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Buffalo Bills News - September 24, 2001

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."'

Marker Bills' performance discouraging [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'I'm starting to wonder what "46" defense stands for. Does the 46 represent the target score the Bills are trying to keep their opponents under?'

Marker Secondary is burned as Colts avoid blitzes [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: '"I can't get used to this, losing and giving up all these yards and points on defense," said cornerback Antoine Winfield. "I hope in the next few weeks we'll start making things happen."'

Marker Report card [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING - Team was ill-prepared for this big road test against a strong opponent. Bills' record-tying 19 penalties was shameful for a coaching staff that allegedly preaches discipline. F'

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September 23, 2001

Marker Colts 42, Bills 26 [5:34 PM]
AP reports: 'While almost nothing went wrong for the Colts, who scored touchdowns on five straight possessions during one stretch, the Bills did little right. They tied a team record with 19 penalties, and their leading rusher was quarterback Rob Johnson with 63 yards. Meanwhile, the Colts were virtually unstoppable.'

Marker Indianapolis 42, Buffalo 26 [5:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills were their own worst enemy, committing 18 penalties for 128 yards.'

Marker Game summary - Bills lose 26-42 [5:07 PM] reports: Johnson (24/37, 257 yds, 1 TD,1 INT)
Johnson is Bills's leading runner (5 for 63), Larsen is only sacker (one additional sack negated by a penality), Inteceptions by Winfield and Clements)

Marker Bills want Manning to feel pressure [10:58 AM]
Terre Haute Tribune Star reports: 'Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray, like Williams a former Titans assistant, is quick to agree. He says the key to slowing down the Colts' signal caller is to keep the pressure on all afternoon. "With a guy like Peyton Manning as smart as he is, you don't want to go out there and tip your hand," Gray said. "The guy studies more than a coach. But I think the worst thing to do is be afraid to go rush Peyton Manning. "You cannot let a guy like Peyton sit back and throw the ball on rhythm. He will eat you alive. The biggest thing you want to do is make sure Peyton is not in rhythm in the backfield."'

Marker Against Colts, Bills' 'D' needs help from 'O' [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's why the talk all week has been on the Bills' offense being more productive than it was in the opener. Rookie RB Travis Henry has the potential to give the Bills a legitimate rushing attack, but his effectiveness will be determined by their ability to stay in the game. If the game is close and Henry is able to do some damage, it will be a big help to quarterback Rob Johnson, who needs to bounce back from his sub-par performance against the Saints.'

Marker Baby Bills [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The average age of the 53 players on the Bills' roster is 25.4 years, tied with Dallas for No. 2 behind Arizona, the league's youngest team with an average age of 25.2 years. Just how composed the Bills are able to remain in one of the louder facilities in the league will be a key in determining their success.'

Marker Johnson, Fina both have a lot to prove [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What we have here is Rob Johnson on his own. So far he resembles an early elimination in the latest TV reality show, "The Great Race."'

Marker It's early, but the Bills' defining moment already has arrived [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Everyone around the team concedes that the time for talk is over. It's time for the West Coast offense to fulfill its promise; time for the playmakers to make big plays; time to score touchdowns and take the load off a young defense that will have its hands full today. The offense needs a jolt of confidence, and it needs it now. Everyone, from the front office to the coaches to the players, is eager to see the West Coast attack function at a reasonably high level, to establish a sense of belief.'

Marker Turning it around [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry was a big Bills fan growing up in Frostproof, a town of 3,000 in central Florida between Tampa and Vero Beach. The quality he respected most about the Bills during the late 1980s and early '90s was their unbridled resiliency. He appreciated how they kept getting knocked down but kept coming back during the Super Bowl years. He begged for - and received - a Bills jacket for Christmas during his junior year of high school. He didn't just love the Bills. He lived the Bills. He looked at them and saw himself.'

Marker NFL teams prepare to resume their normalcy [5:43 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The Colts are planning a 15-minute "Tribute to Our Local Heroes" ceremony prior to the game.'

Marker Bills aren't afraid to upgrade their roster [5:42 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"There's been a couple of cuts that people didn't expect," he said. "That hasn't really happened here before. People here are getting used to how pro football really is. Before, we just kept our 53 guys and that's our team for the year. Now, if you're not playing well or if things aren't going well, they're going to look to upgrade the team."'

