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Buffalo Bills News - October 25, 2004

Marker Not Another Loss [8:43 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'This Buffalo Bills team is in dire need of a new leader, a new swagger and a new style of play. So, please, pass the torch to this young buck in J.P. Losman. I know you can see that Losman, Willis McGahee and Lee Evans are the future of this offense. Please do not interfere any longer. Step aside, my friend, please step aside. The removal of Losman’s cast will be your cue to hand the offense over. I was cheering for you Drew, but after compiling a 15-23 record over nearly two and a half seasons in Buffalo, it is clear that the team is in dire need of a change.'

Marker Bills picked apart [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills penetrated the Baltimore Ravens' 20-yard line four times and gained eight yards on 11 plays.'

Marker Defensive effort shortchanged [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo defense limited the Baltimore Ravens to 160 total yards Sunday yet the Bills lost by two touchdowns, 20-6. It was the lowest yardage yield by a Bills defense since Nov. 14, 1999 when Miami managed just 101 yards, an effort that was not wasted as Buffalo won 23-3. Further, the 160 yards were the fewest allowed in a game the Bills lost since 1977, and it was the fourth-lowest yardage yield in a loss in team history.'

Marker Bledsoe nearing end as starting QB [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Baltimore, which plays a ball-control style designed to complement its stalwart defense, is 4-2 under Boller. Buffalo, which plays a ball-control style designed to complement its stalwart defense, is 1-5 under Bledsoe.'

Marker Two-minute read [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'B.J. Sams' 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made the score 17-3 and — given the state of the Bills' offense —pretty much put the game out of reach for Buffalo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The numbers speak for themselves. Four interceptions, four sacks and a QB rating of 32.3. Baltimore QB Kyle Boller played a terrible game, yet his QB rating was double that of Bledsoe's. This was a game that was there for the taking, and all Bledsoe did was throw it away.'

Marker Fourth-quarter call adds to Bledsoe's pain [5:02 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Bledsoe said his game plan was "to do whatever we can against a very fast-pursuing defense, to give them some misdirection and create some plays for ourselves." The Ravens' pressure, Bledsoe said, forced the Bills into a quick passing game in which he sometimes had to "guess" on how a play would develop.'

Marker Monday's Baltimore Coverage [4:59 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Ravens play take-away (Baltimore Sun)
Fourth-quarter call adds to Bledsoe's pain (Baltimore Sun)
In spotlight, C. Taylor hides from 'D' (Baltimore Sun)
As schedule gets tougher, Boller out of free passes (Baltimore Sun)
Surprisingly, Sanders needed in prime role (Baltimore Sun)
Deion Sanders' interception, TD (Baltimore Sun)
Hamstrung Ogden shakes head (Baltimore Sun)
Report card (Baltimore Sun)
Photo gallery (Baltimore Sun)
Ravens punish Buffalo (Carroll County Times)
Ogden pulls hamstring in win (Carroll County Times)
Ravens' win costly (York Daily Record)
'Prime Time' dancin' again (York Daily Record)
Ravens' Defense Shows Offense How It's Done (Washington Post)
Ravens pick on Bills' Bledsoe (Washington Times)
Improving defense has Ravens cooking (Fredericksburg Free Lance Star)
Ravens remain tale of two teams (Philadelphia Inquirer)
San-tastic (BaltimoreRavens.com)
Transcript of Bills-Ravens post-game quotes (BaltimoreRavens.com)

Marker Deion Offers Blast From the Past [4:58 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"They talked about me before I came, 'He's too old, he should be doing this, he should be doing that,'" said Sanders. "Every time I give up a pass they're going to talk about me. That was the key thing that Michael Jordan warned me of, he said you have to handle the criticism, because there will be criticism."'

Marker From Bad To Worse [4:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bledsoe finished the game going 20/36 for 203 yards, four interceptions and a fumble. He was not helped at all by the offensive line. Bledsoe was sacked four times, and after the game was defensive with the media when asked about the stability of his starting spot under center.'

Marker Baltimore Beats Up Buffalo [4:54 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Buffalo has scored six touchdowns this season, zero on the ground.'

Marker Milloy Returns to Lineup; Jennings Sidelined [4:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"It's good to be back," said Milloy. "I was a little tired being back in a game situation for the first time, as far as my endurance, but I got my wind back in the second half."'

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October 24, 2004

Marker Transcript of Bills-Ravens post-game quotes [7:58 PM]
BaltimoreRavens.com reports: (Drew Bledsoe on the no-call on the 94-yard interception return)
“That was an unbelievably poor call. Ray Lewis just grabbed ahold of Lee Evans, grabbed him right around the waist, basically tackled him. I saw him grab him and I though ‘ok, I just throw the ball at Lee, we’ll get the call, first and goal.’ And instead, they don’t throw the flag, the ball gets tipped and it goes back the other direction. That was as blatant as it gets. Holding, pass interference, we don’t get the call.”'

