Bills Lose Third Straight
Special Teams Shine In Loss: The lone unit to play well in the 19-7 loss to the Saints was the special teams. The offense and defense were a different story as they struggled moving the ball, or stopping the Saints in big spots. That will be reflected in our exclusive grades. Gameday Grades.
Bills Lose Third Straight: The Bills went down to defeat for the third straight game with a 19-7 loss to the Saints. J.P. Losman was benched in the fourth quarter but it didn't help spark an offense that went scoreless after an opening drive touchdown run by Willis McGahee. The defense gave up too many big third down conversions and wore down as the Saints dominated the second half. The Bills lacked the big play, the closest they came after the first score was an 82 yard kickoff return by Terrence McGee as the first half expired. It came up four yards short of a score that may have sparked the Bills. Game Review.
Edwards Hurt: Ron Edwards appears to be the only player hurt in today's loss to New Orleans. He left the game in the first half with a shoulder injury and did not return. Injury Page.
Williams, Wire Inactive: Mike Williams and Coy Wire are among the players inactive for today's game against New Orleans. Tim Euhus, Lauvale Sape, Justin Geisinger, Roscoe Parrish and Lionel Gates. Jim Leonhard made his NFL debut in place of Wire on special teams. Joe Horn did not play for the Saints.
Bills Set For Dome Battle: Outside the Alamodome it will be hot and humid with temperatures in the upper 80's, feeling like it is in the 90's. It is a good thing for the Bills that the came is inside after they wilted in similar heat in Tampa two weeks ago. The dome is not soldout but it could be close to capacity by the time the game kicks off, the crowd and the Saints will be pumped. It will be important for the Bills to weather an early storm as the Saints will be very psyched up to be playing in some sense of normalcy for the first time this year.
Saturday October 1, 2005
Williams, Wire Likely Out: It looks like Coy Wire and Mike Williams will miss tomorrow's game in San Antonio. Neither player practiced again on Friday as they both have missed the entire week of workouts. Williams has been hobbled by a sprained ankle suffered against Tampa Bay. Wire suffered a thigh contusion against Atlanta. Tim Euhus did may make his season debut on Sunday. He put in a full week of practice as he recovers from a strained pectoral muscle suffered in the preseason. Injury Report.
Friday September 30, 2005
Wire, Williams Miss Practice: For the second day straight day Coy Wire and Mike Williams did not practice on Thursday increasing the likelihood that they will not play Sunday. Tim Euhus did manage to complete a full workout for a second straight day. He may make his regular season debut this week. Injury Report.
Thursday September 29, 2005
Losman Looking To Let Loose: J.P. Losman was really looking forward to the game in New Orleans since he played college ball there. It still will be a good atmosphere in San Antonio but not as many people will be there to see it as would have been. He doesn't want to use growing pains and inexperience as in excuse. He knows he hasn't played up to par the last two weeks but there is a lot of football to be played and he has to step it up. He's approaching this week with more confidence and has warned the receivers that he will really zip the ball in there against the Saints. He's not going to worry about the consequences, he's just going to let it rip.
Team Needs To Pay Attention: Coach Mularkey addressed the media yesterday to preview the game against the Saints. The coach said Angelo Crowell looked good in practice today and even had an interception. He said Takeo Spikes sounded good after surgery and they do need him around the team even though he can't play. He is not expected at the game this week. He feels Crowell will get better as he sees more action, he shows his physical tools every week on special teams. The use of Jonathan Smith returning punts last week had nothing to do with the performance of Nate Clements it was based on some of the coverage schemes Atlanta was running. The coach would like to see J.P. Losman some shots downfield this week and get rid of the ball quicker when he's under stress. In the red zone he wants his young QB to make decisions quicker since the game speeds up down there. They know it will be an emotional game for the Saints, since this is as close as they will get to a home game. He knows Jim Haslett will have his guys excited about the game. He says he team isn't lacking effort but they are lacking paying attention. Once they pay extra attention everything will come together and they will loosen up a bit.
Wednesday September 28, 2005
Three Players Questionable: The Bills have three players listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Tim Euhus, Mike Williams, and Coy Wire are all questionable with their injuries. Williams and Wire did not practice today. Euhus practiced more than he did last week. In other injury news, Roscoe Parrish will be evaluated again next Friday to see when he can get the cast off. Coach Mularkey said he's still at least 2-3 weeks away from playing. The Saints have 10 players on the report, all are questionable. Injury Report.
Spikes On IR: The Bills officially placed Takeo Spikes on injured reserve today. He did undergo successful surgery on the torn Achilles tendon. His roster spot was taken by Liam Ezekiel. He was signed off the practice squad. His spot on that squad was taken by LB Wendell Hunter. He was in camp with the team this summer. Front Office Page.
