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Bills Blown Out By Chargers

AP Photo - Josh ReedDefense Pathetic: It was a pathetic performance by the defense that allowed five first half touchdowns and couldn't do anything to shutdown the Chargers. The offense didn't do much better as they couldn't move the football and when they did, they bogged down in the red zone. The only unit that deserved any passing grades is the special teams with good kick returns and a long field goal. Gameday Grades

Bills Blown Away In SD: Boy it was ugly. The Chargers annihilated the Bills from the opening play from scrimmage and didn't stop as they built a 35-10 halftime lead enroute to a 48-10 rout of the Bills. The Bills defense played awful allowing 263 yards passing in the first half! J.P. Losman showed some poise early in the loss but with the defense playing horrible they didn't have a chance offensively. He made some plays but the Chargers teed off on him and the offense couldn't amount any sort of comeback. I have never seen a Bills defense play as poorly as they did today. Complete Review

Injury Update: Sam Adams did start despite his banged up knee but suffered a right ankle injury in the 2nd quarter that was unrelated to the knee problem. He did not return. Troy Vincent played with his shoulder injury and seemed to be ok except he suffered a gash to his forehead in the game and was replaced late by Rashard Baker. Lawyer Milloy injured his right wrist but would return with it heavily taped. Kelly Holcomb was the emergency QB with after effects from his concussion. Terrence McGee played sparingly early but didn't play most of the game as his hamstring problem seems to be getting worse week by week. Roscoe Parrish took his place on kick returns and did a great job. Injury Page

Holcomb #3: The Bills announced that Kelly Holcomb will be the emergency number three quarterback for today's game against the Chargers. Shane Matthews will backup J.P. Losman. Game time decisions Terrence McGee and Sam Adams will give it a go. The inactives for the Bills are: George Wilson, Jonathan Smith, Lionel Gates, Liam Ezekiel, Justin Geisinger, Greg Jerman, and Jason Jefferson.

Beautiful Weather: It will be typically beautiful Southern California weather for today's game. The high temperature will be 77° under sunny skies with no chance of rain. There will be light winds of 5-10mph.

Saturday November 19, 2005

McGee, Adams Game Time Decisions: It is unclear if Kelly Holcomb will be the number two or not. Coach Mularkey said he should be ready to at least dress for the game but at this point it appears he will be the emergency third string quarterback. If that is the case, Shane Matthews will be the backup on Sunday. In other injury news, Troy Vincent and Greg Jerman practiced for a second straight day yesterday. Sam Adams returned to practice yesterday as well after missing Thursday's session. He is expected to be a game time decision along with Terrence McGee who was very limited in workouts on Friday. Injury Report

Friday November 18, 2005

Losman To Start: Coach Mularkey made it officially this afternoon, J.P. Losman will start Sunday against the Chargers. Kelly Holcomb was unable to practice today once again. Injury Report

Mularkey Calling Plays: The Buffalo News is reporting that sources with the team tell them that Coach Mularkey quietly took over the offensive play calling around the fifth game of the season. This is not uncommon or unexpected. Mularkey came to Buffalo with great offensive credentials as the offensive coordinator for the Steelers. It is a blow to Tom Clements who followed Mularkey to Buffalo. He was the QB coach in Pittsburgh.

Holcomb Misses Practice Yesterday: Kelly Holcomb was held out of practice once again yesterday but he said he's feeling better. The fuzziness is gone but he has yet to be medically cleared to practice. Coach Mularkey is sticking with his plan to wait until today to announce a starter but J.P. Losman took all the first team snaps in practice for a second day in a row. In other injury news, Troy Vincent returned to practice and should play. Greg Jerman practiced for the first time in nearly a month as he is overcoming a high ankle sprain. Sam Adams and Terrence McGee missed practice. Adams had practiced on Wednesday, McGee wasn't expected to practice much this week as he nurses a strained hamstring. Injury Report

Thursday November 17, 2005

Vincent MRI Negative: The MRI on the injured shoulder of Troy Vincent came back negative. He did not practice yesterday but reportedly will try to play on Sunday. He is listed as questionable. He injured his left shoulder against New England before the bye and re-aggravated it against Kansas City in the first half. He did not return to the game. Injury Report

Wednesday November 16, 2005

Holcomb Feeling Better: Kelly Holcomb says he's getting better all the time and he does feel better but not 100%. The headaches are subsiding but he's much better than he was on Sunday. He also chipped his bottom two front teeth on the hit which he called a double whammy. It was his first concussion since freshman year in College which makes it new to him. He doesn't know if he will practice tomorrow, they will see how he feels, he was given the day off today by the coach to get another day of rest. He said experience is a key factor to winning a tough game on the West Coast and he has played more than J.P. Losman but it isn't up to him whether he starts or not. He doesn't worry about whose job it is, he was happy for J.P. and happy that the team got the win and thought Losman played well. He does not have medical clearance to practice and won't get it until he says he's 100% and then will have to undergo more tests before he's cleared. They just have to wait and see how he feels the next two days. He doesn't worry about the injury costing him a starting job, he's just worried about getting better. He didn't watch films of the Chargers before today because the doctors didn't want him to because of the lights.

