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NEWS ARCHIVES - DEC 3RD - DEC 9TH, 2007 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Continue Playoff Push

AP Photo - George Wilson Great Grades In Win: It was a rare performance as all units really played well with the only drawback being one turnover and a few penalties. They easily overcame that with a solid effort all around. Gameday Grades.

Bills Rout Dolphins 38-17: Trent Edwards became the first Bills quarterback in three years to throw four touchdown passes. Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch became the first pair of Bills running backs to both go over 100 yards rushing in the same game since 1996. It was a recipe for a 38-17 rout of the still winless Miami Dolphins. The Bills scored 24 first quarter points as they converted five Miami turnovers into 21 points including George Wilson scoring on a fumble. The Bills had a 31-7 halftime lead and let Miami get closer before Edwards hit Lee Evans for a Losman-esque 70 yard bomb to wrap it up in the fourth quarter. Game Review.

Wilson Hurt In Win: George Wilson fractured two ribs in the 2nd quarter of the game. He was taken to the hospitla for a closer look afte rthe game. He was replaced by Jim Leonhard. Josh Stamer suffered from a neck stinger in the second half and did not return. It seems to be an aggravation of a previous injury. Injury Page.

Inactives: As expected Marshawn Lynch is active for today's game in wintry Western New York. We already knew that Coy Wire, Chris Kelsay and Copeland Bryan would be among the inactives as they were declared out on Friday. The other inactives are Ryan Neufeld, Jerametrius Butler, Shaud Williams, and Christian Gaddis. Gibran Hamdan is the emergency third QB. There are four major inactives because of injury for Miami, they are: RB Jesse Chatman, WR Marty Booker, LB Channing Crowder, and CB Michael Lehan.

Wintry Mess: Miami doesn't like coming to Western New York in December and the weather today is the reason why. It will be a wintry mess to greet the team from South Florida. Snow showers will turn to a wintry mix and then freezing rain throughout the day as the temperature will hover around the freezing mark. The wind isn't expected to be much of a factor as it will be out of the East at about 9mph. It will feel like it is around 24° outside.


Saturday December 8, 2007

Bills-Giants Headed To Primetime? It appears that the Bills may end up hosting a shocking third primetime game of the season. NBC is looking to use the flex scheduling option to get rid of the Tampa Bay vs. San Francisco game it currently has. It appears the best option may be the Bills game against the Giants on December 23rd. They have a few other options that include Washington vs. Minnesota or Philadelphia vs. New Orleans. A decision will be made by Monday or Tuesday.

Everett Walking: The good news came yesterday from a member of Kevin Everett's family. He is now walking without the assistance of a walker. He still has a long way to go as he can't walk with a full stride yet and obviously can't run yet. He also is unable to drive at this time but this is another incredible step in his near miraculous recovery.


Friday December 7, 2007

Lynch Likely To Play: Marshawn Lynch is officially listed as questionable for Sunday's game but Dick Jauron is optimistic that he will play after he practiced for a third straight game today. Jason Peters is also expected to play despite being slowed by a groin injury suffered against Washington. Coy Wire, Chris Kelsay, and Copeland Bryan are out. Jerametrius Butler and Justin Jenkins are also questionable. Jenkins is the latest victim of a stomach bug going around the locker room. Injury Page.

Edwards Honored: Trent Edwards was voted the NFL Rookie of the Week. The award was voted by the fans and makes Edwards eligible for the Diet Pepsi Rookie of the Year award. Edwards brought the Bills from behind to beat the Redskins on Sunday.

Blackout Lifted: Thanks to Frey Electric Construction Co. Sunday's game is not blacked out. The company agreed to purchase all unsold tickets before the 1pm deadline today. Frey Electric will distribute the tickets to Eastern Hills Wesleyan Church and the Good Neighbors Community Services. Fans can still buy tickets, Frey will just purchase what isn't sold by Sunday morning.

Chatman May Not Play: Miami may be without RB Jesse Chatman for the game Sunday. Chatman has been battling a sprained ankle and has not practiced yet this week. He ran wild on the Bills in their meeting last month. If he doesn't play the Dolphins will be down to their fourth string running back, former Texan Samkon Gado who has had some success in his career. He will be helped out by rookie Lorenzo Booker if Chatman can't go. Injury Page.


Thursday December 6, 2007

Williams Signed; Cieslak Released: The Bills added some depth at running back by re-signing Shaud Williams. He was released in the final cut this summer after being with the team the previous two years. He was needed after Anthony Thomas was placed on injured reserve. Brad Cieslak was released to make room for Williams. Front Office Page.

Jauron Optimistic About Lynch: Dick Jauron said after today's practice that he's optimistic that Marshawn Lynch will play on Sunday against Miami. Jauron liked the way Lynch made it through yesterday's practice. He took the majority of the first team reps in practice today with pads on. He was officially limited in practice since he didn't take his normal amount of reps but he did enough that appears he will play on Sunday unless there is a setback. He is still getting treatment but he woke up feeling good although he is still a bit sore. Injury Page.

