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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2004

Marker Win No. 1: That's a wrap [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was a cold, windy day at the Ralph, but it didn't seem to bother the 72,714 fans.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wannstedt must think he's still coaching Charles Haley, Ken Norton and Darren Woodson on Dallas' awesome defense. Fish are way too vanilla.'

Marker Everyone Just Calls Him `Coach' [7:31 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: '"I was the anti-Christ of the Buffalo Bills, but that was good for ratings," he said.'

Marker Off and running [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's excitement right now because you never know what that first win can do for you. It can turn your season around. I think the guys are excited about it," Moulds said.'

Marker Hey, Ralph loves smash-mouth [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's what you have to do to win," said Bledsoe. "When you can line up with them knowing you're going to run the ball and you're still able to do it and run 6 1/2 minutes off the clock, that's how you win ballgames in this league."'

Marker At last, a chance to savor a victory [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'To boot, the Bills had to overcome another hefty total of penalties, missed tackles, negative plays and suspect coaching moves. But they won.'

Marker McGahee's effort rewards patient Bills [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He has a chance to be a great back," gushed Wilson, who received a game ball on his 86th birthday. "He hits that line hard and he might get stopped, but he winds up barreling through for another three or four yards."'

Marker An unbeaten NFL team is possible; can Miami win? [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The most likely spots for a Miami victory are home against Arizona Nov. 7, at San Francisco Nov. 28, and home against Buffalo on Dec. 5.'

Marker The Two-Minute Read [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Play of the game: Aaron Schobel's third-down sack of Jay Fiedler with seven minutes to go in the game that turned out to be Miami's last offensive play.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Running backs: Let the running back controversy begin.'

Marker McGahee erases doubts [5:09 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But most of the team's success came from short passing and power runs by McGahee. "He hits the line and he gets stopped, but he keeps going and picks up three or four more yards," an admiring Wilson said as he cradled the game ball, given to him by Bledsoe. "Am I happy with smash-mouth football? Today, yes," the owner added with a smile.'

Marker Former UM standout saves his best for last [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''He made a lot of yards after first contact,'' Mularkey said. ``He kept some of those runs going just by second effort.'''

Marker Bills' extra attention helps stymie Taylor's pass rushing [5:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'While Taylor tried to dismiss the attention he is getting from other teams, it's clear to everyone that opponents are simply not allowing Taylor to get going. He has only two sacks in six games, also because the Dolphins can't get opponents into obvious passing situations. ''There's a point where [the constant double-teaming] can effect you and you look for it too much,'' Taylor said. ``Have I gotten to that point? Sure I have, at times. You kind of glance and look . . . you get earholed so much that it effects you a little bit, but that's all part of the game. You have to take the hits and move on.'''

Marker Long wait over as Mularkey gets his first victory [5:06 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I was really proud of our team and happy for them because they're working hard,'' Mularkey said. ``It was a close game, and they won a close game against a division opponent. So it was good.'''

Marker McGahee makes case for starter [5:05 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'How does it feel for a kid who grew up in Miami to beat the Dolphins for the first time? "I was never a Dolphins fan," he said. "I have nothing against them, but growing up I was a Cowboys fan. I liked watching Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion [Sanders]."'

Marker Bledsoe fakes out Dolphins on 5-yard TD pass [5:04 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo was in a running formation, and Bledsoe faked a handoff to McGahee (21). On the snap of the ball, however, tight end Mark Campbell (84) sprinted off his tight formation to the end zone. Dolphins linebacker Morlon Greenwood (52) bit on the run fake, and by the time he realized his mistake, Campbell was wide open for a touchdown pass from Bledsoe.'

Marker McGahee starts with heavy load for Bills [5:03 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"I knew it was going to be a tough game," McGahee said. "I knew I wasn't going to go out and bust the first run or anything like that, because you have to get into a rhythm. Running backs have to get into a rhythm in order to make something happen."'

Marker McGahee impresses Dolphins [5:02 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"He's a little bigger than I thought. He did the things he did in college, and we're not college players."'

