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2003 Buffalo Bills season

2003 Buffalo Bills season
Head coach Gregg Williams
General manager Tom Donahoe
Owner Ralph Wilson
Home field Ralph Wilson Stadium
Record 6–10
Division place 3rd AFC East
Playoff finish did not qualify
Previous season Next season
< 2002 2004 >
Quarterback Drew Bledsoe meets families of deceased soldiers, September 7, 2003

The 2003 Buffalo Bills season was their 44th in the league. The team failed to improve upon their previous season's output of 8–8, instead finishing 6–10.[1] The team missed the playoffs for the fourth consecutive season.

The Bills started the season strong, opening the season with a dominating 31–0 blowout of the New England Patriots (They would not win another game against the Patriots until 2011). It was their largest margin of victory in a season opener since 1992, and their first regular season shutout in four years.[2] The Bills' second game was a convincing three-touchdown win over the Jacksonville Jaguars. But Buffalo lost seven of their next nine games, and finished the season with three consecutive losses. Ironically, the Bills' final game of the season was a 31–0 shutout loss to the New England Patriots – the reverse of the score by which the Bills beat New England in Week One.

Head coach Gregg Williams's contract was not renewed after the 2003 season.[3]

Van Miller, the team's longtime play-by-play announcer, announced his retirement after week 2 of the season; his retirement took effect at the end of the season.


NFL Draft

The Bills traded away their first pick in the 2003 draft (#14 overall) to the New England Patriots for Drew Bledsoe in the previous draft. They obtained their first pick (#23 overall) from the Atlanta Falcons in exchange for Peerless Price. Though he was not drafted, Buffalo acquired running back Fred Jackson out of Coe College in 2003; Jackson went on to lead the league in all-purpose yardage in 2009.

2003 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 23 Willis McGahee *  RB Miami (FL) Pick from ATL
2 48 Chris Kelsay  DE Nebraska
3 94 Angelo Crowell  LB Virginia
4 111 Terrence McGee *  CB Northwestern State
4 127 Sam Aiken  WR North Carolina
5 151 Ben Sobieski  OG Iowa
6 187 Lauvale Sape  DT Utah
7 228 Mario Haggan  LB Mississippi State
      Made roster    †   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career


Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 7, 2003 New England Patriots W 31–0 CBS 1:00et
2 September 14, 2003 at Jacksonville Jaguars W 38–17 CBS 1:00et
3 September 21, 2003 at Miami Dolphins L 17–7 ESPN 8:30et
4 September 28, 2003 Philadelphia Eagles L 23–13 FOX 1:00et
5 October 5, 2003 Cincinnati Bengals W 22–16 CBS 1:00et
6 October 12, 2003 at New York Jets L 30–3 CBS 4:15et
7 October 19, 2003 Washington Redskins W 24–7 FOX 4:15et
8 October 26, 2003 at Kansas City Chiefs L 38–5 ESPN 8:30et
9 Bye
10 November 9, 2003 at Dallas Cowboys L 10–6 CBS 4:15et
11 November 16, 2003 Houston Texans L 12–10 CBS 1:00et
12 November 23, 2003 Indianapolis Colts L 17–14 CBS 1:00et
13 November 30, 2003 at New York Giants W 24–7 CBS 1:00et
14 December 7, 2003 New York Jets W 17–6 CBS 4:15et
15 December 14, 2003 at Tennessee Titans L 28–26 CBS 1:00et
16 December 21, 2003 Miami Dolphins L 20–3 CBS 1:00et
17 December 27, 2003 at New England Patriots L 31–0 CBS 1:30et

Season summary

Week 1

1 2 3 4 Total
Patriots 0 0 0 0 0
Bills 7 14 0 10 31
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AFC East
New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 11–1 348 238 W12
Miami Dolphins 10 6 0 .625 4–2 7–5 311 261 W2
Buffalo Bills 6 10 0 .375 2–4 4–8 243 279 L3
New York Jets 6 10 0 .375 1–5 6–6 283 299 L2


  1. ^ 2003 Buffalo Bills
  2. ^ Sweet revenge – Bills' Milloy, Bledsoe revel in 31–0 rout of Patriots
  3. ^ Williams was replaced by Pittsburgh Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey in 2004.
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