Bills Season Ends With Loss In Baltimore
Bills Struggle But Hang Tough: The grades by position do not reflect how tough the team played to the bitter end in a game that meant nothing. They were thoroughly outplayed but in the game until late in the fourth quarter. It was a team effort to keep them close but individuals didn't do enough to pull off the upset. Gameday Grades.
Bills Overpowered By Ravens 19-7: The Bills came to play but didn't have enough and were over powered by the Ravens in a 19-7 defeat to end the season 7-9. The defense for the Bills gave up four Matt Stover field goals but no touchdowns. The offense scored one touchdown on a 44 yard bomb from J.P. Losman to Lee Evans and gave up one on an interception return for a score by Chris McAlister. Game Review.
Bills End Season Healthy: The Bills entered their finale healthy and ended it the same way. They seemed to suffer no real injuries in the finale and have only a few injured players rehabbing in the offseason. J.P. Losman seemed to bang his knee on his TD saving tackle of his final interception but he jogged off the field. Stay with our injury page all offseason long for an update on recovering players. Injury Page.
Anderson Among Inactives: In perhaps a move to take a look at some different people in the season finale, the Bills have decided to make Tim Anderson inactive and activated Jason Jefferson to give him a look. With Daimon Shelton on injured reserve there were no injured inactive players for the Bills. George Wilson was activated to replace Shelton but he was one of the healthy inactives along with Anderson. The rest of the inactives are: Shaud Williams, Eric Powell, Matt Bowen, Roy Manning, and Tutan Reyes. The moves allow the Bills to activate Ashton Youboty and get him another look. A byproduct of Shelton being out is that Brad Cieslak will be used at fullback again allowing the team to activate TE Matt Murphy for the second week in a row as the third tight end.
Weather Nice: The mild weather in the Northeast this winter continues for the season finale. Despite a late afternoon start on New Year's Eve, the weather will be nice in Baltimore for this game. The gametime temperature will be around 50° with little wind and no chance of rain. It will be mostly cloudy and getting cloudier as the game goes on but the temperature should remain pretty steady.
Saturday December 30, 2006
Bills Playing To Win: The question was posed to Dick Jauron this week if he'd play more young players to get a jump on next season. One player that people would like to see more of is Ashton Youboty. If Nate Clements leaves in free agency as expected, the team needs to know what they have in Youboty who saw extensive action in only one game this year. Jauron said you may see more young players a little but the team is looking to win so don't expect a great influx of young players. Activating George Wilson yesterday may be a sign that they'd like to see some younger players.
Friday December 29, 2006
Bills Sign Wilson: The Bills have added George Wilson to the active roster. He had been on the practice squad all year and replaces Daimon Shelton who has been placed on injured reserve. Shelton has a concussion and was not going to be available for the finale so it made sense to IR him and activate another player. Depth Chart.
Whitner Practices: Donte Whitner returned to practice after missing Thursday's workout with a sprained toe. He is listed as probable but should play on Sunday. Injury Report.
Ravens Getting Healthier: The Ravens made a few changes to their injury report for Sunday's game. Two questionable players have been upgraded to probable including LB Bart Scott. One player was added to the report as questionable and WR Mark Clayton is now on the report as probable. Injury Report.
Thursday December 28, 2006
Whitner Added; Shelton Out: The Bills have added Donte Whitner to the injury report with a sprained big toe. Dick Jauron doesn't believe the injury is serious but he did not practice today and is probable for the game. Daimon Shelton has been downgraded to out as he did not practice again today. He is still suffering from the after effects of his concussion. The team is being conservative especially with the season coming to an end. Injury Report.
McGahee Wants To Stay? Reports say that Willis McGahee has stated he wants to stay with the Bills and wants a contract extension in the offseason. His contract expires at the end of the 2007 season but it has always been assumed that his agent Drew Rosenhaus would want a new deal before then. Rosenhaus called a new deal for McGahee a high priority this offseason. His original contract was based a lot on recovering from his serious knee injury in college, which makes his base salary next year lower then most first round draft picks signed in 2003.
