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Buffalo Bills News - November 15, 2004

Marker New England 29, Buffalo 6 [5:28 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"They really didn't do anything different than what we expected," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "We did not play well enough to beat anybody tonight, especially against a team that does not make mistakes."'

Marker New England 29, Buffalo 6 [5:27 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We were certainly hitting on all cylinders," said Patriots' head coach Bill Belichick. "They are a very good team which had been playing very good football. It's a good win."'

Marker Road Troubles Continue for Buffalo [5:27 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'It's too bad you can't play every game at home during the regular season.'

Marker Tackle Williams Suits Up vs. Patriots [5:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Right tackle Mike Williams returned to the starting lineup Sunday night just a week after he suffered a scary collision in the win over the New York Jets.'

Marker Bills Get Rolled In New England [5:25 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Pats held a 273-77 yards advantage after the first half and 428 to 125 on the game. Buffalo was 0-for-7 on third down and only had the football for 18:38.'

Marker New England Blasts Bills [5:25 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Buffalo's offense was stymied all night. They were outgained 428-125, time of possession was in New England's favor 41:22-18:32.'

Marker Patriots Blow Out Bills 29-6 [5:24 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills rolled into New England winners of three of their last four. They left knowing that they are not ready for prime time players, especially on the road. The defense gave up 273 yards in the first half, that is around their average for a whole game.

Marker Offense, Defense Pathetic In Loss [5:23 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The offense only had 125 total yards, the defense gave up 428 total yards. Those two stats added up to a 29-6 blowout loss. Both units played as close to total failure as you can. The special teams put up the only points of the game for the Bills and save these grades a bit. Here are our position by position grades..'.

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November 14, 2004

Marker What to Look for vs. Patriots [7:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The thing that kind of has been their trademark for years is that when somebody gets hurt, somebody else goes in and they find a way with their personnel and their scheme to make it work," Bledsoe said of his former team. "We have to prepare for what we're seen and expect a few surprises along the way."'

Marker Bledsoe, Milloy set to go against former mates [9:31 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'In fact, Buffalo’s defense has not allowed a running back to rush for over 100 yards all season, the only team in the league to have accomplished that feat. And, as Belichick says, “You can’t keep calling running plays that don’t gain yardage.”'

Marker Bills acting like prime-time players [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills only have defeated a defending Super Bowl champion on the road twice in their history (1975 at Pittsburgh, 1993 at Dallas). So a win over the AFC East's colossus would make their season, even if it doesn't catapult them to a great stretch run.'

Marker Bills will find out if their new identity is false or not [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Run and stop the run. It's a simple game. That's the game the Bills wanted to play when Mularkey became the coach. They've begun to establish their identity over the last month. But the true character of a team is revealed away from home. Tonight, the football world will be looking to see if that identity is genuine, or just a mask.'

Marker Mind over matter [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's definitely a study," left tackle Jonas Jennings said with a laugh. "I mean, he's a damn brainiac. He knows every guy on the film, his name, where's he from, even in the preseason when it's a fourth-string guy."'

Marker McGahee is the X-factor [6:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills have lost their last three Sunday night ESPN games, all on the road, by a combined 90-12 score at San Francisco, Miami and Kansas City.'

Marker Q&A: Jon Dorenbos [6:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Very few people in western New York know who Jon Dorenbos is because he has rarely muffed a snap since joining the Bills in 2003.'

Marker Gridder becomes a grappler [6:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've watched wrestling since I was 5 or 6 years old. Even when I was in Buffalo, when people talked to me, my conversation to warm up was to talk pro wrestling. When I was asked if I could meet anybody in the world who would it be, I'd say Ric Flair. As a child, I didn't have football posters and football cards, I had pro wrestlers on my wall."'

Marker Manning is the No. 1 QB; Bledsoe 20th [6:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bledsoe performed well for the last two games (both at home) so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and move him up a few spots. Tonight in New England will be a moment of truth for all of the improving Bills, but particularly for Bledsoe.'

