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Buffalo Bills News - November 14, 2004

Marker Road only gets rougher [5:56 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The Patriots need to set up third-and-longs, and the key to doing that is making stops on first and second down. That will make it harder for Bledsoe to connect with his favorite target - wide receiver Eric Moulds, who will likely be guarded by Samuel. Moulds has 616 yards, almost twice as many as Lee Evans, who is second on the team with 321. "I think he is more confident in the pocket," Bills head coach Mike Mularkey said. "When he is moving he is finding the check-downs quicker. I think he throws the deep ball great and we are opening it up a little more for him for that. Obviously the run game helps, but some of the things we have done scheme-wise, I think, has helped, too, in his confidence."'

Marker Improving Bills are next up on Patriots' agenda [5:55 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '"I don't know what their philosophy was in the beginning," said inside linebacker Ted Johnson, "but obviously whatever they're doing is now working."'

Marker Bills formula: Throw less, win more [5:54 AM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Considered a huge first-round gamble when the Bills drafted him torn-up knee and all out of UMiami last year, McGahee has run for more than 100 yards in each of his first three NFL starts. All three have been Bills victories. McGahee has put former Pro Bowler Travis Henry on the bench and restored Bledsoe as a winner while in the looming shadow of Losman.'

Marker Pats, Bills in rematch tonight [5:53 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: 'McGahee's confident and powerful running has caused a ripple effect throughout the entire Buffalo offense, Belichick said. ``That sets up their play-action passing game, so they are high percentage passes,'' he said. ``They're staying out of third-and-long ... no sacks, no interceptions. They're not turning the ball over. That's a formula to win games at any level.'''

Marker Sunday's New England Coverage [5:37 AM] reports:
Will Bills be more receptive? (Boston Globe)
Offense powers Patriots (Boston Herald)
Bills ready for battle (Boston Herald)
Strong presence (Boston Herald)
McGahee won’t trash talk opponent (Boston Herald)
A mighty tussle in store (Boston Herald)
Big rise in value for Bills (Boston Herald)
Players work together to secure future (Metro West Daily News)
Four downs (Metro West Daily News)
Givens sets sights on hauling in big catch (Providence Journal)
McGahee the key to Bills' chances (Providence Journal)
Gorin in a comfortable place (Providence Journal)
You don't say (Providence Journal)
Curran's quiz (Providence Journal)
A String Of Successful Conversions (Hartford Courant)
Bills (3-5) At Patriots (7-1) (Hartford Courant)
Pats prepared for any obstacle (Springfield Republican)
Road only gets rougher (Woonsocket Call)
Questionable history, but now he has the answers (Portland Press Herald)
Improving Bills are next up on Patriots' agenda (Brockton Enterprise)
Bills formula: Throw less, win more (Lowell Sun)
New England hosts resurgent Bills (Manchester Union Leader)
Patriots' receivers taking different routes (New Bedford Standard Times)
Road to East title is well-paved (New Bedford Standard Times)
Pats, Bills in rematch tonight (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)

Marker The Bills Promote Peters [5:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A month under Jim McNally's tutelage must have done wonders for Peters to be promoted.'

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November 13, 2004

Marker Bills Practice Under The Lights [5:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey doesn't seem intimidated by his first head coaching assignment on Sunday night football. He said he was more excited about the energy he saw in practice.'

Marker Peters Signed to 53-Man Roster [5:46 PM] reports: 'To make room, defensive end Constantin Ritzmann has been placed on injured reserve.'

Marker Grades are improving for Bills at halfway point [3:44 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'It took a little while for Mike Mularkey to put his mark on this team, but the Bills are buying into Mularkey’s system, and the results are showing.'

Marker McGahee, Dillon add spark to running games [3:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Since leaving the Patriots after the 2001 season, Bledsoe is 1-4 against his former team. Tom Brady, who replaced him at quarterback, is 6-1 in his career against Buffalo.'

Marker Special forces [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'April gives each of his units a military label in an effort to hammer home the importance of special teams to his players. The kickoff return unit, for instance, is the Seals, named after the Navy Seals. The kickoff coverage unit is the Gurkhas, named after the British Army units that originated in Asia. April combines his military labels with an elaborate points system that allows each player to gauge his performance against everyone else on special teams.'

Marker Others get ink, but Brady gets victories [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's no disgrace. Brady is a rising superstar. For my money, he's not merely the best quarterback in the NFL, but the best player, period.'

Marker Youth to be served at new field [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The facility, located a few hundred yards from the tunnel entrance to the stadium, is the first of its kind in the NFL and will be used exclusively for youth football teams in Western New York.'

Marker Mistakes hurt in first half of Bills' season [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills aren't nearly as good as Belichick made them out to be, but there were some shards of truth sprinkled amidst all the coachspeak spilling out of Belichick's mouth that every Bills fan could relate to.'

Marker McGahee a tonic for ailing Bills [5:16 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Suddenly, drafting a running back with a bum knee who needed a lengthy time to recover does not seem like it was such a bad idea.'

