Bills Pull Off Mile High Shocker
2nd Half Effort Leads To Win: The Bills put together a solid all around effort after a pathetic one quarter plus. The offense came alive and made numerous plays as they scored on six straight possessions. The defense struggled but tightened up in the red zone and only gave up two touchdowns against a very potent passing attack. The special teams were their usual steady hand and were a huge part in the win. Gameday Grades.
Bills Pull Off Stunning Win 30-23: Reggie Corner knocked away an end zone pass that Brandon Stokley had in his hands to preserve a stunning comeback 30-23 win over the Broncos in Denver today. The loss was devastating for the Broncos who now have to win in San Diego next week to make the playoffs. The Bills fell behind 13-0 when they played awful football in the first quarter and into the 2nd quarter before catching fire and playing inspired football. Trent Edwards threw for 193 yards and a touchdown while Marshawn Lynch and Fred Jackson each had scoring runs for the Bills. Game Review.
Lynch Aggravates Injury: The only injury of note from the win was the re-aggravation of the shoulder injury by Marshawn Lynch. He appeared to hurt it again in the 2nd quarter but tried to play into the 2nd half before giving way to Fred Jackson full time. Injury Page.
Peters Inactive: Jason Peters and Jabari Greer head the inactive list for the Bills today. Peters was slowed all week with a sore knee and won't go. Greer was doubtful with his knee injury and wasn't expected to play but Peters was. Kirk Chambers will start for Peters at left tackle. Four other players listed as questionable all will dress. That includes Marshawn Lynch who is battling a sore shoulder and reportedly woke up this morning feeling ill. Dustin Fox and Trent Edwards return to the lineup. Gibran Hamdan will backup Edwards as J.P. Losman has been relegated to 3rd QB status. Teddy Lehman and James Hardy were ruled out on Friday. The healthy inactive are: Jonathan Scott, Demetrius Bell, and Jonathan Stupar.
Lynch Not Feeling Well: There is a chance the Bills will be without Marshawn Lynch for today's game against the Broncos. Jay Glazer is reporting for Fox that Lynch did not feel well when he woke up today. He is already slowed by a sore shoulder.
Frigid Conditions Greet Bills: Coming from Buffalo, the Bills players should be used to the frigid conditions they will face today. Of course with the majority of the players coming from the south or west they really aren't used to it as we've come to realize over the past two seasons. They will be facing it today however. The gametime temperature is expected to hover just over the 20° mark. It will be partly cloudy with winds out of the south southeast at 9mph. That will make it feel like 11° out. There is no snow in the forecast.
Saturday December 20, 2008
Saturday Commentary: Peters Situation Will Get Ugly Again: I think everyone realizes that Jason Peters had no business making the Pro Bowl for a second straight year. In between all the penalties, the holdout, the silence, and the many sacks he gave up he may have made a nice play or two. It proves once again that the Pro Bowl is a popularity contest. You can make it like an incumbent wins reelection sometimes. The bad news for the Bills is it gives Peters more ammunition and makes him more defiant heading into the next roun of his fight for a new contract. The ball is in the Bills court, they said they will re-do his deal if he reported and he did. They haven't done a thing about it and now it will cost them more because of his bogus Pro Bowl selection. They have no choice but to give him what he wants because he is a very good left tackle when motivated and there from the beginning. If they don't we have another holdout and another turnstile at left tackle when he inevitably returns in September.
Friday December 19, 2008
Five Listed As Questionable: The Bills have five players listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Broncos. Trent Edwards, Marshawn Lynch, Roscoe Parrish, and Jason Peters have the designations but they all are expected to play on Sunday as they all practiced on a limited basis today. Parrish is the latest banged up player as he suffered a bruised knee during today's practice but he says he's ok. Dustin Fox is also listed as questionable but is less likely to play. Jabari Greer is listed as doubtful and likely won't go. Teddy Lehman has been ruled out. Injury Page.
Thursday December 18, 2008
Peters Held Out: Jason Peters did not practice today after being limited yesterday. He has a sore knee but he is still expected to play on Sunday. Jabari Greer was limited again but may try to play on Sunday. Trent Edwards made it through the practice without any issues and is on target to start on Sunday. Marshawn Lynch returned to practice on a limited basis after being held out on Wednesday. He appears ready to go on Sunday despite having a sore shoulder Injury Page.
