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Buffalo Bills News - December 20, 2004

Marker McGahee to Be Evaluated Day-to-Day [5:21 PM] reports: 'Buffalo's No. 2 back, Travis Henry, has been sideline for the past two weeks with a leg injury and it's unknown whether or not he'll be available to play this weekend in San Francisco if McGahee is sidelined. "He's running more and more as we go and will probably get more work (Tuesday) than he has the last couple of weeks," said Mularkey. "We'll evaluate him after he gets some more work done."'

Marker Buffalo cruising towards playoffs [4:48 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'It's really not as easy as the Buffalo Bills are making it look.'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Bengals [3:22 PM] reports: 'With a 33-point performance at Cincinnati, the Bills have scored 30+ points in five straight games for the first time in team history, and the 187 points over the last five games are also a new club record.'

Marker Bills Receive BIG Play from Rookie Peters [3:22 PM] reports: '"It was just all about determination and getting through there and trying to make a big play and I did," said Peters. "The first punt we rushed them they were kind of soft so I told Bobby the next time we should blitz them and he called the play and I got the block."'

Marker Vincent's move to safety makes a strong Bills defense even better [3:21 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'As a safety, Vincent has an interception, a sack and a fumble recovery, and his pass rush also forced another interception that was returned for a touchdown by Bills linebacker Takeo Spikes in a 33-17 win over Cincinnati last Sunday. "It has almost rejuvenated me," Vincent says. "It's a brand new challenge, trying to find my way at a position I think I can excel at."'

Marker Bills Team Report [2:09 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'Coordinator Jerry Gray's blitzes help give the team one of the NFL's most disruptive pass rushes, and they involve everyone. LBs London Fletcher and Takeo Spikes use their instincts and timing to find open lanes up the middle. Ss Lawyer Milloy and Troy Vincent are effective off the edges or up the middle. Gray also sends cornerbacks, depending on the down and distance.'

Marker Spikes' big return to Cinci marked by a big return [1:29 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Spikes said don't count this team out if it does get into the playoffs. "We think we can take it all the way," he said. "When we get there, all of the stats are thrown out. I don't care if you've been scoring 40 points a game. I don't care how good your defense is. I think we can beat anybody."'

Marker Bills report card [1:28 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Buffalo held Chad Johnson, Cincinnati’s top receiver and biggest mouth, to 10 yards on two receptions. Bills came up with four turnovers, highlighted by Takeo Spikes’ 62-yard interception return for a TD. Bills never let Kitna feel comfortable.'

Marker Bills stay in playoff contention [12:53 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“”We had some struggles on offense,” admitted rookie wide receiver Lee Evans, whose fumble helped the Bengals to a 7-0 lead before his 5-yard touchdown reception, tied the game. “My teammates stood behind me through the whole thing ... they just said (after the fumble), ‘Keep going, keep going, you’re all right,” he recalled. "One thing I learned, it’s not what happens to you, it’s how you respond and I was able to respond in a good way.”'

Marker A perfect homecoming for Spikes [12:52 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We think we could go all the way,” said Spikes. “Everything is thrown out (In the post-season). God willing, we want to make the playoffs ... and when we get there, all the stats — I don’t care if you’ve been putting up 40 points a game or if your defense has been doing this or that. If we show up in the playoffs, we don’t care about that. (Other teams) put their pants on one leg at a time, just like we do and we’re coming to get it. We feel like this is our fate. We hated that we had to go through what we went through the first four games, but it was all part of the plan to get where we are right now.”'

Marker Peters makes a special play for the Bills [12:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Of the 22-year-old, 6-foot-4, 328-pound Peters, special teams coach Bobby April noted, “He could be a heckuva a tight end and he could be a heckuva tackle in this league ... and we got him as a free agent."'

Marker By Golly, The Patient Is Getting Stronger Doctor [12:49 PM]
Erie Times News reports: 'After the demolishing in New England, which brought Buffalo's record to 3-6, I said that, barring the Bills running the table, the season was officially over. Well, look at where we stand today.'

Marker McGahee having tests on injured knee; status uncertain [12:22 PM]
AP reports: 'The good news is the injury is not to McGahee's left knee, the one he tore up in his final college outing for Miami in the Hurricanes' loss to Ohio State in the 2003 national championship game. That injury forced the first-round pick to miss his entire rookie season last year.'

