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Buffalo Bills News - November 9, 2004

Marker We'll take Bills to block [5:00 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Who do these guys think they are, the Pittsburgh Steelers?'

Marker Bills' 'Smash Mouth' may be smashing success [4:59 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'McGahee has three starts, and the Bills are 3-0 in those starts, with the former Miami U star rushing for over 100 yards in each game. Itís not the only reason the Bills won those three games; the defense is playing better and the special teams have been superb. But itís pretty obvious how the emergence of #21 changes things.'

Marker Mid-Term Grades [4:58 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'This team is steadily improving, and there is renewed hope for the second half of the season. The best way to raise the grade, and keep hope alive is for the Bills to prove they can win on the road. Thereís no better place to start than on the road, in primetime, against the Defending Champs.'

Marker Inside slant [4:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'For the season, the explosive McGahee has 11 runs of 10 or more yards and six of 15 yards or longer. What's he think of topping 100 yards in each of his three starts so far? "God's on my side on that situation," he said. "And thanks to the 0-line, because they have faith in me and I try to make them look good."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:56 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Coach Mike Mularkey's three wins so far have been of the "smashmouth" variety and this effort was textbook. Any team that can run 46 times on one of the NFL's better defenses will win a lot of games.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:55 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'CB Troy Vincent, who missed his fifth consecutive game following knee surgery, is expected back for the Patriots game. The Bills are pondering using the 13-year veteran at free safety and keeping second-year man Terrence McGee at left corner, but those plans could be put on hold after McGee's struggles vs. the Jets. McGee allowed six big pass plays for 163 yards, including a 51-yard TD strike from Quincy Carter to Santana Moss with 4:06 to play. McGee fell down on the play along the Buffalo sideline. "I slipped but still, that kind of showed what kind of day I was having," McGee said. "It's nice to get the win, but it's a hurting feeling to know that you really hurt the team and it could've been a loss."'

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November 8, 2004

Marker Bills buoyed by sudden resurgence [9:20 PM]
AP reports: '''They're getting it,'' Mularkey said, referring to his players. ''When you have production that supports what you've been talking about for months and months, there's no better support than actually having it happen on the field.'''

Marker Deputy struck ater Bills game speaks out [9:19 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'The Sheriff's office says a vehicle exiting the stadium after the game struck him from behind. "Next thing I know, I'm rolling on the pavement," says Andolina, "I was worried about my legs and being paralyzed or something. So I laid there for a second, wiggled my fingers and toes, bent my leg and said 'okay, I'm good." Andolina then said, "I go, 'what happened to me?' and they said, 'you just got hit by a car."'

Marker Sheriff's Deputy Chair-Bound after Close Call [9:18 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'About an hour after the Bills-Jets game ended on Sunday, Andolina's bike was hit from behind by a car leaving a parking lot. Andolina said, "My feet actually came out of my sneakers as I flew onto the front of the car."'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:34 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'What do you think is the main reason for this turnaround? Better coaching? He players have stepped up? Or something else?
MM: Players have responded to the adversity they have faced and we're starting to play a little smarter football, were are not beating ourselves and are playing more physical.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Travis Henry will be a free agent after next season. Will you be willing to trade him this off-season for offensive line help or draft picks?
TD: At end of the season we always sit down and talk about all of our personnel and team issues. We look at each player individually and try to decide who is improving and who has leveled off, or maybe in some cases, who is even declining. Our focus right now is strictly on New England and not on the off-season.'

Marker Williams Still Having His Neck Checked [5:09 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Terrence McGee had his second straight tough game at CB against the Jets. Mularkey said he didn't expect McGee to be a shut down corner in just his second season. The Bills head coach is leaving his options open saying they could go back to Troy Vincent when he's healthy or use somebody else. Those candidates would be Kevin Thomas and Jabari Greer.'

Marker At last, Buffalo puts it all together [3:36 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It would be easy, and probably wrong, to completely attribute the Bills' sudden synchronicity to the emergence of Willis McGahee, but there's no arguing against the notion that he provides the spark and a fair amount of fuel.'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Jets [2:16 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills Defense: After allowing 282 yards of total offense, the Bills rank second in the AFC (3rd run, 3rd pass) and third in the NFL (4th run, 3rd pass).'

