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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2003

Marker Born to run? Bills fail to prove it all night [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was supposed to be a statement game, a chance to answer some of the critics' questions, an opportunity for the Bills to show the nation and their NFL peers that they are worthy of consideration as a Super Bowl contender. Instead, the loss renewed lingering doubts about this team.'

Marker Dolphins, Surtain let defense do the talking [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Surtain refrained from gloating over the victory or his team's success at keeping Moulds from being a factor. But it was obvious that Surtain will savor this game for a while.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Halfback option??? That awful call blew up worse than last week's fake punt. It took away Bills' chance at big momentum.'

Marker Grading the Dolphins [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Give play-caller Norv Turner credit. He kept hammering away with Ricky and dominated time of possession.'

Marker Dolphins, with power of Williams, vanquish Bills [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It was a debacle.'

Marker Time to think inside the box [5:27 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '4.6 -- Drew Bledsoe’s quarterback rating in the first half, about 140 points below his final rating last week.'

Marker That AFC title will take some work [5:26 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'A junior high ploy to get Moulds off his game? Perhaps, but it worked.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:25 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When Drew Bledsoe is good, he’s very good, and when he’s bad, well, he’s very bad.'

Marker Making Bills pay [5:24 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The heroics were enough to overcome an offense that gave away almost as many points as it scored and tried to give the game away.'

Marker Secondary stands out [5:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Sam and Pat and Brock and those guys really played football tonight,'' Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. ``[That was] as outstanding a defensive effort as I've been around in a long time.'''

Marker Ricky gets carried away [5:22 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Seemingly growing strong as the game went on, Williams added 69 yards on 14 carries in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Bills defender gives Fiedler fits [5:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Against a Bills unit that came into the game ranked eighth in the NFL in total defense and eighth against the pass, Fiedler held his own, even though it took a while to move the offense early.'

Marker Angry defense gets its man [5:20 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''They changed their scheme for us, but we made mistakes and didn't make plays,'' Moulds said. ``They double-teamed all game and basically said I wasn't going to be the guy to beat them. I didn't make plays when I had a chance to. It hurt us.'''

Marker Longest 5 yards of Fiedler's life? You be the judge [5:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Makes you wonder, too, having seen how overwhelming Miami's defense was: How in the world did these Dolphins ever lose to the Houston Texans?'

Marker Buffalo discovers Miami's faithful never give up [5:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''A true heavyweight fight on both sides,'' coach Dave Wannstedt called this nose-to-nose savagery. Say this: The Bills never quit trying or trash-talking.'

Marker 'Heavyweight fight' leaves both teams bruised, bloody [5:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A true heavyweight fight, yes. But a TKO, the loser with eyes swollen, beaten shut.'

Marker Greg Cote and Dan Le Batard break down Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills [5:16 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Buffalo hasnt been slowed this way all season, and Miami reduced Drew Bledsoe and his band of merry men to a pile of dust and rubble. The Bills couldnt run, couldnt get open, couldnt breathe, and that suffocation started with the carnivores up front. Travis Henry was a Pro Bowler last year. Miami's D-line made him look like a pro bowler.'

Marker Key matchup No. 1 [5:15 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Play: FS Marion intercepts a pass by Bills QB Drew Bledsoe in the end zone on third-and-goal from the Miami 8-yard line. The play stopped the second of two strong scoring threats by Buffalo in the first half as the Dolphins defense didn't allow the Bills to score an offensive point. What happened: This was a terrific bit of defense and a very poor bit of work by Bledsoe. The Dolphins were excellent in bracketing WR Josh Reed on the right side and forcing Bledsoe to stare down Moulds. Bledsoe made life worse for himself by staring at Moulds and holding the ball. Marion deftly moved in from underneath to snare the ball before Moulds had a chance.'

Marker Bledsoe starts slow, gets worse [5:14 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Miami did a great job of changing things up,'' Bledsoe said. ``They threw things at us we have never seen them do. But we have to respond to the situation.'''

Marker Royals still not back in fans' good graces [5:13 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Although Royals averaged a relatively decent 42 yards on three punts in the first half, the attempts were not exactly impressive.'

Marker Dolphins stymie Bills behind Williams [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe was intercepted twice and sacked four times while throwing for only 98 yards in a 10-for-25 outing.'

Marker Heavy dose of Ricky is the plan [5:11 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Bills eventually wore down from trying to stop Williams. He had 45 yards at halftime on 18 carries and two receptions, touching the ball on 59 percent of the Dolphins' plays.'

Marker Bills' offense doesn't get much time to do its job [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'By working Williams overtime, the Dolphins were able to maintain possession for 40:50, leaving Bledsoe only 19:10 to work. The Bills came in averaging 32:30 and 346.5 yards in their first three games and had scored 69 points.'

Marker A useful grudge is back -- no spit [5:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It wasn't all Surtain. It was Jason Taylor jawing at Moulds as he broke the huddle. It was Marion standing over him on the Bills' first series of the third quarter, when he couldn't pull in a pass slightly in front of him. It was any other Dolphin you could think of trying to get a word in. It was a team that acted like one, guys taking up for their teammate.'

Marker Dolphins defense full of fury [5:08 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe came off like Nancy Drew, completing 10 of 25 passes for 98 yards and a handle-with-tweezers 18.4 rating (he entered the game with a 112.5 rating). Even that overstates his night. Before its final drive, the Bills had more penalty yardage (84) than total offense (67).'

Marker Familiarity no help to Rogers [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Rogers is familiar with Buffalo special teams coach Danny Smith and much of his personnel. Smith and the Bills also are familiar with Rogers, who had a down year in 2002.'

Marker Lights out for Bills [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"This isn't shocking, this is pleasing," said defensive end Adewale Ogunleye, who had two sacks. "Drew is a future Hall of Fame quarterback. But man, we've got players all over the locker room, too."'

Marker Ricky's special Sunday sealed with a kiss [5:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"He's the best back in the league," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said. "He was the best back in the league last year, and he's the best back in the league now."'

Marker Fiedler the fighter perfect fit for Dolphins [5:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Look at the Buffalo Bills, hottest team in the AFC East. Last week they scored 38 points at Jacksonville, this week at Pro Player Stadium the only touchdown they get is provided by the defense and Miami gives them a 17-7 plunking.'

Marker Buffalo's offense disappears [5:03 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Instead, the Bills quarterback had one of the worst days of his career, completing 10-of-25 passes for 98 yards and two interceptions -- numbers actually padded by a four-completion drive good for 40 yards in the final moments of the game.'

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