Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach, what has changed about this team from the start of the year? They suddenly are overcoming their mistakes. Drew threw 3 picks against Seattle but we still crushed them. Is this team finally buying into what you preach and are they finally playing football the way you believe they are best off playing with tough physical play? MM: We not making the same mistakes that we were earlier and if we do make one mistake we can overcome it, which we did not do earlier in the year. That "here we go away" mentality is hopefully gone.'
Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I for one was excited when I heard the Bills took McGahee in the 2003 draft. If you could say one thing to some of the doubters of that pick, what would you say?
TD: Everyone was entitled to their opinion when we selected Willis McGahee in the 2003 Draft. As an organization, we had great faith in Willis and great faith in our medical people. It really came down to whether we were willing to be patient enough to give Willis a chance to rehab and to get healthy. We are starting to see that patience pay off with his performance this year.'
Bills RB Henry's leg injury not as severe as initially feared [5:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Mularkey added the team is conducting further tests on Henry, and should have a more definitive diagnosis when the Bills return to practice on Wednesday.'
Flashback: Cookie Gilchrist's Big Game [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Starting in place of quarterback Jack Kemp was rookie Daryle Lamonica, who was making his first pro start. The attack was simple-run the ball against the New York Jets' defense. "Our game plan was to run Cookie and we stuck to it," said Lamonica. "I told him before the game, 'I'm going to put you to work'."'
Game Notes: Bills vs. Seahawks [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Willis McGahee: Became only the third player in Bills history to record four rushing touchdowns in a game (Cookie Gilchrist, 5, 12/8/63, and Roland Hooks, 4, 9/9/79).
McGahee makes like cooking while stomping Seattle [2:00 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Even if they run the table before Pittsburgh visits on Jan. 2, Buffalo postseason aspirations rely on two pretty good teams among the three atop the wild-card standings -- Baltimore, Denver and the New York Jets -- completely collapsing. That's probably not going to happen.'
Bills Team Report [1:58 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'TE Mark Campbell's three TDs in a November 21 win over the Rams show what a threat he is in the red zone. He is good at finding soft spots in the secondary and has the size (6-6, 255) and hands to make plays in traffic. His receiving skills are too good to be ignored.'
Buffaloed by Bills [12:56 PM]
Vancouver Columbian reports: 'Buffalo would need a miracle to make the AFC playoffs. Yet, the Bills dominated Seattle, which has a strong chance to make the postseason even land a home playoff game because the Seahawks play in a conference in which five of the 16 teams have winning records.'
Lindell's trickery fools Seahawks [12:55 PM]
Vancouver Columbian reports: '"Personally, I was skeptical of the call when I heard we were going to do the onsides kick," Buffalo offensive guard Ross Tucket said, "but then we got the ball, and I thought it was the greatest kick ever."'
Where Have These Bills Been All Year? [12:33 PM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Seattle was only able to gain 230 total yards of offense on the day compared with Buffalo’s 434. And 72 of their yards came on Seattle’s only touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand at 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. I can type that all day long.'
Nothing fluky about this Bills win [12:10 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, eight teams are still ahead of them in the AFC standings, most of them at least three games ahead with only five to play. So this isn’t about the post-season ... it’s about the future. And something special is happening with this team.'
Power trip [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills outgained the Seahawks, 434-230, and held the ball for 36:24.'
Mularkey gives players some food for thought [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe it was the cheeseburgers, or simply the law of averages. The Bills had won four straight home games. Sooner or later, they were bound to play a good game away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. But no one could have expected a victory of this magnitude. This was the Bills' most complete game of the season, home or road. It was Mularkey's finest hour as a head coach, a coaching clinic by the entire Buffalo staff.'
Bills hogtie Alexander, clamp down on Hasselbeck [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not surprised we shut them down," said Bills cornerback Nate Clements. "That's what I expect out of us. We practiced hard all week, watched a lot of film and got some good tips on them. With the players we've got, I wouldn't expect anything less."'
Another bad break for Henry, this time in his right leg [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For him to go down like that, my heart goes out to him," offensive tackle Mike Williams said. "Everybody in this locker room knows how hard Travis works, so it's tough to see something like that happen. But whatever it takes, I know he's going to work hard and he will come back because that's the kind of player he is."'
