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Buffalo Bills News - January 1, 2005

Marker Mularkey could join rare company with playoff berth [11:57 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'How much would Mike Mularkey like to win Sunday’s game against his former team? “When we talked this morning, you could see it. Not to downplay it, but anytime you face your former employer, you want to get at them,” cornerback Troy Vincent said.'

Marker Bills' hopes hanging on a win and a prayer [11:39 PM]
AP reports: '"They're very good, they're swarming," said Bills coach Mike Mularkey. "There's 11 guys just constantly around the football. It's impressive the way they play."'

Marker Villarrial practices, might play Sunday [11:38 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey said Villarrial didn't work the entire practice and he's still listed as questionable on the injury report. But Villarrial did enough to leave open the possibility of playing Sunday against the Pittsburgh Steelers.'

Marker Saturday's Pittsburgh Coverage [5:01 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Cowher sticking to QB plan (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Staley to give it a go vs. Bills (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Veteran corner proves critic wrong (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Steelers activate St. Pierre, release Doering (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Season not what Scott was expecting (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Line hopes to continue domination (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Steelers' Bettis out for Bills game (AP)
Maddox, Scott back in Steelers' lineup -- but possibly not for long (AP)
Steelers-Bills matchups (Steelers.com)
NFL.com voters select Steelers QB Ben Roethlisberger as Week 16 Pepsi NFL Rookie of the week (Steelers.com)
Steelers Promote St. Pierre to Active Roster, Release Veteran Receiver (Steelers.com)

Marker Bills haven't got time for the pain [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think anybody who has a lot of playing time has two or three things bothering him at this point," said Bills guard Ross Tucker, who wouldn't disclose his injury list for fear an opponent would find an edge. "If you feel great now, what have you really been doing? Everybody has aches and pains bothering them. It's part of the mental toughness of the game, to get through it. But you have to know your opponent has the same things and you have to force them to yield before you do."'

Marker From a friend in need [4:59 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Colts do have some minor incentive beyond "staying sharp." They might want to take at least the first half to see how that well-oiled offence works outdoors in cold weather. It's possible Indy could be forced to win tough playoff games in both Pittsburgh and New England to advance to the Super Bowl.'

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December 31, 2004

Marker Drew wants Buffalo thrills [9:09 PM]
London Sun reports: 'Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes warned: “No one had better take us lightly. We have put our troubles behind us and proved we are a play-off calibre team. It is not totally in our own hands but if we get there we will have a lot of confidence.”'

Marker Season finale against Steelers is Super Bowl for Buffalo Bills [8:59 PM]
Welland Tribune reports: 'Barring a playoff berth, which is anything but a sure thing heading into this final weekend of the regular season, Buffalo’s game against Pittsburgh is the closest these Bills will get to vying for a championship. The bragging rights from a victory and the glow from a 10-6 record should be warm enough to last until training camp kicks off next summer.'

Marker Bills take care of own business [8:36 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills, 27-13.'

Marker Steelers' Bettis out for Bills game [7:37 PM]
AP reports: 'The injury means that Bettis will finish 59 yards short of his ninth 1,000-yard season since breaking in with the Rams in 1993. Bettis has started only six games this season as a backup to Duce Staley, but gained at least 100 yards in all six.'

Marker Villarrial And Vincent Return To Practice [5:52 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Chris Villarrial returned to team practice on Friday. Coach Mike Mularkey said the guard didn't do everything, but "he did enough."'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner - Lee Evans [3:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: What does having a WR like Eric line up on the other side mean to you? How does it make your life easier? LE: It's tremendous because he's somebody I can talk to about the game and it I'm unsure about something and you don't want to go to the coaches, he's somebody that has been there and done that. He's like a coach on the field so it makes things a lot easier.'

Marker Playoff atmosphere always exciting [3:54 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Anytime you're fighting for the playoffs you want your fate in your own hands. Unfortunately, the Bills need a little help. If it happens for them, great. It was meant to be. If not, they have nothing to be ashamed about. Their season is not a wash. You can see the resilience and the character in this team these past eight weeks or so and that's something for everyone to build on for next year. It's disappointing if they don't make it, but after an 0-4 start, not many people outside the organization even expected them to have a winning season.'

Marker Where are they now? [3:53 PM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The worst was at the border," Tindale, 33, said. "You would be holding up 50 cars because the border guard would want to talk football with you."'

Marker Pittsburgh (14-1) at Buffalo (9-6) [12:46 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 17, Steelers 16.'

Marker Kelsay proud of Bills [12:39 PM]
Omaha World Herald reports: '"The way I look at it," he said, "I need to go out there and have a blast, just like I have the last five, six weeks. I'm proud and humbled by our success, but I'm not going to do anything other than work hard and try to do my little part to win this game."'

