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Buffalo Bills News - November 16, 2003

Marker NFL PrimeTime HQ! (ESPN chat) [7:20 PM]
ESPN reports: Adam(Buffalo): Tom, do you think the Bills coaching staff should be fired or is it their personel to blame for these awful couple of weeks?

Tom Jackson: (5:11 PM ET ) I'll just say this. I bet that Kevin Gilbride is fired this week. Les Steckel could be calling their plays next week. Gilbride is the offensive coordinator there and Ralph Wilson wanted to fire him last week.

Marker Bills RB Henry continued playing with cracked fibula [7:18 PM]
AP reports: 'Henry was injured after a 3-yard run up the middle inside the Texans' 10. It appeared linebacker Jay Foreman rolled up on the back of Henry's leg when he was down.'

Marker Texans hold on in Buffalo bout [4:21 PM] reports: 'Bledsoe hit TE Mark Campbell for a six yard gain to the one yard-line but on Henry's next carry, Texans SS Eric Brown pushed him back for a one-yard loss to force a 4th and 2. The Bills opted for a 20-yard Lindell field goal to put the score at 9-8, continuing an 11-quarter stretch without a touchdown.'

Marker Houston 12, Buffalo 10 [4:10 PM]
AP reports: 'In its last three games, Buffalo has combined for 21 points, including three safeties. Its last offensive score was Henry's 14-yard run with 10:24 left in a 24-7 win over Washington on Oct. 19.'

Marker Houston 12, Buffalo 10 [4:09 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills (4-6) could have taken Johnson down, but cornerback Nate Clements and linebacker London Fletcher failed to complete their tackles. Safety Pierson Prioleau tried to catch the rookie receiver, but was unable to prevent Johnson from giving Houston a 6-5 lead.'

Marker Texans QB Carr hurts right shoulder [3:07 PM]
AP reports: 'Texans quarterback David Carr hurt his right shoulder and was replaced by backup Tony Banks in the first half of Houston's game at Buffalo on Sunday.'

Marker Bills OT Williams hurt in car accident [3:06 PM]
AP reports: 'According to police, Williams was reaching for something that he dropped and lost control of his pickup, ending up in the ditch. Williams was the only person involved in the accident about three miles from the stadium, police said.'

Marker Texans suspend Coleman, Peek [3:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Houston Texans cornerback Marcus Coleman and linebacker Antwan Peek were suspended for an unspecified violation of team policy and will miss Sunday's game against Buffalo.'

Marker For Bills, it's right here, right now [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said the Bills need to find a way to get their confidence back. "I think certain parts of our game are coming together," he said. "But you get to a point where you're not playing as well as you would like, then you start to press and step outside yourself, and instead of getting better you wind up getting worse. Somehow we have to continue to work hard and not get discouraged, which is not easy to do, and make a play or two. Make a play, you feel good about it and then I think it's kind of a self-fulfilling prophecy. You start feeling good and start expecting success and success seems to follow suit."'

Marker Bills are desperate to get off the beaten path [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'At 4-5, the Bills aren't out of the playoff chase - at least not yet. But they have left themselves with no more room for error.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills' free fall ends, at least temporarily, with a 22-16 win.'

Marker Today's key matchup [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry must be salivating at the chance to go against NFL's 31st-ranked rushing defense.'

Marker Fan blitz on Bledsoe off target [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's a relatively simple way for the Bills to win a lot more games with Bledsoe as their quarterback: Run the football and design maximum protection (without putting Sam Gash in motion to run pass routes) to give him time to set his feet and pass.'

Marker Stopping on a dime [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have been looking for big plays from the defense all year, but they have forced just 10 turnovers. Winfield hasn't picked off a pass since Nov. 11, 2001, against the Patriots. He doesn't have an interception in a game the Bills won since 1999, when they beat Miami his rookie year. "I've had my hands on a few balls," Winfield said. "I've dropped some. I really don't get that many opportunities and when I do I haven't come up with them. I don't have the interceptions, but I have the tackles. I don't really give up many deep balls for touchdowns and stuff like that. General managers and everybody will look at that."'

Marker Athlete, volunteer, Bills fan: the all-around Mary Wilson [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think what makes this place incredible is really the people," Mary Wilson said. "I think people take more time with people here."'

