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Buffalo Bills News - October 11, 2004

Marker Jets Come From Behind To Send The Bills To 0-4 [5:13 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills offensive line was awful as a group. They never opened holes for Henry. The two McGahee long gains were on misdirection pitches. The only time Bledsoe had adequate time was in the two touchdown drives when he went six of eight for 97 yards and two scores with no sacks. The rest of the time he was 10 of 21 for 100 yards with no touchdowns, one interception and four sacks. Ross Tucker was called for a chincy tripping penalty, but he did skip a shotgun snap back to Bledsoe for an aborted play that caused a punt. He really wasn't any better or worse than Trey Teague who's injured. Chris Villarrial came advertised as a great run blocker, but it hasn't materialized yet. Lawrence Smith is a better pass blocker, but that doesn't help the feeble running game. Shelton has not impressed me with his blocking either.'

Marker McGahee Makes His Case [5:12 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'There are 12 games left, and the Bills coaching staff can’t wait until the 4th quarter, or select 3rd down situations anymore. The Bills need to get Willis McGahee more involved. They’d be crazy not to.'

Marker Bills Remain Winless [5:12 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Buffalo (0-4) host Miami (0-5) next Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Offense Starting to Stretch the Field [5:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The Bills are now taking a lot more chances down the field and are connecting with at least one big play per game. Bledsoe took a shot downfield to Moulds early in the first quarter against New York and just barely overthrew him. The offensive line is doing a decent job of giving Bledsoe the time to examine the field and look for the big play. They picked up the blitz to allow Bledsoe to get the ball to Evans.'

Marker More Abraham for Bledsoe [5:11 AM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'The timing of Abraham’s stops on Sunday is what made them so special. The first came in the opening stanza with Bledsoe and company facing a 2nd and 7 from the Jets 26-yard line. He dropped Bledsoe for a loss of eight that essentially put them out of field goal range and forced a punt two plays later. The second came on 2nd and 11 at the Buffalo 28. Abraham came around the corner and found Bledsoe standing in the pocket, dropping him for a loss of seven. After an incompletion on third down, the Bills were forced to punt, giving the ball back to the Jets with enough time to get in range for a 37-yard Doug Brien field goal before the half.'

Marker Bills Lose Tough One 16-14 [5:10 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: This game was eerily similar to the other three. The Bills had a chance to win it in the final minutes but once again failed to finish the game and are now 0-4 on the season after the 16-14 loss to the Jets.

Marker Defense Falters On Final Drive In Loss [5:10 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The defense and offense couldn't put it all together at the same time. Here are our position by position grades:

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October 10, 2004

Marker Brien's Late Field Goal Gives Jets Win [7:59 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: 'But Pennington responded. The Jets took over with 6:03 left in the final quarter, and New York’s star signal caller marched his troops down the field, and with 1:03 left in the contest, Brien hit a 38-yard field goal to give the Jets’ a lead 16-13 lead that they would not relinquish. Terrell Buckley intercepted Bledsoe’s Hail Mary attempt on the final play of the game, and the Jets improved to 4-0 on the season.'

Marker New York Jets 16, Buffalo 14 [7:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Travis Henry, who usually gives the Jets fits, had 12 carries for 33 yards and was limited in the second half by an ankle injury. McGahee, who has complained about his playing time, filled in and had eight carries for 42 yards.'

Marker New York Jets 16, Buffalo 14 [7:28 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'After shutting out the Bills over the first three quarters, New York fell behind, 14-13 with 6:20 remaining when Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe beat cornerback David Barrett on a 46-yard touchdown pass to rookie Lee Evans. Jets quarterback Chad Pennington responded with an 11-play, 60-yard drive where he completed 7-of-8 passes for 51 yards. His last was a two-yarder to fullback Jerald Sowell, setting up the go-ahead kick for Brien.'

Marker New York Jets 16, Buffalo 14 [7:27 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Trailing 13-0 entering the fourth quarter, Buffalo scored a pair of touchdowns in the frame to take the lead. The Bills capitalized on a Jets turnover to pull within 13-7 on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Bledsoe to Mark Campbell with 8:57 left in the fourth. The eight-play, 69-yard scoring drive was set up by Jeff Posey's interception of a Pennington pass and featured a 21-yard run by Willis McGahee on 3rd-and-9 from the Jets' 37. After the Jets went three-and-out on their next possession, Bledsoe went deep to Lee Evans for a 46-yard scoring strike that put the Bills up 14-13 with 5:58 remaining.'

Marker Wire out for Bills; Strait out for Jets [3:38 PM]
AP reports: 'Wire, who was starting in place of the injured Lawyer Milloy, is out with a bruised quadriceps. Pierson Prioleau, who entered the season as No. 3 on the depth chart, gets the start. The Bills also are without cornerback Troy Vincent, who hurt his right knee last weekend.'

Marker Bills, Jets lay it on the line [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We understand as a line we have the ability to do it," said Bills right tackle Mike Williams. "We have to cut down on the mistakes and the pre-snap penalties. We have to make up those yards somehow. It's better to not have to make them up."'

Marker Roster not strong enough for an old style revival [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But Butler, rest his soul, looks a lot better now. Sure, he overpaid his players to win. There were salary cap ramifications. But Butler's players justified the investment.'

