Bills Comeback To Beat Washington
Offense Gets It Done Barely: The offense didn't score a touchdown but they did just enough at the very end to pull out a victory thanks to the kicking of Rian Lindell The defense struggled mightily early on but played inspired ball in the second half which was just enough a recipe for a one point win. Gameday Grades.
Bills Pull Out 17-16 Win: Rian Lindell hit five 2nd half field goals including the game winner from 36 yards out with :04 left to help the Bills pull out an improbable 17-16 win. They trailed 16-5 late in the third quarter before mounting a slow and steady comeback. Trent Edwards hit Josh Reed for a 30 yard completion to setup the winning kick. Lindell initially hit a 51 yard attempt but the Redskins called timeout right before the snap. They then tried to call another timeout and were called for an unsportsmanlike conduct penalty giving Lindell the easier kick to tie a team record with 17 straight field goals. The defense forced two second half turnovers as they shut the Redskins down for most of the 2nd half after allowing three first half field goals and an early third quarter touchdown. Fred Jackson had a fantastic day gaining 151 yards in total offense. Game Review.
Peters, McGee Banged Up: The Bills seemed to get out of the win ok health wise for a change. Jason Peters suffered a thigh injury in the game but quickly returned after a trip to the locker room. Terrence McGee missed some time in the 2nd quarter with a shoulder injury but he also did return. Josh Stamer got banged up but he did return as well. Injury Page.
Five Injured Inactives: Five players that were ruled out dominate the inactive list. Marshawn Lynch, Jerametrius Butler, Coy Wire, Chris Kelsay and Anthony Thomas are all inactive with injuries. The other two inactives are Brad Cieslak and Christian Gaddis. That means Ryan Neufeld will be active over Cieslak for the first time in a few weeks. Gibran Hamdan is the emergency third QB.
Saturday December 1, 2007
Rain Game: Sunday will have the first true winter weather day around the National Football League. In Washington there will be bad weather but it will be rain. There is a 50% chance of showers throughout the game with temperatures rising into the low to mid 40s. Winds will be out of the Southeast at 10mph.
Friday November 30, 2007
Lynch, 4 Others Out: Marshawn Lynch has been ruled out for Sunday's game despite getting some limited reps as the number two running back in practice today. Jerametrius Butler, Coy Wire, Chris Kelsay and Anthony Thomas have also been ruled out after not practicing all week. Kelsay will miss the first game of his career ending a streak of 75 consecutive games played. The Bills will go into the game on Sunday with just two running backs in Fred Jackson and Dwayne Wright. Dick Jauron doesn't see it as a problem since they played with two backs active on many ocassions last year. In a pinch Josh Reed could play the position. He took a few reps in practice this week and played running back at LSU. Injury Page.
Lynch Practices: In a bit of a surprise, Marshawn Lynch took part in practice today according to the Bills official website. He took 2nd team reps at running back. He is still not expected to play on Sunday. Four players are not practicing today: Jerametrius Butler, Coy Wire, Chris Kelsay and Anthony Thomas. None of these players practiced all week so they likely will all miss the game as well. Injury Page.
Thursday November 29, 2007
Thomas Out Indefinitely: Anthony Thomas is out indefinitely with a torn muscle behind the knee near the top of the calf. The official diagnosis was revealed today and it is still very sore and swollen. It is an unusual place for a tear and the coach doesn't think he needs to go on injured reserve. Fred Jackson is likely to get the start with Thomas and Marshawn Lynch injured. Chris Kelsay is still wearing a walking boot on his injured ankle and bone bruise. Six players that missed yesterday's session returned today. Donte Whitner, Roscoe Parrish, Mario Haggan, Bryan Scott, Ryan Denney, and Robert Royal all practiced. Injury Page.
Taylor On Players' Minds: The death of Sean Taylor was on players minds all over the National Football League yesterday as team's returned to work in preparation for this Sunday's games. The Redskins shortened their meetings but did practice. They were addressed by Taylor's father who said to go out and win the next five games and make the playoffs for his son. The speech made the team feel better about playing this Sunday. Dick Jauron addressed the death in a meeting with the team as well. Derrick Dockery played three years with Taylor and called him one of the greatest teammates he ever had. Former Bill London Fletcher spoke with the Buffalo media during a media day conference call and said this game doesn't have the same meaning to him that it did before. He was looking forward to facing his former team but holds no ill will towards Buffalo.
Tasker, Reed Make Cut: Steve Tasker and Andre Reed were among the 26 names on the semifinalist list to be members of the class of 2008 to be inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. Ralph Wilson unfortunately was not on that list and once again will not make it to the Hall. The list was cutdown from 124 names and will get whittled down to 15 finalists along with two senior nominees next month. The class will be announced the day before the Super Bowl. Tasker and Reed have been semifinalists before, Reed was a finalist last year.
