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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2004

Marker Sunday's story: A tale of two quarterbacks [4:50 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'While Tom Brady's star has soared since September 2001, Drew Bledsoe's has crashed.'

Marker A Tight Downward Spiral [4:49 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Although the Bills now have one of the league's better defenses and have surrounded Bledsoe with an array of options, the results have been blah.'

Marker Patriots all business with Bills [4:48 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I think it is more business as usual this year," New England linebacker Roman Phifer said. "They're in our division, and it's always a big challenge to play them in Buffalo. The emphasis is now more that they are in our division than the Drew Bledsoe issue."'

Marker Thursday's New England Coverage [4:47 AM] reports:
Patriots have memory to feel sorry about (Boston Globe)
They're like a broken record (Boston Globe)
Watson placed on IR (Boston Globe)
Buffalo debacle still fresh (Boston Herald)
Pats tackle Drew (Boston Herald)
Mum's the word on streak (Boston Herald)
Knee injury lands TE Watson on IR (Boston Herald)
Take this job and love it (Boston Herald)
Fans have Bledsoe, Bills on hot seat (Providence Journal)
Belichick the model teams now want to copy (Providence Journal)
Patriots' Watson out for season (Providence Journal)
A tale of two quarterbacks (Providence Journal)
Watch out for Bills' tricks (Metro West Daily News)
Knee costs rookie rest of season (Metro West Daily News)
Winless Buffalo built around ‘D’ (Woonsocket Call)
Rookie TE Watson out for the season (Woonsocket Call)
A Tight Downward Spiral (Hartford Courant)
Patriots all business with Bills (Springfield Republican)
Knee injury sidelines rookie tight end for season (Springfield Republican)
They even can tackle aging (Portland Press Herald)
Bledsoe gives Pats high praise (Nashua Telegraph)
Bledsoe now in Brady's shadow (Brockton Enterprise)
Buffalo can't wing it on steals (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Injuries hit Pats offense (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Drew who? (Lowell Sun)
Watson put on IR (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Patriots place TE Watson on injured reserve (AP)
Patriots sign TE Jed Weaver, Place TE Benjamin Watson on IR (
Bill Belichick Press Conference (
Tom Brady Locker Room Interview (

Marker Inside slant [4:46 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bledsoe, who is 1-3 against his old club and 4-12 in his last 16 games with 10 TDs, 12 interceptions and 55 sacks, needs desperately to put his career back on track and this is the game to do it.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:45 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills' decision to carry rookie quarterback J.P. Losman on their active roster instead of placing him on season-ending IR is looking shrewd.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:44 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '9 -- Number of touchdown passes Tom Brady has tossed against the Bills in four career starts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. New England Patriots [4:43 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'One or two good drives, some effective Dillon runs, and a few Vinatieri field goals should be enough for a 23-14 Patriots win.'

Marker The Bills Have Some Hurts On The Line [4:42 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills may have a disruption in the offensive line. Chris Villarrial is hurt. He's listed as questionable with an abdominal injury. Mike Pucillo is nursing a sore back and is questionable. Both did not participate in Wednesday's practice. Ross Tucker worked with the first team.'

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September 29, 2004

Marker New England (2-0) at Buffalo (0-2) [8:59 PM]
AP reports: '``It's frustrating that you can't win,'' linebacker Takeo Spikes said. ``We're disappointed with where we are. But it's still early. And that's the biggest thing that we realize. Nobody is in panic mode.'''

Marker Bills Back to Work [8:57 PM] reports: '“We had that extra week to go over and correct some things and work on the things that we weren't doing good. So we feel like we'll be better prepared thanks to that extra week,” wide receiver Josh Reed explained.'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills unimpressed by new Belichick book [8:55 PM]
AP reports: 'The book also cites Belichick as being critical of the Bills offensive line, refers to Bills safety Lawyer Milloy another former Patriots player as being ''selfish'' and ''a negative leader sometimes,'' and cornerback Nate Clements as being susceptible to being beaten by the long pass.'

Marker Drew is blue [8:53 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'But Bledsoe, once a sure-fire Hall of Fame candidate, is running out of chances in the National Football League. At this point, he had better not focus on prospering. First, he has to find a way to survive.'

Marker Bills Coach Mike Mularkey Conf. Call [5:29 PM] reports: 'Q: Has there been any one major cause in your team’s struggle to score points so far this season, or are there several factors?
MM: I think one of [the factors] is...'.

Marker Bills QB Drew Bledsoe Conf. Call [5:28 PM] reports: 'Q: In your first season at Buffalo, some people were talking about you being the most valuable player in the league, but things have trailed off since then. What do you have to do to get back to being the player for the Bills that you were when you first joined them?
DB: The thing that I have to do...'.

Marker QB Losman Optimistic About Return [4:35 PM] reports: 'Losman says returning in three weeks is a possibility. "I think that's a realistic goal," said Losman.'

Marker Bills Encourage Healthy Diet, Exercise [4:35 PM] reports: '"It as really important to teach the kids about being healthy," Denney said. "Nowadays it's so easy to be eating junk food and staying inside without getting any exercise. We wanted the kids to be excited about this program and they were very responsive to our message."'

