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Buffalo Bills News - November 8, 2004

Marker Report card [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Say this about Drew Bledsoe, he's not giving way to first-round pick J.P. Losman without a fight.'

Marker McGahee, Bills still dreaming of playoffs [5:03 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"We kicked their ass," said Buffalo defensive tackle Pat Williams, who tackled Jets running back Curtis Martin for a huge safety with six minutes to play. "It was a whuppin'."'

Marker Bills play with passion vs. Jets [5:02 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'That's right. Buffalo, which is going nowhere, bullied New York, which believes it is bound for the playoffs and a nice run in them upon arrival. But, as this is a league in which so many clubs are distinguishable one from the other only through the color of their laundry, there was little cartwheeling inside the Bills' dressing quarters. Satisfaction, yes. Surprise, no.'

Marker Bills' McGahee Hits Pause and Then Runs Fast Forward [5:02 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In his three starts, McGahee has rushed for 345 yards on 93 carries, an average of 3.7 yards a carry. "He's very capable of making yards when things look bleak," Mularkey said.'

Marker Bills deflate Martin [5:01 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I don't think there's any doubt that they came into this game with more intensity than we did, that they took it to us and laid us out," Martin said. "All the credit in the world goes to them, they played great and they were easily the better team out there today. And it's frustrating to know that." The Bills made little mystery about what they wanted to accomplish yesterday: keep Martin under 100 yards, which is usually a benchmark of success for the Jets. They received an added bonus when Chad Pennington hurt his shoulder on a first-quarter fumble. But keeping Martin under wraps was the key.'

Marker Bills stomp on Abraham and run over Jets' 'D' [4:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Bills were cooking, all right. They kept the Jets' blitz buried in the playbook because of a relentless running game by Willis McGahee (132 yards) and magnificent blocking by the offensive line. The Jets, who entered the game eighth among NFL teams against the run, were dominated. "They ran the ball everywhere," Abraham said. "They ran it left, right. They ran at me and away from me. Whatever they did worked."'

Marker Nowhere to run, hide [4:58 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"People were saying they had two 100-yard backs," said Spikes, a constant presence in Martin's path, "and I totally respect Martin and their entire team. But I didn't think it was fair for them to mention the Miami defense and the Buffalo defense in the same breath when it came to stopping the run."'

Marker No timeouts, so no challenge [4:57 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Why didn't the Bills try to score a touchdown at the end of the second quarter?'

Marker Bills' injury scary to all [4:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"It really just opens your eyes to know that you're not invincible," Bills safety Lawyer Milloy said after Buffalo's 22-17 victory. "This is a contact sport. It's given to you, the game itself and celebrity or whatever, but it can be taken away just as quickly."'

Marker Jets are left holding the bag with empty sacks on Bledsoe [4:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"They came out and got their offense going," DT Jason Ferguson said. "We tried to slow them down but once they got the run going it was kind of hard" to rush the passer."'

Marker McGahee hits the ground running [4:54 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"(The Bills) can run the ball well," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "That's the whole key. That's the most we've given up all year. They did a good job running and we missed some tackles. (McGahee) made some big runs. He was fast and got to the outside."'

Marker Worth the wait [4:53 AM]
Asbury Park Press reports: '"Good things come to those who wait. I knew I couldn't rush anything," McGahee said of his comeback.'

Marker Late, questionable catch was final nail in Jets' coffin [4:53 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'That got the Jets on the sideline squawking, but squawking was all they could do. They were out of timeouts, so they couldn't challenge the play. "They called it (inbounds)," coach Herman Edwards said afterward, shaking his head.'

Marker Monday's New York Coverage [4:53 AM] reports:
'Elite' Jets Left Twisting in Wind (New York Times)
Bills' McGahee Hits Pause and Then Runs Fast Forward (New York Times)
The Jets' Defense Is Pounded This Time (New York Times)
Jets battered and Chad bruised (New York Daily News)
Caught in a bind (New York Daily News)
Injury that really smarts (New York Daily News)
Moss breaks out in losing effort (New York Daily News)
Chad to worse as Jets topple (New York Post)
Bills deflate Martin (New York Post)
Disgruntled Jets; We blew it (New York Post)
A pass that failed (New York Post)
Santana finally has a big day (New York Post)
A wing & a miss (Newsday)
Big question: Are these guys for real? (Newsday)
Hurt Chad must hand off (Newsday)
Bills stomp on Abraham and run over Jets' 'D' (Newsday)
Nowhere to run, hide (Newsday)
No timeouts, so no challenge (Newsday)
Bills' injury scary to all (Newsday)
Grading the Jets (Newsday)
No excuses for Jets (White Plains Journal News)
Pennington injures shoulder in deflating loss to Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Burned rookie cornerback blames himself (Newark Star Ledger)
McGahee hits the ground running (Newark Star Ledger)
Now Jets know they have work to do (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets are left holding the bag with empty sacks on Bledsoe (Newark Star Ledger)
Why they lost (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets bruised, battered (Bergen Record)
Jets notes (Bergen Record)
Jets gameballs (Bergen Record)
The writing was on the wall (Asbury Park Press)
Worth the wait (Asbury Park Press)
Jets bruised and battered (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Jets' D stands for defective (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Late, questionable catch was final nail in Jets' coffin (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Bills, McGahee Run Past Jets (
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Marker Bills Down Jets [4:52 AM] reports: 'On defense, the Bills forced a Chad Pennington fumble and Lawyer Milloy intercepted the Jets QB in the fourth quarter. In addition, the Bills held Curtis Martin to a season low 67 yards rushing and Pat Williams tackled Martin in the endzone for a safety.'

