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Buffalo Bills News - November 1, 2005

Marker Notes, quotes [4:51 AM]
The Sports Xchange reports: 'DT Sam Adams played sparingly in the second half as the coaching staff chose to play younger backups Justin Bannan and Lavale Sape in the three-time Pro Bowler's place. Bannan did a nice job pressuring QB Tom Brady and Sape had a fumble recovery. It's believed the decision to sit Adams was made by line coach Tim Krumrie, who may have been upset by Adams' penchant for not playing the scheme that's called. The Patriots averaged 4.2 yards per rush on Buffalo, led by Corey Dillon's big second half when he scored two touchdowns. An upset Adams wasn't sure what the future holds in store for him, but he's far and away Buffalo's best defensive tackle. If the coaching staff plays all young players against the Kansas City Chiefs, who have one of the best offensive lines in the NFL, in two weeks, it could be a very ugly afternoon.'

Marker Tuesday's New England Coverage [4:51 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Patriots report card (Boston Herald)
Inside slant (The Sports Xchange)
Strategy and personnel (The Sports Xchange)
Notes, quotes (The Sports Xchange)
Patriots, Bills Game Notes (Patriots.com)
Grogan's Grade: Week 7 (PatsFans.com)

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October 31, 2005

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [9:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The biggest difference between our team and a team like the Patriots is that they know how to win. The Patriots play consistent football week in and week out and part of that consistency comes from the success that they have had over the last few years. They have done a good job of developing depth on their team and have been able to handle injuries. Our roster is much younger than the Patriots roster, but we would like to do the same thing with our depth as we continue to develop our team. Consistency and knowing how to win are two key elements to the success of New England.'

Marker Is it Time to Put J.P. Back In? [9:50 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Check the latest NFL stats. Holcomb is currently the 8th rated qb in the entire league with a more than respectable 92.0 rating. It’s a tough call, but Holcomb is still the right choice for now.'

Marker Bills Deliver Bye Week Blues [9:49 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: ' know fans are loyal. But, if you had a friend who made promises they didn’t keep; would you stay their friend? If you had a restaurant that you kept returning to and they kept serving you bad over-priced food; would you continue to go? If you had a stock that showed promise of value but didn’t go anywhere; would you keep it or sell it? How many times do we have to get kicked in the gut by the Bills before we say enough is enough?'

Marker Patriots, refs defeat the fearless Bills [8:30 PM]
RealFootball365.com reports: The Bills got the ball back and once again, fearlessly marched down the field. Holcomb fired strikes to his receivers and running back Willis McGahee rammed it down the Patriots' throats as he had all night. There was a crucial 3rd and 5 play, Holcomb completed a pass down the middle for a first down to Eric Moulds. However, what was an obviously biased officiating crew called a push-off on Moulds and the play was called back. It was clearly incidental contact but the refs weren't going to allow the Patriots to lose in Tedy Bruschi's return. Buffalo had to do the play over, expect it was 3rd and 16 this time.

Marker Bradley Named HS Coach of the Week [5:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach Archie Bradley of Silver Creek High School has been named the Buffalo Bills High School Football “Coach of the Week” for the ninth weekend of the 2005 season (October 28-29).'

Marker Bills mum after discouraging loss [5:24 PM]
AP reports: '"I'm actually proud of these guys. I'm frustrated for them, not frustrated at them," Mularkey said. "We overcame a lot of adversity leading into this game where everyone and their brother counted us out. ... I was pretty proud of how we reacted to all that adversity."'

Marker Bills unable to finish off Pats [4:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Unfortunately for the Bills, they were bitten by an old problem. They got inside the New England 30-yard-line four times and settled for as many field goal attempts, Rian Lindell hitting from 23, 35 and 41 yards and missing a 46-yarder.'

Marker Pats show why they’re SB champs [4:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It’s the difference between a great, or at least very good, team and one that’s average ... or worse.'