Marker Bills' Losman expects to begin practicing in two weeks [4:33 PM]
AP reports: '''It was really exciting. That's the only way to say it. I can't play it cool. It was fun,'' Losman said. ''I'm way of ahead of schedule.'''

Marker Forget the streak, Patriots say they're focused on Buffalo [3:30 PM]
AP reports: '``This is a different year,'' Belichick said. ``We've won two games, and were going to have a hard time winning a third. Going on the road in Buffalo is going to be tough. Nobody knows that better than we do.'''

Marker Bills to Hold Seventh Annuual Fan Food Drive [1:18 PM] reports: 'Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be collected at all gates by volunteers headed by Fan Food Drive chairwoman Mary Wilson. Mrs. Wilson will team up with the Bills Women's Association, Buffalo Jills, Blue Coats, Student Leaders and Food Bank staff who will be located at collection points outside every gate of the stadium.'

Marker Belichick buddy knows you don't mess with Bill [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What does Belichick have cooked up for Sunday's game in Ralph Wilson Stadium? What should Drew Bledsoe and Buffalo's troubled offense expect - pressure up the middle like it had in the first two games this season or defensive linemen staying back and linebackers rushing, as the Patriots did in confusing the Bills in 2002? Will quarterback Tom Brady dink-and-dunk until the Bills are sunk?'

Marker QB Losman could return by Nov. 1 [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We come back that week on Monday morning. I hope he's cleared to go practice,'' Wichard said. "Yeah, he's doing great.''

Marker A Bill believes he's due [5:00 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"He's just not the same player," an NFL general manager said last week. "You can only take so many hits. It's not a question of courage. He's proven that. But your body can only take so much and then you start to react different. I doubt he even senses it. It's not a conscious thing, but you can't pull the trigger when you need to anymore."'

Marker Trouble on the line [5:00 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'The Bills' offensive line will be challenged by the Patriots' interchangeable ways Sunday when the teams meet in Buffalo. The Bills' line consists of left tackle Jonas Jennings, left guard Lawrence Smith, center Trey Teague, right guard Chris Villarrial and right tackle Mike Williams. Jennings, Teague and Williams are returning starters, while Villarrial was a top free-agent acquisition and Smith a first-year free agent signee. Leaky offensive line play (NFL-high 51 sacks in 2003) has been a concern in Buffalo in recent years and the well respected McNally, a 25-year NFL coaching veteran hired by first-year coach Mike Mularkey, is being counted on to help fix it.'

Marker Wednesday's New England Coverage [4:59 AM] reports:
A Bill believes he's due (Boston Globe)
Right on schedule (Boston Herald)
Pats chat with Tom E. Curran (Providence Journal)
Trouble on the line (Metro West Daily News)
Time for the real Seymour to show (Woonsocket Call)
No hype, just wins (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Numbers don't tell story for Seymour (Brockton Enterprise)
Patriots may join elites (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Drew is blue (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)

Marker Foundering Bills have more questions than answers [4:58 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: 'I still can’t figure out if he’s to blame for the Bills’ failure to throw the ball downfield or if it’s the fault of his line for failing to give him enough time. However, with each passing game, it seems more and more that Bledsoe is unable, or unwilling, to throw the ball quickly enough to avoid getting sacked as often as he does.'

Marker Bills vs. Patriots Preview [4:57 AM] reports: All conventional wisdom leads you to believe the Patriots will tie the NFL record with their 18th consecutive win. Both teams have had two weeks to get ready so they should both be well prepared. Bill Belichik is arguably the best coach in the game and giving him two weeks to prepare could be bad news for the Bills. The Bills are desperate for a victory and the Patriots are due to lose. The Bills will need to play a near perfect game to win this week. They stressed the mistakes they made in the first two weeks over the bye, I think that they were listening and will stop shooting themselves in the foot. In the NFL on any given Sunday anybody can win. So even though it makes no sense whatsoever I'm picking the Bills to pull off a monumental upset to save their season.

September 28, 2004

Marker Flashback: Last-Second TD Beats Pats [3:40 PM] reports: 'Nov. 22, 1981: Maybe former New York Yankees star Yogi Berra was on to something when he said, ‘It ain’t over til it’s over.’ Fortunately, the Bills believed the same thing when they hosted New England that Sunday afternoon and came away with a 20-17 victory.'

Marker Pats shift attention to Bills [1:28 PM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"Their record is deceiving," Patriots defensive end Richard Seymour said. "They could easily be 2-0. They’re probably the best 0-2 team in the league."'

Marker Players Prefer Bye Week Mid-Season [1:15 PM] reports: 'I think it's going to be a very intense game this week at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The rivalry between the Bills and the Patriots has really heated up over the past few seasons. It's always a grudge match when these guys get together. The crowd will play a big part in the game. With the Patriots coming here it may be a better game than most people think. The Bills will have to play mistake free for the first time this season to beat New England, but it is possible. They need to come out and have a good opening drive to get their confidence back on offense.'

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