Marker Bills need to really hammer it home [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Cincinnati hammered Houston with 57 runs, good for 240 yards, in a 34-27 win last Sunday. Bills running back Travis Henry would love to see the coaching staff keep it simple today against Houston’s injury riddled, 31st-ranked defense. “Oh, yeah, most definitely,” he said. “They’ve shown you can run on them, there’s a lot of creases in that defense, they give up a lot of lanes to run through. I don’t see why we shouldn’t be able to move the ball on them.”'

Marker Q&A: Willis McGahee [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What do you miss most about college?
“College girls.”'

Marker Bills fumble on turnovers, sacks [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Since 2001, the Bills rank last in the NFL in both turnover differential and sack differential (excluding the second-year Houston Texans). That’s a parlay guaranteed to lose a lot of football games.'

Marker Bills’ playoff hopes face must-win [5:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, surprisingly, the Bills’ faithful remain loyal, producing the fifth home sellout in as many games this season.'

Marker Oh, Henry [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans have allowed an average of 137 rushing yards a game, fourth-worst in the NFL. Not surprisingly, opposing offensive coordinators are watching game tape and making it a point to exploit the Texans' injury-depleted defensive line.'

Marker Position-by-position matchups [5:10 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'It has become painfully obvious that the Texans can't defend the run, and the Bills will exploit that on a day when the conditions could make it difficult to throw the ball. Buffalo's defense has been solid, but the Texans consistently have moved the ball on good defenses this season. The offense can't afford to leave plays on the field, as it did in last week's loss to Cincinnati. If it does, the result will be the same.'

Marker Fangio still has a Jones for a good challenge [5:09 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'All of which sends Fangio scrambling in against the Buffalo Bills the way he has since the start of the season, scheming and plotting and playing chess without the right number of pieces, juggling with one arm. The defense that a year ago was eighth-best overall in the league now is ranked 31st.'

Marker Knee injuries play havoc with running back corps [5:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'A recent survey of NFL physicians showed that nearly 90 percent of NFL athletes who tore the ACL -- the primary stabilizing ligament in the knee -- were able to return to competition after surgery. That doesn't mean all were as good as they were before their injury. The Buffalo Bills, the Texans' opponent today, are counting on the percentages after selecting former Miami running back Willis McGahee late in the first round of this year's draft despite serious health questions. The All-America running back, projected as a top draft pick, tore the ACL, the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) early in the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes' 31-24 double-overtime loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.'

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November 15, 2003

Marker Forward thinking [3:13 PM] reports: 'However, as far as Foreman is concerned, there would be no place better to turn that around than tomorrow in Ralph Wilson Stadium, where he enjoyed his first three seasons in the NFL. He will not admit to holding any grudges against his old squad, but the fire burns deep within him to even the mark against the team that traded him, after Buffalo defeated the Texans last year 31-24 here in Houston. “It might mean a little bit more, but not too much more," Foreman said. "Maybe last year it meant more because I had just been traded and I still didn’t know how to act or react to the trade."'

Marker Reed Making Strides in Second Season [3:10 PM] reports: '"My confidence is very high right now. It has to be because of the fact that the coaches let a good player like Peerless Price go because they believed that I was good enough to do the job."'

Marker Bills Punter Moorman Kicking For a Cure [3:10 PM] reports: 'The punter donates $100 each time he kicks inside the 20 yard mark, and his goal is to get a pledge form out in which other people can donate along with him. The main thing for Moorman is that he is getting awareness for pediatric cancer research and helping to raise the percentage of children that survive it.'

Marker Texans are crawling toward respectability [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps the biggest difference in the Texans is their feistiness. Two of their last three losses were by seven points or less, and a 30-21 defeat at Indianapolis was closer than the final score indicated.'

Marker Moulds may miss game with Texans [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given the importance of Sunday's game it would take a lot to keep Moulds on the sideline. But he has maintained he wouldn't play if he were unable to help the team.'

Marker Bills aren't about to bail on Drew [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the 17 games since, the Bills are 7-10 including 1-8 on the road. During that stretch Bledsoe’s QB rating is 73.4, he averages almost 100 yards less passing per game and has thrown 14 TDs compared to 18 interceptions.'

Marker Benching Gilbride may serve Bills best [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Let Gilbride work on the game plan during the week, but on game day the demanding job of operating that plan needs a fresh set of eyes.'

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