Bills Comeback For 4th Straight Win
Gameday Grades: The offense struggled mightily but came on in the final minutes to get the win. The defense played well but did start to wilt in the heat when they were on the field so long. They did come through in the end when they needed to most. Check out our position by position grades from the win. Gameday Grades.
Bills Pull Out 13-10 Win: It wasn't pretty, it was downright scary actually as the Bills came from eight points down in the fourth quarter and pulled out a 13-10 win over Miami. It was the first time in 18 games that the Bills came from a touchdown or more down to win a game. Rian Lindell hit a 34 yard field goal with :46 left in the game for the win. The offense struggled mightily as the defense held Miami in check and even recorded the first two points of the game when Chris Kelsay sacked Cleo Lemon for a safety. Marshawn Lynch scored from three yards out and then added the two point conversion to tie the game midway through the fourth quarter. Game Review.
Injury Update: Marshawn Lynch, Kiwaukee Thomas, Robert Royal, and Langston Walker were all hurt in the loss to the Dolphins. Lynch twisted his left ankle awkwardly on the final drive and did not return but appeared ok on the sidelines. Thomas pulled a groin muscle. Royal suffered a concussion after a violent hit on a reception. Walker suffered an apparent hamstring injury but returned to action. Injury Page.
All Questionable Bills Active: All four players the Bills listed as questionable for the game are active. That means Aaron Schobel, Josh Reed, Roscoe Parrish, and John DiGiorgio will play. The two players listed as probable are inactive, that is Leon Joe and Ashton Youboty. In Joe's case at least he may be healthy enough to play but inactive anyway. Trent Edwards is healthy enough to be the number two quarterback today. Gibran Hamdan is the emergency third quarterback. The other inactives are: Fred Jackson, Copeland Bryan, Matt Murphy, and Jason Jefferson.
Sunny South Florida: It will be typical weather for South Florida as the Bills will have to guard against dehydration. The game time temperature will be about 78° under sunny skies. There will be some wind out of the northeast at 12mph.
Saturday November 10, 2007
Thomas Out: The Bills get a break tomorrow since the Dolphins will be without LB Zach Thomas. He is still suffering from migraines from a concussion he suffered earlier in the year and an automobile accident three weeks ago. He practiced on Thursday but was not cleared to play.
Friday November 9, 2007
Schobel, Reed Questionable: Aaron Schobel and Josh Reed missed practice today and are both listed as questionable for Sunday's game. Schobel was suffering from an illness a day after being limited in practice with a quad injury. Reed practiced all week before today but is suffrering from a sore back. The wide receiver spot is an issue now as Roscoe Parrishpracticed on a limited basis today with his thigh contusion but the team is optimistic he will be ready to go on Sunday. Trent Edwards also practiced on a limited basis and should serve as the backup QB. Ashton Youboty and Leon Joe appear ready to return from their ailments. Injury Page.
Wilson Remains As Starter: One of the many feel good stories for the Bills during their resurgence is wide receiver turned safety George Wilson. He made the move to the defensive side of the ball in March and has worked hard, he is now the starter. Injuries knocked out Ko Simpson and Jim Leonhard forcing Wilson into the starting lineup. He has performed so well as a deep safety and lately in the box on running plays. Leonhard is now healthy but Wilson remains the starter. Perry Fewell told the Buffalo News that since the team chemistry is good and the defense is playing well there is no reason to switch and go back to Leonhard at this point.
Thursday November 8, 2007
Schouman Placed On IR: Derek Schouman has become the 10th Bill this year to placed on season ending injured reserve. Schouman has a high ankle sprain that will cost him up to seven weeks of action so the decision was made to place him on IR. The Bills tight end situation got worse when Matt Murphy suffered a torn left calf muscle injury in practice today making him likely out this week as well. That leaves the team with just three healthy tight ends. That number is low considering they double as fullbacks. Dick Jauron doesn't anticipate filling Schouman's roster spot this week.
Schobel Limited: Aaron Schobel is struggling with a groin injury and was limited in practice today but is expected to play on Sunday. Roscoe Parrish did not practice again today with his thigh contusion but has not been ruled out yet for Sunday's game as he has shown some improvement. John DiGiorgio is improving after suffering a concussion on Sunday, he says he plans on playing against the Dolphins. Trent Edwards practiced on a limited basis today. Injury Page.
Wednesday November 7, 2007
Losman's Performance Key Factor: Dick Jauron said today that the starting QB going forward will be evaluated by performance like every other position on the team. He said the performance by J.P. Losman the past five quarters had a lot to do with him being named the starter this week although Trent Edwards may not be ready to play this week. He has made significant progress but only took part in individual drills today. It appears that if Losman continues to play well he will remain the starting quarterback. He did say he won't look beyond this week's game at the QB situation. Injury Page.
