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Buffalo Bills News - October 28, 2004

Marker Bills Secret Plan [5:43 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 20 Cardinals 14.'

Marker Bills blacked out Sunday [5:43 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills said there were still about 6,500 tickets remaining for the game.'

Marker Moorman Goes to Back to School [3:39 PM] reports: 'As part of the sweepstakes, winners took an NFL player to school with them on October 19 or October 26. On Tuesday, October 19, Brian Moorman visited 4th-grader Keith Vrotsos and his class at Armor Elementary in Hamburg. The day started when Brain picked Keith up at his home and they took a limousine to school. Once they arrived at the school Brian spoke to Keith and his classmates about the importance of in school and after school education. The morning didn't stop there as Brian offered some football instruction to the young fans as he passed and kicked the ball to each of the 71 4th - graders. Keith also received an autographed Moorman jersey, Bills cap and football for being a great host to Brian.'

Marker No local TV for Bills-Cardinals [3:39 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills sellout streak is in jeopardy as the team announced Thursday that some 6,500 tickets remain for Sunday's game versus the Arizona Cardinals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Arizona (2-4) at Buffalo (1-5) [3:37 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 22, Cardinals 14.'

Marker Bills Announce New Partnership with Jim Kelly Football Camp [12:21 PM] reports: '"I am very excited about teaming up with the Buffalo Bills to continue doing something I love in the stadium where I spent my career," said Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly. "My football camp has always been very special to me and I truly enjoy working with kids and sharing my passion for the game."'

Marker Bills Encourage Fans to Drive Home Safely [12:20 PM] reports: 'Bills President/General Manager Tom Donahoe said, "We want all of our fans to cheer us on to victory at the stadium against the Cardinals this Sunday and then take extra time and be extremely careful when driving home following the game. We realize a large number of children will be out in neighborhoods for Halloween and we strongly encourage fans returning home from the game to use extra caution to ensure the safety of everyone this Halloween."'

Marker Rookies Celebrate Halloween [12:20 PM] reports: 'Over a dozen members of the Tops Rookie Club visited the patients, spending hours reading, talking, and signing autographs. They entered the ninth floor play room to cheers and the "Shout" song blaring on the radio. Tops Community Relations Manager Andy Brocato was also on hand to hand out gift bags to the children, each including bobble head dolls, mini footballs and drawing boards.'

Marker Bills fumble the two-back approach [12:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But Henry sees the opposite. “(Willis is) really the starter,” he said. “When my number is called, I get to go in there and do what I do. It’s a thing where if he’s out there and in a rhythm, stick with him. If he’s not in a rhythm, I go in and if I get in a rhythm, stay with me. We’re in this together and everybody’s got a role (but) I know I’m a starter ... a good back in this league.” And it’s obvious he won’t be a Buffalo Bill next season.'

Marker Bills tap McGahee for start [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"In defense of Travis, he's coming off that foot (injury). I'm not sure I can say he's 100 percent, but he's one of those tough guys who will play hurt. I know we're getting production (from McGahee) when there's a hole there and when there's not a hole there. We're getting more with Willis."'

Marker Bledsoe: 'I feel like I've done what I can' [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I will tell you that in looking at my own play, here is the situation, being completely honest with you," Bledsoe said. "I am the quarterback of a team that's a power-running team. Yet we have not run for a touchdown through six games."'

Marker Mularkey gives McGahee the nod, this week that is [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Henry has been Buffalo's starting running back since 2001 and back-to-back seasons of more than 1,300 yards rushing proves he has been a reliable player for the Bills. However, McGahee is obviously a multi-talented and explosive player who needs to be on the field.'

Marker Mularkey fumbles handoff [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'And now that he's proven beyond a doubt that he's recovered from major knee surgery, now that we've seen sharing the football doesn't work (the Bills rank 28th in rushing and have zero rushing touchdowns), now that the floundering Bills are in desperate need of an offensive spark, McGahee should be the permanent starter, getting 25-plus carries a game.'

Marker Henry out as Bills' starter [5:06 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Read between the lines. Unless McGahee blows out his surgically-repaired knee, it appears obvious that he has overtaken Henry as the back who will lug the majority of the load for the struggling Bills from here on in. Wouldn't it be much simpler for the Bills to just come out and say that? Not a chance.'

Marker Cardinals quit playing loserball [5:05 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Cardinals, 23-17.'

Marker Bills call on McGahee to find missing 'spark' [5:04 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'The Bills haven't scored a rushing touchdown in their past nine games, and the Cardinals are the only team in the NFL that hasn't allowed one this season.'

