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Buffalo Bills News - October 25, 2004

Marker Bills Team Report [11:41 AM]
The Sporting News reports: 'The Bills entered the season wanting a ball-control attack but have lacked consistency. They have scored six offensive touchdowns, none rushing, and especially struggle on third downs. They commit too many penalties and allow too many sacks to sustain drives.'

Marker Bills Not Ready To Give Up [11:25 AM] reports: '"Something has to happen for the better," said safety Lawyer Milloy. "I want to say it's going to happen next week, we thought it would happen this week. When you are trying to climb back out of the cellar, you know you have to keep fighting. We have the organization and a coach that is going to get the guys around here that can win these types of games. Right now we have to believe in each other and keep fighting."'

Marker Bills are back [10:22 AM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'The offensive unit that couldn't find the end zone in seven of 16 games last year is back. And the imposing defense that finished second in the league a year ago is back to walking to the locker room with heads hanging after the offense let another one slip away.'

Marker Not ready for Prime Time [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What can you say when your opponent manages 17 total yards and one first down in the final 30 minutes and still wins going away?'

Marker Henry resigned to likely cut in playing time [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was surprised, but that's what the coaches decided to do," Henry said. "I want to do what I can to help this team win, but it didn't happen today. It's a situation that obviously I'm going to have to deal with this year."'

Marker End debates and put in Willis, J.P. [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Saturday, while setting the clocks back one hour, you can go ahead and set your football clocks ahead to the post-Bledsoe era. Then you can begin counting the days. For most lucid Buffalo fans, I imagine that day cannot arrive soon enough.'

Marker Milloy thrilled to play again [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Milloy was credited with six tackles (four solo) and brought a physical presence to the game. "That's what I do," the four-time Pro Bowler said. "I wanted to come back and have as little hesitation as possible. I don't know any other way to play football."'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The CIA should use tapes of the Bills' pass offense in order to torture information out of suspected terrorists.'

Marker Not Another Loss [8:43 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'This Buffalo Bills team is in dire need of a new leader, a new swagger and a new style of play. So, please, pass the torch to this young buck in J.P. Losman. I know you can see that Losman, Willis McGahee and Lee Evans are the future of this offense. Please do not interfere any longer. Step aside, my friend, please step aside. The removal of Losman’s cast will be your cue to hand the offense over. I was cheering for you Drew, but after compiling a 15-23 record over nearly two and a half seasons in Buffalo, it is clear that the team is in dire need of a change.'

Marker Bills picked apart [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills penetrated the Baltimore Ravens' 20-yard line four times and gained eight yards on 11 plays.'

Marker Defensive effort shortchanged [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Buffalo defense limited the Baltimore Ravens to 160 total yards Sunday yet the Bills lost by two touchdowns, 20-6. It was the lowest yardage yield by a Bills defense since Nov. 14, 1999 when Miami managed just 101 yards, an effort that was not wasted as Buffalo won 23-3. Further, the 160 yards were the fewest allowed in a game the Bills lost since 1977, and it was the fourth-lowest yardage yield in a loss in team history.'

Marker Bledsoe nearing end as starting QB [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Baltimore, which plays a ball-control style designed to complement its stalwart defense, is 4-2 under Boller. Buffalo, which plays a ball-control style designed to complement its stalwart defense, is 1-5 under Bledsoe.'

Marker Two-minute read [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'B.J. Sams' 5-yard touchdown run in the second quarter made the score 17-3 and — given the state of the Bills' offense —pretty much put the game out of reach for Buffalo.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The numbers speak for themselves. Four interceptions, four sacks and a QB rating of 32.3. Baltimore QB Kyle Boller played a terrible game, yet his QB rating was double that of Bledsoe's. This was a game that was there for the taking, and all Bledsoe did was throw it away.'

Marker Fourth-quarter call adds to Bledsoe's pain [5:02 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Bledsoe said his game plan was "to do whatever we can against a very fast-pursuing defense, to give them some misdirection and create some plays for ourselves." The Ravens' pressure, Bledsoe said, forced the Bills into a quick passing game in which he sometimes had to "guess" on how a play would develop.'

