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Buffalo Bills News - November 8, 2003

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills LB London Fletcher vs. Cowboys RB Troy Hambrick -- Hambrick is a load, but he coughed up two fumbles last Sunday. Bills need more plays from Fletcher, who has forced no turnovers so far.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills LT Jonas Jennings and Cowboys QB Quincy Carter were teammates and roommates at Georgia and remain close. Said Carter: "That's my man. We have a very special relationship. His family will be spending some time this weekend at my house. Me and Jonas are like brothers, it'll be hard to play against him. All our lives we've been on the same team except in high school, we went against each other a couple times, but we share a special bond. Jonas is probably the best guy you want to be around in a crisis. He's one guy who's always going to keep you loose, nothing seems to bother him. What's his is yours, he's very unselfish and that's how we became such good friends. He's a guy you just like being around because he's so positive, you never hear negative words come out of him."'

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November 7, 2003

Marker Too Much Parcells Awaits Bills in Dallas [9:49 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: "Parcells could wake up Sunday morning without a game plan in place and still outmaneuver Buffalo's deep thinkers."

Marker The Heat Is On Bledsoe [9:48 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Dallas 21 Bills 17.'

Marker Dallas Cowboys vs. Buffalo Bills [9:43 PM] reports: 'The Bills can point to turnovers for the biggest factor in their last two road losses. Three games ago, Buffalo coughed up the ball four times in a 30-3 loss to the Jets. In their last game before the bye week, Buffalo had seven turnovers in a disastrous 38-5 loss to the undefeated Chiefs. The Bills rank last in the AFC with a minus-nine turnover ratio. Only Arizona (minus-13) has a lower ratio in the league.'

Marker Targeting Bledsoe [12:06 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"He's no [Michael] Vick," safety Roy Williams said. "And they're giving up a lot of sacks. As a blitzer, I smile on it. I'm happy that I get to blitz against him and he's not very mobile."'

Marker Time for a turnaround [12:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills will likely have a tough time running the ball this week, as they are last in the league with just 84.3 yards per contest on the ground. Starting back Travis Henry turned out to be the lone bright spot in the loss to Kansas City, registering 124 yards on 22 carries (5.6 ypc). Buffalo must attempt to establish Henry early in this contest to control the Dallas pass rush.'

Marker Secondary Matchup Receiving Attention [11:24 AM] reports: 'Bills cornerbacks Winfield and Clements will go head to head with the Cowboys wide receiver's Terry Glenn and Joey Galloway this week. All four of these players have played at Ohio State and were also first round draft picks in the NFL.'

Marker Bills-Cowboys Preview [11:24 AM]
AP reports: 'Dallas has the No. 1 defense in the NFL, while Buffalo is third. Neither team is allowing opponents to average more than 280 total yards a game.'

Marker Bledsoe Knows What To Expect From Parcells [11:23 AM]
AP reports: '“He would stand right behind me while I was dropping back, during the play, and would start saying, ‘Throw it! Throw it! Throw it! Throw it! Throw it!”’ Bledsoe said. “Man, I couldn’t wait to get to Sunday so I could get away from him, get on the field where I could have some peace and quiet.”'

Marker Buffalo at Dallas Preview [9:38 AM] reports: "Before anybody asks me any crazy questions now, we're just 4-4, point blank, period," linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "Nobody's going to tank it. A lot of teams have come back from this. There's been teams who came back from worse. But every game is critical from here on out."

Marker Shining star [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's no secret that he has little use for reporters. His verbal sparring with the scribes in New York and Boston are legendary.'

Marker Bledsoe's memories of Parcells a mixed bag [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Parcells is 4-2 against teams quarterbacked by Bledsoe.'

Marker It takes Bills a while to get in gear after rest stop [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only once has a Bills quarterback broken the 300-yard barrier after a bye. And it wasn't Jim Kelly, who had plenty of chances during the K-Gun era. Current Chiefs backup Todd Collins, who was making just his third NFL start, threw for 309 yards - including 111 to Thomas - as the Bills defeated the Colts, 16-13, in OT in 1996. So it's clear that rest isn't always good for what's ailing the Bills.'

