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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2004

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: 'It’s 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 I’ll stay consistent. From day one, I’ve thought McGahee is the better all around back, and now he is removing all doubt. He’s 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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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.'

Marker A day for defense at the Ralph [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor has 14.5 career sacks against the Bills. He might face the Bills' No. 3 tackle, Marcus Price. Jonas Jennings has a sore ankle and wasn't able to practice all week. The Bills were going to wait until this morning before deciding on Jennings.'

Marker Thinned Dolphins 'D' can't shoulder big load [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Defenses will keep the game close, but Bills have more offensive weapons and will collect their first win, 17-10.'

Marker New rules on defensive contact haven't fazed Bills [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Everybody's made adjustments," Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "I don't think it's affected a single team. When they make a point of emphasis, they make us make an adjustment. You see more guys probably playing off or playing closer."'

Marker Bills' waiving of Shaw sends a curious message [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How does this make us better?'

Marker Kelsay's sibling revelry [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelsay is taking his brother's lessons and making his presence felt with the Bills. He's sharing left defensive end with Ryan Denney, the subject that sends his eyes adrift, but Kelsay started last week against the New York Jets and received virtually the same amount of snaps as Denney. "It's still one of those deals where I feel that I should be the starter and I'm sure Ryan does, too," Kelsay said. "It's just something that we're going to keep finding out until somebody makes a point to show to the coaches and organization that we deserve to be the starter."'

Marker Ralph owed a fish fry on birthday [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's not asking too much. This Buffalo-Miami game is like a re-enactment of the battle between the Monitor and the Merrimac, those two Civil War ironclads that were precursors to modern battleships. They moved glacially and had short and unhappy futures. Just like the 2004 Bills and Dolphins.'

Marker Bills neighbors put on game face [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You can either be unhappy about it, or you can take advantage of it," Matwijow said of the location.'

Marker Bitter rivals fight for survival [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When I was drafted by Miami, you were instantly born to hate the red, white and blue and vice versa when you come here," said Vincent, who after eight seasons in Philadelphia got up the nerve to sign with Buffalo as a free agent. "But I don't think a lot of the young guys now know the significance or the history of this rivalry."'

Marker Bills Q&A: Josh Stamer [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What do you enjoy most about living and playing in Buffalo, a town that often gets a bad rap?

"I'll tell you, I've always lived in a small town. I grew up in Sutherland, Iowa, population 900 people, and then I went to school in a small city, too. It reminds me a lot of home. These are down-to-earth people; they talk to you and they treat you like any other person. I think the people in Buffalo remind me a lot of home."'

Marker Redskins worse off than Bills [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Snyder abuses his team's salary cap by spending lavishly on players who've seen better days with other teams. He tries to go the extra mile by paying top dollar for coaches. Unfortunately for him, Steve Spurrier should have stayed in the college ranks, and it looks like Joe Gibbs should have stuck with NASCAR.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins in Battle for (win) No. 1 [5:11 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, both teams are winless and meeting with each having non-winning records for the first time since 1987.'

Marker Dolphins coach was thinking 11 wins until Ricky [5:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Wannstedt added, “Nobody wants hear of four or five tailbacks getting hurt and the fullback being hurt and a new offensive line and a new receiver and quarterbacks ... nobody wants to hear the reasons. But some of the things are facts and unfortunately some of those things take a little bit of time before you’re functioning at the level you need to be successful. That’s where we are right now. It’s a very difficult situation for everybody in the organization and the players and the fans. This is new water for all of us.”'

Marker Bledsoe still 'dangerous' foe [5:09 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I'm more mentally beat up than physically beat up,'' said Bledsoe, who has tossed seven touchdowns with five interceptions. ``When you're in this league and you don't win, well, it's hard to swallow. I just have to keep a positive attitude for these other guys to feed off of. That's the challenge for me. I feel like I'm throwing the ball well, making the right decisions.'''

Marker Scouting report [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'One coach of another NFL team said the Bills played harder than any team he has seen this year. Sure, owner Ralph Wilson took a swipe at the boring offensive style, but that's the way the Bills have to play for now.'

Marker Fins-Bills rivalry has become 'almost meaningless' [5:07 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"I'm having trouble with all of this," said retired Dolphins receiver O.J. McDuffie. "It's kind of crazy. In fact, it's mind-boggling that Buffalo-Miami is almost meaningless. It's unheard of. I guess it's for draft picks, but it's still early. Both teams have a chance to turn it around."'

Marker Perfect game for two imperfect teams [5:06 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'The Dolphins have turned the ball over 16 times, three of which have been returned for touchdowns. They've also committed 43 penalties, which is one more than the number of points they've scored. It doesn't matter which of the two cities you live in. Numbers like that make it hard to go out in public, let alone read the paper or listen to talk radio.'

Marker Miami, Buffalo meet in a battle of winless teams [5:05 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'The Miami offense is last in rushing, averaging just 61.2 yards a game. Things don't get any brighter for the Dolphins, as the Bills defense comes in as the second-best against the run — allowing just 85 yards a game. However, the Buffalo defense has allowed over 300 yards per game passing. The only problem is that the Dolphins are last in passing — with 249 yards per game.'

Marker Sunday's Miami Coverage [4:52 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Biggest strength mostly untested (Miami Herald)
Bledsoe still 'dangerous' foe (Miami Herald)
Scouting report (Miami Herald)
J.J. pays a visit (Miami Herald)
Fins-Bills rivalry has become ‘almost meaningless’ (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins might meet their match (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Plenty of reasons for Dolphins’ demise (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
To win, sometimes you've got to lose (Palm Beach Post)
J.J. says he'd rather fish than run the Fish (Palm Beach Post)
Good, bad and ugly: He has it all on tape (Palm Beach Post)
The sorry state of the Dolphins this season is sure to hit the team where it hurts most -- on the bottom line (Palm Beach Post)
Thrown for a loss (Palm Beach Post)
Perfect game for two imperfect teams (Florida Today)
Miami, Buffalo meet in a battle of winless teams (Naples Daily News)

Marker On the firing line: Miami Dolphins and Buffalo Bills [4:51 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Round one of Draft Bowl 2005 is today, when the Miami Dolphins (0-5) play at Buffalo (0-4).'

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