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Buffalo Bills News - October 30, 2004

Marker Smith's goal is forward progress [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Cardinals are 2-4, but mostly because they're young and inexperienced - not because their running back is old. Smith has 459 yards rushing, seventh in the NFC, and he's gaining 4.2 yards per carry this season. Apparently, he wasn't washed up after leaving Dallas as his critics suggested. He might be past his prime at age 35, but he's still among the better backs in the NFL.'

Marker Tight ends give QBs key targets [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"(Mark's) come up with some big plays for us. I know Drew has a lot of confidence in him," Mularkey said.'

Marker Saturday's Arizona Coverage [5:02 AM] reports:
Green appoints new aide for line (Arizona Republic)
NFL a game of give and take (Arizona Republic)
Kruczek record close to falling (Arizona Republic)
Cards' Green re-assigns offensive line coach (East Valley Tribune)
Finally, Wilson lives up to potential (East Valley Tribune)
Cardinals change offensive line coach (AP)
Buffalo, Tough Team, Tough Place to Play (
Smith Looks Forward to More Carries, More Records (

Marker Bills counting on McGahee for boost [4:59 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Buffalo Bills are just as bad under Mike Mularkey this season as they were under Gregg Williams last season.'

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October 29, 2004

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Takeo Spikes [5:17 PM] reports: 'It's not over until it's over. We still have a chance to make the playoffs and hopefully go to the Super Bowl. That's what keeps us ticking. We believe in one another. We would like to all think that we didn't come up here in April for nothing. Everybody could have been in Florida in April enjoying the weather but we put too much time and effort into it for it to go to waste.'

Marker Winning is an Attitude [5:16 PM] reports: 'If everyone goes out on the field and does the job he's responsible for, then the personal achievements will come, along with victory. I just don't see a lot of players doing that these days. You can't worry about what the other 10 guys on the field are doing and you can't make excuses for them. When everyone does what they're supposed to do, you will win. A lot of teams today wait for someone to step up, but no one looks in the mirror and forces himself to be that guy. That's what a winner does and that's what a lot of players in this league need to do.'

Marker Let the fun begin [1:41 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'It’s a little different at One Bills Drive now than when Bill Polian was the general manager. Think back to his famous “Jim Kelly is still the quarterback, Ted Marchibroda is still the offensive coordinator and Marv Levy is still the coach. If you don’t like it, get out of town.” Under Commander Tom Donahoe and his puppets, it's more like: “Travis is a starter and Willis is a starter, and if you don’t like it, get out of town.” The fans may not get out of town, but they may stay away from Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sundays.'

Marker Buffalo, Tough Team, Tough Place to Play [1:41 PM] reports: '“I am very familiar with them and they are very physical, they’ve got big guys in there like Sam Adams, Takeo Spikes,” said Ayanbadejo. “They are guys who come to play and they are very talented upfront. They don’t do a lot of things to trick you. They believe they are more talented than you are and that they are going to outplay you.”'

Marker Bills vs. Cardinals Preview [12:04 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"We'd better expect the blitz this week," said right guard Chris Villarrial. "They're going to bring it. They're going to bring the blitz and we're going to have to pick it up. We're going to have to be disciplined this week."'

Marker McGahee back to old form [12:04 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"Travis is more of a downhill player," said offensive lineman Chris Villarrial. "He hits the hole real quick. Willis is more of a guy that likes to get on the edge. He's more of a finesse player almost. They're both physical backs. One likes to hit it down a little quicker and one likes to read it a little bit and then get going, but they're both great backs and we need them on this team."'

Marker Winning just hasn't been in the Cards [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Although the Bills are a 3-point favorite, coach Mike Mularkey said he shouldn't have to remind his players that these aren't the same old Cardinals. "All you have to do is throw the tape on, and no matter what I say they're going to see this team is playing hard," he said. "Their bye week (prior to the Seattle game), they went back and retooled a little bit. I just see a different team. They're playing with more confidence, at a faster tempo. They're playing more physical. They're playing with more high emotion. I don't think there's any team you can take lightly in this league. Not for a second."'

Marker Boldin proves Tolbert's teaching makes a big difference [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Tolbert's success with young receivers has followed him to Buffalo. The Bills drafted Lee Evans with the 13th overall pick in the spring and he is quickly developing into a major offensive weapon.'

Marker Earning $7,000 is all in a day's work for NFL officials [8:49 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Virtually all of them these days train in NFL Europe and Arena Football before they hit the NFL. The NFL runs the officiating departments for the Arena Football League and the arenafootball2 league.'

Marker Bills game won't be on local TV [5:06 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Recapturing that momentum at the gate — and adding to it — is the new task facing the team. As always, winning is the best marketing tool, president and general manager Tom Donahoe said. "Our fans have been great. We have no complaints about anything," Donahoe said. "We have to play better. If we play better, we'll sell them all out."'