Wednesday November 28, 2007
11 Miss Practice: The question on the practice field today was who is practicing? 11 players missed practice including Roscoe Parrish, Bryan Scott, and Mario Haggan because of illness. Donte Whitner missed it for family reasons. The coach isn't optimistic about the possibility of Anthony Thomas, Marshawn Lynch, or Chris Kelsay playing. Injury Page.
Bills Add DE: Facing a possible shortage of defensive ends this week because of injuries to Chris Kelsay and Ryan Denney the Bills filled the open spot on their practice squad with Shaun Nua. The spot was open when the team elevated Dustin Fox last week. Nua is a big end at 6'5", 280 and has played some tackle as well. He was a seventh round draft pick of the Steelers in 2005. He spent part of three seasons on the Steelers practice squad.
Emotional Game Sunday: It is hard to concentrate on the football game Sunday knowing the emotions that will be surrounding the game in Washington because of the tragic death of Sean Taylor. How will the Redskins respond on the field? Will they use the emotions to win the game for Taylor? Will they not have any focus at all (who can blame them) and not be able to prepare for the game? It will be interesting to see. Complete Story.
Tuesday November 27, 2007
A Bit Of Deja Vu: This season seems to be a lot like many previous seasons for the Bills. A quarterback experiement fails, the offense is struggling, and the defense is outmanned. It is enough to get you depressed. Take a look at Tony's latest article you know it isn't filled with sunshine! Complete Story.
Taylor Dies: It's a sad day for the NFL and especially the Bills next opponent. Redskins S Sean Taylor has died from his injuries suffered when he was shot in a possible robbery attempt at his home early Monday morning. There is no way of knowing how this will effect this Sunday's game with the Bills but this is about much more than football. Our condolences go out to his family and the Redskins organization.
Jauron Unhappy: Dick Jauron made some interesting comments in his press conference yesterday. He went off of the usual "coach-speak" for a bit when talking about the offense's play in general. He said he has to be brutally honest and admitted the offense has had just one productive game all year so it doesn't matter that much that Marshawn Lynch has been out with an injury because they weren't very productive even when he was in the lineup. He said there really is no way he can be happy with the play of the offense this season. It comes down to scoring points and they aren't scoring nearly enough of them. They need to find a way to get more production out of the position that is the main reason for the QB switch.
Monday November 26, 2007
Edwards Excited: As you would think Trent Edwards is excited and anxious to get back in as the starting quarterback this week. He says he's healthy and the wrist is better. He will look to get back on the same page with the guys on offense. He feels he's picked up a lot just watching from the sidelines the past few weeks and he will take that along with his earlier experiences starting to help him over the next five weeks. He knows if he doesn't produce he can be back on the bench but he knows he has to be prepared to play each week.
Losman Saw It Coming: J.P. Losman being the standup guy he is addressed the media after his second benching of the season. He said he saw it coming but at quarterback you have to win to stay in. He says he knows the coach is doing what he thinks is best as the team is scrambling for wins. He will try to stay positive because he realize he will get another shot down the line. He says he's not angry or frustrated at this time but it may sink in when it gets closer to game time. He called the whole situation tricky and awkward but he has learned how to roll with the punches.
RB Position Hurting: The Bills are really hurting now at the running back position. Dick Jauron said today that he's still not optimistic about Marshawn Lynch playing Sunday and now his backup, Anthony Thomas, is hobbled as well. The coach said that Lynch is getting better and doing some running and cutting but not at full speed. Thomas sprained a calf muscle and only could play sparingly down the stretch. The injury affected his knee as well. He will have to wait and see about the other injured players, Chris Kelsay, Ryan Denney, Langston Walker, and Coy Wire. Denney will likely sit out practice on Wednesday, Walker is expected to be ok and Kelsay still has swelling and a bone bruise to go along with the ankle sprain. It's similar to an injury he had earlier in the season but they aren't optimistic this time since it's a bit more severe. Injury Page.
Jauron Makes Switch: He didn't wait until Wednesday or even until Tuesday, Dick Jauron announced at his press conference today that Trent Edwards will start at quarterback against the Redskins. He said that while the problems aren't all J.P. Losman's fault they need more production and consistency from the focal point of the offense. He hopes the change will get the offense started again in hopes of having a good game in Washington. Jauron did say that if Losman had brought the team back for a win on Sunday he would still be the starter. Depth Chart.
Kelsay May Have High Ankle Sprain: The Bills defensive ends took a major hit in a game that saw several injuries. Chris Kelsay hurt his ankle as we reported yesterday. He left the locker room in a walking boot and on crutches. That usually signals a high ankle sprain. His backup, Ryan Denney, was limping around the locker room as well as he aggravated his left foot. That is the surgically repaired foot that he broke in the offseasons. X-rays were negative but it is something he has to play through until the bone is healed. Injury Page.
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