Bills Have Second Straight Solid Effort
Bills Grade Out Well Again: It was another very good game for the Bills on both sides of the football. The offense ran the ball down the Jets throats while the defense was smothering Chad Pennington and keeping the Jets from getting near the end zone. Gameday Grades.
No New Injuries: The Bills not only got a win, it appears that they did not suffer any new injuries. Nobody even walked over gimpy. Mike Pucillo, Keith McKenzie and Sammy Morris were inactive with their injuries. Injury Page.
Sullivan Shines: As we reported yesterday, Marques Sullivan started at left tackle instead of Marcus Price. Price has been the main backup at both tackle positions all year, while Sullivan had been inactive. With Jonas Jennings out for the remainder of the season everyone thought that Price would start but the Bills turned to Sullivan who moved from guard to tackle this preseason. Sullivan shined as he opened up many holes for Travis Henry. His only blemish was a false start penalty. Depth Chart.
Game Recap: Travis Henry ran for a career high 169 yards and scored a touchdown as the Bills beat the Jets 17-6 at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills used a ball control attack and a smothering five sack effort on defense to put together their second complete win in a row. Game Review.
McGahee Inactive: ESPN is reporting that Willis McGahee will be inactive for today's game against the Jets. Gregg Williams said on Friday he was contemplating activating the rookie for the first time this year. Chris Mortensen reports that the Bills will play McGahee over the last couple of games this year and try to get him 8-10 carries a game.
Gameday Weather: For once Buffalo was spared the snowstorm that belted much of the Northeast this weekend but it will be bitterly cold for the 4:15 start today at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The good news is there will be no snow or precipatation of any kind. Gametime temperature will be around 28°. Winds will be light but it will feel like it is in the mid to upper teens by the time the game ends.
Saturday December 6, 2003
League's Toughest Schedule: You never know how hard a schedule a team has until they play the games, you can speculate before the season but that doesn't matter since teams change so much from year to year. Through 12 games, the Bills are tied with the Texans for the league's toughest schedule. Their opponents record is 83-61, that's a winning percentage of .576.
Sullivan To Start? It interesting how fast someone can go from the outhouse to the penthouse on the Bills. Marques Sullivan was a starter at right guard last year and this year, he lost his job in training camp and has been inactive most games. Now, he may actually start at left tackle with Jonas Jennings out for the year with broken joint in his toe. Marcus Price is the obvious choice to replace him but the two players have split time in practice this week and both may see action. WGR is reporting that Sullivan was taking the majority of the reps on Friday in practice.
Friday December 5, 2003
Bledsoe To Play: Drew Bledsoe pronounced himself ready to play after completing a full practice on Friday. He said he has felt fine the last two days. He had a full battery of tests and they all came out negative. Bledsoe is recovering from a concussion against Indianapolis and a blow to the head against the Giants.
McGahee To See Action? Coach Williams said on Friday that the long awaited debut of Willis McGahee may happen on Sunday. He practiced fully this week with the offense and they will go right up until the pre game warmups before deciding to activate McGahee or not. He has improved tremendously in workouts the last couple of weeks as he gets his legs back from intense rehabilitation.
Morris, Pucillo Likely Out: Sammy Morris and Mike Pucillo were once again held out of practice on Friday and both will likely miss their second week in a row. Morris has a knee bruise and will be a gametime decision. Pucillo has a turf toe injury. Morris is officially listed as questionable and Pucillo doubtful on the injury report. Keith McKenzie returned to practice on Friday and Eric Moulds practiced fully with the first team. Injury Report.
Williams Back? Everyone figures it is a forgone conclusion that Gregg Williams will not return next year as Bills coach. But is that the case? Recent rumblings say he may return next year if the Bills finish strong. Columnist Tony Bogyo discusses that possibility. Complete Story.
Thursday December 4, 2003
Blackout Lifted Thanks To Owner: The local blackout for Sunday's game against the Jets has been lifted and is officially a sell out. Their were over 3,000 tickets remaining at the deadline and the generosity of Owner Ralph Wilson saved the first blackout of the season. The classy owner bought the remaining tickets and donated them to local boys and girls clubs.