Losman Preparing Like A Starter: J.P. Losman spoke to the media and said he doesn't know if he will start or not. Coach Mularkey said a decision will come Friday. He will prepare like he will start, which is what he does every week whether he starts or not. A lot of guys played a big role in the win over Kansas City. Two little throws and one little game is not a reason for him to definitely be the starter. Whatever the coaches ask of him, he has to be ready. He said even if he doesn't play, he will get better by watching and learning. He will have 450 friends and family in attendance for the game but he is going on business and will spend a few minutes with his family after the game. To get a win back home would be special for him but it can't be a distraction. They will still try to run against the Chargers despite them being number one against the run in the league.

QB Decision Likely On Friday: Coach Mularkey addressed the media in his usual media day briefing after discussing the injuries he talked about how he is preparing for the possibility of Holcomb not playing as J.P. Losman took the first team snaps and had a great practice. They are waiting to find out if Holcomb can practice tomorrow before deciding on a starting QB. He said he'll name a starter on Friday when he gets a better feel on how Holcomb is feeling. That will be the number one factor in deciding who will start. He admits Losman gave them a spark and the way he practiced the last few weeks led up to his performance on Sunday against the Chiefs. The Chargers are a 3-4 defense that lines up and just plays hard, their scheme makes them difficult against the run. They just line up and play. The Bills still need to finish drives and do better in the red zone. The team needs as good as effort against LaDainan Tomlinson as they had last week against Larry Johnson. They need 11 guys going to the football as effort beats talent. They have done their homework and try some different things to slow him down.

Holcomb Does Not Practice: Kelly Holcomb, Troy Vincent, Sam Adams, Terrence McGee, and Greg Jerman are all listed as questionable. Adams practiced today, the others did not although Jerman did some things on a limited basis. They are being careful with Holcomb since they don't mess with head injuries. Injury Report

Moorman Honored: Brian Moorman was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against Kansas City. In the swirling winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium, Moorman averaged 48.2 yards on five punts, three of them landing inside 20. His punting helped hold the dangerous Dante Hall to a 3.5 yard average per return.

Tough Foe: The Bills have confidence heading out West to play the Chargers but they will need more than that to win. The Chargers are well rested and a very talented team that needs the win badly. No matter who plays QB for the Bills, the result will likely be the same...a loss. Complete Preview

Tuesday November 15, 2005

Depth Showed Its Stuff: One of the many positives that people are talking about after the big win against Kansas City is the way the backups played. Justin Bannan, Rashard Baker, J.P. Losman, Eric King, Jim Leonhard, and of course, Angelo Crowell logged significant and quality playing time in the big win replacing injured veterans. Baker had a pick, Losman threw two touchdown passes, and Crowell had a breakout day. Depth Chart

Monday November 14, 2005

QB Decision Delayed: Mike Mularkey addressed the media today and said deciding who starts on Sunday at QB will come down to a couple of things including the health of Kelly Holcomb and what San Diego does defensively. He did say that J.P. Losman played well. How many reps Holcomb misses in practice because of the injury will effect the decision. The team will give Mike Williams more time at left guard and put him in when he's ready but right now Bennie Anderson is the starter and he played very well. It was a credit to the guys with how high of level they played at as nobody's motor never stopped. Coach Mularkey talked to the injured security guard today by phone today and said he's doing well. A security guard broke his leg on the Bills second touchdown when he was run over.

Holcomb, Vincent To Be Re-evaluated: Mike Mularkey addressed the media today and said Kelly Holcomb will be re-evaluated today and still had a bit of a headache this morning and is a bit groggy. They will no more about Troy Vincent on Wednesday. He is undergoing an MRI on his injured shoulder today. Terrence McGee tweaked his hamstring again but should be ok by the end of the week. Sam Adams is rehabbing his knee that is bothering him. They made the decision to inactive him because he did not practice on Friday and the time off should be good for him. Injury Page

Losman Playing Angry: J.P. Losman told the media after the game that he is playing mad with a chip on his shoulder and that is the way he needs to play to succeed. He says he plays better when he's yelled at and the odds are against him. He was thinking how tough it has been the last four weeks when he entered the game. He used the anger that built up as his focus in the game. He says he hasn't necessarily earned the starting job back but he would love to be the guy. He said one little effort doesn't fix everything but he feels like it was a comeback for him. He said when he threw the two touchdown passes it made him more mad that he had to lose four weeks of playing time before he played this well. He said some of his problem early on was that he got too comfortable after the opening day win. He has learned his lesson and he will keep pushing and never get comfortable again. He thought it was great getting Lee Evans involved because it should open up things underneath and make teams respect the possibility of going deep.

QB Decision Up In The Air: Coach Mularkey wasn't ready to anoint J.P. Losman the starter after yesterday's game. He said he would wait to see the health status of Kelly Holcomb. Yesterday, Mularkey characterized the injury as a "very good" concussion and he was being watched overnight. There were things J.P. did that he wants to look at on films. He did think Losman made some plays and got rid of the ball when he needed to. The two throws to Lee Evans gave them a chance and Evans made nice catches. It was obvious J.P. was prepared and he didn't flinch, which was nice to see. The defense played relentless and made big plays, the turnovers were huge. Mularkey gave credit to the guys up front for finishing plays and finishing the game, they just kept coming. Some of the sacks were coverage sacks, while some of the interceptions were the result of pressure. They played hard, physical defense. He called Angelo Crowell a good player who has been consistent and yesterday he made big plays that opened people's eyes. The team continues to fight, the effort week in and week out, especially when their backs are up against the wall, it shows up on the field. On Mike Williams, the coach doesn't fault his failure at left guard since they just threw him into the fire. The coach wasn't happy with the missed opportunities after turnovers and they aren't satisified.

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