Marker A fast rise to top of charts for Bills’ McGee [4:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bills’ fans occasionally gripe about the $10 parking fee at “The Ralph.” Imagine their reaction to the $35 price at Gillette Stadium. Worse, the private lots charge the same ... up to a mile and a half away.'

Marker Bills' Preston learned lessons from Lawrence legend — his dad [3:16 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Only one hurdle remains for the rookie — surviving the Buffalo winter. "Being a San Diego kid, I know it's going to be tough," he said. "But I got a taste of it in college. Of course, at Illinois they talk about snow in inches. In Buffalo, they talk about it in feet."'

Marker Bills-Patriots Postgame Notes [12:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Eric Moulds...55-yd. reception was longest since 57-yd. TD vs. Mia., 12/1/02 … 16th career rec. of 50+ yds.'

Marker Frightful finish [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Losses all hurt, but this one is one where you'll look back at the end of the year and say we should have won," linebacker London Fletcher said. "For 55 minutes I think we outplayed them. But you've got to play 60 minutes. The last six minutes they were better than us."'

Marker Moulds breaks loose [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He called offensive pass interference, so I guess he saw something that I didn't see," Moulds said. "But the officials made the call, and we've got to live with it. I don't think I (pushed off). Even the New England guys were saying, "We got away with one that time.' It was a crucial point in the game, and at that point I feel like we should be able to play."'

Marker A statement doesn't go far enough [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Cry about the officials if you must, but the Bills committed 12 penalties, which is too many. They did just enough to lose.'

Marker Patriots' Colvin victimizes Anderson for key sack [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This one is a tough one to take," Anderson. "You never want to be involved in a play that decides the game. It's very disappointing."'

Marker A fall in New England [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots were called for delay of game in the first quarter for what the official termed "performing an unnatural act." No further information was provided, which was probably for the best.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaches had Bills fired up and ready to play. Game plan was sound. Coaches can't block and tackle.'

Marker Grading the Patriots [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Belichick still searching for answers on defense. But he patched it up despite slew of injuries on both sides of ball.'

Marker Another nightmare in New England [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We played well enough for that long, but against teams of this caliber that have been in big games, you can't give them a breath and we did and they took advantage of it."'

Marker The 2-minute read [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Turning point: The Bills settling for Rian Lindell's third field goal of the night early in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Report Card [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Alas, Buffalo caved into turnovers and big plays, losing a game they dominated statistically. It's why New England has captured three of the past four Super Bowls and the Bills haven't won the division since 1995.'

Marker Bills lost their edge when it mattered [4:59 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'After the Patriots had pulled within 16-14 with 7:06 remaining, the Bills' running game should have been able to absorb some clock. But on second and 7 at their 32, the Bills decided ''mixing it up" would be the best course of action. Kelly Holcomb dropped back and was sacked by linebacker Rosevelt Colvin, who stripped Holcomb of the ball and recovered the fumble. The Patriots took over at the 23, and two plays later scored the go-ahead touchdown. ''The fumble was the game," said Holcomb. ''If that didn't happen, we could have taken time off the clock. When you fumble like that, you leave them a short field. They're going to take advantage of that because they're the world champions."'

Marker Putting brakes on McGee [4:58 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Vinatieri’s first two kicks were to McGee but gave him no chance at a good return. The first kick sailed three yards deep into the end zone, where McGee caught it and returned it 22 yards to the 19 where he was stopped by Mike Stone and Matt Chatham. The second went to the sideline, where McGee muffed it out of bounds for no gain.'

Marker Bills came in near bottom in passing [4:57 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Luckily for the Patriots, the Buffalo Bills rank second-to-last in the NFL in passing yardage. Imagine how last night's game might have played out if they were any better.'

Marker Bills game plan, part deux [4:51 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'It's time to pick up your Number 2 pencils and take our annual Buffalo Bills quiz.'

