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NEWS ARCHIVES - DEC 1ST - DEC 7TH, 2008 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Lose Historic Game In Toronto

Offensive Disaster: The Bills offense is a total disaster after scoring just two field goals in their last eight quarters of football. Is this the same unit that scored 54 points against Kansas City? The defense has given up only two touchdowns in two games but that is two too many. The grades are unbalanced once again. Gameday Grades.

Dolphins Whip Bills 16-3: The Bills were held without a touchdown for a second straight game as Miami dominated from start to finish beating the Bills 16-3. The final score wasn't an indication how badly the Bills were outplayed. J.P. Losman struggled and the Bills could do nothing in the running game as well as they finished with just 163 yards offensively. Miami scored on a 20 yard touchdown pass from Chad Pennington to Anthony Fasano to give Miami the 7-0 lead that proved to be enough. Dan Carpenter hit three field goals and Rian Lindell hit one for the Bills in the loss. Game Review.

Walker Shaken Up: Langston Walker injured himself on the Bills final offensive play. He walked off under his own power and said he was fine after the game. Dustin Fox injured his groin muscle in the first half and did not return. Jason Peters missed a series after limping off with a lower leg injury. He did return though. Nobody else seeemed to suffer or aggravate previous injuries. Injury Page.

Bills Getting Healthier: The Bills seem to be healthier than expected for today's game. Marshawn Lynch, Robert Royal, Copeland Bryan, Donte Whitner, and Teddy Lehman are all players on the injury report that will play. Aaron Schobel and Jabari Greer lead the Bills inactive list as they were declared out on Friday. Trent Edwards is technically inactive but he is listed as the emergency quarterback. The healthy inactive are: Xavier Omon, Justin Jenkins, Jason Whittle, Demetrius Bell, and Jonathan Stupar.

Dolphins Dodge Weather Bullet: It has been well documented that Miami does not like playing in Buffalo in December. They are 2-7 after December 1st against the Bills. They are lucky this week's game is indoors in Toronto because the weather in Orchard Park at kickoff will not be conducive to a well played football game featuring a team from Florida. They are expecting 3-7" of snow from last night through the day today. At the 4pm kickoff the temperature is expected to dive into the teens as the snow will taper off. Winds will be over 20mph making the wind chill just above zero. Of course the Bills haven't fared well in that weather as well so it may be good for both teams that the game is in a dome.


Saturday December 6, 2008

Mace Activated; Ellis On IR: The Bills took steps to shore up their banged up defensive line heading into tomorrow's game. They have activated Corey Mace who has been on the team's practice squad for most of the past two seasons. Mace is activated just in time to play in his homeland of Canada. He can play both defensive end and defensive tackle which is important if Copeland Bryan can't play. He is questionable with a foot injury but he says he thinks he'll be able to give it a go. To make room for Mace they placed fellow defensive lineman Chris Ellis on injured reserve. He has an ankle injury. Front Office.

Saturday Commentary: Irony Over Losman Start: This world is filled with irony and the NFL is no different. J.P. Losman has been an afterthought on the team that he was suppose to be a savior of. He came to Buffalo a highly touted first round pick that the Bills paid a fortune for as they traded up to get him. This year he has been delegated to backup duty and he hasn't felt apart of the team. He's just biding his time until he leaves town. Before he goes however he might have a say in the future makeup of this team and the coaching staff. The groin injury to Trent Edwards has put him back in the spotlight and if he can perform well in Toronto tomorrow he may keep the Bills very slim playoff hopes alive. There is no guarantee that Edwards will be ready to play next week, so Losman may get a few games to show the league he's worthy of being a starter. No matter what happens Losman will be elsewhere next year but if he performs well he may land a starting job and more money than he would if he didn't play. By helping himself he can also save Dick Jauron's job. That is where the irony comes in, the man that he feels didn't give him a fair shake may benefit if Losman plays well down the stretch. Irony indeed.


Friday December 5, 2008

Losman To Start: J.P. Losman will start at quarterback on Sunday and Gibran Hamdan will back him up. Trent Edwards did not practice this week and is listed as doubtful. He will be the emergency third quarterback.

Lynch Will Play; Schobel Won't: Marshawn Lynch practiced fully today after being limited on Thursday with back spasms. He is listed as probable and will play on Sunday. Aaron Schobel is still at least a week away as he has been ruled out for Sunday's game despite practicing fully all week. Donte Whitner is expected to return to action and is listed as questionable. Jabari Greer is also out for Sunday's game in Toronto. Injury Page.

Bills Thin On D-Line: The defensive line may be very thin this week with Copeland Bryan and Chris Ellis both questionable for the game. Neither practiced fully this week but they both practiced on a limited basis this week. Spencer Johnson may have to take some reps at end but if he does than there is no backup at tackle. Depth Chart.

