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Buffalo Bills News - October 23, 2005

Marker Oakland 38, Buffalo 17 [8:17 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Raiders gained 416 total yards in the game and held Buffalo's offense to just 210 yards.'

Marker Raiders Hammer Bills 38-17 [8:12 PM] reports: 'RB LaMont Jordan carried the ball 28 times for 122 yards and 3 touchdowns, QB Kerry Collins completed 19 of 27 for 261 yards and 1 TD and DE Derrick Burgess dropped Bills QB Kelly Holcomb for two sacks. The Raiders defense held Bills RB Willis McGahee to 50 yards on 16 carries.'

Marker Defense Embarrassing In Raider Rout [8:07 PM] reports: 'Coaching...Grade F: Cheeseburgers don't solve all what ills the Bills.'

Marker Black Hole Swallows Bills Again [8:06 PM] reports: The Bills headed into the dreaded "black hole" hoping for a different result than any game they have played there since 1966. What the got was the same old, same old in their defeat to the Raiders 38-17. It didn't matter that the Raiders were 1-4 going into the game, the Bills just can't play there. The defense was horrible and a squandered opportunity in the 2nd quarter turned the tide for good.

Marker Oakland 38, Buffalo 17 [8:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Kerry Collins, sacked on Oakland's opening drive and booed afterward, completed nine of 10 passes on consecutive touchdown drives late in the second quarter and early in the third as the Raiders (2-4) took control. He finished 19-for-27 for 261 yards to help Oakland scored more than 20 points for the first time all season.'

Marker Raiders lose two DBs to injuries [6:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Defensive backs Charles Woodson and Derrick Gibson were knocked out of Oakland's game against Buffalo in the first quarter Sunday with injuries.'

Marker Moss active for Raiders [6:47 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Moss was expected to miss the game because of injuries to his ribs, groin and pelvic area, but apparently the 1-4 Raiders want to see how much they can get out of their Pro-Bowl receiver.'

Marker Save your receipt, Bills’ McGee big on returns [11:13 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '“A lot of guys are over-pursuing, trying to hit me hard, going for the knockout punch,” McGee said. “When they’re going for that, all I do is stop and cut back.”'

Marker Bills hope they packed the 'good' offense [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Teams that are successful playing, when the season's over with, they've won a number of road games," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "We've got to learn how to win on the road. We haven't had success this year, but we did overcome it and win some games last year, a number in a row, and West Coast games, too. We're going to approach it that same way."'

Marker The road to respectability winds its way through Oakland [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills 23, Raiders 17.'

Marker Holcomb knows a starter's job is a precarious one [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Obviously, you want to play," Holcomb said, "and you want to play the whole year. But that's not my call. As long as I go out on the field and perform, that's all I worry about. You have to take it day by day, game by game. As long as we're winning, I'm not going to sit here and ponder or worry about it."'

Marker They know the drill [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's like the Energizer bunny," center Trey Teague said. "He doesn't ever get tired. He's a big fanatic. He definitely teaches through repetition. Even when he speaks, he says everything twice or three or four times depending on how important he thinks it is."'

Marker Stratton's 1964 hit still brings smiles [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Buffalo was like going home," he said. "It was the biggest surprise to us. We came from an area that was supposed to be known for southern hospitality, but the people and everything around Buffalo made such an impression on us that it was more like home living in Buffalo than it was in Tennessee."'

Marker Raiders vs Bills [8:55 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Whereas Oakland's Norv Turner may be beginning to feel the heat - he has lost 15 of 21 since taking over last year - the Bills' second-year coach, Mike Mularkey, is the toast of Buffalo with his overall record of 12-10.'

Marker The scouting report [7:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Holcomb in hostile territory. He’s done this before, so it shouldn’t be that big of a deal as compared to J.P. Losman playing on the road. Still, Holcomb has to prove he can win away from Orchard Park and this is his first test.'

Marker Bills prove turnarounds do happen [6:39 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Mularkey didn't waste his time putting a positive spin on a negative situation, when the Bills were 0-4. He didn't have any history to call upon. The Bills had no one to rely upon but themselves.'

Marker Raiders Scouting Report [6:39 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Defensively, look for the Raiders to get a handle on McGahee and then blitz Holcomb at every opportunity. This figures to be an ugly game, with both teams fighting for every yard and points at a premium.'

Marker Mobility is fool's gold [6:39 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Don't confuse Holcomb with the players in that elite group, but he at least gives the Bills a chance to compete in the AFC East, and his 429 yards passing for Cleveland against Pittsburgh in 2002 is the NFL record for a non-overtime playoff game.'

