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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2003

Marker Passing games the difference [5:14 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '19: The number of completions thrown each by Drew Bledsoe and Mark Brunell. 16.5: The average yards gained on Bledsoe's completions. 6.4: The average yards gained on Brunell's completions.'

Marker Leftwich leads late-game drive [5:13 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'While there was plenty to lament, at least one part of Jacksonville's plan went right. After giving up 122 yards rushing last week to Carolina, the Jaguars were intent on vacuuming up Buffalo RB Travis Henry at the line of scrimmage. And while Henry scored three rushing touchdowns, he only managed 26 yards on 21 carries -- a far cry from his Pro Bowl talent.'

Marker Jaguars schooled at home by Bills [5:12 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: '"We went up against a very good football team, and they were the better team today," Del Rio said. "My hat's off to the Bills and Drew Bledsoe. We didn't do enough to get him out of rhythm."'

Marker Bledsoe poisons Jags, defense can't stop the pass [5:11 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'On this day when his quarterback rating soared to 144.2 (the maximum is 158.3), Bledsoe never did go down. He was not sacked. He was not intercepted. His uniform won't even need to be laundered. Nothing stopped Bledsoe, not security on the way into the stadium or traffic on the way back to the airport.'

Marker Tough beginning, 38-17 [5:10 AM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Bledsoe was not sacked and was seldom under any kind of pressure. His offensive line gave him time to find secondary receivers and allow deep receivers to get open. Eric Moulds caught seven passes for 133 yards, including a 36-yard touchdown bomb, and Josh Reed dropped what would've been another Bledsoe touchdown bomb.'

Marker Jaguars' secondary under fire [5:09 AM]
Savannah Morning News reports: 'One week after allowing some guy named Jake Delhomme to come off the Carolina Panthers' bench and become an overnight sensation, the Jags made Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe look 10 years younger in a 38-17 loss at Alltel Stadium.'

Marker Bills Leave Jacksonville With Their Second Straight Romp [5:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'This game was never in doubt.'

Marker Bills take over top spot [5:07 AM]
ESPN reports: Bills clicking on all cylinders.

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Marker Era of patience begins [7:38 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Let's not forget the roots of today's opponent. Two years ago, the Bills were a 3-13 football team. They won one home game all season; a one-point win over a 1-15 Carolina team in the gloom and doom of a Buffalo December; a loser's December. It was a season Bills fans never want to remember; one of the worst seasons in the franchise's history. But it was also one of the most important seasons in the Bills' history because it was the foundation of something that may now be on the verge of greatness.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Jacksonville 17 [4:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills showed more signs of how special this season might be. The Jacksonville Jaguars looked every bit as bad as their harshest critics could have imagined.'

Marker Jags LB taken off on stretcher [4:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Mitchell, a seventh-year veteran who joined Jacksonville this season, had feeling and movement in all his extremities, and X-rays showed no broken bones, the Jaguars said.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Jacksonville 17 [4:32 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The "Big Three" of the Buffalo Bills came up big.'

Marker This Lawyer won't compromise [9:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what the New England Patriots underestimated," Milloy said last week as the Buffalo Bills prepared for today's game against the Jacksonville Jaguars. "They underestimated me as a man and the things I went through. A weak person wouldn't have been able to make that decision. A weak person would have said "OK', and signed whatever they wanted you to sign. I couldn't sell my soul."'

Marker Beware the 'Sandwich Game' [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's an entirely different challenge than we had going into the Patriots game, where you're trying to account for all the different fronts," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "These guys don't try to fool you, they just line up and say, "Here we come.' "'

Marker Bills won't let 'letdown' enter their vocabulary [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been my experience in my time in the league that sometimes success can be as hard to deal with as failure," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "I've been on a couple teams in the past that started out very fast and went on and stumbled down the stretch and didn't end up tackling that early success and carrying it through the season."'