Extension Given: The NFL gave the Bills a 24 hour extension to sellout Sunday's game in time to have the blackout lifted. There are still about 1,000 tickets available and the team now has until 1pm tomorrow to sell them or have them bought up by area businesses. In the past Ralph Wilson has bought tickets and donated them to charity.

Bills Make Roster Move: The Bills have placed Anthony Thomas on injured reserve ending his season. Last week Dick Jauron thought he wouldn't need to be placed on the injured list. He is the 13th player to hit the injured reserve list. He has a torn muscle behind the knee above the calf. The Bills re-signed LB Leon Joe to take his roster spot. The injury to Coy Wire leaves the Bills short at the position. Joe was released on November 23rd and signed by Jacksonville but released last week. Depth Chart.

Seven Miami Starters Sit Out: The Miami Dolphins are as banged up as the Bills as seven starters sat out yesterday's practice with various injuries including RB Jesse Chatman and LBs Joey Porter and Channing Crowder. No word on if any of the injured players will miss this week's game. In other Dolphins news, former Bills coach Mike Mularkey is now calling the plays once again, he had those duties taken away when Cam Cameron took over as head coach. Injury Page.

Blackout Possible: The Bills are in danger of having their first television blackout of the season. There are approximately 1,000 tickets left for Sunday's game against Miami. If they aren't sold, or bought by an entity, by 1pm today the game will be blacked out. There are also approximately 1,500 tickets left for the last home game against the Giants in two weeks.

1-2 Punch At RB? Many of the questions in yesterday's media day press conference revolved around the play of Fred Jackson and his role once Marshawn Lynch is 100 percent healthy. Jackson said he was told by RBs coach Eric Studesville that they would like to use Lynch and Jackson as a 1-2 punch since they have different styles. Jackson said he and Lynch have had similar conversations about how good that would be. There is also talk of using them in the game together since both are receiving threats as well. Lynch said he feels better about not rushing back before he's ready because of the way Jackson has played.


Wednesday December 5, 2007

Lynch Practices: Marshawn Lynch split first team reps iin practice today with Fred Jackson. He practiced fully but his ankle got more sore as it went on. He hopes to return Sunday but feels he'll definitely be ready by the Browns game. Not practicing today were Ryan Denney, Copeland Bryan, Chris Kelsay, Anthony Thomas, Coy Wire, and Jerametrius Butler. Jason Peters practiced on a limited basis after injuring his groin in the win on Sunday. Injury Page.

Lindell Honored: Rian Lindell was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his five field goal effort against Washington. his 36 yarder with :04 left was the game winner. He has now hit a club record tying 17 straight field goals.

No Looking Ahead: The Bills must make sure they don't look ahead to a potentially huge game next week in Cleveland. They must take care of business against the winless Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium first. A loss against their arch rivals giving them their first win would be devastating on many fronts and end their playoff hopes. Complete Preview.


Tuesday December 4, 2007

Fans In Holiday Spirit: It was a hard fought surprising win for the Bills on Sunday. A win that is enough to put fans like Tony Bogyo in the holiday spirit despite the tragic death of Sean Taylor surrounding the game in Washington. It was enough for Tony to write a new holiday classic. Complete Story.


Monday December 3, 2007

Emotional Win: Dick Jauron called it a very emotional day for everyone in the league but particularly for the Redskins and the Bills since they had to play them. He thought both teams played hard and its unfortunate that someone had to lose. He feels good about his guys as they play hard and did just enough right to come up with the win. The players play with a lot of heart and while they can certainly improve they believed they would win. The coach felt Larry Tripplett made a number of outstanding plays yesterday.

Bryan Hurt In Win: Dick Jauron held his Monday press conference and said he will address all the previous injuries on Wednesday. Copeland Bryan seems to be the lone serious injury from the game. He suffered a knee injury and will be re-evaluated on Wednesday as well. Jauron feels Terrence McGee and Jason Peters will be ok since they both returned to the game after getting banged up. The coach is hopeful that he may get Marshawn Lynch back this week. He feels he's made a lot of progress but they aren't ready to say yet that he's ready to play. They will see how it goes when they test in on Wednesday. He practiced on a limited basis on Friday. Injury Page.

Playoff Picture Looks Brighter: What a difference a day makes in the NFL. The Bills come from behind win in Washington has significantly helped their playoff aspirations. Thanks to losses by Cleveland, Denver, and Houston the Bills are back in the hunt. They are currently in fourth place in the wild card race with two teams making the playoffs. They are a game behind Cleveland and Tennessee, the only other winner in the race this weekend. If the Bills don't lose focus and take care of business against the winless Dolphins next week, the following week's game in Cleveland will be huge.



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