Marker Raiders (1-4) vs. Bills (3-3) [6:39 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'In '05, his switch from struggling QB J.P. Losman to free-agent acquisition Kelly Holcomb has been the catalyst. His high-percentage, rhythm-passing game feeds off the running of McGahee. Buffalo, in fact, is 9-1 when McGahee rushes for 100 or more yards and he plays behind a solid offensive line that can pull well on draw plays or sweeps.'

Marker Sunday's Oakland Coverage [6:39 AM] reports:
Erratic Raiders feeling the heat (Oakland Tribune)
Jordan's plea: Give the ball to Jordan (San Francisco Chronicle)
Mobility is fool's gold (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders (1-4) vs. Bills (3-3) (San Francisco Chronicle)
Bills prove turnarounds do happen (Contra Costa Times)
Raiders Scouting Report (Contra Costa Times)
NFL franchises Bay Area busts (Contra Costa Times)
Tough times in land of Raiders (Sacramento Bee)
Raiders vs. Bills (Sacramento Bee)
Underachievers Again (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)

Marker Crazy Raiders fans await Bills in the 'Hole' [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm glad I've been out there once and know what to expect," Bills defensive end Ryan Denney said. "They have some crazy fans, and even though their team is off to a slow start, I know they're excited and their team is hungry for a win. From the spiked shoulder pads to the painted faces, it won't be so overwhelming."'

Marker Bills Q&A: Angelo Crowell [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You also studied anthropology. That's an adventuresome major. "It was. It was interesting learning about other cultures. I didn't do any field digs, but we learned a lot about dinosaurs and bones. It was cool."'

Marker Inside the Herd: WR Roscoe Parrish [5:00 AM] reports: 'Do you feel there are some advantages to being smaller than your defenders? Roscoe Parrish: No, I don’t feel any advantage. I take advantage of my quickness and my awareness on the field. My size doesn’t bother me at all because I’ve been hearing it all my life as a kid.'

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October 22, 2005

Marker The juice is on the loose? [4:04 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'What I don’t understand is the ongoing infatuation with a sports celebrity who will always be linked to the vicious murder of his wife and her friend.'

Marker Keys to the game: Raiders [4:02 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The Bills have been blitzing all season, but it finally paid dividends last week because they were facing an immobile quarterback. The front seven rattled Vinny Testaverde all game; they should take a similar tack with just-as-immobile Raiders QB Kerry Collins.'

Marker Jordan wants to carry the offensive load for struggling Raiders [12:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Mularkey calls himself a "big believer in body language," and he can tell his team has never quit during last season's struggles and again this year. He is constantly evaluating the mood of his club. "Well, I wouldn't recommend it for anybody," he said of what it takes to turn around a team. "We'd really planned on having a faster start and didn't. But we kind of got back on track because guys have not wavered in their belief in what we're doing. ... You know when a team has questions about itself and this team really never has."'

Marker Peters defies labels [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I really don't have a favorite position. I just go out there and play either one depending on what the game plan is," Peters said. "When they put me in at tackle I feel comfortable, and I feel the same way when I play tight end."'

Marker Stroll, burgers part of Bills' regimen [8:55 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Mularkey and his coaching staff will serve their players cheeseburgers for lunch and escort them around San Francisco today. ``We take a walk as a team, to get the blood flowing, which I really think is important when you've been sitting on the plane that long and your body's telling you something about the time change,'' Mularkey said. ``We just get out, find a nice place, a good path to walk as a team. We call it a team stroll. And it's just a good time for guys to talk, get some fresh air, get your body, your legs active. That just seems to bring back a little bit of energy that you may lose from that flight.'''

Marker Former center a champion at Purdue, Buffalo Bills [8:29 AM]
Lafayette Journal and Courier reports: 'Cudzik blocked for Cookie Gilchrist, who ran for more than 1,000 yards in 1964, a feat that was a big deal in a 14-game season. The Bills also had kicking pioneer Pete Gogolak, whose soccer style of kicking was a novelty in 1964 but accepted practice today. "We were very much like today's Patriots, who have won three Super Bowls," Cudzik said. "We never had any great ballplayers but we had esprit de' corps. We played exciting football."'

Marker McGahee earns attention [8:14 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Meaning he doesn't care about the Raiders' supposed strength in stopping the run? "Hey, I'm not worried about what they're going to do," McGahee said. "They better worry about what I'm going to do."'

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