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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2003

Marker Herman Edwards Quotes [4:17 AM] reports: '"Well we had some fouls, you know we're generally not a penalized team but our fouls hurt us and backed us way up. We were starting minus 10, minus 15 and its hard to drive against a good football team like this and for most of the first half. We were always backed up. They had the one big long drive in the first half but we were still in the football game. In the second half, we get a big turnover, we don't get anything out of it and then they go on and make another long drive basically just running the ball.'

Marker Chad Pennington Quotes [4:16 AM] reports: '"They took it to us. This game is not real hard, they out executed us. Our defense played extremely well and kept us in the football game. They also have a good defense, when you play against a good defense you only get a certain number of chances to hit a big play and when you don't make those plays you make it really tough on yourself. They did a good job of mixing up their defenses and they stayed aggressive all game. We made a few big plays on third downs to keep some drives alive but didn't make enough and when you are on the road you have to make plays to put you in the red zone"'

Marker Jets Buffaloed 17-6 by Bills [4:15 AM] reports: 'The Green & White failed to generate big plays. When they did, they couldnít capitalize. The offense didnít score points and the defense did not stop the run. As a result, Buffalo rode to victory behind a dominating defensive performance and a powerful ground attack. The Bills sacked Chad Pennington five times and held the Jets to just 215 total yards while Travis Henry pounded his way to 169 yards on 32 attempts.'

Marker Jets get run over by Bills [4:13 AM] reports: 'Quarterback Chad Pennington played his worst game of the season partly due to being harassed by the Billsí front four and linebackers. New Yorkís offensive line was ineffective in providing time for their franchise quarterback as Pennington was sacked five times.'

Marker A game like this makes you wonder 'What if?' [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was the formula that we talked about from training camp with the makeup of this team," Bledsoe said. "That is the way we would like to play. We like to have that power running game, we like to play great defense, play good field position with the football and let Travis Henry do the work."'

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December 7, 2003

Marker Buffalo 17, NY Jets 6 [7:12 PM]
AP reports: 'What's a little pain for Travis Henry when you can run on adrenaline?'

Marker Buffalo 17, N.Y. Jets 6 [7:11 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets both had their seasons on the line but only one team played like it.'

Marker Smith adds meaning to game with 199th sack [6:11 PM]
ESPN reports: Bruce Smith gave a little meaning to a meaningless game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins on Sunday by setting the NFL record for career sacks.

Marker Bills' McGahee inactive against Jets [4:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams raised the possibility of the first-round draft pick playing following Friday's practice.'

Marker Bills Find End Zone on Road, Jets Next [4:02 PM] reports: '"Offensively we have to run the ball better than we did," Bledsoe said. "The second thing is we have to do a little better in our pass protections. The problems that we had weren't as much physical as they were mental. We had some breakdowns, assignment wise, in our protections against the Jets a few times. We have to improve in both of those areas."'

Marker Bills Make Adjustments For Second Meeting [4:01 PM] reports: '"The game is all about adjustments," said wide receiver Eric Moulds. "If you make good adjustments you will have success. If you don't, teams are going to continue to do the things they've done to you. We have to be ready to make adjustments and ready to play the game."'

Marker Bills hope to be in middle of action [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will have to be ready for more blitzes today. The Bills' offensive line has a rough task even without blitzes. Defensive end Shaun Ellis, who has 11.5 sacks, goes up against Mike Williams. The middle of the offensive line faces good penetrators in defensive tackles Josh Evans and Jason Ferguson.'

Marker Bills, Jets hang hats on slim playoff hopes [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unfortunately for the Bills and Jets, a late-season run will only serve as a reminder of what could have been for both teams.'

Marker Ralph deserves a 'thanks' and a place in the Hall of Fame [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I know what they mean. "Thanks for keeping the team here.' That's what they mean."'

