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Buffalo Bills News - November 22, 2004

Marker Grading the Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills return game is amazing. Clements & Smith are two-headed monster on punts. Hooray for Bobby April.'

Marker A Different Team At Home [6:53 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'I laughed, I cried, I wet my pants.'

Marker Bills all souped up [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When you get big plays on special teams, more often than not you're going to win the football game," said linebacker and occasional special teamer London Fletcher.'

Marker Guard Ritcher added to Wall of Fame [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"In a few ways I'm feeling guilty because there's so many guys I can think of who should go up there before me," said the ever-modest Ritcher. "Guys who mentored me in the early years when I was so terrible and they brought me along and had confidence in me, both players and coaches."'

Marker Campbell delivers on his pre-game premonition [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'After all, here's a player who caught seven passes for 88 yards and two touchdowns during a three-game span in October, then didn't catch a pass in the last three.'

Marker Chat with Kelly is a boost for Bledsoe [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kelly recounted how he had endured similar calls for his benching during the final seasons of his Pro Football Hall of Fame career. He told the latest in a long line of successors to keep his chin up and things would get better.'

Marker The Ralph no fun for visitors [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We love to play at home, we love our fans, they give us a lot of energy and we feel good about it."'

Marker Sunday's switches at QB play to mixed reviews [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have won four straight home games but they're one of only four winless road teams this season (with Cleveland, Miami and San Francisco) and can't be considered an above-average team until they win a game or two outside of Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Two-minute read [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'WR Torry Holt on Bills' dirty play: "I don't know what they were told before the game, but they came out and took some shots at us that I think were unnecessary."'

Marker Report card [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Special teams: They just keep getting better for the Bills with rookie Jonathan Smith setting up a TD with a 53-yard punt return and Nate Clements scoring on an 86-yard punt return the very next time up. Jason Peters recovered a muffed Rams' kickoff return by ex-Bill Erik Flowers that led to a field goal and Rian Lindell hit all three of his field-goal attempts. A+'

Marker Something special about Bills' win [5:09 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"You always like to win, but it's even better when you win back in your old neighbourhood, so to speak," April said.'

Marker Bills Rout Rams [4:27 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'The Bills defense held the Rams to one yard rushing in the second half. Marc Bulger was intercepted three times.'

Marker Kicked when they're down [4:26 AM]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: '"It happened so fast," wide receiver Torry Holt said.'

Marker Victory is special for Buffalo's April [4:25 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"We have guys that love being on special teams," Bills punt returner Nate Clements said. "When you have guys that will block for you ... it's effective."'

Marker TE puts Rams in tight spot [4:24 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"He made the plays and we didn't. I don't know what else to say," Coady said. "Me personally, I didn't play well enough for us to win. And I'm sure a lot of other guys feel like that."'

Marker Former scapegoat April earns vindication [4:23 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'When someone asked him why April was suddenly so successful in Buffalo after so many troubled days in St. Louis, Martz sort of snarled a bit. "They just have good people," he said.'

Marker Martz says Rams' knees were target [4:22 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"Absolutely, they're doing it intentionally," Martz said. "They're trying to blow somebody's knee out. There's no question about it. And it worked. They got two of our corners. I asked the officials to protect our players, and they were fairly indignant about it."'

Marker Rams suffer a breakdown in Buffalo [4:21 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'As unhappy as Rams coach Mike Martz was with his team's performance, he was livid with what he called cheap shots by the Bills. The Rams lost three cornerbacks to injuries: starter Travis Fisher and backup DeJuan Groce to knee injuries in the first half, and backup Kevin Garrett to a concussion in the third quarter. Rams receiver Torry Holt also accused Bills cornerback Nate Clements of trying to hurt him by going after his knees during a tackle in the third quarter. Clements also hurt the Rams with an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.'

Marker Poor special teams play has Martz seeing red [4:19 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'April's return men racked up 141 yards in the third quarter, including an 86-yard punt return by Nate Clements.'

Marker Monday's St. Louis Articles [4:19 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Kicked when they're down (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Victory is special for Buffalo's April (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
TE puts Rams in tight spot (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Former scapegoat April earns vindication (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Martz says Rams' knees were targets (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Football fans look forward to Monday after woeful weekend (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Report Card (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams suffer a breakdown in Buffalo (Belleville News Democrat)
Poor special teams play has Martz seeing red (Belleville News Democrat)
Bills Special Effort Beats Rams (StLouisRams.com)
Game Photos (StLouisRams.com)

Marker Injuries deplete Rams defensive secondary; Martz unhappy [4:18 AM]
AP reports: '``The way two of them were lost was a little upsetting,'' Martz said, accusing Bills players of cutting Groce and Fisher at the knees. ``Yes, absolutely, they were doing it intentionally. And they were trying to blow someone's knee out. There's no question about it.'''

Marker Bills induct Ritcher onto Wall of Fame [4:17 AM]
AP reports: '"The hurry-up offense was made for me because I was lighter than some of the defensive linemen," Ritcher said.'

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November 21, 2004

Marker April's Unit Turns in Special Game [8:05 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's a real team effort," said April. "The head coach made it a priority when we first got here. We worked on it in the off-season and never cheated it and never cut corners on it."'

Marker Campbell Reemerges in Bills Win [7:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We knew that they were going to be fundamentally sound," Campbell said of the Rams defense. "We knew there was going to be good spacing in between them so we felt like we could find ourselves somewhere in those spaces. Going into this game, I told my wife, Michel, that I thought there was a good chance I was going to have a good day."'

Marker Bledsoe's three TDs lifts Bills over Rams [7:20 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"This week we took it personal," Campbell said. "What happened last Sunday night was embarrassing. We had a bad taste in our mouth and wanted to do something about it today."'

Marker April showers crush Rams [6:22 PM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'The Bills scored on an 86-yard punt return. Their 53-yard punt return set up an earlier touchdown. Their recovery of a fumbled kickoff led to a field goal.'

Marker Dominating Effort By Entire Team [6:21 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: What a difference a week makes. Last week, almost every unit failed in our grades, this week they all pass with flying colors. The offense dominated for the game for a quarter, the special teams led directly to 17 third quarter points, and the defense shut the door on the high powered Rams offense in the second half. Here are our very good position by position grades:

Marker Bills Blast Rams 37-17 [5:58 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills defense was amazing against one of the best offenses in the league, especially in the second half. Buffalo held St. Louis to just 35 yards on 20 rushes, and only one yard rushing in the second half. Marshall Faulk was shut down with 13 carries for only 6 yards.'

Marker Bills Special Effort Beats Rams [5:55 PM]
StLouisRams.com reports: 'For about one half of football Sunday, Buffalo and St. Louis appeared evenly matched. Then, the third quarter started.'

Marker Bills Blow Out Rams 37-17 [5:54 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: It was fitting that the day Jim Richter was inducted onto the Wall of Fame the Bills would put together a victory that was vintage of the good old days. A 37 point explosion in the 2nd and third quarters, that was a combined effort of all three units, led the Bills to a 37-17 victory over the Rams.

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