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Buffalo Bills News - October 18, 2004

Marker Worst to firsts [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is what I told my O-line," McGahee said, " "All you have to do is block the D-line. Don't worry about the linebackers, and I'll get the secondary.' "'

Marker McGahee is worthy of feature presentation [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The question now is, what do you do when Henry comes back?'

Marker Victory proves Mularkey's making progress [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey has never deviated from the course. He's never bought into the empty, wishful promise of desperate times requiring absurdly desperate measures, even as 0-0 became 0-4. From the onset of minicamp he's carried the flag for hard-nosed, common-sense football, only to discover that common sense isn't so common. His Bills would do the darndest things to beat themselves, and then, the next week, do them all over again.'

Marker Edwards' play sends Adams to bench [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Mike Mularkey said Adams was pulled because the team felt backup Ron Edwards played better. Edwards finished the game with a career-high two sacks and four tackles. "We just felt like we were getting done what we wanted done with Ron Edwards," Mularkey said. "He was being extremely disruptive and just kept that flow going."'

Marker Bills' offensive line shoves back [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'll tell you what, they did a tremendous job for me today," said quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "They did a great job in the running game, and in the passing game I had plenty of time to throw. We accounted for (Miami's) one guy that is truly a special pass rusher, and the other guys just stood up and gave me great time to throw the ball today."'

Marker O.J. has suite time watching Bills win [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He accepted an invitation to sit in the luxury box from Chris Hall, a former Lockport resident who lives in South Florida. "I'm a little surprised that it's been so long since I've been back," Simpson said. "My whole point to my friends was that I was going to be under the radar. I came here to watch a football game, and that's that. That's what I'm doing."'

Marker Morris' return is a fine one [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't gain my motivation and desire from outside circumstances," he said. "If that was the case, next week we're playing the Rams, and I never played for them, so . . . I get motivation from myself. My best game did happen to come against my old team. That's kind of the way it plays out sometimes."'

Marker Win No. 1: That's a wrap [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was a cold, windy day at the Ralph, but it didn't seem to bother the 72,714 fans.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Wannstedt must think he's still coaching Charles Haley, Ken Norton and Darren Woodson on Dallas' awesome defense. Fish are way too vanilla.'

Marker Everyone Just Calls Him `Coach' [7:31 AM]
Lakeland Ledger reports: '"I was the anti-Christ of the Buffalo Bills, but that was good for ratings," he said.'

Marker Off and running [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's excitement right now because you never know what that first win can do for you. It can turn your season around. I think the guys are excited about it," Moulds said.'

Marker Hey, Ralph loves smash-mouth [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's what you have to do to win," said Bledsoe. "When you can line up with them knowing you're going to run the ball and you're still able to do it and run 6 1/2 minutes off the clock, that's how you win ballgames in this league."'

Marker At last, a chance to savor a victory [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'To boot, the Bills had to overcome another hefty total of penalties, missed tackles, negative plays and suspect coaching moves. But they won.'

Marker McGahee's effort rewards patient Bills [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"He has a chance to be a great back," gushed Wilson, who received a game ball on his 86th birthday. "He hits that line hard and he might get stopped, but he winds up barreling through for another three or four yards."'

Marker An unbeaten NFL team is possible; can Miami win? [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The most likely spots for a Miami victory are home against Arizona Nov. 7, at San Francisco Nov. 28, and home against Buffalo on Dec. 5.'

Marker The Two-Minute Read [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Play of the game: Aaron Schobel's third-down sack of Jay Fiedler with seven minutes to go in the game that turned out to be Miami's last offensive play.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Running backs: Let the running back controversy begin.'

Marker McGahee erases doubts [5:09 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'But most of the team's success came from short passing and power runs by McGahee. "He hits the line and he gets stopped, but he keeps going and picks up three or four more yards," an admiring Wilson said as he cradled the game ball, given to him by Bledsoe. "Am I happy with smash-mouth football? Today, yes," the owner added with a smile.'

Marker Former UM standout saves his best for last [5:08 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''He made a lot of yards after first contact,'' Mularkey said. ``He kept some of those runs going just by second effort.'''

Marker Bills' extra attention helps stymie Taylor's pass rushing [5:07 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'While Taylor tried to dismiss the attention he is getting from other teams, it's clear to everyone that opponents are simply not allowing Taylor to get going. He has only two sacks in six games, also because the Dolphins can't get opponents into obvious passing situations. ''There's a point where [the constant double-teaming] can effect you and you look for it too much,'' Taylor said. ``Have I gotten to that point? Sure I have, at times. You kind of glance and look . . . you get earholed so much that it effects you a little bit, but that's all part of the game. You have to take the hits and move on.'''

