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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2003

Marker Burris OK after brief scare [7:08 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Drew Bledsoe put aside being sacked four times and being held to under 100 yards passing through three quarters to deliver the 22nd come-from-behind victory of his career, and his third in 21 games with the Bills. He was 11-of-25 for 95 yards before completing eight of his final 10 passes for 106 yards on Buffalo's final two possessions.'

Marker Key play [7:07 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bills had converted just two of their 12 third downs when they lined up for a third-and-11 at their own 40 with 3:31 remaining in the fourth quarter and the Bengals leading, 16-13. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe, who had been sacked four times, was pressured but hung in the pocket long enough to complete a 14-yard pass to Bobby Shaw for the first down, a drive that eventually ended with a 29-yard Rian Lindell field goal to send the game into overtime.'

Marker Key player [7:06 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe proved you don't always have to be at your best to win a game; you just have be your best when it counts.'

Marker Key stat [7:06 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Buffalo won the turnover battle, 2-0.'

Marker They said it [7:05 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"It was one of those balls you thought you could get to, but Bledsoe is just one of those guys who can get the ball into places where you think you've got him but you don't."'

Marker Coaching [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The team had opportunities to win and didn't capitalize on them. That has to fall back on the coaches.'

Marker Special teams [7:04 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Shayne Graham made three of four field-goal attempts -- his only miss coming from 54 yards.'

Marker Offense [7:03 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The running game managed only 2.5 yards a carry, the passing game couldn't complete anything downfield and only one touchdown was scored in four red-zone opportunities.'

Marker Defense [7:03 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'When a big play was needed at crunch time, there was none to be found.'

Marker Bills 22, Bengals 16 (OT) [5:45 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Their last three losses have come by margins of three, seven and six points.'

Marker Spikes sees change, but still glad he left [5:44 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Spikes also chatted briefly with at least four other former teammates. Bengals coach Marvin Lewis went out of his way, jogging about 25 yards, to shake Spikes' hand. "He kind of surprised me," Spikes said of Lewis. "I know he doesn't dislike me. We never had any dislikes. He wished me good luck."'

Marker Burris said to be 'fine' after hit [5:43 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The hit Sunday knocked him out cold. "All I remember is seeing Sam come out" of the backfield, Burris said. "I was trying to get a shot at him. The last thing I remember was holding up my thumb. The next thing I knew, I was in" the dressing room.'

Marker Bengals crumble in clutch [5:42 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Until it mattered, Drew Bledsoe's offense ran like a Bl-Edsel. Until they had to have the win, the Buffalo Bills played as if they were afraid to lose, and maybe they were. Because the NFL's perception of the Bengals hasn't caught up to reality, even the possibility of losing to the erstwhile Bungles can cause throats to tighten.'

Marker Clemons keys strong D with 3 sacks [5:41 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals doubled their season sack total Sunday against the Buffalo Bills, and with three coming in the second half, they helped maintain a field-position edge.'

Marker Bills squeak by in OT [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I don’t care about the elements,” said safety Lawyer Milloy. “I’m not the type of guy who’s going to go to midfield and throw up the grass to see which way the wind was blowing. I attack the ball.”'

Marker Simple running game the road to important win [5:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We want the chance to show what we can do with the run,” offensive guard Ruben Brown said. “That’s what we got today, the opportunity, and how fitting that last score was on a run.”'

Marker Bills coaches wise up, get ball to Moulds [5:31 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Had the Bills dropped this one, Gregg Williams and his strategically challenged coaching staff would have felt as if they were sitting on a tailgater’s grill.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:30 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Running back: Travis Henry, gutting out the game with sore ribs, shook off two fumbles and a dropped pass to spark Buffalo’s big second half. He scored on a 9-yard screen pass and added the game-winning TD in overtime on a powerful 2-yard run, finishing with 85 yards on 25 carries. Fullback Sam Gash made three catches. A.'

