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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2003

Marker Bledsoe keeps victory in perspective [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it was a little bit of a statement game for us," Bledsoe said. "We came out and said, "Listen, it's not just on paper where we got better. We actually can take it to the field.' But that being said, in this league you've got to prove it every week. We made a bit of a statement, but we also woke some people up."'

Marker Spikes nails fans' affection in Bills debut [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I checked out every one of them, man," Spikes said Monday afternoon. "Empire Sports, ESPN, CNN, ESPN2. I checked out everything. It was a sight to see."'

Marker QB Doman added to practice squad [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He gives you a threat on the perimeter," Williams said. "He gives you a threat with his feet that should he ever get in a ball game he can makes some plays out of nothing."'

Marker Donahoe's efforts successful so far [8:10 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'Although it was only one game, there was undoubtedly something different about this Bills team that I haven't seen in quite some time. Come to think of it, probably since the seasons surrounding that opening-day win over the Rams in '92 I had mentioned earlier. Could you feel it?'

Marker Are Bills now the favorite in the AFC East? [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What did they really do? The Patriots aren’t exactly like shutting down Joe Montana’s 49ers.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who was Bill Belichick trying to kid when he kept denying that the Lawyer Milloy saga had nothing to do with his team’s performance? He kept saying the Bills totally outplayed the Patriots, and he was right, but to think his strange release of Milloy and his subsequent signing by Buffalo did not play a factor in the game is out of touch with reality.'

Marker Wire still stands tall [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Coy is a special young man and he made some significant plays in the special teams, plays that were needed for us on open-field plays,” Williams said Monday. “ He’s a good football player.”'

Marker M&T signs 5-year marketing agreement [5:19 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'M&T Bank has signed a 5-year marketing agreement with the Buffalo Bills that gives the it high profile exposure at Ralph Wilson Stadium and the status of "official bank" of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Milloy issue lingering [5:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"Lawyer is no longer here. To my understanding he's probably not gonna come back, so we can't count on that. I mean, I want my granddaddy to come back, but I've been waiting a long time and he ain't coming back. The chances of me suiting up here with Lawyer again, you know, miracles can happen, but I don't see any. As soon as we win or as soon as they lose, things are going to be forgotten."'

Marker Defeat a team effort [5:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots came out with a surprising lack of emotion, considering it was opening day, against a division rival, with Milloy and Drew Bledsoe on the opposing team. "There wasn't really a lot for us to build on and that is because we didn't make enough plays for us to build positively on," Belichick said. "I think it is hard to be emotionally positive when things aren't going well and they certainly didn't go well early in that game and that is our fault."'

Marker No big comeback for Pats [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Even when the Patriots were down 21-0 to the Buffalo Bills at halftime on Sunday, linebacker Rosevelt Colvin was convinced his team could erase the deficit.'

Marker Belichick stays away from Milloy issue [5:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Patriots coach Bill Belichick said the club does not intend to pursue allegations of personnel tampering by the Washington Redskins in their pursuit of strong safety Lawyer Milloy.'

Marker Reviews poor on opener [5:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'QUARTERBACK -- F-minus. Bad! Bad! Very bad!'

Marker Law: Let gones be bygones [5:13 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"He got something off his back by proving that he can go out there and he's still the same player he's always been and even better," Law said. "If you put anybody in the right situation, they can make plays. Lawyer's one of those types of guys. He proved to everyone that he has not lost a step. He makes plays. Everyone will have a down year. Hall of Famers have down years."'

Marker Patriots Seek To Put Loss, Milloy Behind [5:12 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'But Law agreed with his teammates that it was foolish to believe that Milloy joining the Bills led to the Patriots' loss. "It was a distraction early in the [previous] week," Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour said. "But it had nothing to do with [losing] 31-0. People got to come, people got to go. That's a part of life. You're still a professional athlete. If someone lets that affect them, that's their fault."'

