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Buffalo Bills News - December 8, 2003

Marker The Bills Are Still Alive And Kicking After Beating The Jets [4:26 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Can you believe Kevin Gilbride's offense ran the football 40 times and went back to pass just 17?'

Marker Henry Reaches 1,000 Yards Rushing - Again [4:25 AM] reports: 'The third-year back, who entered the game 30 yards shy of the mark, became just the fourth player in Bills history with multiple-1,000-yard campaigns (O.J. Simpson, Joe Cribbs and Thurman Thomas).'

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [4:24 AM] reports: '"We want to be physical every week, week-in and week-out. Today our guys were able to win the line of scrimmage. That's what we would hope we would be able to do all year long. Today was nice. It was nice to see our guys do that."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:23 AM] reports: '"We know why it didn't work, we watched the plays, we watched every game. The games where we lost four in a row there we just didn't make the plays, whether it was the running game or whether it was the passing game, whatever it was we didn't make the plays we had to to win those ball games. So we put ourselves behind the eight ball. I think you have seen a display of the character that this team has with the effort we have put on the field the last couple of weeks. We went through a really tough stretch but have come back and played well."'

Marker Travis Henry Quotes [4:22 AM] reports: '"We came out we played great. The offensive line was unbelievable today. We ran the ball up the middle and there were a lot of lanes to run through. My hat goes off to the offensive line, they did a great job today."'

Marker Aaron Schobel Quotes [4:21 AM] reports: '"Sam (Adams) is hard to stop when he gets going. Everyone is playing hard. Everybody is covering, we're a team, that's where it comes from. Sacks are a team stat. It was a fun game. Everyone played hard and we got after them."'

Marker Sam Adams Quotes [4:20 AM] reports: '"We had to all play. We have to step up at this point in the season. We have to play every game, but our backs are against the wall. We'll see who steps, and we all have to do that. We had a good game today, offensively, defensively and on special teams."'

Marker Marques Sullivan Quotes [4:19 AM] reports: '"Whenever somebody kicks your butt like that you want to come back and redeem yourself. The Jets are a heck of a team, and have a heck of a quarterback, but we can't control that. All we control is what we do, and what their defensive line does. We took that as a motivating factor."'

Marker Lawyer Milloy Quotes [4:18 AM] reports: '"When we play total defense, and when the offense puts points up, and the special teams are solid - we're a dominant team. That's what makes this situation we're in, fighting to get back into the hunt, going one game at a time, makes it so disappointing. This team is a better team that what our record shows."'

Marker Herman Edwards Quotes [4:17 AM] reports: '"Well we had some fouls, you know we're generally not a penalized team but our fouls hurt us and backed us way up. We were starting minus 10, minus 15 and its hard to drive against a good football team like this and for most of the first half. We were always backed up. They had the one big long drive in the first half but we were still in the football game. In the second half, we get a big turnover, we don't get anything out of it and then they go on and make another long drive basically just running the ball.'

Marker Chad Pennington Quotes [4:16 AM] reports: '"They took it to us. This game is not real hard, they out executed us. Our defense played extremely well and kept us in the football game. They also have a good defense, when you play against a good defense you only get a certain number of chances to hit a big play and when you don't make those plays you make it really tough on yourself. They did a good job of mixing up their defenses and they stayed aggressive all game. We made a few big plays on third downs to keep some drives alive but didn't make enough and when you are on the road you have to make plays to put you in the red zone"'

Marker Jets Buffaloed 17-6 by Bills [4:15 AM] reports: 'The Green & White failed to generate big plays. When they did, they couldn’t capitalize. The offense didn’t score points and the defense did not stop the run. As a result, Buffalo rode to victory behind a dominating defensive performance and a powerful ground attack. The Bills sacked Chad Pennington five times and held the Jets to just 215 total yards while Travis Henry pounded his way to 169 yards on 32 attempts.'

Marker Jets get run over by Bills [4:13 AM] reports: 'Quarterback Chad Pennington played his worst game of the season partly due to being harassed by the Bills’ front four and linebackers. New York’s offensive line was ineffective in providing time for their franchise quarterback as Pennington was sacked five times.'

Marker A game like this makes you wonder 'What if?' [12:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was the formula that we talked about from training camp with the makeup of this team," Bledsoe said. "That is the way we would like to play. We like to have that power running game, we like to play great defense, play good field position with the football and let Travis Henry do the work."'