Marker Monday's New England Coverage [4:50 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Electric football (Boston Globe)
Bruschi proves he's a key piece (Boston Globe)
Bills lost their edge when it mattered (Boston Globe)
A win, but which direction now? (Boston Globe)
Hooking up for victory (Boston Globe)
At controls, Brady hoping for a takeoff (Boston Globe)
He wasn't in a giving mood (Boston Globe)
Defense is struggling, big time (Boston Globe)
Eyes rested, problems to focus on (Boston Globe)
Brady’s not half bad in win (Boston Herald)
Putting brakes on McGee (Boston Herald)
Same old Bruschi (Boston Herald)
No waiver necessary (Boston Herald)
An ace in the soul (Boston Herald)
Dangerous signs (Boston Herald)
Command performance (Boston Herald)
Fans offer up opinions on decision (Boston Herald)
Seymour among missing (Boston Herald)
No goblin up cash again (Boston Herald)
Branch big in crunch time (Metro West Daily News)
Bruschi blends in with teammates (Metro West Daily News)
Secondary problems not masked by Tedy's return (Metro West Daily News)
Great comebacks all around (Providence Journal)
Branch's big catches finish off Bills (Providence Journal)
Bruschi right back doing what he really does best (Providence Journal)
Bills came in near bottom in passing (Providence Journal)
Pass injury puts Dillon back in the running (Providence Journal)
Two-minute drill (Providence Journal)
Squib kicks (Providence Journal)
Key play of the game (Providence Journal)
Talking points (Providence Journal)
Anaylsis (Providence Journal)
What they're saying (Providence Journal)
On the run (Providence Journal)
Savorng a fresh Bruschi (Woonsocket Call)
Welcome back, Tedy (Springfield Republican)
Branch answers call (Springfield Republican)
Patriots Find The Time (Hartford Courant)
Bruschi Gets Right Back To Work (Hartford Courant)
Turning Point (Hartford Courant)
Patriots' Bruschi plays first game since suffering stroke (Nashua Telegraph)
Seymour misses Bruschi's return (Nashua Telegraph)
Two stirring comebacks (Portland Press Herald)
He's back, living life as he knows it (Portland Press Herald)
Dillon makes his presence known at the right time (Portland Press Herald)
Tedy's triumphant return (New Bedford Standard Times)
Bruschi an inspiration in return to the playing field (New Bedford Standard Times)
Seymour, Brown absent at kickoff (New Bedford Standard Times)
The Comeback kids (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Bruschi, Patriots defeat Bills (Lynn Daily Item)
Bruschi, Pats come all way back (Brockton Enterprise)
The return of Tedy Bruschi made for a storybook night (Brockton Enterprise)
The Boss is back (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Colvin feels rosy at game’s end (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Pats awake, rally in fourth for win (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Bruschi back where he belongs (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Bills' Preston learned lessons from Lawrence legend — his dad (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
Bruschi Is Back, and the Patriots Return to Form (New York Times)
Bruschi alone can't save the day for Patriots (ESPN)
Bruschi returns for Patriots (AP)
LB Bruschi records seven tackles in return for Patriots (Sportsticker)
Patriots stay on top of AFC East, 21-16 (Patriots.com)
Patriots take something away (Patriots.com)
Belichick Press Conference (Patriots.com)
Tom Brady Press Conference (Patriots.com)
Photo Gallery (Patriots.com)
Championship Form Arrives Just In Time (PatsFans.com)
Patriots Avoid Date With Grim Reaper (PatsFans.com)
Bruschi's Return Simply Amazing (PatsFans.com)

Marker New England 21, Buffalo 16 [4:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Another linebacker made the big play that led to Dillon's second touchdown with 5:32 left. Rosevelt Colvin stripped the ball from quarterback Kelly Holcomb and recovered at the Bills 23. Tom Brady then hit Deion Branch with a 22-yard completion, and Dillon, who missed the previous game with an ankle injury, scored the winning touchdown.

Marker New England 21, Buffalo 16 [4:50 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"You've got to learn to finish games off," Bills head coach Mike Mularkey said. "We played well enough for long enough, but against teams of this caliber that have been in big games, you can't give them a breath and we did, and they took advantage of it. It's not surprising."'

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