Edwards Doesn't Practice Again: Trent Edwards did not practice for a third day today and it appears he'll be the emergency quarterback if he dresses at all. Marshawn Lynch is practicing and appears like he'll be ready to go on Sunday. Injury Page.


Thursday December 4, 2008

Edwards Remains Out: Trent Edwards did not practice for a second straight day today increasing the likelihood that he won't play on Sunday. Dick Jauron said yeterday he would take it up to gametime before making a decision on if he'll play or not. It does seem like since he hasn't practiced the past two days the team will almost definitely go with J.P. Losman.

Lynch Limited: Marshawn Lynch was limited in practice today after suffering back spasms. Dick Jauron said he's had this problem before and it is painful when bending. The coach does expect Lynch to play on Sunday. The only other change to the injury report is that Chris Ellis was able to practice on a limited basis after not practicing on Wednesday. The status of everyone else remains the same including Donte Whitner and Aaron Schobel. They both practiced fully for a second straight day. Whitner is expected to play on Sunday, Schobel is a bit iffier as he remains sore but there is a chance he'll go. Injury Page.

Blackout Lifted: When the Bills in Toronto series was announced it was said that their would be a line down the street to buy the entire eight game schedule at once at a big price. Well that didn't happen and it took a last minute scramble just to sell this week's one game out in time to lift the television blackout. Even though the game is in Toronto, it is a Bills home game and if it didn't sellout in time it would have been blacked out in Western New York. The game is now officially a sellout and will be televised locally. There are a limited number of returned tickets from the Dolphins and premium seats still available. The NFL counted the premium seats as luxury suite sales and they did not count towards the blackout.

McKelvin Honored: Leodis McKelvin was named the NFL Defensive Rookie of the Month for November by the league. In his five games during the month he had five tackles and three pass breakups but he got the honor thanks to a two interception performance against Kansas City that included a 64 yard return for a touchdown.


Wednesday December 3, 2008

Schobel, Whitner Back; Edwards Out: Trent Edwards did not practice today and J.P. Losman took all the first team reps. Dick Jauron admitted that Edwards does need to practice some this week if he's going to start on Sunday. He's still day to day. Some good news on the injury front as Aaron Schobel and Donte Whitner both practiced fully today. Schobel will not need surgery on his toe injury and hopes to practice again tomorrow. He doesn't know if he'll play or not on Sunday.Chris Ellis, Robert Royal, Jabari Greer, and Chris Kelsay all missed practice. Kelsay will be back tomorrow, he missed it for personal reasons. Teddy Lehman and Copeland Bryan practiced on a limited basis. Injury Page.

Historic Game Ahead: The Bills head to Toronto for a historic "home" game against the Miami Dolphins. The usual home field advantage will be gone since it's an indoor game and there should be many Dolphins fans in attendance. The other thing going against the Bills is that the two teams are going in opposite directions right now. Game Preview.


Tuesday December 2, 2008

Rogers Dies: Sad news out of Toronto, the man behind bringing the Bills to Toronto, has died at the age of 75. Ted Rogers has been battling cardiac issues the past month and will not be able to watch the first regular season game in his beloved city in the building that bares his name.

Locker Room Rumblings: Comments after the Bills latest loss by J.P. Losman and Lee Evans suggest their are rumblings in the Bills locker room about the play calling and a lack of communication between the coaches. Losman said he won't tell the media about what is going on in the locker room but when answering a question about wasting timeouts he got very defensive and combative with the media. Evans questioned the play calling in the red zone like all the fans did. He thought they should have run more with Marshawn Lynch. Reports also say Ralph Wilson was livid after the Monday night loss to the Browns and didn't even stick around after the loss to the 49ers. All this does not bode well for Dick Jauron and his coaching staff. If Jauron signed that long rumored contract extension than he will likely stay since Wilson won't eat it. If he didn't, he may very well be gone after this year.


Monday December 1, 2008

Edwards Day To Day: Dick Jauron spoke to the media today and said that Trent Edwards is day to day as he's sore from his groin injury and will have more tests today. They won't have more information until the selling goes down. He left open the possibility that he'll practice on Wednesday. Edwards was shutdown after the injured groin got worse on the last pass of the first half when he scrambled. Injury Page.

Fans Frustrated: Bills fans are beyond frustrated as after a 4-0 start got them excited, they have crashed hard. The Bills playoff hopes are done despite what the players and the coach says about taking it one game at a time and trying to win thema ll to get back in it. 6 wins won't get them in the playoffs and that makes nine years without a playoff berth. Some unruly fans showed their frustration after the game according to AP. Throwing cups and screaming at the players as they walked off. Jason Peters reportedly screamed back. He is part of the problem this year, so he should have just walked off the field with his head down.



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