Marker Turnovers bury Buffalo [6:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bledsoe was credited with all five turnovers, throwing four picks and fumbling once. It was a game that has been all too familiar to Bills fans -- mistakes at crucial times in the game led to a hole that was too big to get out of in four quarters. Buffalo made it look as though they were going to come back on several occasions, but the inability to get the ball across the goal line was their demise.'

Marker San-tastic [6:15 PM]
BaltimoreRavens.com reports: 'The Bills continued to put on the pressure, as Bledsoe connected with Moulds for 12 yards, and then Willis McGahee ran 15 yards more to put the Bills in scoring position. However, on third-and-9 from the 18, Sanders struck again, picking off Bledsoe in the end zone.'

Marker Bills Go Down In Baltimore 20-6 [6:14 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Drew Bledsoe turned the ball over five times including two interceptions in the red zone and an interception return for a score by Deion Sanders killed the Bills chances for a road win.

Marker Offense Spoils Solid Defensive Effort [6:13 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The defense gave a great effort, especially in the second half as they totally shut down the Ravens attack. Unfortunately the Bills offense did more to help the Ravens on the scoreboard than the defense did to stop them. Here are our position by position grades:

Marker Baltimore 20, Buffalo 6 [3:59 PM]
AP reports: 'The absence of Jamal Lewis wasn't nearly as significant to the Baltimore Ravens as the return of Prime Time.'

Marker Baltimore 20, Buffalo 6 [3:59 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"One (interception) was a force throw that could've been prevented and Deion picked it off," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "We had the ball in our hands and either got it knocked out or didn't make the catch. To me, that was the difference. We had chances to make plays on the other side and didn't. They made plays and scored."'

Marker Baltimore 20, Buffalo 6 [3:58 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Ravens (4-2) intercepted Drew Bledsoe four times on the day, and also stripped the Bills quarterback for a fumble. The four picks tied a Baltimore record.'

Marker What to Look for vs. Ravens [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Drew Bledsoe showed last week that he can still be a premier quarterback in the NFL. He made great decision finding open receivers and also showed an ability to move around the pocket. He threw for over 200 yards against the Dolphins and has at least one touchdown pass in every game this season. He will have his hands full against a top Ravens unit this weekend that includes cornerback Chris McAlister, Ed Reed, and reserve safety Deion Sanders.'

Marker The Scouting Report [10:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'QB Drew Bledsoe played mistake-free against Miami and he must maintain control of the ball. Turnovers could be crucial in a game that is expected to be low scoring.'

Marker The hits by Ravens just keep on coming [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going to run it - that's our style of play," said receiver Eric Moulds. "We're going to go out there and run the football and do play action and mix it up a little bit. We're not going to change our game plan."'

Marker O-line line allows Ravens to run, QB Boller to hide [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills would make a big statement with a win, but Ravens will make enough plays to pull out 17-16 win.'

Marker Improved Bledsoe may be playing for his future today [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe might be playing for his future today. A victory will restore hope for this season and justifying keeping him as the starter in the short term. A loss would drop them to 1-5 and stifle any wild notions of a playoff run. Fans will begin counting the days until rookie J.P. Losman is fully recovered from his broken leg. Losman is the future. Unless the Bills make a playoff run, they have to get him on the field as soon as possible. The kid needs to get a head start on next season if he's going to be effective in 2005. The standard will be sky high for Losman. Unlike Bledsoe, he needs to be a lot better than average.'

Marker Adams, Shaw learn just who is in charge [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's said Shaw was very popular with the Bills players. Good. Maybe he can be elected president of the student body in San Diego.'

Marker Gray's contract extension bodes well for Bills' defense [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defensive scheme is sound. The Buffalo defense has gone from 21st to 15th to second under Gray's watch. As long as the Bills' defense posts decent numbers this year - and it appears it will - Gray's reputation league wide will continue to climb.'

Marker Evans runs a blue-collar streak [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's got a lot of potential to be a very special player in the league," said Buffalo receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who helped mold Anquan Boldin into a rookie stud last year in Arizona. "He has the type of ability where, if he had to be the go-to guy every down, he'd be up there among the top receivers in the NFL as far as numbers are concerned. He has the ability to be an upper-echelon receiver and have the stats right now in another situation."'

Marker Bills look to keep turning season around [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills’ immediate goal is to climb back to .500 at the year’s midway point and give themselves a legitimate shot at a playoff spot. Since they used up all of their mulligans by starting 0-4, they say there’s no chance of a letdown any week, let alone today against a Baltimore team missing its best offensive weapon.'

Marker Q&A: Izell Reese [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If you were named NFL commissioner for a day, what changes would you make?
"I think they're too critical on defensive players these days. They get tighter and tighter about not placing a hand on a receiver, especially this year, but they need to be as critical on offensive players because they push off and do the same things. I think it should go both ways. You can't take that aggressiveness away from the defense. I know people want to see points but I think a lot of fans like great defense, too."'

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