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Buffalo Bills News - October 17, 2005

Marker Choice words [7:30 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Holcomb also understands what he should do on the field - allow skill players such as Willis McGahee and Eric Moulds to make plays. Seven different receivers caught 18 Holcomb passes totaling 172 yards. Willis McGahee's 143 yards and one touchdown on 29 carries headlined a ground attack that produced 177 yards. "Everybody out there has a little more pep in their step,"McGahee said of having Holcomb on the field. "Kelly's a great quarterback. J.P.'s going to be a great quarterback. It's just going to take some time."'

Marker Who's in first?...The Bills! [5:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Two weeks ago, coming off a miserable loss to the New Orleans Saints, it would have been impossible to fathom. But in a division that has inched toward mediocrity, the Bills are in the thick of it.'

Marker Bills' McGahee unstoppable [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"(McGahee) came out like a beast," Bills guard Chris Villarrial said. "He can make you miss or he can make you pay for tackling him and he was doing both today."'

Marker Back to the front of the pack [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If it will put everybody at ease, I'm going to start Kelly next week against the Raiders," coach Mike Mularkey said with a smile Sunday night after watching Kelly Holcomb lead the Bills to their second straight victory, a convincing 27-17 triumph over the New York Jets in front of 72,045 customers at Ralph Wilson Stadium. To which offensive lineman Chris Villarrial said "I'm staying out of that one, but if he said it, then he's the starter, and he deserves it."'

Marker Offensive line dominates Jets [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What do you know? The line finally starts blocking, and look what the Bills do.'

Marker Being average may be good enough for Bills in AFC East [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Turns out average is good enough to lead the AFC East, no longer the best division in football, but one not lacking for excitement or storylines.'

Marker McGahee's mileage earning victories [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No one needs to hold up the "Free Willis" signs at the Ralph any more. The Bills offensive coaches have gotten the message.'

Marker Flawed AFC East gives all teams a shot to win [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills (3-3) are better than the Jets, more balanced than Miami and healthier than New England. Buffalo is two games away from hitting its open date with a division-best 5-3 record. All the Bills need are back-to-back road wins over Oakland Sunday and New England in prime time Oct. 30.'

Marker The 2-minute read [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What were the Jets thinking with 30 seconds to go in the first half? They had just scored a touchdown to pull within 14-10, but then inexplicably kicked off deep to the dangerous Terrence McGee.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Eric Moulds has come to life with Holcomb at QB.'

Marker Bills Run Right at Jets And Just Keep On Going [5:01 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We knew what they were going to do, we didn't get the job done," Jets linebacker Jonathan Vilma said. "I don't know why we didn't make the tackles we should have made. It cost us a couple of touchdowns, and that was the game. That was our game plan coming in: stop the run. We didn't do that. It's humbling."'

Marker McGahee wins alumni matchup [5:01 AM]
Newsday reports: 'He juked and jived. He darted and danced. He stopped and started. He cut and cut back. He turned on a dime and left the Jets penniless.'

Marker Blitzing Bills buffalo Testaverde into hectic day [5:00 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Buffalo attacked the Jets with a relentless zone blitz in which cornerbacks and safeties often rushed and defensive linemen dropped into coverage.'

Marker McGahee wins war of words, turf vs. Jets [5:00 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: '"I couldn't do much talking there," said Vilma, who is looking forward to the Jan. 1 rematch with the Bills in the Meadowlands. "Missed tackles is what it was. It's not the play calling, it's not the game plan. We'd get to the ball and we just didn't finish."'

