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Buffalo Bills News - September 13, 2004

Marker Two plays take away victory from Bills [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We had guys in position, but he wound up making a big play and we didn't," said Reese, who ended a 43-game interception drought by Bills safeties with a fourth-quarter pick that set up a 25-yard field goal by Rian Lindell. "They had tried that play earlier in the game, and although it didn't work, we thought it was a possibility they would come back to it again."'

Marker Bills need to learn how to win [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'This was a game the Bills expected to win. It was a game they should have won. Yet they lost, and the reason was simple: While Mularkey has a talented bunch to work with, they don't know how to win, and that's an intangible that is paramount to success in a league where the majority of games are decided by a touchdown or less.'

Marker The 'Two-Minute' Read [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How Wilford was able to make the catch with three Bills surrounding him is a nightmare the Bills won't easily forget, but they have to, and fast.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching, D+: The effort was there, but Mike Mularkey's regular-season debut was marred by the turnovers and penalties that plagued his team during the preseason.'

Marker Bills lose real heartbreaker [5:06 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Linebacker Takeo Spikes, who was among the defenders draped all over Wilford: "It was a helluva catch. (Pause.) A helluva catch. ... I didn't believe he caught it. Then, more so, I didn't believe he'd stayed in bounds."'

Marker Bills die in seconds [5:05 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'How unlikely? A Jaguars team that was unable to move the ball most of the afternoon had suddenly found life. Leftwich, who had thrown for just 75 yards previously, amassed 72 on that 122-second drive.'

Marker Bills in a state of disbelief after being robbed of win [5:04 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"That was an act of God," said Darius, the one-time Syracuse University Orangeman who now punishes people out of the Jacksonville Jaguars' secondary. "That's what that was. It was divine intervention."'

Marker Monday's Jacksonville Coverage [5:03 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Opening thriller (Florida Times Union)
Wilford wins jump ball -- and game (Florida Times Union)
Smith kept it alive (Florida Times Union)
Defense grasps role against Bills (Florida Times Union)
Get ready for a season of drama (Florida Times Union)
Impressive debut for Scobee (Florida Times Union)
Grading the Jaguars (Florida Times Union)
Monday Morning Quarterback (Florida Times Union)
Game photos (Florida Times Union)
Good to the last catch (Orlando Sentinel)
Rookie receiver takes hit to get drive started (Orlando Sentinel)
`Project' Wilford continues to flash his potential at wide receiver (Orlando Sentinel)
High time for Jaguars (Jaguars.com)
Leftwich quiets wolves (Jaguars.com)

Marker Bills Drop Opener On Last Play [5:02 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'The Bills offense failed to produce for most of the game. Buffalo was in the red zone three times and came away with one Eric Moulds touchdown and one Rian Lidell field goal.'

Marker Veteran Mistakes Ruin The Bills Opener [5:01 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Looking at the full picture as this loss pertains to the season, it means Buffalo now must go out and get a win it isn't expected to get. That means beating New England or maybe winning in Seattle or next week in Oakland.'

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September 12, 2004

Marker Positive Signs from Offensive Line [7:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We're going to go in, watch film, look at the mistakes we made and get back to work on Monday," said Henry.'

Marker Game Notes [7:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With today's loss, Buffalo fell to 18-27 all-time in season openers while Jacksonville improved to 7-3.'

Marker Bills Lose Close Game, Still in Shock [7:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Our job is to score points and today we had opportunities to do that and we didn't," wide receiver Eric Moulds said. "We had so many mistakes that we made in the course of trying to get down to the red zone that we put ourselves in position where we couldn't finish them (drives)."'

Marker Jacksonville 13, Buffalo 10 [4:24 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Following three unsuccessful attempts into the end zone, Leftwich lofted a pass to the back of the end zone that was caught by Wilford in the midst of three Buffalo defenders. Jimmy Smith made a tough 45-yard reception earlier on the 80-yard drive, saving the Jaguars on a 4th-and-14 situation.'

