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Buffalo Bills News - October 4, 2004

Marker Pats' defense comes to the rescue [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a team aspect, so every now and then the defense is going to be called upon to do some things," said Pats tight end Christian Fauria. "We don't look at it like we're relying on the defense, and we hope they don't rely on us. Offensively, we hope it doesn't come down to them saving us."'

Marker Wire is victimized by Patriots' attack [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There were a few plays I would have liked to play better on," he said. "It was a tough day."'

Marker Once again, Bills are dumbstruck [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I'm actually starting to feel sorry for Drew Bledsoe. His shortcomings as a quarterback have been well-chronicled here. But it must be tough for him to stand up there, game after excruciating game, choking on his pride and anger, and take the heat for the dumbest team in pro football.'

Marker New England plays like champ [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But was the winner ever in doubt?'

Marker Three starters injured, don't finish game [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cornerback Troy Vincent's injury may be the most serious. He went down with a knee injury during the Bills' first defensive series and was carted off the field afterward. His locker was empty after the game.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills aren't good enough to make all these penalties. False starts, holding, miscommunication. It's the story of a bad team.'

Marker A race to the finish [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Attendance: 72,698. And they all departed when Seymour Deion Sanders-ed his way into the end zone.'

Marker Breaking down [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'They're sick and tired of the penalties, the interceptions, the fumbles, the sacks, the undisciplined play — did we mention the penalties? — the dropped passes, the miscommunications. Most of all, they're sick of the losses that are piling up faster than jokes about the fast ferry.'

Marker McGahee's action still missing [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What are the Bills doing with this guy? Why isn't he getting a chance to show off his multiple talents?'

Marker Bootleg call only invited failure [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Of all the possibilities, of all the plays contained in the Buffalo Bills playbook the size of the Manhattan yellow pages, the one coach Mike Mularkey and coordinator Tom Clements settled on Sunday before a packed house at Ralph Wilson Stadium was probably the one nobody would pick in a game of Madden 2005 let alone the biggest game of a young NFL season with history on the line.'

Marker Another bad dream for Drew [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'For Bledsoe and the Bills, it was deja-black-and-blue all over again. Another bad ending to a promising afternoon.'

Marker Jets, Giants hot, Bills not in New York state derby [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Buffalo probably has a better defensive unit than the 3-0 Jets or 3-1 Giants, but the Bills are paying the price for having an inexperienced head coach, a QB with a strong arm but no legs and a weak offensive line.'

Marker Two-minute read [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'When does Lawyer Milloy return? Not soon enough. Wire appears to be overmatched right now, and Brady took advantage of him. Wire was burned more often than flint and finally defensive coordinator Jerry Gray had to bench him in favor of Pierson Prioleau and, at times, rookie Rashad Baker.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching: Two weeks to get ready for the defending Super Bowl champs may actually have made the Bills worse (one TD from the offense, no sacks from the defense, 11 penalties overall). Challenging Fletcher's fumble through the end zone was a good call by Mularkey but running Bledsoe on a bootleg will get his genius license revoked every time. D.'

Marker Stum-Bills at it again [5:01 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'A team that seems to find a new way to lose each week made it especially creative yesterday before a sellout crowd of its faithful suckers at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Pats hit 18 [5:00 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The team is 3-0, but like the coach says, we're looking forward, not looking backwards," said quarterback Tom Brady. "If you ever look back, people are going to track you down and beat you all over and you are going to feel like crap."'

Marker Bumbling Bills [4:59 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'It was fourth-and-3, and a failed play would likely end the contest and perhaps the season, too. So, 17 yards removed from the end zone, the Bills turned to Drew Bledsoe, the quarterback once believed to be in possession of a $100-million right arm, and invited him ... to run.'

Marker Patriots get record-tying win [4:58 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"We had a good drive going," said Henry, who rushed for 96 yards. "Little things are killing us, man. We played great. I guess when it comes to the little things, I guess that's why they've won two of the last three Super Bowls."'

Marker Colvin falls into first sack [4:57 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Colvin, who missed all but two games last year because of a hip injury, was given credit for the sack after Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe tripped over one of his own linemen and fell down.'

Marker Mistakes baffle Bledsoe [4:56 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Even if it hadn't happened, the Bills might have figured out another way to lose.'

Marker Seymour cashes in on Drew fumble [4:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It never had a chance. Running back Travis Henry whiffed on a blitzing Tedy Bruschi, who stripped the ball before Seymour went all the way.'

Marker New England defense keeps Bills bumbling [4:54 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Bledsoe on a bootleg?'

