Bills Continue Late Season Surge
Total Team Effort: The Bills followed up last week's solid team effort with perhaps an even better total team performance this week in the 21-0 win over Miami. Our grades will reflect that this was perhaps the best overall game of the year for the Bills. Gameday Grades.
Bills Shutout Miami 21-0: J.P. Losman threw three touchdown passes to Robert Royal, Josh Reed, and Lee Evans and the defense did the rest as the Bills posted their first shutout since the 2003 season opener. The defense was fantastic in the game and held off a last minute Miami fury at the one yard line to clinch the shutout win. The win moves the Bills to the .500 mark and keeps their slim playoff hopes alive. Game Review.
Injury Update: The Bills came out of the win over the Dolphins in fairly good injury shape. Willis McGahee had a head and neck injury but returned. He also seemed to bang up his wrist but returned. Daimon Shelton got hurt on the second half kickoff and did not play in the 2nd half. Injury Page.
Injured Players Active: Four of the five questionable players are active for today's game. Takeo Spikes, Terrence McGee, Donte Whitner and Jason Peters will all play today. The lone injured inactive is John DiGiorgio. Also inactive are: Shaud Williams, Eric Powell, Jason Jefferson, Roy Manning, Tutan Reyes, and Matt Murphy. A big inactive for Miami is G Jeno James.
Another Warm December Day: You would think a December game in Western New York against the Dolphins would be a huge advantage for the Bills but it will be very warm for the week before Christmas. The game time temperature will be 54° with winds out of the south southwest at 15mph. There is a 30% chance of a few showers throughout the afternoon.
Saturday December 16, 2006
Injured Players Practice: All five questionable players for the Bills practiced fully on Friday increasing the chances that the Bills will be healthy for tomorrow's game against Miami. All of the players remain listed as questionable and Coach Jauron said they will be game time decisions but when players practice on Friday they usually go on Sunday. Injury Report.
Friday December 15, 2006
Game Blacked Out: Despite getting a 24 hour extension, Sunday's game will be the third straight blackout for the Bills this season. It is also the first Miami-Buffalo game to be blacked out in Western New York since 1987.
Chambers Upgraded: The Dolphins will have their best WR in the lineup on Sunday. Chris Chambers had been listed as questionable with a knee and ankle problem. He practiced yesterday and has been upgraded to probable. Injury Report.
Thursday December 14, 2006
Losman To Start Next Year: Dick Jauron told AP that he has made a big decision about next year even though this season isn't over it. He said J.P. Losman has earned the right to start for the Bills next season based on his play this year. He expects his young QB to continue to work hard to get better because he has the desire to do so.
Peters, Spikes Return: The Bills got two of their walking wounded back on the practice field today. Takeo Spikes and Jason Peters worked out with the team today, taking part in individual drills. They both remain listed as questionable. Terrence McGee and Donte Whitner both practiced for a second straight day and also remain questionable. It appears at this point they will have all four players for Sunday, especially if they all practice again tomorrow. Injury Report.
Bills Get Extension: The Bills have been granted a 24 hour extension on the television blackout. They now have until 1pm tomorrow to sellout the game to have the blackout lifted. They are still approximately 5,000 seats left for Sunday's game against Miami.
Schobel Meets The Press: Aaron Schobel is a quiet guy with what some call a brooding personality. That demeanor may have cost him in the past from getting the credit he deserves as one of the best defensive ends in football along with the fact that he plays in a small market for a losing team. He is looking to change that in hopes of getting his first bid to Hawaii for the Pro Bowl. Schobel reluctantly met with the media yesterday after getting AFC Defensive Player of the Week Honors. He said how much he hates the media attention but he then opened up, cracked a couple of jokes about himself, and even smiled a time or two. The extra media attention coincides with the week that the players, fans, and coaches wrap up Pro Bowl voting. Schobel deserves to make the team as he is tied for the league lead in sacks and since he has come into the league he is 2nd in the AFC in sacks.
Blackout Looms: The first blackout of a Bills-Dolphins game at Ralph Wilson Stadium since 1987 looms. As of last night there are 5,200 tickets available. The team has sold over 1,500 since Monday but that won't be enough to lift the TV blackout by today's 1pm deadline. So unless a corporation buys the remaining tickets the Bills will have their third straight blackout, that doesn't bode well for a franchise who's future in Western New York is fragile at best.
Wednesday December 13, 2006
Five Listed As Questionable Including Peters: The Bills had one surprsie pop up on the injury report for this week's game against the Dolphins. Jason Peters suffered a bone bruise in the knee against the Jets that did not show up until he came in today and was sore. He did not practice and is one of five players listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Terrence McGee, Donte Whitner, Takeo Spikes, and John DiGiorgio are also questionable. McGee and Whitner saw limited action in practice today. Spikes and DiGiorgio were on the sidelines. DiGiorgio has a high ankle sprain and Spikes is still bothered by the ankle injury suffered against the Jets and also has a sore knee. Injury Report.
Schobel Honored: Aaron Schobel has been named the AFC Defensive Player of the Week for his performance against the Jets on Sunday. He had nine tackles, three sacks, and forced a fumble in the win as he was constantly in the Jets backfield.
Big Division Battle: This week's game against arch rival Miami will go a long way in telling where these two teams stand going into next year. Both are flying high and playing very well despite sharing the basement in the AFC East. Both teams hold very fragile playoff hopes as well. Do you think the Bills will win on Sunday? Take our poll on our homepage. Game Preview.
Tuesday December 12, 2006
Bills Add WR: The Bills filled their open spot on the practice squad today by signing WR Troy Bergeron to the unit. Bergeron was with the Falcons in training camp this year after signing as an undrafted free agent. He was cut before the season started. He did set a single season receiving record in the Arena Football League in 2005 with 1,371 yards on 105 catches and 31 touchdowns.
Dolphins Game Ticket Update; Wilson Cries Out: There are still 6,800 tickets remaining for the Dolphins game but the Bills are optimistic they may be able to sell it out since it is a rivalry game and both teams are playing well right now. Ralph Wilson was quoted in an article in today's Buffalo News that the fans should enjoy the team while they can because the league is pushing the Bills out. He was alluding to the new stadium funding approved last week by the owners for the Jets and Giants saying the Big market owners are pushing smaller market owners out. The Bills and Bengals were the only teams to vote against it since small market owners will help fit the bill for a big market stadium in which some revenues won't share.
Youboty Plays Well: Ashton Youboty saw the first playing time in his career in the win over the Jets. He saw extensive time playing in Terrence McGee's corner spot in the nickel package while Kiwaukee Thomas moved to the slot. In the regular defense Thomas played in McGee's spot. Youboty graded out well as he did not seem overwhelmed by the pace of an NFL game.
Monday December 11, 2006
Leonhard Gets Nod Over Bowen: As we reported yesterday, in a bit of a surprise the Bills started Jim Leonhard over Matt Bowen at strong safety replacing the injured Donte Whitner. Coach Jauron said after the game the reason behind the move was because he has had the most work at the position, he has been working all year there. He called Leonhard a real good football player who played well in the win. He has a good feel for the game and is real smart and has excelled at every level because he's a terrific athlete. He doesnt' feel like he get the credit because he's small. Depth Chart.
McGahee Had Upset Stomach: The illness that forced Willis McGahee to miss the second quarter was an upset stomach. He said he did not eat before the game because he had to come on the field early to test his ankle. He ate a ham sandwich on the sidelines during the 2nd quarter and felt better. He returned and played well in the 2nd half. Injury Page.
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