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Buffalo Bills News - November 5, 2004

Marker Defensive line is helping Bills on the run [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"To come in and help the offense score a couple touchdowns, I thought it was a great time," Bannan said. "It was very interesting being on that side of the ball and hitting the defenders. It was really unbelievable."'

Marker Friday's New York Coverage [4:21 AM] reports:
The Jets' Blockers Take Their Lumps and Deliver Them (New York Times)
Moss content to gather wins, not TDs (New York Daily News)
Herm gives Willie wow of welcome (New York Daily News)
Under the radar (New York Post)
Gang Green's going great, but clock's ticking (New York Post)
A year later, Jets are making GM look a whole lot smarter (Newsday)
No reason to hurry Sam back (Newsday)
State agency endorses stadium (Newsday)
Running into an old friend (White Plains Journal News)
West Side stadium moves forward (White Plains Journal News)
Jets are in need of some special attention (Newark Star Ledger)
McKenzie snubs offer for long-term deal (Newark Star Ledger)
Cowart might not be back against Buffalo (AP)
Martin Named Snickers Hungriest Player (
Ageless Wonders (
Cowart's Return Possible (
Mr. October, Abe Named AFC Defensive Player of the Month (

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November 4, 2004

Marker Jersey Backers Share Common Allegiance [9:57 PM] reports: 'What do you get when you put a research meteorologist, ordained minister, broadcaster, cement truck driver and military member under one roof? No, it's not the setup for a joke, but rather the Central New Jersey Bills Backers.'

Marker Winning is long overdue for Bills [9:27 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'The 2-5 Bills only have wins over the lowly Miami Dolphins (1-7) and Arizona Cardinals (2-5). The Bills have been competitive in losses to teams with winning records this season (Jets, New England, Jacksonville and Baltimore), but hearing “nice try” isn’t good enough any more. The Bills keep saying they’re good enough to win. Now’s the time to prove it.'

Marker Changes In Store For Vincent [9:15 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'WGR Sports Radio 550 has learned that when Troy Vincent returns from his knee injury, he'll play at safety.'

Marker Cowart might not be back against Buffalo [9:14 PM]
AP reports: '``I'd rather make sure I'm right before I get out there,'' Cowart said Thursday. ``That's my concern. I want to come back rolling. I don't want to come back trying to feel my way around. I'd rather wait that extra week or wait one more game to make sure I'm ready to roll.'''

Marker Bills defenders have plan to shut down Jets RB Martin [9:13 PM]
AP reports: '''It ain't no challenge,'' Williams said. ''We've just got to go out there and play hard like we do every Sunday.'''

Marker Jets' Pennington: Beware the Bills [5:44 PM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"I remember that and I was thinking about that Monday night after the game was well in hand in the fourth quarter," Pennington said yesterday. "I was thinking how we were going to handle this week and make sure we don't go up there and lay an egg. That's basically what we did last year. We were physically beat in all phases of the game."'

Marker Mularkey takes no malarkey [5:43 PM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 24 times, fourth-most in the NFL. How troubled are you by that?
A lot of that is getting the ball out of Drew's hands and maybe helping in the protection with the backs and tight ends.'

Marker Bills Remember Meadowlands [2:58 PM] reports: '"Well, we passed the ball a lot (in the first game) and anytime you pass the ball you give rushers a chance to get to the quarterback," Jennings said. "Even though Abraham had a good game we still could have won it. We've just got to do what we've got to do and go out and play football. We can't worry about one person."'

Marker Bills vs. Jets Sold Out [2:58 PM] reports: 'The Bills-Jets game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally.'

Marker Maguire to Receive Distinguished Service Award [2:57 PM] reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills’ punter Paul Maguire will receive the 19th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Monday Quarterback Club at ceremonies on Monday, November 8 during the club’s luncheon at HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo.'

Marker CB Vincent Named Neighborhood MVP [2:57 PM] reports: 'The Ameriquest Mortgage Neighborhood MVP Award recognizes an NFL player each week during the regular season for his dedication to making physical improvements to neighborhoods in his community.'

Marker Bills CB Vincent returns to practice [12:35 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'According to head coach Mike Mularkey, Vincent's status for Sunday's game against AFC-East foe New York (6-1) is unknown.'

Marker Bills looking to boost air mileage [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' pass offense ranks 28th in yards, so it's no surprise Buffalo is below average on pass completions of 20-plus yards so far. The Bills have 16, which is tied for 25th in the league. The league average for teams with seven games played is 20.3.'

