Post Season Dreams End With Tough Loss
Run Defense Cost Bills: The 30-29 loss to the Titans was a wild one as the offenses both moved the ball at will for most of the game. The Bills tightened up like they normally do in the 2nd half but the dam broke against the run in the fourth quarter and that is why they lost. Gameday Grades.
Bills Lose Heartbreaker 30-29: Rob Bironas kicked a 30 yard field goal with 2:10 to go to lift the Titans to a 30-29 win over the Bills ending the Bills postseason dreams. The Bills would drive down to the Titans 27 but they decided against trying a 45 yard field goal into the wind and J.P. Losman's desperation pass was picked off ending the game. The Bills blew a nine point fourth quarter lead thanks to the running of Travis Henry who ran for 135 yards. Vince Young had a nearly flawless first half and threw two touchdown passes and ran for a 36 yard score with :01 left in the first half to lead the Titans to the win. Game Review.
No Big Injuries: The Bills seemed to get away from the loss ok injury wise. Aaron Schobel missed a few plays with a wrist problem but returned. Brad Cieslak was also shaken up but returned fairly quickly. J.P. Losman seemed to bang his throwing elbow on a roughing the passer penalty on the Bills final drive but he finished the game. Injury Page.
Shelton Inactive: Daimon Shelton is the lone inactive because of injury. John DiGiorgio is active for the first time in a few weeks and the other players on the injury report are also active. The healthy inactive are: Shaud Williams, Eric Powell, Jason Jefferson, Roy Manning, Tutan Reyes, and Ashton Youboty. A byproduct of Shelton being out is that Brad Cieslak will be used at fullback. The team has decided to activate TE Matt Murphy to be the third tight end in Cieslak's place.
Weather Clearing: Light rain showers this morning will give way to Partly Cloudy skies by kickoff today when the Bills take on the Titans. It will be unseasonably warm for Christmas Eve day with the game time temperatures moving into the mid 40s. It will be another windy day however, with the winds coming out of west southwest at 21mph right into the tunnel end zone.
Saturday December 23, 2006
Shelton Likely Out: Daimon Shelton will likely miss Sunday's game with his head injury as he did not practice once again yesterday. TE Brad Cieslak would play fullback in his place when they use one. The rest of the injured players practiced again yesterday and should play. That includes Craig Nall who was back on the field after being stricken by the flu bug going around. For the Titans, Travis Henry did not practice on Friday after practicing on Thursday. He's been battling an ankle injury and is expected to play. Two other big injuries for the Titans include their best WR Drew Bennett and P Craig Hentrich. Bennett did not practice this week with a knee injury and Hentrich was added to the injury report as questionable with a stiff back. He did not practice either on Friday. Injury Report.
Friday December 22, 2006
Bills can control own destiny: We've resisted talking about playoff scenarios since the Bills have to take care of their own business first but will give you one tidbit. If four things happen the Bills can actually control their own destiny on New Years Eve. First of course, they need to beat the Titans on Sunday. If that happens and the Broncos beat the Bengals while the Jaguars lose to the Patriots it sets up a big Monday night game. Bills fans will be in an unusual situation rooting for the Dolphins to beat the Jets. If that happens with the other three things, the Bills are in control of making the playoffs with a win in Baltimore next week.
Sack Total Change: The league changed Aaron Schobel's sack in the Miami game to a shared sack with Chris Kelsay. Schobel still leads the league with 13 sacks.
Opportunistic Bills: The Buffalo News printed some interesting statistics involving takeaways in today's edition. The Bills have scored 4.9 points per takewaway which ranks them second in the league behind Dallas. That is 35.6% of their total points scored. That percentage is number one in the league.
Thursday December 21, 2006
Shelton Least Likely To Play: All of the players listed as questionable on the injury report returned to practice today except Daimon Shelton. Coach Jauron said he has an outside chance at playing but they will err on the side of caution. All the other injured players should be ready to go. The flu bug has been caught by Craig Nall. He missed practice today and has been added to the injury report as probable. J.P. Losman is still slowed by the bug but he was feeling better today but not 100%. Injury Report.
Game Blacked Out: As expected Sunday's game will be the fourth straight blackout. As of today there are 18,400 tickets available. It is the first time since 2001 that the Bills have had four games blacked out.
Flu Bug Going Around: A few members of the Bills are battling the flu bug that is going around Western New York. Aaron Schobel is recovering from it and J.P. Losman is battling it as well. He did practice yesterday but was too ill to take part in the normal media day press conferences.
DiGiorgio Practices: Of the four players listed as questionable for the Bills, the only one that practiced yesterday was John DiGiorgio who has missed the past two games with a high ankle sprain. Takeo Spikes, Daimon Shelton, and Peerless Price all were held out of the workout. Spikes expects to play and Shelton will be re-evaluated later in the week. Price has a thigh contusion according to the coach. He suffered it in the game against Miami but was able to play through it. Injury Report.
