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Buffalo Bills News - November 1, 2004

Marker Thank You Cardinals [9:40 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'And of course the biggest key, continues to be the Bills defense, which improved to number one in the AFC, by shutting down the Cards, particularly in the second half.'

Marker Everything clicks in 38-14 Bills victory [9:39 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: '"I know one thing," said Arizona quarterback Josh McCown. "I have a newfound respect for Jim Kelly and what he did here. It was the toughest conditions I've ever played in."'

Marker Even at 35, Emmitt is still Emmitt [9:38 PM]
Wellsville Daily Reporter reports: 'When Smith went to the podium, he was all class. He praised Bills rookie running back Willis McGahee. He talked about how hard work for McGahee is paying big dividends. He also refused to blame the loss on the elements. "Given the outlook, Troy (Hambrick) and I were prepared to carry the ball 40 times, but it just did not work out that way," said Smith. "Weather is not an excuse. If they travel to Arizona, they play in the heat. They had to play in the same weather today. We just kept shooting ourselves in the foot."'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Mike Mularkey [5:30 PM] reports: 'Does you team read the paper and react to the negative media? I mean, you guys WON and there is an article in the paper of how it was "too ugly." What do you do to combat this attention or are you so used to playing you own game?
MM: I'm sure they probably read the paper more than we do as coaches because they have more time than we do. I warn them about being influenced by things that they hear or read by people that don't understand the game as well as the people inside our building.'

Marker Ask Him Yourself: Tom Donahoe [5:29 PM] reports: 'With Bannan in on the o-line, does that mean that you will be paying closer attention to it in future drafts and free agency?
TD: We have paid close attention to the offensive line every year and we will continue to do the same every year forward. The offensive line may be the hardest position to play in football and you're always trying to find talented players who can succeed there. With regard to Justin Bannan, his play yesterday is a great credit to his versatility and his athletic ability. That he could play on the offensive line and that he would want to do this says a lot about him as a player. It's something that we are taking a look at and we are very much in the infant stages of working with Justin on this. It will certainly add to his versatility and the team's versatility.'

Marker New Faces Find End Zone [5:28 PM] reports: '"That was our main goal right there, move the ball and get it into the end zone on a rushing touchdown," McGahee said. "That's what we worked on. The o-line knew what they had to do and I knew what I had to do. We got it done."'

Marker Game Notes: Bills vs. Cardinals [5:28 PM] reports: 'Terrence McGee: Became only the third player in Bills history with two kickoff returns for touchdown in one season when he posted an 87-yard return touchdown vs. the Cardinals (Charley Warner, 1965 and Wallace Francis, 1973).

Marker Bills win in blowout [5:27 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: '“It was a great game,” said Ben Sorenson, the spokesman for the Order of Canadian Football Loving Nuns, who were well-covered for the weather. “The polyester is quite waterproof, oddly enough. It’s about time the Bills started winning, and to seek God on their side."'

Marker Bills fear WR Reed might miss next weekend's game against Jets [4:16 PM]
AP reports: 'The injury left Buffalo with only three receivers, but Mularkey said fifth-stringer Drew Haddad could play against the Jets after missing Sunday's game with a hamstring injury.'

Marker Buffalo rolls to invisible victory [2:05 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'You have to wonder, though, what Henry might have done if the new coaching staff or their predecessors had ever shown the sort of commitment to him that McGahee received yesterday, or in Buffalo's other victory this year, against Miami. Barring injury, it looks like we'll never know.'

Marker Tough times abound for sports fans while Bills bumble and Sabres sit [2:04 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills -- by any measure, be it wins and losses, aesthetic appeal or excitement generated -- stink. Worse yet, they're not even likable losers.'

Marker Return ticket [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At that point in the game, they had just scored (to pull within 10-7)," said Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "We were going to have to drive the ball into the wind, which was very, very difficult. To take that kickoff and return it for a touchdown at that point was huge, and maybe the pivotal point in the game."'

Marker Bills view themselves as a team on the rise [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The same way people used to look at us when I was with Cincinnati, that's the way I looked at it (Sunday)," Spikes said. "I didn't care who it is. I didn't care if it was Vince Lombardi coaching. Our attitude was, "Hey, we've got to find a way to come up with the win. Point blank, period. Let's get it done.' "'

Marker This is one Bills victory that's pretty - pretty ugly, that is [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now we face reality. The Bills have won two of their last three games, victories coming against teams that had a combined 2-9 record. The score Sunday merely outlined how insufficiently stacked the Cards really are in Arizona, a team supposedly on the rise but obviously gasping in the familiar depths. Halloween was the perfect day for this horror show.'

Marker Bannan switches sides to get playing time [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think he is calling himself "the Microwave' now," cracked quarterback Drew Bledsoe. "When he comes in, the offense heats up."'

