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Buffalo Bills News - October 11, 2004

Marker Fletcher turns in huge effort in Bills' defeat [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Fletcher's 21 tackles, including 15 solo, during the Bills' 16-14 loss to the New York Jets matched his career high. He had 21 stops (also 15 solo) against the San Francisco 49ers while playing for the St. Louis Rams in 2001.'

Marker McGahee cashes in on his chance to contribute [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It felt good to get out there," said McGahee, who had only 11 carries for 28 yards in the previous three games. "I've just been waiting for my opportunity, just staying patient. Once I get my opportunities, I try to make the most of them."'

Marker From the grasp of victory [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jeff Posey's fourth-quarter interception of Chad Pennington's ill-advised throw was the Bills' first pick in their last eight road games, the equivalent of an entire NFL season.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching (D): Mularkey was brought in to fix offense. Obviously, it's the players. But staff needs to make more of Evans, Moulds.'

Marker All for naught [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He had every right to be pissed off," guard Chris Villarrial said. "We're out there sputtering and not getting things done. It's good that he got pissed off. Guys started to step up and we put up a fast 14 points. The outcome's not what we wanted, but as far as maturity we took a step today."'

Marker How long will Bills wait for their playmakers? [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Maybe this Buffalo team that general manager Tom Donahoe has put together is what it is: An 0-4 team that, thanks to a bye week, isn't 0-5 and residing at the bottom of the NFL right alongside the Miami Dolphins.'

Marker Bills D breaks again in clutch [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But the fact is, for as good as the Bills' defense is, it is also incredibly flawed and overrated. Great NFL defenses know how to close the deal, and this one never does.'

Marker Two-minute read [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Came to play...Bills RB Willis McGahee: Now was that so hard?'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching: Mike Mularkey did a good job regrouping his team after falling behind 13-0 in the third quarter and wisely turned to young guys McGahee and Evans for a spark. Defense had no answer for Pennington on winning field goal drive. B-'

Marker Henry hits Green wall [5:17 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We got two, three — sometimes more than two or three — hats on the ball every play," said DE Shaun Ellis. "We played like a team."'

Marker Winless Bills believe they will turn it around [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I don't know how they haven't won a game," Wayne Chrebet said.'

Marker There's little room for Henry to roam [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"That (stopping Henry) was our main goal," Jets nose tackle Jason Ferguson said. Said LB Victor Hobson: "That was definitely a focus. We felt if we stopped the run, we would be in a great position to win. Obviously, they hit a couple of pass plays on us and we'll try to correct that this week."'

Marker Picking on the rookie [5:14 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Prioleau is a third-string safety on the Bills' depth chart. But Lawyer Milloy — Buffalo's starting strong safety — and backup Coy Wire were both inactive yesterday due to injuries. That put Prioleau in the starting lineup. "We went at him a little bit," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "I thought Paul (Hackett, the offensive coordinator) did a good job trying to attack him."'

Marker Monday's New York Coverage [5:14 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Perfect Record Survives Imperfect Game (New York Times)
Chrebet Catches in Clutch, Again and Again, for the Jets (New York Times)
4-0 Is 4-0, but the Jets Await a Test on Oct. 24 (New York Times)
Brien foots Bill for 4-0 Jets (New York Daily News)
Chrebet still foes' headache (New York Daily News)
Calm Chad puts drive in Jets (New York Daily News)
Brien's fears gone with wind (New York Daily News)
Brien's FG at 0:58 keeps Jets perfect (New York Post)
Jets' Abraham has game, life on track (New York Post)
Henry hits Green wall (New York Post)
Helpful lessons for no-fear Jets (New York Post)
Poise instead of panic (Newsday)
Chad throws to 'old reliable' (Newsday)
Sack master gets it together (Newsday)
Winless Bills believe they will turn it around (Newsday)
Jets among ruling class (Newsday)
Swirling winds cause havoc (Newsday)
Chad's human after all (Newsday)
Grading the Jets (Newsday)
Kick keeps Jets unbeaten (White Plains Journal News)
Picking on the rookie (White Plains Journal News)
Defensive victory (White Plains Journal News)
Kick keeps Jets unbeaten (White Plains Journal News)
Brien's kick keeps Jets perfect (Staten Island Advance)
Jets hang on under the radar (Staten Island Advance)
Pennington cuts loose on winning drive (Staten Island Advance)
New season, new Abraham (Staten Island Advance)
Brien's field goal at :58 salvages victory, puts record at 4-0 (Newark Star Ledger)
Clearly, Chrebet is happy (Newark Star Ledger)
Abraham changes for better (Newark Star Ledger)
There's little room for Henry to roam (Newark Star Ledger)
Why Jets won (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets are getting their kicks (Bergen Record)
Wind-ow of hope (Bergen Record)
Jets notes (Bergen Record)
Jets gameballs (Bergen Record)
4-0 start in the cards for Jets (New Haven Register)
Jets keep looking scary (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Chrebet performing critical role in Jets' attack (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Abraham grows up, lifts production (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Pieces all coming together for undefeated Jets (Waterbury Republican American)
Stealthy Jets still unbeaten (Asbury Park Press)
Jets not stylish, but look pretty enough at 4-0 as Pats loom (CBS Sportsline)
Brien's Late Field Goal Gives Jets Win (NewYorkJets.com)
More Abraham for Bledsoe (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Jets Come From Behind To Send The Bills To 0-4 [5:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills offensive line was awful as a group. They never opened holes for Henry. The two McGahee long gains were on misdirection pitches. The only time Bledsoe had adequate time was in the two touchdown drives when he went six of eight for 97 yards and two scores with no sacks. The rest of the time he was 10 of 21 for 100 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and four sacks. Ross Tucker was called for a chincy tripping penalty, but he did skip a shotgun snap back to Bledsoe for an aborted play that caused a punt. He really wasn't any better or worse than Trey Teague who's injured. Chris Villarrial came advertised as a great run blocker, but it hasn't materialized yet. Lawrence Smith is a better pass blocker, but that doesn't help the feeble running game. Shelton has not impressed me with his blocking either.'

