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Buffalo Bills News - October 31, 2004

Marker QB Club to Honor Five Bills' Employees [4:46 PM] reports: '“We are happy to recognize five people who have given outstanding service to the Buffalo Bills for many years,” stated president Jim Domagalski. “It is the people who work behind the scenes that help the team perform on the field, and we want to honor them for their hard work through the years.”'

Marker Buffalo 38, Arizona 14 [4:31 PM]
AP reports: 'On Sunday, the Cardinals were undone by their own mistakes and plagued by the weather. Emmitt Smith had 64 yards rushing and Arizona managed just 213 yards of total offense in a game played in a persistent rain and 20-plus mph winds gusting in off of nearby Lake Erie.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Arizona 14 [4:30 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Terrence McGee responded with an 87-yard kickoff return for a score, propelling the Bills (2-5) to a 17-7 halftime lead. The touchdown return was the second on the season for McGee, who finished with 204 total return yards. The huge special teams play sparked Buffalo, which went on to record its highest scoring total since a Week Two matchup against Jacksonville in 2003, a span of 21 games.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Arizona 14 [4:29 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'McGahee's first touchdown marked the first rushing TD for Buffalo since Week 13 of last season.'

Marker Reed leaves game with knee injury [4:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills receiver Josh Reed hyper-extended his left knee while returning a punt 2 minutes into Sunday's game against Arizona. Reed managed to walk off the field on his own, and was taken to the Bills' training room for X-rays. The team announced that he would not return.'

Marker Q&A with Marv Levy [9:44 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Q: Still have a lot of allegiance to the Buffalo and the Bills?
A: I do. I enjoyed it there immensely. The people were wonderful, and we had great fans. There really is nothing else there in the way of major sports. There also are so many people in the Bills organization who remain friends, including the owner (Ralph Wilson), who was a wonderful guy to work for. We still talk on the phone from time to time.'

Marker Two inducted in alumni hall of fame [9:35 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Lester, who was joined by NFL Hall of Famer and former Bills coach Marv Levy, said principles such as loyalty learned during his high school days have served him well. "In the backstabbing profession of professional football, they'll never question my loyalty," Lester said. "And because of my loyalty, I've been able to sustain (my career)."'

Marker Team player [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"My mom is ticked off," Henry said with a laugh last week. "That's her being a mom. She's worried about her son. She knows what her son is capable of doing. I had to calm her down, like, "Mom, I'm all right. It's going to be all right.' She doesn't know that it's a business. We can't be doing that. This ain't high school."'

Marker Facing top red-zone defense, Bills have no room for error [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Home-field advantage and better overall talent should give Bills the edge, 20-13.'

Marker Pressure on Bills to give Losman game experience [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills probably wouldn't want to throw him to the wolves at New England on Nov. 14. But the St. Louis game at home on Nov. 21 might be a good time for his debut, no matter what happens on the field between now and then.'

Marker Supersized linemen aren't pulling their weight [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'd have to be an H-back today," says DeLamielleure, speaking of the hybrid, part fullback-part tight end position. Shaw says that would be his job, also.'

Marker Player/owner/commissioner Adams loves his football [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They asked me to do it when we joined the league last year," Adams said Friday after practice. "The second year, I recruited all the teams in the Northwest Football League as well as some other semipro teams in the area, so we could try to grow and expand the league to the West Coast."'

Marker Bills focus on dealing Cards a loss [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're putting the blinders on," said defensive end Chris Kelsay. "Everything that's happened in the past and everything that's going on around us, all the criticism, we're putting it behind us and focusing on Arizona."'

Marker The unsinkable Sam Wyche [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This will sound so egotistical, but "I don't think football is the only thing I can do' is the only way to put it," says Wyche, who remained with the Bengals through the '91 season. "I don't think, like some people do, that this is it, that this is their lifeblood. I work hard and do those kinds of things, but if it doesn't work out I'll have something else I'll work hard at."'

Marker Going Double Negative [5:44 AM]
Buffalo Beast reports: 'At this point the best part of Bills games is seeing what ridiculous play they will attempt and watch the disastrous results. I predict Brian Moorman, the punter, will be a part of something special within the next few games, just watch. Losing to the Ravens, a playoff contender, is one thing. Losing to the bottom-feeding Cardinals is quite another. The pressure is on; here's hoping we won't see any more double-fake plays, or else the Bills could earn themselves the distinction of being the worst team in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo chill [5:42 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'Henry rushed for more than 1,300 yards in both 2002 and 2003. If there isn't room for him in the Bills' plans, he will find a home somewhere else.'

