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Buffalo Bills News - October 7, 2004

Marker Pain secondary to Bills [11:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'As part of a pro-Bills promotion here in western New York, a local grocery chain yesterday handed out boxes of cereal with the mug of safety Coy Wire splashed on the front. The breakfast food in question? Shredded Wheat.'

Marker Bills attempt to zone out mistakes [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New York Jets have marched inside their opponents' 20-yard line nine times this season and scored six touchdowns on those trips. The Buffalo Bills have been in the red zone eight times and come away with only two touchdowns. The Jets are 3-0. The Bills are 0-3.'

Marker Don't blame Mularkey for this mess [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey's doing all he can. Now it's time to examine the character of his players.'

Marker Injuries force lineup changes [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey said Teague still was being evaluated and would not rule him out for the Jets game. He hurt his left leg against New England, and it's believed there is a crack in a nonweight-bearing bone in the leg. "There's something there, but it's not weight bearing," Mularkey said. "It's not like he can't push off or be effective with it. But we want to be sure. It's a long season. We don't want to test anything that's not sound. So we're going to give it a day of rest and make some more decisions (today) on it."'

Marker Schobel expects to make QB sacks [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We're blitzing a lot and I've dropped more (into coverage) than I have in the past, but I'm not saying that's the reason for it," Schobel said before practice at Ralph Wilson Stadium on Wednesday. "Sacks are hard to get when you're behind, that's for sure, but I've always said that as long I'm getting pressure — like I have — the sacks will come."'

Marker McGahee stays upbeat despite sitting [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"It's not frustrating for me," the 2003 first-round pick said. "Like I said before, if Travis (Henry) is moving the ball good, there's no need to take him out. Let him stay in his rhythm. You just have to wait your turn."'

Marker Sack-prone Bledsoe having trouble adjusting [5:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 14 times in the last two games and has not adapted well to Mularkey's West Coast concepts (three touchdowns in three games). The offensive line has played poorly and is dealing with injuries to center Trey Teague (questionable, knee) and LT Jonas Jennings (questionable, neck).'

Marker Jets keying on Henry [4:59 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Henry, the compact Bills running back, has three 100-yard rushing days in five career games against the Jets. In a 17-6 victory over the Jets on a freezing day in Buffalo last December, Henry ran for a career-high 169 yards despite playing with damaged rib cartilage and being only two weeks removed from suffering a cracked fibula.'

Marker Jets' top worry: Tackle Henry [4:58 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"He's an excellent runner," Edwards said. "(Henry) can run. We haven't stopped him yet. We can't tackle the guy. He knocks us over like bowling pins."'

Marker Bledsoe at a loss to stop opponents' many sacks [4:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Why so many sacks?
To be honest, it's been a group effort. A few of them have been attributed to missed assignments. One or two of them have been errors on behalf of myself and the receivers as far as breaking off the sight adjustments and me getting the ball out of my hands. Some of them have just been guys getting beat physically.'

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [4:56 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Jets Don't Miss a Beat With Their 1,2,3 Kick (New York Times)
Grieving Ellis rushes back (New York Daily News)
Brien finally getting his kicks (New York Daily News)
Shaun's aching (New York Post)
Chad looking to vary his targets (New York Post)
Sack-prone Bledsoe having trouble adjusting (Newsday)
Putting the Fear in them (Newsday)
Jets keying on Henry (White Plains Journal News)
Ellis looks back in sadness (White Plains Journal News)
Jets' top worry: Tackle Henry (Newark Star Ledger)
Pennington set to feel the heat (Newark Star Ledger)
Bledsoe at a loss to stop opponents' many sacks (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' DB always on the ball (Bergen Record)
Jets notes (Bergen Record)
Pennington promises to fuel Jets’ wideouts (New Haven Register)
What happened to McCareins? (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Ellis plays through pain of losing his father (AP)
Targeting Travis (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Those Buffalo blues [4:55 AM]
Rochester City Newspaper reports: 'In order to remain calm, you should accept that Drew Bledsoe and the Buffalo line is a disastrous mixture during obvious passing downs. Expect a sack nearly every time. Now, if they convert, you'll be pleasantly surprised. And if people bug you about the Bills at the water cooler, or if they call you up incessantly to rip on them and bring you down, do what Dr. Wayne Dyer, a motivational expert, suggests whenever people get on your nerves. Refuse to ingest it. Remain calm and simply say, "I'm sorry, that's your stuff, and that has nothing to do with me."'

Marker Buffalo (0-3) at NY Jets (3-0) [4:55 AM]
AP reports: '``It's (a hole) we have to climb out of,'' said Buffalo coach Mike Mularkey of his team's 0-3 start. ``We'll find out what we're made of during the next few weeks. There is a lot of football left and I believe in these guys.'''