Marker Wayne's ready to go, but how much? [5:40 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Manning has been held under 200 passing yards in 11 of his 49 career starts in the league. Four have come against the Bills.'

Marker The Manning model [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Five sacks and three interceptions in the opener are ample evidence of that. But with just two field goals against the Saints, the entire Bills offence has something to prove. Everyone's learning the new offence, not just me," Johnson said. "It's not just one guy, it's 11 guys."'

Marker An emotional return for Bills and Colts [5:33 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And nobody's quite sure what to expect in the aftermath of the unspeakable tragedies in New York and Washington, especially for a game in which violence and aggressiveness are an integral part. That's very much the case for the Buffalo Bills and Indianapolis Colts who meet this afternoon in the soldout RCA Dome.'

Marker Bills get back to business against Colts [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: '"I think it'll be a proud time for us as a country, getting back to sports and the things we enjoy and may take for granted," linebacker Keith Newman said. "For us to play this game and the fans who come to watch, those are luxuries we sometimes forget. That's why being out there and hearing the anthem is going to be a great feeling. Then we've got to focus on the game."'

Marker Head of the class [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Indianapolis Colts' 25-year-old throwing machine is at the head of a successful new breed of young signal callers, a class that also includes Philadelphia's Donovan McNabb, Minnesota's Daunte Culpepper, Cleveland's Tim Couch and Denver's Brian Griese.'

Marker It's time for Ritcher to fly again [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"We had not been trained to deal with a suicide hijacker because there had never been such a scenario," he said. "What occurred on September 11 was unprecedented."'

Marker Q and A with Larry Centers [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: '"My individual goal is to bring the best Larry Centers to the field each Sunday. I want all my teammates to know that I come to play and every play, when I get my opportunity I'm going to get the maximum amount of yards allowed me on that play. "That's how I grade myself on film. I ask, 'What could I have done differently to get more yards? How could I have played the situation better?' That's how I've come to analyze myself as a player, taking it play by play."'

Marker Scouting report [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills must come out of the blocks fast. Falling behind on the road is never a good idea, especially not in the emotionally charged environment that will exist today. The offense has to get on track. You know the Colts are going to score points, so the only way Buffalo can win is to score more points. Pretty simple logic, right?'

Marker Don't forget to make your picks! [12:26 AM]
TBD reports: If you signed up for the GoBills! Pick 'em pool then don't forget to make your picks. We have added (finally) a link on the right side of the page.

September 22, 2001

Marker Cap room gives clues on teams in trouble [10:48 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 8. Buffalo Bills: 38 players, $11.3 million under.

The Bills are one of the best teams, salary cap wise, as of Sept. 13.
With 38 players signed they are $11.3 milion under the cap (not taken into account some bonuses, accelerations and other monies that could be earned).

Marker Scoring touchdowns could change Bills' point of view [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We like our kicker (Jake Arians), but we're not trying to put him in the Pro Bowl," said wide receiver Peerless Price. "We have to find a way to score touchdowns on a consistent basis."'

Marker How Rob rates [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Granted it's only one week into the NFL season, but Rob Johnson's rating, among the 32 quarterbacks ranked, is near the bottom in the league.'

Marker Cowart thinks his season's over [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My whole take on it is the football season is basically September, October and November," Cowart said in his first interview since having surgery Monday to repair a partially torn right Achilles' tendon. "The doctors said it's going to take three months for it to heal. But when a doctor tells you three months, that's really four. After those three months to get healthy, you then have to get back to where you are in football shape and at football speed."'

Marker Spoon may gobble up some playing time [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Spoon practiced extensively with the first-team defense during Friday's practice. Kenyatta Wright is still expected to get the majority of snaps Sunday, but Spoon is certain to get plenty of action, particularly on early downs.'

Marker NFL's choice on postseason games is likely to be wild [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rob Johnson is becoming one of the favorite quarterbacks of "Edge NFL Matchup," the ESPN show hosted by Suzy Kolber in which analysts Ron Jaworski and Merril Hoge dissect plays. According to the show's publicist, Johnson's play is analyzed for the second straight show this weekend, prior to the Bills' game with the Colts. Johnson was critiqued briefly on the opening show prior to his poor performance in the New Orleans Saints game.'

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