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Buffalo Bills News - October 12, 2003

Marker Flag on Herm if he benches Abraham [5:13 AM]
New York Post reports: 'But if a coach's job is to give his team the best chance to win the game, then Abraham should play against the Bills today. He has five sacks in six career games against the Bills and is clearly the team's best pass rusher. If Kobe Bryant can practice with the Lakers, then Abraham can play today for the Jets.'

Marker Spikes knows winless = dangerous [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: 'One area where the Jets and Bills are pretty even is in the running game, where Buffalo has averaged only 58.4 yards per game and an average of 2.5 yards per rush. The Jets are the only team worse, with an average of 52.3 yards per game.'

Marker It's Hobson's turn to tackle [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Hobson, a second-round pick out of Michigan (53rd overall), was immediately anointed Lewis' heir apparent upon his selection last April. He's a high-energy, intimidating player who runs through opponents when he tackles them.'

Marker Jets Matchups [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Jets 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Jets keys [5:09 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The Jets have been incredibly bad against the run, surrendering an unimaginable 174 yards each weekend on the ground.'

Marker Jets lockerroom [5:08 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Other than that, look for a shakeup at LB, where youngsters Victor Hobson, Kenyatta Wright and Jason Glenn will get some playing time, subbing for the under-achieving starting trio of Mo Lewis, Marvin Jones and Sam Cowart.'

Marker Jets stats [5:07 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'More than anything, a QB has to score points, and that's what Vinny Testaverde has not been doing.'

Marker Jets summary [5:06 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The odds are clearly stacked against them, with only one team every escaping an 0-4 start to grab a post-season berth, while the Jets themselves have never done better than a 5-8-1 record when starting this badly. Still, they were 1-4 at one point last season, which would be their record if they can handle the Bills.'

Marker Jets insider [5:05 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'With WR Curtis Conway benched, Wayne Chrebet, primarily a flanker during his career, will move to Conway's split end position, with Santana Moss moving in at flanker.'

Marker Jets face desperate situation [5:04 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"It's pretty much pulling out all the stops,'' Spikes said earlier this week. "You are not holding back. You are throwing everything in, the kitchen sink and everything. I know they are not going to sell out. They will be there every play.'''

Marker Back-to-basics mindset for Jets [5:03 AM]
Middletown Times Herald-Record reports: 'Like running the ball? Stopping the run? Scoring points? The Jets haven't done any of those things well in 2003.'

Marker Bills made error not picking WR [5:02 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Bills must hope Reed is a late bloomer like Moulds, who only had 49 catches in his first two seasons before becoming one of the league's elite receivers.'

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October 11, 2003

Marker Two worst running teams square off [6:39 PM]
AP reports: '"This past game we progressed a lot, especially in the running game," Henry said. "That was the area we were kind of soft at the first four games. I feel very confident and comfortable going into this week."'

Marker Bills also feel frustrated [12:07 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Part of the problem has been the lack of a running game, something they obviously will try to correct against a Jets' defense ranked last in the league against the run. Travis Henry is averaging only 2.7 yards on 78 carries, although he had his best game this season against the Bengals with 85 yards rushing on 25 carries. He had missed the game against the Eagles because of a rib injury.'

Marker Jets odds and ends [12:06 PM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The fact that Abraham has been practicing leads one to believe that he will play Sunday, at least for part of the game. When asked why he hasn't announced a decision, Edwards intimated that gamesmanship could have something to do with that, as he attempts to keep the Bills guessing.'

Marker Jets hold to flight plan [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"All I can do is be positive, like I generally am every day, and let them know we can get out of this," Edwards said during a conference call with the Western New York media. "It's a long season. Things happen. But we have to win games to get out of it."'

Marker Moulds looks doubtful, for now [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He did more working out on the side today, and we will work him out on Sunday morning," Williams said of Moulds. "He's a remarkable athlete (considering) what he's been able to do this week. . . . I wouldn't hesitate to play either one of those guys if they can answer the bell on Sunday."

Marker After a Fast Start, the Bills Are Singing a Different Tune [5:30 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We understand the hype, especially after you win two games right off the start," Spikes said recently. "The thing is, as a pro athlete, you deal with expectations every day. But what we're trying to do, what we're doing, is dealing with our own expectations."'

Marker Jets look for Carter's warp speed [5:29 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The second-year wide receiver is being moved into the offensive scheme for a planned 10 to 15 plays this week because he's probably the fastest man on the team. With wide receiver Santana Moss moved into the starting lineup, the Jets are looking to stretch out their offense with speed.'

Marker Ellis stands out [5:28 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Shaun Ellis . . . wow, he's playing good football now," Herman Edwards said. "He's fun to watch. He's the guy that's flashing. Shaun is very consistent. He's playing well in the run game, too. He is playing his heart out."'

Marker Light in the Dark [5:27 AM]
New York Newsday reports: ' In five games against Bledsoe, Ellis has 3 1/2 sacks.'

Marker Brien is on firm footing [5:26 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"He kicking well," coach Herman Edwards said. "I think (special teams coach) Mike Westhoff has done a good job with him, getting his confidence up. He feels comfortable here. I think he has been a good fit for us. It's hard when you're trying to get a kicker now. Kickers are a different breed of cat."'

Marker Ferguson has plans to test Henry [5:25 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"His ribs hurt so we're going to test them out," Ferguson said with a smile, "see how those ribs are."'

Marker Deep thoughts [5:24 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'After being inactive for the final 11 regular-season games and two playoff games a year ago and the first four games this year, wide receiver Jonathan Carter is expected to make his Jets debut this week. A former fifth-round pick of the Giants, Carter will be counted on to help Moss spread the field for quarterback Vinny Testaverde.'

Marker Stadium to crack down on roadside scalpers [5:23 AM]
AP reports: 'But the full blitz is to begin this Sunday when the Jets host the Buffalo Bills, with those selling ticket subject to more serious scalping charges.'

Marker Hit or miss [5:22 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We lean on Eric fairly heavily with our offense," said Drew Bledsoe. "He's one of the best players in the league and generally when we take the field we feel like he's the best guy out there. If Eric is not able to go that does hurt us offensively but we have to have guys step up. That's the name of the game in this league. No team goes through this season with all their guys healthy the entire season and when guys get hurt guys have to step in and make plays."'

Marker Coleman Ready for the Challenge [5:21 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Clarence had a tremendous camp, a tremendous pre season and because of that he has been able to be on the field for us," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We haven't used him a ton but he's been on the field for us on our four wide receiver sets."'

Marker Moulds Consecutive Game Streak In Jeopardy [5:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We will work him out Sunday morning," said Williams. "He's a remarkable athlete on what he's been able to do. Would I play him if he could go? Yes."'

October 10, 2003

Marker Run-stuffer set to duel with Mawae [12:00 PM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I just made my mind up I'm going to stop the run," Williams said of his eight-tackle performance against Cincinnati. "I wanted to go out and dominate first down, second down, third down. I feel I've been playing all right this year. I've been playing average, but I've got to play above average."'

Marker Jets still dangerous on kickoff returns [11:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets rank fourth in the National Football League on kickoff return average. Michael Bates, a five-time Pro Bowler signed as a free agent on Sept. 10, is averaging 29 yards on 10 returns this season. His longest is 42 yards.'

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