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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2001

Marker Rob delivers one of his finest games [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the end, however, it always comes back to Johnson. His supporters say he gets too much blame for the Bills' losses, and there's some truth to that. But against Jacksonville, he showed how much it can mean to a team when the quarterback is at the top of his game, when he's setting the tone with confidence.'

Marker Friday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Big Picture: Maybe there's hope for them, after all.'

Marker NFL orders Bills to pay Phillips for final year [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Said Wilson: "I had every intention of keeping Phillips as our coach, and I feel the league is creating a dangerous precedent when it allows a coach or player to collect money on a contract for failing to obey a reasonable order of a superior."'

Marker Sex charges expected for Bills running back [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry faces criminal charges that are expected to be lodged next week in connection with a sex-related incident involving a 15-year-old girl in his home, law enforcement officials said.'

Marker 5th Down: A chance to breathe [8:46 AM] reports: At halftime, the Buffalo Bills’ head coach pulled aside his first-year kicker, Jake Arians, and told him what was going to happen later that night. “Jake,” Williams told the kicker who had missed two field goals in the first half, “you’re going to win this ballgame for us.”

Marker Bills are on the board [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Boy, did Rob Johnson ever need this.'

Marker Johnson finally delivers against Jags [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'And most vitally, he looked like a real leader.'

Marker NFL rules in favor of Phillips in contract dispute with Bills [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was expecting it and I'm glad it's finally done," said Phillips from his home in Austin, Texas.'

Marker Bills report card [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'All those seasons coaching for Tennessee against Jacksonville in the AFC Central paid off for Gregg Williams, who earned his first career win. Had a strong game plan to find the openings in Jaguars' secondary and defensively juggled his lineup to create a spark. He and his staff were rewarded for nine tireless months on the job.'

Marker Beat up and down [4:49 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"It's a low point for me personally, professionally and every other way," coach Tom Coughlin said.'

Marker Crowd boos Brunell [4:48 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Mark Brunell's head was ringing again last night. Only this time, it was from the boos.'

Marker Defensive turnaround [4:46 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"We did our job tonight," cornerback Ken Irvin said. "The last couple of games, the defense hasn't been doing what they were told to do. We were able to regroup after they scored their only touchdown, whereas sometimes in the past we would crumble."'

Marker Jaguars' play deserved to be blacked out [4:45 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'While the rest of the nation was able to watch the Jaguars and Bills on ESPN, people in Jacksonville got a black screen. As it turned out, this wasn't necessarily a bad thing.'

Marker Who let air out of passing attack? [4:44 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Brunell attempted 26 passes against the Bills and only two -- both on the team's lone touchdown drive -- gained at least 15 yards.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [4:43 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Bills came in threatening the NFL record for fewest sacks in a season, but the Jaguars made them look like a collection of Bruce Smiths last night. Buffalo had just five sacks combined in its first four games, all of them losses. The Bills nearly matched their season total in the first half alone against Jacksonville, sacking Mark Brunell twice before intermission. Buffalo didn't stop there, though, adding two more sacks in the second half.'

Marker To Bullet, with love [4:41 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Walk-up ticket sales were down last night compared to the previously blacked-out game at Alltel Stadium when Cleveland came to town. About 700 walk-up tickets were sold, said Jaguars Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bill Prescott. About 2,000 walk-up tickets were sold before the Browns game, which was played during the afternoon.'

Marker Game report [4:40 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Turning Point - Early in the fourth quarter, with the Jaguars trailing 10-7, they lined up for a 27-yard field goal. Holder Chris Hanson couldn't handle a high snap from Joe Zelenka and it resulted in a 26-yard loss. Though the Jaguars wound up tying the game later, the missed three points proved to be a difference-maker in the end.'

Marker Bills break into the win column [12:59 AM]
WKBW reports: The Buffalo Bills broke a four-game losing streak with a last-minute, 46-yard, clutch kick by Jake Arians to down the Jacksonville Jaguars, 13-10. Arians had previously missed two field goal attempts out of three earlier in the game, but he came through to lift the spirits of the Bills with his dramatic finish.

Marker Buffalo finally finds victory vs. Jaguars [12:55 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Week 6 gets off to an early start, and the Bills get into the win column with a 13-10 victory over the hapless Jaguars. Buffalo QB Rob Johnson leads a fourth-quarter drive that culminates in Jake Arians go-ahead field goal with 1:03 to play. Travares Tillman's interception seals the victory

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

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