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Buffalo Bills News - December 6, 2004

Marker Surging Bills edge into playoff contention [9:16 PM]
AP reports: '''We're living day by day around here, week by week,'' linebacker Takeo Spikes said. ''If we can just focus on going 1-0 instead of worrying about going 4-5 or 6-0, everything else will take care of itself.'''

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:33 PM] reports: 'How do you keep your players focused on one game at a time, rather than scoreboard watching and looking at all the playoff scenarios? MM: You've got to stress in meetings that we have no control over what happens outside of our environment and the only thing that we can control is our game on Sunday. We've got to do our part and let everybody else do theirs. Hopefully it works out.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:33 PM] reports: 'With Drew Bledsoe finally starting to look like the Drew Bledsoe of two years ago and the team winning, is what the Jets did with Pennington/Testaverde…drafting a young QB and letting him watch and learn for a full two years while the veteran played…a direction the Bills could be considering come 2005? Would the organization consider letting a No. 1 pick not play until 2006 if Bledsoe continues to impress?

Marker RT Williams, TE Campbell among banged-up Bills [5:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Without going into detail, coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that both were having further tests on right knee injuries sustained in Buffalo's 42-32 win at Miami on Sunday. Mularkey added that backup tight end Tim Euhus was also to have tests after hurting his knee on Sunday.'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Dolphins [4:45 PM] reports: 'Terrence McGee: His 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game was the longest in Bills history…became the first player (team and opponent) in Bills history to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and became only the tenth player in NFL history to return three-plus kickoffs in a season and the first since 2000.'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills keep playoff hopes alive [2:26 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Turnovers are something we've put a big emphasis on," said Spikes. "If you look at the stats (Miami had a 403-362 edge in total yardage) you would have thought the outcome of the game would have been different. But the turnovers were the biggest deal."'

Marker Bills keep playoff hopes alive [11:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It certainly didn’t go the way anybody would have envisioned it,” said Bledsoe of the 74-point explosion. “We were fortunate enough to put up enough points to win it."'

Marker Bills keeping this season interesting [11:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Funny what six wins in eight weeks - including the last three in a row - will do for your perception.'

Marker Bills Team Report [10:41 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Coaching: B. After an 0-4 start, coach Mike Mularkey and his staff have put it together.'

Marker Old-fashioned shootout [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was a dogfight right there," said Bills cornerback Nate Clements. "That might have been the game of the week. I expected it to be close. But I didn't expect all those points with two great defenses on the field. There were so many highs and lows out there. We just fought through adversity and found a way to make more plays in the end."'

Marker Interceptions rule on big takeaway day [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had seven takeaways overall, the most since getting seven against the Houston Oilers on Oct. 11, 1993.'

Marker Bledsoe shows Bills how to beat adversity [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was a true team victory. There were too many standouts, large and small, to enumerate.'

Marker McGee's TD return is one for books [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Terrence McGee has never been to Hawaii, but he might be getting an all-expenses paid trip there soon.'

Marker Refusing to lose [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unsung Hero: Jonas Jennings. The Buffalo offensive tackle left the game briefly after his shoulder popped out again. But, with one healthy arm, he came back and did an admirable job against Miami defensive end Jason Taylor.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching -- A. Team showed heart with comeback. Defense made adjustment, brought more heat in second half. Offense on fire.'

Marker The high price of subsidies [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The publicly financed package to keep the Buffalo Bills here - $96 million in state money and $28 million from Erie County over six years for stadium renovations and cash grants - remains the largest taxpayer-supported project locally and the yardstick by which all others can be compared.'

Marker Bills devour Dolphins, 42-32 [7:12 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“I'm not focusing on all of the playoff scenarios,” Bledsoe said. “I’m just looking ahead to Cleveland. We went 1-0 this week. Now we have to go 1-0 next week.”'

Marker They Actually Have An (Outside) Shot At The Playoffs? [7:11 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'It’s crazy, I know. Ludicrous. Insane. Completely NUTTY, but oh, so true.'

Marker Fun in the sun for Bills [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If you are going to win consistently, you can't be one-dimensional," Bledsoe said. "It was good to see today from our team that despite the Dolphins coming out, playing well and scoring points on us, we were able to pick up the slack and put points on the board."'

Marker Off day by defense didn't hurt [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills were sixth in points allowed, Miami was 31st in points scored, yet Buffalo allowed a season-worst 32. The Dolphins' 25 first downs were the most against the Bills this year, their quarterback, A.J. Feeley, became just the second passer to top 300 yards through the air, and Miami scored touchdowns on all three of its red-zone penetrations. Who cares?'

Marker Bledsoe's true grit leaving no doubt that this is his team [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What we do know is that Bledsoe's personal comeback after one of his worst performances in a 29-6 loss at New England on Nov. 14 has put on display the heart and character of one of the NFL's all-time greats (we forget sometimes that the league's 10th all-time passer is in our midst).'

Marker 10-6 usually good enough for playoffs [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills win out to finish 10-6, they probably would join a short list of the best teams not to make the playoffs.'

Marker Report card [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching: Give the defensive staff credit for righting the ship after a terrible start.'

Marker Dolphins tank in loss to Bills [5:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'There was good and bad. And in the end, the bad counted more.'

Marker Stealing McGahee's glory at least for day [5:06 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Bledsoe finished with 277 yards and four touchdowns for an absurdly high efficiency rating of 132.9. ''I've said it since March that we have an identity, and that is running the ball,'' first-year Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey said. ``If we have to throw the football to win, we will throw the football. Whatever phase it takes to win, we'll do that.'''

Marker The pass coverage that wasn't vs. Bills [5:05 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'That six-play, 78-yard drive was the first on which Buffalo went without a huddle. Before the touchdown, Bledsoe completed 3 of 4 for 45 yards on the drive. ''I think the hurry-up got us a little off balance,'' defensive end Jason Taylor said. ``A team comes into your stadium and runs a no-huddle out of a shotgun, they shouldn't be able to do that.'''

Marker Ailing tackle toughs it out [5:04 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements continues to enjoy his yearly visit to Pro Player Stadium. Clements intercepted a pass from A.J. Feeley in the first quarter, the seventh interception of his career against the Dolphins and the sixth in Pro Player.'

Marker Keys to the game [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Who: Buffalo WRs Eric Moulds and Lee Evans vs. the Dolphins secondary.
Who won: Moulds and Evans.'

Marker Dolphins fall to 2-10 with 42-32 loss to Bills [5:02 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It was beautiful, man," said Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, who intercepted Feeley earlier in the game. "I told Pat he looked like a hard-boiled egg running down the sideline."'

Marker Bledsoe picks apart secondary [5:02 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"A team comes into your stadium and runs a no-huddle offense out of the shotgun, they shouldn't be able to do that," Taylor said.'

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