Bills Sign OL: The Bills filled the roster spot made available when they placed Aaron Schobel on injured reserve last week. They signed OT Jonathan Scott. He is a former fifth round pick of the Lions and has six starts in 20 career games. He finished last year on injured reserve with a torn hamstring. He was released at the start of this season. Depth Chart.
Edwards Feels No Pain: Trent Edwards was officially limited in practice yesterday but he took almost all the reps and says he has no pain. Unless he has a setback he's a sure thing to return to the starting lineup on Sunday. He felt good and showed little rust. His mechanics have not suffered since the injury which effected his lower body during throws. He wouldn't pronounce himself 100% but he's very close. Injury Page.
Wednesday December 17, 2008
Edwards Should Play; Hamdan To Backup: Trent Edwards returned to practice today on a limited basis and it appears like he'll be ready to play on Sunday against the Broncos. If he can't go his backup this week is Gibran Hamdan meaning J.P. Losman has been demoted to third string although Hamdan still took the scout team reps.
Lynch Has Sore Shoulder: Marshawn Lynch sat out practice today with a sore shoulder. Dick Jauron expects him to practice tomorrow and should be ready to play on Sunday. Limited in practice today were Jabari Greer, Dustin Fox, Trent Edwards, and Jason Peters. The Pro Bowl tackle has a sore knee. Teddy Lehman and Corey McIntyre were out for personal reasons. Injury Page.
Bills Play Out String: The Bills head to Denver to take on the Broncos as they play out the string and wait for the offseason to mercifully begin. The Broncos will have already clinched their division title by the time they take the field if the Chargers lose to Tampa Bay at 1pm. The Bills will need to slow down the huge passing attack of the Broncos if they have any chance at a place that they have never had much success in. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 16, 2008
Peters Pro Bowl Bound: Jason Peters has been selected to his second straight Pro Bowl. It proves once again that making the team is based on reputation and not always on merit. Peters has had an awful year after holding out all offseason and training camp. He played better over a few game stetch in November but wasn't effective the past two weeks. He is the Bills lone representative on the team.
Changes Possible: Dick Jauron did not rule out taking a look at other individuals now that the team will not make the playoffs. When asked specifically whether or not Gibran Hamdan will get a look at quarterback, Jauron said that will be one of the positions they will look at. Their first hope is to have Trent Edwards back, but if he can't go it will be interesting to see if they start J.P. Losman or not. Hamdan may be here next year while Losman won't be so it may be a good idea to see what he can do.
Monday December 15, 2008
Jauron Anticipates Return: Dick Jauron finally addressed his future with the Bills sort of. During today's press conference he said he will not discuss whether or not he has a new contract or not but he did say he anticipates being back. That is the first time he's said that much which would lead many to believe the ESPN report that he signed his contract extension on Sunday but the would not confirm or deny it.
Hardy Has Torn ACL: The Bills confirmed today the worst in regard to the injury to James Hardy. He has a torn ACL and will need surgery to fix it. Dick Jauron alluded to the fact that there may be more than just a torn ACL. He injured his knee blocking downfield on Marshawn Lynch's 35 yard first quarter run. His season is obviously over and this injury may effect him next season as well although they hope he will be ready for 2009. It is typical around an eight month recovery process and it sometimes take athlete's another year to fully get back to where they were. Jauron said Trent Edwards is improving and will be re-evaluated later in the week. Injury Page.
Report: Jauron Signed Extension YESTERDAY: ESPN is reporting that Dick Jauron officially signed his contract extension yesterday. That's right the report says that before the Bills lost their seventh of their last eight games on a horrendous play call by Jauron, he has been retained for three more years. It's one thing if he signed the contract at 5-1 and Wilson doesn't want to pay it off. It's quite another if Wilson allowed him to sign it after going 1-6 since the hot start. Wilson was visibly upset after the game however and when he was asked about Jauron's contract status, his answer was "did you see the fumble".
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