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Bills scrape out improbable road win over Jets

  • Posted on October 18, 2009 at 8:49 pm

buffalo bills logoNo matter what your feelings about the 2009 Buffalo Bills - what your viewpoints of the future of the franchise are, or the coaching staff, or the quarterback, or anything else - it’s still fun to see Rex Ryan’s sad face.

Buffalo ended a three-game losing streak, as well as an eight-game losing streak in the AFC East, by scraping a 16-13 overtime win over Ryan’s New York Jets in East Rutherford, New Jersey.

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Montclair State Cages Bengals Football, 23-7

  • Posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:18 pm

Montclair State (5-1/5-0) limited Buffalo State (1-5/1-4) to just 93 yards of total offense in a 23-7 victory in an NJAC game today at Coyer Field

Jeff Bliss (New Milford, NJ/New Milford) paced the Red Hawks offense with 27 carries for 119 yards and a touchdown. Tom Fischer (Livingston, NJ/Livingston) was 20 of 24 for 99 yards and a touchdown and had four interceptions.

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Bulls Zap the Zips With Late-Scoring Drive

  • Posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:13 pm
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Naaman Roosevelt

The Buffalo football team overcame a fourth quarter deficit and stormed back to claim a 21-17 victory over visiting Akron on a record-setting day for senior wide receiver Naaman Roosevelt. The win was the second straight for the Bulls, who improved to 3-4 overall and 1-2 in the MAC in front of 13,750 fans at UB Stadium.

Roosevelt caught a career-high 12 catches for 100 yards, but none was bigger than a 16-yard strike from sophomore quarterback Zach Maynard, while absorbing a huge hit, to take the ball to the Akron one-yard line, setting up a touchdown by Mario Henry with 5:59 left in the game. Maynard finished the game 20-of-35 passing for 205 yards and a pair of touchdowns, giving him 13 touchdowns on the year.

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Monarchs shut Pirates down for second straight road game

  • Posted on October 18, 2009 at 1:09 pm

The Portland Pirates wish they could play all 80 games at the Cumberland County Civic Center after dropping yet another decision on the road, this time to the Manchester Monarchs, 4-0, in front of 8,605 at the Verizon Wireless Arena on Saturday night.

For the second time in their last two road games, the Pirates failed to score a goal as the home team kept Portland off the board for sixty minutes.

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To Play… Or not to Play?

  • Posted on October 18, 2009 at 10:12 am

It goes without saying, but I’ll say it anyway. Injuries are a big part of playing in the NFL. When a starter gets hurt, a coach is forced to play someone who wasn’t good enough to make the starting lineup.

But the really good teams seem to find a way to overcome this. Having good depth at all positions is nearly impossible, but it’s important to have guys that can come in without too much of a drop-off in team performance.

Unfortunately, the Buffalo Bills have experienced a rash of injuries to key players that even the best teams in the NFL might not be able to overcome. Yeah, there are other factors, but it’s time to acknowledge that a big reason they’re not winning and will probably continue to lose is the loss of starting players like tackle Brad Butler, corner Leodis McKelvin, safeties Donte Whitner and Bryan Scott, and linebackers Paul Posluszny and Kawika Mitchell. Backup LB Marcus Buggs also went down last week. The word “decimation” comes to mind.

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  • Posted on October 18, 2009 at 8:57 am