Bills may be running out of runners [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most-likely scenario, if Henry is unavailable, would have Burns inserted into the starting lineup for the first time in his two-year career and finding another backup. It's very unlikely the Bills would enter the game with only Burns and Gash.'
Henry solving Bills' dilemma in own way [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills would never come out and say they drafted McGahee because they were concerned whether Henry can endure over the long haul. But that consideration might have been part of their reasoning, and a sound part of it at that. Henry, at 5-foot-9, 215 pounds, is on the smallish side for a feature back, especially one who relishes contact, thrives on breaking tackles, lacks the gift of breakaway speed and has had past problems retaining the ball. On his best day he's a reminder of Thurman Thomas, but the inconsistencies also point toward Joe Cribbs or Greg Bell, backs who sizzled, but only temporarily.'
Bills have banged-up backfield [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo’s off-season master plan of building a team capable of playing physical — running the ball and stopping the run — to ease the pressure on Bledsoe has fallen off the tracks three games in.'
Bills replay, Week 3 [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How about arrested for impersonating an NFL lineman? You’ve got a 370-pound wall in Williams, yet you’re tossing halfback option passes near the goal line. That doesn’t say much about the faith the coaches have in him, and nobody can give a good explanation for why he doesn’t play left tackle if he’s supposedly so good.'
Lew-Port's Johnson named Bills coach of the week [5:19 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'A member of the Bills' organization will make the presentation a 9 a.m. today at Lew-Port. Johnson will receive a framed certificate signed by Bills coach Gregg Williams, president/general manager Tom Donahoe and NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue, plus a special cap designating him as a winner of the award. The Bills will also donate $1,000 to the Lancers' athletic program.'
No need to panic, yet [5:18 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The truth about these Bills is that the road to a spot in the post-season comes down to this: They must win all or most of their "easy" games -- vs. the New York Jets (twice), Houston Texans, Cincinnati Bengals and Dallas Cowboys.'
Ricky none the worse for wear [5:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In fact, Williams seemed to gain strength as the game went on, setting up his 1-yard touchdown run with a 21-yard gain, his longest run, with 2:39 remaining.'
No rest of the story for Ricky [5:16 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'At halftime against Buffalo, Wannstedt told Williams he was going to work backup Travis Minor into the mix. But every time Miami began a possession, there was Williams, sprinting to the huddle.'
Record night doesn't wear out Ricky [5:15 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The back breaker appeared to come with 2 minutes, 39 seconds remaining, when Williams turned the left corner and ran 21 yards to the Bills' 8-yard line before being pushed out of bounds. He would eventually score on a 1-yard run with 1:52 to play, sealing Miami's victory.'
Inside slant [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The play broke down because the Bills' offensive line was pushed deep into the backfield by Miami's front line. Henry took the handoff and had to immediately get rid of the ball. Reed realized what happened and broke off his route, but Henry's wobbly pass never made it to him as Surtain leaped to grab it.'
Strategy and personnel [5:13 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'For the third week in a row the Bills failed to establish a viable rushing attack, and it has now become a prime concern.'
Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:12 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'RT Mike Williams, the fourth overall pick in the 2002 draft, has not played particularly well. The Bills have not been able to run behind the 370-pounder like they expected to, and he was beaten cleanly for a sack by Adewale Ogunleye.'
Running Back Shortage [5:11 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Joe Burns could be a key player for the Buffalo Bills when they host Philadelphia Sunday. Not bad for a guy who ran the ball just five times last year.'
Henry, Morris And Crosby Nursing Injuries [5:10 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'That leaves Joe Burns and Sam Gash as the only healthy backs on the roster. Williams says the club will spend Tuesday looking to see if there are any backs out there they can bring in. They could also activate Ken Simonton from the practice squad.'
Workhorse Williams carries Dolphins to top of division [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams had more touches (45) than Buffalo did total offensive plays (44) in a methodical performance.'
Morris to miss two weeks; Henry's status uncertain [9:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Even if Henry is healthy enough to play, Williams said the team will consider signing a running back.'
Week 3: Drew Bledsoe Quotes [1:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I certainly didn't see us coming out and playing the way we did. I thought we would play better than we did. But they did a great job. They had a plan for us. They changed things up, which they haven't done in three or four years. They gave us some different looks and they had a good plan for us and we didn't respond to it very well." "They changed up a couple of their fronts on some of their third downs, which is something they normally don't do. They changed up a couple of their fronts in the running game. So they had a good plan for us but we've got to respond in those situations. We have to make our plays."'
Miami Knocks The Bills From The Top Spot [1:18 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'If it wasn't for the defense, the Dolphins would've won by quite a bit more.'
Talk is cheap [1:17 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Still, as disappointing and horrid as this game was from the Bills perspective, all is not lost. The Bills probably needed a little splash of reality, and they were given a face full of that.'
Henry's folly sends Bills down path to first loss [1:13 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: For reasons known, hopefully, only to offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride, the Bills chose -- at the game's pivotal moment, two plays after Takeo Spikes' 29-yard fumble return put them at Miami's 16-yard line -- to let Henry throw the ball. "Throw," in this useage, isn't really the right word, as it implies some sense of purpose and aim. "Lob," "heave," or "shot-put" would be far more accurate.'
Big Things Come in Small packages [11:44 AM]
Allsports.com reports: Antonio Winfield stands 5-9, and weighs in at one hundred pounds. Short enough to be considered, er, short, and small enough to look just like you every day run-of-the-mill athlete. But beneath number 26's uniform, lies one of the NFL's most unlikely heavy hitters.
Week 3: Gregg Williams Quotes [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'O-Line: A lot of it is fundamentals, a lot of it is technique. Tonight it was just a physical mismatch in the respect of that they were more physical in the trenches then we were on those particular plays. We didn't match the intensity physical wise. We didn't do a very good job in that respect."'
Dolphins-Bills Game Notes [11:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Sam Gash: His second quarter rush attempt was his first since he had two carries for the Baltimore Ravens on 12/23/01 vs. Cincinnati.'
Who was that masked man? [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's embarrassing," defensive tackle Sam Adams said of the loss. "We didn't keep them in check. They were dragging us up and down the field. We should let this burn in our gut and go to work on Monday and go get it fixed."'
Born to run? Bills fail to prove it all night [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was supposed to be a statement game, a chance to answer some of the critics' questions, an opportunity for the Bills to show the nation and their NFL peers that they are worthy of consideration as a Super Bowl contender. Instead, the loss renewed lingering doubts about this team.'
Dolphins, Surtain let defense do the talking [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Surtain refrained from gloating over the victory or his team's success at keeping Moulds from being a factor. But it was obvious that Surtain will savor this game for a while.'
Grading the Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Halfback option??? That awful call blew up worse than last week's fake punt. It took away Bills' chance at big momentum.'
Grading the Dolphins [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give play-caller Norv Turner credit. He kept hammering away with Ricky and dominated time of possession.'
Dolphins, with power of Williams, vanquish Bills [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a debacle.'
Time to think inside the box [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '4.6 -- Drew Bledsoe’s quarterback rating in the first half, about 140 points below his final rating last week.'
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