Marker Monday's New York Coverage [5:00 AM] reports:
Testaverde Is Brought Back to Earth, Literally (New York Times)
Bills Run Right at Jets And Just Keep On Going (New York Times)
Billfold (New York Daily News)
Stalled in rush hour (New York Daily News)
Law out of order during long day in Buffalo (New York Daily News)
Curtis finally up and running (New York Daily News)
Bully Bills beat up Jets (New York Post)
Defeat wasn't all Testaverde's fault (New York Post)
Despite defeat, Martin gets rush (New York Post)
Tackling leaves Green red-faced (New York Post)
Talent Is Meaningless If You Don't Use It (New York Sun)
Vinny gets reality check in Buffalo (Newsday)
Tackling dummies can't wrap up Bills (Newsday)
McGahee wins alumni matchup (Newsday)
When a fairy tale becomes scary tale (Newsday)
Martin reaches high note (Newsday)
Losing Mawae, Law hurts (Newsday)
Jets Q & A (Newsday)
Jets Statpak (Newsday)
Testaverde brought back to earth (Newark Star Ledger)
Blitzing Bills buffalo Testaverde into hectic day (Newark Star Ledger)
Martin gets back on track (Newark Star Ledger)
With Vinny, good defense isn't enough (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets Morning After (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets throw away a winnable game (Bergen Record)
Martin defends Vinny after loss (White Plains Journal News)
Jets defense gets beat up (White Plains Journal News)
Jets demise no surprise? (Asbury Park Press)
Edwards faults tackling as reason defense struggled (Asbury Park Press)
Real Vinny returns (Middletown Times Herald Record)
McGahee wins war of words, turf vs. Jets (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Story is a charmer at first (Albany Times Union)
Jets C Mawae injures elbow (AP)
Martin Breaks Out (
Jets Fall to the Bills, 27-17 (
Notes/Photo Gallery (

Marker Bills win! [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The defense played well even though they showed a few signs of weakness, they were still able to force 3 turnovers and sack Vinny 5 times.'

Marker Bills Fly Past Jets [4:59 AM] reports: 'Following a three game losing streak, the Bills have now won two in a row and have a share of first place in the AFC East.'

Marker Bills Tied For AFC East Lead [4:59 AM] reports: '"Unfortunately, we had a couple of losses at the beginning of the season, but the division is up for grabs right now," said running back Willis McGahee, who rushed for 143 yards and a touchdown in a 27-17 win over the New York Jets. "New England is losing, Miami is right there. We feel like we're very competitive, and we know what we have to do when it comes to division games. We have to buckle up and get on the grind."'

Marker McGahee leads Bills over Jets 27-17 [4:58 AM] reports: 'Kelly Holcomb is now 2-0 since taking over for J.P. Losman as the Bills' starting quarterback.'

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October 16, 2005

Marker McGahee Leads Bills In 27-17 Win Over Jets [8:40 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills finally seem to be understanding what they have in Willis McGahee. A great running back, that can win you football games.'

Marker Bills Pass The Test [8:39 PM] reports: 'Mularkey can't hide that Holcomb is the number one QB anymore.'

Marker Bills Beat Jets 27-17 [8:38 PM] reports: In what was the most entertaining game of the year the Bills won their second straight game, against a division opponent at home, as they beat the Jets 27-17. Willis McGahee ran for a career high 143 yards and the defense made big plays at the right time to keep the Jets at bay as the Bills moved into a first place tie in the division.

Marker Jets Fall to the Bills, 27-17 [8:23 PM] reports: '"We ran the ball pretty good. Curtis had a really good day," head coach Herm Edwards said after the game. "But we got behind early and we played that way. We could never close the gap."'

Marker Buffalo 27, NY Jets 17 [7:25 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills quarterback Kelly Holcomb completed 18-of-26 passes for 172 yards with two touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. Wide receiver Eric Moulds caught seven passes for 63 yards and a TD for Buffalo (3-3).'

Marker Buffalo 27, NY Jets 17 [7:22 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills won't be able to keep Kelly Holcomb a secret much longer.'

Marker Front five reunited to face Jets' rush [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You wish they could play more together because I don't think there's another position on this football team that so needs guys to play every down together to get some kind of continuity," Mularkey said. "No other position is like this one. Until we get that, it's going to feel like there's some inconsistency."'

Marker Two veteran QBs will try to answer age-old questions [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 23, Jets 17.'

Marker Heavy hitters work the corners [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's all about attitude," Clements said. "A lot of corners just don't care for tackling. But we like hitting and we won't shy away from contact."'

Marker He's better than Paris in the fall [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It would be dangerous for the Bills to think that way about him today. It was just a year ago when he averaged 4.6 yards a carry and produced 90 first downs, both career highs.'

Marker Bills vs. Jets: The scouting report [7:50 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have scored 59 points in the first half of games and just nine in the second half.'

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