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Buffalo Bills News - November 21, 2004

Marker April showers crush Rams [6:22 PM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'The Bills scored on an 86-yard punt return. Their 53-yard punt return set up an earlier touchdown. Their recovery of a fumbled kickoff led to a field goal.'

Marker Dominating Effort By Entire Team [6:21 PM] reports: What a difference a week makes. Last week, almost every unit failed in our grades, this week they all pass with flying colors. The offense dominated for the game for a quarter, the special teams led directly to 17 third quarter points, and the defense shut the door on the high powered Rams offense in the second half. Here are our very good position by position grades:

Marker Bills Blast Rams 37-17 [5:58 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The Bills defense was amazing against one of the best offenses in the league, especially in the second half. Buffalo held St. Louis to just 35 yards on 20 rushes, and only one yard rushing in the second half. Marshall Faulk was shut down with 13 carries for only 6 yards.'

Marker Bills Special Effort Beats Rams [5:55 PM] reports: 'For about one half of football Sunday, Buffalo and St. Louis appeared evenly matched. Then, the third quarter started.'

Marker Bills Blow Out Rams 37-17 [5:54 PM] reports: It was fitting that the day Jim Richter was inducted onto the Wall of Fame the Bills would put together a victory that was vintage of the good old days. A 37 point explosion in the 2nd and third quarters, that was a combined effort of all three units, led the Bills to a 37-17 victory over the Rams.

Marker Buffalo 37, St Louis 17 [4:31 PM]
AP reports: 'It was a dominating effort by a Buffalo team (4-6) that has won four straight at home, but was coming off its worst outing of the season, a 29-6 loss at New England.'

Marker Buffalo 37, St Louis 17 [4:31 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Mark Campbell enjoyed a special day. Special teams were pretty special as well for the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Buffalo 37, St. Louis 17 [4:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Campbell, who didn't have a reception in the previous three contests, finished with four catches for 37 yards, as the Bills have won three of four. Willis McGahee added 100 yards rushing for Buffalo (4-6), which used strong special teams in the second half to capture its fourth straight win at home.'

Marker Ritcher to Be Added to Wall of Fame [3:27 PM] reports: '"I was totally flabbergasted," Ritcher said. "At first, just for a second, I’m thinking, ‘Gosh, I wonder if they want me to come back and play?’ That didn’t last very long. Then he told me the vote had come and what they had decided. I just couldn’t believe it. It was absolutely the farthest thing from my mind that he could have been calling me about. Like I said, I was flabbergasted and honored at the same time. Ever since then, I’ve been looking forward to getting up there and seeing some old friends and being part of the weekend."'

Marker If Bills go on the run, Rams could get battered [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills' offense wakes up from seasonlong slumber and outscores Rams, 27-21.'

Marker Ritcher goes on Wall today [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only two players - Andre Reed and Bruce Smith - played more seasons and in more games for the Bills than Ritcher.'

Marker Donahoe's future may hinge on Bills' finish [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The combination of the Williams firing and the quarterback situation is forcing the Bills, in Year Four of the Donahoe regime, to start over to a large degree. Mike Mularkey brought a new system this season, and J.P. Losman probably will take over at quarterback next season, barring a giant recovery by Bledsoe.'

Marker Mularkey's calls are wrong numbers [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I applauded Mularkey when he hired a solid, experienced staff. That's what Williams didn't do and it put him in a deep hole from the start. Mularkey served under two successful coaches, Bill Cowher and Sam Wyche. The expectation was that he learned plenty from them. There are seven games left. Maybe Mike will at least equal Williams' goodbye record of 6-10 in 2003. That is if he doesn't keep making bizarre decisions.'

Marker Mac Bledsoe relishes son's ability to take a hit [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I am extremely proud of our son, prouder today than just about any time in his career because he has not wavered a bit in his character," Mac Bledsoe said by phone last week. "He's never allowed a situation to make him do what I would have done, which is get mad and lose control. It takes 10 times more courage, more fortitude, to play on a team that's not going well."'

Marker Policing the corner [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Clements has seen fewer passes thrown his way this season as opponents size up the strengths of the Buffalo secondary and plot accordingly. It used to be that playing the Bills was picking your poison, challenging either Clements or Antoine Winfield, who after last season left for Minnesota in free agency.'