Marker McGahee runs wild in win over the Jets [1:51 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Jets came into the game with the second-best rushing attack in the league, but on Sunday Buffalo outgained them on the ground, 157-88. The Bills also had a decided advantage in time of possession, holding a clock edge of 37:28 to 22:32. New York came into the game with the second most quarterback sacks in the league, but Buffalo kept Bledsoe on his feet all day.'

Marker Bills Team Report [1:02 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Backup DT Justin Bannan is being used as a pulling left guard on sweeps and counter running plays. He has the size (6-3, 305), speed and agility to turn the corner and the power and leverage to deliver solid blocks at the point of attack. The team plans to make him a permanent part of its offensive package.'

Marker Bills Receive Good News on Williams [12:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We are pleased to announce today that Mike walked out of the stadium under his own power following the game," said Scott Berchtold, the team's Vice President of Communications. "The Bills and Mike certainly appreciate our fans concerns and prayers. Mike is scheduled to undergo further precautionary tests today."'

Marker Sheriff's deputy struck by car near stadium [11:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The deputy was struck from behind by a vehicle that was exiting a stadium drive after the Buffalo Bills game," the sheriff's office said in a statement.'

Marker Third win at home is no mandate [11:17 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'ďOur team knows the position weíre in. Were trying to dig ourselves out of a hole (0-4) that we can only blame ourselves for. Itís been a long time since we won two in a row".

Marker Bills show encouraging look at offensive future [11:16 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In assessing his own performance, McGahee allowed, ďThe offensive line has faith in me and Iíve got to make them look good. We all have confidence now ... we know what it takes to win and what we have to do.Ē'

Marker Ground control [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The thing that I like is that the team is starting to take on the personality that (head coach) Mike (Mularkey) has been preaching since he first got here," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "We're showing the power running game, special teams are playing very well, we've been efficient the last couple of games in not turning the ball over, and our defense is playing well."'

Marker McGee turns into toasted sub [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's nice to get the win," he said. "But at the same time, it's a hurting feeling knowing that you really hurt the team, and it could have been a loss. That's one of those days I never want to see again. It's a good learning thing, but I didn't want to learn like that."'

Marker Jets give Bills their props [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This was just their day," Martin said. "They came out and took control of the game from the beginning. They outplayed us in every aspect of the game. We got our butts kicked. There is no excuse. Buffalo played a good game. They came out and they handed it to us today. Defense, offense, special teams - they did everything."'

Marker O-line mushrooms into capable unit [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They are still only 3-5, but the Bills have at least put themselves on the outer fringes of the playoff race and given their fans a reason for hope heading into the second half. They've reclaimed their home-field mystique, and the improved play of the offensive line is a big reason.'

Marker Bledsoe finally sheds scapegoat horns [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's no surprise Bledsoe has been a different quarterback these last two weeks, at ease and productive. Maybe infusing the running game with Willis McGahee has had something to do with it. Maybe the offensive line has finally started to meld. What's clear is that Bledsoe is receiving adequate time to make his reads, that his confidence in his line has been restored, that he's back to throwing passes with conviction. He was 18 for 30 for 184 yards in Sunday's 22-17 win over the Jets. He made key throws at the important times and appeared thoroughly rejuvenated.'

Marker Williams' injury brings a scare [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think he's doing everything that everybody expected out of him when he was drafted," said Bills offensive line coach Jim McNally. "That light is going on. He's played very good football the last four or five weeks."'

Marker In the zone [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Game Balls: The Bills will distribute them this week, but we give them to Jonas Jennings on offense and Chris Kelsay on defense.'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching: (B) - - Good call to go for it at Jets' 12. Botched clock at end of half. Defense starred. Offense rebounded from first meeting.'

Marker The Bills Look (Almost) Respectable [7:53 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Now the Bills sit at 3-5, with a Sunday match up against the New England Patriots looming. Obviously, I have already thrown the flag in on the Bills season in earlier columns, but for some reason these guys donít seem to believe that it is over. Hey, whatever works for them. If they believe, I guess I can still believe. But of course, only if they can knock off New England and get to 4-5.'

Marker Bills picking up steam [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unfortunately for the Bills, the reality is just that: With this victory over a New York team that came into blustery Ralph Wilson Stadium with a 6-1 record and an earlier 16-14 victory over the Bills, Buffalo still is saddled with a 3-5 record. And on the horizon is the toughest test of the season, a night road game at the home of the defending Super Bowl champion New England Patriots that could very well determine the fate of their season.'

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