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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2003

Marker A Closer Look [4:14 AM] reports: 'CB Sheldon Brown: Thrown into Eric Moulds duty when Troy Vincent went out of the game with a hamstring injury, Brown did a good job. He played tenacious defense, didn't back down and stayed in Moulds' face even though Brown prepared all week to see more of Bobby Shaw than Moulds.'

Marker Westbrook Leads Ground Charge [4:13 AM] reports: 'On one glorious Sunday, the Eagles used the three-headed running back to absolute perfection. Duce Staley, Correll Buckhalter and Brian Westbrook combined to give the offense dreamy production: 24 carries, 125 yards, 4 receptions and 21 yards. Totals: 28 touches, 146 yards and great blocking when quarterback Donovan McNabb faced the blitz.'

Marker Strong Day For D Line In Victory [4:13 AM] reports: 'The defense did its job. Simon set the tone with an 8-yard sack of Bledsoe on Buffalo's first play from scrimmage.'

Marker Kid DBs Come Up Big [4:12 AM] reports: 'But despite the absences of a host of key starters, Eagles defensive coordinator Jim Johnson managed to cook up a gameplan that, for the most part, shut down one of the NFL's most-ballyhooed offense.'

Marker Head Coach Andy Reid Quotes [4:11 AM] reports: 'On SS Michael Lewis' forced fumble before halftime: "That was big. There were a couple of other close calls that could have gone either way. The officials had some tough calls they had to make today, but that helped."'

Marker QB Donovan McNabb Quotes [4:10 AM] reports: 'On the Bills getting the momentum back in the second half: "Offensively, we were on the sidelines talking to one another. We said if we got a couple first downs and put the ball in the end zone this game is over. James (Thrash) did a wonderful job of peeling away from the defender and I tried to just put it in a spot where he could get it. And to top it all off was Brian's (Westbrook) touchdown. We never give up and that's what this team is all about."'

Marker Big? Oh, It's A Huge Win For Eagles [4:10 AM] reports: '"We came out and set the tempo on the offensive side and the defense was fired up," said quarterback Donovan McNabb. "We were just consistently making plays."'

Marker The Bills Lack Direction In Loss To The Eagles [4:01 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills were totally unprepared to play football on Sunday and deserved the 23-13 loss in Wilson Stadium and the hands of the Eagles.'

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September 28, 2003

Marker McNabb, Westbrook's run carry Birds to 23-13 win over Bills [6:48 PM] reports: 'Bledsoe was effective throwing the ball, but the Eagles completely shut down the Bills' depleted running game. With starter Travis Henry sidelined by injury, Buffalo managed just 15 yards on nine carries.'

Marker Bills lose again without Henry [6:42 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Third-string backup Joe Burns carried the ball eight times for 17 yards in his absence.'

Marker Eagles 23, Bills 13 [4:53 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills were booed off the field at the end of the half, and were booed again when they went three-and-out on their first possession of the third quarter.'

Marker Philadelphia 23, Buffalo 13 [4:52 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Donovan McNabb finally played like Donovan McNabb.'

Marker Eagles need real McNabb [9:37 AM] reports: 'Going back to last year's playoffs, McNabb has lost three straight starts, generating just 20 points. He has four interceptions and no touchdown passes in those games.'

Marker Road has been kind in recent past [9:36 AM] reports: 'Eagles haven't beaten the Bills since 1987 and haven't won in Orchard Park since 1984. They've lost their last four meetings with the Bills and their last two here.'

Marker Don't expect Reid to quit on McNabb anytime soon [9:36 AM] reports: 'Bills 22, Eagles 16.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills squeak by Eagles in close game, 20-17.'

Marker The Santa clause [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't feel like I've taken a back seat at all," Wire said. "I feel I'm sitting in the passenger seat for a while and I'm learning from a pretty good driving instructor. I've already learned a lot from the way he plays the game. I looked up to him coming into the NFL. I always liked the way Lawyer played the game. He plays with his heart, and I can relate to that.'

Marker Desperation makes winless Eagles dangerous [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"These guys are like a wounded animal, and that makes them even more dangerous," wide receiver Eric Moulds said of the Eagles. "We have to be ready to play our best game of the year."'

Marker Today's Key Matchup [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray against Eagles quarterback Donovan McNabb.'

Marker Williams should leave the gimmickry to Inspector Gadget [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I think I have the winner in the Gregg Williams gadget play pool for the week.'

Marker Bills put it on the line against Eagles today [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We know they're going to start blitzing when they get off the bus, so we have to get ready for that," said Bills coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Reeling Eagles a tough foe for Bills [7:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'His point: The Eagles may be 0-2, but they might be one of the best 0-2 teams he or anyone else has ever seen, and the 2-1 Bills are acutely aware that they are in for a mighty battle this afternoon at sold-out Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Q&A: Jeff Posey [7:33 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“One time I was at a basketball game in high school and my pants ripped. I was sitting down and they split up the middle. I was glad I had a jacket. I took my jacket off and tied it around my waist.”'

Marker Silencing the boos [7:32 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“(The Bills game) is very important,” McNabb says. “It’s very important for us as an offensive unit to go out and show people what we are capable of."'

Marker Conspiracy theory [5:01 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: '"We have an answer for that," the head scriptologist says. "After they fall to 0-3, we'll schedule the Eagles against their three division rivals - Washington, Dallas and the Giants. By the end of Week 6, the Eagles will be 3-3, their season will be saved, and interest will be red-hot in all four NFC East markets."'

Marker Today's game [4:57 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Be it ever so humble, there's sometimes no place like the road. Maybe it will all come together for the Eagles there.'

Marker Victory is only cure for what ails Eagles [4:56 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'In the NFL, September games don't customarily come with tags marked crucial attached to them. But this one, Birds at Buffalo, does.'

Marker Big bucks are riding on struggling McNabb [4:53 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'Though the price was high - a 12-year deal worth $115 million and a $20.5 million signing bonus - it seemed like a good move at the time.'

Marker Eagles, Bills talking run [4:52 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Both teams have spoken all week about running more, even though neither has done it successfully this season. Moreover, the Bills are down to only one healthy running back, Joe Burns, who rushed for all of 22 yards in last week's 17-7 loss to the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Defense no longer able to bail Eagles out [4:51 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has no doubt studied the tapes of what Brady did to the Eagles. And he is probably drooling, waiting for his chance to attack a young secondary in which the only veteran will be Troy Vincent on the left corner.'

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