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Buffalo Bills News - December 7, 2004

Marker Bills Battle Back After Bleak Beginning [5:03 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Bledsoe has quieted the critics for now. "He's taken more heat than anybody," linebacker Takeo Spikes told The Buffalo News after Sunday's victory. "So I think it shows his character as a person. He's fought through it."'

Marker Bills never out even when they're down [5:02 AM]
Los Angeles Daily News reports: '"There's a level of appreciation here," said former Bills special teams ace Steve Tasker, now a CBS analyst who lives in Buffalo. "The people who fill the stadium aren't corporate types; they're the ones who appreciate that when you pick up a paycheck you've earn it. They appreciate guys who in the face of adversity and long odds continue to show up and do their jobs."'

Marker Inside slant [5:01 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'But make no mistake about it, Terrence McGee is turning into one of the great finds in Bills history.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Mularkey and Co., can't wait to take apart Cleveland. Playoffs? When a team's on a 6-2 role, don't laugh.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'At one point during Sunday's game, the Bills had lost a half-dozen players to various injuries.'

Marker December Cheers Instead of Jeers [4:58 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Regardless of what happens the rest of the way the Bills have shown incredible improvement. Much has been made of Willis McGahee’s emergence, but rookie Lee Evans growth has been equally spectacular. His second touchdown catch on Sunday showed breakaway speed only a few receivers in football have. Evans could be a special player for a long time.'

Marker At a glance: The Bills [4:57 AM]
ClevelandBrowns.com reports: 'The Bills have won two straight on the road and are suddenly back in the playoff hunt. With games at Cincinnati and at San Francisco on tap, they can’t afford a letdown this week as they need to finish 9-7 to have even an outside shot of making the playoffs. They close the regular season at home against Pittsburgh on Jan. 2.'

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December 6, 2004

Marker Drew delivers, Bills back in contention [9:38 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Forget all that for a moment, though. Bledsoe still capitalized on all those circumstances, demonstrating that he can still make every throw required of a starting quarterback in the National Football League. And that, despite more than half a season's worth of evidence to the contrary, he might just be able to continue doing so for the foreseeable future.'

Marker Clements Interested In Notre Dame? [9:16 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It's believed Clements is a long shot because the Irish want an experienced coach.'

Marker Surging Bills edge into playoff contention [9:16 PM]
AP reports: '''We're living day by day around here, week by week,'' linebacker Takeo Spikes said. ''If we can just focus on going 1-0 instead of worrying about going 4-5 or 6-0, everything else will take care of itself.'''

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'How do you keep your players focused on one game at a time, rather than scoreboard watching and looking at all the playoff scenarios? MM: You've got to stress in meetings that we have no control over what happens outside of our environment and the only thing that we can control is our game on Sunday. We've got to do our part and let everybody else do theirs. Hopefully it works out.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With Drew Bledsoe finally starting to look like the Drew Bledsoe of two years ago and the team winning, is what the Jets did with Pennington/Testaverde…drafting a young QB and letting him watch and learn for a full two years while the veteran played…a direction the Bills could be considering come 2005? Would the organization consider letting a No. 1 pick not play until 2006 if Bledsoe continues to impress?
TD:...'.

Marker RT Williams, TE Campbell among banged-up Bills [5:17 PM]
AP reports: 'Without going into detail, coach Mike Mularkey said Monday that both were having further tests on right knee injuries sustained in Buffalo's 42-32 win at Miami on Sunday. Mularkey added that backup tight end Tim Euhus was also to have tests after hurting his knee on Sunday.'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Dolphins [4:45 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Terrence McGee: His 104-yard kickoff return for a touchdown to open the game was the longest in Bills history…became the first player (team and opponent) in Bills history to return the opening kickoff for a touchdown, and became only the tenth player in NFL history to return three-plus kickoffs in a season and the first since 2000.'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills keep playoff hopes alive [2:26 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"Turnovers are something we've put a big emphasis on," said Spikes. "If you look at the stats (Miami had a 403-362 edge in total yardage) you would have thought the outcome of the game would have been different. But the turnovers were the biggest deal."'

Marker Bills keep playoff hopes alive [11:55 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It certainly didn’t go the way anybody would have envisioned it,” said Bledsoe of the 74-point explosion. “We were fortunate enough to put up enough points to win it."'

Marker Bills keeping this season interesting [11:54 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Funny what six wins in eight weeks - including the last three in a row - will do for your perception.'

Marker Bills Team Report [10:41 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Coaching: B. After an 0-4 start, coach Mike Mularkey and his staff have put it together.'

Marker Old-fashioned shootout [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was a dogfight right there," said Bills cornerback Nate Clements. "That might have been the game of the week. I expected it to be close. But I didn't expect all those points with two great defenses on the field. There were so many highs and lows out there. We just fought through adversity and found a way to make more plays in the end."'

Marker Interceptions rule on big takeaway day [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills had seven takeaways overall, the most since getting seven against the Houston Oilers on Oct. 11, 1993.'

Marker Bledsoe shows Bills how to beat adversity [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This was a true team victory. There were too many standouts, large and small, to enumerate.'

Marker McGee's TD return is one for books [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Terrence McGee has never been to Hawaii, but he might be getting an all-expenses paid trip there soon.'

Marker Refusing to lose [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unsung Hero: Jonas Jennings. The Buffalo offensive tackle left the game briefly after his shoulder popped out again. But, with one healthy arm, he came back and did an admirable job against Miami defensive end Jason Taylor.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching -- A. Team showed heart with comeback. Defense made adjustment, brought more heat in second half. Offense on fire.'

Marker The high price of subsidies [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The publicly financed package to keep the Buffalo Bills here - $96 million in state money and $28 million from Erie County over six years for stadium renovations and cash grants - remains the largest taxpayer-supported project locally and the yardstick by which all others can be compared.'

Marker Bills devour Dolphins, 42-32 [7:12 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“I'm not focusing on all of the playoff scenarios,” Bledsoe said. “I’m just looking ahead to Cleveland. We went 1-0 this week. Now we have to go 1-0 next week.”'

Marker They Actually Have An (Outside) Shot At The Playoffs? [7:11 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'It’s crazy, I know. Ludicrous. Insane. Completely NUTTY, but oh, so true.'

Marker Fun in the sun for Bills [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If you are going to win consistently, you can't be one-dimensional," Bledsoe said. "It was good to see today from our team that despite the Dolphins coming out, playing well and scoring points on us, we were able to pick up the slack and put points on the board."'

Marker Off day by defense didn't hurt [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills were sixth in points allowed, Miami was 31st in points scored, yet Buffalo allowed a season-worst 32. The Dolphins' 25 first downs were the most against the Bills this year, their quarterback, A.J. Feeley, became just the second passer to top 300 yards through the air, and Miami scored touchdowns on all three of its red-zone penetrations. Who cares?'

Marker Bledsoe's true grit leaving no doubt that this is his team [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What we do know is that Bledsoe's personal comeback after one of his worst performances in a 29-6 loss at New England on Nov. 14 has put on display the heart and character of one of the NFL's all-time greats (we forget sometimes that the league's 10th all-time passer is in our midst).'

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