Marker Target: Terrence [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They may try to test him, but you want to take it away," Bills safety Izell Reese said. "If he told you they're going to come at him, then he's confident that he's going to do his job and do what it takes to get it off him. That's what you have to do. If he plays well, it's null and void. It doesn't matter whether he's out there or Troy is out there."'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [9:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Ride Henry. If Buffalo gives up the run too soon, Drew Bledsoe could find WR Eric Moulds free downfield, but he also could find himself pummeled in the pocket (sacked 14 times last two weeks). Keep up the front seven pressure on defense; otherwise, Pennington play action could expose a secondary playing backups at corner (Terrence McGee) and safety (Pierson Prioleau).'

Marker Bills on edge of playoff oblivion [6:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When that game clock is on you shouldn't have to press any more than you do in practice. They have to realize Sundays should be easier than practice days. We have to recognize the enemy and we have to do something about it."'

Marker The Scouting Report [6:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Are the Jets overrated? Let’s face it, beating the Bengals, Chargers and Dolphins isn’t exactly heavy lifting. True, they won all three and the Bills have lost all three, but the difference between these teams may not be that great, and if the Bills can stay close and get some confidence, they could win.'

Marker Bills Q&A: Terrence McGee [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I think I'm a DB first. Bobby (April, Buffalo's special teams coach), he always told me he thought I could be a very good return man. He probably had more confidence in me than I had, but it's been a good year so far. The guys are blocking real well, so that makes it easier."'

Marker The Stairs to rejuvenation [5:19 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Heading into today's matchup against the Buffalo Bills, Martin is attempting to rush for 100 yards for the fourth consecutive game at the start of season, something he never has accomplished in his illustrious career. "Physically I feel as good as ever," he said. "My body feels refreshed. I can't explain it other than hard work."'

Marker Jets' task: Whoa, Henry! [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Henry, the Bills' featured running back, has had a mini-career against the Jets the past three seasons, rushing for 567 yards and five TDs on 118 carries in five games against them.'

Marker Statistics say Bills overdue for first win [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Bills have one more first down than their opponents. They average 31:50 of possession to their opponents' 28:10. They're ranked fourth in the NFL in defense against the run and ninth overall. They average 100 rushing yards per game; their opponent averages 85. "It'll be tough sledding for us again this week," guard Pete Kendall said. "Nobody here thinks that they've packed in their season. We know that they're perhaps going to be more dangerous because they're 0-3. I would imagine that they're pointing to this game as a very critical game to their season, and we're fully expecting to get their best game."'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [5:18 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Jets 20, Bills 13.'

Marker Unbeaten Jets wary of Bills [5:17 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'The Bills, who like the Dolphins, are winless mostly because of a struggling offense, yet has a tough defense that has kept them in games. The Bills are allowing just 85 rushing yards per game due to heavyweight defensive tackles Sam Adams (340 pounds) and Pat Williams (330). They’ve also been ferocious with the blitz; unofficially rushing Patriots quarterback Tom Brady over 40 times last week. While it didn’t work against the apparently unflappable Brady — he threw for almost 300 yards without an interception and without getting sacked — Jets quarterback Chad Pennington is still wary of the challenge.'

Marker Jets hope to exploit Bills' line [5:16 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'Hey, if you were lining up against Drew Bledsoe, you'd need something to soak up all the drool too.'

Marker Sunday's New York Coverage [5:10 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Jets Are Coming Up Shorter on Third-Down Plays (New York Times)
Johnny be good (New York Daily News)
Jets' task: Whoa, Henry! (New York Post)
Statistics say Bills overdue for first win (New York Post)
Serby's Sunday Q&A with ... Curtis Martin (New York Post)
Robertson's head in game (Newsday)
A passing fancy (White Plains Journal News)
Jets nose tackle Ferguson makes jokes as well as plays (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets vs. Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets focused on turnovers (Bergen Record)
Jets vs. Bills (Bergen Record)
Unbeaten Jets wary of Bills (New Haven Register)
Jets hope to exploit Bills' line (Middletown Times Herald Record)

Marker Mularkey hasn't made his point to Bills yet [5:02 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey has the reputation as an offensive whiz, but so far, that's been nothing but malarkey.'

Marker Rian Lindell, K, Buffalo [5:00 AM]
Portland Oregonian reports: 'Q: Are Buffalo fans much less patient with kickers given Scott Norwood's infamous Super Bowl miss against the Giants? A: Not really. They're awfully fanatical, but I don't think that really has any bearing on how they think of me. They're awfully anxious to get some wins.'

October 9, 2004

Marker What to Look for vs. Jets [6:38 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Martin and Henry will battle it out on the ground in the Meadowlands on Sunday. The back that leaves the field with more rushing yards will most likely leave with the win as well.'

Marker Jets hope to keep winning streak going against Bills [6:35 PM]
AP reports: 'They also will have a better chance at getting to Drew Bledsoe, who has been sacked 15 times. Making matters worse for the Bills, center Trey Teague is out with a left knee injury, while tackle Jonas Jennings is recovering from a concussion. That doesn't help a bumbling offensive unit that has been incapable of producing consistently in the clutch.'

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