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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2003

Marker Backlash [1:20 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'In fact, the Pats appeared dazed (pregame Novocain for everyone!) in falling behind, 21-0, with 10:24 left in the second quarter. Their new-look secondary was toasted. Their vaunted pass rush was muffled. Their receivers were invisible. Their quarterback threw four interceptions and slunk back into the locker room at halftime with a utterly ridiculous QB rating of 5.3.'

Marker Milloy's replacement stands up, takes the hit [1:19 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Asked if he thought the Pats defensive backfield seemed confused, Moulds (four catches for 81 yards) said: ‘‘At times they did. Sometimes when we used motion with Bobby (Shaw) or Josh (Reed) they got confused. Anytime you have a veteran back there like Milloy, he handles the situation and defuses it. They didn't have that guy to do that today and I think it hurt them a little bit.'''

Marker Pats-thetic [1:18 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'The Patriots ran only three offensive plays in the first quarter.'

Marker New England left dazed and confused [1:16 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'For really the first time in his four seasons in New England, Belichick yesterday looked stupid.'

Marker New Faces Make Big Impact [11:46 AM] reports: '"Our defense stepped up and played tremendous," Bledsoe said. "I practiced against them all the way through training camp and saw them a lot, but I didn't know they were going to play like that. If they can step up and create turnovers for us, make teams go three and out, it will make things a lot easier on us."'

Marker Buffalo roams atop AFC East [11:44 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It was only one Sunday, the first of 17, but if one can take anything away from it, it's that the class of the AFC East might once again be in Orchard Park, N.Y, while the Dolphins might not come close to being the team they've been in the past.'

Marker Bills have that 'Super' look again [10:51 AM] reports: 'In thoroughly mugging the New England Patriots 31-0, the Bills sent a resounding message to the rest of the NFL that they aren't merely better than they have been in recent seasons, but that they are the legitimate powerhouse they set out to build with what easily became the league's most impressive offseason/preseason shopping spree. By most assessments, the Patriots were considered the best team in the AFC East, if not the entire AFC. They were the team that embarrassed the Bills twice last season.'

Marker Patriot games [10:17 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'In some ways, I feel sorry for Milloy. He's furious with me for reporting the tampering story, and I can't repeat what he said to me in a hallway outside the Bills' locker room after Sunday's game against his former club. Suffice it to say he was fairly strident in telling me never to approach him again as long as I dwell on the planet earth, with quite a bit of emphasis.'

Marker And away they go [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Patriots Drew Bledsoe, the quarterback; Sam Adams, a defensive tackle; and Lawyer Milloy, a safety, all had a starring roles for Buffalo.'

Marker New Bills right on the money [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Over the first 20 minutes of play, the Bills outgained the Patriots in yardage, 193 to minus-4.'

Marker Lawyer makes Pats pay for divorce [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It definitely feels good," Milloy said of beating his former team. "But it feels good in a positive way, not a personal vendetta way." Yeah, right.'

Marker Patriots' act suffers from missing Milloy [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just didn't play well," Belichick said. "We didn't play well, we didn't coach well, we didn't do anything well. We just got beat."'

Marker After turning heads, Bills keep theirs on straight [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Was the new defense overhyped? It was better than anyone imagined.'

Marker Adams' 37-yard touchdown gallop provides day's biggest smiles [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'll be honest," said safety Pierson Prioleau. "I didn't know he could move that fast. But I did know he was a fierce competitor. I knew that when there's a play to be made he has the ability to make those plays. So it didn't surprise me that he moved that fast when it was time to make a play."'

Marker Henry, Bills run Patriots into the ground [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How far has Marques Sullivan fallen from grace? The former starting right guard did not dress for Sunday's game.'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unsung Hero: WR Bobby Shaw might creep up the depth chart following his performance on Sunday. Shaw caught three passes for 51 yards and did most of his damage early when the Bills built a 14-0 lead.'

Marker Van ready to retire as play-by-play voice [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been a great ride," Miller said. "The Bills have been very, very supportive. I've enjoyed the heck out of it."'

Marker Patriots overruled [8:13 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'In the end, Buffalo beat New England 31-0 - the worst season-opening loss in Patriots' history - and the game really wasn't that close.'

Marker Still holding court, on the field and off [8:13 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'The Patriots insisted Milloy's departure and consequent signing with Buffalo was not a distraction this week, that they had moved on. Well, he was certainly a distraction on the field.'

Marker Secondary expects growing pains [8:12 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"It was important for us to hold them to no points," said defensive tackle Sam Adams. "Because if you hold them to no points, we can win every game."'

Marker A sunny D-light [5:36 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ When the ball is thrown and a 370-pound defensive tackle picks it out of the air and runs it into the end zone, things were going our way.”'

Marker Debut of new defense is simply smashing [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Sunday, this good-looking-on-paper Bills defense became good to the touch, putting action behind all those words.'

Marker Glorious win, but it's just one [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills LB Takeo Spikes: How about that for a debut? Two interceptions, a pass deflection when he leveled Troy Brown on a play over the middle, enough raw energy and emotion to light up the dark side of the moon. He is exactly what the Bills have lacked since the departure of Cornelius Bennett — a playmaking linebacker.'

Marker Patriots' Brady struggles against Bills [5:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Intercepted four times, Brady finished with a 20.4 passing efficiency rating.'

Marker Bills' message to Belichick: You blew it [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“ Having my name called out and getting the fans going with my hand thrusts, it felt like I had always been here, my whole career,” Milloy said. “ At that point, I knew that I was going to be OK. I was playing football for fans that really appreciate it. I was in an atmosphere where they make the player feel like he is needed and not the other way around.”'

Marker If the Bills keep winning, MNF will be a big loser [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Week 1 couldn’t have been better for the Bills. Not only did they crush New England 31-0, but Miami, New England and the New York Jets all lost and looked lousy in the process.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'With the 500-pound Belichick gorilla off his back, Gregg Williams had a bounce in his step. Smart game plans by Kevin Gilbride, Jerry Gray and Dick LeBeau helped Bills turned tide on Patriots, who dominated both meetings a year ago.'

Marker Bills get plenty of ink from prognosticators [5:29 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Yes, the forecast is for 10 victories and a playoff spot for the Bills and, though I do so with some hesitation, I admit to joining the believers who see a return to the playoffs and a contract extension for Williams.'

Marker Bills make Pats pay [5:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"What we said from Day 1 is that our team has to get better around (Bledsoe)," said Bills coach Gregg Williams. "Drew just has to play quarterback. As a team, last year we weren't good enough."'

Marker Revenge is sweet [5:27 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In the team's walk-through on Saturday, Bills coach Gregg Williams asked Milloy how many downs he could play. "He looked me in the eye and said, 'I want to play in every one of them,' " Williams said. "That's all I needed to know."'

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