Bills Play Poorly In Primetime
Offense Pathetic In Loss: The Bills had their worst offensive performance in memory last night. The defense was valant in their effort but just couldn't do it all. They evenutally wilted to the Florida heat but this loss goes sqauarely on the shoulders of the offense Gameday Grades.
Henry's Ribs Not Broken: Coach Williams said last night after the game, that Travis Henry did not suffer any broken ribs but they are very sore. He left the game in the second quarter and did not return. His status is expected to be re-evaluated today. Injury Report.
Bills Lose Defensive Struggle: Drew Bledsoe had perhaps his worst game of his career as the Bills offense did nothing in the 17-7 loss to Miami. The Dolphins dominated the game in time of possession and moving the ball. Each team turned the ball over three times and the Bills lone score came when Nate Clements returned his second interception of the day for a touchdown. Game Review.
Henry Injured: Travis Henry left the game in the second quarter with a rib injury. No other information was available but he did not return. Takeo Spikes and Ryan Denney also left the game briefly. Spikes returned after getting poked in the eye and Denney suffered from cramps from the heat. Injury Report.
Sunday September 21, 2003
Gamenight Weather: The Bills will face the heat of Florida for the second straight week. Even though this is a night game, the Bills don't get too much of a break. At game time the temperature will be around 80° with humidity at 86% that will make it feel like 88°. There will be a wind from the east at about 12mph.
Saturday September 20, 2003
Morris Doesn't Practice: It is growing more likely that Sammy Morris will not play tomorrow night. He is suffering from a groin injury and is on the injury report as questionable, it is officially called a leg injury. He did not practice again on yesterday. If he can't go, Travis Henry is likely to see more time on third downs. It will also be a blow to the coverage units on special teams if Morris is out. Injury Report.
Bills Head To Miami: The Bills are on their way to Miami for the battled with the dreaded Fish. This week's game has more story lines than usual putting this rivalry back in the forefront. The game is a battle for first place it is on primetime and we have the added caveat of the spitting incident from last year involving Eric Moulds and Patrick Surtain. Moulds said Surtain and him hung out in the offseason and there was no mention of the incident. Surtain fired back saying he never hung out with Moulds. This will be interesting to watch. As if the game needs anymore drama, it will be the Bills first prime time game since 2001.
Friday September 19, 2003
Morris Expected To Play: Sammy Morris is expected to play on Sunday despite being questionable on the injury report with a leg injury. It appears to be more of a groin problem than a leg problem. He did not practice yesterday but will play. Sam Aiken returned to practice yesterday after injuring his hamstring before the season started. Injury Report.
Henry Shoots Down Article: As if the Eric Moulds controversy wasn't enough, Travis Henry is taking some of the media attention off of Moulds. In an article in ESPN the magazine, Henry talks about how he has not gotten past the drafting of Willis McGahee. His mother was quoted in the article saying she hopes her son plays for another team next year. Henry told reporters yesterday that he was misquoted and that the reporter answered his own questions. He says he's fine with McGahee and has put that all behind him.
Thursday September 18, 2003
Morris Added To Report: The Bills have added Sammy Morris to the injury report with a leg injury. He is listed as questionable. Injury Report.
War Of Words: Let the hype begin. Dolphins safety Brock Marion fired the first shot in the war of words at Eric Moulds. Marion said he has lost all respect for Moulds because he alleges that Moulds spit on Patrick Surtain during the first Bills-Dolphins game last year. Moulds was miffed that Marion was saying something and denied doing it. In fact, he says that he hung out with Surtain in the offseason and it was never mentioned. Dolphins DT Larry Chester got in the act by saying that he hopes Moulds does the same thing to him. Moulds is fired up since Miami says they are better than the Bills, he expects to let his play do the talking on Sunday. Former Bill Charlie Rogers is also talking saying he is motivated against his former team to make them pay for not re-signing him.
Wednesday September 17, 2003
Williams Presser: Gregg Williams addressed the media in his usual Wednesday press conference. He spoke about how the team needs to contain Ricky Williams by having several guys there to swarm the football. He feels Williams is a great tackle breaker and there emphasis needs to be to contain him since the Dolphins are at their best when he does well. The Dolphins defense is very good especially the secondary and the play of DE Jason Taylor. The team plans to give Jonas Jennings some help in stopping Taylor's pass rush. He called the defense of Miami balanced as they disguise man to man coverage very well. On offense, the coach said that balance is needed and they need to get the running game going. He feels Kevin Gilbride has done a good job getting what is there and if the run is being taken away they can't keep trying it at the expense of the passing game. Williams said the team remains focused and had great attendance on the off day yesterday once again this week.
Injury Update: Sam Aiken is once again the lone Bill ont he injury report and he has been upgraded to probable for the week with his hamstring injury. Chances are he will remain inactive though. The Dolphins have seven players listed on the report including tackle Mark Dixon as doubtful and two safeties as questionable. Three other players are probable. Injury Report.
Bills-Miami Still Big Rivalry: With all the talk of the Patriots rivalry, the number one rivalry remains the Dolphins. It's Miami Week and the battle for first place in the division will take place in prime time. Game Preview.
Tuesday September 16, 2003
Bills Fans Weary: Yes, the Bills are off to a fantastic start but that doesn't stop Bills fans from being a little weary as the national media all jump on the bandwagon. In his weekly column, Tony Bogyo takes a look at the Bills fast start and the emotions it brings to Boston's biggest Bills fan. Complete Story.
Monday September 15, 2003
Wright Release May Have Had To Do With DWI: Former Bill RB Rodney Wright was arrested last Wednesday morning after getting in an accident that sent three people to the hospital. He was charged with DWI after refusing to take a breathlizer. He was then released from the Bills practice squad later that day.
Campbell Ahead Of Moore? For the second week in a row Mark Campbell started in place of Dave Moore at tight end. That prompted us to move him to the head of the depth chart. He started last week because of Moore's hand injury but that wasn't the case this week. Campbell is quickly becoming one of Drew Bledsoe's favorite outlet receivers.
Heat Takes A Toll: The heat of the field at ALLTEL stadium took its toll on several players despite being well hydrated. The good news is all the players that were shaken up in the win are ok, and will practice this week. The most shaken up were Sammy Morris and Jeff Posey. Morris was helped off the field twice but is ok. Posey was replaced by Josh Stamer for most of the second half after suffering cramps related to the heat. It won't get easier this week for the Bills as they head back to Florida to take on Miami but at least this one will be a night game. Injury Page.
2-0 Start Very Good: In the NFL when a team starts 2-0 they make the playoffs 61% of the time. Does this mean the Bills are playoff bound? Well, it's a long season and they must remain focused and avoid serious injuries but they are definitely off to a great start.
Win No Fluke: The Bills proved that their opening day win was no fluke with a blowout win over the Jaguars. There was the one stupid play when they faked the punt but other than that, it was all Bills. Complete Story.
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