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Buffalo Bills News - October 4, 2003

Marker Run game crosses a fine line [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s always easy to beat up on the offensive line,” Brown said the other day.'

Marker Bills backers from abroad [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You see, 28-year-old Lux and 37-year-old Stritzel are from Germany, and while it can’t be officially proven, they are very likely the biggest Bills fans in all of Europe. “I just loved the power and the color of this logo,” Lux said. “I fell in love like that (snapping his fingers) and I’ve been a Bills fan ever since.”'

Marker Lewis likes new tailback Watson [5:33 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Winfield has 39 tackles, including eight for loss. He and Clements are responsible for holding opposing quarterbacks to a 58.7 passer rating, an AFC low. "They've got their head in the backfield, they're looking at the quarterback, and they're going to take chances," Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna said. "The one (Winfield) is small, but pound for pound, he hits pretty good. You don't want to challenge him."'

Marker Five questions with . . . [5:31 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Who's your pick to win the World Series?
"It doesn't matter now with the Seattle Mariners out of it."

Marker Plenty of Blame [5:30 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction. Bledose wakes up. Gilbride remembers to call some running plays. Takeo Spikes flies all over the field. The Bengals are better, but not this Sunday.'

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October 3, 2003

Marker Spikes TV [1:10 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It's big; it's real big," Spikes said. "Just to know where I've come from, knowing where I'm at now, and knowing where I want to go, that's how big an emotional game this game is going to be for me."'

Marker Bills Games Played On October 5 [11:41 AM] reports: 'Sunday, October 5, 1980 - Bills 26, San Diego 24....Kush's heroics enabled the Bills to win their first game on the West Coast since 1966 and to return home as professional football's only undefeated team.'

Marker LeBeau revisited [11:40 AM] reports: 'LeBeau seems forever tagged as “great assistant, bad head coach,” yet Kitna thinks LeBeau can still be an excellent head man, “but he needs a team that has veteran leadership that steps up and says, ‘You can’t do it like this.’ Everyone says he wasn’t a strong disciplinarian,” Kitna said. “To me, that says we didn’t have the right leadership in the locker room. Ultimately, he shouldn’t have to be the disciplinarian. If you talk to guys on other teams, the 49ers back in the day, they take care of a lot of things through the veterans.”'

Marker How can Cincy build on its first win under Marvin Lewis? [11:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The Bengals have been in every game and unlike the Bears or the Jets, you can see the week to week improvement. They're playing a good Bills team that needs to settle down and find their rhythm.'

Marker Johnson gets shot at carrying load [9:39 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Coach Marvin Lewis did not commit to Johnson taking the lead role at Buffalo, saying he would continue to work Bennett into the mix. But if anyone is called on to grind out tough yards, there’s little doubt it will be Johnson.'

Marker Bengals tight ends coming up with big catches [9:38 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: 'Longtime Bengals player and assistant coach Tim Krumrie is in his first season as defensive line coach for the Buffalo Bills, Cincinnati’s opponent Sunday. As a player, Krumrie was legendary for his toughness and intensity. Apparently, nothing has changed.'

Marker Clements seeks more consistency [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think Nate sets the bar high," Gray said. "I think that's what he's working to get to. Any time you are a top corner in this league, it's called consistency. Either you are getting a lot of interceptions and not giving up plays or you're getting no interceptions and you're not giving up plays. But No. 1, you're not giving up plays."'

Marker McNabb's foes know Limbaugh is wrong [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It sounds like a jealous comment, a racist comment coming from a jealous standpoint," Gash said. "Black people play quarterback, white people play quarterback and it doesn't really matter. I don't think you should single out any position based on race or creed. . . . I don't look at Drew (Bledsoe) and say, "He should be a better white quarterback.' "'

Marker Bills upbeat on sales of premium seats [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four months into their sales drive for suites and club seats, the Bills have compiled somewhat stronger numbers, selling between half and three-quarters of the different types of premium seats for three- and five-year commitments that begin next fall.'

Marker The game within the game [6:30 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"They've got two real good, respectable cover corners and to me the best run support corner I've ever seen is Antoine Winfield," said Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson, never one to miss a chance to talk trash about another player but who became serious when talking about Buffalo's corners. "Most DB's do not want to make tackles, but in this game and this situation we're playing against the whole package -- cover, tackle, the whole nine yards."'

Marker Warrick yin to Johnson's yang [5:47 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Through four games, Peter Warrick and Chad Johnson are just one of three wide receiver duos each with 20-plus receptions.'