Marker Bills defense performs against tough schedule [4:46 AM]
Arizona Republic reports: 'The five teams that have beaten the Bills - Jacksonville, Oakland, New England, the New York Jets and Baltimore - are 22-10.'

Marker Bills QB’s lack of mobility has made him easier to sack [4:44 AM]
East Valley Tribune reports: '“I’m not going to say it will make it easier, but it is more of an incentive knowing he’ll be back there longer than, say, (Seattle quarterback Matt) Hasselbeck,” said defensive end Calvin Pace, who is tied for the team lead with four sacks. “If you give him time he will pick you apart, so you obviously have to put some pressure on him. He is almost willing to take a sack in order to have another chance to throw it down the field. Obviously, he’s not afraid to take them. It could be a plus for us, but we still have to get back there.”'

Marker Friday's Arizona Coverage [4:32 AM] reports:
Wilson wants to see job through (Arizona Republic)
Bills defense performs against tough schedule (Arizona Republic)
Bills QB’s lack of mobility has made him easier to sack (East Valley Tribune)
Smith looks forward to more carries, records (AP)
Boldin's return set for Sunday (The Sports Network)
Bills Better Than Record Indicates (
Anquan Boldin's Big Red Rage Radio Show Tonight (

Marker New Starters Hope to Ignite Offenses [4:31 AM] reports: 'The Bills will have to improve that aspect of their game this week because Arizona has the No. 1 red zone defense in the NFL. The Cardinals don't let their opponents get into the end zone, but the Bills will have to find a way to break the goal line if they're going to walk off the field victorious.'

October 28, 2004

Marker Bills vs. Cardinals [10:25 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'I believe the Bills will win 20-14.'

Marker AZ Backers Gather for Food, Fun and Football [10:14 PM] reports: 'But what Genco remembers most was a trip the Backers made to watch the Bills battle the San Diego Chargers on Oct. 28, 2001. Even though Buffalo lost the Flutie/Johnson bowl 27-24, it was quite the event for this group of fans. "Our headquarters were at the Holiday Inn in old town San Diego," Genco recalls. "And the group drank both bars in the hotel dry, they ran out of beer! But we had such a good time, it was all in fun."'

Marker Books still favoring bumbling Bills [10:12 PM] reports: 'And once rookie quarterback J.P. Losman’s fully recovered from his broken leg (which should be in a couple of weeks), Mularkey will be pressured to bench Drew Bledsoe in favor of the youngster. The veteran pivot is a sitting duck in the pocket. He’s been sacked 24 times already this year and has chucked seven interceptions. Last week alone Bledsoe was picked off four times and sacked four times in Buffalo’s 20-6 loss to Baltimore as a 4 ½-point dog.'

Marker Bills/Arizona Game Blacked Out [10:11 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills still have 66-hundred tickets left for Sunday's game against Arizona which means it will be blacked out in Western New York. Buffalo's string of 11 straight sellouts is in jeopardy.'

Marker Bills Better Than Record Indicates [10:09 PM] reports: '“They are almost just like us. We’ve got a lot of weapons and it is just a matter of getting the ball to people so they can make plays. They are similar in that they’ve got a lot of weapons and it is just a matter of time before they put everything together.”'

Marker QB Losman last of Bills first-round picks waiting to make debut [5:44 PM]
AP reports: '''I think when J.P. gets healthy, I think it's going to be a situation where the coach has got to look at that and say, `Is this the direction you want to go?''' Moulds said. ''But I think if we get it turned around and get some wins, I think they'll continue to stick with Drew and say: `This is our best chance to win.''''

Marker Bills Secret Plan [5:43 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 20 Cardinals 14.'

Marker Bills blacked out Sunday [5:43 PM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills said there were still about 6,500 tickets remaining for the game.'

Marker Moorman Goes to Back to School [3:39 PM] reports: 'As part of the sweepstakes, winners took an NFL player to school with them on October 19 or October 26. On Tuesday, October 19, Brian Moorman visited 4th-grader Keith Vrotsos and his class at Armor Elementary in Hamburg. The day started when Brain picked Keith up at his home and they took a limousine to school. Once they arrived at the school Brian spoke to Keith and his classmates about the importance of in school and after school education. The morning didn't stop there as Brian offered some football instruction to the young fans as he passed and kicked the ball to each of the 71 4th - graders. Keith also received an autographed Moorman jersey, Bills cap and football for being a great host to Brian.'

Marker No local TV for Bills-Cardinals [3:39 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills sellout streak is in jeopardy as the team announced Thursday that some 6,500 tickets remain for Sunday's game versus the Arizona Cardinals at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Arizona (2-4) at Buffalo (1-5) [3:37 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Bills 22, Cardinals 14.'

Marker Bills Announce New Partnership with Jim Kelly Football Camp [12:21 PM] reports: '"I am very excited about teaming up with the Buffalo Bills to continue doing something I love in the stadium where I spent my career," said Hall of Fame Quarterback Jim Kelly. "My football camp has always been very special to me and I truly enjoy working with kids and sharing my passion for the game."'

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