Marker Monday's Baltimore Coverage [4:59 AM] reports:
Ravens play take-away (Baltimore Sun)
Fourth-quarter call adds to Bledsoe's pain (Baltimore Sun)
In spotlight, C. Taylor hides from 'D' (Baltimore Sun)
As schedule gets tougher, Boller out of free passes (Baltimore Sun)
Surprisingly, Sanders needed in prime role (Baltimore Sun)
Deion Sanders' interception, TD (Baltimore Sun)
Hamstrung Ogden shakes head (Baltimore Sun)
Report card (Baltimore Sun)
Photo gallery (Baltimore Sun)
Ravens punish Buffalo (Carroll County Times)
Ogden pulls hamstring in win (Carroll County Times)
Ravens' win costly (York Daily Record)
'Prime Time' dancin' again (York Daily Record)
Ravens' Defense Shows Offense How It's Done (Washington Post)
Ravens pick on Bills' Bledsoe (Washington Times)
Improving defense has Ravens cooking (Fredericksburg Free Lance Star)
Ravens remain tale of two teams (Philadelphia Inquirer)
San-tastic (
Transcript of Bills-Ravens post-game quotes (

Marker Deion Offers Blast From the Past [4:58 AM]
The Sports Network reports: '"They talked about me before I came, 'He's too old, he should be doing this, he should be doing that,'" said Sanders. "Every time I give up a pass they're going to talk about me. That was the key thing that Michael Jordan warned me of, he said you have to handle the criticism, because there will be criticism."'

Marker From Bad To Worse [4:55 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Bledsoe finished the game going 20/36 for 203 yards, four interceptions and a fumble. He was not helped at all by the offensive line. Bledsoe was sacked four times, and after the game was defensive with the media when asked about the stability of his starting spot under center.'

Marker Baltimore Beats Up Buffalo [4:54 AM] reports: 'Buffalo has scored six touchdowns this season, zero on the ground.'

Marker Milloy Returns to Lineup; Jennings Sidelined [4:53 AM] reports: '"It's good to be back," said Milloy. "I was a little tired being back in a game situation for the first time, as far as my endurance, but I got my wind back in the second half."'

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October 24, 2004

Marker Transcript of Bills-Ravens post-game quotes [7:58 PM] reports: (Drew Bledsoe on the no-call on the 94-yard interception return)
“That was an unbelievably poor call. Ray Lewis just grabbed ahold of Lee Evans, grabbed him right around the waist, basically tackled him. I saw him grab him and I though ‘ok, I just throw the ball at Lee, we’ll get the call, first and goal.’ And instead, they don’t throw the flag, the ball gets tipped and it goes back the other direction. That was as blatant as it gets. Holding, pass interference, we don’t get the call.”'

Marker Turnovers bury Buffalo [6:16 PM] reports: 'Bledsoe was credited with all five turnovers, throwing four picks and fumbling once. It was a game that has been all too familiar to Bills fans -- mistakes at crucial times in the game led to a hole that was too big to get out of in four quarters. Buffalo made it look as though they were going to come back on several occasions, but the inability to get the ball across the goal line was their demise.'

Marker San-tastic [6:15 PM] reports: 'The Bills continued to put on the pressure, as Bledsoe connected with Moulds for 12 yards, and then Willis McGahee ran 15 yards more to put the Bills in scoring position. However, on third-and-9 from the 18, Sanders struck again, picking off Bledsoe in the end zone.'

Marker Bills Go Down In Baltimore 20-6 [6:14 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe turned the ball over five times including two interceptions in the red zone and an interception return for a score by Deion Sanders killed the Bills chances for a road win.

Marker Offense Spoils Solid Defensive Effort [6:13 PM] reports: The defense gave a great effort, especially in the second half as they totally shut down the Ravens attack. Unfortunately the Bills offense did more to help the Ravens on the scoreboard than the defense did to stop them. Here are our position by position grades:

Marker Baltimore 20, Buffalo 6 [3:59 PM]
AP reports: 'The absence of Jamal Lewis wasn't nearly as significant to the Baltimore Ravens as the return of Prime Time.'

Marker Baltimore 20, Buffalo 6 [3:59 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '"One (interception) was a force throw that could've been prevented and Deion picked it off," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "We had the ball in our hands and either got it knocked out or didn't make the catch. To me, that was the difference. We had chances to make plays on the other side and didn't. They made plays and scored."'

Marker Baltimore 20, Buffalo 6 [3:58 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Ravens (4-2) intercepted Drew Bledsoe four times on the day, and also stripped the Bills quarterback for a fumble. The four picks tied a Baltimore record.'

Marker What to Look for vs. Ravens [12:11 PM] reports: 'Drew Bledsoe showed last week that he can still be a premier quarterback in the NFL. He made great decision finding open receivers and also showed an ability to move around the pocket. He threw for over 200 yards against the Dolphins and has at least one touchdown pass in every game this season. He will have his hands full against a top Ravens unit this weekend that includes cornerback Chris McAlister, Ed Reed, and reserve safety Deion Sanders.'

Marker The Scouting Report [10:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'QB Drew Bledsoe played mistake-free against Miami and he must maintain control of the ball. Turnovers could be crucial in a game that is expected to be low scoring.'

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