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Buffalo Bills News - November 22, 2004

Marker Bills Rout Rams [4:27 AM] reports: 'The Bills defense held the Rams to one yard rushing in the second half. Marc Bulger was intercepted three times.'

Marker Kicked when they're down [4:26 AM]
St. Louis Post-Dispatch reports: '"It happened so fast," wide receiver Torry Holt said.'

Marker Victory is special for Buffalo's April [4:25 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"We have guys that love being on special teams," Bills punt returner Nate Clements said. "When you have guys that will block for you ... it's effective."'

Marker TE puts Rams in tight spot [4:24 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"He made the plays and we didn't. I don't know what else to say," Coady said. "Me personally, I didn't play well enough for us to win. And I'm sure a lot of other guys feel like that."'

Marker Former scapegoat April earns vindication [4:23 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'When someone asked him why April was suddenly so successful in Buffalo after so many troubled days in St. Louis, Martz sort of snarled a bit. "They just have good people," he said.'

Marker Martz says Rams' knees were target [4:22 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"Absolutely, they're doing it intentionally," Martz said. "They're trying to blow somebody's knee out. There's no question about it. And it worked. They got two of our corners. I asked the officials to protect our players, and they were fairly indignant about it."'

Marker Rams suffer a breakdown in Buffalo [4:21 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'As unhappy as Rams coach Mike Martz was with his team's performance, he was livid with what he called cheap shots by the Bills. The Rams lost three cornerbacks to injuries: starter Travis Fisher and backup DeJuan Groce to knee injuries in the first half, and backup Kevin Garrett to a concussion in the third quarter. Rams receiver Torry Holt also accused Bills cornerback Nate Clements of trying to hurt him by going after his knees during a tackle in the third quarter. Clements also hurt the Rams with an 86-yard punt return for a touchdown in the third quarter.'

Marker Poor special teams play has Martz seeing red [4:19 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'April's return men racked up 141 yards in the third quarter, including an 86-yard punt return by Nate Clements.'

Marker Monday's St. Louis Articles [4:19 AM] reports:
Kicked when they're down (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Victory is special for Buffalo's April (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
TE puts Rams in tight spot (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Former scapegoat April earns vindication (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Martz says Rams' knees were targets (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Football fans look forward to Monday after woeful weekend (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Report Card (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams suffer a breakdown in Buffalo (Belleville News Democrat)
Poor special teams play has Martz seeing red (Belleville News Democrat)
Bills Special Effort Beats Rams (
Game Photos (

Marker Injuries deplete Rams defensive secondary; Martz unhappy [4:18 AM]
AP reports: '``The way two of them were lost was a little upsetting,'' Martz said, accusing Bills players of cutting Groce and Fisher at the knees. ``Yes, absolutely, they were doing it intentionally. And they were trying to blow someone's knee out. There's no question about it.'''

Marker Bills induct Ritcher onto Wall of Fame [4:17 AM]
AP reports: '"The hurry-up offense was made for me because I was lighter than some of the defensive linemen," Ritcher said.'

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Marker April's Unit Turns in Special Game [8:05 PM] reports: '"It's a real team effort," said April. "The head coach made it a priority when we first got here. We worked on it in the off-season and never cheated it and never cut corners on it."'

Marker Campbell Reemerges in Bills Win [7:35 PM] reports: '"We knew that they were going to be fundamentally sound," Campbell said of the Rams defense. "We knew there was going to be good spacing in between them so we felt like we could find ourselves somewhere in those spaces. Going into this game, I told my wife, Michel, that I thought there was a good chance I was going to have a good day."'

Marker Bledsoe's three TDs lifts Bills over Rams [7:20 PM] reports: '"This week we took it personal," Campbell said. "What happened last Sunday night was embarrassing. We had a bad taste in our mouth and wanted to do something about it today."'

Marker April showers crush Rams [6:22 PM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'The Bills scored on an 86-yard punt return. Their 53-yard punt return set up an earlier touchdown. Their recovery of a fumbled kickoff led to a field goal.'

