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Buffalo Bills News - December 6, 2004

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).'

Marker 10-6 usually good enough for playoffs [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills win out to finish 10-6, they probably would join a short list of the best teams not to make the playoffs.'

Marker Report card [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching: Give the defensive staff credit for righting the ship after a terrible start.'

Marker Dolphins tank in loss to Bills [5:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'There was good and bad. And in the end, the bad counted more.'

Marker Stealing McGahee's glory at least for day [5:06 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Bledsoe finished with 277 yards and four touchdowns for an absurdly high efficiency rating of 132.9. ''I've said it since March that we have an identity, and that is running the ball,'' first-year Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey said. ``If we have to throw the football to win, we will throw the football. Whatever phase it takes to win, we'll do that.'''

Marker The pass coverage that wasn't vs. Bills [5:05 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'That six-play, 78-yard drive was the first on which Buffalo went without a huddle. Before the touchdown, Bledsoe completed 3 of 4 for 45 yards on the drive. ''I think the hurry-up got us a little off balance,'' defensive end Jason Taylor said. ``A team comes into your stadium and runs a no-huddle out of a shotgun, they shouldn't be able to do that.'''

Marker Ailing tackle toughs it out [5:04 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements continues to enjoy his yearly visit to Pro Player Stadium. Clements intercepted a pass from A.J. Feeley in the first quarter, the seventh interception of his career against the Dolphins and the sixth in Pro Player.'

Marker Keys to the game [5:03 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Who: Buffalo WRs Eric Moulds and Lee Evans vs. the Dolphins secondary.
Who won: Moulds and Evans.'

Marker Dolphins fall to 2-10 with 42-32 loss to Bills [5:02 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It was beautiful, man," said Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes, who intercepted Feeley earlier in the game. "I told Pat he looked like a hard-boiled egg running down the sideline."'

Marker Bledsoe picks apart secondary [5:02 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"A team comes into your stadium and runs a no-huddle offense out of the shotgun, they shouldn't be able to do that," Taylor said.'

Marker Happy homecoming for coach, McGahee [5:01 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It was strictly a business trip," Mularkey said, "but it felt good to come home and win. It was a total shootout, a real street fight, and I don't think anyone expected it to be that high scoring. Our guys were sucking air a little because of the heat, but I liked the way they responded."'

Marker Long pass to Evans puts Bills up for good [5:00 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"When the ball left my hand, I thought I had overthrown it. Lee turned on the jets and got it." -- Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Bills score 21 points off INTs [4:59 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'So many things will be lost in the shuffle. That Miami allowed a 104-yard kickoff return to start the game. That the Dolphins racked up a season-high 403 yards. That Jason Taylor had a remarkable strip and fumble recovery of Bills running back Willis McGahee.'

Marker Evans gives Buffalo new option [4:58 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"They were trying to take Eric Moulds out of the game with a lot of their coverages, plain and simple," Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey said. "Lee made the plays when they were called for him."'

Marker Bills pick off Dolphins [4:57 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"We were in the game until the end," fullback Rob Konrad said. "I mean, if we only have four or five turnovers, we probably win the football game. That's probably the most disappointing part of it all."'

Marker Bledsoe's big plays take out Dolphins [4:56 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"It's a tough day for us," Knight said. "But any time you give Drew Bledsoe time like that, hey, you know just as well as me -- he picks people apart. We got a little pressure on him a couple of times, and a couple other times we didn't and he made us pay. If you give him time, he's probably the best of all time."'

Marker Pick, pick, pick, pick, pick [4:55 AM]
Vero Beach Press Journal reports: '"Anytime you give Drew Bledsoe time to throw, he's going to pick you apart," Dolphins strong safety Sammy Knight said. "We got a little pressure on him a couple of times, but a couple of times we didn't, and he made us pay."'

Marker Monday's Miami Coverage [4:23 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Dolphins tank in loss to Bills (Miami Herald)
Stealing McGahee's glory at least for day (Miami Herald)
The pass coverage that wasn't vs. Bills (Miami Herald)
Feeley can't avoid wrong end zone (Miami Herald)
A.J.'s day: hero-hot to zero-cold (Miami Herald)
Building trust in Bates (Miami Herald)
Boston could face four-game suspension for steroids (Miami Herald)
Ailing tackle toughs it out (Miami Herald)
Keys to the game (Miami Herald)
Strategy corner (Miami Herald)
Grading the Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Photo Gallery (Miami Herald)
Dolphins fall to 2-10 with 42-32 loss to Bills (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Bledsoe picks apart secondary (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Happy homecoming for coach, McGahee (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
McMichael rips offense over being ignored in loss (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Education of Feeley is no cakewalk (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Lighting the way for sane Sundays (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Long pass to Evans puts Bills up for good (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Unhappy returns (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Report: Boston faces steroid suspension (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Photo Gallery (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Bills score 21 points off INTs (Palm Beach Post)
Evans gives Buffalo new option (Palm Beach Post)
This kind of loss makes you miss Ricky Williams (Palm Beach Post)
Secondary becomes a primary problem (Palm Beach Post)
Feeley's days as starter numbered (Palm Beach Post)
Report: Boston facing steroids suspension (Palm Beach Post)
Bills pick off Dolphins (Florida Today)
Bledsoe's big plays take out Dolphins (Florida Today)
Boston could face steroid suspension (Florida Today)
Konrad gets a carry, at last (Florida Today)
Pick, pick, pick, pick, pick (Vero Beach Press Journal)
Within Dolphins' defeat, small victory for Monds (Vero Beach Press Journal)
Turnovers sink Dolphins in loss to Bills (Orlando Sentinel)
Dolphins Postgame Quotes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Bills Postgame Quotes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Postgame Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo Album (MiamiDolphins.com)

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December 5, 2004

Marker Turnovers Play Key Role in Victory [6:46 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It was a huge emphasis in this game," Head Coach Mike Mularkey said of creating turnovers. "In the last eight years, this game has been decided, other than one, by the turnover ratio. We have stressed it, the defense responded…and they took advantage of it."'

Marker Postgame Notes [6:41 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'With Bills WR Lee Evans catching four passes for 110 yards today, it snapped the Dolphins’ string of not having allowed an individual 100-yard receiver in 21 straight games.'

Marker Bills Win Up And Down Game [6:40 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: There were many ups and downs in the 42-32 win over Miami. The offense had some struggles with penalties and sacks but overcame them for four touchdowns. The Defense gave up three first quarter touchdowns but forced six turnovers and scored a touchdown. Special teams scored a touchdown and had a takeaway but gave up some good returns and had some penalties. Here are our position by position grades:

Marker Dolphins Postgame Quotes [6:39 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: Jim Bates (on Buffalo scoring on the opening kickoff): "Well, we got down there, coming from the backside, nobody showed up. They hit a crease and it was out the gate. It was a lapse in coverage and it’s something we’ve been doing a great job of. And they have a great return team – I think they had four touchdowns on returns coming into the game. We knew that. But we’ve also been great on kick cover teams. It was a total breakdown. Anytime they can go that long on a kickoff return, it isn’t one or two guys, it’s a lot of guys."'

Marker Bills Postgame Quotes [6:38 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: WR Lee Evans: '“(Eric Moulds and) I seem to compliment each other as the season goes on.”'

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