Bills Dominated By Bucs
Offensive Failure Leads To Defensive Meltdown: The Bucs totally annihilated the Bills on both sides of the ball. When the offense held the ball for just 21 minutes that spelled trouble for the defense. They melted in the intense heat of the Florida sun while having to play double the amount of time as the pitiful offense. Needless to say the grades of both sides are very bad. Gameday Grades.
Bills Wilt In Florida: The Buccaneers just totally dominated the Bills on their way to a 19-3 victory over Buffalo. The Bills offense couldn't muster anything getting just eight first downs, four of them were in the final drive of the game against a three man rush. J.P. Losman was so bad he was benched for a series in the fourth quarter. The defense wilted in the heat as they were on the field for nearly 39 minutes in 95° heat. They gave up big chunks of yardage on the ground up the middle in the second half especially as Cadillac Williams finished with 128 of Tampa Bay's 191 yards rushing. Game Review.
Fletcher, Williams Injured: To add injury to insult. The Bills had two big injuries in the loss to the Bucs. London Fletcher left the game in the 2nd quarter with a strained hamstring. Mike Williams injured his lower left leg in the 3rd quarter when he was rolled up on. He couldn't put any weight on it as he was helped off the field. Neither player returned. Injury Page.
Inactives: The Bills have six of the same players inactive as they did last week. Inactive are: Tim Euhus, Lauvale Sape, George Wilson, Roscoe Parrish, Justin Geisinger, Jim Leonhard, and Lionel Gates.
Bills To Wear Throwbacks: The Bills had a surprise for fans today as they came out in pregame warmups and are wearing their throwback jerseys for the second consecutive week. It is the blue versions of the jerseys as the Buccaneers are wearing white at home to combat the stifling heat.
Gameday Weather: As we reported yesterday the heat may be a factor for the Bills in the September heat of Tampa Florida. That is definitely the case for today's game. It will be hot and humid with a high temperature of around 95°. It will be sunny with little chance of rain and winds light at around 5 to 10mph out of the North Northeast.
Saturday September 17, 2005
Heat Could Be A Factor: Besides having to deal with the first road game of the year the Bills have to deal with the intense Florida heat of mid-September. The hot weather will definitely work to the advantage of the Buccaneers who are used to playing in it. We will put the gameday weather forecast on this page early tomorrow morning.
Friday September 16, 2005
Tough Matchup Ahead: The Bills head to Florida tomorrow to battle the Buccaneers in what will be a tough battle between two solid defenses. One key to the game will be how J.P. Losman handles a tough road environment and handles the many different looks that the Bucs will give him. How do you think the game will turn out? Take our poll on our homepage.
Thursday September 15, 2005
Moulds, Williams Practice: Eric Moulds and Shaud Williams returned to practice today after being held out on Wednesday with slight ankle injuries. They are both listed as probable for Sunday's game and appear to be ready to play. The Buccaneers added Simeon Rice to the report as probable with an elbow injury. Injury Page.
Losman Knows It Will Be Tough: J.P. Losman spoke to the media yesterday and admitted it will be a tough assignment for him in his first road game of his career. He expects Tampa Bay to come after him since they are very smart and quick. He will need to find his hot reads and stand in there when the heat comes. Losman knows how they want to attack the Tampa Bay defense and if it isn't there they will dump it off. He will take it like any other game, the only difference on the road will be dealing with some cadence changes because of the crowd. He said they may need to be more focused in a hostile environment. He called Sam Wyche a father figure to him and it was nice to hear he was proud of his debut performance as a starter.
Wednesday September 14, 2005
Mularkey Expects A Challenge: Coach Mularkey talked to the media in his usual Wednesday press conference. He said his offense will face a big challenge this week against a Buccaneers defense that has players left from their super bowl year. It will be different for J.P. Losman going on the road for the first time in a regular season game. The coach said they need to prove themselves on the road in all three phases of the game. Last year the team built confidence with a road winning streak but they have to prove it all over again this year. To help prepare the offense, they will pipe in some noise in all the team segments tomorrow and Friday in practice. The coach knows they have to watch for Simeon Rice as a premier pass rusher. They will do what they have to do to handle him. The coach talked about how he likes the style of play of both Troy Vincent and Bennie Anderson. He likes the Vincent is never satisfied with his effort and that Anderson is a big, tough, physical player. He called the Bucs offense a West Coast Offense with a flavor of a power running game and shifts, motions, and distractions to get a defense out of position. He said Jeff Posey has as much success as the other more prominent linebackers but because of the schemes he doesn't have their numbers. The coach said that he feels that getting the new long snapper has brought consistency to the kicking game. He feels the team can actually feed off of the crowd on the road, like they do at home. On Duke Preston, the coach likes his style and said he is the first guy off the bench at center or guard.
