Game SnapShot: Bills (3-2) at Jets (0-4)

<b>KICKOFF: </b>Sunday, 4:15 ET<br> <b>GAMEDATE: </b>10/12/03<br> <b>SURFACE: </b>Field Turf<br> <b>TV: </b>CBS, Ian Eagle, Solomon Wilcots<br>Buffalo Bills (3-2) at New York Jets (0-4)<br> <br> <b>SERIES:</b> 85th meeting, Bills lead series 46-38. The Jets won both contests last season, 37-31 in overtime in Buffalo and 31-13 at Giants Stadium. The first meeting last September 8 was one for the scrapbooks.

The Bills sent the game to OT on a 29-yard TD pass from Drew Bledsoe to Eric Moulds with: 26 left, only to lose it on the kickoff to start the extra session. Chad Morton, who had a 98-yard TD kickoff return in the second quarter, returned this one 96 yards to win the game. 2003 RANKINGS: Bills: offense 30th (31st rush, 14th pass); defense 7th (23rd rush, 4th pass). Jets: offense 25th (32nd rush, 9th pass); defense 24th (32nd rush, 3rd pass)

KEYS TO THE GAME: The Jets will suffer a big blow if DE John Abraham is forced to sit out a game by coach Herman Edwards as punishment for his drunken driving arrest over the bye week. Buffalo wants to build on a running game that was much improved last Sunday to take pressure of QB Drew Bledsoe. The Jets are also starting to work in several young defenders to rest aging LBs Mo Lewis and Marvin Jones. Jets WR Santana Moss will make the first start of his career as the offense hopes more speed will stretch the defense and keep the Bills from stacking up against RB Curtis Martin. If the Jets are able to move the ball, the next challenge will be scoring TDs in the red zone and not settling for field goals.

FAST FACTS: Bills: In his past five October games, Bledsoe is 4-1 and has averaged 273.2 passing yards per game. ... RB Travis Henry has averaged 115 yards in three career games against the Jets. Jets:

The offense is converting just 31 percent of its third downs (16 of 51). ... In coach Herman Edwards' three wins against the Bills, against one loss, the offense has scored at least 30 points in each game.


* WR Eric Moulds remains doubtful for Sunday's game vs. the Jets with a groin strain. He has only been able to watch from the sidelines in sweat pants this week and is walking very gingerly.

* DT Sam Adams, who is nursing a sprained left ankle, continues to get treatment and will play against the Jets on Sunday. His presence in the middle is important against RB Curtis Martin, who is rested coming off a bye, and looking to get his season on track.

* RB Travis Henry won over a lot of fans with his gutsy effort against Cincinnati, playing with torn rib cartilage and gaining 85 yards on 25 carries while scoring two TDs. Henry missed just one game with an injury that has sidelined other players for up to six weeks. "It was hard catching the ball, reaching out and making certain cuts. But most overall, I feel I ran pretty well," Henry said.

* WR Antonio Brown, who had two punt returns for touchdowns during the preseason, is averaging a mere 5.2 yards on 14 returns so far. He's seeing high punts and playing against much better competition than during the preseason, and it has shown. But he has also come close to breaking two or three.

* QB Drew Bledsoe loves October. In his past five October games, he has a 4-1 record, throwing for 273.2 yards per game. Against the Jets, this week's opponent, Bledsoe has amassed 3,898 yards, second most against an opponent.

* CB Antoine Winfield needs to be on his game against the Jets' Wayne Chrebet this Sunday. Chrebet has six career TDs vs. the Bills.

* DB Coy Wire and the rest of his Buffalo special teams head hunters face a big test and a lot of ghosts in the New York Jets this weekend. New York has six return TDs in its past seven meetings with Buffalo, including two TD kickoff returns to win last season's first meeting in Buffalo.

* QB Chad Pennington participated in seven-on-seven drills Thursday and was upgraded to doubtful. His recovery from a broken left wrist, however, is likely to take another three or four weeks. The Jets are realistically looking at the Nov. 9 game at Oakland for his return. However, Pennington could conceivably come back as early as the Oct. 26 game in Philadelphia.