Marker Bledsoe must step it up [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The only thing I’ll say on that, is that it was a stupid, stupid play,” he said, as if to take out a paddle and spank himself. “I was scrambling, and as I looked to the sidelines, I saw that big ‘4’ (on the down marker). There’s no place to hide. It was just a dumb play.”'

Marker Lewis: Can the ‘trash’ [5:27 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"If guys have to go out and talk about what they are going to do, then they don't have much confidence because they are trying to convince themselves they can do it," Lewis said.'

Marker Bledsoe concerns defense [5:26 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"He's outstanding at throwing the football and he plays with some toughness in there," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said. "He's not a guy who shies away from getting hit. Obviously, he's been a big part of the improvement of the Bills over the last two years. He's a fine quarterback."'

October 2, 2003

Marker Cincinnati (1-3) at Buffalo (2-2) Sunday, 1:00 pm EDT [8:49 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Marvin Lewis had a chance to become coach of the Buffalo Bills following the 2000 season. But the Bills ultimately decided on Gregg Williams. [Lewis rejected the Bills.]

Marker In-season changes do little good [8:29 PM]
ESPN reports: Longtime league assistant Hank Bullough, who went 2-10 after inheriting the Buffalo Bills four games into the 1985 season, once noted: "You're in the middle of the hill, the snowball is coming at you, and they want you to figure out a way to push that thing back up the mountain. Good luck."

Marker Schobel sets double-digit sack goal [5:39 PM]
AP reports: '''Because of how I play, I think I'm always going to get a decent amount of sacks,'' he said. ''But I was more dominating in college. And I want to get that feel back. ... And that's when I'll be satisfied. I ain't saying sacks, I'm just saying where I can beat a guy as consistently as I did in college week to week.'''

Marker Henry continues to improve [4:46 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I feel better than I did yesterday," said Henry, who was still limited during Thursday's workout. "It feels pretty good."'

Marker Bills-Bengals Game Sold Out [1:26 PM] reports: 'So far, all three home games in 2003 have sold out by the blackout deadline.'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Cincinnati [1:26 PM] reports: '"I don't think that our confidence has fallen off. I still think that we believe that we can play with anybody when we take the field. We expect to win each time we take the field. We've just got to go out and produce a little bit more. It's been frustrating. You go and watch the film and we'll hit a play and have a penalty. Or we'll come out and have a negative play early and then have to convert a long-yard situation. We've kind of been forcing ourselves to fight some up hill battles with some circumstances that have come up. We need to be a little bit cleaner in our execution across the board. If we do that then we start converting our third downs and we can be a little bit more patient with the running game and get things going."'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Cincinnati [1:25 PM] reports: '"The doctors are involved everyday and really it came down to the basic part of us and Travis (Henry), what he can withstand and what was pertain to do with the long season left to go. There's some give and take there but we trust our doctors and they basically said he was good to go if he can stand it."'

Marker Running on empty [1:20 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' offensive line has not controlled the line of scrimmage in the running game the past three weeks. They have run 58 times the past three games for 105 yards - a 1.8-yard average.'

Marker Buffalo's Spikes awaits former team [1:09 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Bengals got into the win column in Cleveland, but Buffalo is an entirely different animal. Spikes will be extremely fired up for this contest and he'll likely wreak havoc in the Cincinnati backfield. Expect the Bengals to implode with at least three turnovers in this one. Cincy hasn't won consecutive road games since 1995 and that trend will continue this week.'

Marker Brady, Bledsoe must limit mistakes if Pats, Bills are to keep pace [11:17 AM] reports: Bills QB Drew Bledsoe and Patriots QB Tom Brady absolutely have killed their teams' chances when they've been slightly off the past season and a quarter, and if these teams are to have a realistic shot at the Super Bowl, these two signal-callers will have to become more consistent and reliable, particularly in protecting the ball. Of course, it would help if their supporting casts were better, but that won't change anytime soon, so the pressure is on Brady and Bledsoe to adapt.

Marker Rudi, Rudi, Rudi [9:45 AM] reports: '“He’s a straight down-hill runner. He’s got great contact balance,” said Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, a former Bengal who recalled what his fellow Auburn alum did to the Bills in the preseason. “I know what he can do. A lot of the guys here know what he can do. When I was with Cincinnati, we came up here (last year) and nobody could even tackle Rudi. That’s what these guys are still talking about. He’s not as fast as damn Corey. He’s a power runner.”'

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