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Buffalo Bills News - September 26, 2005

Marker Monday's Atlanta Coverage [4:44 AM] reports:
Vick, offense roll in victory (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Falcons turn weaknesses into strengths (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
New cornerbacks prove fast learners (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
A cold start to season for Bills (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Vick’s road to maturity begins (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Reserves get starting roles (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
The game's 5 key moments (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Game Photos (Atlanta Journal Constitution)
Buffalo soldiers (Macon Telegraph)
Hall holds secondary together (Macon Telegraph)
Vick, and hamstring, look OK in win (Savannah Morning News)
Vick uses a little more arm than usual (Savannah Morning News)
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Marker Vick's hamstring, arm just fine in win over Bills [4:43 AM]
USA Today reports: '“I've been here 10 years,” wide receiver Eric Moulds said, “and when there are corners out there playing who are not starters, you have to go after them. The coaching staff said that we should run the ball a little bit more, and I didn't want to second-guess what they wanted to do, but at some point, we have to be able to take shots down the field and make some plays.”'

Marker Falcons Fly Past Bills [4:43 AM] reports: 'The Buffalo defense uncharacteristically gave up 236 yards rushing. To make matters worse, they might have lost Takeo Spikes for the season. The linebacker hurt his right achillies tendon and did not return.'

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September 25, 2005

Marker The game's 5 key moments [7:35 PM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Third downs were not a happy place for the Falcons in their first two games, as they converted just five of 26, a 19.1 percent success rate that was the NFL's worst. Sunday, though, they converted 7 of 12 — seven of their first nine — and several were critical. Facing third-and-10 at Buffalo's 39-yard line early in the fourth quarter, Vick quickly fled the pocket, scrambling to his right and outrunning defensive end Ryan Denny to the corner. With a first down already gained, Vick put on the brakes, cut back inside (faking free safety Troy Vincent) and picked up another 15 yards on a 27-yard scramble to Buffalo's 12-yard line. Running back T.J. Duckett plowed up the middle for a touchdown on the next play, giving the Falcons a 24-16 lead that all but sewed the game up with 9:46 left.'

Marker Buffalo LB Spikes suffers Achilles injury [7:34 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'After chasing Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick on a second-quarter play, Spikes fell to the ground and remained there for several minutes. He had to be carted off the field and did not return to the game. It is unknown at this time how much time Spikes will miss.'

Marker 8th Annual Food Drive a Success [7:27 PM] reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. kicked off the 8th annual Food Bank of Western New York fan food drive by placing a few hundred dollar bills into the collection bucket his wife was holdling outside the stadium gates.'

Marker Bills LB Spikes carted off after Achilles' tendon injury [7:20 PM]
AP reports: 'He required help getting to the sideline, unable to place much weight on his right foot, and appeared to be in tears when he was carted off the field.'

Marker CB Hall overcomes shoulder injury to bolster banged-up Falcons [7:19 PM]
AP reports: '``I was able to bounce back in the second half,'' Hall said. ``I feel real good right now.'''

Marker Bills Have No Answers For Falcons [5:57 PM] reports: 'J.P. Losman was awful for a second week in a row as he threw for only 75 yards on 10 of 23. He turned the ball over twice, one interception and one fumble. He was stopped on a fourth down sneak and had a QB rating of 33.8. Grade F: It may be too soon for the kid to be starting.'

Marker Falcons Knock Off Bills 24-16 [5:56 PM] reports: 'So much for getting off to a fast start this season, the Bills dropped their second straight game with a loss to the Falcons. The defense couldn't stop the Falcons on third downs or the running game. The offense couldn't get the ball in the end zone, settling for field goals on three of four scoring chances.'

Marker Bills Lose Game And Spikes [5:53 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Atlanta Falcons controlled the game with 236 total rushing yards between the three way rushing attack of running backs Warrick Dunn, T.J. Duckett and quarterback Michael Vick.'

Marker Bills Lose Spikes [4:41 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Spikes was hurt when he was pressuring Atlanta quarterback Michael Vick deep in the Falcons' end.'

Marker Atlanta 24, Buffalo 16 [4:40 PM]
AP reports: 'In three games under Losman, Buffalo has managed two touchdowns and settled for nine field goals.'

Marker Falcons run past Bills in Orchard Park [4:38 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'J.P. Losman was not sharp and completed just 10-of-23 passes for 75 yards and an interception for the Bills, who will travel to San Antonio next Sunday to take on the Saints in a game relocated due to Hurricane Katrina.'

Marker LB Spikes Injures Achilles Tendon [3:54 PM] reports: 'He was replaced by backup Angelo Crowell and his return to the game was ruled out.'