Marker No surprise: Patriots No. 1 [6:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Best team — New England. The Patriots were missing several key players, including RB Corey Dillon, when host Pittsburgh ended their NFL-record 21-game winning streak, but they rebounded impressively by humiliating the Rams in St. Louis last week.'

Marker Bills thinking what if ... [6:03 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The most disappointing part of what we've done to this point is that in the games that we lost, we had opportunities to win all of them," Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said this week. "In none of the five losses did we come away saying, 'man we just got beat up today.''

Marker Will Bills be more receptive? [6:02 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Watch that game film of New England-St. Louis last week? See what Mike Martz did? Don't do that.'

Marker Bills ready for battle [6:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The entire team seems to be adapting to the styles and demands of new coach Mike Mularkey and his staff.'

Marker Strong presence [6:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Lawyer is a big part of our defense, and when we lost him, we lost four Pro Bowls, the experience of playing time and we lost a lot of the stuff that you could do with him that you can't do with Coy Wire or Pierson Prioleau,'' Gray said. ``We can give teams different looks and disguise coverages a lot more. Every team has to account for Lawyer. Is he blitzing or not? Is he covering or not? With Coy and Pierson, they have to earn that reputation. Lawyer is a guy who already has it.'''

Marker McGahee won’t trash talk opponent [6:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``I think the (offensive linemen) have a lot of confidence because he breaks a lot of tackles,'' Bills receiver Eric Moulds said of McGahee, apparently subscribing to the latter theory. ``We've been in a situation where it's third-and-2 or third-and-4, and he gets the first down. That gives them a lot of confidence (to say), `Let's run it down their throats, let's pound 'em.' '''

Marker A mighty tussle in store [6:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Pats by 3.'

Marker Big rise in value for Bills [5:59 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As good as Travis Henry has been over the last couple of years, McGahee has been a better option over the past month. He's bigger (6-foot, 228 pounds to Henry's 5-9, 215) and has more speed to the outside. Henry is a very good straight-line runner with more power than you'd expect from somebody his size. But McGahee, still not fully recovered from the devastating knee injury he suffered at the University of Miami two years ago, also runs hard and has been very good at bouncing to the outside. With some overly aggressive defenses, that can be a problem, but both Mike Vrabel [news] and Willie McGinest [news] are confident the disciplined Patriots approach to defense will prevent the outside people from losing containment and opening up big plays for McGahee. '

Marker McGahee the key to Bills' chances [5:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills can't afford to put Bledsoe in a position where he has to win the game for them because -- even against a raw secondary (the Pats will again be without Tyrone Poole and Ty Law) -- the Patriots will collapse the middle of the Bills pocket and force harried throws from Bledsoe that will get picked off. It's just what happens. So the Bills need to keep their offense balanced by keeping the game tight. They have a defense generally capable of doing that. The Bills front-seven is as potent as any team in the league. Buffalo hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.'

Marker Bills (3-5) At Patriots (7-1) [5:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Bills often get good field position thanks to KR Terrence McGee, who returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD in the Oct. 3 game against the Patriots. Drew Bledsoe has not been intercepted or sacked in his last two games, only the second time in 12 seasons he has avoided those problems in back-to-back games. RB Willis McGahee rushed for 137 yards last week against the Jets and has gained more than 100 yards in each of his three NFL starts. Will the 6-foot, 228-pound McGahee, who was on every 2003 draftnik's Top 10 list until a knee injury in his last college game, have his way with a Patriots defense that has allowed more 100-yard rushers (two) in half a season than it did (one) in all of 2003? If he can't, the Bills will be forced into obvious passing situations, and the Patriots will tee off on Bledsoe, who is immobile and whose porous O-line doesn't figure to give him enough time if he holds the ball. If he does have time, he'll be dangerous, because No.1 pick WR Lee Evans is explosive, a great complement to veteran WR Eric Moulds. With Law and Poole both out for the second straight week, can the Patriots' patchwork secondary survive and thrive for another week?'

Marker Four downs [5:56 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Control McGahee.'

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."'

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