Marker Key matchup [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor's skills as a runner are enough to keep the Bills on their toes. But with the Jaguars' receiving corps missing its best player, Jimmy Smith, Taylor could play an even bigger role in the passing game. As he showed last week, Spikes is an excellent cover linebacker with great hands and the speed to run with most backs. He's also a sure tackler in the open field. Limiting Taylor's touches will limit QB Mark Brunell's options in passing game.'

Marker Road trip will offer more clues about Bills' ultimate destination [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is a good team. Time will tell if the Bills have greatness in them.'

Marker Bills have trumped foes in the free agency wars [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The position of pro scout is undervalued by too many teams. He's the man who seldom sees his own team play since he's crisscrossing the nation watching the 31 other teams. He compiles dossiers on players who might be of interest to the Bills through trades, waivers or, most frequently, through free agency.'

Marker New VFW post to honor Buffalo Bill killed in war [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills player James R. "Bob" Kalsu, the only U.S. professional football player to die in action in the Vietnam War, will be honored today at the opening of a new Hamburg veterans organization.'

Marker Buffalo (1-0) at Jacksonville (0-1) [8:51 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Jacksonville is trying to avoid its first 0-2 start since losing its first four games in its inaugural campaign in 1995.'

Marker Bills face real dangers at Jacksonville [7:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Can they focus on the Jaguars and not look ahead to next week’s return visit to Florida to face the rival Miami Dolphins, or the week after that when the Philadelphia Eagles come to Orchard Park? We’re about to find out.'

Marker Q&A: Sam Adams [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They pay me to make sacks and tackles, not to return interceptions, but it helped the team win and that’s what’s more important. It was cool. It was fun. But it was over after I did it. We still had three quarters to play and now we face Jacksonville. It’s imperative we take another step forward.”'

Marker Bills look to silence Alltel crowd vs. Jags [5:19 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Williams, of course, knows Alltel all-too-well. As defensive coordinator for the then-Oilers, he faced the Jags in their first-ever, regular-season home game, winning 10-3.And in his subsequent trips there, Williams’ teams are 5-2, including a 13-10 victory in 2001, his first triumph as Buffalo’s head coach.'

Marker Brunell busted? [5:18 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bledsoe is sympathetic to his contemporary's plight, and figures Brunell will land on his feet. "It has been a crazy situation for him," Bledsoe said. "But I don't know if there's been a player who has been more important to his team than Mark."'

Marker Weaver: Jaguars fans still excited [5:17 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: ''He added, "It's not a lack of fan passion for the Jaguars. It's a large stadium, a small market, a tough economic environment and less disposable dollars. When you put all those things in the mix, we just have to work harder."'

Marker Donahoe can't deflect credit for the bounce-back in Buffalo [5:16 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"The reaction's been a little bit too giddy, but that's good," Donahoe said in a telephone interview last week. "We suffered the past couple of years, and our fans deserved to be enthusiastic. We're trying to keep it in perspective on the team."'

Marker Bledsoe says Spikes at home in Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"I remember flying up with him from Atlanta - we were coming up for the first mini-camp, and somehow I got routed through Atlanta - and we were sitting there on the airplane," Bledsoe says. "He was like a kid at Christmas. He's a tremendous player, stuck in a tough situation (five years with the Bengals) for a long time, and now he's got a team, a defense around him where he can run around and make plays. I expect him to continue on and have a huge year."'

Marker Big game upcoming for Plummer; how to attack Bills' offense [5:14 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'The interior offensive line is the first area one scout said he would attack. “Ruben Brown hasn’t been Ruben Brown for more than one season,” he said. “If you have the bulk, you can push the pocket. (ORT) Mike Williams is tough to rattle out there, but I’d bring the kitchen sink at (OLG) Brown and (OLT Jonas) Jennings.”'

September 13, 2003

Marker Bills in search of happy returns [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He ain't fast," said special teams coach Danny Smith, "he's real fast."'

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