Marker Cards' duo struggles under the weather [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills succeeded in making Boldin and Fitzgerald almost irrelevant Sunday in their 38-14 triumph over the Cardinals. Boldin, who missed the first six games because of a knee injury suffered during training camp, finished with four receptions for 50 yards. Fitzgerald, the third player taken in April's NFL draft, was totally taken out of the game and didn't have a reception.'

Marker Moorman's punts blow away Cards [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's not like I didn't know the forecast," Moorman said. "I knew it was going to be just like the Miami game. You go into it thinking you really can't change it, so you just go out and stick to your technique and try and keep the ball as low as you can while still maintaining some semblance of hang time. It seemed to work out."'

Marker Razing Arizona [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last week, Willis McGahee talked about making the most of his opportunities, and he did just that against the Cards with 102 yards rushing and two touchdowns on 30 carries. A third touchdown was negated because of a holding penalty. Arizona's Emmitt Smith, a quality running back of some renown, declared after the game, "The kid is back."'

Marker Grading the Bills [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Two starts, two 100-yard games for Willis.'

Marker SUV kills pedestrian near Bills stadium [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was uncertain whether the victim was a Bills fan returning from the Bills-Cardinals game, which began at 1.'

Marker A Blowout Win....Big Deal [7:23 AM]
Erie Times News reports: 'This game was basically an all-world sissy fight between two teams with fan bases that have seen some sorrowful times in recent years and in this season.'

Marker McGee, Moorman, Clements star for Bills in windy win [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sure it was only Arizona, just as it was only winless Miami a couple of weeks ago, but any win is a good win for the Bills these days. This was a good win.'

Marker Moorman's punting accents stellar day for Bills' special teams [5:11 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But perhaps better than any punter in Bills history, Moorman knows how to handle the howling gusts off of Lake Erie. On a day when Drew Bledsoe threw two touchdown passes and wasn't sacked, when Willis McGahee rushed for more than 100 yards for the second time in three weeks, and when Emmitt Smith was limited to just 2.9 yards per carry, a 175-pound punter may have been his team's most valuable player.'

Marker A Halloween treat for the Bills' faithful [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Highly respected coach Dennis Green may have eternally rebuilding Arizona on the upswing but the Cardinals fell prey to14 penalties, several special teams breakdowns, and a timely blast of good old-fashioned western New York fall weather.'

Marker McGee's play turned the tide for Bills [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The opening coin flip. The Cardinals won, and they chose to take the ball rather than defend a goal. It was a colossal mistake by a team that isn't used to playing in inclement weather.'

Marker Who's that on the offensive line? [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On about a half dozen plays, backup defensive tackle Justin Bannan substituted for Lawrence Smith at left guard to block on Willis McGahee runs. Late in the game, both Bannan and massive defensive tackle Sam Adams were used to block on back-to-back goal-line plays. It was an interesting use of personnel, and the Bills won the game, so you can't argue the merit of those moves. But so much for the careers of guys like Smith, Marcus Price, Mike Pucillo and Dylan McFarland — offensive linemen who were on the bench, watching Bannan and Adams play their positions.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Credit Mike Mularkey for working long hours last week on correcting the team's red-zone problems. After an 0-4 outing at Baltimore, the Bills scored four TDs in five chances. Special kudos to special teams coach Bobby April.'

Marker Monday's Arizona Coverage [4:32 AM] reports:
Blown in the wind (Arizona Republic)
Cards prove any progress is just a mirage (Arizona Republic)
Windy day takes toll on passers (Arizona Republic)
Is Cards curse in code? (Arizona Republic)
Photo Gallery (Arizona Republic)
Cards can't handle elements or Bills, lose 17th straight on road (East Valley Tribune)
Special teams blow it for Arizona (East Valley Tribune)
Boldin looks just like old self in return (East Valley Tribune)
Cards Lose Field Position Battle, and Game to the Bills (

Marker Bills secret weapon the difference vs. Cardinals [4:31 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sure, Willis McGahee is looking like everything Donahoe and the Bills hoped he’d be when they rolled the dice on him knowing he wouldn’t even play in 2003 and maybe never at 100 percent, but that may not be Donahoe’s smartest move in the past several months. That move, which wouldn’t even bring a collective yawn from most fans, was Donahoe’s negotiating a 6-year contract extension with punter Brian Moorman that will average about $900,000 per season, not including bonuses.'

Marker Bills Roll Over Cardinals [4:29 AM] reports: 'Running Back Willis McGahee rushed for 102 yards and scored the first two touchdown of his profesional career. In the air, Drew Bledsoe hit Wide Receiver Eric Moulds and Tight End Tim Euhus for 8 and 12 yards touchdowns respectively.'

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