Marker Taxi squad to nowhere? [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jerel Meyers, a 22-year-old wideout from LSU, was signed to the Bills practice squad on Sept. 11, and thus his bumpy ride began. He was released on the 24th, re-signed on Sept. 27, released on Nov. 12 and re-signed again on the 19th. "It's just part of the game. You have to roll with the punches," said Meyers, who was teammates with Josh Reed while at LSU. "Everybody wants to be in this league, and you got to get in any way you can. The practice squad is my way of getting into this league and I'm just going to take it from there. Really to me it's like getting a second chance."'

Marker Scouts to honor Hunter Kelly for bravery [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hunter James Kelly will receive the "2003 Good Scout Award for Bravery" on Tuesday from Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council.'

Marker Martin enjoys rush of success after slow start [8:45 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"Curtis just keeps running, and at the end of the year he has about 1,200 yards," coach Herman Edwards said. "That's kind of his deal, who he's been. He brings a mental toughness to this team."'

Marker Payback fuels the Bills vs. N.Y. Jets [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams is 1-4 against his Jets counterpart, Herman Edwards, since both assumed their positions in 2001. In those five games, Edwardsí Jets own a 16-6 edge in sacks, a 16-4 edge in takeaways, and a 149-97 edge on the scoreboard.'

Marker Q&A: Kevin Thomas [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What have you found to be the best perk about being an NFL player?
ďMondays when you pick up that check. Boy, thatís lovely. No, the best part is just putting on the helmet, putting on the gear. As a little kid thatís what you dream about, to put on the uniform. I havenít experienced running out of the tunnel yet (during pregame introductions at Ralph Wilson Stadium), but as of right now itís putting on the gear.Ē'

Marker Bills play another struggling N.Y. team [5:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Today, the Bills again play a team from New York with the same record, and this time the question becomes which one will keep its microscopic playoff hopes alive for at least another week.'

Marker Pennington's Poise and Enthusiasm Impress Other Coaches [5:17 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In his 17 regular-season starts, the Jets are 11-6, and he has completed 67.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 34 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions. Pennington's passer rating is 102.7 over that stretch, and he is the second-rated quarterback in the league at 99.2 this season, behind only the Titans' Steve McNair.'

Marker 1,000 points of light [5:16 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Martin, who hasn't missed a game in five years despite severe ankle, knee and lower-back injuries, is enjoying one of his healthiest seasons.'

Marker Jets need streak to be a non-stop [5:15 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Bills are playing better football right now, particularly on the defensive side of the ball, where they are ranked No. 3 in the NFL in overall defense. They, of course, are coming off a 24-7 rout of the Giants last week.'

Marker Fearless Chrebet vows to return 'good as ever' [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I know that I'm gonna get past this," Chrebet says. "That's not a question, it's a certainty . . . I'm just looking forward to coming back as good as ever. Mentally and physically healthy."'

Marker Jets' Martin joins elite rushers because he . . . Takes a Licking, Keeps on Ticking [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He is probably one of the toughest guys as a running back that I have been around for his size," Edwards said. "His pain tolerance is very, very unique. He has done a lot in his career and he generally lines up every week and plays for us."'

Marker Little Man, Big Heart [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I don't even think the Jets knew what they were getting when they drafted him," he said. "They thought they were getting a punt returner. I knew they were getting much more than that."'

Marker Hey, Herm, Take a Timeout [5:11 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Before he worries about his long-term future with the Jets, Herman Edwards ought to figure out the basics of clock management - take a knee! And while he's at it, figure out how to avoid slow starts. His yearly progression reads: 1-2, 1-4, 0-4.'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [5:10 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The only thing they have going for them is a defense that can stop the run, but even that probably won't stop coach Gregg Williams from getting fired.'

Marker Jets feeding off hope [5:09 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Bills, whose coach, Gregg Williams, will likely be fired at the end of the season, are coming off a 24-7 shellacking of the Giants last week.'

Marker Jets-Bills matchups [5:08 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Jets 24, Bills 13.'

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