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Buffalo Bills News - November 28, 2000

Marker Cowart, Phillips cry foul over Middleton's block [7:39 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'Bucs coach Tony Dungy said the tackle was not illegal but an unfortunate dose of bad luck.'

Marker Hurting defense needs a rest [5:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their 31-17 loss may have doomed their chances of competing for a playoff berth the final four games of the regular season, thanks to an unprecedented rash of injuries to their No. 5-ranked defense.'

Marker Gritty Bills won't quit on season [5:03 AM]
D and C reports: '"The season doesn't end today," Irvin said about as often as Rob Johnson gets sacked. "We still have to play four football games and everybody on this team believes in everybody who's on the field. We are a very sound football team."'

Marker Block on Cowart upsets Bills [5:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills yesterday called the blindside block by Tampa Bay Buccaneers' guard Frank Middleton that put star linebacker Sam Cowart out for the rest of the regular season "unethical."'

Marker Injury puts Buffalo's Cowart on sideline [4:55 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo's leading tackler, who had three sacks in the first half, is out of Sunday's game against the Dolphins with a high ankle sprain and probably won't play again this season unless the Bills make the playoffs.'

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November 27, 2000

Marker Miami braces for chilly reception in Buffalo [8:28 PM]
AP reports: 'For the Miami Dolphins, the weekend forecast is ominous: temperatures in the 20s with a chance of defeat.'

Marker Cowart sidelined after 'unethical' hit [8:27 PM]
AP reports: '"For you to be beside him and just go after his knee is unethical," Bills coach Wade Phillips said Monday. "I think it was uncalled for."'

Marker Buffalo's Special Teams Find Ways To Botch The Game, Again [1:20 PM]
Jamestown Post Journal reports: 'Not even the often-heroic efforts of the depleted defense could compensate for Ronnie Jones' boys. Plain and simple, they stunk. Again. Frankly, it's getting old.'

Marker Bucs lay waste to Bills [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'And it was a game in which two or three disastrous plays foiled an otherwise valiant performance by the majority of the Bills' players.'

Marker Defense devastated by injuries [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If you thought the Buffalo Bills had a young defense before, wait until you get a load of what's in store for the rest of the season.'

Marker Special teams disaster crushes Bills' hopes [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They lost a game by 14 points that they should have won.'

Marker Offensive line has hands full with Sapp and Co. [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was bad, but it could have been much worse. That would be the best way to describe the performance of the Buffalo Bills' offensive line in Sunday's 31-17 loss to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.'

Marker Monday billboard [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Miami comes to our winter wonderland next Sunday. If the Bills hope to maintain any chance for the playoffs they can't afford to lose.'

Marker Bashed Bills are sore after beating by Bucs [6:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'What no one could foresee was the devastating nature of the loss as sloppy mistakes made the Bills look like anything but a playoff contender, and a rash of major injuries that they incurred along the way may eliminate that contender label altogether.'

Marker Bills defense receives a huge hit [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'All season long, Bills linebacker Sam Cowart has been building a case to play in the Pro Bowl. Unfortunately for the best player on the Buffalo defense and one of the best defenders in the NFL, the Pro Bowl may be the next game he plays.'

Marker Buffalo loses more than just three starters [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Maybe it is paranoia, but I'm searching for any explanation as to why the Bills squandered a good opportunity to win another critical road game in the heat of a playoff drive.'

Marker Coaches' mistakes painful [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'In what was the dumbest move in a day filled with dumb coaching moves, the Bills decided to try an onside kick with 2:32 left in the game. They were trailing just 24-17 and they had all three timeouts plus the two-minute warning.'

Marker Bucs make Bills pay [6:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The once-mighty Bills defence, a unit the team has relied upon to win games the past two seasons, has been reduced to a spartan carcass. In one stretch late in the first half, Buffalo lost star linebacker Sam Cowart (ankle sprain), his sidekick Sam Rogers (torn groin) and free safety Keion Carpenter (ankle).'

Marker Being pretty doesn't pay Bills [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'For Warren Sapp and the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, football is as much about pain as pleasure. No need to remind the aching Buffalo Bills of that this morning.'

Marker Sapped & Zapped [6:09 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'After all, the Bucs' offense, which does have issues to address, gained a season-low 180 yards. But in grinding out a 31-17 victory, the offense undeniably was opportunistic.'

Marker Offense finally awakened [6:08 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'One, the Bucs can, indeed, move the ball 70 yards for a touchdown. And two, it sure helps when the opposing defense loses three of its best players.'

Marker Sapp's comments cause desired effect [6:07 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Boys will be boys and apparently Warren Sapp will be Warren Sapp. That was the general player response to the comments Sapp made during the weekend.'

Marker Sapp ignites Bucs' fire, gets a spark [6:06 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '"Because it needed to be said." That's why the reigning NFL Defensive Player of the Year, the one credible Buc who would dare publicly blast his team's shabby offense, did so Friday.'

Marker Dunn the only option now, which is fine with him [6:04 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'It's up to Dunn. He must carry the ball. He must carry the team. The jumbo backfield is kaput.'

Marker Desperate times create desperate acts for Bucs [6:03 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'He jumped up and took off after Bryson. He probably ran 30 yards to chase down Bryson, just as Bryson was stepping out of bounds to complete a 17-yard gain.'

Marker Finally, 'The Truth' comes out for Bucs [6:02 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'The truth is, Karl Williams had almost disappeared from the Bucs' radar screen this season.'

Marker Steckel is unfazed by Sapp's comments [6:00 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'If Bucs offensive coordinator Les Steckel is smarting from the round of shots that defensive tackle Warren Sapp took at him and his offense this weekend, he's not letting it show.'

Marker Injuries on defense doomed the Bills' chances [6:00 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Then, a crack developed in Buffalo's mortar. Outside linebacker Sam Rogers limped off the field with a torn groin muscle. Inside linebacker Sam Cowart, the league's leading tackler, left with a high ankle sprain. So did free safety Keion Carpenter.'

Marker Game review [5:59 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'RB Warrick Dunn's 106 yards marked the first 100-yard rushing game the Bills have allowed since January. Tennessee's Eddie George rushed for 106 yards on Jan. 8 in the AFC wild-card playoff game.'

Marker Grading the Bucs [5:57 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: 'Special teams: Williams' TD highlighted a strong return game and coverage units were on the ball as well. Grade: A'

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