Marker Monday's Miami Coverage [5:01 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Miami now NFL's only winless team (Miami Herald)
Former UM standout saves his best for last (Miami Herald)
Productive day for former 'Cane (Miami Herald)
Bills' extra attention helps stymie Taylor's pass rushing (Miami Herald)
How will Huizenga handle this mess? (Miami Herald)
No change expected at QB (Miami Herald)
Long wait over as Mularkey gets his first victory (Miami Herald)
Owner mum on 0-6 start (Miami Herald)
Keys to the game (Miami Herald)
Strategy corner (Miami Herald)
Grading the Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Game photos (Miami Herald)
Dolphins (0-6) alone at the bottom (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Defense reaches breaking point (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins at rock bottom? Maybe not yet (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Morris' good start: Career-best 91 yards (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
McGahee makes case for starter (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Offense can't find a rhythm (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Bledsoe fakes out Dolphins on 5-yard TD pass (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
just lose, baby (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Photo gallery (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Even the defense falters in the 4th (Palm Beach Post)
Taylor (no tackles, no sacks): 'I'm very ashamed' (Palm Beach Post)
Morris sparkles, for a half, anyway (Palm Beach Post)
McGahee starts with heavy load for Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Some players are kidding themselves (Palm Beach Post)
Sixth interception by Fiedler yields TD (Palm Beach Post)
Buffalo gives Miami a chill (Florida Today)
McGahee impresses Dolphins (Florida Today)
Picked-off passes still nightmare (Florida Today)
Though painful, 0-16 may be Dolphins' only salvation (Vero Beach Press Journal)
Dolphins-Bills Post-Game Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo Gallery (MiamiDolphins.com)

Marker Former Estacado standout Gray helping youths [5:00 AM]
Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports: 'Former Estacado football standout Jerry Gray is again hosting students from his alma mater for a weekend in Buffalo, where he currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills football team. This year, four students from Estacado will experience today's Bills' game against the Miami Dolphins, but will see a lot more.'

Marker Happy birthday Ralph: Bills win! [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Itís easy for the media and fans to talk about whether or not McGahee should now be starting ahead of Travis Henry, who sat this one out with a sore foot; but it is a very real problem for Mike Mularkey and his staff. At least Iíll stay consistent. From day one, Iíve thought McGahee is the better all around back, and now he is removing all doubt. Heís bigger, faster, more elusive, almost never fumbles, and has better hands as a receiver.'

Marker Bills Grab First Win [4:58 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Takeo Spikes started things off with an interception that he took back 11 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. With the game tied at 10 in the 3rd, Drew Bledsoe hit Mark Campbell for the go ahead score.'

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October 17, 2004

Marker Bills Finish off Opponent in 4th Quarter [7:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"That was big," linebacker Takeo Spikes said of the defense's stop toward the end of the game. "That is how you finish. A win is a win, and it was a total team effort, that is why this win is so special. Number one, all three phases of the team had a part in it. Nobody slacked off, we didn't have a lot of penalties like we did last week, so it was a total team effort."'

Marker Bills Pull Out Win 20-13 [6:47 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Drew Bledsoe was finally able to hand a gameball to Coach Mike Mularkey as the Bills pulled off their first win of the year 20-13 to make the Dolphins the last winless team in the league. It wasn't easy though as the Bills had to come from behind in the second half and use the running of Willis McGahee to run out the clock in the final minutes.

Marker Team Puts Together Winning Effort [6:47 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Well they finally put it all together. The offense had their best half of football of the season in the second half and the defense played tough down the stretch as the Bills pulled out their first win of the season with a solid team effort 20-13. Here are our winning position by position grades:

Marker Buffalo 20, Miami 13 [4:14 PM]
AP reports: 'Aaron Schobel had 2 1/2 sacks and Ron Edwards added two, leading a strong defensive effort in which the Bills limited Miami to just 212 yards net offense.'

Marker Buffalo 20, Miami 13 [4:12 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'McGahee rushed for 111 yards on 26 carries to lead the Buffalo Bills to a 20-13 victory over the Dolphins in an AFC East battle matching the lone remaining winless teams in the NFL.'

Marker Buffalo 20, Miami 13 [4:11 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'With the win, the Bills (1-4) avoided their first 0-5 start in 19 years and handed head coach Mike Mularkey his first victory. Miami (0-6) is now the only winless team in the NFL, opening the season with six straight losses for the first time in franchise history.'

Marker Bills RB McGahee gets first career start against Dolphins [4:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Despite an encouraging preseason, McGahee has been used sparingly in backing up Henry through four games this season. He has 19 carries for 79 yards, including a season-high 42 yards filling in after Henry was hurt in the first quarter of Buffalo's 16-14 loss to the New York Jets last weekend.'

Marker McGahee to make first NFL start Sunday [4:08 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'McGahee, who was a first-round draft pick of the Bills in 2003, will fill in for Travis Henry.'

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