bledsoe is not as bad as this recent stretch. Put in the right situation, he can still complete passes and move the offense. The Bills can still win with Drew. They just need to improve the pieces around Bledsoe, including their offensive coordinator.'

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December 1, 2003

Marker Bledsoe feeling better after helmet-to-helmet hit [8:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams said Bledsoe is scheduled to work out on Tuesday to determine whether he can practice once the team returns to the field on Wednesday to prepare for this weekend's home game against the New York Jets.'

Marker Williams upbeat after Bills finally win [8:19 PM]
AP reports: '''It's something that's well deserved,'' Williams said of the additional day of rest. ''I've been wanting to do that for quite a while. ... It was nice to be able to throw a bone as a coach and say, 'Job well done.''''

Marker No quitting for the Bills [8:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Well, we know which team has packed it in for the season. It was hard to tell coming in.'

Marker Where have these Bills been all year? [8:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“All we can do the last four games is go out and show what we can do.”'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills end road scoring drought [8:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It was Moore’s first TD reception of the season ... tying him with starting wide receivers Eric Moulds and Josh Reed.'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [8:15 PM] reports: '"They are prideful men. They know that there are a lot of things that happen in the month of December every single year. There are teams that rise out of the month of December and get back in the hunt. We have to be very physical in this month of December. We've got some pretty good opponents coming up through this month and we've got to play much better against the Jets at home this week."'

Marker St. Francis High's Jerry Smith Named Bills HS Football [8:14 PM] reports: 'Jerry Smith, veteran head football coach at St. Francis HS has been named the winner of the seventh annual Buffalo Bills Western New York HS Football “Coach of the Year” Award for the 2003 season. Smith will be honored at ceremonies held Sunday, December 7 prior to the Bills-NY Jets game at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Buffalo belatedly gets its act together [8:13 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The win isn't going to save any jobs, and Buffalo remains all but eliminated from a postseason berth, trailing Miami by three games with four to play for the final wild-card berth.'

Marker Giants lost and lifeless [2:04 PM]
Staten Island Advance reports: 'The Bills went up 17-7 by halftime, and the Giants barely bothered showing for the second half, buried again by turnovers, penalties, poor tackling and missed assignments.'

Marker As offense sinks, fingers being pointed up front [2:04 PM]
Staten Island Advance reports: '"You can't put your finger on any one thing," wide receiver Ike Hilliard said. "It's just a situation where we're all paid professionals and right now we're not doing our jobs really well. Whether it's dropped passes, turnovers, penalties, missed assignments -- they're all combining to kill us as an offensive unit."'

Marker Mara can't miss message from the stands [2:03 PM]
Staten Island Advance reports: 'If they had anything to say, the fans said it with their feet. Most of them were on the Turnpike, or Route 3, long before the Giants managed their initial first down of the second half, 58 seconds into the fourth quarter; a sure sign that lethargy has spread from the playing field to the stands.'

Marker Bills win Disappointment Bowl 24-7 [2:03 PM]
USA Today reports: '"If you are going to be a leader on the team," he said, "it's more important to be on the field when things are going bad than when they are going good."'

Marker Larry Felser: Too Late [1:49 PM]
ESN reports: The victory over the Giants was a reminder that the Bills should have been battling for a playoff berth right to the end. It also should have been a suggestion that better days should be ahead with better handling of this team.

Marker Bills back on the offensive [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The difference in the game today was we made the plays in the passing game," Bledsoe said. "We've been running the ball well and did again today. Travis Henry had another 100-yard game. But the thing that's been lacking offensively are the plays in the passing game."'

Marker Never-say-quit defense finally reaps the spoils [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For three straight weeks, they played their hearts out and had nothing to show for it. Any sensible group would have thrown up their hands and coasted. So what did they do? They played another terrific game. They shut down the NFL's fifth-rated offense as the Bills beat the Giants, 24-7, to end their four-game losing streak.'

Marker Bledsoe gives Giants intense migraine [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In one of his best games of the season, Bledsoe completed 19 of 29 passes for 252 yards, two touchdowns and no interceptions to finish with a sparkling 115.9 QB rating.'

Marker Big Mike passes the test against Strahan [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm going to get a lot of sleep (Sunday night), too, because I'm tired," said Williams, whose sweat-soaked, blood-stained uniform told of his hard day's work against Strahan. "The man is good. I'll give him props (proper respect). He's an outstanding pass rusher."'

Marker Giants' struggles causing fans to bail [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Any Bills fans wondering about the job security of coach Gregg Williams knows exactly what's transpired this season with Jim Fassel and the Giants. The Bills came in with a four-game losing streak and left with a rare victory after totally dominating the Giants, who for the first time in Fassel's seven-year tenure lost their fourth consecutive game.'

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