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Buffalo Bills News - September 28, 2003

Marker Conspiracy theory [5:01 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"We have an answer for that," the head scriptologist says. "After they fall to 0-3, we'll schedule the Eagles against their three division rivals - Washington, Dallas and the Giants. By the end of Week 6, the Eagles will be 3-3, their season will be saved, and interest will be red-hot in all four NFC East markets."'

Marker Today's game [4:57 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Be it ever so humble, there's sometimes no place like the road. Maybe it will all come together for the Eagles there.'

Marker Victory is only cure for what ails Eagles [4:56 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'In the NFL, September games don't customarily come with tags marked crucial attached to them. But this one, Birds at Buffalo, does.'

Marker Big bucks are riding on struggling McNabb [4:53 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Though the price was high - a 12-year deal worth $115 million and a $20.5 million signing bonus - it seemed like a good move at the time.'

Marker Eagles, Bills talking run [4:52 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Both teams have spoken all week about running more, even though neither has done it successfully this season. Moreover, the Bills are down to only one healthy running back, Joe Burns, who rushed for all of 22 yards in last week's 17-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Defense no longer able to bail Eagles out [4:51 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has no doubt studied the tapes of what Brady did to the Eagles. And he is probably drooling, waiting for his chance to attack a young secondary in which the only veteran will be Troy Vincent on the left corner.'

Marker Eagles’ Reese makes special teams point of pride [4:48 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'Reese, 29, enters today's game at Buffalo as the Eagles' top special teams player with 38 production points, eight ahead of rookie cornerback Rodrick Hood. His 23 blocks as part of the kickoff return and punt return squads lead the team, and he's ranked third in tackles with four, one behind Hood and linebacker Justin Ena.'

Marker Birds miss Douglas’ voice [4:47 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: '"None of us are real vocal, rah-rah types,'' Reese said. "There is no one here like Hugh or (New York Giants kick returner) Brian Mitchell. Those guys did most of the talking and the rest of the team fed off that. We don't have those intangibles now.'''

Marker McNabb takes struggling offense on road to Buffalo [4:46 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'It's expected to be 60 degrees and raining for today's game against Buffalo (2-1) at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Scouting Report: Philadelphia at Buffalo [4:45 AM]
Press of Atlantic City reports: 'Bills 28, Eagles 24.'

Marker Reid, Eagles are taking their show, hopes on the road [4:41 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''When you go into a hostile environment or someone else's house, you want to treat it as your own,'' quarterback Donovan McNabb said. ''It's a challenge, and that's what we feed off — challenges. Going into Buffalo, we know that it's going to be a tough environment. We know that their fans are going to be fired up and they are going to be fired up, so we have to match that and be able to add a little more.'''

Marker McNabb: 'We can change this thing' [4:40 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''Everyone has been down on us, but we haven't been,'' quarterback Donovan McNabb added. ''That's something we've all talked about — the fact that we're the ones involved in this thing. We can change this thing. The attitude will be that we go out there, execute, open up some eyes, and just continue to feed off it.'''

Marker Pressure can only help Eagles [4:35 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'In two games, Brady and Tampa Bay's Brad Johnson have completed a total of 57 passes in 80 attempts, a 71.3-percent completion ratio, for 493 yards with five touchdown passes and just one tipped interception. Those numbers compute to a 102.8 quarterback rating.'

Marker Eagles (0-2) at Buffalo (2-1) [4:33 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'Buffalo, 28-24.'

Marker Good byes [4:32 AM]
Trenton Times reports: 'The Eagles are 4-0 - 5-0 counting the playoffs - the week after a bye under head coach Andy Reid.'

Marker Eagles' game plan falls incomplete [4:29 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'It would be hard for them to run the ball less. The Eagles are passing the ball on seven of every 10 snaps, and their offense under Reid has never been this lopsided. Last year, the Eagles threw the ball 52 percent of the time. This year, after two games, they've thrown it 72 percent of the time. Even though the Eagles lost both games, they weren't so far behind that they had to abandon the running game.'

Marker Eagles' key to victory: Muffle Moulds [4:28 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: '"I wouldn't imagine they'd run,'' Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson said with a smile. "I think they're going to stay with the vertical passing game. They want to go deep. Their philosophy is to get the ball deep.'''

Marker Eagles Preview [4:27 AM]
Wilmington News Journal reports: 'Bills 23, Eagles 17.'

Marker Eagles-Bills Tale of the Tape [4:24 AM]
Comcast Sportsnet reports: 'Eagles 10, Buffalo 27.'

Marker Falling Eagles [4:13 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'In a season-opening 17-0 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the tailbacks combined to gain 19 yards on 10 carries. In the 21-point loss to the Patriots the next week, they had 46 yards on 11 carries.'

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September 27, 2003

Marker Bills Not Underestimating Slumping Eagles [10:58 PM]
AP reports: Bills showing Eagles respect

Marker Bills vs. Eagles Preview [10:58 PM]
TBD reports: 'This season couldn't have started much worse for the Eagles, who many experts picked to finally take that last step and make it to the Super Bowl after 2 straight Championship Game losses. Injuries have crippled the defensive line and secondary. Quarterback Donovan McNabb is mired in the worst slump of his young career. They lost their first 2 games, both in their new stadium, by a combined score of 48-10 against the last 2 Super Bowl champions (Buccaneers & Patriots).'

Marker Crosby's Broken Leg Puts Him Out For The Season [6:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Ken Simonton has been added from the practice squad.'

Marker Bills' Simonton on active roster; Crosby on injured list [6:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills placed backup fullback Philip Crosby on injured reserve and he will miss the rest of the season.'

Marker Buffalo is in similiar boat as Philly [9:06 AM]
Bridgeton News reports: 'Seems the Eagles and the Bills have a lot in common as they prepare to face each other in Buffalo on Sunday. The difference is the Eagles have yet to win a game or look good trying to win a game. The Bills were off to a 2-0 start and had outscored their opponents, the Jacksonville Jaguars and New England Patriots, 69-17. It just goes to show how fast a team in the NFL can fall. The Eagles now have a chance to show just how fast a team in the NFL can rise.'

Marker Stuck in neutral [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His completion percentage is a reflection of how uncomfortable he has looked in the pocket. McNabb never has been one of the most accurate passers. His completed 58.4 percent last year and ranked 22nd in the NFL. But 45 percent is in the Ryan Leaf neighborhood. That's not McNabb.'

Marker Henry looks doubtful for Sunday [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It still looks like the Pro Bowler casualty count for Sunday's 1 p.m. game will be Philadelphia 2, Buffalo 1.'

Marker Bills' run game going nowhere [5:24 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo ranks 31st in the NFL in rushing yards per game (63.7), dead last in average yards per rushing play (2.4), and Travis Henry — who did not practice all week because of a rib injury and will be a game-time decision on whether he can play — has a paltry 122 yards on 53 attempts (2.3 per carry).'

Marker Bills' hocus-pocus plays have no magic [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I love the razzle, but this is too much dazzle. One trick play a game? From a team good enough to win without gimmicks? I like ice cream, but I don’t partake every day.'

Marker Walker doubles as engineer, buttress for Birds' defense [4:50 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Q: Improving pressure, is that what you guys are looking at this weekend against Buffalo? A: We definitely want to get more pressure, no doubt about it.'

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