Falling into place [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The playoffs are still a remote possibility, but suddenly a 9-7 finish seems like an achievable goal.'
Grading the Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching: A+. Great mix of run and pass on offense. Jerry Gray had defense in all the right spots. Bills made it look easy.'
Marv gets the job [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In late October 1986, I received a telephone call from the general manager of the Bills. He informed me that the team's owner, Ralph Wilson, would like me to come visit with him at his home in Detroit. Four years earlier, I had interviewed with Ralph for the head coaching vacancy that had existed with the Bills at that time, and even though I didn't get the job then, I had liked the gentleman, and I had sensed that a healthy rapport existed between us.'
Baffled by Buffalo [8:46 AM]
Bremerton Sun reports: 'The Seahawks were Buffalo's polar opposite. The defense and special teams got exposed by trick plays. The offense was again plagued by dropped passes and tipped balls. Even Holmgren, in his 13th year as an NFL head coach, got out-smarted by a man who has just 11 games of experience as a head coach at any level: Buffalo's Mike Mularkey.'
Bills dismantle Seahawks, fans are quick to pile on [8:27 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'Nothing went right for Seattle. Special teams again were a disaster, from the opening kickoff that went out of bounds to a successful onside kick by Buffalo's Rian Lindell to start the second half. The defense intercepted Drew Bledsoe three times but still gave up 38 points -- the most allowed by Seattle since a 38-14 loss at Oakland in September 2001. The 29-point losing margin was the biggest since a season-opening 41-3 loss to the New York Jets in 1997. And there's the offense.'
Bills change the menu, and that does the trick [8:26 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'There was a method to Mularkey's trickery. When he decided to go for it on fourth down with a 24-3 lead in the fourth quarter -- instead of kicking a 47-yard field goal -- the coach was looking to reinforce a message to his team. "I told them on the sideline we've got to finish games," Mularkey said. "We can't just go into a shell."'
‘We were just bad, man’ [6:19 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Willis McGahee’s 2-yard score marked the first time all season that Buffalo had scored an offensive touchdown on the road before the fourth quarter.'
Bledsoe picks up where he left off at WSU [6:18 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'He’s 32 now, more susceptible to the sack than ever but also smarter and more polished. The wonder isn’t that he completed 25-of-37 passes against the Seahawks for 275 yards. The wonder is why Bledsoe’s recent road work has been so spotty.'
Four Bills enjoy a happy return [6:17 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Buffalo Bills could not have scheduled a more accommodating homecoming opponent for Drew Bledsoe, Sam Adams, Rian Lindell and Lawyer Milloy. The Northwest-based foursome feasted on the Seattle Seahawks’ unending hospitality, leaving Qwest Field with a 38-9 victory and scrapbooks filled with memories.'
Sinking Seahawks exposed by aggressive Buffalo attack [6:16 AM]
King County Journal reports: 'It was the Bills playing the bully to Seattle's sissy act. Maybe the Hawks weren't wearing heels, but they certainly were on theirs all day long against a deceptively tough AFC foe.'
Bills stomp Seattle [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If only Drew Bledsoe's New England homecomings all turned out this well, the Buffalo Bills would be in the thick of the playoff chase.'
A master plan that Mularkey can relish [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Talk about a cheeseburger in paradise.'
Bills are building a solid future [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There is honest-to-goodness optimism resonating from One Bills Drive because after a disastrous 0-4 start that will ultimately ruin this season, the Bills have begun to play like the team many of us thought they were back in the summer at St. John Fisher College.'
Two-minute read [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills RB Willis McGahee: He had his finest day as a pro with 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Many of his runs were stopped for short gains or no gains, but great backs keep plugging and eventually they break out, and McGahee did.'
Report Card [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mike Mularkey and Tom Clements came to Buffalo with a reputation for creative play-calling and it was on display in Seattle. The reverse to Evans out of that formation was nifty, the pitch back to McGahee on fourth down that resulted in a TD was brilliant, and the onside kick — Bobby April's brainchild — was a well-timed gamble that worked.'
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