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Buffalo Bills News - December 18, 2003

Marker Wind could be a factor in frosty Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Like the Patriots' Gillette Stadium, Buffalo's Ralph Wilson Stadium has an opening at one end that can funnel wind inside. Like they did against the Patriots, the Dolphins will be more conservative going that way if the wind is significant, coach Dave Wannstedt said.'

Marker No, really, all is well! [5:11 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Though there would be a general sense of letdown if the Dolphins don't make the playoffs, the good news is it would spare the bitterness and anger everyone felt during the most recent season-ending playoff losses to Baltimore, 20-3, to Oakland, 27-0, and to Jacksonville, 62-7.'

Marker Wannstedt lifting Dolphins' spirits [5:10 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"[Wannstedt] went around and asked people what their mind-set was. The biggest thing was going out and having fun. You could see that today in practice. We were playing the game like it's supposed to be played."'

Marker Dolphins' Konrad out for Bills game [5:09 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Konrad, who also may miss the team's season finale against the New York Jets, suffered a Grade II (the second-most severe type) concussion in the first quarter and was carted off the field. Dolphins trainer Kevin O'Neill said Konrad was held overnight for observation at Broward General Medical Center and released Tuesday.'

Marker Without a victory, 'nothing will matter' for Dolphins [5:08 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"All you can worry about is what you can control," he said. "All we can control is how we play Sunday and whether or not we get a win."'

Marker Fins casual to looming disaster [5:07 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Somebody wearing a Miami uniform should be so ticked off by now that venom is spewed, and not in a Zach Thomas rant that serves more as personal catharsis than anything else. Apparently, though, nobody is.'

Marker Fiedler's numbers come up short [5:06 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'There is a reason most experts say quarterback is the most important position on a team. There are countless statistics to back that up. There are few statistics to back up Fiedler.'

Marker McGahee to sit against Dolphins despite 'a lot of progress' [5:05 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I mean, you can just tell week by week he's not favoring his knee or nothing like that," Spikes said. "I knew the rap on him, (they) say he had a lot of speed coming in. I just noticed last week, one time when he went out on a pass route and a linebacker was chasing after him, he kind of pulled away from the linebacker. I was like, he's getting real close to playing form again."'

Marker Stuck in neutral [5:04 AM]
Jackson Sun reports: 'Bledsoe took them to the end zone in the final minute and nearly tied the game on the two-point conversion, a play that stopped Teague in his tracks, hope for the playoffs gone. "It's kind of fitting," Teague said. "It's been a roller coaster. We aren't where we thought we would be or where we should be. It's tough to come up that short. We knew it would be close like this, but it would have been nice to come home and get a win."'

Marker Bledsoe's confidence unshaken despite tough season [5:03 AM]
AP reports: '``If I get to the point where I don't believe I can get it done, I'll come in here and tell you that and I'll walk away,'' Bledsoe said Wednesday. ``I know I can make the throws and make the plays when they're there.'''

Marker Inside slant [5:02 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Without Donahoe having to say it, the people with a lot at stake these last two weeks are on the coaching staff and on offense.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Coaches often outthink themselves and last Sunday's loss to Tennessee was classic for Buffalo.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It's hard to believe that burly defensive tackles Sam Adams and Pat Williams have as many touchdowns, one, as Pro Bowl WR Eric Moulds.'

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December 17, 2003

Marker Reese's Season Is Over. The Final Home Game Is On TV [8:46 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Buffalo has listed Dave Moore and Mike Williams as questionable for Sunday against the Dolphins. Rob Konrad is out for Miami while Tim Bowens and James McKnight are questionable.'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Miami [8:45 PM] reports: '"We're disappointed and I would expect that everybody involved with the team will be disappointed because that is what you eventually work for at the end of the year. We're professionals and we have a lot to play for in respect that there are some guys in there that have played very well for the majority of the season. Defensively we still have a lot of pride to finish up as well as we can. In many of the categories, our special teams are playing very well. Some of our offensive guys have made some good turn around. We have an AFC east opponent this week. We finish up with two games in the division and this week a rivalry game. It's a game that our fans and our team enjoy to play every year, especially at the end of the year with the weather conditions."'

Marker Quarterback Drew Bledsoe Previews Miami [8:44 PM] reports: '"It's been a disappointing season. For me I look back on it and there are a few plays that jump out that could have been difference makers and allowed our record to be different. The make up of our team is such that coming in we thought that we were going be good. The same aerial attack that we had last year just probably wasn't going to happen. From the stand point of playing the way we needed to play to be effective and preventing some of the negative that put us in bad situations, I don't know that I've been as effective in that as I should have been."'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Pat Williams [8:44 PM] reports: 'Williams had a career game against the Titans, recording nine tackles in addition to scoring his first career touchdown on a 28-yard fumble recovery in the third quarter to give the Bills a 17-6 lead.'

Marker Bills' Reese out for year [2:55 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Reese, who started nine of the last 10 games, suffered the injury in Sunday's 28-26 loss to Tennessee. He was running to make a tackle when he felt something pop in his calf. Reese was helped off the field and did not return.'

Marker This Week's Game [1:21 PM] reports: 'The Dolphins enter the game having dropped each of their past four December games overall, and their past five on the road in the season’s final month.'

Marker The series [1:20 PM] reports: 'The Dolphins hold a 21-16 advantage in games decided in Buffalo, including a 17-13 mark at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Series notes [1:19 PM] reports: 'In the last 13 games of this series, including playoffs, the winner has outscored the loser by a 125-47 margin in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills connections [1:18 PM] reports: 'Joel Collier was born in Buffalo. His father Joe served as the Bills head coach from 1966-68.'

Marker Bills place Reese on IR; sign OT Robertson [1:11 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills filled Reese's spot on the roster by signing offensive tackle Bernard Robertson. Chicago's fifth-round pick in the 2001 draft, Robertson played 17 games and started five with the Bears before being released before the season.'

Marker Parking Lot Reminder For Fans [1:06 PM] reports: 'The Bills would like to remind fans that the parking lots for all home games open four hours prior to kickoff. For this Sunday’s game vs. the Dolphins, kickoff is at 1:00 PM and lots will open at 9:00 AM.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins Game Sold Out [1:05 PM] reports: 'The Bills-Dolphins game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally.'

Marker Bills cap sold-out home season [1:04 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'For just the third time in franchise history the Buffalo Bills have sold out all eight regular season home games in time to have the game televised locally.'

Marker Bills Add Robertson; Place Reese On I.R. [11:47 AM] reports: 'The Bills today announced that the team has signed offensive tackle Bernard Robertson and placed safety Izell Reese on Injured Reserve with a calf injury.'

Marker Bills on standby for ticket to Hawaii [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have numerous candidates for the Pro Bowl, but will their poor record hurt some of the player's chances?'

Marker The Dolphins Wilt Again in the Heat of December [7:34 AM]
New York Times reports: 'One South Florida newspaper — The Sun-Sentinel — has even polled readers to identify which coach should replace Wannstedt: Tom Coughlin, Dennis Green, Nick Saban or Bob Stoops. Stoops, the Oklahoma coach, was the early front-runner.'

Marker AFC East went south, and Patriots benefited [7:17 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills never made up for the loss of Peerless Price, and though Donahoe's decision to draft running back Willis McGahee (who may play this week for the first time) may pay off down the road, it didn't do a thing for the Bills this season. The Bills' offensive line, which needed maximum protection of Bledsoe, fell far short. And the backs and tight ends didn't do a very good job picking up blitzes.'

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