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Buffalo Bills News - October 3, 2004

Marker Referee hurt in Patriots-Bills game [3:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Referee Johnny Grier tore a muscle in his lower right leg in the first quarter of Sunday's game between New England and Buffalo.'

Marker Vincent Injures Knee on Opening Drive [3:26 PM] reports: 'Cornerback Troy Vincent injured his knee on Buffalo's first defensive series and was carted off the field. The 13-year veteran will not return to the game.'

Marker Bills still seeking first win [10:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills face the ultimate indignity today — being booed in their own stadium if they don’t perform well.'

Marker Bills need to reverse some trends [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to mount 10-, 12- and 14-play scoring drives against the Patriots. Last season, they ranked first in points allowed, seventh in yards allowed, tied for second in turnovers forced, seventh on third downs and fourth in keeping teams from scoring touchdowns inside the red zone.'

Marker As the going gets tough, the Bills need to do the same [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey has been impressive in public. His laid-back manner is a refreshing departure from the clenched and condescending Williams. He hasn't been afraid to criticize his own players. He seems like a good leader, a no-nonsense guy. Still, there's scant evidence that his team is tougher.'

Marker Moulds is open to the possibilities [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's still there, but you have to get opportunities," Moulds said. "I can't throw it and catch it. I have to get passes thrown my way. The offense is going to change, and the philosophy is going to change. We're a run-oriented team, but at the same time, when I get my opportunities, I try to make the most of them."'

Marker Patriots no longer dark horse in Bay State [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pats seem to do everything right these days.'

Marker Patriots don't yet measure up to Shula's Dolphins [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Dolphins are mighty defensive about their place in history because most people place them behind the Pittsburgh and San Francisco dynasties, if not others, in the ranking of the all-time great teams. The Patriots, however, still have a lot of work to do this season to match the legacy of Shula's Dolphins.'

Marker Scene of the crime [9:24 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“We’re playing a team that’s handed us the worst defeat since I’ve been here,” Brady said. “We got embarrassed on that field. We go back to that same environment, under different circumstances, but with the same feelings that we had the last time. Hopefully, we’re more prepared than we were last year, and we play better than we did last year. If we don’t, it could be the same outcome. . . . Every time you see the tape, you cringe. We’re trying to beat Buffalo, that’s all I care about.”'

Marker Bills Q&A: Lee Evans [5:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Some of the parts in Buffalo, like down on Chippewa Street, it's just like college. There's a lot more to do here than in Madison, but coming from Cleveland, I'm familiar with the Midwest and Eastern cities so it wasn't a culture shock at all. I knew what to expect. My parents have been up to the Buffalo and Rochester areas so I knew what it was like."'

Marker Pair of Jills sings at Bills game today [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We really blew the Bills out of the water because they didn't know Jills could sing," Grymin said.'

Marker Wanting revenge [5:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But in two weeks of preparation, Belichick claims he can't shake the memory of the 31-0 drubbing the Patriots suffered on their previous visit here. "We went in there last year and got hammered in every phase of the game," Belichick said this week. "We got outcoached, outplayed. You can't ignore it."'

Marker A mind for the game [5:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It is here in Orchard Park, N.Y., where Clements has the challenge of resurrecting an offence gone dormant.'

Marker Bills Bits [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills are 10-5 in games following the bye week, which sounds good enough. Trouble is, they are 1-4 in the past five years ... The Buffalo defence ranks second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL ... Dating back to the beginning of the 2003 season, Buffalo has surrendered just three individual 100-yard rushing games ... Patriots running back Corey Dillon ran for 158 yards in the New England win over Arizona. It was the most yards by a Patriots back in more than seven years.'

Marker Drew not through [5:35 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe must start a personal renaissance today against his former team and current nemesis -- the Patriots [stats, news]. His Bills are 0-2, and as is customary for quarterbacks in general and Bledsoe in particular, fans say the winless record is his fault.'

Marker Four downs [5:34 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'If Drew Bledsoe has too much time, he still has the ability to pick the opponent apart, and remember, there's good talent at the skill positions in Buffalo. Attacking the Bills' weakness means going after their offensive line. And if the Pats are getting pressure through rushing three or four, freeing up the rest of defense to cover, Buffalo is in big trouble.'

Marker McGahee the epitome of Bills' bumbling [5:34 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Third down?" McGahee said. "Nothing's good enough for now. But you know, you always strive to be better, and that's what I'm going to do. I don't want to be no backup. But you know, they're paying me. They're paying me a good salary. So to be a backup, I'll be a backup."'

Marker Martinez and Bledsoe have a few things in common [5:33 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Everyone knows the best way to beat Bledsoe is to blitz him. He's not a threat to scramble and, if allowed to get comfortable in the pocket, he can burn defenses with both long and short passes.'

Marker Gone, Not Forgotten [5:21 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Nobody knows better than we do how hard it is to win in Buffalo," Belichick said.'