Bledsoe Returns To Practice: Drew Bledsoe took part in alternate drills today and felt good. He said he could have done more but the plan was to rotate quarterbacks in practice today.
Sullivan And Price Take Bigger Role: With the fractured toe joint putting Jonas Jennings out for the year, the backups need to step up. Marcus Price is the obvious choice to replace him in the starting lineup. Price has been the "flip" tackle this year, backing up both positions and in some cases outplaying the starters. Coach Williams said in his media day press conference yesterday that Marques Sullivan will get a look in practice this week and may also get reps at left tackle.
Injury Update: Terrence McGee and Dave Moore were two injured players that practiced yesterday, both should be ready to go on Sunday. Held out besides the previously reported Drew Bledsoe were Mike Pucillo, Keith McKenzie, Sammy Morris, Travis Henry, Eric Moulds, and Ruben Brown. Injury Report.
Wednesday December 3, 2003
Bledsoe Dizzy: Drew Bledsoe missed practice on Wednesday with dizziness. That is the result of his helmet to helmet hit suffered against the Giants. It is the second week in a row that Bledsoe has missed practice time because of a blow to the end. He suffered a concussion against the Colts. The latest hit did not give him a concussion but left him woozy. His status for Sunday's game is in question although he vows to play if he can. He is officially listed as probable on the injury report.
Brown Re-Signed: The Bills have re-signed QB Travis Brown and made room for him on the roster by placing Jonas Jennings on injured reserve. Brown was injured in preseason and was placed on injured reserve before agreeing on an injury settlement with the club. That allowed him to be released and re-signed after week 10. The Bills also made a practice squad move by releasing QB Randy Fasini and signing offensive tackle David Porter. He was with the Packers this summer before being released. Front Office.
Eight On Report: The Bills have seven players on the injury report for this week's game. Jonas Jennings is out for the game and his season is over after suffering a toe injury against the Giants. Drew Bledsoe is probable with his concussion and is expecte to play as is Dave Moore. Mike Pucillo remains doubtufl while Terrence McGee, Keith McKenzie and Sammy Morris are questionable. Injury Report.
Schobel Honored: Aaron Schobel has been named the AFC Defensive Player Of The Week after his three sack effort against the Giants. He also had five tackles and a fumble recovery in the win. He is the first Bill to be honored this year.
Bills and Jets Ready To Battle: The Bills and Jets are two teams with identical records. Both teams will come ready to play as the Jets are already playing for next year as they got their QB back from an extended injury. The Bills are confident after winning last week. It should be a tough battle as both teams are prideful. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 2, 2003
More On Coaching Candidates: Last week's column by Bills Daily columnist Joe Chenelly gathered a big response. Chenelly talked about possible coaching candidates last week and revisits the subject this week after reading the responses and questions from Bills Daily readers. Complete Story.
Bledsoe Better: Coach Williams said yesterday that Drew Bledsoe and Dave Moore were feeling better. Both will try to practice on Wednesday. Bledsoe will work out today to see if he will be able to get back on the practice field. Terrence McGee and Ruben Brown should be back on the field Wednesday and Sammy Morris should be back on Wednesday or Thursday also. The team will re-evaluate Jonas Jennings and Keith McKenzie tomorrow as well. The injury to McKenzie isn't as serious as originally thought. Injury Page.
Monday December 1, 2003
Players Banged Up: As we reported yesterday, the Bills had many players banged up in the win over the Giants. The offensive line remains the most banged up unit as Ruben Brown, Jonas Jennings, and Mike Pucillo did not finish the game, Pucillo was inactive with turf toe. The Bills may be able to use the last month of the season to use some young players to rest the banged up players since, despite the victory, the playoffs would take a miracle. Injury Page.
Moore Moves Up: Dave Moore caught a touchdown against the Giants before leaving the game with a concussion. Moore was making his first start since early in the year as he has appeared to have moved ahead of Mark Campbell at tight end. Depth Chart.
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