Marker Bills-Falcons in Progress [3:53 PM] reports: 'Bills lineman Greg Jerman made his second career NFL start - his first since the 2003 season - at right tackle in place of the injured Mike Williams (ankle) in Sunday's game against Atlanta.'

Marker Bills LB Spikes carted off after Achilles' tendon injury [3:47 PM]
AP reports: 'Without revealing the extent of the injury, the Bills announced Spikes would not return.'

Marker Bills LB Spikes carted off after hurting lower right leg [3:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Spikes lay on the field face-down for a few minutes and then slammed his helmet to the ground in frustration after he rolled over. He required help getting to the sideline, unable to place much weight on his right foot. Spikes appeared to be in tears when he was carted off.'

Marker Vick starts, Falcons CBs banged up [3:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Starting cornerback DeAngelo Hall hurt his shoulder against Buffalo, further depleting the Falcons banged-up defensive backfield. Hall appeared to be hurt when he tackled Willis McGahee for no gain on the final play of the first quarter. He was escorted to the locker room in the second quarter, and the team listed his return as questionable.'

Marker AFC title rematch highlights Week 3 (Cont.) [10:33 AM]
ESPN reports: As Vick goes, so goes the Falcons' season. What will be interesting to see is whether Mora tries to keep Vick a little more in the pocket because of the hamstring. If he does, the Bills are the worst defense to face. The Bills are physical on defense and they are angry after rookie Carnell Williams of the Bucs rushed for 128 yards last week.

Marker Saints player made difference [10:04 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Vikings running back Mewelde Moore and Bills first-year starting quarterback J.P. Losman were teammates at Tulane two years ago. Moore hopes they never end up on the same team again. "I just didn't like the way he played ball the last two years at Tulane," Moore said. "You are what you are. He's a great player, and he'll be a great player once he plays total team ball and sells out for the team and not for himself."'

Marker Atlanta at Buffalo [9:37 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'This one may set an all-time single-game record for blitzes.'

Marker Bills must stop Falcons' sack attack [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They're going to put pressure on you," Bills backup quarterback Kelly Holcomb said. "From what we did last week with Tampa putting pressure on us and having success with it, they're going to do the same thing. Until we handle it, until we pick it up and make some plays against it, that's what we're going to see. Until you put out the fire, they're going to keep bringing it."'

Marker Vick vs. the Bills defense: a definitive matchup for both [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Man, that's a bunch of baloney," said Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes. "When people say things like that, they're really jealous because of what they couldn't do. The ones who usually say it are the former quarterbacks who used to play the game and now are analysts. So who cares? I'd rather have a guy on my team who wins rather than someone who sits back and throws for 200, 300 yards a game. Give me a winner. Point blank, period."'

Marker Resilience, running game required [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'J.P. Losman will be under the business end of a microscope for the next five games since he experienced a Billy Joe Hobert-Todd Collins-Joe Dufek afternoon against the Bucs' gilt-edged defense. Losman has more talent than that trio, so the optimistic view from this vantage point is that he needs to take a series of deep breaths so that he'll be able to recognize his own end zone from the twilight zone from now on.'

Marker Hotlanta fans are lukewarm [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Braves don't sell out playoff games, hockey hasn't really caught on and the NBA's Hawks have to market the opposing team's stars to boost attendance. If it weren't for Vick, arguably the city's most popular superstar since Dominique Wilkins and Deion Sanders, the Falcons' attendance figures would undoubtedly hover near the bottom of the NFL. At least in Los Angeles fans arrive late and leave early. In Atlanta, they just don't bother.'

Marker Bills Bits [6:00 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills stunk the joint in Tampa Bay last week but were impressive in Week 1 at home against Houston. The Falcons started big as well, defeating the Eagles at home then looked average against Seattle in Week 2.'

Marker Eager Bills ready for redemption [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's extremely motivating," Losman said of the drubbing the Bucs administered to him and the Bills. "It's like you've been punched in the mouth. I don't know if you've ever been in a street fight before, but I have, and I didn't like when I got hit in the face. How you retaliate is you get back. When someone attacks you like that, you take it out on the next team. That's the goal."'

Marker The trick is to stop Vick [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There's nobody who can play like Michael Vick, and he usually wins. That has been a huge part of his appeal.'

Marker Bills Q&A: Tim Anderson [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'OK Tim, how often have you mentioned to Willis McGahee that your Buckeyes beat his Hurricanes for the national title? "Oh, it's come up a couple of times, but usually the conversation doesn't last too long. But hey, I've got the ring sitting at home and he doesn't."'

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