Marker Erratic Bills may be testing Wilson's patience [5:30 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Is there reason to panic over the Bills' 2-2 record? Not really, or, at least not to the extent we've heard and read about this past week. Perhaps this is the result of not having a contending team for the past several seasons and simply forgetting how high and low emotions can ride, but it's been humorous to witness the reaction in Bills' country over the back-to-back losses.'

Marker Boo-ffalo wings it [5:29 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is a game we needed to win," Bledsoe said. "It was almost a desperation situation for us."'

Marker Henry makes gains ... in pain [5:28 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"He's my hero, he's a warrior," Bills guard Jonas Jennings said. "To go out and play in pain like that, we all noticed."'

Marker Bills scrape past pesky Bengals [5:28 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'After missing the previous game, a loss to the Eagles, with sore ribs, Henry turned in a solid effort, scoring both Bills TDs. It wasn't known until yesterday morning whether he would play. "Throughout the first quarter it was all right, but when we got deep in the game it started hurting bad, but I got through it," said the diminutive back, who finished with 85 yards on 25 carries and two receptions for 14 yards.'

Marker Bengals can’t keep Bills in pocket [5:27 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"I don't have any words for it," James said. "I had many chances to make stops and get us off the field. I didn't make ’em. It hurts. When it was crunch time, (Moulds) made the plays that it took to win the game."'

Marker Spikes happy to see Bengals — and to beat them [5:26 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"It was a special day, but it was real funny," he said. "From day one coming in as rookie, the guys that you see are like your brothers. You go out and work and sweat with them, and then there's the adversity that we were going through in my five years there. There is a special bond between all of us. What we had was bigger than a game. . . . But it was a weird feeling now . . . wanting to take their heads off."'

Marker Burris doing OK after injury scare [5:26 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"I tried to get a big shot at (Gash) and the next thing I know I was in here (the locker room)," Burris said. "I was unconscious for a while. The last thing I remember was holding up my thumb, coming off the field."'

Marker The Bills Avoid The Upset With A Gutty Return By Henry [5:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The offense sputtered most of this game until Bledsoe stopped having drops by his receivers and throwing bad balls. The running game was also pretty bad, but got going once Buffalo tried using it a lot. When it was all said and done, Bledsoe was 19 of 35 for 211 yards, but was sacked four times. Eric Moulds had a key early drop, but came on with 9 catches for 99 yards.'

Marker Bengals can't finish off Bills [5:03 AM] reports: 'No doubt playing with a certain frenzy from their new defensive line coach, Krumrie’s unit controlled scrimmage. Led by tackle Pat Williams, the Bills stuffed Cincinnati on minus six rushing yards in the first quarter, and forced a turnover early in the second quarter even as Adams exited.'

Marker 'One more play than we made' [5:02 AM] reports: 'The Bills are almost as spanking new as the Bengals after their off-season makeover, but they learned something in those nine minutes. Lewis (“We learned a valuable lesson today”) hopes they get it during the bye week. It was the Bills' NFL-leading 17th overtime victory. The Bengals failed to get their 15th in 23 tries.'

Marker Post-game quotes [5:01 AM] reports: 'On having some former Bengal staff members on the Bills staff to help game plan for Cincinnati:
“They do a few similar things to the things they did last year, but it is a new staff and new defense and I think we had a pretty good handle on it anyway. We did talk to them a little bit about some of their personnel, but even that has changed, so we didn’t pick their brain too much.”'

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October 5, 2003

Marker Gregg Williams Quotes [6:14 PM] reports: '"Week-in and week-out there is never an easy game in this league. I was proud of the guys fighting through a lot of things today and staying together, staying tough and staying tight. We had to run the ball in order to win it today. To give us some type of continuity in the second half, we came out and ran the ball better. We established a little bit of rhythm offensively that way. The Bengals played hard, they did. They played well. They lost to Oakland by three and Pittsburgh by seven. It took us sixty-plus minutes to get a win out of them today. We did enough things to win. Obviously there are some things to clean up but we'll take the win. No matter how hard it is, we'll take the win."'

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