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Bills Barely Survive Against Bengals

Travis Henry - AP Photo Much Needed Win: It wasn't pretty but the Bills escaped with an overtime victory over the Bengals. Fans leaving the game did not feel great about it, but a win is a win. Travis Henry and Eric Moulds gutted through painful injuries to lead the Bills to the comeback win. Complete Review.

Tale Of Two Halves: The defense played solidly the whole game and a special teams penalty cost the defense a chance from keeping the Bengals out of the end zone the whole game. Offensively, it was a different story. Nothing in the first half as they went three or four and out six of seven possession. In the second half, the offense came to life in time to save the game. Gameday Grades.

Reese Starts: The Bills did do one lineup change as they started Izell Reese instead of Pierson Prioleau at free safety. The move seemed to pay off as Reese played well as did Prioleau when coming in off the bench. Depth Chart.

Moulds Injured: Wide receiver Eric Moulds was injued on the final play of Sunday's game and had to be helped off the field. Moulds described the injury as a "slight pull" of his groin but he hopes to play next week against the New York Jets. The team has made no official statement about the severity of the injury and it is expected Moulds will be further examined today. Injury Report.

Sunday October 5, 2003

Bills Win in Overtime: The Bills faced a tough Bengals team this afternoon and had to go to overtime to avoid falling to 2-3. While many thought the Bills would come out and make a statement after looking flat in two previous losses, the team did little to impress but did get the all-important win. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw for 211 yards and a touchdown to Travis Henry. Henry rushed 25 times for 85 yards and a second score, this one giving the Bills the win. Defensively the Bills collected two turnovers - Aaron Schobel had an interception that lead to a score and Kevin Thomas recovered a fumble. Bills Daily was at the game and will have a complete report on Monday - stay tuned!

Brown May Play on Offense: The Bills may place return man Antonio Brown on the field with the offense today. The team may try to stretch the field with Brown's blazing speed - he has been timed at 4.18 in the 40. Having another deep threat may help take some pressure off the struggling running game and give the Bills an opportunity to make the big play.

A Must-Win Game?: In years past a game against the Bengals has not been of tremendous importance, but with the Bills losing their last 2 games after a fast start this game may be a "must-win". A quarter of the way through the season, there is no clear leader in the AFC East. A win today against the Bengals could go a long way to putting the Bills back on track to go into the postseason. A loss to a team who has not won consecutive road games since 1995 could absolutely destroy the Bills and greatly increase the heat on the coaching staff. With all the sub-plots to todays game, emotions should be running high this afternoon in Orchard Park.

Update Game Weather: The weather forecast has been revised since yeterday and weather may not be much of a factor. Partly cloudy skies with a temperature in the upper 40's and only a 10% chance of a show should make for perfect football weather.

Saturday October 4, 2003

Early Sunday Weather Report: The weather could factor into Sunday's contest against the Bengals. Thr forecast calls for scattered showers and a high of 48 degrees at gametime. Wind may also be a factor. Increased empahsis on the running game may hinder both squads as Buffalo continues to have difficulty establising a ground game and the Bengals will almost certainly be without Corey Dillon.

Henry Gametime Decision: Travis Henry remains a gametime decision for tomorrow's game. He participated in practice on Friday but only took about 40% of the snaps. He is much more likely to play than he was last week and is probably better than even money that he will see action.

Friday October 3, 2003

Henry Practices: It is looking more likely that Travis Henry may play on Sunday. He officially remains questionable for the game but did practice fully for the first time today.

Dillon Downgraded: The Bengals have downgraded Corey Dillon to doubtful on their injury report. Marvin Lewis has already said that Dillon will not play. Two other Bengals have also been downgraded to doubtful.

Thursday October 2, 2003

Henry Practices Some: Travis Henry participated in part of today's practice and said he is feeling better than he did yesterday. The team hoped he would participate in the full workout today. His status for Sunday's game will likely be a gametime decision. Injury Report.

Game Soldout: As expected the game soldout in time to lift the television blackout for Western New York. This is the third home game of the season and they have all been soldout in time to lift the blackout.

Time To Worry? At the season's 1/4 turn the team has the same record they did last year. After a flying start they have hit a slump. Is it time to worry about the 2003 Bills? Tony Bogyo takes his somewhat pessimistic look at the state of the Bills. Complete Story.

Wednesday October 1, 2003

Henry Participates: As we reported earlier, Travis Henry did practice with the team today. He took part in individual drills, but plans to take part in the full team practice tomorrow. If practice goes well over the next two days there is a good chance he will play on Sunday.

Myers Back: The Bills filled the open spot on their practice squad by re-signing WR Jerel Myers. He was released from the squad last week to make room for RB Nick Maddox.

Bledsoe On Offensive Woes: Drew Bledsoe spoke to the press as usual on Wednesday today. He spoke about the offensive problems and said that their confidence has not fallen off and they believe they can play with anybody. He said they are frustrated by the negative plays and penalties and they have forced themselves into up hill battles. He does feel the team needs to have sharper focus although he thinks they have practiced very well but they need to be able to bring that to the game and focus better on Sundays. He said that the Bengals are a good team that plays sound defense and blitzes well. If they don't come to play they will not beat them. Bledsoe did re-iterate that he has complete confidence in Josh Reed. There has been growing speculation that he had lost faith in him since he did not throw to him down the stretch against Philadelphia.

Third Down Is An Issue: Gregg Williams addressed the media in his usual Wednesday press conference. He said they are disappointed that they haven't won the last two weeks. He said you can skew stats anyway you want but the most important stat was that they lost to the Eagles. Williams discussed Mike Pucillo saying he will learn from the problems he had last week. He said the team needs to find a way to manufacture points and not hit their heads against the wall. What's important is converting third downs so they don't have to rush at the end like they did last week.

Henry To Practice Today: Three running backs are once again the only players on the injury report for the Bills. Travis Henry is listed as questionable and the team says he will practice today. Coach Williams says he is doing better everyday. Sammy Morris is once again but has made progress. Phillip Crosby is obviously out and is on the injury report because he just went on injured reserve last week. The Bengals report is not out yet. Injury Report.

Bills Should Win Sunday: Both teams have running back injuries going into this week but the Bills should have a big edge as they are hungry after two straight losses. Meanwhile, the Bengals are coming off of a victory over the Browns and may be more content. Look for that and the emotions of Takeo Spikes and the 12th man to lift the Bills to a big victory this week. Game Preview.

Tuesday September 30, 2003

Henry Works Out: Travis Henry worked out at the Bills facilities yesterday and Coach Williams hopes he will be able to practice with the team tomorrow. He said, Henry was very upset that he was unable to go against the Eagles and they hope he will progress enough during the week to play on Sunday against the Bengals. Injury Report.

Dillon Out: While the Bills may have their top back on Sunday, the Bengals will be without theirs. Corey Dillon has been struggling with a groin injury for a couple of weeks now and will not play against the Bills.

Monday September 29, 2003

OL Woes Continue: There are many goats to go around from the loss to the Eagles but it all starts with the woeful play of the offensive line. They were dominated on the line of scrimmage and did not open up holes for Joe Burns. They only gave up two sacks but Drew Bledsoe was constantly pressured forcing him to not be able to capitalize on the depleted Eagles secondary. For the offense to play at a high level the line must start doing their job especially if Travis Henry remains out for any extended period of time. They will get their chance on Sunday when the Bengals come to town.

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