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Bills Get Back On Track With Win

Keith NewmanDefense Has Up & Down Day: It was a different type of game for the Bills defense. On the positive side they forced four turnovers and returned one for a touchdown while two others setup field goals. On the negative side the problems in the defensive secondary continue to mount as they gave up many big plays over the middle of the field. This causes us to weigh the good and the bad in our weekly grades. Gameday Grades.

Bills Win Thriller: Steve Christie hit a 34 yard field goal as time expired giving the Bills a dramatic 23-20 thriller victory over the first place Jets. Christie's kick came minutes after his counterpart John Hall tied the game with a 36 yard field goal with 2:20 remaining. The Jets appeared to be heading in for the winning touchdown when Bills Daily player of the game, Sam Cowart snuffed out a screen pass on 3rd and short forcing the field goal. Doug Flutie then drove the Bills 66 yards to the winning kick. The winning drive was highlighted by Peerless Price's only reception of the game on a third and 10 play. Complete Analysis.

Hansen Hurt: The only big injury was to Phil Hansen who sprained his knee when trying to recover a fumble just before halftime. The preliminary diagnosis is it isn't torn but he will miss 4-6 weeks.

Riemersma to play: Reports now say that Jay Riemersma will play against the Jets today.

Gameday Weather: Mostly Sunny and Cold. Gametime temperature will be 43°. The winds will be out of the north at 11mph. Perfect football weather.

Saturday October 28, 2000

Moulds Subject Of Complaint: WGR has confirmed that a woman has filed a complaint that mentions Eric Moulds. The complaint was made to Amherst Police and involves an illeged sexual misconduct incident. There have been no arrests or charges filed at this point as police investigate. The Bills are aware of the situation and released a short statement saying that. They are gathering the facts but wouldn't comment any further. Moulds has had two other run-ins with the law since he's been in Buffalo.

Early Inactives: The Bills have announced their early inactives. They include LB Corey Moore who was hopeful on returning to the lineup this week. The other three early inactives are: Jon Carman, DaShon Polk, and Leif Larsen.. Two big names are not on the list. Jay Riemersma is expected to be a gametime decision on Sunday. It is a surprise that Rob Johnson wasn't an early inactive. He is considered to have zero chance of returning this week. He will most likely be made inactive just before gametime.

Friday October 27, 2000

Riemersma Gametime Decision: Jay Riemersma and Corey Moore will be gametime decisions as their injuries are progressing nicely. Shawn Price and Jamie Nails were upgraded to probable and will play. Updated Injury Report.

Jets Won't Letdown: The Jets are guarding against what could be a letdown against the Bills on Sunday. It would be easy for that to happen since they are on a short preparation week and coming off an incredible comeback victory on Monday night. Their head coach, Al Groh refuses to let that happen. Look for the Jets to be ready to play the game that is a must win for the Bills.

Game Sold Out: There were just over 100 tickets remaining yesterday morning and they were sold lifting the blackout. All five home games this year have had the blackout lifted. It is also the 13th sellout in the last 14 games. The next home game against Chicago on November 12th may be harder to sellout as 9,000 tickets remain.

Thursday October 26, 2000

Tillman To Play: Bills Daily first speculated on Tuesday that another lineup change was in the works involving the dime safety and we are apparently right. Travares Tillman will replace Daryl Porter in the dime package for Sunday's game against the Jets. Porter struggled in the last two games and appears to be the latest scapegoat for Coach Phillips. He will join Robert Hicks and Antowain Smith on the bench. They took the fall for the problems with the offensive line and running back problems. Porter said he will keep his head in the game and will help Tillman anyway he can.

Riemersma 50/50: The definition of questionable on the injury report is a player has a 50/50 chance of playing. That is exactly how Riemersma feels after making it through yesterday's practice. He says that his knee feels much better and he needs to see how it responds the rest of the week before knowing if he'll be able to go on Sunday.

