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Buffalo Bills News - November 29, 2004

Marker Mularkey gives players some food for thought [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe it was the cheeseburgers, or simply the law of averages. The Bills had won four straight home games. Sooner or later, they were bound to play a good game away from Ralph Wilson Stadium. But no one could have expected a victory of this magnitude. This was the Bills' most complete game of the season, home or road. It was Mularkey's finest hour as a head coach, a coaching clinic by the entire Buffalo staff.'

Marker Bills hogtie Alexander, clamp down on Hasselbeck [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm not surprised we shut them down," said Bills cornerback Nate Clements. "That's what I expect out of us. We practiced hard all week, watched a lot of film and got some good tips on them. With the players we've got, I wouldn't expect anything less."'

Marker Another bad break for Henry, this time in his right leg [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"For him to go down like that, my heart goes out to him," offensive tackle Mike Williams said. "Everybody in this locker room knows how hard Travis works, so it's tough to see something like that happen. But whatever it takes, I know he's going to work hard and he will come back because that's the kind of player he is."'

Marker Falling into place [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The playoffs are still a remote possibility, but suddenly a 9-7 finish seems like an achievable goal.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching: A+. Great mix of run and pass on offense. Jerry Gray had defense in all the right spots. Bills made it look easy.'

Marker Marv gets the job [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In late October 1986, I received a telephone call from the general manager of the Bills. He informed me that the team's owner, Ralph Wilson, would like me to come visit with him at his home in Detroit. Four years earlier, I had interviewed with Ralph for the head coaching vacancy that had existed with the Bills at that time, and even though I didn't get the job then, I had liked the gentleman, and I had sensed that a healthy rapport existed between us.'

Marker Baffled by Buffalo [8:46 AM]
Bremerton Sun reports: 'The Seahawks were Buffalo's polar opposite. The defense and special teams got exposed by trick plays. The offense was again plagued by dropped passes and tipped balls. Even Holmgren, in his 13th year as an NFL head coach, got out-smarted by a man who has just 11 games of experience as a head coach at any level: Buffalo's Mike Mularkey.'

Marker Bills dismantle Seahawks, fans are quick to pile on [8:27 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'Nothing went right for Seattle. Special teams again were a disaster, from the opening kickoff that went out of bounds to a successful onside kick by Buffalo's Rian Lindell to start the second half. The defense intercepted Drew Bledsoe three times but still gave up 38 points -- the most allowed by Seattle since a 38-14 loss at Oakland in September 2001. The 29-point losing margin was the biggest since a season-opening 41-3 loss to the New York Jets in 1997. And there's the offense.'

Marker Bills change the menu, and that does the trick [8:26 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'There was a method to Mularkey's trickery. When he decided to go for it on fourth down with a 24-3 lead in the fourth quarter -- instead of kicking a 47-yard field goal -- the coach was looking to reinforce a message to his team. "I told them on the sideline we've got to finish games," Mularkey said. "We can't just go into a shell."'

Marker ‘We were just bad, man’ [6:19 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'Willis McGahee’s 2-yard score marked the first time all season that Buffalo had scored an offensive touchdown on the road before the fourth quarter.'

Marker Bledsoe picks up where he left off at WSU [6:18 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'He’s 32 now, more susceptible to the sack than ever but also smarter and more polished. The wonder isn’t that he completed 25-of-37 passes against the Seahawks for 275 yards. The wonder is why Bledsoe’s recent road work has been so spotty.'

Marker Four Bills enjoy a happy return [6:17 AM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'The Buffalo Bills could not have scheduled a more accommodating homecoming opponent for Drew Bledsoe, Sam Adams, Rian Lindell and Lawyer Milloy. The Northwest-based foursome feasted on the Seattle Seahawks’ unending hospitality, leaving Qwest Field with a 38-9 victory and scrapbooks filled with memories.'

Marker Sinking Seahawks exposed by aggressive Buffalo attack [6:16 AM]
King County Journal reports: 'It was the Bills playing the bully to Seattle's sissy act. Maybe the Hawks weren't wearing heels, but they certainly were on theirs all day long against a deceptively tough AFC foe.'

Marker Bills stomp Seattle [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If only Drew Bledsoe's New England homecomings all turned out this well, the Buffalo Bills would be in the thick of the playoff chase.'

Marker A master plan that Mularkey can relish [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Talk about a cheeseburger in paradise.'

Marker Bills are building a solid future [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'There is honest-to-goodness optimism resonating from One Bills Drive because after a disastrous 0-4 start that will ultimately ruin this season, the Bills have begun to play like the team many of us thought they were back in the summer at St. John Fisher College.'

Marker Two-minute read [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills RB Willis McGahee: He had his finest day as a pro with 116 rushing yards and four touchdowns. Many of his runs were stopped for short gains or no gains, but great backs keep plugging and eventually they break out, and McGahee did.'