Emotional Battle Ahead: This week's battle in San Antonio will be emotional. The Saints play what is really the closest thing to their first home game of the season. The Bills are looking to find a way to get motivated after the loss of Takeo Spikes for the season. Both teams desperately need a win as they are coming in on two game losing streaks. Game Preview.
Tuesday September 27, 2005
Quirky Defensive Rankings: The Bills have a very unusual defensive ranking. They rank first against the pass, a lot of that has to do with solid cornerbacks but a lot of it is because teams have been so successful running against the Bills. They rank dead last against the run giving them an overall ranking of 7th defensively. Offensively they are second to last overall and second to last passing. They ranked 11th against the run.
Spikes Surgery: Takeo Spikes is expected to go under the knife to have surgery on his torn Achilles tendon early this week. Spikes went to see well renowned surgeon Dr. James Andrews yesterday. With the surgery he will need to walk with a cast or walking boot for approximately 12 weeks. In other injury news, Mike Williams was still limping on his injured ankle at the facilities yesterday. His return to the lineup is in doubt this week. Injury Page.
A Humorous Look At Bad Week: It was a devastating loss for the Bills against Atlanta, especially with the loss of Takeo Spikes to a season ending injury. Our columnist Tony Bogyo decided to take a humorous look at the state of the Bills. He shows you how you can write your own column! Complete Story.
Monday September 26, 2005
Losman Still Looking For Big Plays: J.P. Losman knows it will be tough without Takeo Spikes but it will allow others to step up and to find new leaders. Spikes has always given Losman positive feedback. Losman says he likes throwing the deep post and making big plays. They will keep trying those plays since they have the ability to make them. He knows they need to focus on being more successful in the red zone. He said he got a false sense of security after the first half of the opener, he now has taken a couple of shots to the mouth but knows the offense is progressing and the big plays will come. He said he learned from the mistake he made on the quarterback sneak. Next time he will go right up the middle instead of trying to go off guard where he tripped himself up.
Crowell Will Let The Game Come To Him: Angelo Crowell told the media that he wasn't looking forward to getting into the lineup this way but it is his time to step up and make the plays that Takeo Spikes was making. The most important thing for him to do is let the game come to him and not force anything. He says his game is a lot like Takeo's and he's learned from him. He hasn't had many reps at weakside linebacker since he was playing in the middle but he is comfortable at the position. He knows the coaching staff has confidence in him and his play will speak for itself. He knows he has huge shoes to fill but he will play his game. He knows that Spikes wants him to step in and get the job done. He always prepares like a starter and the opportunity is here for him now.
Crowell To Start: Coach Mularkey confirmed today that Angelo Crowell will now start with the season ending injury to Takeo Spikes. He called it a very tough loss but it is an opportunity for another great player like Angelo to step up. The coach thinks it may be motivation for the team to play harder for him rather than letting down. He called Crowell a player who has a chance to be a very good one, the only thing holding him back was that he was playing behind a great player. He has speed and he's a physical, aggressive player who will do well after getting a full week of practice with the first unit. Crowell may have his special teams workload reduced. The coach denied that a calf problem earlier last week was related to the Achilles tendon tear that Spikes suffered. He will have surgery soon. On the play of the offense, Coach Mularkey said that they did take some shots downfield but they want J.P. Losman to take what he sees. They've had their opportunities but they haven't taken advantage of them.
Injury Update: Coy Wire has a thigh contusion and is day to day. He injured it when he took a helmet hit. Coach Mularkey said they have to see where he is after a day's rest. Daimon Shelton missed the end of the game yesterday because he was cramping up. Injury Page.
Spikes Season Over: The Bills made it official today, they announced that The Takeo Spikes will miss the rest of the season after tearing his Achilles tendon in yesterday's loss to the Falcons. This announcement was fully expected as it was obvious that his injury was serious. This is a huge blow to a defense that has struggled mightily the past two weeks. Angelo Crowell is expected to start in his place. Injury Page.
Season In Trouble: The Bills started last year 0-4 and made a scrambled, furious effort late in the year as they came close to making the playoffs. They may be trying to duplicate that feat after starting off 1-2. It may be tougher this year,as a year filled with promise quickly has unraveled. They will probably have to play the rest of the year without arguably their best player in Takeo Spikes. That is a bad blow for a defense that is suppose to be reaching elite status, but in reality is downright awful. The offense has undergone more growing pains with J.P. Losman than anyone imagined. What happened to not taking a step back with a young quarterback? They haven't, they've taken at least three steps back. The other problem is finger pointed has already begun. Eric Moulds said that Losman is getting it a little bit, emphasis on the little. He won't remain quiet much longer, that could send the team into self destruct mode. Most of the players say it's too early to panic, they've only played three games. There is time to rebound, especially since both losses came against NFC teams, it won't hurt them in a tiebreaker scenario. The fact is, this team may not be good enough to get to a tiebreaker situation. They may not be good enough to get to .500.
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