* CB Donnie Abraham is expected to miss at least the next month with a fractured right shoulder. Ray Mickens will continue to start in his place but will move to nickel back when the Jets go to their nickel and dime coverage's.

* CB Leonard Myers will play at corner when the Jets go to their dime package, with Jamie Henderson and Ray Mickens moving to nickel and dime.

* CB Jamie Henderson will play corner when the Jets are in nickel but will move to dime back when the Jets go to dime.

* RB LaMont Jordan returned to practice Thursday after missing Wednesday with the flu. He is expected to play Sunday and may see an increase in carries as the Jets are determined to run the ball at least 30 times.

* DE John Abraham could be facing a team suspension following his arrest for drunken driving last week but the Jets haven't decided on a course of action yet. If Abraham is suspended, DT Chester McGlockton and second-year DE Bryan Thomas will take his snaps.

* DE Bryan Thomas could start or at least get significant playing time if the Jets this week for his drunken driving arrest bench John Abraham.

* DT Chester McGlockton could start at DE if John Abraham is suspended for his drunken driving arrest last week. McGlockton started for him last game when Abraham had a sore hamstring.

* QB Brooks Bollinger remains the backup for now. The rookie looked very well while sharing the snaps with No. 3 QB Jamie Martin during the bye week and could displace Vinny Testaverde as the backup when Chad Pennington returns.


This would be a good week for second-year wide receiver Josh Reed to snap out of his season-long funk.

Reed, who took over one of the starting spots alongside Eric Moulds after Peerless Price was traded to Atlanta, has been a major disappointment with just 11 catches for 132 yards and no TDs through five games. Most alarming are Reed's dropped passes - he had two more in last week's OT win over Cincinnati.

Moulds is doubtful for this Sunday's game at the New York Jets with a groin strain, moving No. 3 man Bobby Shaw into the starting lineup alongside Reed. If Reed and Shaw can't prove they can beat single coverage, the Jets will be able to dedicate more men in run coverage his abilities," said coach Gregg Williams, downplaying the importance of Reed playing better. "He has to do his own job, don't worry about doing someone else's job, take care of yourself. That's what (every player) needs to do. You play within the call and the framework of the system. Anything else is gravy."

Moulds' absence also means reserves Clarence Coleman, Sam Aiken and Antonio Brown move up a rung on the depth chart. "We'll use a lot of different combinations, but we're not going to let the Jets know what they are right now," Williams said. "We have a lot of possibilities (if Moulds can't play)."

America loves its celebrities and athletes and the public will always rush to forgive them. Jets DE John Abraham has learned that - speaking in a straightforward manner about his recent drunk driving arrest and subsequent plea to a lesser charge of driving while impaired. Since teams aren't allowed to suspend their players for substance abuse violations - only the league can do that - the Jets have toyed with the idea of deactivating Abraham, meaning he sits but still gets his $95,000 check.

Abraham, as a bit of a surprise, said that might be what he deserves. "It wouldn't be right if I were to come back to the team and be starting and doing everything like that," Abraham said. "Obviously some-thing is coming. I'm just waiting for it to come. I'm not going to be a baby about it and cry. I'm going to take it on the chin and move on." It would be a bold move for the Jets, who face the Bills on Sunday still looking for there first win. Since Abraham is one of the few genuine weapons they have, the Jets may just opt not to start him, with second-year DE Bryan Thomas or DT Chester McGlockton starting in his place.

Benching Abraham would be a bold move for coach Herman Edwards and, overall, it may be the right move, showing that no player is exempt.

With several veterans expected to be purged off the roster over the next year or two, Abraham will eventually be expected to take on a much bigger leadership role. He's already taken steps in that direction when he personally took responsibility for the loss in New England a few weeks ago while a veteran like LB Mo Lewis - the team's current leader on defense - wouldn't even speak to the media. His attitude to-ward his drunk driving arrest showed that Abraham was legitimately repentant about the incident and that at 25 he may be understanding what it takes to be an adult.

That's good news for the Jets and Edwards, who believe that Abraham is a future Hall of Famer.

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