Bills Lose Another Monday Night Heartbreaker
Defense Covers Offense: While the offense was just plain offensive early in last night's game the defense covered allowing just six points off of three first quarter interceptions. When the offense got into gear in the second half the defense was giving up the big plays like the 72 yard touchdown run by Harrison. Even the special teams mixed the good (McKelvin's TD) with the bad (Lindell's miss). Gameday Grades.
Bills Lose Heartbreaker 29-27: For a while it looked like the Bills would overcome four turnovers but Phil Dawson hit a 56 yard field goal with 1:30 left and the usually reliable Rian Lindell then missed from 47 yards out with :38 left as the Browns held on to beat the Bills 29-27. It was a heartbreaking loss for the Bills but they didn't help themselves as Trent Edwards threw three interceptions in the first quarter and the Bills turned the ball over four times in all. They came close to two interceptions that would have helped them but Ko Simpson and Leodis McKelvin couldn't pull passes in for the elusive turnover. Marshawn Lynch led the way for the Bills with 119 yards rushing and had 10 catches for 58 yards including a score. McKelvin kept the Bills in the game with a 98 yard kickoff return for a score but the fact that the couldn't pull in the possible pick in the final minutes was a big play in the loss. Game Review.
Greer Hurt: Jabari Greer was hurt in the loss to the Browns. He suffered a sprained knee in the first half and did not return. He was ruled out fairly quickly. Donte Whitner tried to grit it out with his separated shoulder. He played in the first half and sparingly in the second half but couldn't finish the game. Injury Page.
Monday November 17, 2008
All My Rowdy Friends Are Here On Monday Night: Are you ready for some football? Bills Daily will be in attendance for the Monday night game that promises to have a rowdy crowd hoping the Bills snap a three game losing streak. The weather is winter like as snow has been falling just south of Orchard Park all night and snow is expected throughout the afternoon and possibly snow showers falling during the game. One thing for sure is it will be cold. The gametime temperature will be 31° with a 60% chance of snow but the chance of precipitation will decrease as the game goes on. The wind will be out of the northwest at 9mph making it feel like it's in the low 20s.
Sunday November 16, 2008
Three Still Limited: The Bills got an extra workout this week because of the game being on Monday night. In yesterday's session Donte Whitner, Robert Royal, and James Hardy were all limited again. Whitner is the least likely to play of the three but they are all listed as questionable. Injury Page.
Saturday November 15, 2008
If Whitner Plays Expect Limitations: Donte Whitner seems very motivated to play in front of many friends and family members against his hometown team on Monday night. If he does go expect the team to limit him and possibly just put him out there as a nickel corner in obvious passing situations. This way he won't be involved in too many hard hitting plays in the run game. It will be interesting to see if he even does dress as he probably is better off giving it another week.
Friday November 14, 2008
Whitner Expects To Play: Donte Whitner said after practice today that he expects to play. He has no problems with range of motion and has been medically cleared to play. It depends on how he can handle the pain and the chances or re-injuring the shoulder. He practiced on a limited basis again today. Robert Royal returned to practice on a limited basis. James Hardy practiced again on a limited basis. All three are listed as questionable. Brad Butler practiced all week and is probable for Monday night. Aaron Schobel has been ruled out and Josh Reed is doubtful. Injury Report.
Thursday November 13, 2008
Royal Misses Practice: Robert Royal missed practice on Thursday after turning his ankle during Wednesday's session. Donte Whitner practiced on a limited basis for a second straight day and is well ahead of schedule but is likely still a week away from returning. Brad Butler practiced fully again and should start on Monday night. James Hardy returned to practice on a limited basis. Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed remains sidelined. Injury Page.
Wednesday November 12, 2008
Whitner Practices: Donte Whitner practiced on a limited basis today well ahead of schedule as he would love to play against his hometown team. He still may be a longshot to play as he struggled moving his arm above his shoulder but Dick Jauron said he looked pretty good. Brad Butler practiced fully and looks like he's ready to return which would be a boost to the sieve known as the offensive line. James Hardy missed practice today with a hip flexor injury but he is expected back in practice tomorrow. Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed remains sidelined but Reed was doing work on the side and appears a bit closer to returning. Injury Page.
Practice Squad Moves: The Bills made a move to bolster their thinning cornerback corps. They re-signed Dustin Fox to the practice squad and let go OL Chris Denman. Fox was with the team late last year and this summer in training camp. The team is down to just four cornerbacks on the active roster.
Bills Look To Bounce Back: The Bills look to put the three straight division losses in the rear view mirror and focus on the next three games that are very winnable but they will need to fix the mistakes they have made the past five weeks. The Browns are first as they come to town with young QB Brady Quinn making his first NFL road start and the 12th man should be ready under the lights in front of a national audience on Monday night. Game Preview.
Tuesday November 11, 2008
State Of The Bills: The Bills are struggling losing four of five including three straight division games. That has everyone wondering what is wrong. Tony Bogyo checks in with his view on the State of the Bills. He breaks down each unit and shows all the holes and weaknesses that needs to be fixed for this team to challenge for a playoff spot. Complete Story.
Monday November 10, 2008
Discouraging Loss: Dick Jauron addressed the media the day after the loss and the only good news was that there were no significant injuries suffered in the game. He called the loss very discouraging for the organization and the fans and they just have to correct the errors they are making. They are hurting themselves on the field and Jauron said it starts with him and he needs to do a better job of preparing the team. They need to make opponents play their best to beat them and lately they have not had to. He said the best way to describe what is happening is a slump and it isn't any one player that is causing the losing streak. They plan to have a normal week despite having an extra day but will do a few more things on Saturday.
Bills In Tough Spot: Now that the Bills are 5-4 and 0-3 in the division it will be difficult to make the playoffs. Usually 10 wins gets you into the postseason. With the AFC East so bunched up, and it is obvious the Bills will lose the tiebreakers, it may take 11 wins to get in this year. That means the Bills need to go 6-1 down the stretch to end the playoff drought. The Bills have three winnable games coming up against Cleveland, Kansas City, and San Francisco, with two of those games being at home. Of course, the way they are playinng just because they are winnable doesn't mean the Bills will win it.
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