Marker Rookie Evans Comes Up Big for Bills [4:52 AM] reports: '"Lee made some spectacular catches for us today in pivotal situations," said Bledsoe. "That's great to see, you want a young guy that can come in and make plays at pivotal times in games."'

Marker Offense Capitalizes on Jets’ Mistakes [4:51 AM] reports: '"The thing that I like is that this team is starting to take on the personality that Mike (Mularkey) has been preaching since he first got here," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "The running game is taking off…special teams are playing well…we're not turning the ball over, and our defense is playing well."'

Marker Bills Pull Off Upset Win 22-17 [4:50 AM] reports: The Bills continue their mid season revival as they beat a quality team for the first time this year with a 22-17 win over the Jets. Willis McGahee was a workhorse as he rumbled for 132 yards on 37 carries and a touchdown. The defense added two takeaways and a safety while Drew Bledsoe hit Lee Evans for a score as the Bills pulled off a complete victory before a soldout crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Everyone Contributes To Complete Victory [4:49 AM]
Bills Daily reports: It was another solid all around effort from the Bills as they came away with the upset win over the Jets. The offense made the plays when they had to. The defense was solid and had a safety. Special teams had a few nice kick returns and one beautiful coffin corner punt.

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Marker Jets QB Pennington pulled after bruising right shoulder [8:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Feeling his arm begin to stiffen, Pennington approached coach Herman Edwards in the fourth quarter. The conversation took place after Pennington's last two drives ended with an interception and a 13-yard sack.'

Marker Bills Beat Jets, Win Second Straight [8:03 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'McGahee was handed the ball 37 times, the most for a Bills running back since 1992. The 37 carries also tied the mark for second most in a single game in franchise history.'

Marker Williams Leaves Game with Neck Injury [7:47 PM] reports: 'X-rays on his neck proved to be negative and Head Coach Mike Mularkey said doctors will take a closer look at him on Monday. "Obviously, first off, you're worried about the guy," said Bledsoe. "Anytime you see somebody laying on the field like that you are concerned. He's a guy I have a lot of respect for and is an important part of this team."'

Marker Bills, McGahee Run Past Jets [7:00 PM] reports: '“They came out and played their type of football,” head coach Herm Edwards said. “They were physical and kept the ball for most of the game. They just beat us, and they deserved to win. When we commit 10 fouls, it makes it very difficult to win on the road.”'

Marker Buffalo 22, NY Jets 17 [4:46 PM]
AP reports: 'Quincy Carter took over, and completed a 51-yard touchdown pass to Santana Moss, cutting the Bills' lead to 22-17 with 4:06 remaining. The Bills responded with an eight-play, 37-yard drive to run out the clock. They might have caught a break in extending that final drive when officials ruled Evans kept both feet inbounds on a 27-yard reception up the right sideline on third-and-8 with 2:31 remaining. But the Jets were unable to challenge after having used their three timeouts.'

Marker Buffalo 22, NY Jets 17 [4:46 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Chad Pennington struggled against the wind. The conditions had no effect on Willis McGahee's power running.'

Marker Buffalo 22, NY Jets 17 [4:45 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Willis McGahee ran for 132 yards and a touchdown to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 22-17 victory over the New York Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium. McGahee now has reached the 100-yard mark in all three of his starts, all won by the Bills (3-5).'

Marker Bills' OT Williams taken off in ambulance [4:41 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'An immobilized Williams gave a thumbs up as he was put in the ambulance. He was then taken to the locker room for x-rays on his neck and back, which were negative, and reportedly had movement in all extremities.'

Marker Bills RT Williams driven off field in ambulance [4:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills right tackle Mike Williams appeared to be knocked cold and was driven off the field in an ambulance during the third quarter of Buffalo's game against the New York Jets on Sunday.'

Marker Bills Scouting Report [4:10 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No giveaways. The Bills played turnover-free last week and it’s a must against the Jets, who have turned the ball over a league-low five times. Buffalo can’t give the Jets any breaks because they don’t need them.'

Marker What to Look for vs. Jets [9:35 AM] reports: 'If McGahee can get off to a quick start, the Bills will be able to establish the pass through play-action. The Jets needs to shut him down early or it could be a long day for their defense trying to slow the Bills offense down.'

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