Fletcher Sounds Ready To Leave: London Fletcher told the media yesterday he is non commital on his future but the more he talked the more he sounded like someone ready for a fresh start elsewhere. He said he isn't leaning one way or another but made it clear this could be his last game as a Bill on Sunday. He said the Bills have to show they are serious about keeping him but it has been hard on him, not making the playoffs in his five years with the team. He also had hoped to get an extension last offseason when he hired Drew Rosenhaus to represent him. The Bills have made overtures to him about a new deal but have not made a serious offer yet.
Sunday Is An Opportunity: Dick Jauron said the finale might not mean anything for the Bills as far as the playoffs are concerned but it does represent an opportunity to see how far they've come against a top team that is playing for seeding. The Ravens will clinch at least a #2 seed with a win and possibly could get the top seed if the Chargers lose.
Wednesday December 27, 2006
Lindell Re-Signing Official: The Bills made it official this afternoon, they have re-signed Rian Lindell, keeping him off the free agent market in the offseason. Lindell said being part of the best special teams unit in the league was a big draw in returning to Buffalo. He also liked that he was such a high priority with 10 players scheduled to become unrestricted free agents in the offseason. As we reported earlier, the deal is a five year deal in the $10 Million range.
Shelton Lone Player On Report: For the end of the season, the Bills are amazingly healthy. The only player on their 53 man roster on the injury report this week is Daimon Shelton. He is questionable with a head injury suffered on the 2nd half kickoff two weeks ago. He did not play last week against the Titans. Injury Report.
Bils Get Set For Finale: The Bills head to Baltimore for the last game of the season against one of the league's powerhouses in the Ravens. Baltimore looks to secure the number two seed in the playoffs while the Bills try to get to the .500 mark which would be marked improvement in the first year of the new era. Game Preview.
Lindell Gets Contract Extension: The Bills took one potential unrestricted free agent off the market by locking up Rian Lindell with a new five year deal. Details are not available yet but ESPN.com is reporting it is worth around $10 Million. Marv Levy loves a special emphasis on the kicking game so it was important to keep Lindell who has mastered the winds at Ralph Wilson Stadium. He is having a record breaking season kicking field goals as he has hit 23 of 25 kicks this year.
Tuesday December 26, 2006
Ravens Game Moved: The Bills finale against the Ravens has been moved to 4:15pm by the league. The move happened late Monday night after the Jets beat the Dolphins. This game doesn't mean much in the playoff picture as the Ravens have all but clinched the two seed and the Bills have been eliminated from the post season competition.
Jets Win Gives Bills Fans Solace: If the Jets didn't pull off a last minute win in Miami last night Bills fans would really be kicking themselves. That would mean the Bills would have controlled their own destiny this week if they had beaten the Titans and the Jets had loss. The Jets now need a win over Oakland at home to clinch a playoff berth. The Bills still would be alive today with a win over the Titans but it would have been much tougher to get in the playoffs since the Jets won. Too bad they aren't in the NFC, where an 8-8 team will get into the postseason and possibly a 7-9 team will get in.
Monday December 25, 2006
Lindell Called FG A Long Shot: One of the many things being talked about after the 30-29 crushing loss to Tennessee was the final seconds of the game. On 4th and 5 the Bills could have lined up for a potential game winning 45 yard field goal into the wind. He was 5 for 5 on the day and his counterpart Rob Bironas already barely hit a 42 yarder into the wind. Before the game, the Bills decided they wouldn't try anything longer then a 42 yarder in that direction so they decided to go for it and the Bills threw an interception. Three yards were the difference between the Bills trying a game winning field goal or having to go for it. Rian Lindell was asked if he could hit it and didn't really say anything forcing the coaches to go for it despite the indecision. After the game Lindell, said it was a long shot at best.
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