Mark Miller is Excited

And finally, before the big game tonight, let’s take a look at how I feel on the inside. This is vividly illustrated by a man named Mark Miller. He is a good man, and a superfan of the Bills. Take it away Mark!

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Memories with the Cowboys

Tonight’s big game is only hours away, sweet! In preparation, I’d like to ease the blow of what will most likely be a disappointing night for Bills fans by showing a couple painful reminders of what happened the last two times the Bills and Cowboys faced off on such a large national audience.

Super Bowl XXVII
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Super Bowl XXVIII
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Now, having seen those, tonight’s game should be great! Hopefully at least.


Week 5: Dallas Cowboys at Buffalo Bills

It’s almost here, the first Monday Night Football game in Buffalo in 13 years! This game has every indication that it may resemble the past two times the Bills and Cowboys met on such a large national stage. The Cowboys are arguably the second hottest team in football right now, trailing only the Patriots in impressive performances. On a side note, those two teams are meeting up in week 6, I can’t wait for that.

Bills vs. CowboysSo what can we expect in this game? First, let’s look at Dallas. With Tony Romo leading the team for what should be his first full season under center, the offense has been producing an average of 38 points per game. There are really no signs of them slowing down. The defense has been just as remarkable for Dallas this year. The NFL leader in interceptions, Anthony Henry is sitting this game out with a high ankle sprain. That’s good news for Trent Edwards. But that’s about the only weakness of Dallas right now.

The Bills are at the high point of their short season so far. They almost completely shut down the rushing game (although it wasn’t too strong anyway) of the Jets last week and pulled off their first W on the season. Plagued with injuries (Peerless Price and Kevin Harrison now will likely be added to the IR list), Buffalo has been forced to pull together tighter as a unit and try their best. Mentally, I think Buffalo is as strong as they’ve been all year going into this game. Some good injury news is that linebacker Keith Ellison should return to playing this week along with defensive end Anthony Hargrove. Hargrove was serving a 4-game suspension and will return to strengthen the effort against the rush.

Perhaps most notable is the move of strong safety Donte Whitner to free safety. Whitner has been very impressive in his short career, and against a great passing offense, he has a chance to show the nation just what he is capable of doing.

On offense, the Bills finally seem to have their passing game up and going. Both tight ends caught a number of balls last week, including a touchdown. This week, look for Lynch to get involved more in the passing game.

I expect a great first quarter of play for the Bills, possibly scoring even twice. After that, I don’t think they will be able to keep up with Dallas. I’m very excited about this game, but honestly don’t expect much more than a good effort by Buffalo.

Prediction: Dallas 27 | Buffalo 14

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Jabari Greer Gets top Honor of the Week

jabari_greer01.jpgAlright! A Bills player finally won something! On Wednesday, fourth year cornerback Jabari Greer, was named the AFC Defensive Player by the NFL. That’s quite the honor. Greer had what turned out being the game winning play in Sunday’s victory over the Jets. He intercepted Pennington at the Jets’ 25 yard line to set up the drive that ended with Trent Edwards’ first touchdown.

This is just another good momentum boost for Buffalo as they head into their first Monday Night Football game in seven years. It’s been 13 years since MNF came to Buffalo. It’ll be a big night, and we’ve got the AFC Defensive Player of the Week on our side, nice.

Source: Greer Named AFC Defensive Player of the Week


Two Bills Make the All-Injury Team

With all the season-ending injuries that have occurred throughout the league this year, Len Pasquarelli over at ESPN.com has put together a list of players to make up the All-Injury Team.

The Bills have been hit with a higher number than other teams, and have a key player on both the offensive and defensive side of the team. Offensive lineman Jason Whittle made it onto the offensive team at right guard. The defensive rookie with a very bright future, Paul Posluszny, is the starting middle linebacker on the defensive side. Even a former Bill, Mark Campbell, made the cut. He’s out with a season-long injury down in New Orleans.

Two Bills are quoted in the article. Angelo Crowell, who had a great game with 11 tackles against the Jets, expresses how hard it is to cope with all the injuries that just seem to keep piling up. Marv Levy also mentions how he has never been with a team who has suffered so many serious injuries at such an early stage in the season.

Check out the article here.


Bills vs. Jets Highlights from Week 4

Since many of us Bills fans don’t get a chance to see the games, BuffaloBills.com has a great highlight video of most of the plays of the game. Due to its thoroughness, it’s a long 15 minute video. It takes just a bit to buffer, but it’s always nice to watch the Bills in a winning effort. Enjoy!

