Winning Grades: When you get such a good road win with all three phases making plays you know the grades are going to be good. The offense struggled at times but had huge drives at the beginning of the game. The defense also struggled at times but picked it up when they had to. Special teams had a little good with the bad as well. Despite not playing a perfect game all three phases made plays when they had to and that is why they won and that is reflected in the position by position look at the game. Gameday Grades.
Bills Pull Out Win: Trent Edwards hit James Hardy for a 7 yard touchdown pass with just over four minutes remaining to give the Bills a one point lead and they went on to pull out the game in steamy North Florida 20-16. Edwards was accurate as he hit on 20 of 25 passes for 239 yards. Fred Jackson was used a lot as a receiver and finished with 83 yards receiving as he and Marshawn Lynch played in the backfield together a lot of the time. The Bills ran a heavy rotation on both the offensive and defensive lines because of the heat. Game Review.
Bills Get Out Healthy: Despite all the heat the Bills got out of the game relatively healthy. They rest several players in a heavy rotation especially Jason Peters did not play all the time probably because of the heat and how little he has practiced. Donte Whitner suffered a cut above his eye but he only missed a couple of plays. Injury Page.
Peters To Start; Bills Inactives: Jason Peters will start at left tackle today. Inactive for today's game for Buffalo are Steve Johnson, Xavier Omon, Derrick Ellis, Jason Whittle, Reggie Corner, Derek Fine, and Demeterius Bell. The Bills are keeping four defensive ends and four defensive tackles active this week to help with the rotations to combat the heat. WR Jerry Porter in all likelihood won't make his Jaguars debut as he has been relegated to the third QB spot.
Very Hot In Jacksonville: The high temperature in the low 90s for today's game could be one for the record books. According to the Buffalo News, this could be the hottest game in Jaguars history and the third hottest game in Bills history. The two hottest games were 97° games in San Diego in 1979 and in Dallas in 1993.
Bills Have To Deal With Heat: The Bills will have to deal with September Florida heat when they face the Jaguars today. The gametime temperature is expected to be in the low 90s. Skies will be partly cloudy with very little chance of rain and little winds. The Bills players have been on a hydration program all week as they will need to be in top condition to deal with the heat.
Saturday September 13, 2008
Peters on Active Roster: The Bills promoted holdout left tackle Jason Peters to the 53 man active roster on Saturday, clearing the way for him to possibly play against Jacksonville. It is not known how much playing time he may see or whether he will be a part of the starting lineup after taking most of the week's practice reps with the first unit. To make way for Peters the bills waived offensive tackle Matt Murphy. Murphy had been listed as doubtful for this game with a shoulder injury. Depth Chart.
Friday September 12, 2008
Team Healthy: The Bills head to Florida healthy as just Matt Murphy and Derek Fine won't go. Fine is listed as out and Murphy is doubtful. A decision on Jason Peters will come tomorrow but he took most of the reps with the first team in practice this week along with the first reps today. All signs point to him being activated by tomorrow's 4pm deadline. Injury Page.
Jauron Gets Honors: Dick Jauron was named the Motorola NFL Coach of the Week for the team's performance in their 34-10 win over Seattle. He beat out Sean Payton of New Orleans and Mike Smith of Atlanta in an online vote.
Thursday September 11, 2008
Parrish Returns: Roscoe Parrish returned to practice on Thursday after missing Wednesday's session with a sore knee and sore ribs. John DiGiorgio also returned today. John McCargo was limited with a sore back. Injury Page.
Peters Decision Saturday: Dick Jauron said after practice today that he will likely wait until Saturday before deciding whether or not to activate Jason Peters. The team has until next Saturday to activate him but can make the move by 4pm this Saturday if they want him to play on Sunday. Once activated the team will need to release a player. Peters spend as much time getting reps at left tackle today as he did yesterday.
Wednesday September 10, 2008
Peters Gets A Lot Of Reps: Chris Brown on the team's official website said that Jason Peters took about 95% of the snaps in practice today with the first unit at left tackle. He also told the media that he feels like he's 85% in football shape. It will be interesting to see how this evolves during the week. If he continues to take most of the first team reps tomorrow it likely means he will start Sunday against Jacksonville.
Stroud Gets Stat Change: The NFL looks over the stats from each game early the following week and they have made a change. The 1frac12; sacks that Kyle Williams got have been given to Marcus Stroud after the league reviewed the films. Stroud now has two sacks from this game.
Parrish Not Practicing: Two players did not practice today that played on Sunday, John DiGiorgio and Roscoe Parrish. No word yet on why Parrish did not practice as he appeared fine on Sunday. Sometimes things creep up after the game and before Wednesday's practice each week. DiGiorgio was shaken up during the game but not bad enough that he wasn't able to finish the game. Derek Fine remains out but Mark Murphy did participate in practice today. Injury Page.
Parrish Honored: Roscoe Parrish was named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week. He got it in part thanks to his dazzling 63 yard punt return for a score. He became the first player in league history to return a punt for a score on opening day in back to back years. He also broke the club record with 120 return yards in the game.
Bills Ready To Face Jags: The Bills are back practicing today as they prepare for Sunday's game against the Jaguars. They will have to battle the heat and a Jacksonville team that will be fired up for their home opener. Marcus Stroud will certainly be fired up to face his former team and he will be going against backups at all three interior line positions. One of those backups is former Bill Tutan Reyes. Even with the injuries the Jaguars are a formidable opponent and it should be very tough for the Bills to come away with a win. Complete Preview.
Tuesday September 9, 2008
Day Of Milestones: The 34-10 win over Seattle was as complete of a win this team has had in a long time. We have updated our gameday homepage to show you some of the milestones that were hit on the right side of the page including Ryan Denney becoming only the 2nd defensive player in team history to score a touchdown while Brian Moorman became the 1st team punter to throw a touchdown pass. Rian Lindell had the first blocked kick for the team since 2002. There is much more on the gameday homepage.
Fine, Murphy Likely Still Out: Dick Jauron indicated yesterday during his press conference that Derek Fine and Matt Murphy will likely miss a second straight game with their injuries. The good news is besides for the normal bumps and bruises the Bills seemed to come out of the win unscathed. Jauron warned that things usually creep up before practice begins on Wednesday so we will have to wait and see but at this time it looks like the team will remain healthy for the Jaguars game. Injury Page.
Monday September 8, 2008
Practice Squad Move: The Bills swapped offensive linemen on the practice squad. They have released Dustin Dickinson and signed Chris Denman. He's a former seventh round pick of Tampa Bay. He missed all his rookie season because of a hand injury suffered in a preseason game. He was released by the Bucs in the final cut this year. He plays right tackle.
Peters Works Out: Jason Peters was on the field during today's walk through practice session. He spoke to reporters after the workout and pronounced himself 100% healthy and ready to play this week. Dick Jauron was a bit more cautious saying that even though Peters is in good shape he may not be in football shape yet. He will wait until he sees how Peters practices this week before deciding whether or not to activate him for the Jaguars game. The team has a two week roster exemption for Peters. Peters body fat was below where they thought it would be and he's actually under his playing weight a bit. Peters said his sports hernia is way behind him. Peters says he's back because of conversations between his agent and the Bills were going well. He takes the team at its word that they will work towards a new contract now that he has returned.
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