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Buffalo Bills News - October 21, 2003

Marker Chiefs vs Bills [2:09 PM] reports: 'Dick Vermeil is 3-0 vs. the Bills, making them the only team he has faced three or more times and has never lost against...Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is 0-3 in his three previous visits to Arrowhead Stadium...'.

Marker For now, the Bills silence the critics [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Buffalo is a playoff team, it has to win at either Kansas City or Dallas, then take three of the next four.'

Marker Bills' season turns topsy-turvy [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo might not be back on track for the season, but it's not sunk, either. The Bills ran the ball effectively against the Redskins, a first this season. They grabbed an early lead, the way they did against New England and Jacksonville. They dominated the line of scrimmage, unlike their games against Miami, Philadelphia and the Jets.'

Marker Levy to join 'Total Access' cast [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy has been signed to be an analyst for the signature show on the NFL Network that will premiere on DIRECTV on Nov. 4.'

Marker Chiefs one tough test for Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mostly, though, the Bills said they discovered something very important about themselves: They’re not good enough to win on talent alone.'

Marker Can the Bills win at Arrowhead? [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Drew Factor is huge here. He’s 1-6 in his last seven road games. Can this guy win a big game on the road? I have my doubts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills offense will be playing against a somewhat suspect defense, but it will have to do so in one of the noisiest stadiums in the NFL.'

Marker Redskins Report Card [5:12 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'The Bills took advantage of overly aggressive pursuit by the Redskins' linebackers to beat them with draws and delays. Travis Henry not only strung out the front seven, then turned the corner and ran through tacklers, he also moved well between the tackles. Very little pressure was put on quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Cornerback Champ Bailey had a rare off day and looked as if his broken wrist was getting worse, especially on tackles, instead of better. The Redskins also bit on a play-action, rollout pass and the result was a 10-year touchdown pass for Bledsoe. Those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it.'

Marker Inside slant [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I think so," cornerback Antoine Winfield said when asked if the team was going through a confidence crisis. "I think it started in the second half of the Miami game. After that, the last three or four games, we've just been in a lull. This game got us back on track."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Coaching: A -- Kevin Gilbride recognized that the Redskins were not particularly stout up front against the run, and that WR Eric Moulds wasn't going to play again, so he worked hard on making the running game work, and he succeeded. He used a variety of packages that utilized not only FB Sam Gash in the backfield, but tight ends Dave Moore and Ryan Neufeld. Late in the game there were even some three-tight end formations for additional blocking. It was the way to attack the Redskins, and the Bills made it work. On defense the Bills sent a variety of blitzes at Patrick Ramsey in an attempt to take advantage of Washington's suspect pass protection. The plan was to either sack Ramsey or force the second-year quarterback into hurrying throws and it worked. He completed just nine of 26 passes.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'KR Antonio Brown continues to struggle in his rookie season. He had six punt returns and averaged just 2.2 yards. He is ranked last in the league among regular punt returners.'

Marker Donahoe: Room for Henry and McGahee in Bills backfield [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '"You need more than one good back in this league," Donahoe said. "The good teams always have another good back because it's hard for anybody to carry the ball 28, 30 times a game over 16 games."'

Marker Running makes Bills smarter [5:07 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The reason everybody looks smarter and better, is that a successful running game does a whole lot of other good things for both the offense and defense. It helps make Bledsoe’s play action passes so much more effective, and helps run the clock while keeping the defense off the field.'

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October 20, 2003

Marker Let Gregg Williams Coach [8:27 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: Gregg Williams coached a great game Sunday, didn’t he? The offense had balance, the defense played with fire, the Bills dominated the game. That’s great coaching , right? Well if you want to rip the guy when things go so poorly (i.e. the Jets game) then give the guy some credit when it all comes together.

Marker Betts has broken arm [8:24 PM]
AP reports: Washington Redskins RB Ladell Betts has a broken left forearm and most likely will miss at least one game. Betts' arm was hit by a helmet while he was carrying the ball during the first half of Washington's 24-7 loss at Buffalo.