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New York 14, Buffalo 17

Alright, the Bills did what they needed to do and ended up earning their first victory of the 2007 NFL season! Rookie Trent Edwards did a great job in his first start. He showed great poise and control, with an impressive 22 completions on 28 attempts for 234 yards. He added one interception and one touchdown to those numbers. The touchdown was to fellow rookie Michael Gaines in what ended up being the winning touchdown.

edwards01.jpgBoy that game felt great as a Bills fan. Lynch did a great job as usual and found the end zone once. Edwards showed the kind of composure that may just land him a starting position for the rest of the year. The defense was great, intercepting 2 of Chad Pennington’s passes. The second came in the fourth quarter during a drive that was eerily similar to Denver’s late game drive in week one that ended up with the game winning field goal for the Broncos. This time, Terrence McGee, who was back after missing a game with an injury, went up and intercepted a pass to seal the deal.

Lee Evans also finally got going. This was the game where he needed to get some catches, since it was his first game against a secondary outside of the top 5 defenses in the league. He had six catches for 72 yards and was thrown at in the end zone a couple times. Overall, it was just a great game by the Bills. It’s likely the beginning of a 1-game winning streak, but we’ll take it. This is the best way to start the 3-game, 4-week home stand. I won’t look to next week’s game just yet, it’s time to celebrate the Bills’ second place spot in the AFC East!

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Bills 17, Jets 14


Week 4: New York Jets at Buffalo Bills

Alright Bills fans, this is the best chance Buffalo has to win so far this season. The Jets did make the playoffs last year as a wild card, let’s not forget about that. So far this year, however, they haven’t looked to be the same team as they were late last season. Of course, they haven’t looked as bad as the Bills either.

Jets at BillsThis will be rookie Trent Edwards’ first start in the NFL. Some advantages to that are that he is relatively unknown and may surprise the Jets with his quick release. Because it is his first start, most expect Marshawn Lynch to take his largest amount of touches so far this season. That’s a great thing for Buffalo, as Willis McGahee had his best games against the Jets defense. Lynch has found the end zone against a couple of great defenses, so I expect him to have his best game of his 4 game career against the Jets.

Will we see Lee Evans back to his old self this game? I sure hope so. In last year’s two meetings with the Jets, he had 10 catches, just under 200 yards and a touchdown. Trent Edwards will hopefully be able to find Evans at least a handful of times to get the tandem’s chemistry going.

Some more good news is that Terrence McGee is back. The Jets kick coverage is among the lower part of the league, so McGee should have some great returns and hopefully a score. Both Buffalo and New York are looking to get the ball rolling. The Jets won a close one against division rival Miami last week, but still haven’t got things up to where they’d like to be.

This is a close enough game that I feel I can be optimistic. The Bills are at home, Edwards has a fresh start, Lynch looks good, let’s go Bills!

Prediction: New York 17 | Buffalo 24

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Game Day Tipsheet: Week 4


Marshawn Lynch Interview

I’ll take a break from the constant news of Bills players on the injured reserve list and take a minute to enjoy a nice little video. This has Marshawn Lynch answering a few questions before the season started. You can see his ridiculous athleticism as he decides to pull a back flip during an interview while he’s geared up, not bad! (At this time, I am unable to embed objects in here, so here’s a link for ya)

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Bills and the 0-3 Start

Well here we are headed to the fourth week of the new season, and Buffalo is in a three game hole. It seems as though all hope may already be lost on the new season with half of the defensive starters injured and JP Losman out for at least a pair of games. But is there a chance for any improvement? Well, let’s take a look at what Bills history says.

The last time Buffalo started 0-3 was in 2004. They actually started out 0-4 by losing to Jacksonville, Oakland, New England, and the J-E-T-S Jets Jets Jets. The Jets were the fourth team they played that year, just like this year. What happened after that? They finished the season 9-3, just barely missing a shot at the playoffs when they lost to Pittsburgh. That’s an encouraging thought, although they were healthy that year and their schedule was among the easiest in the league. This year they have a heavily depleted roster and one of the toughest schedules in the league.

I did see a stat thrown up during Monday’s game that was kind of cool. There have only been a handful of teams to make it into the playoffs after starting the season with three straight losses, the last one being the one and only Buffalo Bills back in 1998. That was back when the AFC East was stacked. All four current teams in the division made the playoffs and the 3-13 Colts were left out. Things have changed a bit since then. But the Bills have done it before. The chances of it happening this year are pretty slim, but, as Chris Berman says, “That’s why they play the games!” Go Bills!