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December 7, 2003

Marker Buffalo 17, NY Jets 6 [7:12 PM]
AP reports: 'What's a little pain for Travis Henry when you can run on adrenaline?'

Marker Buffalo 17, N.Y. Jets 6 [7:11 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and New York Jets both had their seasons on the line but only one team played like it.'

Marker Smith adds meaning to game with 199th sack [6:11 PM]
ESPN reports: Bruce Smith gave a little meaning to a meaningless game between the New York Giants and Washington Redskins on Sunday by setting the NFL record for career sacks.

Marker Bills' McGahee inactive against Jets [4:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams raised the possibility of the first-round draft pick playing following Friday's practice.'

Marker Bills Find End Zone on Road, Jets Next [4:02 PM] reports: '"Offensively we have to run the ball better than we did," Bledsoe said. "The second thing is we have to do a little better in our pass protections. The problems that we had weren't as much physical as they were mental. We had some breakdowns, assignment wise, in our protections against the Jets a few times. We have to improve in both of those areas."'

Marker Bills Make Adjustments For Second Meeting [4:01 PM] reports: '"The game is all about adjustments," said wide receiver Eric Moulds. "If you make good adjustments you will have success. If you don't, teams are going to continue to do the things they've done to you. We have to be ready to make adjustments and ready to play the game."'

Marker Bills hope to be in middle of action [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will have to be ready for more blitzes today. The Bills' offensive line has a rough task even without blitzes. Defensive end Shaun Ellis, who has 11.5 sacks, goes up against Mike Williams. The middle of the offensive line faces good penetrators in defensive tackles Josh Evans and Jason Ferguson.'

Marker Bills, Jets hang hats on slim playoff hopes [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unfortunately for the Bills and Jets, a late-season run will only serve as a reminder of what could have been for both teams.'

Marker Ralph deserves a 'thanks' and a place in the Hall of Fame [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I know what they mean. "Thanks for keeping the team here.' That's what they mean."'

Marker Taxi squad to nowhere? [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jerel Meyers, a 22-year-old wideout from LSU, was signed to the Bills practice squad on Sept. 11, and thus his bumpy ride began. He was released on the 24th, re-signed on Sept. 27, released on Nov. 12 and re-signed again on the 19th. "It's just part of the game. You have to roll with the punches," said Meyers, who was teammates with Josh Reed while at LSU. "Everybody wants to be in this league, and you got to get in any way you can. The practice squad is my way of getting into this league and I'm just going to take it from there. Really to me it's like getting a second chance."'

Marker Scouts to honor Hunter Kelly for bravery [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hunter James Kelly will receive the "2003 Good Scout Award for Bravery" on Tuesday from Boy Scouts of America, Greater Niagara Frontier Council.'

Marker Martin enjoys rush of success after slow start [8:45 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"Curtis just keeps running, and at the end of the year he has about 1,200 yards," coach Herman Edwards said. "That's kind of his deal, who he's been. He brings a mental toughness to this team."'

Marker Payback fuels the Bills vs. N.Y. Jets [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams is 1-4 against his Jets counterpart, Herman Edwards, since both assumed their positions in 2001. In those five games, Edwards’ Jets own a 16-6 edge in sacks, a 16-4 edge in takeaways, and a 149-97 edge on the scoreboard.'

Marker Q&A: Kevin Thomas [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What have you found to be the best perk about being an NFL player?
“Mondays when you pick up that check. Boy, that’s lovely. No, the best part is just putting on the helmet, putting on the gear. As a little kid that’s what you dream about, to put on the uniform. I haven’t experienced running out of the tunnel yet (during pregame introductions at Ralph Wilson Stadium), but as of right now it’s putting on the gear.”'

Marker Bills play another struggling N.Y. team [5:18 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Today, the Bills again play a team from New York with the same record, and this time the question becomes which one will keep its microscopic playoff hopes alive for at least another week.'

Marker Pennington's Poise and Enthusiasm Impress Other Coaches [5:17 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In his 17 regular-season starts, the Jets are 11-6, and he has completed 67.9 percent of his passes and thrown for 34 touchdowns, with 12 interceptions. Pennington's passer rating is 102.7 over that stretch, and he is the second-rated quarterback in the league at 99.2 this season, behind only the Titans' Steve McNair.'

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