Marker Dominating Effort By Entire Team [6:21 PM] reports: What a difference a week makes. Last week, almost every unit failed in our grades, this week they all pass with flying colors. The offense dominated for the game for a quarter, the special teams led directly to 17 third quarter points, and the defense shut the door on the high powered Rams offense in the second half. Here are our very good position by position grades:

Marker Bills Blast Rams 37-17 [5:58 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills defense was amazing against one of the best offenses in the league, especially in the second half. Buffalo held St. Louis to just 35 yards on 20 rushes, and only one yard rushing in the second half. Marshall Faulk was shut down with 13 carries for only 6 yards.'

Marker Bills Special Effort Beats Rams [5:55 PM] reports: 'For about one half of football Sunday, Buffalo and St. Louis appeared evenly matched. Then, the third quarter started.'

Marker Bills Blow Out Rams 37-17 [5:54 PM] reports: It was fitting that the day Jim Richter was inducted onto the Wall of Fame the Bills would put together a victory that was vintage of the good old days. A 37 point explosion in the 2nd and third quarters, that was a combined effort of all three units, led the Bills to a 37-17 victory over the Rams.

Marker Buffalo 37, St Louis 17 [4:31 PM]
AP reports: 'It was a dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the season, a 29-6 loss at New England.'

Marker Buffalo 37, St Louis 17 [4:31 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Mark Campbell enjoyed a special day. Special teams were pretty special as well for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Buffalo 37, St. Louis 17 [4:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Campbell, who didn't have a reception in the previous three contests, finished with four catches for 37 yards, as the Bills have won three of four. Willis McGahee added 100 yards rushing for Buffalo (4-6), which used strong special teams in the second half to capture its fourth straight win at home.'

Marker Ritcher to Be Added to Wall of Fame [3:27 PM] reports: '"I was totally flabbergasted," Ritcher said. "At first, just for a second, I’m thinking, ‘Gosh, I wonder if they want me to come back and play?’ That didn’t last very long. Then he told me the vote had come and what they had decided. I just couldn’t believe it. It was absolutely the farthest thing from my mind that he could have been calling me about. Like I said, I was flabbergasted and honored at the same time. Ever since then, I’ve been looking forward to getting up there and seeing some old friends and being part of the weekend."'

Marker If Bills go on the run, Rams could get battered [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills' offense wakes up from seasonlong slumber and outscores Rams, 27-21.'

Marker Ritcher goes on Wall today [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only two players - Andre Reed and Bruce Smith - played more seasons and in more games for the Bills than Ritcher.'

Marker Donahoe's future may hinge on Bills' finish [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The combination of the Williams firing and the quarterback situation is forcing the Bills, in Year Four of the Donahoe regime, to start over to a large degree. Mike Mularkey brought a new system this season, and J.P. Losman probably will take over at quarterback next season, barring a giant recovery by Bledsoe.'

Marker Mularkey's calls are wrong numbers [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I applauded Mularkey when he hired a solid, experienced staff. That's what Williams didn't do and it put him in a deep hole from the start. Mularkey served under two successful coaches, Bill Cowher and Sam Wyche. The expectation was that he learned plenty from them. There are seven games left. Maybe Mike will at least equal Williams' goodbye record of 6-10 in 2003. That is if he doesn't keep making bizarre decisions.'

Marker Mac Bledsoe relishes son's ability to take a hit [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am extremely proud of our son, prouder today than just about any time in his career because he has not wavered a bit in his character," Mac Bledsoe said by phone last week. "He's never allowed a situation to make him do what I would have done, which is get mad and lose control. It takes 10 times more courage, more fortitude, to play on a team that's not going well."'

Marker Policing the corner [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clements has seen fewer passes thrown his way this season as opponents size up the strengths of the Buffalo secondary and plot accordingly. It used to be that playing the Bills was picking your poison, challenging either Clements or Antoine Winfield, who after last season left for Minnesota in free agency.'

Marker Bills look to recover against talented Rams [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But with a 3-6 record and four of their next five games on the road — where they are winless — those players aren't naďve, either. The fat lady is warming up her voice. Their goal now is to keep her away from the microphone for as long as possible.'

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