Marker A Great Bills Effort Ruined By Mistakes [4:53 AM]
PatsFans.com reports: 'It was a classic case of giving the Patriots too many extra chances to win the game, and the Patriots made good on all the gifts that were given them.'

Marker Monday's New England Coverage [4:53 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
18-wheeler (Boston Globe)
Stung by one that got away (Boston Globe)
Offenses veer in 4th quarter (Boston Globe)
Another opponent is left smarting (Boston Globe)
Already 3-0, they are hard to contend with (Boston Globe)
Neal is paying attention in class (Boston Globe)
Pats wobble, don't fall (Boston Herald)
Brady blows off blitz (Boston Herald)
Mistakes, penalties a two-sided story (Boston Herald)
Win cushions Dillon's loss (Boston Herald)
Nothing special about this win (Boston Herald)
Mistakes baffle Bledsoe (Boston Herald)
Pats pull one out of hat (Boston Herald)
Pats receiving corps on march (Boston Herald)
Seymour cashes in on Drew fumble (Boston Herald)
Pats squarely on the mark (Providence Journal)
New England defense keeps Bills bumbling (Providence Journal)
Even on a bad day, Pats good enough to win (Providence Journal)
Despite injuries, Pats potent because of offensive depth (Providence Journal)
Bruschi's sleight of hand fills the bill for Patriots (Providence Journal)
The Drill (Providence Journal)
Special teams' performance earns some ugly reviews (Providence Journal)
One to go (Providence Journal)
He's number three (Providence Journal)
18 in a row (Providence Journal)
Patriots poised to set new NFL victory mark (Woonsocket Call)
Minus three key players, Patriots’ depth plugs holes (Woonsocket Call)
Pats Pick It Up In Second Half (Hartford Courant)
He Can Dish It Out (Hartford Courant)
Patriots evade Bills, tie record for victories (Springfield Republican)
Once again, Bruschi delivers defining play (Springfield Republican)
Familiar formula continues to pay (Manchester Union Leader)
Pats streak up to 18 (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Bootleg doesn't pay off (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Equal to the task (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Buffalo blitz proves big bust (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Neal tough as nails; Light shines on line (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Patriots-Bills Game Notes (Patriots.com)
A Great Bills Effort Ruined By Mistakes (PatsFans.com)

Marker Patriots Tie Unofficial Standard for Victories in a Row [4:52 AM]
New York Times reports: '"We figured the last thing they would be expecting at that point would be to fake the run and boot it around the edge," said Bledsoe, who was sacked seven times. The play crumbled when linebacker Tedy Bruschi came through the middle of the line, forcing Bledsoe to fumble. Defensive end Richard Seymour picked up the ball and lumbered 68 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Patriots streak to 18th victory with 31-17 win [4:51 AM]
USA Today reports: 'New England's Bruschi, a 6-1, 247-pound linebacker who always stands tall, had stormed into the backfield untouched. "They had been faking play-action. I had seen it a couple of times," Bruschi said. "I just wasn't going to bite on it this time. I thought they would keep it in Drew's hands to make a big play."'

Marker Pats capitalize on others' mistakes [4:50 AM]
ESPN reports: 'And in the end, the bottom line read the same as it has each time the Patriots have played a meaningful game in the past year: New England, enough, Other Guys, too little. The Patriots haven't lost since Sept. 28, 2003, at Washington, and what's more is they'll tell you they should have won that game (and they'd be right). The Patriots don't lose because they never seem to lose control of the game or themselves. The guess is that they don't commit as many mental errors as their opponents, and the fact is that when they do, they pick the right time to do it.'

Marker The Bills Blow Another One To Fall To 0-3 [4:49 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Funny, I never saw New England pick up a back after an incomplete pass and throw him to the turf, I didn't see the Pats jumping offsides on a field goal attempt that wound up being the game winning touchdown. I didn't see Corey Dillon fall with a gapping hole on third and one. I didn't see Dillon go the wrong way on fourth and three. I didn't see Tom Brady get sacked five times the final two times New England touched the ball.'

Marker Bills Can't Stop Streak [4:48 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'It was a costly loss for Buffalo. Safety Troy Vincent left the game after hurting a knee in the first quarter. Center Trey Teague also suffered a knee injury in the second quarter. Offensive tackle Jonas Jennings was knocked cold after taking a helmet-to-helmet hit from Vince Wilfork.'

Marker Is Bills' season over? [4:47 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'While Bledsoe isn’t always the positive you’d like him to be, like Brady for instance, he isn’t the main reason the Bills find themselves 0-3. The Bills also have no real alternatives at this point.'

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