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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 2004

Marker Game Notes [7:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With today's loss, Buffalo fell to 18-27 all-time in season openers while Jacksonville improved to 7-3.'

Marker Bills Lose Close Game, Still in Shock [7:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Our job is to score points and today we had opportunities to do that and we didn't," wide receiver Eric Moulds said. "We had so many mistakes that we made in the course of trying to get down to the red zone that we put ourselves in position where we couldn't finish them (drives)."'

Marker Jacksonville 13, Buffalo 10 [4:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Following three unsuccessful attempts into the end zone, Leftwich lofted a pass to the back of the end zone that was caught by Wilford in the midst of three Buffalo defenders. Jimmy Smith made a tough 45-yard reception earlier on the 80-yard drive, saving the Jaguars on a 4th-and-14 situation.'

Marker Jacksonville 13, Buffalo 10 [4:14 PM]
AP reports: 'The touchdown ruined coach Mike Mularkey's debut with Buffalo, and placed the blame squarely on a Drew Bledsoe-led offense that bumbled, coming away with 10 points despite three trips into the red zone.'

Marker Jacksonville 13, Buffalo 10 [4:14 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rookie Ernest Wilford made his first NFL catch a memorable one.'

Marker Bills and QB Brown agree to injury settlement [3:51 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Financial terms of the deal were not released and under the agreement and the Bills cannot re-sign him until after the 10th week of the season.'

Marker Bills reach injury settlement with Brown [3:45 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills reached an injury settlement with Travis Brown on Sunday that makes the quarterback a free agent.'

Marker The highs and lows of x's and o's [12:19 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Mularkey said he wants to experience the highs and lows of football. There’s no doubt he’ll get to experience plenty of both while coaching the Bills.'

Marker Breaking down the game [12:17 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Prediction: The Bills’ defense comes up with another solid effort while Bledsoe and Co. do enough to make Mularkey’s debut a successful one. Bills 17-13.'

Marker New-look Bills set for close encounters [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Close, edge-of-your-seat football is the forecast for Mularkey's Bills. "That's the identity of an offense that's controlling the football and a (strong) defense," Mularkey said. "With a team that complements each other, there are going to be close games."'

Marker Bills' best hopes carry clipboards [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So how does this 6-10 team improve enough to make the long-delayed journey to the playoffs? It says here that its best hope is Mularkey and the impressive teaching staff he put together.'

Marker Dominant defenses will test Bills' offensive philosophy [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So don't be surprised if the Bills rank in the bottom third of the league in yards-per-attempt at the midpoint of the season.'

Marker Laying it on the line [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think he had mixed emotions," one of McNally's two daughters, Jenny Gardner, said by phone from Cincinnati. "But ever since he's been there he's been excited. He really feels at home there. We haven't talked in a week, which is really unusual, which means he's working his butt off right now. The fact I haven't gotten a call from him in a week tells me he's very, very focused, probably excited and nervous."'

Marker Tops links marketing to the Bills [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But this year, Tops hopes to make better use of its affiliation by increasing its in-store promotions, Dobbs said. "We felt we wanted to see how we could push the envelope on this," he said.'

Marker Fish fried, Jets take off, Bills rebound in AFC East [7:38 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Prediction: 10-6, second in AFC East.'

Marker Redemption song [6:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Last year was one of the hardest for me to shake during the off-season," Bledsoe said. "I can't claim that I've worked any harder than I have in past years, but during the off-season, I spent a lot more time thinking about football because I was so frustrated by what happened last year. "I do have a sense this year is an opportunity for us."'

Marker Double trouble [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's what you want to hear," Henry said. "It shows they are really committed to running the ball. It may start off looking ugly but it will eventually loosen up and those 3-yard runs become 5- and 6- yards later in the game. It's the mindset I'm taking. It's nice to know that commitment is there this year."'

Marker Q&A: Chris Villarrial [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If you were head coach of the Bills for a day, what kind of day would it be? "It would be short. No, there'd be meetings in the morning, a nice light practice in the afternoon, then sum it up with meetings and lifting. Get the guys out of here and keep them fresh."'

Marker Donahoe's moves must reap results [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You inherited an aging team and a big salary cap mess, and you've done a good job cleaning it up. You appear to have strengthened the defense and offense. But you erred with Gregg Williams, your first choice for coach, and there won't be any more mulligans as far as the fans and "experts'' are concerned. With Eric Moulds and Pat Williams the only holdovers from the John Butler era, you've almost completely purged the roster, and after a 17-31 won-lost mark that included last year's back-pedaling, it's time for your game plan to take hold.'

Marker Sunday's Jacksonville Coverage [5:02 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Excitement palpable in opening road test (Florida Times Union)
10th season's success rests on these issues (Florida Times Union)
Forward progress (Florida Times Union)
This season is Del Rio's time to shine (Florida Times Union)
Trainers help athletes get back on their feet (Florida Times Union)

Marker Scuffle off to Buffalo [5:00 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'One reason they hired the rah-rah Del Rio was to sell tickets. Owner Wayne Weaver, who made his money selling shoes, thought Mularkey was too low-key to do that.'

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September 11, 2004

Marker What to Look for vs. Jaguars [4:37 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Last year they shut me down pretty good," Henry said. "This year, I'm just going to keep pounding the ball. Even if they stop me early on, we're not going to back down. We're going to show them that we're not scared and that we're going to be able to run the football."'

Marker Leftwich turns Jags right way [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think they're what everybody is pumping them up to be," said Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, who will get an up-close look at the Jaguars on Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. "They're an up-and-coming team, as of right now anyway. We don't want them to be up-and-coming against us on Sunday. But they are a good, young team on the way up."'

Marker Van Pelt offers fresh perspective [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm so fresh from the team I get caught a lot of times saying "we ought to' as opposed to the Bills," Van Pelt said. "They are still my friends, so for a few years it is going to be tough to get over the we's."'

Marker Bills season on the line [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's not the sole nucleus of what's going to make this thing run, but they are a large part of any team," Mularkey said. "But I'm not going to put all the pressure on them. We have other positions that need to play at a high level. Receivers, tight ends and fullbacks doing their part will help the offensive line."'

Marker Defense is Gray's show now [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mularkey, former offensive coordinator of the Pittsburgh Steelers, was hired to score points, not prevent them, and he has made it clear he trusts Gray to do the job he hired him for without meddling.'

Marker Time for ‘10 things’ [5:06 AM]
Jaguars.com reports: 'Now, here are 10 things the Jaguars have to do to beat the Bills this Sunday...'.

Marker Saturday's Jacksonville Coverage [5:05 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Injury information to come from Del Rio, not players (Florida Times Union)
Leftwich grabs leadership role (Orlando Sentinel)
Time for ‘10 things’ (Jaguars.com)
Jags have ambassadors (Jaguars.com)
One more time (Jaguars.com)

Marker Bills Prediction [5:04 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 23, Jaguars 20 OT.'

September 10, 2004

Marker Jacksonville (0-0) at Buffalo (0-0) [9:05 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Predicted Outcome: Bills 28, Jaguars 20.'

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