Marker Moorman's leg provides Bills an edge [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman can make things happen with his legs, but it's his right one that has made him the Bills' secret weapon. Some feel the 28-year-old Kansas native has been his team's most valuable player so far. He boomed an 80-yarder in the opener and hasn't let up since. His gross average (43.2) is sixth in the AFC, but it doesn't begin to reflect his value. In the Bills' two wins, he was astonishing in the brutal winds of Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Teague poised to return [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills suddenly are banged up at receiver. Josh Reed has a bruised kneecap and is not likely to play. That puts Sam Aiken up to No. 3 receiver. Drew Haddad is questionable with a sore hamstring. If Haddad does not improve, the Bills would have three healthy receivers on the roster. That could prompt a promotion from the practice squad.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets [8:00 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'That's why I see the Jets winning 17-13.'

Marker Bills look to cool Jets' offense [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I feel like we talked about getting to that next level," said linebacker Takeo Spikes. "Start here and keep climbing. Since about a month ago, there were several guys coming in here when it's pitch dark in the morning, and then leaving at 6:30 at night, putting in 12-hour days. It shows how much dedication is put toward the common goal that we all want."'

Marker Losman can't catch a break [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Every time I say I'm doing good I go out there and it hurts," said the rookie first-round pick. "I didn't say anything this week so I'm going to see if that strategy works."'

Marker McGahee Posing Challenge for Jets [4:59 AM]
New York Times reports: '"And I'll tell you what he does: he can run downhill. The other guy was more of a slasher and cutter. This guy will run downhill. I know the guys from Miami have a passion for the end zone and the way they run the football. We've just got to keep it in front."'

Marker Chad plans to repay Bills [4:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A year ago, the Jets were coming off a big feel-good Monday Night Football victory at home over the Titans when they went "up there" to Buffalo the following Sunday to play the Bills and got ambushed. They were physically assaulted in a 17-6 loss that closed out any chances they had at a playoff berth.'

Marker About the Bills [4:57 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'They may have an aging quarterback who's been an easy target for the Jets' pass rush, but the Bills are dangerous. McGahee provides a changeup to a Jets defense that is accustomed to facing Henry. Buffalo's defense is tied for second in the league in total yardage allowed, fourth in rushing yardage, and sixth in points. The Jets needed a last-minute field goal to beat the Bills, 16-14, at home four weeks ago. It will be even harder to beat the Bills on the road.'

Marker Buffalo can be perilous to Jets [4:56 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'And because of what happened last year, the NFL schedule makers may have given the Jets one more gift besides a favorable first five games when they dropped the Buffalo Bills into their Game 8 slot. "When the score was 41-7 with seven minutes left, I was talking to Coach [Herm] Edwards about it on the sideline," quarterback Chad Pennington said Wednesday, recalling his conversation during the rout of the Dolphins. "I was thinking about how we're going to handle this week and making sure we don't go up there and lay an egg. That's basically what we did last year."'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [4:55 AM] reports:
McGahee Posing Challenge for Jets (New York Times)
Jets May Sell Rights to Seats, Then Tickets to Sit in Them (New York Times)
Chad, Jets feeling Super (New York Daily News)
Klecko's advice is to sack hype (New York Daily News)
Chad plans to repay Bills (New York Post)
Jets ready to welcome back Cowart (New York Post)
Klecko: Be careful of overconfidence (Newsday)
About the Bills (Newsday)
Here comes Mr. Jordan (White Plains Journal News)
Jets 'O' had it goin' on (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' Pennington: Beware the Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Mularkey takes no malarkey (Newark Star Ledger)
Buffalo can be perilous to Jets (Bergen Record)
Jets looking to make extra space in the trophy case (New Haven Register)
Jets' Ferguson keeps teammates in stitches (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Jets defensive line starts dominating (AP)
Jets Hope to Avoid Letdown (
Strengths Collide (
Words from the Defensive Architect (

Marker Inside slant [4:54 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While encouraged by the ability to punch the ball in the end zone against what had been the NFL's No. 1-ranked red zone defense, the Bills understand that beating a fellow two-win team doesn't elevate them to the status of playoff contender as the season hits the halfway mark.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:53 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It was new special teams coach Bobby April who saw something on tape and decided it would be wise to let McGee challenge incumbent Antonio Brown for the job in training camp. "People probably had more confidence in me than I had in myself (as a return specialist)," McGee said. "Bobby, even in camp, he told me, 'I think you're one of the top athletes and you can be very effective doing this.' I'd said, 'Well, OK. I'll go out there and try and help the team.' But he was right and I am doing a pretty good job, especially with my guys blocking for me."'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.'

November 3, 2004

Marker Jets Hope to Avoid Letdown [9:35 PM] reports: '“It was a tough game here a couple weeks ago,” Edwards said. “We beat them on the last drive. They made some plays to get back in it. They have the ability to do that. They’ve got one of the better receivers in the game in Moulds, their quarterback has a strong arm, and they can make some plays. We mentally and physically have to be ready to play.”'

Marker Teague May Play On Sunday [9:27 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Trey Teague returned to the practice field and took full reps with the first unit offensive line. Troy Vincent was also out there Wednesday, but only practiced with the scout team.'

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