He didn't have to elaborate.

While the 3-0 Jets have shown they know how to win, the 0-3 Bills have mastered the art of self-destruction.

He didn't have to elaborate.

While the 3-0 Jets have shown they know how to win, the 0-3 Bills have mastered the art of self-destruction.


Inside Bills Report

The schedule says the Bills play at the New York Jets on Sunday, but the Bills revised schedule lists a different opponent.<BR><BR> Bills vs. ... the Bills?<BR><BR> "We recognize the enemy and ... we're are our own worst opponent," coach Mike Mularkey said.<BR><BR> He didn't have to elaborate.<BR><BR> While the 3-0 Jets have shown they know how to win, the 0-3 Bills have mastered the art of self-destruction.<BR><BR>

They are minus-two in turnover margin (the Jets are plus 8). They have been flagged for 25 penalties, good for 227 backward yards (the Jets have just nine penalties for 64).

The Jets have won by 7, 6 and 8 points.

The Bills have two three-point losses and last Sunday against the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots hung tough for 3 1/2 quarters only to cave in, 31-17, thanks to a barrage of blooper-quality mistakes.

"We're constantly talking about mental mistakes (around here)," defensive end Ryan Denney said. "We have to focus. One second of a lapse in concentration and bad things can happen. We keep making too many of those mistakes at critical times."

What to do about it?

The coaches have instituted new standards of accountability and the roster will be shaken up this weekend due to injuries and partially due to performance issues.

After the Patriots loss, Mularkey had the entire team view the full game tape instead of each unit watching its own particular plays separately. The purpose was to make the entire team accountable to one another. If an offensive player makes a mistake, he should be sitting next to a defensive player when he takes his medicine, and so on down the line, Mularkey said.

"Everyone has to be accountable to each other," offensive lineman Ross Tucker said. "When everyone is watching together, you're held accountable."

Meanwhile, there could be as many as four new starters in the lineup against the Jets.

Rookie Lee Evans, who has provided a spark with 65- and 55-yard receptions the last two games, could take over for Josh Reed, who is struggling with drops, as the primary No. 2 man alongside Eric Moulds.

Center Trey Teague is questionable with an unspecified left knee injury and would be replaced by Ross Tucker.

Veteran Pierson Prioleau is expected to take over at strong safety for Coy Wire, who has a thigh injury but who also has been beaten for a handful of big pass plays and is a candidate to be benched anyway.

And second-year cornerback Terrence McGee will start at left corner for Pro Bowler Troy Vincent, who underweight a scope procedure this week and is out 2-4 weeks.

The Bills are especially fearful of what Jets quarterback Chad Pennington (104.4 rating) may accomplish against their secondary that was already missing Lawyer Milloy (broken forearm) and now Vincent.

As for the offense, averaging 10 points per game, the coaching staff did a full review of their personnel this week to make certain they have picked the right players to run their style offense.

"We're not going back to the drawing board," Mularkey said. "We've had the spurts and success moving the ball. We know it's the right scheme for their talents. It's there. We just have to get it consistent."

SERIES HISTORY - 87th meeting. The Bills lead 47-39 and just 45 points separate the teams in the all-time series. Buffalo's 47 wins are the most against any opponent. Jets won the 2002 season opener between the teams at Ralph Wilson Stadium 37-31 in overtime. Drew Bledsoe thought he had won his Bills' debut, but Jets return specialist Chad Morton returned the kickoff in OT for a touchdown, his second touchdown kickoff return in the game.


--WR Eric Moulds is encouraged by the 65- and 55-yard air strikes to rookie Lee Evans the past two games. "It opens up things for me," he said. "It gives me more opportunity to get single coverage. I think they have to respect Lee's speed. If they roll coverage my way, we're going to go to him and he's going make a big play."

--In 23 starts, Jets QB Chad Pennington has taken the Jets into the red zone 80 times and produced points (including 49 touchdowns) on 74 of them. He's never turned ball over the red zone and he's thrown 30 TD passes.