Marker Cards prepare for Bills' backs [5:03 AM]
East Valley Tribune reports: '“It doesn’t matter who starts,” defensive tackle Russell Davis said. “They’ll both play. Travis Henry is a power runner. He’s not going to go down easily. He will square his shoulders and try to get as many yards as he can. McGahee is more of a slasher, a guy who will make you miss. We have to prepare for both guys and be ready for both styles of running.”'

Marker Bills Expecting Improved Offense with Boldin's Return [5:02 AM] reports: '“His last game at Florida State, he put his offensive team on his back,” recalled Spikes. “He was a one-man show. That let me knew right there the type of player he was and I knew he was going to be special when he got in the league and he did that.”'

Marker Thursday's Arizona Coverage [5:01 AM] reports:
Hopes soar: Boldin's back (Arizona Republic)
Bills call on McGahee to find missing 'spark' (Arizona Republic)
Cards prepare for Bills' backs (East Valley Tribune)
Receiver's return could make Cards difficult to defend (East Valley Tribune)
Pro Bowl receiver says there's no doubt he'll play (AP)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Bills Expecting Improved Offense with Boldin's Return (
Rackers Earns NFC Special Teams Player of the Week (

Marker Beebe calls on legend Levy for motivational support [5:00 AM]
Aurora Beacon News reports: '"He's influenced me on my style of coaching," said Beebe of Levy. "But now that I'm talking about it, he might have had an indirect impact on why I got into it. I saw how much fun he had. And, even though the level he was at was more of a business, he was always able to form relationships."'

Marker Inside slant [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have just eight rushing TDs in their past 20 games; the Kansas City Chiefs had that many last Sunday against Atlanta.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Offensively, Buffalo's last-ranked red zone offense has to find a way crack Arizona's No. 1-ranked red zone defense. A heavy dose of RB Willis McGahee may do the trick. The Cardinals are ranked just 24th in total defense but they do the important things well: NFL-most 18 takeaways and they get off the field on third down. Buffalo needs to control the ball and keep it simple, avoiding difficult third-down situations.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills talk about how their offensive line is improving, but the Baltimore Ravens, like the Oakland Raiders earlier this year, talked plenty of smack after their victory last Sunday. "We knew their offensive line was suspect to allowing sacks," said Baltimore's Terrell Suggs, who had two of his team's four sacks. "We just decided to get after them and we did."'

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October 27, 2004

Marker McGahee to share starting role with Henry [9:15 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Based on Willis’ performance the last couple of weeks with the run game, I felt like he has given us a spark moving the ball when there have been holes and when there haven’t been holes," Mularkey said. "We’re going to see if that can be a difference in this game."'

Marker Inside slant [9:09 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We want to be a running team. Willis (McGahee) and Travis (Henry) have to run up the middle," Moulds said in the wake of Sunday's miserable 20-6 loss at Baltimore's M&T Bank Stadium. "If we don't have success, let's get a field goal at least. But it seems we're trying to throw the ball in those situations when we got in the red zone and we got interceptions. Let's just pound the ball in there and if we get one-on-one coverage outside, let's throw it up and make a play, but we're doing it totally the opposite."'

Marker Bills Add Reed to Practice Squad [9:07 PM] reports: 'The Bills announced today that the team has signed OT Rodney Reed to its practice squad. Reed, a four-time academic All-American out of LSU, started all 14 games at right tackle during his senior season for the Tigers in 2003.'

Marker Both Backs Named Starters [9:01 PM] reports: 'We’re looking at the last couple week of production, and if that's what it takes it's not the only position that may happen. Right now it's the one that is and hopefully it’s the spark in the run game that gets us going.”'

Marker Mularkey Names McGahee Cardinals Starter [9:00 PM] reports: '"Based on Willis' performance the last couple of weeks with the run game I felt like he has given us a spark moving the ball when there have been holes and when there hasn't been holes," Mularkey told Wednesday morning. "We're going to see if that can be a difference in this game."'

Marker Arizona (2-4) at Buffalo (1-5) [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills have been undone by a sputtering offense that has yet to score 21 points in a game, and doesn't have a rushing touchdown. ``It's a culmination of a lot of things,'' Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. ``We've got to get better. We know the enemy, and we'll try to address it.'''

Marker Bills LT Jennings ready to return [8:58 PM]
AP reports: '''I think I'm ready to go,'' Jennings said. ''I've been out for so long, I'm kind of anxious to get out practicing and be with my first group.'''

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