Bills Get Dominating Road Win
Defense Dominates: The defense finally put together a full 60 minutes of football and came up with three turnovers as they graded out very well in the win. The offense came up with two huge plays and made the plays when it counted as the team had a very solid overall effort. Gameday Grades.
Sunday December 10, 2006
Game Recap: The Bills used a solid defensive effort and three big plays to defeat the Jets at the Meadowlands 31-13 in their most dominating effort of the season. Willis McGahee had a 57 yard touchdown run and J.P. Losman hit Lee Evans for a 77 yard touchdown pass in the first half. Nate Clements also returned an interception for a score as the Bills opened up an eight point half time lead. The defense shutdown the Jets totally in the second half keeping them off of the scoreboard while Losman hit Robert Royal for a score in the third quarter. Game Review.
McGee, Whitner Miss Game: Terrence McGee and Donte Whitner were among the inactives for the Bills today as they were out with ankle and hamstring injuries respectively. Whitner's spot in the lineup was taken by Jim Leonhard while Kiwaukee Thomas got the start for McGee. Willis McGahee did play but missed the 2nd quarter with an illness. He was on the sidelines without pads on but did return in the 2nd half. Takeo Spikes banged up an ankle and had to be helped off the field in the first half but he also returned in the 2nd half. John DiGiorgio was inactive with his ankle injury. The healthy inactives were: Tutan Reyes, Matt Murphy, Eric Powell, and Roy Manning. Injury Page.
Weather Not A Factor: It will be an unusually mild day for Mid December in the New York Metropolitan area. The only reason there will be a chill in the air at all is because the game has been moved to 4:15pm. The game time temperature will be a rather balmy 47° with winds out of the West at only 11mph. The winds will diminish during the game with temperatures dropping into the low 40's.
Saturday December 9, 2006
Bills Must Slow Down Passing Attack: The Jets love the short passing attack as Chad Pennington gets the ball out of his hands very quick to his receivers and let them run after the catch. This frustrated the Bills defense last time around and they need to not let that happen again. They need to worry about getting their hands up in the passing game and getting pressure instead of worrying about sacks. The cornerbacks need to play much closer to the line of scrimmage then last time when they played 10 yards off the ball and gave up way too much underneath. One other thing to worry about it is the Jets new no huddle offense. They didn't use this last time but it was very successful last week in Green Bay.
Friday December 8, 2006
McGee, McGahee Practice: Donte Whitner did not practice today after tweaking his hamstring during yesterday's practice. He was limping on the sidelines during the workout. On the positive side, Willis McGahee and Terrence McGee returned to practice today. All three are listed as questionable and all three will be game time decisions according to Dick Jauron. If Whitner can't go, Matt Bowen would get his first start as a Bill. Injury Report.
Thursday December 7, 2006
Whitner Injured: Donte Whitner has been added to the injury report and is questionable for Sunday's game against the Jets. He tweaked a hamstring during practice today and they will have to see how it feels tomorrow. None of the other questionable players practiced for a second straight day on Thursday leaving Coach Jauron less optimistic about their chances of playing on Sunday. Willis McGahee did get the immobilizer boot removed and did more rehab work but he wasn't feeling good enough to practice. Terrence McGee also did more rehab work but could not practice. Injury Report.
Moorman Honored: Brian Moorman has been named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for November. He did win the weekly award once this year. He had a solid month of punting but won the award despite a subpar effort last week against San Diego. He had a net average for the month of 42.4 yards and a gross average of 46.7 yards.
Jets Have Many Banged Up Players: The Jets have six players listed as questionable and eight players listed as probable for Sunday's game. All of the probable players practiced for them and should play. In other injury news, Dick Jauron confirmed that the injury to Angelo Crowell is a broken fibula. Injury Report.
Miami Gamed Moved Back: The NFL seems to be having trouble making up their mind with the new flexible scheduling. Less than 48 hours after moving the Bills game against Miami on December 17th to 4:05pm, the league moved it back to 1pm late yesterday evening. The league decided it wasn't in the best interest of the fans to shift it to a late aftenoon slot and regret the inconvience the one day move caused fans.
Wednesday December 6, 2006
Three With Ankle Injuries: Terrence McGee, Willis McGahee, and John DiGiorgio are the three Bills on the injury report. They are all questionable with ankle injuries suffered in the loss to the Chargers. McGee's seemed to be the most serious since he did not return to the game. McGahee did return, he was wearing an immobilizer boot during media day today. He said he is getting it off tomorrow and will play on Sunday, Dick Jauron seemed optimistic he will play as well. DiGiorgio hurt his ankle on a special teams play. None of the three practiced on Wednesday. Injury Report.
Bills Can Play Spoiler: The Bills have a chance to play a spoiler role now that the playoffs are a pipe dream. They should have some confidence going into the Meadowlands to play a team they had a chance to beat on week 3. The Bills should be able to get the running game going since they have had success against the Jets on the ground in the past. Do you think the Bills will win on Sunday? Take our poll on our homepage. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 5, 2006
Bills Sign LB: The Bills today placed LB Angelo Crowell on injured reserve officially ending his season. The move made room for the Bills to sign veteran LB Roy Manning. He played in 15 games for the Packers last year including two starts. He had 20 tackles for the Packers last year. He appeared in one game for Houston this year as well. He is looking forward to his opportunity in Buffalo. Depth Chart.
Dolphins Game Moved: For the second straight week the Bills are effected by the new NFL flexible scheduling. The December 17th game against Miami is now a 4:05pm start. This is on the heels of this week's game being moved to 4:15pm. Originally all 16 games this season were scheduled for 1pm Sunday. The later start may hurt the Bills chances of selling out this game. At last count around 7,000 tickets remained for the game. Late afternoon games are harder to sell since the team is a regional franchise.
Monday December 4, 2006
Crowell's Season Likely Over: The Bills got bad news today when x-rays revealed that Angelo Crowell suffered a fracture in the lower left leg in the loss to the Chargers. He is officially out indefinitely but Coach Jauron admitted his season is likely over. After the game, Crowell was hopeful he would be able to practice this week and play on Sunday, that was before the results were in on his x-rays that revealed the break. With Crowell out for the season who should replace him at linebacker? Chime in on our new poll on our homepage. Injury Page.
Crowell Optimistic: Angelo Crowell said he's optimistic he will be able to practice this week and play next week. He suffered a strained calf muscle and x-ray results were not immediately available. He was carrying a walking boot in the locker room after the game. He said he was a little sore after the game. He hurt his leg in the first series of the game and was replaced by Coy Wire and Keith Ellison. Terrence McGee injured his ankle and tried to play through it but it wasn't responding well after getting taped up forcing him to miss the second half. He didn't want to jeopardize the team by playing on it while he was less then full strength. The condition of both players should be updated later today. Injury Page.
Wire At Linebacker: As we reported yesterday, Coy Wire got a lot of playing time at linebacker once Angelo Crowell went down with his leg injury in the first quarter. Wire has seen some time at linebacker throughout the year in the Bills 4-4 scheme. He goes in as an extra run supporter but this is the first time he saw significant time at the position in the normal 4-3. Dick Jauron said he went with Wire over the usual backup Keith Ellison because of all the practice and playing time Ellison missed the past few weeks because of his sore knee. Ellison did see some playing time substituing in at linebacker. Takeo Spikes took over Crowell's duties on third downs. He hadn't played much on third downs this season.
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