Clements Open To Staying? One side not to Sunday's game is that it very well may be the last home game for many future free agents including Nate Clements. The Bills franchised the talented corner this year with an agreement not to do so again this coming offseason. Clements will get top dollar in the open market, something the Bills may not be able to afford despite having ample cap space. It has long been thought that the agreement means that Clements wants to leave the Bills but he said yesterday that isn't the case. He said he will never close the door and he would love to stay in Buffalo but added he understands it's a business.
Wednesday December 20, 2006
Four Listed As Questionable Including Price: The Bills had one surprsie pop up on the injury report this week once again, Peerless Price is listed as questionable with a thigh bruise. Daimon Shelton, Takeo Spikes, and John DiGiorgio are also questionable. DiGiorgio has missed two straight games with a high ankle sprain and Spikes is still bothered by an ankle and knee injury suffered against the Jets. Shelton suffered a head injury against the Dolphins that forced him to miss the second half of that game. Injury Report.
Moorman Gets Another Honor: A day after being named to his second Pro Bowl, Brian Moorman won his 2nd AFC Special Teams Player of the Week award for the season. He also was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month in November. Moorman had four punts downed inside the 20 in rainy and windy conditions against Miami on Sunday. The Bills have four player of the week awards this year. Moorman's two, Roscoe Parrish has a special teams award this year, and Aaron Schobel has a defensive award as well.
Tough Matchup Ahead: This week will be a battle of two of the hottest teams in the league when the Titans come to town. This is a tough matchup for the Bills as Vince Young and former Bill Travis Henry can attack the weaknesses of the Bills defense making this one tough to win. Do you think the Bills will win on Sunday? Take our poll on our homepage. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 19, 2006
Moorman Feels Phenomenal: Brian Moorman said he was sweating bullets all day waiting for the Pro Bowl announcement and it feels phenomenal that he's been picked. He thanked his peers and coaches that voted for him and praised the Bills coverage teams led by Andre Davis and Jabari Greer along with the tight spirals from his long snapper Mike Schneck. He feels blessed to kick in Buffalo and hopes his two selections show that this is a good place to kick.
Schobel Earns Respect: Aaron Schobel felt honored to be selected and thanked the fans, his teammates, and the coaches. He said the selection was something he always wanted and feels his three sack effort against the Jets two weeks ago put him over the top but it is his complete game that he stresses, not just the sacks. He feels he earned some respect for what he has done and he called it great that he is a starter. He went on to say he's very disappointed that London Fletcher didn't make the Pro Bowl and feels as the team's record improves more guys will get noticed and get to Honolulu. He plans on celebrating by watching the TCU bowl game tonight.
Schobel, Moorman Named To Pro Bowl: Two Buffalo Bills have been selected to the Pro Bowl squad for the AFC. Aaron Schobel was selected to his first Pro Bowl and has been named a starter for the game. His three sack performance in the media spotlight of New York two weeks ago seemed to put him over the top for his first appearance. He currently leads the league in sacks with 13½. Brian Moorman has been selected for his second appearance after being named to last year's squad. He is tied for the league lead in net punting average with a 39.5 yard average. London Fletcher was snubbed again. He has been an alternate the past five years and will likely be one again this year. He lost out to two Wilsons. Al from Denver and Zach from Miami were picked at the inside linebacker spot. Lee Evans was beaten out at wide receiver by the two Colts stud receivers and two Johnsons. Marvin Harrison, Reggie Wayne, Andre Johnson, and Chad Johnson represent the AFC squad.
Another Blackout Expected: The Bills are certainly headed for their fourth straight blackout on Sunday as 18,800 tickets remain available for the home finale against the Titans. The fact that the game is on Christmas Eve may lead the stadium to only two-thirds full for the game as some ticket holders may not go because of the holiday. The NFL has no plans on giving the fans a break because of the holiday making a blackout imminent.
Pro Bowl Squad Announced Today: The Pro Bowl teams will be announced at 4pm today and the Bills have several hopefuls for the squad. The best chance of going to Honolulu belongs to Brian Moorman. He is having another solid season and since he made it last year it gives him a leg up on making this year's squad. Aaron Schboel and London Fletcher deserve a berth and have been lobbying lately to make the team. Both have been alternates in the past but neither has made the trip making it harder to get selected. Other long shots include Lee Evans and Nate Clements.
Shelton Has Head Injury: The injury suffered by Daimon Shelton is a head injury, possibly a concussion. His status will be updated tomorrow. Dick Jauron said several players will have their situation updated then. Others who are banged up include Terrence McGee, Willis McGahee, Takeo Spikes, and John DiGiorigio. Injury Page.
Monday December 18, 2006
Wilson Ornery; Jauron Praised: Ralph Wilson briefly spoke to the media after the game yesterday and said he's tired of talking about the revenue sharing situation. His frustration continues after a conference call among owners to discuss it was postponed until January. He quipped that it will then probably be postponed again until June. He re-iterated that everyone should enjoy the Bills while they can. As far as the team performance, he praised Dick Jauron's coaching saying he is one of the best coaches the team has every had.
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