--CB Terrence McGee's 98-yard kickoff touchdown return last week against New England electrified the crowd but it positively elated Beverly Bennett of nearby Batavia, N.Y. Bennett, who was attending her first Bills game as part of a fan sweepstakes involving a chip dip company, had her name drawn to make her eligible to win $100,000 if the Bills returned a kickoff for a touchdown, something that hadn't happened in a home game since 1996. McGee obliged. Bennett denied secretly rooting for the Patriots to keep scoring so her chances of winning the big prize would improve. "No, but my husband said if that happened I'd have a better chance," she said. Bennett plans to buy a vacation home with her winnings and give some to her three children.

--It appears that 1-2 running punch of Travis Henry and Willis McGahee that the Bills coaching staff talked about in the off-season was all hot air, leaving many to wonder why McGahee was drafted at all. He's one very expensive backup. Last week against the Patriots, he didn't receive one touch of the ball as Henry rushed 24 times for 98 yards. "When you've got a guy running pretty good, and I felt like he was running strong, you get into a flow, you get into a rhythm," Mularkey said. "When you're a player and you are having success, and you are pulled from that success and that flow, that changes your mindset. You have to experience it to realize that. That was the reason. I felt like it was the right thing to do." Unfortunately, Henry didn't reward Mularkey's loyalty, tripping and falling without being touched for a 1-yard loss on a critical third-and-two play late in the game.

--QB Drew Bledsoe is 2-11 in his last 13 road games with the Bills, and now comes a trip to the Meadowlands where the Bills were throttled 30-3 last season. Bledsoe was sacked seven times and failed to throw a TD pass. He was asked if there is a sense of desperation right now, at 0-3. "I try not to look at it that way, as a sense of desperation," he said. "You only got 16 weeks regardless, so you've got to go into every week with a sense that, 'Hey, we've got to win this week.' It's not like baseball where you can lose a few in a row and it's no big deal. In this league, every time you play a game you've got to have that sense of desperation about you."

BY THE NUMBERS: 0. Sacks by DE Aaron Schobel since signing his $23 million contract extension.

QUOTE TO NOTE: "If I was coach on the other side, I'd go after the young corner myself. When you're a young corner, they're going to test you. That's what I've got to plan for. That's my job, someone goes down, I go in. I want to play and play and make plays. If they want to come my way, 'come on. I'll be out there Sunday at 4 o'clock." -- CB Terrence McGee who steps in for an injured Troy Vincent Sunday against the Jets.


CB Troy Vincent is expected to miss at least 2-4 weeks after arthroscopic knee surgery on Monday, but the veteran Pro Bowler won't put a time frame on it.

"I'm just taking it day to day, just trying to feel better than I did yesterday," he said. "I don't want to go into the weeks and days (I'll be out), because what happens is if I'm not back when I say I'm supposed to be back, where do I go for my mindset? I don't want fans or my teammates expecting me to be back tomorrow if I'm not ready. But as soon as I'm ready, I'll be back on the field."

Although Vincent's replacement, second-year man Terrence McGee, is a good-looking young playmaker, Vincent brings 13 years of experience to the table and he will be missed. The Bills may have to adjust their blitz schemes and cut down on the number of times they want to leave McGee in single-man coverage situations.

Vincent suffered a cartilage tear while falling awkwardly out of bounds defending a pass on the first series of the game.

"When I landed, I was trying to get the ball out and I happened to put all the pressure on my outside leg," he said. "I didn't know (anything was wrong) until I started jogging back to the huddle. There just wasn't anything there. It was just some sharp pain."

Vincent has missed just 18 out of 195 career games.

"It's frustrating," he said. "When you're on the sidelines, in most cases you don't even feel like you're part of the team, you're not participating and words mean nothing when you can't participate and make things happen on Sunday."

--P Brian Moorman averaged 51.3 yards per punt last Sunday against New England, sixth-best for a game in club history.

--CB Kevin Thomas had a strong game against New England in nickel and dime work, recording two tackles, a pass breakup, one pressure and one hit on the quarterback. He'll be the team's nickel back at the Jets on Sunday with Terrence McGee moving into the starting lineup in place of Troy Vincent (knee).

