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Buffalo Bills News - November 21, 2004

Marker Rams-Bills: 5 Things To Watch [4:56 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Left guard has been another problem area for Buffalo. After starting the first seven games, Lawrence Smith has given way to Ross Tucker. Both entered the league as undrafted players.'

Marker Rams know they have to maintain their intensity [4:55 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has thrown 10 interceptions and been sacked 25 times despite playing behind one of the biggest offensive lines in the NFL with an average height of 6-foot-4 and average weight of 320 pounds.'

Marker Former defensive star is now leader for Bills [4:54 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'In retrospect, Fletcher was a player that the Rams couldn't afford to lose.'

Marker Defense, Conditions Equal Tough Task for Rams [4:53 AM] reports: '“Their whole defense is actually pretty good, not just the secondary,” Bulger said. “They have some good players up front, their linebackers, everybody knows about them, and the secondary (is good as well). (Their defense) was second or third last year in total defense, and this year they around fifth. That unit has been together, they know what they are doing, and they like to pressure. It will be a formidable challenge.”'

Marker Sunday's St. Louis Coverage [4:52 AM] reports:
Buffalo's expected to tank it Sunday (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Martz wishes he still had Buffalo's Fletcher (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams-Bills: 5 Things To Watch (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Pisa's Journe (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams know they have to maintain their intensity (Belleville News Democrat)
Former defensive star is now leader for Bills (Belleville News Democrat)
2004 Jazzercise Rams Jam (
Head Coach Mike Martz (
Open Locker Room Quotes (
Defense, Conditions Equal Tough Task for Rams (

Marker Woodrow Wilson's Baker to start for Buffalo today [4:51 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'The Bills' coaching staff likes Baker's ability to create turnovers. Baker was a high school All-American wide receiver coming out of Woodrow Wilson, but he was switched to safety when he reported to Knoxville as a freshman.'

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November 20, 2004

Marker What to Look for vs. Rams [6:16 PM] reports: 'The St. Louis Rams defense is ranked 28th in the league and they have struggled against the run this season. In four games a starter, Willis McGahee has rushed for over 100 yards in three of those and expect him to have another big day on Sunday. McGahee should be able to find holes in the Rams defensive line, which should allow the Bills to get their running game back on track.'

Marker Losman makes me nervous [2:09 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'Losman has made several comments about his appearance and his future that leave me with Billy Joe Hobert-like feelings.'

Marker TV deal due warm reception [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The NFL's greed is good for the Bills and their fans. When the TV deals are maximized, those billions are shared equally by all NFL teams no matter market size. If it takes a disruption every two years for ABC, NBC or Fox to pay extra millions for a Monday schedule that still is bound to lose money, Bills fans should applaud.'

Marker Fletcher's play gets a thumbs up [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"As the mike linebacker he's the quarterback out there on the field," Blackmon said. "We put a lot of pressure on him to make a lot of calls and to get things communicated on the line of scrimmage."'

Marker Wilson a Hall semifinalist again [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wilson, a semifinalist last year, is one of four men in the "contributor" category who made the final 25. The others are former Browns and Ravens owner Art Modell, former Cardinals and Chargers coach Don Coryell and former Giants general manager George Young.'

Marker Speedy Rams can still pile up points [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"They're still pretty potent," Bills coach Mike Mularkey warned. "I think the tools are all still there for that team. Whether they're putting up 40 (points) or not, that offense is very, very potent."'

Marker Bills not shuffling QBs, yet [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sooner or later, Buffalo figures to be added to the list.'

Marker Ritcher was one of a kind [4:59 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Saban, now 83, is a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. Now, 40 years after he led the Bills to their first AFL title, he should be on the Bills Wall of Fame. That will be one spot it will be hard for him to leave.'

Marker Mularkey's working on a Buffalo stampede [4:58 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"In the games we've won, we've been pretty efficient - no turnovers, no sacks, ball control," he said. "So I know it's there, it's shown up, we've won because of it. Other times when we have not played our best football, it's just too hard to overcome the other team when we can't overcome ourselves first."'