Marker Milloy left hole in heart of secondary [5:11 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Truth is, the Pats may go 15-1, 1-15 or 8-8, and we'll never know what the events of Sept. 2 had to do with any of it. Milloy may be a big part of the Bills winning the division. Or we may find out he's lost a step, that his overall game has slipped, which the Pats hinted at. Six, eight, 10 weeks from now, with a lot of football played, we'll know a lot more about the Patriots and Bills, and the true meaning of Lawyer Milloy being up there instead of down here. In the meantime, only this matters. Bills 1-0, Pats 0-1.'

Marker Perhaps Patriots lost more than Bills gained [5:10 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'It’s impossible to conclude that everything that went wrong against the Bills can be traced directly back to Tuesday when Belichick cut Milloy, though everyone has the right to make an educated guess. It is, however, entirely possible that the Bills were simply a better-prepared team. Or perhaps they’re just the better team.'

Marker Jags haven't found ticket to fans' hearts [5:08 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Two days before the NFL blackout deadline, there are still 9,871 tickets to be sold to avoid the first television blackout of a home opener.'

Marker Bills Make Practice Squad Moves [5:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Doman was drafted by San Francisco in the fifth round of the 2002 Draft out of BYU and was the 49ers third quarterback for every game last season. He was in the Niners 2003 training camp but was released prior to the start of the regular season.'

Marker Patriots-Bills Game Notes [5:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 31-point margin of victory tied the 12th largest in team history and was Buffalo’s largest since 10/30/94 when the Bills defeated the Chiefs, 44-10.'

Marker Van Miller To Retire As Radio Play-By-Play Man [5:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The Houston comeback game will never be duplicated," said Miller. Quite possibly, neither will Van Miller.'

Marker The Day After: Gregg Williams Comments [5:04 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I have the same attitude today as I had yesterday. It was a nice win but it's only week 1 and the first one. We've got a lot to work on."'

Marker Inside slant [5:03 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"Well, I'll tell you, it's better than the stock market," team owner Ralph Wilson said of his hefty investment in his defense.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Last year the Bills tied a team futility mark with just 10 interceptions. Sunday they picked off four Tom Brady passes and Sam Adams, the hulking defensive tackle, returned one 37 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'FB Sam Gash was at his bruising best. It's hard to believe New England ever let him get away in 1997 after he had played six years there. He is without question the best blocking back in the league and he will make a big difference in the Bills' running game. He led Travis Henry across the goal line on Henry's first-quarter 1-yard TD plunge, and spent all day smashing into Patriots.'

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Marker One less genius? [9:52 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'In fact, if you ask Brady, he'll tell you the real "genius" is new Bills Assistant Head Coach Dick LeBeau, whose assortment of blitzes and coverages confounded the Pats offense. An up the gut blitz from middle linebacker London Fletcher disrupted Brady on the throw that went into the waiting mitts of Sam Adams, and Adams provided the sight of the day by rumbling 37 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Newest Bill helps Buffalo form winning strategy [9:45 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: '"He did help. Most of what he did tell us we kind of felt we knew, but we got confirmation from him on those things. He did give us little tips as to how they would try and play certain things."'

Marker Heat is on Belichick to get team back on track [9:43 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Losing a football game, albeit harshly, to a good and emotional Buffalo Bills team is not a crime. But losing a potentially great football team, in early September, would.'

Marker Milloy's gone, and Pats must get over it now [9:41 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'With the 73,262 here in attendance and millions watching nationally, Law stomped, pouted and screamed like a 3-year-old denied a hug. New England was nowhere near ready for this. Even the opposition knew it.'

Marker Linebackers, Washington let Patriots down on run [9:40 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Linebackers Tedy Bruschi (5 tackles) and Ted Johnson (6 tackles) didn't stuff the run up tight, nor did Mike Vrabel on the outside. In addition, 375-pound Ted Washington was a nonfactor, getting in on just three hits all day.'

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