Injury Report: The Bills released their injury report for Sunday's game against the Bucs. Chris Villarrial is surprisingly not on the report after not being able to finish the opener because of a sprained ankle. On the report as probable with ankle injuries are Eric Moulds and Shaud Williams. Neither player practiced today. Tim Euhus and Roscoe Parrish remain out. Euhus could get some work in practice this week as he is much closer to returning than anticipated. Angelo Crowell has been upgraded to probable this week with his groin injury and he did practice today. The Bucs have only one player on their report. Injury Page.
Don't Get Carried Away: As we finish closing the book on the big win over Houston to start the season, we take one more look at the game and caution fans not to get too carried away with one win. In his usual humorous way, Tony Bogyo returns for another season of insight and commentary regarding the Bills. Complete Story.
Bills Face Tougher Challenge: The Bills quickly got over the euphoria from the opening day win over Houston. They almost immediately turned their attention towards what will be a much tougher challenge this week when they travel to Tampa Bay to face the Buccaneers. It will be interesting to see how J.P. Losman handles the adversity of his first road game against a tough, punishing defense. Game Preview.
Tuesday September 13, 2005
Red Zone Problems To Be Fixed: The day after the game press conference, J.P. Losman said he was fine but the game was close to being more of wide margin. He knows what went wrong in the red zone as the team had to settle for five field goals down there. Losman said the problems are easily fixable and they have to fix it. He called the defense great, saying you can't ask for anything more than the five turnovers they gave the offense. He said because of that, the score difference should have been great. Losman was happy that they opened up the offense early, he said he's happy when he's throwing, although he knows you need to run as well. He was surprised the Texans didn't blitz more. The QB said there were mental problems offensively in the second half that brought the production down.
Pass Rush Relentless: Coach Mularkey said he thought the pass rush from the Bills was relentless. They didn't let up despite some quick throws by Carr and they had results. Chris Kelsay plays hard all the time and is relentless, he called Kelsay and Aaron Schobel nice bookends at defensive end. The coach felt Nate Clements was on a mission after missing most of a week of practice with his shoulder injury. He feels he got the better of Andre Johnson. The coach said overall he thought J.P. Losman played well in his first NFL start, he did admit that he missed some plays in the second half.
Villarrial OK: Coach Mularkey addressed the media yesterday and confirmed that the team came through the game on Sunday unscathed. Chris Villarrial did aggravate his ankle injury but could have returned. Since the game was never in doubt, and the fact that the offense didn't miss a beat with Duke Preston in the game, they decided to keep Villarrial out. He should practice tomorrow. Injury Page.
Monday September 12, 2005
Game Moved To San Antonio: It's official, the Bills game on October 2nd against the Saints will be played in San Antonio at the alamodome. The Saints will play three games in all in San Antonio, the other four home games, after next week's game in New Jersey, will be played on the campus of LSU in Baton Rouge, LA.
Villarrial Gives Way: Chris Villarrial gave it his all but couldn't continue on with his injury. He did start despite suffering from a sprained ankle that he hurt on Wednesday in practice. He left the game late in the second quarter and did not return. Rookie Duke Preston finished the game in his place and there was no dropoff in production. Angelo Crowell was inactive with a groin injury. Nate Clements played without any problems from his shoulder injury. The team came through the game rather unscathed. Willis McGahee had the wind knocked out of him but quickly returned to action. Injury Page.
High Grades In Rout: In the dominating 22-7 victory over the Texans there was a lot of good, and little to no bad. There were no goats given out in our review article. So you can imagine that our exclusive gameday grades are very high across the board. Gameday Grades.
Bills Win Big: It was a dominating performance by the defense as they look to get to the elite status they covet. The offense had an effective game plan that started out wide open and finished with the solid running of Willis McGahee. The team knew they had to get off to a great start, and they did in a dominating way. Game Review.
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