Marker Bills look to recover against talented Rams [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But with a 3-6 record and four of their next five games on the road — where they are winless — those players aren't naïve, either. The fat lady is warming up her voice. Their goal now is to keep her away from the microphone for as long as possible.'

Marker J.P.: Anything but laid back [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But before you start screaming, "Oh, no, not another Rob Johnson!" listen to some of the people who know Losman well. They'll tell you that the Bills rookie quarterback and Johnson are about as similar as Desperate Housewives and Sponge Bob Square Pants. They'll tell you to bag that SoCal, surfer dude stereotype. It doesn't fit.'

Marker Bills Q&A: Ryan Neufeld [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What is something that annoys you?
"Being cut off in traffic, which is probably everyone's pet peeve. It's not too bad here, though, not compared to L.A."'

Marker Will return to ‘Ralph’ rejuvenate Bills against Rams? [5:00 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo, 0-4 on the road, lost the last two by an average of nearly 19 points. But after losing on the final snap against Jacksonville and playing defending Super Bowl champion New England tough, has won three straight at “The Ralph.”'

Marker Bills bungled Losman’s debut [4:59 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It made no sense to expose Losman to that atmosphere.'

Marker Buffalo's expected to tank it Sunday [4:58 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'With a high degree of certainty, the Rams know what to expect Sunday from Buffalo at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills will line up in their "tank" formation, with two tight ends, two backs, and just one wide receiver ... and run them right at the Rams' defense behind their big offensive line.'

Marker Martz wishes he still had Buffalo's Fletcher [4:57 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"There's no question we miss London," Martz said. "He's my kind of football player. He always has been."'

Marker Rams-Bills: 5 Things To Watch [4:56 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: 'Left guard has been another problem area for Buffalo. After starting the first seven games, Lawrence Smith has given way to Ross Tucker. Both entered the league as undrafted players.'

Marker Rams know they have to maintain their intensity [4:55 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has thrown 10 interceptions and been sacked 25 times despite playing behind one of the biggest offensive lines in the NFL with an average height of 6-foot-4 and average weight of 320 pounds.'

Marker Former defensive star is now leader for Bills [4:54 AM]
Belleville News Democrat reports: 'In retrospect, Fletcher was a player that the Rams couldn't afford to lose.'

Marker Defense, Conditions Equal Tough Task for Rams [4:53 AM] reports: '“Their whole defense is actually pretty good, not just the secondary,” Bulger said. “They have some good players up front, their linebackers, everybody knows about them, and the secondary (is good as well). (Their defense) was second or third last year in total defense, and this year they around fifth. That unit has been together, they know what they are doing, and they like to pressure. It will be a formidable challenge.”'

Marker Sunday's St. Louis Coverage [4:52 AM] reports:
Buffalo's expected to tank it Sunday (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Martz wishes he still had Buffalo's Fletcher (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams-Bills: 5 Things To Watch (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Pisa's Journe (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams know they have to maintain their intensity (Belleville News Democrat)
Former defensive star is now leader for Bills (Belleville News Democrat)
2004 Jazzercise Rams Jam (
Head Coach Mike Martz (
Open Locker Room Quotes (
Defense, Conditions Equal Tough Task for Rams (

Marker Woodrow Wilson's Baker to start for Buffalo today [4:51 AM]
Cherry Hill Courier Post reports: 'The Bills' coaching staff likes Baker's ability to create turnovers. Baker was a high school All-American wide receiver coming out of Woodrow Wilson, but he was switched to safety when he reported to Knoxville as a freshman.'

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November 20, 2004

Marker What to Look for vs. Rams [6:16 PM] reports: 'The St. Louis Rams defense is ranked 28th in the league and they have struggled against the run this season. In four games a starter, Willis McGahee has rushed for over 100 yards in three of those and expect him to have another big day on Sunday. McGahee should be able to find holes in the Rams defensive line, which should allow the Bills to get their running game back on track.'

Marker Losman makes me nervous [2:09 PM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: 'Losman has made several comments about his appearance and his future that leave me with Billy Joe Hobert-like feelings.'

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