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Buffalo Bills News - November 30, 2004

Marker Mularkey keeps his eyes on the road ahead [5:00 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'First off, Buffalo’s next four opponents have a combined record of 11-33. If the Bills can run that table, they would be 9-6 heading into the season finale against the powerful Pittsburgh Steelers. All of a sudden, a game that looked like a miserable reason to head out to Ralph Wilson Stadium in January becomes a meaningful contest. If only it weren’t for that 0-4 start that saw the Bills lose two games by three points and one by two points along with a 31-17 loss to New England.'

Marker Ride this McGahee bonanza [4:59 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: 'McGahee scored four touchdowns in Sunday's drubbing of Seattle, one more than he had managed all season. Still, in the past two months, only Kansas City's Priest Holmes has more rushing touchdowns. With 116 yards, McGahee topped 100 for the fifth time in seven weeks. By no coincidence, Buffalo is 5-0 in those games.'

Marker Bills would be wise to keep McGahee [4:58 AM]
Yale Daily News reports: 'There have been rumors Buffalo is planning on trading one of their running backs next season. With an ailing quarterback who, unlike wine and cheese, just keeps getting exponentially worse with age and whose sole touchdown pass of the game was for fewer yards than McGahee averaged on touchdown runs, it would be foolish for Buffalo to trade away McGahee. While it's understandable why Mularkey chose Henry as the starting running back (the guy HAD averaged 1,300 rushing yards in the previous two seasons), to get rid of McGahee now would simply be, and I apologize in advance, a load of malarkey.'

Marker Inside slant [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey, who is always jotting down plays on napkins and scraps of paper, has no shortage of ideas but they're only as good as the players executing them. Too often this year, Bledsoe hasn't demonstrated the ball handling skills or footwork to make a trick play work, or else the line or the running backs had breakdowns. But everything was clicking on Sunday, when the Bills rang up season-highs for yardage (434) and first downs (25). The fake QB sneak left the locker room buzzing.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:56 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mike Mularkey pulled out all the stops to win his first road game, pushing all the right psychological buttons. By giving his team more time off the night before the game, serving the players cheeseburgers and taking them on a stroll of the Seattle waterfront, he put a rested team on the field both mentally and physically.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'A key to Buffalo's defensive success was its offense running 19 more plays and staying on the field. The Bills defense faced just 57 snaps.'

Marker Henry May Still Return. Jennings To Rest A Few Days [4:54 AM]
WGR-AM reports: Jonas Jennings shoulder popped out during Sunday's game. He did get back in, but Mularkey says his left tackle may miss a few days of practice this week.'

Marker The Road Back [4:53 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The cheeseburgers are a funny anecdote but they represent something bigger. They demonstrate a coach who is willing to try anything to win. That willingness comes with one other characteristic that is important in all good coaches---They can’t be afraid to fail. It took desperate times, but Mike Mularkey now has his team playing to win instead of playing not to lose. Early in the season the team lacked confidence and tried to avoid losing. Sunday the Bills seized the game from the beginning and never let up.'

Marker Bills having fun and that's Mularkey [4:52 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Reverses, flea-flickers, and now we step things up a notch in Seattle, with an on-side kick to start the second half, and later the fake qb sneak and lateral to Willis McGahee for the 30 yard touchdown that salts away the Seahawks. Players absolutely LOVE that attitude from a head coach. It says “we’re playing to WIN”, and we’re gonna keep a team down and then step on them to make sure.'

Marker Bills could make playoffs if they played in NFC [4:51 AM]
Buffalo Beast reports: 'The AFC has seven teams with at least seven wins. Since six teams make the playoffs, at least 10 or probably 11 wins will be needed to qualify.'

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November 29, 2004

Marker Resurgent Bills finding winning identity [9:07 PM]
AP reports: 'It might not be enough for Buffalo (5-6) to creep back into the AFC playoff race, with seven teams that have seven or more wins battling for six postseason berths. But it's enough to convince Mularkey his team is showing some resilience.'

