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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2001

Marker Buffalo 13, Jacksonville 10 [12:53 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"Hopefully, this will springboard us the rest of the season," said Johnson, who completed 23-of-30 for 238 yards and a touchdown. "The first one is always the toughest, especially with how young we are and how banged up we are. Once you get one, you prove you can win."'

Marker Offense/Defense stats [12:44 AM] reports: 'A TD for RJ, a sack by Williams, Schobel, Foreman & Flowers, Moulds leading receivers with 60 yards and a TD. Irvin caught a spectacular interception (upheld by instant replay) and Tillman caught one as well to end the game. The defense front four were without Hansen and Larsen but pressure was constant on Brunell. The WCO was efficient and ball was spread out well with Centers, Moulds, Riemersma and Henry all getting multiple balls. Pity anyone who chose to start Brunell in their fantasy football league.'

Marker Team Stats - Bills vs Jaguars [12:35 AM] reports: 'RJ had two sacks vs Brunell having 4. RJ had no interceptions but Brunell had 2. Jaguars got NO punt returns in 4 kicks. Bills dominated everything except rushing yards and kickoff returns.'

Marker Bills 13, Jaguars 10 [12:26 AM]
AP reports: 'Arians had missed field goals of 41 and 39 yards, but coach Gregg Williams didn't hesitate to put the game on his foot [Bills were currently tied with Jaguars] on fourth-and-inches. The kick sailed through and Arians jumped into the arms of Dan O'Leary, who carried him halfway to the sideline.'

Marker Phillips awarded remainder of salary [12:19 AM]
AP reports: '"Naturally, I'm disappointed in a ruling that awards money to Wade Phillips for his departure from the Bills," Bills owner Ralph Wilson said before the team's game in Jacksonville, Fla. "Phillips claims he was fired. I reject that. He forced his dismissal with unreasonable behavior."'

Marker Bills at Jaguars play by play [12:13 AM] reports:

Marker Johnson leads Bills past Jaguars 13-10 [12:09 AM] reports: While the Buffalo Bills are rebuilding, it's hard to tell what the Jacksonville Jaguars are up to. Jake Arians missed two FGs early but made the last one in the clutch and the defense stopped Brunell final effort with an interception.

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October 18, 2001

Marker Bills QB Johnson puts it together vs. Jags [11:58 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Wade Phillips finally put away the voodoo doll, as the arbitrator awarded him the remainder of his 2001 salary owed by Ralph Wilson. On the same night, the Bills collected their first victory of the season.

Marker Bills Won't Beat Troubled Jaguars [3:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: quote: For all Jacksonville's troubles, the Bills (an 8 1/2-point underdog)
have yet to prove that they're better than anyone else's second team, much
less a perennial playoff contender.

Marker Bills look to 'stay on course' [2:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'ESPN isn't exactly salivating over this one.'

Marker Pro-Bowl ballots are available with a few surprises [12:02 PM] reports: The NFL has their Pro-Bowl ballot prepared and as always there are a few glitches; Chrsitie is listed as the Bills kicker although he is no longer with the Bills and ex-Bill A. Smith is on it but he is listed as a Pittsburgh RB.
NOTE: the electronic ballot no longer has a fill-in-the-blank spot and allows 'express' submissions.
QB: R. Johnson, RB: T. Henry, FB: L. Centers, WR: E. Moulds & P. Price, TE: J. Riemersma, C: B. Conaty, G: R. Brown & J. Ostroski, T: J. Fina & J. Jennings
DE: P. Hansen& E. Flowers, LI: P. Williams & S. Price, OL: J. Foreman & K. Newman, IL S. Cowart (IR), CB: A. Winfield & K. Irvin, FS: K. Carpenter, SS: R. Hill
Special Teams:
K: S. Christie (released), P: B. Moorman, KR: N. Clements, ST: D. Polk

Marker Metzelaars' son lights up Charlotte sky with aerial brilliance [10:47 AM] reports: Former Buffalo Bill and Carolina Panther Pete Metzelaars spent 16 seasons in the NFL catching passes and battling in the trenches from his TE position.

Around the Carolinas, he is also the answer to a great Panthers trivia question. Metzelaars was the first Panther to score a touchdown, hauling in an 8-yard TD pass from former Bill Frank Reich during Carolina’s inaugural season.

Now his son, Anthony Metzelaars, is putting up numbers in Charlotte that will make him the answer to future trivia questions. The younger Metzelaars QBs Charlotte Christian, where his father serves as OC of the football team and as assistant athletics director. Like his father, Anthony is finding much success on the football field.

Marker Buffalo (0-4) at Jacksonville (2-2) Thursday, 8:30 pm EDT [10:43 AM] reports: NFL Preview of game.

Marker Bills, Jags regroup after respite [10:02 AM]
ESPN reports: Warning: Joe Theismann ahead, some people like coffee others hate it.
GM Tom Donahoe made the right decision to release Flutie and keep Johnson because the West Coast style suits Johnson more than Flutie. But the problem is that Johnson isn't getting rid of the ball quickly enough. If he can make decisions, learn the offense and survive the season, he will be fine -- and so will the Bills.