Marker Long wait over as Mularkey gets his first victory [5:06 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''I was really proud of our team and happy for them because they're working hard,'' Mularkey said. ``It was a close game, and they won a close game against a division opponent. So it was good.'''

Marker McGahee makes case for starter [5:05 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'How does it feel for a kid who grew up in Miami to beat the Dolphins for the first time? "I was never a Dolphins fan," he said. "I have nothing against them, but growing up I was a Cowboys fan. I liked watching Emmitt Smith, Michael Irvin and Deion [Sanders]."'

Marker Bledsoe fakes out Dolphins on 5-yard TD pass [5:04 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo was in a running formation, and Bledsoe faked a handoff to McGahee (21). On the snap of the ball, however, tight end Mark Campbell (84) sprinted off his tight formation to the end zone. Dolphins linebacker Morlon Greenwood (52) bit on the run fake, and by the time he realized his mistake, Campbell was wide open for a touchdown pass from Bledsoe.'

Marker McGahee starts with heavy load for Bills [5:03 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"I knew it was going to be a tough game," McGahee said. "I knew I wasn't going to go out and bust the first run or anything like that, because you have to get into a rhythm. Running backs have to get into a rhythm in order to make something happen."'

Marker McGahee impresses Dolphins [5:02 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"He's a little bigger than I thought. He did the things he did in college, and we're not college players."'

Marker Monday's Miami Coverage [5:01 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Miami now NFL's only winless team (Miami Herald)
Former UM standout saves his best for last (Miami Herald)
Productive day for former 'Cane (Miami Herald)
Bills' extra attention helps stymie Taylor's pass rushing (Miami Herald)
How will Huizenga handle this mess? (Miami Herald)
No change expected at QB (Miami Herald)
Long wait over as Mularkey gets his first victory (Miami Herald)
Owner mum on 0-6 start (Miami Herald)
Keys to the game (Miami Herald)
Strategy corner (Miami Herald)
Grading the Dolphins (Miami Herald)
Game photos (Miami Herald)
Dolphins (0-6) alone at the bottom (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Defense reaches breaking point (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Dolphins at rock bottom? Maybe not yet (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Morris' good start: Career-best 91 yards (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
McGahee makes case for starter (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Offense can't find a rhythm (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Bledsoe fakes out Dolphins on 5-yard TD pass (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
just lose, baby (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Photo gallery (Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel)
Even the defense falters in the 4th (Palm Beach Post)
Taylor (no tackles, no sacks): 'I'm very ashamed' (Palm Beach Post)
Morris sparkles, for a half, anyway (Palm Beach Post)
McGahee starts with heavy load for Bills (Palm Beach Post)
Some players are kidding themselves (Palm Beach Post)
Sixth interception by Fiedler yields TD (Palm Beach Post)
Buffalo gives Miami a chill (Florida Today)
McGahee impresses Dolphins (Florida Today)
Picked-off passes still nightmare (Florida Today)
Though painful, 0-16 may be Dolphins' only salvation (Vero Beach Press Journal)
Dolphins-Bills Post-Game Notes (MiamiDolphins.com)
Photo Gallery (MiamiDolphins.com)

Marker Former Estacado standout Gray helping youths [5:00 AM]
Lubbock Avalanche Journal reports: 'Former Estacado football standout Jerry Gray is again hosting students from his alma mater for a weekend in Buffalo, where he currently serves as the defensive coordinator for the Buffalo Bills football team. This year, four students from Estacado will experience today's Bills' game against the Miami Dolphins, but will see a lot more.'

Marker Happy birthday Ralph: Bills win! [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Itís easy for the media and fans to talk about whether or not McGahee should now be starting ahead of Travis Henry, who sat this one out with a sore foot; but it is a very real problem for Mike Mularkey and his staff. At least Iíll stay consistent. From day one, Iíve thought McGahee is the better all around back, and now he is removing all doubt. Heís bigger, faster, more elusive, almost never fumbles, and has better hands as a receiver.'

Marker Bills Grab First Win [4:58 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Takeo Spikes started things off with an interception that he took back 11 yards for a touchdown in the first quarter. With the game tied at 10 in the 3rd, Drew Bledsoe hit Mark Campbell for the go ahead score.'

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October 17, 2004

Marker Bills Finish off Opponent in 4th Quarter [7:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"That was big," linebacker Takeo Spikes said of the defense's stop toward the end of the game. "That is how you finish. A win is a win, and it was a total team effort, that is why this win is so special. Number one, all three phases of the team had a part in it. Nobody slacked off, we didn't have a lot of penalties like we did last week, so it was a total team effort."'

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