Marker Lindell flying under radar [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I haven't exactly been in a position to be the lead-in of "SportsCenter,' " said Lindell, who has made 6 of 7 field-goal attempts in the final seconds of regulation or overtime during his five-year career. "It's been weird that I haven't gotten a chance to win a game, but that's a good thing because we've been playing so well that the games have been decided by the fourth quarter. But as a competitor, you'd like to have a role in winning a game or two."'

Marker Moulds encourages Colts to help Bills by beating Broncos [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Marvin said that he and (quarterback) Peyton Manning may only play about a quarter," Moulds said. "But I was trying to tell him to ask (coach) Tony Dungy to let them play at least a half and let Peyton try to add to his touchdown record. Marvin said he would mention it to coach Dungy. Hopefully those guys will go out to Denver and play well."'

Marker Bills would rather not be in the company of '73 team [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Are the 2004 Bills better than the '73 Bills? Close call. If they beat the Steelers, I say yes. If they don't, I say no. This year's team is more balanced and has a much better defense. The '73 Bills rushed for 3,088 yards, which still ranks second most in NFL history, even counting 16-game seasons. But the Bills were last in the league in passing, completing just 96 passes all year and just four for TDs. The defense was ranked 14th out of 26.'

Marker Front-runners earn right to take it easy [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The integrity police need a reality check. Teams have often seized the opportunity to protect or rest their better players in advance of the playoffs. The initial 16 games constitute Phase One of a two-part series. Once a team has accomplished all it can in Phase One, its focus shifts to Phase Two, the postseason. It is under no obligation to strive to play well on behalf of teams who've performed to a lower level. As always, it's every team for itself.'

Marker Steelers-Bills matchups [8:47 AM]
Steelers.com reports: 'In a lot of ways, it’s going to be like looking in a mirror.'

Marker Friday's Pittsburgh Coverage [5:19 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Steelers' Scott returns for start vs. Buffalo Bills (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
State Capitol loses biggest Steelers fan (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Fourth-grader uses heart and helmet to help others (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Farrior fined for facemask penalty (Pittsburgh Post Gazette)
Steelers to face tough offseason choices (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Bettis, Roethlisberger nab honors (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Roethlisberger Steelers injury list unchanged (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Q & A with Dan Kreider (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Steelers have a debt to pay back today (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
PrediXtions: Steelers vs Bills (Pittsburgh Tribune Review)
Scott replaces Townsend at left cornerback (Beaver County Times)
Rothlisberger's jersey is top seller (Beaver County Times)
Looking at: Craig Colquitt (Beaver County Times)
More awards for Bettis, Big Ben (Washington Observer Reporeter)
Steelers realize dangers of late-season letdown (AP)
Bettis, Roethlisberger Earn Steelers’ Pro Football Writers Awards (Steelers.com)
Ben Roethlisberger and Jerome Bettis Press Conference (Steelers.com)
Farrior deserving of more than MVP (Steelers.com)

Marker From the ashes [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo Bills may be excused this weekend for assigning one of their bench warmers or assistant coaches to keep tabs on the New York Jets-St. Louis Rams contest even as the Bills take on the powerhouse Pittsburgh Steelers in the last game of the season.'

Marker Big Ben right on time [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"What really sticks out about this kid is that he avoids a lot of sacks. He has a real ability to get away. His passes also look sharper and crisper and he's gotten a better feel for the personnel around him. He's just going to be a phenomenal football player."'

Marker Former Pitt QB still has fond memories of '89 game [4:59 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Van Pelt has formed a special bond with the Western New York area near Buffalo, where he's worked the past 10 years, first as the Bills' backup quarterback and, beginning this past fall, as a radio analyst for their games. But Van Pelt longs to be even closer to the game. His NFL legacy is as a player who made the most of his ability and always came prepared. The Bills valued his ability to step in if needed, but they also knew his work in the filmroom allowed him to serve as a sort of player/coach at his position. He essentially was a two-for-one type of player.'

Marker It's a Buffalo stampede [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Think about it. When the Bills were 0-4, you couldn't find a damn fan anywhere. They never wrote. They never complained. They never sent a nasty e-mail. Now they're everywhere.'

December 30, 2004

Marker Villarrial Thinks He'll Play. Vincent Misses Practice [8:09 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Chris Villarrial missed his second straight practice with an abdomen injury, but he indicated he'll play on Sunday.'

Marker Bills Playoff Scenarios [8:08 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Three teams have failed to qualify for the post season after six straight victories to finish the year.'

Marker Linemen Key To Revival [8:03 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“To date, that is the strength of this football team,” Vincent said. “All preseason long, it was the talk of it not being the strength of this football team. They have carried the load.”'

Marker Donahoe's stamp evident on Bills' resurgence [4:42 PM]
AP reports: 'In fact, only two players, receiver Eric Moulds and defensive tackle Pat Williams, are left from the team Donahoe inherited.'

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