Marker Williams buys time with win [3:30 PM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: 'There was no excuse in losing to a winless team by 27 points last week. For Williams and his fellow camarillas to remain employed, Buffalo will have to make a statement in games they should win, instead of playing down to the other teams' level.'

Marker Bills enjoy an afternoon of self-discovery [3:28 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'But there they were dominating a foe the way the people who sign their paychecks, as well as those who cough up the cash in the form of ticket purchases, expected since last spring.'

Marker Bills and Henry trample Redskins [1:10 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“This had nothing to do with Willis,” he said, “this had to do with the Buffalo Bills and us getting back on track. After last week (30-3 loss to the Jets in the Meadowlands), there was a sour taste in everybody’s mouth and all the key players knew we had to come out and play good in front of the home crowd.”'

Marker A frustrating return ‘home’ for Smith [1:09 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It was certainly an emotional experience for me, coming back and seeing so many fans who were yelling and chanting and saying polite and kind words,” Smith said. “It was certainly a memorable experience for me. For all the years I’ve been here, they supported my career, and I just want to tell them thank you.”'

Marker Talley’s honors, and career games for Henry and Reed [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The crowd of 73,149 featured only 818 no-shows.'

Marker For Smith, It Was A Bittersweet Day [11:42 AM] reports: '“It’s frustrating to everyone on this team, from the coaches on down,” a disconsolate Smith said in the visiting locker room at Ralph Wilson Stadium. “Words can’t explain how this team feels and how I feel.”'

Marker Chief Concern [11:30 AM]
CNN / SI reports: HEY, LET'S NOT DIS THE BILLS. From Dan Baich of Buffalo: "I take offense at your reference that Indy's Monday night victory against Tampa Baby was the greatest comeback of our time. Let me remind you of January 1993, Houston Oilers at Buffalo Bills, AFC wild-card playoff game. The Bills, minus Jim Kelly and Cornelius Bennett, rally from a 35-3 deficit in the third quarter behind Frank Reich. The Bills eventually win 41-38 in overtime in the greatest comeback in NFL history, and the greatest sporting event I'm sure I will ever witness. Now, 1993 is not that long ago. I would consider it still "our time."

Good points. Let's compare. The Bills, at home, were down to Houston by 32 with 25 minutes to go. The Colts, on the road, were down to Tampa Bay by 21 with five minutes left. To me, the latter is a bigger, and better, comeback.

Marker Levy's Week 7 snapshot [11:28 AM] reports: Bills bounce the Redskins
I was in attendance for this game, and I must say that the Bills just totally dominated the game, even worse than the 24-7 final score suggests. They struck great balance in their offense, and their defense thrived with good gang-tackling.

Marker Bills exceed Smith's grasp [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're probably a little hard to figure out, huh?" said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "When we play to the level we expect to, we're going to be competitive against anybody."'

Marker As promised, Bills' 'D' dominates [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a tremendous effort," Spikes said. "We went out with a lot of energy for the most part. I haven't seen the film, but I can tell you once we look at the film you will be able to tell that we were fundamentally sound, doing the little things right. And once you bring a lot of energy to the party, the offense is clicking and everything just held together."'

Marker Bruce set to celebrate, but sacks never came [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"One day that will take place," Smith said. "Right now, I still have some more football left to play."'

Marker Bills find the blueprint they've been looking for [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A team with strong veteran leadership shouldn't reach the point where the 85-year-old owner is openly questioning its desire.'

Marker Moulds' brotherly advice elevates Reed's game [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am. I'm extremely proud of him," Moulds said. "Anytime a guy works that hard, you want him to have a lot of success."'

Marker Jennings shuts down Bruce [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You know I always get up for challenges," Jennings said. "Having a chance to go up against one of the all-time sack leaders is something I definitely looked forward to. He's going for the sack record and everybody wants to see if he's going to get it on me, so everybody is eyeballing me to see what's happening. I've got one job to do, and it's shut him down. That's all it boils down to - mano a mano."'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rob Johnson on getting booed: "Maybe they're mad that I got a Super Bowl ring."'

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