--RB Travis Henry has rushed for 567 yards (113 per game) with five TDs in five career games against the Jets. In last December's 17-6 Bills win at home, Henry, playing on a cracked bone in his leg, gained 169 yards.

--QB JP Losman continues his recovery from a broken leg suffered in training camp. He's throwing the ball, taking drops, and doing light jogging along with pool therapy. He's hoping for medical clearance in as little as two weeks, but the team has not confirmed that.

--WR Sam Aiken could get more work in the weeks ahead due to Josh Reed's struggles.

GAME PLAN: The Bills are reeling and the Meadowlands is no place to try and find yourself, but that's the assignment. Offensively, the Bills want to run the ball with Travis Henry, who has a history of big games against the Jets. A few deep pass plays early will help soften the Jets' No. 16 defense and get them to think twice about blitzing, but then, teams have been content to play the odds and come at QB Drew Bledsoe, knowing they'll have more big plays against him than he'll make against them. In last year's 30-3 loss in New York, Bledsoe was sacked seven times and had no TD passes. Defensively, the Bills have to stop RB Curtis Martin and the Jets No. 3 run game. If that gets established, QB Chad Pennington - one of the game's best play-fakers - could have a field day against a Bills secondary missing starters Lawyer Milloy and Troy Vincent. Special teams must come to play and above all, the Bills must keep their cool and make some plays and clean up their penalties. That's the difference so far between the Jets and Bills. New York knows how to win and Buffalo doesn't.

MATCHUPS TO WATCH: Bills DTs Pat Williams and Sam Adams vs. Jets C Kevin Mawae - They don't come better, or tougher, than Mawae who snapped left-handed against Miami last week because his right hand was heavily taped to protect a cracked bone. If Williams and Adams can wear on Mawae, it will open some blitz lanes for the linebackers and DBs.

--Bills CB Terrence McGee vs. Jets WR Santana Moss - This is where the Bills could really use a healthy Troy Vincent. McGee has the physical skills but not much experience and Moss is averaging 18.8 yards per catch.

--Bills RB Travis Henry vs. MLB Jonathan Vilma - Vilma, a good young talent, is starting in place of injured ex-Bill Sam Cowart. Henry has enjoyed big games against the Jets (113 yards, 149, 83, 53 and 169 to go with five TDs) and will be looking to top 100 yards for the first time this season.

--Bills LT Jonas Jennings vs. Jets DE John Abraham - Abraham has been given the green light to attack the passer and came up with two sacks, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery against the Dolphins last week. Jennings is expected to play but he suffered a concussion last Sunday and may not be 100 percent.

INJURY IMPACT: LT Jonas Jennings, who suffered a concussion against the Patriots, may not practice much all week but should play on Sunday against the Jets.

The bigger question is at center where Trey Teague has a mystery left knee injury. The team is being vague on Teague's injury, only saying it's to the outside cartilage. He's able to bear weight but more testing may be needed.

Teague is officially questionable but he has not taken any practice reps this week, putting his status more toward the doubtful side.

"It's not like he can't push off or be effective with it, but we want to be sure," coach Mike Mularkey said. "It's a long season. We don't want to test anything that's not sound. So we're going to give it a day of rest and make some more decisions (Thursday) on it."

If Teague can't go, fourth-year pro Ross Tucker will get the call. Tucker has 12 career starts at right or left guard, but he has never started at center. He did play most of the way against New England, giving quarterback Drew Bledsoe a chance to get accustomed to his snapping style in a live game.

"Ross is almost a coach in that room," Bledsoe said. "He's a guy that is very, very smart. He really knows all the details and knows the ins and outs of everything that we're doing. In terms of knowledge and getting the line directed in the right direction there shouldn't be any drop off there."

Whomever starts at center will have to be sharp directing traffic against the Jets solid front defensive four of Shaun Ellis, DeWayne Robertson, Jason Ferguson and John Abraham, in a very loud Giants Stadium.

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