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Buffalo Bills News - October 13, 2003

Marker No excuse for Buffalo's pathetic performance [1:13 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'On this day, Democrat, Republican and Anarchist could agree on one point -- the Bills stunk worse than New Jersey usually does.'

Marker Bills continue to deflate after 2-0 start to season [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As Williams noted, “We’re 3-3 ... that’s what we are.”'

Marker Bills have plenty of bad to go around [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And, finally, there was quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who had thrown only two touchdown passes over the first four games. On Sunday, the soon-to-be-40-year-old tossed three in the first 43 minutes.'

Marker A turn for the worse [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We sleepwalked," said Bills owner Ralph C. Wilson Jr. "We didn't have any emotion. We just haven't shown any enthusiasm, not today, not for the last three weeks."'

Marker Bills' offense continues to sputter [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The bottom line is the Bills can't sustain drives long enough to produce points. They were just 5 of 15 on third downs and are converting just 36.6 percent for the season.'

Marker Crushing loss is low point of Williams era [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was an utter and complete embarrassment, the sort of game that gets a coach fired.'

Marker Special teams not so special [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We can't beat ourselves, and that's what we did today," said Kevin Thomas. "We just killed ourselves with poor technique. (Moss) is a good player, but we just broke down fundamentally and didn't get off blocks. When you don't make plays, you give up big plays. We can't afford those mistakes."'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fullback Sam Gash, asked if the loss was discouraging. "A loss like today? Hell yes, it's discouraging. It's embarrassing, because it makes us look like we are a finesse kind of team. We don't have that kind of personnel to be a finesse team."'

Marker Jets soar, Bills bore [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bad on offense, bad on defense, bad on special teams, bad in the coaching department.'

Marker Gilbride using pass far too often [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Right now, the only thing the Bills are doing well is shoveling it.'

Marker Bledsoe needs to change now [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the last seven road games dating back to 2002, the Bills are 1-6, the lone win coming at lowly Jacksonville last month. In those games Bledsoe has thrown 5 TD passes and 12 interceptions and has been sacked 24 times.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Offensive line...A total meltdown. F.'

Marker Monday QB Club gives Bills vital link with business [4:59 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"They do a great job of supporting the team," says Denny Lynch, director of archives for the Bills and the team's primary contact for the Monday Quarterback Club. "They've also been very helpful as a liaison with the business community."'

Marker Jet stream chills Bills [4:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'For the Bills and specifically quarterback Drew Bledsoe it was a dismal exercise in ineptitude and frustration. Though they led 3-0 after the first quarter, when the Jets scored a touchdown 3:30 into the second it was as good as game over.'

Marker Vinny's passes pass by Montana [4:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"We talked about it for two weeks, we had to come out and win," Testaverde said. "The guys put their heart and soul into it. You wish you could put your finger on (what went wrong earlier in the season), but we don't really know."'

Marker After Week Off, Jets Say Bye to Skid and Greet Optimism [4:56 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets did not change their scheme during the bye week, but they worked on technique and their execution was vastly improved. The front seven, which incorporated several new players, including Victor Hobson at linebacker, was exceptional. Players did not leave their gaps, which in past weeks allowed for gashing runs. The Bills' Travis Henry is a cutback runner who usually gives the Jets trouble, but his longest run Sunday was 9 yards.'

Marker Jets' Postgame Analysis Is Simple: Just Play Better [4:55 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Ellis said those seven sacks of Bledsoe resulted from good coverage by the Jets' secondary and from Bledsoe's stubbornness. "We know Bledsoe stays in the pocket," Ellis said. "He's very brave."'

Marker Don't Count Out the Jets Just Yet [4:54 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The sledding looks rough, of course, especially within the division. The Miami Dolphins are 4-1, the New England Patriots are 4-2 and the Bills are 3-3. But the Jets' next three opponents are hardly world beaters: the Houston Texans, the unpredictable Philadelphia Eagles and the really unpredictable Giants.'

Marker Jets finally talking, walking tall [4:53 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Highlights? For a change, plenty.'

Marker Testaverde feels like winner again [4:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It was Testaverde's first three-touchdown game since Oct. 23, 2000 (Miami), and he passed Joe Montana for seventh place on the NFL's all-time passing yardage list.'

Marker Herm makes the right call [4:51 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"I think Herm's biggest message to us was, quit thinking about the team we want to be and be the team we want to be," Pennington said. "Put your words into actions."'

Marker Jets stuff run, doubts about defense [4:50 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Having Buffalo stuck in obvious passing situations - and being ahead on the scoreboard - allowed the Jets pass rushers to tee off.'

Marker As expected, Abraham sits [4:49 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Winfield and Clements, man-to-man specialists, are among the premier cornerback tandems in the league. They held the Jets wideouts, Santana Moss, Wayne Chrebet and Curtis Conway, to six catches for 67 yards. But the Bills left themselves vulnerable to other receivers. Enter TE Anthony Becht. After an early drop, Becht rebounded with three catches for 41 yards, including two TDs.'

Marker Jets' report card [4:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Coaching: A. Herman Edwards pushed all the right buttons, integrating several young players into the mix, deactivating John Abraham (and not having it backfire) and calling a players-only meeting on the eve of the game. Paul Hackett scaled down the offensive game plan, using only six different running plays. Ted Cottrell turned up the heat by playing more man-to-man and taking more chances on defense.'

Marker Confidence game [4:47 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets' maligned defense, which entered the game ranked last in the NFL against the run, shut down the Buffalo running game (53 yards) and produced seven sacks, two fumbles and two interceptions - as well as stopping the Bills on fourth down three times.'

Marker Passing a milestone [4:46 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Testaverde and Becht (two TD catches) weren't the only stars. The passing game flourished because of the success of the Jets' running game that earned 118 yards on 33 carries. The Jets' defense, playing without John Abraham, also came up big with a season-high seven sacks.'

Marker Abraham's benching sparks 'D' [4:45 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets were constantly in Buffalo's backfield, much to defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell's delight. "This is how I knew we were capable of playing," Cottrell said. "We got to see how good we could play. It's a relief for that to finally happen."'

Marker For a Day, Misery Flies Away [4:44 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Guys had a lot more fun out there today," defensive tackle Chester McGlockton said. "It was evident."'

Marker Vinny Finds His Groove [4:43 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'So what was the difference yesterday from the previous four games? Testaverde couldn't say. "You wish you could put your finger on it and correct it sooner," he said, "but we don't really know but we're glad things worked out for us."'

Marker Youth Serves Jets In Abraham’s Stead [4:42 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"The center didn't know the quarterback had stepped away," Thomas recalled of the moment before center Trey Teague sent the snap 21 yards behind the line of scrimmage as Bledsoe motioned for a timeout. When the errant snap bounded past Bledsoe and out of the reach of running back Travis Henry, Thomas tore through a gap and recovered the ball at the Bills' 17-yard line. "I ran there and hopped on it," he said.'

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