Marker Report Card [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mike Mularkey and Tom Clements came to Buffalo with a reputation for creative play-calling and it was on display in Seattle. The reverse to Evans out of that formation was nifty, the pitch back to McGahee on fourth down that resulted in a TD was brilliant, and the onside kick — Bobby April's brainchild — was a well-timed gamble that worked.'

Marker The worst in first [5:00 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'On the Bills' first five scoring drives, Bledsoe was 20 of 26 for 222 yards. On third downs, he was 9 of 11 for 95 yards, including completions of 24 and 16 yards. "He's a big-time quarterback," said Hamlin, who had two interceptions. "He's been in the league for a while and he knows how to read defenses and that type of stuff. So he did a good job."'

Marker Bills crush Hawks on road to respectability [4:59 AM]
Seattle Post Intellignencer reports: 'The on-side kick to start the second half took nearly everyone but kicker Rian Lindell and the Bills' special teams unit by surprise. The former Seahawks and Washington State kicker lightly nudged the ball forward, following its every bounce until it went the required 10 yards and Lindell pounced on it, the first time he had ever recovered one of his own. "We practice a bunch of those type kicks in the offseason and in training camp, so we always have it in the back of our minds," Lindell said.'

Marker Victory is Walla Walla sweet [4:58 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'Apparently some people think he's fading, that, at 32, Bledsoe is not as capable as he was before. I know this because John Clayton said as much before the game.'

Marker Seahawks vs. Bills: Game in review [4:57 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'Game balls: Offense - Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Buffaloed! [4:56 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'The Bills moved the ball at will out of a no-huddle offense that the Seahawks swore was not a surprise, and had outgained the Seahawks 154 to 24 in total yardage after one quarter.'

Marker Bledsoe wins homecoming game [4:55 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'The defining play of this game (for the Bills) and this day (for Bledsoe) came with 10 seconds left in the first half. The Bills were out of timeouts and facing a third-and-three at the Seahawks' 3-yard line.'

Marker Adams can't fathom Hawks [4:54 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Adams the former Seahawk didn't place any emphasis on throttling Seattle 38-9 yesterday afternoon. "It's not about me," he said, after recording one tackle. "It's about the team."'

Marker Oops! [4:53 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Buffalo opened the game with a no-huddle offense that drove 60 yards in 10 plays to take a 7-0 lead. The key third-down conversion on that drive came on a roll-right, throw-back-left screen play that looked like it had been plucked straight from the playbooks of nearby Lackawanna High.'

Marker Buffalo 38, Seattle 9 [4:52 AM]
Seahawks.com reports: 'Did anyone get the numbers off that truck?'

Marker Monday's Seattle Coverage [4:51 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
The worst in first (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Seahawks' spiral finally takes Alexander down (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Bills crush Hawks on road to respectability (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Hawks lose contact with ground control (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Victory is Walla Walla sweet (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
More dropped passes stall Seahawks' offense (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Seahawks vs. Bills: Game in review (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Making the grade (Seattle Post Intelligencer)
Buffaloed! (Seattle Times)
Bledsoe wins homecoming game (Seattle Times)
Adams can't fathom Hawks (Seattle Times)
Boos problem (Seattle Times)
Seahawks' fan advantage fading away with losses (Seattle Times)
Drop and give me 20 (Seattle Times)
Seahawks two-minute drill (Seattle Times)
Photo Gallery (Seattle Times)
Oops! (Everett Herald)
Seahawk Notes (Everett Herald)
‘We were just bad, man’ (Tacoma News Tribune)
Staggering Hawks in desperate need of emotional fire (Tacoma News Tribune)
Bledsoe picks up where he left off at WSU (Tacoma News Tribune)
Four Bills enjoy a happy return (Tacoma News Tribune)
Passing game sputters as Hawks drop ball (Tacoma News Tribune)
Baffled by Buffalo (Bremerton Sun)
The sad part is, this loss is typical Seahawks (Bremerton Sun)
Seahawks Report Card (Bremerton Sun)
Sinking Seahawks exposed by aggressive Buffalo attack (King County Journal)
Bills dismantle Seahawks, fans are quick to pile on (Portland Oregonian)
Bills change the menu, and that does the trick (Portland Oregonian)
Seattle CB inactive against Bills (AP)
Buffalo 38, Seattle 9 (Seahawks.com)

Marker Bills dominate listless Seahawks [4:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'Instead, Bledsoe faked a sneak and lateraled to his left to Willis McGahee, who rambled almost untouched for a 30-yard touchdown. For the Seahawks defense, they turned Qwest Field into Rest Field. They were asleep. "I had never seen a play like that before," Seahawks defensive tackle Cedric Woodard said. "It was a good play. They had a fourth down and only this much (holding his fingers closely together to indicate inches). Everybody was thinking sneak. I give them credit. They kept us off balance all day."'

Marker Buffalo 38, Seattle 9 [4:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo didn't punt until less than a minute remained in the third period.'

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