Marker Vincent, Reed out for Sunday's game [4:57 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Reed has missed the last two games after injuring his left knee early in Buffalo's victory over Arizona. Reed has nine catches for 93 yards this season.'

Marker Fletcher Still Online with Buffalo [4:55 AM] reports: 'But the Rams have been unable to successfully replace Fletcher. They have tried a number of different faces in the middle, with none bringing the same fire, passion and production that No. 59 once did.'

Marker Saturday's St. Louis Coverage [4:55 AM] reports:
Mularkey's working on a Buffalo stampede (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Players offer a surprise salute for Martz's 50th victory (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Holt's head is clear after recent concussion (Belleville News Democrat)
Rams' Holt upgraded to probable (The Sports Network)
Five Keys to the Game - Buffalo (
Fletcher Still Online with Buffalo (

Marker Black and Gold blackout [4:55 AM]
AP reports: 'The problem is a 30-year-old NFL TV policy that allows franchises to protect their local markets by requiring stations within a 75-mile radius to carry their away games. That means WSEE in Erie must show all Buffalo Bills away games, even though the Steelers and Cleveland Browns are more popular there.'

November 19, 2004

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Brian Moorman [6:53 PM] reports: 'The winds at Ralph Wilson Stadium are difficult to kick in especially when you get the gusts like we've had a few games here. The main problem is that you just don't know when the wind is going to gust. If you had a steady wind that was blowing one way or another and not a cross wind then it wouldn't be as hard to deal with. It would knock the ball down but the ball wouldn't blow all over the place. The main thing is to try and go out there and find something that is going to work that day and stick with it.'

Marker Rams Defense Plays Hard [6:52 PM] reports: 'New England didn't do anything special to slow down the running game last week. We played them very well the first time and they were looking to get back at us. With the type of defense they play, they don't penetrate the line they sit back and read the offense. Sometimes that makes it harder to find the holes this way. We had our moments running the ball but we weren't able to sustain anything and that was the biggest problem.'

Marker Not Time for Losman [6:51 PM] reports: 'I don't think it's time for him to start. Bledsoe still gives the Bills the best chance to win and I'm sure Mike Mularkey will continue to start him until he thinks that's not the case anymore. The Bills are not out of it yet and to go to a rookie quarterback at this point in the season would be a mistake. The only scenario in which I can see Losman starting this year is if the Bills are out of the playoff race and Mularkey wants to play some younger guys to get ready for next year. Losman is the future of this franchise and he's eventually going to need some starts under his belt'

Marker Five Keys to the Game - Buffalo [6:51 PM] reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has struggled mightily this season, at times throwing the ball directly to the defender.'

Marker Reed, Vincent will miss Sunday's game [4:01 PM]
AP reports: 'Reed missed the last two games after injuring his left knee early in Buffalo's win over Arizona Oct. 31. Vincent hasn't played since having arthroscopic knee surgery after getting hurt against New England on Oct. 3.'

Marker Vincent And Reed Will Not Play [3:49 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mike Mularkey says Vincent is improving a little, but is not near being ready. Coy Wire practiced all three days and should be available for Sunday against the Rams.'

Marker April: Rams Game is Special [2:37 PM] reports: 'Speaking of punt returns, often this season we've had two guys back deep on punt returns. We've done this mostly because punters place the ball all over the field and it's tough for Nate Clements to field everything. Possession is the number one priority. We want Nate to get us field position, but not at the expense of doing something foolish with the ball. Up to this point, Nate has really done a good job and has made a lot of smart decisions, maturing as a pro returning punts.'

Marker Bills need the less-terrible Bledsoe [2:35 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Rams, 24-13.'

Marker St. Louis (5-4) at Buffalo (3-6) [2:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Rams 24, Bills 21.'

Marker Just Asking: Takeo Spikes [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Is television work in your future once you retire?
I probably will pursue it. That's why I do a lot of things in the offseason to try and prepare myself for that. It's something I enjoy doing and hopefully I'll get that opportunity once my playing days are over.'

Marker Bills' rocky road stretch has not yet made history [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the offense in '84 and '85 was slightly more productive on the road than the Bills have been the past 16 games.'

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