Marker Ground game has Bills on upswing [5:15 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '``I haven't seen a whole lot of him besides these last few games, but the system's working for him,'' McGinest said. ``He's running the ball hard, breaking a lot of tackles ... you've got to get ready for that.'''

Marker How Different Is Buffalo With McGahee? [5:14 AM] reports: 'McGahee may be working his tail off carrying the ball, but a more noble duty he is performing is something not seen since Curtis Martin was a Patriot: Forcing defenses to respect the run and not overplay Drew Bledsoe and the passing game.'

Marker Saturday's New England Coverage [5:13 AM] reports:
Gorin earning his place (Boston Globe)
He'll keep nose out of trouble (Boston Globe)
Wilfork learns on line (Boston Herald)
Seymour plays bigger than his stats (Boston Herald)
Vrabel hurt in practice (Boston Herald)
Second effort keeps Dillon a cut above the rest (Woonsocket Call)
Givens emerging as quiet superstar (Woonsocket Call)
Wilfork certainly stands out (Providence Journal)
Dillon's gains after 1st hit put him a cut above others (Providence Journal)
DB Mike Haynes made mark with Pats (Providence Journal)
McGahee a tonic for ailing Bills (Springfield Republican)
Ground game has Bills on upswing (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Gorin goes through hoops as Pats starter (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
How Different Is Buffalo With McGahee? (
Dillon a consistent factor (
Bill Belichick Press Conference (

November 12, 2004

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Willis McGahee [9:32 PM] reports: 'What do you feel needs to be accomplished for Buffalo to beat New England and do you think the running game needs to be stressed more on the road?
Willis McGahee: We need to go out there and keep doing the same thing we were doing the past two games. We've been moving the ball successfully and have been doing a great job opening up the passing lanes.'

Marker Bills first team with youth football facility [8:43 PM]
AP reports: '''(Owner) Ralph Wilson and the Bills organization deserve tremendous credit for taking this commitment to the next level with the creation of their new youth football field,'' NFL commissioner Paul Tagliabue said in a statement.'

Marker Bills Open Youth Football Facility [6:23 PM] reports: "This is certainly a great occasion for the Buffalo Bills and for youth football in this area," said Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe. "We are very committed in our organization to do things to give back to our community and one of our primary initiatives is youth football."

Marker Time for Bills to break through in New England [5:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bills, 20-17.'

Marker Patriots-Bills scouting report [1:07 PM] reports: 'Patriots 23, Bills 13.'

Marker McGahee emerges as a marked man in Bills' backfield [1:06 PM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '"I knew that Willis had explosiveness and speed, that he's shifty and hard to tackle," Bledsoe said after he and the Bills had defeated Martin and the New York Jets, 22-17, at Ralph Wilson Stadium last Sunday afternoon. "What I didn't know is how tough he can be in short-yardage situations."'

Marker Bills Open Youth Football Facility [1:05 PM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills President/GM Tom Donahoe, Head Coach Mike Mularkey, quarterback Drew Bledsoe and NFL Senior Director of Youth Football Cedric Jones will be among the guests at the unveiling of the Buffalo Bills Youth Football Field on Friday, November 12 in Orchard Park, NY. Representatives from the Western New York Youth Tackle Football Federation and other Bills players will take part in the ceremony that will begin at 2:30 PM ET.'

Marker Changes Can be Tough in Mid-Season [11:49 AM] reports: 'I remember my second season in Buffalo when Marv Levy replaced Hank Bullough as the Bills head coach midway through the year. That was a tough transition to make, but when you're losing, you look forward to any type of change. I think that's the attitude the Dolphins need to have right now. If they can turn their 1-8 record into 6-10 or so by the end of the year, they'll have something to build on heading into the off-season. Having a new coach around may rally the team. We'll have to wait and see how they respond.'

Marker Fletcher Shows Special Teams Are a Priority [11:49 AM] reports: 'I watch the opposing kickers during pregame warm-ups as well, which helps me determine where to place Nate Clements on punt returns.'

Marker Bills O-Line Continues to Develop [11:48 AM] reports: 'Really Drew Bledsoe has played pretty good all year. We've had some miscues at times that were really not his fault. The thing he's done better this year compared to last year is that he's moving around the pocket better and avoiding people within the pocket while still being able to throw down the field. He has taken off a couple of times and run the ball, which is good. The play last week against the Jets, when he ran for 17 yards, was a big first down. It kept our drive going and we were able to get a touchdown out of that drive. Everything is not going to be the way that you draw it up on paper when you go play the game and sometimes the quarterback has to make a play out of nothing and if Drew can continue to do that it will be very helpful.'

Marker (3-5) at New England (7-1) [11:42 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Patriots 20, Bills 17.'

Marker Pats can’t rest [9:03 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'Are they the new and improved Buffalo Bills? Has Drew Bledsoe really regained the magic touch? Is Willis McGahee the difference? Or is it all Bills head coach Mike Mularkey?'

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