Marker McGahee, Bills drown Seahawks [9:03 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“A lot of things have to happen outside of what we’re doing,” Mularkey said. “All we can control is what we do in our games. We’re still plugging away.”'

Marker Should Bledsoe stay or go? Local fans react [9:02 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Chris Moore, of Youngstown, praised the Bills’ defense, but said the team needed to boost its offensive line. “They have two-thirds of the puzzle,” said Moore, a 43-year-old karate instructor watching the game Sunday with several long-time friends. “They just don’t have the other third.”'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach, what has changed about this team from the start of the year? They suddenly are overcoming their mistakes. Drew threw 3 picks against Seattle but we still crushed them. Is this team finally buying into what you preach and are they finally playing football the way you believe they are best off playing with tough physical play? MM: We not making the same mistakes that we were earlier and if we do make one mistake we can overcome it, which we did not do earlier in the year. That "here we go away" mentality is hopefully gone.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:35 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I for one was excited when I heard the Bills took McGahee in the 2003 draft. If you could say one thing to some of the doubters of that pick, what would you say?
TD: Everyone was entitled to their opinion when we selected Willis McGahee in the 2003 Draft. As an organization, we had great faith in Willis and great faith in our medical people. It really came down to whether we were willing to be patient enough to give Willis a chance to rehab and to get healthy. We are starting to see that patience pay off with his performance this year.'

Marker Bills RB Henry's leg injury not as severe as initially feared [5:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Mularkey added the team is conducting further tests on Henry, and should have a more definitive diagnosis when the Bills return to practice on Wednesday.'

Marker Flashback: Cookie Gilchrist's Big Game [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Starting in place of quarterback Jack Kemp was rookie Daryle Lamonica, who was making his first pro start. The attack was simple-run the ball against the New York Jets' defense. "Our game plan was to run Cookie and we stuck to it," said Lamonica. "I told him before the game, 'I'm going to put you to work'."'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Seahawks [3:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Willis McGahee: Became only the third player in Bills history to record four rushing touchdowns in a game (Cookie Gilchrist, 5, 12/8/63, and Roland Hooks, 4, 9/9/79).

Marker McGahee makes like cooking while stomping Seattle [2:00 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Even if they run the table before Pittsburgh visits on Jan. 2, Buffalo postseason aspirations rely on two pretty good teams among the three atop the wild-card standings -- Baltimore, Denver and the New York Jets -- completely collapsing. That's probably not going to happen.'

Marker Bills Team Report [1:58 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'TE Mark Campbell's three TDs in a November 21 win over the Rams show what a threat he is in the red zone. He is good at finding soft spots in the secondary and has the size (6-6, 255) and hands to make plays in traffic. His receiving skills are too good to be ignored.'

Marker Buffaloed by Bills [12:56 PM]
Vancouver Columbian reports: 'Buffalo would need a miracle to make the AFC playoffs. Yet, the Bills dominated Seattle, which has a strong chance to make the postseason even land a home playoff game because the Seahawks play in a conference in which five of the 16 teams have winning records.'

Marker Lindell's trickery fools Seahawks [12:55 PM]
Vancouver Columbian reports: '"Personally, I was skeptical of the call when I heard we were going to do the onsides kick," Buffalo offensive guard Ross Tucket said, "but then we got the ball, and I thought it was the greatest kick ever."'

Marker Where Have These Bills Been All Year? [12:33 PM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Seattle was only able to gain 230 total yards of offense on the day compared with Buffalo’s 434. And 72 of their yards came on Seattle’s only touchdown drive late in the fourth quarter with the game already out of hand at 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. 38-3. I can type that all day long.'

Marker Nothing fluky about this Bills win [12:10 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, eight teams are still ahead of them in the AFC standings, most of them at least three games ahead with only five to play. So this isn’t about the post-season ... it’s about the future. And something special is happening with this team.'

Marker Power trip [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills outgained the Seahawks, 434-230, and held the ball for 36:24.'

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.'

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