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Last Second Field Goal Beats Bills 18-16

Rob JohnsonControversial Play: One play from the game that is proving controversial was the 4th and 6 play from the Colts 29 in the third quarter with the Bills leading 9-7. The Coach planned on going for it instead of having Steve Christie attempt a makeable kick that would have given the Bills a five point lead. As it turned out they didn't even get to go for it as they were called for delay of game. Christie appeared upset on the sidelines and during the post game press conference for not getting the chance. If he did kick it and was successful, that could have been the difference maker in the game.

Team Executes In Loss: It may have been a heartbreaking loss but the team did execute their gameplan properly. Since they did most of the units graded out very well despite losing the game on the last second field goal.  Gameday Grades

Hearbreaking Loss For Bills: When Rob Johnson hit a wide open Eric Moulds for a 40 yard touchdown pass with 1:08 left the stadium, Johnson, and every member of the Bills went ballistic with joy. Bills fans know however, that the game isn't over until the final gun sounds. Peyton Manning armed with all his timeouts left, led his team on a 42 yard drive to the game winning 45 yard field goal by Mike Vanderjagt to give the Colts a 18-16 victory. The loss is the second in a row for the Bills and leaves them in fourth place in the division at 2-2. They are also in big trouble in the tiebreaker scenarios as they are now 0-2 in the division.  Complete Review

Best Offense vs. Best Defense: The big battle on the field will be when Peyton Manning takes the field. The Colts lead the conference in offense and the Bills defense also leads the AFC. The winner of this battle will win this game. This is a tall order even for the heralded Bills defense. Expect the crowd to play a big role in the game and Sam Cowart will need to continue his all-pro start by containing Edgerrin James.  Complete Preview

Gameday Weather: Weather will not be a factor today. It will be mostly sunny with temperatures in the low to mid 70's. It will be a little windy with the winds out of the south west at 14 mph.

Johnson On Up Close: The Buffalo Range has informed us that Rob Johnson will be the guest on Monday's edition of Up Close on ESPN at 4:30pm EST. Let's hope he will be happy after a win!

Saturday September 30, 2000

Player Upgraded To Probable: The five players the Bills had listed as questionable on official NFL injury report have all been upgraded to probable. John Holecek, Sam Rogers, Shawn Price, Joe Panos and Doug Flutie all came through practice this week very well and will be ready for action. Flutie's MRI this week showed his groin tear has completely healed. Two Colts players were downgraded from questionable to doubtful.  Injury Report

Colts Inactives: LB Ratcliff Thomas and WR Chad Plummer were the downgraded players and they are inactive. Also inactive for the Colts is injured RB Abdul-Karim al-Jabbar and DL Brandon Miller.

Early Inactives: The Bills have announced that the injured Jay Riemersma and Corey Moore are among the early inactives. The other two players are Jon Carman and Leif Larsen. The Bills will announce three more inactives just before gametime.

Parella's Father Killed: Former Bills draft pick John Parella's father was found shot to death in his Nebraska home on Friday. Our sympathies are with his family.

Friday September 29, 2000

Big Game Sunday: The Bills wrap up their practice week today and should be fully prepared to battle the Colts who are tied with the Bills for third place in the always tough AFC East. Since all the teams are pretty evenly matched, except the Pats, a win is very important since the Bills have dropped their first divisional matchup of the season. This is as close to a must win as you can get this early in the season. As always, our preview is on our gameday homepage and a review will be there on Sunday Night!

Wilson On Committee: One thing should be assured when realignment happens, the Bills and Dolphins will remain in the same division. Owner Ralph Wilson has been named one member of a seven owner committee to study realignment when the Houston Texans enter the NFL in 2002. Wilson has always been a strong voice in keeping rivalries together, especially the Bills/ Dolphins rivalry.

Thursday September 28, 2000

Panos Not Likely To Start: Despite feeling over 80% healed from his foot injury, it looks like Joe Panos will only see spot duty on Sunday. Jamie Nails is expected to start in his place once again.

Bills Will Pass: Coach Phillips admitted in his weekly press conference with the opposing team's media that the club is definitely a passing team. He said that the club will move the ball in the air efficiently and that they will throw more than they run. This is obvious to all Bills observers but it is a bit surprising Phillips would admit this. He may be planting a ploy with the opposing media and come out running with Jonathan Linton. The reality is, he's right and this offense will live and die with the right arm of Rob Johnson.

Wednesday September 27, 2000

NFL Injury Report: The Bills come off the bye and have five players listed as questionable on the official NFL injury report. All five have a chance to be upgraded to probable if they practice without any problems over the next couple of days. These are the same players who have been banged up. The only two that aren't expected to play on Sunday is Jay Riemersma and Corey MooreInjury Report

Offense vs. Defense: The big battle on Sunday will be the Bills second ranked defense taking on the Colts second ranked offense. The winner of this battle will win the game. More on this in the updated preview on our gameday homepage.

Bryson To Share Return Duties: Coach Phillips dealt with the problems in the running game last week by elevating Jonathan Linton to the starter role. This week he is dealing with the special teams problems. Shawn Bryson will now share kick return duties with Chris Watson. The Bills would rather not use their number two running back on special teams but are in a tough spot. Watson has struggled on kickoff returns averaging just 19.3 yards. He will continue to return punts despite fumbling twice against the Jets. To fix the kickoff coverage team, the club has been working on kicking off high instead of deep. this will allow the Bills to get down the field quicker to guard against long returns.

Tuesday September 26, 2000

Colts Present Problems For Bills: Sunday's matchup at the Ralph will be a big matchup between two 2-1 teams tied for third place in the AFC East. That makes this a very important game for both teams. The Bills will need to contend with a good blitzing defense and a powerhouse offense that destroyed Jacksonville 43-14 last night. The club will need to run the ball well and pick up the blitzes to pull this one out. Our gameday homepage has a Complete Preview.

Smith A Scapegoat? Antowain Smith spoke out yesterday after practice about his demotion to third string. He believes he is a scapegoat for the lack of a consistent running game over the first three weeks of the season. Smith may be right, he only had five carries against the Jets and was never given the chance to run in the one back set that makes him more comfortable. Coach Phillips seems annoyed with the former first round pick, his days in Buffalo may be numbered.

Monday September 25, 2000

Flutie To Be Number 2: Doug Flutie will have an MRI tomorrow just to make sure that his groin has healed. Coach Phillips has already said that Flutie will be the backup this weekend, so the MRI is just to finalize the ending of the injury.

Colts Up Next: The Bills will report to practice today well rested as the players have had five days off in the last eight days including a three day weekend. The players should be mentally and physically ready to prepare for the big game Sunday against the Colts. The Bills got a head start on preparing for this game during the two days of practices they had last week. This should give them an advantage over a team that will have a short week after tonight's Monday night matchup with Jacksonville. Check out our gameday section tomorrow morning for a complete preview of Sunday's game!

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