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Bills Play Poorly in 20-14 Loss

It is amazing the Bills had a chance to win this game on the last play considering that Doug Flutie threw an interception on the first and last play from scrimmage, and the defense believed their press clippings a little too much and seemed to forget to prepare for the Raiders. The former number one run defense was shredded for nearly 200 yards on the ground as Flutie constantly didn't see wide open receivers and the Bills abandoned the running game that shown signs of life. Nothing went right and yet, they had a chance to win before Flutie's third interception. MORE

October 14, 1999

Injury Updates: So much for the miniscule three person injury report! The Bills have added two banged up players to it. Ruben Brown and Ted Washington are listed as questionable but both should play Sunday.

Game Analysis: The Bills top ranked run defense faces a strong competitor in the previously number one ranked run offense of the Raiders. Tyrone Wheatley has become the featured back and has played well until last week's debacle in Denver. The Offensive line of the Raiders may get a boost as starting tackle Mo Collins has been upgraded to questonable and may play. On offense the Bills are going to probably have to win it in the air agains. As the Raiders run defense is second only to Buffalo in the NFL and the pass defense is the worst in the AFC. The Raiders run zone blitzes and this game could be a carbon copy of last week's game against the Steelers

October 13, 1999

Game Soldout: All the single seats that were available are gone and Sunday's game against Oakland is offically the fifth straight sellout for the Bills. The blackout has been lifted.

Panos Update: Coach Phillips will not put Joe Panos on IR even though he will be out three month which would get him ready to play sometime during the playoffs. Phillips reasoned that the 10th lineman is not active every week anyway so there is no reason to pick somebody up.

October 13, 1999

Injury Report Released: The NFL has released its first version of this week's injury report and the Bills only have three names on it. All players should be healthy and ready for the Raiders with the exception of Joe Panos and Thurman Thomas.

Ex-Bill Signs with Colts: Former Bills Safety Eric Smedley has latched on with division rivals Indianapolis. Smedley was released in the final cuts this training camp after spending three years with the Bills.

October 12, 1999

Number One Run Defense: Thanks to allowing only 48 rushing yards against the Steelers the Bills defense has moved up to number one against the run. They have allowed an average of 62.4 yards per game and just 50.7 yards over the last four games. They have only allowed one 100 yard rusher over the last 19 games. Edgerrin James did it opening day mostly on one 40 yard scamper. Since opening day the Bills have held the premier backs of their opponents in check including just 45 yards to Curtis Martin, 6 yards to Duce Staley, and 47 yards to Cecil Collins before allowing 24 yards to Jerome Bettis on Sunday. Incidentally, the league's number two ranked rushing defense comes to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.

Record Tidbits: This is the 14th time the Bills have started off 4-1 and the first time since 1996. They have made the playoffs 11 of the previous 13 times they started with that record. This is also the seventh time in the 90s they started 4-1 or better.

Single Seats Still Available: Sunday's game against the Raiders is technically not a sell out yet. There are a few hundered single seats still available. It is expected to be the fourth straight sellout to open the season. There has been no blackouts in Western New York yet this season but the cold weather is still ahead of us.

October 11, 1999

The Day After: Some more good news coming out of yesterday's win is that the club seem to leave the field injury free. The only slight injury is to Manny Martin who banged up his knee and ankle but he should be OK.Ted Washington who was not suppose to suit up, did play and played well. The other questionable players all played with the exception of Rob Johnson who should be ready this week.

Rogers Pick: As we detailed Sam Rogers interception was a huge momentum builder, it was also his first career interception. He read the play perfectly and stayed with the tightend and Stewart never saw him.

Hometown Cooking: Doug Flutie is now 14-1 in the NFL as a starter at home. The lone loss coming to the Jets last season.

Another Milestone for Reed: A 21 yard reception by Andre Reed in the second quarter moved him into fifth place on the all-time receiving yards list with 12,742. He passed Art Monk with Steve Largent 347 yards away.

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