Marker Inside slant [4:54 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While the 3-0 Jets have shown they know how to win, the 0-3 Bills have mastered the art of self-destruction. They are minus-two in turnover margin (the Jets are plus 8). They have been flagged for 25 penalties, good for 227 backward yards (the Jets have just nine penalties for 64). The Jets have won by 7, 6 and 8 points.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:53 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills DTs Pat Williams and Sam Adams vs. Jets C Kevin Mawae - They don't come better, or tougher, than Mawae who snapped left-handed against Miami last week because his right hand was heavily taped to protect a cracked bone. If Williams and Adams can wear on Mawae, it will open some blitz lanes for the linebackers and DBs.'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It appears that 1-2 running punch of Travis Henry and Willis McGahee that the Bills coaching staff talked about in the off-season was all hot air, leaving many to wonder why McGahee was drafted at all.'

Marker Wire May Have Lost His Starting Job [4:51 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Trey Teague was not at practice Wednesday, but is still questionable for Sunday against the Jets. Mike Mularkey wouldn't reveal exactly what's wrong, but it's around the meniscus in the knee.'

Marker Buffalo Bills vs. New York Jets [4:50 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'The Jets just don't make any mistakes, and right now, the Bills are still bound to make a few. That's the difference in a 24-17 New York win.'

Marker Bills-Jets prediction [4:49 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction: Jets 24 Bills 17.'

Marker Targeting Travis [4:48 AM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'In five career games versus the Jets, Henry has rushed for 567 yards, an average of 113.4 yards per game.'

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October 6, 2004

Marker Bills, Tops Team Up with Snacks [9:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"This partnership between the Bills and Tops is a unique opportunity for our fans and customers alike," said Scott Berchtold, vice president of communications for the Buffalo Bills. "Fans will be able to pick up fun and alternative products to meet their tailgating and collectible needs."'

Marker Flashback: Bills Beat Jets on Monday Night [9:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'After the Bills were absent from the Monday night stage for four years, Smith and Reed’s first appearance came seven games into the ‘88 campaign when they traveled to the Meadowlands and helped beat the Jets, 37-14. The most points the Bills had scored in a regulation game in nine seasons.'

Marker CB Vincent Ruled Out for Jets Game [9:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm just taking it day-to-day," said Vincent. "I feel better than I did yesterday and I don't want to go into the weeks and days because if I'm not back when I say I'm supposed to be back then where do I go from my mindset? I don't want fans or my teammates expecting me to be back tomorrow if I'm not ready. As soon as I'm ready I'll be back on the football field."'

Marker NFL Celebrates 'High School Tuesday' [9:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The day helps to reinforce the messages that high schools are passing on to their players each and every day: take care of your school work, practice and play hard, and enjoy the experience," said Mikko Simon, Manager of NFLHS.com. "Every NFL player loves reminiscing about his high school days, and many have formed long-lasting relationships with their coaches and teammates. NFL High School Tuesday helps today's high schoolers realize the value of what they are doing and not to take anything for granted."'

Marker Reserves Will Step In [9:26 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'If Trey Teague's knee injury keeps him sidelined, Ross Tucker, usually a back-up guard, would make his first career start at center.'

Marker Bills accuse Patriots LB Wilfork of taking cheap shots [9:06 PM]
AP reports: '''It was a dirty thing to do,'' Villarrial said. ''Let's be obvious, anybody that's down on the ground, you don't kick them.'''

Marker Bills O-line, defensive backfield banged up [5:56 PM]
AP reports: 'Center Trey Teague and left tackle Jonas Jennings were held out of practice Wednesday, leaving the Buffalo Bills potentially short two starters for this weekend's game at the New York Jets.'

Marker Banged Up Bills Eye First Win [1:07 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'The mood among the team right now is one of a little frustration, frustration over the fact that a lot of their problems have been self-inflicted. I think certainly when you look closely at the three games that they’ve lost, if you take away some of their own mental mistakes and breakdowns, they very easily could be 3-0 right now. I think that’s the different between good teams and bad teams. Good teams limit their mistakes and continue to play good, solid football. The Bills just have not been doing enough of that lately.'

Marker When Bills had to be perfect, they weren't [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills said the bootleg would have worked if everyone had executed his assignment. But given how deep Bledsoe was in the backfield, he would have had to cover a lot of ground to get the 3 yards needed for the first down. That's a lot to ask, given his limited mobility.'

Marker Who's To Blame? [8:50 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Who is responsible for the Bills losing their last 6 games? Who is responsible for the team being 17-34 since 2001? Who is responsible for ensuring the word ‘Bills’ is never mentioned with the term ‘playoff team’? Let’s take a look at the candidates for the title of scapegoat king/bringer of weekly indigestion.

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