Youboty Practices Fully: In addition to the three players injured on Sunday not practicing at all, Leon Joe practiced on a limited basis and Ashton Youboty practiced fully for the first time in five weeks. Trent Edwards hopes to do more in practice tomorrow in hopes of being ready to backup J.P. Losman this week. Injury Page.
Kelly, Kemp To Save Bills? In his weekly spot on 97 rock Jim Kelly spoke about the future of the Bills and indicated he has a buyer or buyers lined up that can buy the Bills in cash and keep them in Western New York. He said he recently has spoken to Ralph Wilson and to people looking to buy the team about a future sale. He also said Jack Kemp is heavily involved in the process and also has people willing to buy the team and keep them where they are. Kelly has said frequently that he will do everything in his power to keep the Bills in Western New York. Do you think Kelly and Kemp will be able to save the Bills in Western New York long term? Let us know what you think by taking the poll on the homepage!
Edwards Practices: Trent Edwards practiced today and took reps with the second team. It appears he may be ready to be back in action this week as the backup to J.P. Losman. The three players hurt against Cincinnati also did not practice today. Derek Schouman had his foot in an immobilizer boot which means he probably has the dreaded high ankle sprain. Matt Murphy is back practicing with the tight ends because of the injury and not the offensive tackles like he has been doing the past few weeks. Roscoe Parrish and John DiGiorgio also watched today's practice from the sidelines. Injury Page.
Bills Look To Avoid Upset: The Bills and Dolphins are going in opposite directions as the Bills are red hot and the Dolphins are winless. Buffalo needs to be on their game to avoid getting upset by a dejected division rival with a prime time game on the horizon with New England. Game Preview.
Tuesday November 6, 2007
It's Losman: Another Tuesday afternoon, another statement about the starting QB from Dick Jauron. As usual the coach said a decision would be made Wednesday who will start and again he released a statement a day early. Jauron said J.P. Losman will start against Miami. In his statement the coach said, "J.P. Losman will start at quarterback against the Miami Dolphins," Jauron said a statement. "He did an outstanding job finishing the Jets game and in leading us to victory over the Bengals this past Sunday." The coach will likely elaborate tomorrow during his media day press conference. It is unknown if Losman getting the nod is all because of performance or if Trent Edwards isn't ready.
Streak, Enthusiasm Aid Shift: Chairman of NBC Sports Dick Ebersol said the main reason for shifting the Bills game against the Patriots to prime time is because the Patriots remain undefeated. He said the second reason was the fact that the everyone likes a strong, scrappy underdog like the Bills. He also cited fan enthusiasm at Ralph Wilson Stadium as a factor. He watched the game against the Bengals and saw how the fans were heavily involved as they were in the prime time affair against Dallas last month. The Bills officially have not commented on the move but Ebersol said they told him that the team will bring the same level of enthusiasm to the game that they've done in the past. Ebersol also talked about a long relationship he's had with Ralph Wilson as a factor. Tounge in cheek he also said a bonus is making Buffalo native Tim Russert happy.
QB Controversy Scary: It's tough being a Bills fan in Patriots country. It seems to have got the better of our columnist Tony Bogyo. This week he talks about the Bills win over the Bengals but he can't help but comment on the Patriots as well Complete Story.
Monday November 5, 2007
QB Decision Wednesday: Dick Jauron gave his players the day off today after their hard earned victory. He did address the media and said he will make a decision on his starting quarterback for this week's game on Wednesday. He said Trent Edwards is feeling better but still may not be ready to practice Wednesday. If he can't practice there is a good chance the coach will go with Losman at least for one more week.
Pats Game To Prime Time: The Bills hot streak combined with the Patriots undefeated run means the Bills will host their second prime time game of the season when they meat the Patriots a week from Sunday. The first week of flexible scheduling has NBC taking the game and moving the Chicago/Seattle game to the afternoon. The Bills have won three in a row and the Patriots many think are on their way to an undefeated season. The emotionally charged crowd for the Monday night game against Dallas last month may have also been a factor in making this game attractive for NBC.
Great QB Debate Continues: The one distraction coming out of yesterday's big win is that the QB controversy is bigger than ever. J.P. Losman had a big enough game to make the decision very tough for Dick Jauron. Is one out may be that Trent Edwards may not be healthy enough to play this week, giving Losman another week to "audition" for his job. Jauron said after the game that like all personnel decision, he will wait until Wednesday to make it. That usually means that the news will break tomorrow afternoon after he talks to the QBs and gets an injury update on Edwards. Who do you think should be the starter? Take our poll on our homepage and let us know what you think!
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