Marker Bills will be a test for Jags [9:54 AM]
ESPN reports: Based on the records of the two teams, the Jaguars should be able to get back on track. Tony Brackens will be back to help the Jaguars' defense.

But the Bills are a desperate team with good skill-position players. The Bills' defense has been marred by injury, especially to LB Cowart, their best player. They have been close several times to putting things together. Under new head coach Williams, the Bills are really struggling with the system and getting everyone on the same page. The young coaching staff is just taking a little longer than other staffs to get a pulse on its personnel. That's what they are struggling with. I don't expect Buffalo to be an easy test for the Jaguars.

Marker ESPN first-quarter report card [9:47 AM]
ESPN reports: QB Johnson holds onto the ball too long and can't finish games because of injuries. Salary cap problems forced them to dismantle a 3-4 defense that could stuff the run. The Bills have fallen to the bottom of the league. First-year coach Williams hasn't won over his veterans so far with his aggressive style of coaching.
Grade: F (only F in AFC)
NOTE: Ruben Brown did make all AFC team

Marker Jaguar receivers awaken Bills' deep thoughts [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jacksonville boasts the player who has the most catches and receiving yards in the NFL over the past five years - Jimmy Smith. Containing Smith, receiving partner Keenan McCardell and quarterback Mark Brunell figures to be a key to the Bills' chances of getting their first win of the year in the nationally televised game at Alltel Stadium.'

Marker Gaining a foothold [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taking over for Chris Mohr, perhaps the best punter in franchise history, Moorman is the AFC's second-ranked punter at 48.1 yards behind Denver's Tom Rouen (48.9). The Bills' single-season record is 44.5 by Paul Maguire in 1969.'

Marker Moulds grabs for the reins of leadership [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Getting Moulds involved would be a start. To borrow an old phrase from his pal, Keyshawn, give him the damn ball.'

Marker Battered Bills, Jags looking to get off the ropes [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The outcome of tonight's game between the Bills and Jaguars will go a long way toward determining which team has a chance to salvage its season and which one can start thinking about its holiday travel plans.'

Marker Highlights of this week's game notes [8:30 AM] reports: Moulds now ranks 4th on the Bills all-time receiving yardage list after passing Thurman Thomas last week. He needs 10 receptions to tie Bob Chandler in 5th place on Buffalo's all-time receptions list and 11 to tie Elbert Dubenion in 4th. He's currently tied with Frank Lewis for 6th all-time in receiving touchdowns and his next one will tie Pete Metzelaars for 5th best. With a catch against the Jaguars, he'll also extend his club record of games with a reception to 54.

Marker Johnson returns to Jacksonville Thursday [8:29 AM] reports: "He said, 'No, I don't want you to go back in,'" Johnson said afterwards. "If you can't move, you can't go back in. … I just wanted to make sure my ankle wasn't broken because it hurt like it was broken. Once I found out it wasn't broken, I knew I had to suck it up. It's just something you have to do. My team needed me."

Marker Johnson a gamer [8:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I think (Johnson has) had stretches of playing well, but he has had some unlucky situations," Bills coach Gregg Williams said this week. "He has had stretches where he has executed the offence very well. The breakdowns on offence have not just been the quarterback."'

Marker Johnson returns to Jacksonville as an opponent [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'So tonight before a national television audience, Johnson's goal isn't to settle an old score. It's to merely prove the Bills didn't get fleeced for first- and fourth-round draft picks, something he hasn't been able to do during his three-plus disappointing seasons in Buffalo.'

Marker Q and A with Antoine Winfield [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'By coach Gregg Williams' count, the secondary has dropped seven interceptions so far. Are you guys wearing oven mitts?'

Marker Hard work keeps paying off for Payne [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Life is good for the young man from Victor who starred at Cornell University and is now carving out a nice little career for himself in the NFL.'

Marker Scouting report [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'This is the Bills' first visit to Jacksonville for a regular-season game. It is the only NFL city they hadn't played in.'

Marker Going in different directions [5:26 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Donahue drafted 12 players and the Bills kept 11, a stark contrast to the Jaguars, who drafted 10 and kept five. The Bills, though, are paying a price for their youth. They're 0-4. That is why rebuilding is not popular in Jacksonville.'

October 17, 2001

Marker PFW’s Personnel Analyst Takes a Look at the Best Blue-Collar Overachievers [4:07 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Survey selects five Bills players: two current (Phil Hansen and Antoine Winfield) and three former ones (Sam Gash, Marvcus Patton, John Parrella)as the best "blue-collar" players at their positions.

Marker Travis Henry #4 in Rookie of year meter [3:13 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 4. Travis Henry, RB, Buffalo Bills
Season Stats: 70-240-1 Sunday: Bye
Henry rushed for 113 yards his last time out and has a chance to duplicate that performance Thursday against a Jacksonville defense that allowed 176 yards rushing its last time out.
Henry has been solid considering the offensive line?s poor job of opening holes, though he is averaging only one catch per game. That?s poor for the starting RB in a West Coast offense.

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