Marker Bills face suddenly revived Cardinals [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"All you have to do is throw the tape on and no matter what I say they're going to see this team is playing hard," said Mularkey, whose own Bills haven't topped 20 points yet and don't have a rushing touchdown. "After their bye week, they went back and retooled a little bit. I just see a different team. They're playing with more confidence, at a faster tempo, they're playing more physical."'

Marker Bills Q&A: Drew Haddad [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Now in your second tour of duty with the Bills, you still haven't been given much of an opportunity. How frustrating is that?
"It's frustrating, but part of this game at every position is patience. My role is to be a backup receiver and go in there when they need me in certain personnel groupings and just in case something happens on returns."'

Marker What Cowboys? [4:32 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Bills fans only wish the likes of Bennett and Smith were still around. Even at their advanced ages, could they be much worse than the sorry lot of modern day Bills, who have stumbled to a 1-5 start to the season? It's a certainty disgruntled fans will start calling for heads to roll should the Bills drop a home date to the Cardinals, who don't actually remind observers of Smith's great teams in Dallas.'

Marker Comparisons to greats long gone for Bledsoe [4:19 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'He was all upside, but Bledsoe's career arc is a cautionary tale about the unpredictable life of an NFL quarterback.'

Marker Sunday's Arizona Coverage [4:18 AM] reports:
Comparisons to greats long gone for Bledsoe (Arizona Republic)
Boldin's return revives strategy (Arizona Republic)
Change in weather may affect Cards’ passing game (East Valley Tribune)
Pendergast a coach on the rise (East Valley Tribune)
Cards still have shot in wide open NFC West (East Valley Tribune)
Cardinals' Green explains sacking of line coach (AP)

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October 30, 2004

Marker Cardinals hope to end road woes in Buffalo [3:21 PM]
East Valley Tribune reports: 'After losing on the road by an average of 24 points a game last season, the Cards have lost by 7, 3 and 3 points this year.'

Marker Emmitt looking ahead [3:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Smith's continued ability to make a difference stands in stark contrast to the troubles the Bills are enduring. Here's a team that features an established veteran quarterback in Drew Bledsoe, a three-time Pro Bowl receiver in Eric Moulds, and two talented young running backs in Willis McGahee and Travis Henry, and yet seems incapable of generating a semblance of an offence.'

Marker Radio team far too easy on the Bills [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, Bills fans have been spoiled over the years. If Van Miller still did one thing well at the end of his legendary play-by-play career, it was being objective and not denying things that were easily visible to fans. Murphy doesn't have to go to WGR territory and make a bad play sound like a capital offense, but he would be wise to be more candid.'

Marker Smith's goal is forward progress [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cardinals are 2-4, but mostly because they're young and inexperienced - not because their running back is old. Smith has 459 yards rushing, seventh in the NFC, and he's gaining 4.2 yards per carry this season. Apparently, he wasn't washed up after leaving Dallas as his critics suggested. He might be past his prime at age 35, but he's still among the better backs in the NFL.'

Marker Tight ends give QBs key targets [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"(Mark's) come up with some big plays for us. I know Drew has a lot of confidence in him," Mularkey said.'

Marker Saturday's Arizona Coverage [5:02 AM] reports:
Green appoints new aide for line (Arizona Republic)
NFL a game of give and take (Arizona Republic)
Kruczek record close to falling (Arizona Republic)
Cards' Green re-assigns offensive line coach (East Valley Tribune)
Finally, Wilson lives up to potential (East Valley Tribune)
Cardinals change offensive line coach (AP)
Buffalo, Tough Team, Tough Place to Play (
Smith Looks Forward to More Carries, More Records (

Marker Bills counting on McGahee for boost [4:59 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are just as bad under Mike Mularkey this season as they were under Gregg Williams last season.'

October 29, 2004

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [5:17 PM] reports: 'It's not over until it's over. We still have a chance to make the playoffs and hopefully go to the Super Bowl. That's what keeps us ticking. We believe in one another. We would like to all think that we didn't come up here in April for nothing. Everybody could have been in Florida in April enjoying the weather but we put too much time and effort into it for it to go to waste.'

Marker Winning is an Attitude [5:16 PM] reports: 'If everyone goes out on the field and does the job he's responsible for, then the personal achievements will come, along with victory. I just don't see a lot of players doing that these days. You can't worry about what the other 10 guys on the field are doing and you can't make excuses for them. When everyone does what they're supposed to do, you will win. A lot of teams today wait for someone to step up, but no one looks in the mirror and forces himself to be that guy. That's what a winner does and that's what a lot of players in this league need to do.'

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