Monday Billboard [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Giants announced a sellout crowd of 78,481, but the figure represents tickets sold. There had to be at least 20,000 empty seats, and with five minutes left there couldn't have been 10,000 people in the stadium.'
Grading the Bills [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give Henry valor award for gutting it out again. He had 113 yards on 26 carries. He wore them down with 92 in second half.'
Woe point [8:33 AM]
Connecticut Post reports: '"It was our day today," said Henry, who rushed for 113 yards on 26 carries. "We were clicking on all cylinders."'
Giants keys [8:32 AM]
Connecticut Post reports: 'Key player: Drew Bledsoe. The Bills quarterback completed a tidy 19-of-29 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns in just under three quarters. Six of his throws went for 20 yards or more.'
Giants notebook [8:31 AM]
Connecticut Post reports: 'Giants Stadium was three-quarters empty by the time the fourth quarter began, but nobody on the Giants' offensive line could take the day off, even though it seemed that way for most of the game. Already without guard Rich Seubert (broken leg) and with tackle Luke Petitgout sidelined with back spasms, the makeshift offensive line went through yet another transformation. Jeff Roehl started for Petitgout, but when rookie left guard Wayne Lucier suffered a ligament sprain in his knee late in the second quarter, rookie Scott Peters replaced him and confusion reigned. "Our lack of experience is really showing," center Chris Bober said.'
Fans head to exits as Giants fall apart [8:30 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"If we practice like dirt and came out and played well, then let's practice like dirt. I don't quite understand it. but I'm telling you that at some point, you have to elevate your game. You can't let this continue to happen because, to be honest, it's embarrassing. Guys have a lot more pride than what we're putting out there."'
Giants end Bills' slump [8:29 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I remembered everything and I was thinking fairly clearly," Bledsoe said, "but based on being whacked last week and getting hit again," he was taken out. Too bad for him. After all, the Bills won't play the Giants again until 2007.'
Ineffective O-line has been offensive [8:28 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'In a word the line was a mess. And when your line is a mess, it's difficult for your skill players to function. Darn near impossible.'
Bills smile, at last [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills hadn’t played such a complete game since — surprise, surprise — their last victory, a 24-7 romp over Washington on Oct. 19.'
Solid effort leaves team wondering: What if? [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s not even 7-5, I say we could be 8-4 or 9-3,” said linebacker Takeo Spikes, who could’ve used a bullet to bite down on. “That’s what drives me. I get (ticked) off. We’re this close to being what we want to be.”'
Offense finally catches up with the defense [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“Sometimes you can’t control the outcome of the game,” Milloy said, insinuating without actually saying it that the offense hasn’t done its part in recent weeks. “But defensively if you show up and play hard and give your team a chance to win, nine times out of 10 you’ll win the game."'
Buffalo Bills report card [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterbacks: Drew Bledsoe may have been joking, but he did play better with a fuzzy head brought on by last week’s concussion. His 252 passing yards and two touchdowns was his best output in eight games. Deftly beat the blitz and finished with no turnovers and a 115.9 rating before leaving the game in the third quarter with a 24-7 lead. Now that’s more like it. A.'
Instead of some good football, we got the Bills [5:16 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"The Bills have a huge following here and our ratings history shows that a bad Bills game will still have higher ratings than any other game," he said, noting that Global traditionally reviews the Bills-first policy in December.'
Mara Puts Heat on Fassel as Giants Fans Turn Icy [5:15 AM]
New York Times reports: 'For the second straight home game, the Giants lost to a struggling team in an avalanche of ineptitude.'
Giants Need to Check Their Downward Spiral [5:14 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Firing Fassel is the easy answer and probably the only short-term solution to the Giants' inconsistency.'
The Bills Wish More Games Worked Out Like This One [5:13 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Some Bills said this was their best defensive game of the year. "I think so," outside linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "At least until next week."'
Giants go from bad to worse [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Giants did the unimaginable, which is to make the Bills (5-7) look like a powerhouse.'
Fassel & Co. hit new Buffa-low [5:11 AM]
New York Post reports: 'But a team that may now win only four games has problems deeper than discipline, planning, instruction, and injury to its No. 1 weapon, Shockey. Or, injury wreckage along the offensive line and defensive backfield that yesterday lost a third starter, Will Allen. The woes run even deeper than a shortage of depth some teams seem to survive better than others.'
Drew becomes Bill of goods [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We've been waiting for him to have a game like this," WR Eric Moulds said. "He's Drew Bledsoe, he doesn't forget how to be good. We just had a lot of things go wrong."'
Can't blame Collins for this one [5:09 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Some of it is Collins' fault and much of it isn't, and no one seems to care right now that much of it isn't.'
Big blue offensive line: We let Kerry down [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I didn't do what I'm supposed to do," Roehl said. "I thought I was ready to play and I knew my assignments, even though it didn't look like it."'
Call 'em big black & blue [5:07 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Giants' 24 rushing yards was their lowest total since they had 24 yards at Tennessee Oct. 1, 2000. Giants' 10 first downs was their fewest since they had four at Tampa Bay Sept. 12, 1999.'
'Dissatisfied' Mara not the merrier [5:06 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It's their right to leave," Tiki Barber said. "We're not putting out a good product. I wouldn't want to watch the way we're playing, especially on offense. There's nothing to get excited about. Nothing we did would keep you in the stadium."'
Giant stinker unwatchable [5:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The performance yesterday was their worst of the season - particularly on offense, where they've been shaken by a crumbling offensive line.'
Thanks to Drew, victory comes to pass [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'They hadn't won since October or scored a touchdown on the road since September. But they had the Giants next on the schedule, which, these days, overrides everything.'
For Kerry, it's getting offensive [5:03 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'How bad was it? Tackle Jeff Roehl, when asked if Collins gets upset at the offensive line, said, "How can he not get angry?"'
Seats empty, words not [5:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Giants are very nearly the worst team in the NFL right now, groping in the dark while trying to remember how to play this complicated game. Their quarterback is in danger of serious injury on every snap from center. On defense, their tacklers have stopped tackling.'
Battered Kerry in line of fire [5:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Star of the game: Drew Bledsoe may have been woozy during the week, but he showed no effects of his concussion yesterday. He completed 19 of 29 passes for 252 yards and two touchdowns. He also survived a helmet-to-helmet hit from Giants DT Keith Hamilton in the third quarter and completed two more passes on that drive enroute to Buffalo's final touchdown.'
Giants' report card [5:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rushing Offense: F. Tiki Barber gained 20 yards on 12 carries, including an amazing one yard on three carries in the second half. The Bills have a good rushing defense, but they're not the '85 Bears. They were ranked 11th in the NFL and were giving up 104.1 rushing yards per game. It's not all Barber's fault - the offensive line was terrible - but he didn't make many defenders miss.'
Flunking Every Subject [4:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We cannot block people. We don't tackle people. We don't cover people. We don't catch the ball in critical situations. I have never seen it and never in my seven years here have we ever played football the way we are playing right now. Honestly, I am at a loss for words."'
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