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Buffalo Bills News - October 19, 2003

Marker Buffalo 24, Washington 7 [7:21 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'They came to see Bruce Smith rush the passer. Instead, they watched Travis Henry run over the Washington Redskins.'

Marker Bills WR Moulds misses second straight game [4:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Moulds, the Bills' leading receiver, was scratched after he spent about 30 minutes on the field warming up and catching passes with quarterback Drew Bledsoe before Buffalo's game against Washington.'

Marker Moulds won't play against Redskins [4:15 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moulds also missed last Sunday's 30-3 loss to the New York Jets.'

Marker Bills-Redskins Pregame Notebook [3:18 PM] reports: Talley was selected by the Bills in the second round of the 1983 draft out of West Virginia. He played 12 seasons with Buffalo and is one of just 10 individuals to play at least a dozen seasons with the Bills. A long-time fixture on the Bills defense of the late 80s and early 90s, his 188 regular season games played rank as the fifth-most in team history while his 1,137 tackles rank second and 38.5 sacks rank fifth.

Marker Bills fans keep Redskins up all night [3:18 PM] reports: 'Their whole floor, with the exception of their room, is 'Skins players and coaches, and Gary and Danny stayed up until 3AM with the TV cranked up and running up and down the hallway yelling at the top of their lungs, barely dodging Adams Mark Security by ducking into an engineering/housekeeping closet. Seems Chris Samuels got the worst of it, as his room is directly next door to theirs.'

Marker Spurrier, Bills searching for same thing: offense [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm embarrassed by the games we've lost," said center Trey Teague.'

Marker Desperation's in the air for Bills and 'Skins [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The winner today will put itself back in the playoff picture. The loser won't be eliminated from postseason contention, but its task will be a little bit harder.'

Marker When the Bills run [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills respond to challenge with 24-20 win.'

Marker Today''s key matchup [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills cornerback Nate Clements against Redskins wide receiver Laveranues Coles.'

Marker Bills are waving a white flag unless they ax head coach [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'My guess? The Bills stick with Williams and concede the season.'

Marker More than the sum of his stats [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It means a lot to me," he said. "You got to think about it. The Buffalo Bills have 43 years of tradition, and I'm just the 20th inductee, the 15th player. Think about it. When I first got in the NFL there were 1,600 jobs. To be in the realm of those players is quite an honor. I can't wait. I don't think anyone can take as many memories away from that stadium as I did."'

Marker Plan spaghetti dinner [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The board of directors of Sandy Beach Yacht Club Women's Organization will sponsor a spaghetti dinner today during halftime of the Buffalo Bills vs. Washington Redskins.'

Marker A Bills reunion and, team hopes, a rebirth [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills now rank last in total yards and rushing yards and 18th in passing yards and points scored. Buffalo has converted just 15 of its last 54 third-down tries and Bledsoe has been sacked 17 times during the club’s four-game slide.'

Marker Bruuuuuuuce [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One scout recently said: “Bruce Smith is just limping toward that sack record. The first four games, he seemed to be pumped up, but the last two weeks he looks bad.”'

Marker Q&A: Mark Campbell [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Explain what the violence in the NFL is really like?
“It’s a sequence of car crashes. I think I read Tiki Barber or Ronde Barber say that the following day you get out of bed slowly and you do a body part check. That’s kind of what it’s like. You don’t know what’s going to hurt the following day. All of a sudden you get out of bed and your back hurts and you don’t remember how it happened.”'

Marker Smith and ‘Skins looking to sack Bills and Bledsoe [5:12 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'For the Bills, of course, the real issue isn’t Smith, but rather getting back on track offensively.'

Marker Will Jets’ game be Buffalo’s wake-up call? [5:11 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But a similar loss today, in front of a sellout home crowd with Super Bowl era icon Darryl Talley going on the Wall of Fame, might convince president/general manager Tom Donahoe he has to do something.'

Marker Smith's Gig: Alto Sacks [5:10 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'Former Bills coach Marv Levy isn't surprised that Smith is not voluble about the record. Once in Buffalo, Smith requested that the club's video coordinator provide film on the opponents' third-down situations and all the sweeps by left tackles, but asked him not to inform the coaching staff of his request. But Levy, who coached Smith for 12 seasons, found out. When Levy asked Smith how often he studied film, Smith was reticent. "He said, 'No more than anybody else, coach,' " Levy recalled Friday, chuckling. "He didn't want us to know for some reason. He was a closet studier."'

Marker Redskins need win to avoid panic [5:09 AM]
Washington Times reports: '"We hope he gets the record," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said. "We just hope he doesn't get it this week."'

Marker Redskins' road gets tougher against Bills [5:08 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'That, however, changed over the next four games. Henry and Moulds got injured, and opponents began pounding the Bills' defense with the run.'

Marker Skins mirror Bills [5:07 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'For the first time this season, the Redskins will face a mirror image of themselves when they line up to play the Bills today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Mr. Smith goes back to Buffalo [5:06 AM]
Newport News Daily Press reports: 'Smith is certain to receive a warm welcome from the fans after recording 171 of his 196.5 sacks during his 15-year career with the Bills. He acknowledged that it would be special to break the record with two sacks today, but he insisted he was more concerned with winning.'

Marker 'Skins' Smith back in search of sacks [5:05 AM]
Fredericksburg Free Lance Star reports: 'Now 40, Smith has clearly lost a step from his burgeoning days as a Bill. He was expected to be a backup this year, but a strong preseason led Redskins coaches to keep him a starter. "He still has all the great moves that he's developed over the years," Bledsoe said. "He looks like he's still a formidable guy even though he's getting up there a bit."'

Marker Bad news Bills see hope [5:04 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'When the Bills used the first-round pick they acquired in the Peerless Price trade to select McGahee in April, observers wondered what the Bills were thinking. They already had Travis Henry, who rushed for 1,438 yards last season. They had signed former Bronco Olandis Gary as a free agent. And at the time, few thought McGahee would be able to play until the 2004 season. Nobody's questioning the widsom of that move now.'

Marker Smith goes home to Buffalo [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Don't think the tough and loyal folks in Buffalo will not give Smith at least some positive mention. But they won't be too forgiving of Bills coaches if Smith sets a record and leads the Redskins to victory.'

Marker Bills lose passion [5:02 AM]
South Florida Sun Sentinel reports: 'In just four weeks, Buffalo's Gregg Williams has gone from a potential Coach of the Year contender to finding himself under heavy fire because of his team's lackluster performance since a 17-7 loss to the Dolphins.'

Marker Honoree Has Ties to Lakeland [5:01 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: 'It's that work ethic, he believes, that endeared him and his teammates to the city of Buffalo in the late 1980s and early 1990's. "They're very blue collar people," he said. They know a thing or two about getting through long hard winters. People in Buffalo appreciated us because we were always a hard working group of guys."'

Marker Return home peaceful for Washington's Smith [5:00 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Time and success soothed the hurt. Smith is 1 1/2 sacks shy of Reggie White's NFL record of 198.'

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October 18, 2003

Marker Weakness vs. Weakness [6:51 PM]
Warpath Magazine reports: 'Redskins 27, Bills 14.'

Marker Smith eyes NFL sacks record in first return to Buffalo [1:12 PM]
AP reports: '''I wouldn't say it was necessarily circled, but I've looked forward to it,'' Smith said of his first trip back to Buffalo since he signed with Washington in February 2000. ''I'm very excited. It's going to be a memorable experience.'''

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