Wednesday October 25, 2000

Injury Update: The Bills have listed five players as questionable and one as probable on the official injury report released by the league. The most surprising listing of questionable is Rob Johnson. Coach Phillips said that He won't be ready though and should be downgraded to doubtful. Jay Riemersma is also questionable and it looks iffy for him on Sunday. One player expected to be upgraded to probable is guard Jamie Nails. Injury Update.

Fourth Quarter Could Decide Game: When the Jets fly into Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday they may sputter until they roar in the fourth quarter. The Jets have got to 6-1 on the strength of four phenomenal fourth quarters, none greater than the comeback from 23 down in the fourth quarter to win in overtime on Monday Night. On the flip side, the Bills defensively have struggled in the final period losing to the Colts and most recently to the Vikings in the final period. The Bills will need to have the lead going into the fourth and be very wary of a Jets comeback. Complete Preview.

Wilson Award: The Buffalo Range reports that Darryl Talley and Ernie Warlick have been named the 2000 winners of the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award. They will be honored before the Miami game on December 3rd. Talley played linebacker for the Bills from 1983-1994. Warlick played tight end from 1962-1965.

Tuesday October 24, 2000

Time For Changes? One of things that Coach Phillips emphasized in his press conference yesterday is that he isn't happy with the dime defense. Daryl Porter especially has come under fire for allowing two touchdowns in the past two weeks. It may be time to see what second round draft pick Travares Tillman can do. He hasn't seen action in the secondary and has played only on some special teams. Another lineup change that may be coming is giving Joe Panos his starting left guard spot back. He took nearly half the plays this week and with Jamie Nails slightly banged up, he may play more this week.

Smerlas Honored: The Buffalo Range is telling us that former Bill Fred Smerlas will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall Of Fame. He will be one of ten inductees in a ceremony Thursday night at the HSBC arena. Smerlas played with the Bills from 1979-1989 and made five pro bowl teams.

Monday October 23, 2000

Phillips Press Conference: The coach said in his weekly press conference that he think the club gave a great effort against the Vikings. They have lost three tough road games against teams that are a combined 17-2. He said they need to find a way to win those games. He went on to say he feels the club has the potential to be a real good football team despite its tough schedule. On kickoffs, he said the club will continue to kick it short to prevent long returns. On defense, the Coach feels the youth on defense is hurting them in the dime formation since there are six new faces in that formation. He did say the defense is better against the run then it was last year. He thinks the team is improving and felt the offensive line played a really good game.

Riemersma Getting Better: Jay Riemersma practiced today and was feeling better than last week as is Corey Moore. If they continue to progress throughout the week this maybe the week that they get them back. In the Vikings game Jamie Nails, Sheldon Jackson, and Fred Jones got nicked up, but all three should be fine. Injury Update.

Bryson And Morris Lead Pack: Sammy Morris got the surprise start yesterday in the single back offense and reeled off 14 yards on three carries to start the game. Shawn Bryson had a coming out party as he entered the game and had a 24 yard run to setup the first Bills score. He ran draw plays very well and finished with 72 yards on just 11 carries. Both players are solid receivers and lined up wide in the five receiver sets. Jonathan Linton is now one step behind Antowain Smith on the Bills bench. Linton ran the ball only twice while Smith was a late inactive for the first time this year. The other late inactives were Jon Carman, Victor Allotey, and Avion Black.

Secondary Showing Flaws: One of the question marks as the Bills broke camp was how good will the secondary be after the off season defections? Early on it seemed to be a needless worry but the last two weeks the Chargers and the Vikings have exploited the weaknesses of this young unit. For the second week in a row the Bills defense allowed two 100 yard receivers, this doesn't bode well for the defensive backs. Ken Irvin in particular has had a horrible season getting called for many penalties including a very costly defensive holding call in the fourth quarter that kept a touchdown drive alive for Minnesota. Antoine Winfield has also struggled the last couple of weeks especially with formations and assignments. Daryl Porter is suoppose to be the most versatile of the backs but he made the costly mistake on the game winning score yesterday.

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