Marker Patriots (2-0) At Bills (0-2) [5:20 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Raiders sacked Drew Bledsoe seven times, partly because Bledsoe is immobile and partly because the Bills offensive line, supposed to be led by former Texas All-Everything RT Mike Williams, hasn't jelled. The Patriots will try to rattle Bledsoe with their pass rush rather than drop eight guys into pass coverage, as they do against Peyton Manning. But if the Bills line can open holes for the talented RB tandem of Travis Henry and Willis McGahee, keeping Bledsoe out of second- or third-and-long, the Patriots defense could be in trouble. With receivers Eric Moulds, Josh Reed, rookie Lee Evans and Bobby Shaw, True Drew has some real weapons. Still, No.11 hasn't thrown for 200 yards in his last six games, a sad commentary on his decline. The Patriots run defense failed miserably in its opening test against the Colts (202 yards), but had no problem shutting down decrepit Emmitt Smith and a weak Cardinals line (50).'

Marker Bills out to end another streak [5:19 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'In order to beat Buffalo, the Patriots must do two things - stop the run and limit their mistakes against the Bills’ aggressive defense. With new head coach Mike Mularkey, Buffalo is trying to become a power running team, but it lacks the right personnel, so that’s putting extra pressure on Bledsoe to make big plays in the passing game.'

Marker Patriots in Buffalo today to face Bills [5:18 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: 'The best sales for a new book about the New England Patriots may have been in this western New York hamlet.'

Marker Last year’s Bills still haunting Patriots [5:17 AM]
Manchester Union Leader reports: '“We didn’t score a point. We were shut out for the first time in 10 or 12 years. It was just embarrassing. We played terribly. I played terribly and I still remember that game,” said Patriots quarterback Tom Brady, who threw four interceptions in the loss. “There is a bad taste in our mouth from that game. We want to go out and try to play certainly much better then we did last year, but even better then we did the last two weeks.”'

Marker Sunday's New England Coverage [5:16 AM] reports:
Izzo a routinely special player (Boston Globe)
17 in a row? You don't say (Boston Globe)
Pass interference (Boston Globe)
Drew not through (Boston Herald)
Just win, Brady (Boston Herald)
Playing with a porpoise (Boston Herald)
The no name gang (Metro West Daily News)
Four downs (Metro West Daily News)
McGahee the epitome of Bills' bumbling (Providence Journal)
Martinez and Bledsoe have a few things in common (Providence Journal)
Pats' Chatham really is special (Providence Journal)
Pats' Branch, Klemm out for today's game (Providence Journal)
Curran's quiz (Providence Journal)
Bills out to end another streak (Woonsocket Call)
Streaking toward history (Springfield Republican)
Consistent approach wins (Springfield Republican)
Scene of the crime (Nashua Telegraph)
Patriots are on auto focus (Lowell Sun)
Prolific Pats knocking on destiny's door (Brockton Enterprise)
Patriots in Buffalo today to face Bills (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Last year’s Bills still haunting Patriots (Manchester Union Leader)
Receivers cut from the same Moulds (Lawrence Eagle Tribune)
17, going on 19 (Fort Worth Star Telegram)
On verge of a record, Patriots play it down (San Francisco Chronicle)
Ex-loser Belichick a genius in Foxboro (Chicago Sun Times)
Patriots play it cool (Minneapolis Star Tribune)
Pats strike first during streak (Miami Herald)

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October 2, 2004

Marker Streaking Patriots still stinging from last game at Buffalo [2:09 PM]
AP reports: '''They ain't winning 18 straight, I'll tell you that,'' defensive tackle Pat Williams said. ''I don't care what kind of game plan they come in with, we're going to win on Sunday. The guys are hungry around here. We ain't settling for nothing less.'''

Marker Patriots-Bills scouting report [2:08 PM] reports: 'Patriots 20, Bills 10.'

Marker Bills look to book the Pats [12:57 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"I think there's a benefit absolutely," said Bills tight end Mark Campbell of playing the Raiders and Patriots back-to-back. "With the Raiders, they had the Pittsburgh Steelers (Mularkey's former team) a week before they had us so they had a bit of a benefit. I definitely think there's a benefit. Now instead of having one week to prepare, we've actually had three weeks to prepare for this style of defense."'

Marker What to Look for vs. Patriots [12:53 PM] reports: 'Drew Bledsoe vs. the Patriots Blitz.'

Marker New England at Buffalo [12:46 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Bills must ... Convert in the red zone - Twice Buffalo has driven inside the 15 and come away with no points ... Think deep - A big play now and then from Eric Moulds or Lee Evans would be nice ... Present a united front in secondary - Pats QB Tom Brady can identify a weak link back there and exploit it.'

Marker Pats riding the crest of a brain wave [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He is the next closest thing to a coach," Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis said of Brady in a news briefing last month. "It has gotten to the point now, by the time he comes in and we put in the game plan, by the end of the week, he knows the plan like a coach knows the plan."'

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