Marker Bills earn stripes against Bengals [12:18 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“In order for us to have a chance we have to go out and handle our business this week,” Bledsoe said. “We have to be focused and step up to the challenge of going across the country. We’re going to spend time with our families this week, but we have to keep our minds on football.”'

Marker Bills' McGahee twists knee in Sunday's win [10:33 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"I was thinking, 'Get up, Willis,'" Bledsoe said. "He's been so pivotal in us turning this thing around, and it's a testament to him to get to where he is, with what he's gone through. Hopefully he'll be all right."'

Marker Bills Playoff Chances [10:33 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'They need to take care of business and get some help. It’s not going to be easy, but it’s not impossible.'

Marker Grading the Bills [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coaching: A. Mularkey has team flying high. Gray's plan to attack Kitna worked great. April using personnel to perfection.'

Marker Something special [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense extended its amazing streak of not allowing a touchdown in the third quarter all season.'

Marker Bills' win boosts late playoff bid [9:07 AM]
USA Today reports: '"Let's not get it twisted. We are an 8-6 team just giving ourselves a chance to line up in postseason," Vincent said. "We're definitely not what we were in September, but we're 8-6, trying to get in."'

Marker A heavyweight TKO [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can you say hot? Never before have the Bills scored 30 or more points in five straight games.'

Marker Spikes turns into prophet in Cincinnati [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This time, I looked up and said, "Man, I hope nobody's behind me,' " Spikes said after the Bills' 33-17 win. "But I didn't care. I wasn't going to let anybody catch me."'

Marker Bills move into tie for playoffs [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If Buffalo wins its final two games and New York loses its final two (at home against New England and at St. Louis), the Bills would win a tiebreaker (best record in common games) over New York. The problem for the Bills is they will lose tiebreakers with Denver, Jacksonville and Baltimore.'

Marker Clements goes in lockdown mode against Johnson [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You've got a guy who's got 80 catches and 1,100 yards," said Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray. "You've got to play great defense on him. You let a guy like that get going and he's got a lot of confidence and their team feeds off him. When he's not making the catches then all of a sudden there's some pressure (on their team)."'

Marker McGahee may miss game with 49ers [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He came back and played with it," Mularkey said of McGahee. "He just felt like it was not 100 percent and I didn't want to try it right now."'

Marker Bills inch closer to Steelers showdown [7:41 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'Let's imagine the Bills go to San Francisco and smoke the 49ers on Sunday and come home with a 9-6 record, needing a win, and perhaps a little help, to secure a most improbable playoff spot after an 0-4 start. Let's imagine first-year Bills coach Mike Mularkey needing to beat his old team to get in. Let's imagine Steelers coach Bill Cowher needing to beat his old protege to avoid a potential trip to Foxboro, the last place the Steelers want to play with a trip to the Super Bowl on the line. Let's imagine Cowher having the chance to tweak his old boss — Bills president Tom Donahoe, who had an icy relationship with Cowher in Pittsburgh — by knocking Buffalo out of the playoffs. Now you're seeing why naughty can be so much fun.'

Marker Blocked punt ends run with thud [7:32 AM] reports: '. “He dragged two guys back into the ball, blocked the punt and recovered it in the end zone,’ said Bills special teamer Josh Stamer. “It’s just amazing. He has a great combination of strength and speed.”'

Marker Playoff hopes dashed [7:20 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"We're fighting for the same things the Bills are and they came in here and won the football game," said Lewis. "It means we're not as far along as I would hope we would be. I think that's the biggest thing that was evident today. We had an opportunity to win the football game and do things, to get off to a good start and we let them right back into the football game. We kind of imploded from there."'

Marker Spikes' return a dream come true [7:18 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: '"It came so quick and I just caught it and thought 'I'm off to the races,'" Spikes said. "In 2001, I got an interception here against the Ravens and running it back 66 yards and I was looking up at the Jumbotron and saw someone running behind me. This time I did the same thing this time, and I said I hope Chad (Johnson) isn't behind me or somebody fast. But I didn't care, because nobody was going to catch me."'

Marker Big chill on Sunday played into Bills' hands [7:18 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'There's a reason why Spikes has never ventured anywhere near the postseason. It's because, in games that count the most to that end, the Bengals invariably play like they did Sunday. They've been doing it now for 14 years.'

Marker Defense [7:17 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The Bills offense managed one big play but it came right after the Bengals had taken a 7-0 lead.'

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