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Buffalo Bills News - December 4, 2000

Marker In the final tally, Bills look like they've quit [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There is still a mathematical chance they could make the playoffs, but you might as well turn the Bills over now. They're done. Barbecued. Home for the New Year. They had hopes of running the table before the Miami debacle. Now it wouldn't be a surprise if they ran it in reverse by dropping their last four.'

Marker Returns are in: Black, Price have potential [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Wade Phillips has resisted the idea of using Black or Price all season, but injuries left him no choice. Price took over punt return duties to relieve Watson, who is now starting at cornerback and is on all the other special teams.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ralph Wilson Stadium sold out for the seventh time in as many games as 73,002 showed they were more agreeable to handling the blustery weather than the Bills' performance. About 3,002 were there at the end.'

Marker Buffalo disintegrates in home loss to Miami [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'The offense was outclassed by a staunch Miami defense that limited the Bills to 14 first downs, 196 total yards, 36 net passing yards, 8 completions and 3 third-down conversions, numbers that tied or set season lows.'

Marker Surprise: It's December and the Dolphins are hot [7:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'Another thing you can put to rest are the Bills. They'll be home for the holidays. Unless wild-card contenders collapse all around them, there will be no postseason for these Bills.'

Marker Miami delivers some truths in Buffalo [7:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'After the Miami Dolphins came into the Bills' house yesterday, stealing their wives, their beer and the remote control in a 33-6 victory, there were no land mines though. Only blank stares and hollow statements.'

Marker Bills swamped by early interception [7:27 AM]
D and C reports: '...Rob Johnson threw an ill-advised pass to the right front corner of the end zone to Jeremy McDaniel, which Patrick Surtain intercepted to kill the threat. From that moment on, the Bills were never in the game.'

Marker Bills left out in the cold [7:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And the vaunted Buffalo Bills defence? The 73,002 at Ralph Wilson Stadium are still waiting for it to charge out of the tunnel.'

Marker Buffalo suffers massacre [7:24 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: '"It was just like a snowball that kept getting bigger and bigger," Johnson said. "It just seemed that no one was picking up the slack."'

Marker Great defense, timely offense lift Dolphins in tough venue [7:23 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Defensive tackles Daryl Gardener and Tim Bowens playfully tossed a little stuffed Buffalo about the locker room, which is about the same thing the Miami defense did to the Buffalo offense.'

Marker Great coaching, timely plays have Dolphins gaining confidence one game at a time [7:22 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'They came in here, where winter has forever flattened them, and flat buried the Bills.'

Marker Eric the (not so) great [7:21 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins held wide receiver Eric Moulds, who came in with an NFL-high 84 catches, to a season-low-tying two catches for 31 yards. Bills quarterbacks Rob Johnson and Doug Flutie threw to Moulds only four times for the entire game. The two passes Moulds didn't catch were intercepted.'

Marker O-line batters Buffalo [7:20 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In short, the Dolphins kicked the Bills when they were down.'

Marker Bills coach Phillips: 'We had no chance' to win game [7:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"Everyone is to blame for this. We need to redefine what 100-percent preparation and participation on game day is about because we got our butts kicked today."'

Marker Flutie brings little relief [7:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Despite on-field signs that might suggest a change of opinion, Buffalo coach Wade Phillips reiterated his support for starting quarterback Rob Johnson. Don't look to Bills fans for agreement.'

Marker Loss of Owens becomes Bromell's gain [7:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The third-year defensive end, inactive the past seven games, made the most of his opportunity, contributing four tackles and his first sack of the season.'

Marker Five keys to the game [7:17 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The six sacks and three interceptions say it all. The Dolphins' defensive front did a tremendous job of getting pressure on Johnson and Flutie -- who combined to complete eight passes in 27 attempts -- by overpowering the Bills' offensive line.'

Marker Quarterback Rob Johnson has started three games against the Dolphins since joining the Bills in 1998 [7:16 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Miami has won all three, sacking him 18 times. Below is a breakdown of those three starts.'

Marker Dolphins chill the Bills [7:15 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"We've won up here, but never like this before," Dolphins left tackle Richmond Webb said of his team's biggest road victory against Buffalo since a 37-10 win in 1992. "I don't think anybody expected it to turn out like this."'

Marker Fit Fiedler returns to winning form [7:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The shoulder? No problem. The rookie on the road? No problem. The Buffalo cold? Really no problem. Fiedler, in fact, came out on the field before the game in a T-shirt and shorts.'

Marker Healthy Smith keys attack [7:13 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Smith's numbers weren't as gaudy Sunday, but his 100-yard outing on 28 carries was just fine for the Dolphins in a 33-6 rout of the Bills.'

Marker House of horrors turns into funhouse [7:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Wannstedt leaned into him. "We killed them, didn't we?" he said.'

Marker Defense helps Bates rest easy [7:11 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"When you get into the 13th game of the season," he said, "and you're playing with the consistency we're playing with, nothing surprises us."'

Marker Thomas can't play, but he can visit pals [7:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Thomas said he visited with Bills owner Ralph Wilson, which is significant because there was some bad blood when Thomas was released after last season. Wilson apologized to Thomas earlier this year.'

Marker Grading the Dolphins [7:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It was a great effort that produced a winning result.'

Marker Miami (10-3) controls AFC as Fiedler returns [7:08 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'In recent years, the Dolphins have had few December days like Sunday when they hammered the Buffalo Bills 33-6, matching their largest margin of victory in upstate New York.'

Marker Defense enjoys a head-turning day [7:07 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"I thought our defense probably played about as good as we can play," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We came up with six sacks. We forced some turnovers."'

Marker If you don't succeed (J.J.), try successor [7:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'What's happening now is that the Dolphins -- in the wake of their 33-6 victory Sunday afternoon on the road against Buffalo -- are an NFL sensation. What happened during Johnson's tenure, mostly, was disappointment.'

Marker Thurman enjoys reunions [7:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"When I retire, I want it to be as a Buffalo Bill, but right now I'm a Miami Dolphin."'

Marker Report: Dolphins players 'mistrust' policies [7:05 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'According to the report, headlined "Do Dolphins gain from players' pain?" more than 10 current Dolphins and several current players said the club did not tell players the full extent of their injuries and risked their careers by pressuring them to play too early.'

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