Marker Jacksonville 13, Buffalo 10 [4:14 PM]
AP reports: 'The touchdown ruined coach Mike Mularkey's debut with Buffalo, and placed the blame squarely on a Drew Bledsoe-led offense that bumbled, coming away with 10 points despite three trips into the red zone.'

Marker Jacksonville 13, Buffalo 10 [4:14 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Rookie Ernest Wilford made his first NFL catch a memorable one.'

Marker Bills and QB Brown agree to injury settlement [3:51 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Financial terms of the deal were not released and under the agreement and the Bills cannot re-sign him until after the 10th week of the season.'

Marker Bills reach injury settlement with Brown [3:45 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills reached an injury settlement with Travis Brown on Sunday that makes the quarterback a free agent.'

Marker The highs and lows of x's and o's [12:19 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Mularkey said he wants to experience the highs and lows of football. There’s no doubt he’ll get to experience plenty of both while coaching the Bills.'

Marker Breaking down the game [12:17 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Prediction: The Bills’ defense comes up with another solid effort while Bledsoe and Co. do enough to make Mularkey’s debut a successful one. Bills 17-13.'

Marker New-look Bills set for close encounters [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Close, edge-of-your-seat football is the forecast for Mularkey's Bills. "That's the identity of an offense that's controlling the football and a (strong) defense," Mularkey said. "With a team that complements each other, there are going to be close games."'

Marker Bills' best hopes carry clipboards [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So how does this 6-10 team improve enough to make the long-delayed journey to the playoffs? It says here that its best hope is Mularkey and the impressive teaching staff he put together.'

Marker Dominant defenses will test Bills' offensive philosophy [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So don't be surprised if the Bills rank in the bottom third of the league in yards-per-attempt at the midpoint of the season.'

Marker Laying it on the line [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think he had mixed emotions," one of McNally's two daughters, Jenny Gardner, said by phone from Cincinnati. "But ever since he's been there he's been excited. He really feels at home there. We haven't talked in a week, which is really unusual, which means he's working his butt off right now. The fact I haven't gotten a call from him in a week tells me he's very, very focused, probably excited and nervous."'

Marker Tops links marketing to the Bills [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But this year, Tops hopes to make better use of its affiliation by increasing its in-store promotions, Dobbs said. "We felt we wanted to see how we could push the envelope on this," he said.'

Marker Fish fried, Jets take off, Bills rebound in AFC East [7:38 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Prediction: 10-6, second in AFC East.'

Marker Redemption song [6:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Last year was one of the hardest for me to shake during the off-season," Bledsoe said. "I can't claim that I've worked any harder than I have in past years, but during the off-season, I spent a lot more time thinking about football because I was so frustrated by what happened last year. "I do have a sense this year is an opportunity for us."'

Marker Double trouble [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"That's what you want to hear," Henry said. "It shows they are really committed to running the ball. It may start off looking ugly but it will eventually loosen up and those 3-yard runs become 5- and 6- yards later in the game. It's the mindset I'm taking. It's nice to know that commitment is there this year."'

Marker Q&A: Chris Villarrial [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If you were head coach of the Bills for a day, what kind of day would it be? "It would be short. No, there'd be meetings in the morning, a nice light practice in the afternoon, then sum it up with meetings and lifting. Get the guys out of here and keep them fresh."'

Marker Donahoe's moves must reap results [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You inherited an aging team and a big salary cap mess, and you've done a good job cleaning it up. You appear to have strengthened the defense and offense. But you erred with Gregg Williams, your first choice for coach, and there won't be any more mulligans as far as the fans and "experts'' are concerned. With Eric Moulds and Pat Williams the only holdovers from the John Butler era, you've almost completely purged the roster, and after a 17-31 won-lost mark that included last year's back-pedaling, it's time for your game plan to take hold.'

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