Marker Bills' drives are stalling more inside the 20 [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Henry would like Gilbride to put his eyeballs on him and make him the team’s red-zone “workhorse.” Will things change starting Sunday? “I have no choice but to believe it will,” Henry said. “I’m going into this with a positive attitude that when we get into the red zone, I want the ball.”'

Marker 2-minute drill [5:14 AM]
Fort Worth Star Telegram reports: '-9: Turnover margin for the Bills this season, worst in the AFC.'

Marker Former Fresno State football player sentenced [5:13 AM]
AP reports: 'But Wright was involved in a three-car collision in September in New York that injured three people. He was arrested on criminal charges, including driving while intoxicated. Wright was then cut by Buffalo. Criminal proceedings in that accident are pending.'

Marker Tuna to Face Former Players [5:12 AM] reports: '"He doesn't treat any two players the same," Gash explained. "It's more whatever he finds to push your buttons, he'll use it. He'll do it until you just can't stand it anymore then he'll do it some more."'

Marker Parcells is more myth than legend [5:11 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“You can’t let the inmates run the asylum ... players will do what you let them do and won’t do what you don’t let them do. I don’t want tin soldiers on my team and I don’t ask their nature to correspond to my nature.”'

November 6, 2003

Marker Bledsoe Next On Defense's Bill [10:46 PM] reports: 'Bledsoe is arguably the best pure passer the Cowboys have faced this season.'

Marker Loss could damage Dolphin's season [10:29 PM]
ESPN reports: On paper heading into the season, the Bills looked like the better team. Well, it's time to prove it because Parcells has this Cowboys machine humming. He's making so much more out of less, but this game could be a tough one

Marker AFC midseason grades [8:13 PM]
ESPN reports: RT Mike Williams is only one to make Clayton's All-AFC Team.
Four of the top playoff spots are reasonably secure unless the Chiefs, Colts, Titans and Patriots blow it in the second half. That leaves the Dolphins, Broncos and Bills battling for the last wild card (remaining slot is guarenteed to best team in AFC North).

Marker Bills OT Jennings questionable, nursing hip injury [3:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills list Jennings as questionable, meaning he has a 50-percent chance of playing. Without him, Marcus Price would take over the starting job.'

Marker Cowboys begin tough stretch against Bills [2:04 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bills will be out to prove themselves in a tough contest at Texas Stadium. Dallas has been a mediocre at best in the past few weeks and it will catch up with it in this contest. Expect a well-rested Buffalo team to come out and play its best game of the year.'

Marker 2003 Mid-Season Report [12:45 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The second half slate features the Colts, Giants, and a three game finish against the Titans, Dolphins, and Patriots. The Bills won't survive that gauntlet, and they'll be lucky to finish 8-8.'

Marker Statistics show Bills quarterback's an ordinary Drew [12:24 PM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Since 1998, the pivot is just 2-15 on the road against teams that finished the season with a winning record. Not exactly a comforting statistic considering three of the Bills' four remaining road games are against plus-.500 teams (Dallas, 4-4 New York Giants, 6-2 Tennessee Titans, and 7-2 New England).'

Marker Bills' offense looks out for No. 1 [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Conclusion: The Bills either need to do a whole lot of damage on second down . . . or start playing significantly better overall.'

Marker Henry's ready to giddyap in Dallas [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Parcells is a classic bully. You beat the bully by punching back, by hitting him in the mouth. That's what the Bills must do to have a chance. They have to run the ball at the Cowboys and run it some more. They have to beat him at his own game, the way they failed to do - sorry - in a certain Super Bowl loss 13 years ago.'

Marker McGahee activated but won't be in uniform Sunday [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make room for McGahee, the Bills released running back Ken Simonton. If he clears waivers, Simonton may be re-signed to the practice squad.'

Marker Bills not good keeping drives alive [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You're right, it should be a point of emphasis. The Bills say it has been something they've stressed and will continue to stress. I don't think they've stopped it, but they aren't doing a good job of keeping drives alive. They had success running short drops versus Washington. I don't think deep drops cost them in the first half in Kansas City. Bledsoe just couldn't make plays on third down.'

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