Marker McGahee Makes His Case [5:12 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There are 12 games left, and the Bills coaching staff can’t wait until the 4th quarter, or select 3rd down situations anymore. The Bills need to get Willis McGahee more involved. They’d be crazy not to.'

Marker Bills Remain Winless [5:12 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Buffalo (0-4) host Miami (0-5) next Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Offense Starting to Stretch the Field [5:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills are now taking a lot more chances down the field and are connecting with at least one big play per game. Bledsoe took a shot downfield to Moulds early in the first quarter against New York and just barely overthrew him. The offensive line is doing a decent job of giving Bledsoe the time to examine the field and look for the big play. They picked up the blitz to allow Bledsoe to get the ball to Evans.'

Marker More Abraham for Bledsoe [5:11 AM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'The timing of Abraham’s stops on Sunday is what made them so special. The first came in the opening stanza with Bledsoe and company facing a 2nd and 7 from the Jets 26-yard line. He dropped Bledsoe for a loss of eight that essentially put them out of field goal range and forced a punt two plays later. The second came on 2nd and 11 at the Buffalo 28. Abraham came around the corner and found Bledsoe standing in the pocket, dropping him for a loss of seven. After an incompletion on third down, the Bills were forced to punt, giving the ball back to the Jets with enough time to get in range for a 37-yard Doug Brien field goal before the half.'

Marker Bills Lose Tough One 16-14 [5:10 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: This game was eerily similar to the other three. The Bills had a chance to win it in the final minutes but once again failed to finish the game and are now 0-4 on the season after the 16-14 loss to the Jets.

Marker Defense Falters On Final Drive In Loss [5:10 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The defense and offense couldn't put it all together at the same time. Here are our position by position grades:

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October 10, 2004

Marker Brien's Late Field Goal Gives Jets Win [7:59 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'But Pennington responded. The Jets took over with 6:03 left in the final quarter, and New York’s star signal caller marched his troops down the field, and with 1:03 left in the contest, Brien hit a 38-yard field goal to give the Jets’ a lead 16-13 lead that they would not relinquish. Terrell Buckley intercepted Bledsoe’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the game, and the Jets improved to 4-0 on the season.'

Marker New York Jets 16, Buffalo 14 [7:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Travis Henry, who usually gives the Jets fits, had 12 carries for 33 yards and was limited in the second half by an ankle injury. McGahee, who has complained about his playing time, filled in and had eight carries for 42 yards.'

Marker New York Jets 16, Buffalo 14 [7:28 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After shutting out the Bills over the first three quarters, New York fell behind, 14-13 with 6:20 remaining when Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe beat cornerback David Barrett on a 46-yard touchdown pass to rookie Lee Evans. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington responded with an 11-play, 60-yard drive where he completed 7-of-8 passes for 51 yards. His last was a two-yarder to fullback Jerald Sowell, setting up the go-ahead kick for Brien.'

Marker New York Jets 16, Buffalo 14 [7:27 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Trailing 13-0 entering the fourth quarter, Buffalo scored a pair of touchdowns in the frame to take the lead. The Bills capitalized on a Jets turnover to pull within 13-7 on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bledsoe to Mark Campbell with 8:57 left in the fourth. The eight-play, 69-yard scoring drive was set up by Jeff Posey's interception of a Pennington pass and featured a 21-yard run by Willis McGahee on 3rd-and-9 from the Jets' 37. After the Jets went three-and-out on their next possession, Bledsoe went deep to Lee Evans for a 46-yard scoring strike that put the Bills up 14-13 with 5:58 remaining.'

Marker Wire out for Bills; Strait out for Jets [3:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Wire, who was starting in place of the injured Lawyer Milloy, is out with a bruised quadriceps. Pierson Prioleau, who entered the season as No. 3 on the depth chart, gets the start. The Bills also are without cornerback Troy Vincent, who hurt his right knee last weekend.'

Marker Bills, Jets lay it on the line [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We understand as a line we have the ability to do it," said Bills right tackle Mike Williams. "We have to cut down on the mistakes and the pre-snap penalties. We have to make up those yards somehow. It's better to not have to make them up."'

Marker Roster not strong enough for an old style revival [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Butler, rest his soul, looks a lot better now. Sure, he overpaid his players to win. There were salary cap ramifications. But Butler's players justified the investment.'

Marker Target: Terrence [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They may try to test him, but you want to take it away," Bills safety Izell Reese said. "If he told you they're going to come at him, then he's confident that he's going to do his job and do what it takes to get it off him. That's what you have to do. If he plays well, it's null and void. It doesn't matter whether he's out there or Troy is out there."'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [9:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Ride Henry. If Buffalo gives up the run too soon, Drew Bledsoe could find WR Eric Moulds free downfield, but he also could find himself pummeled in the pocket (sacked 14 times last two weeks). Keep up the front seven pressure on defense; otherwise, Pennington play action could expose a secondary playing backups at corner (Terrence McGee) and safety (Pierson Prioleau).'

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