Notes, quotes [2:25 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'WR Jonathan Smith, a rookie from Georgia Tech, provided a bright spot for the Bills with a 70-yard punt return for a touchdown. Smith, a seventh-round pick last April, was one of the ACC's top return men, averaging 12.2 yards on 39 punt returns for his college career. "We practiced all week that maybe we'd get a short kick, and Nate (Clements) was back there relaying the calls and he told me the ball was mine," Smith said. "The blocking was great. I saw a seam and I just ran. I didn't have to make many moves because the blocking was so good."'
Bills share high rent company in NFL's low rent standings [2:24 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'I think Mularkey can coach, and Donahoe can assess talent, and many of the pieces are already in place. The sooner Losman develops, the luckier the Bills will be.'
Donahoe on Bills' hot seat [9:35 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Some of his decisions, including the acquisition of Bledsoe from the Patriots in exchange for a first-round draft choice, and the release of Antowain Smith in 2001, one of his first decisions after joining the Bills, rank among his top 10 disasters.'
Pats force Bills back to reality, back to the pack [9:34 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Willis McGahee, with 100-yard games in each of his first three starts (all Bills' wins), proved to be a non-factor in his Gillette Stadium debut, going for 36 yards on 11 carries in the first half when it mattered. "We were determined not to let him get 100 yards on us," said safety Rodney Harrison. "It was huge that we stopped him. We got turnovers and sacks and they didn't score on us."'
Time to write Bledsoe's obituary as starting QB [9:31 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe's evening was epitomized on the Bills' opening offensive series in the second half. The Patriots had just scored a field goal to go up 23-0. Bledsoe's answer? On first down, Bledsoe threw a bad incompletion about five feet in front of Moulds, who was standing still on the line of scrimmage. On second down, Willis McGahee was stuffed at the line of scrimmage for no gain. And then, on third down, another Bledsoe pass hit the ground about 10 feet in front of a running Sam Aiken.'
Ask him yourself: Tom Donahoe [9:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Could you please explain to me how New England's offensive line, with an undrafted free agent and a couple of low round picks, was able to dominate our defensive line? Also, how could their secondary, with so many injuries, completely shut down our passing game? Is this bad coaching or bad drafting on our part? TD: New England's offensive line played well last night and we did not. It is only one game and you have to give them credit. We do like the progress our team has made over the last month and we cannot put aside the good things that we have started to do because of one sub-par performance.'
Ask him yourself: Mike Mularkey [9:29 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Why was the team so unprepared to play? It has happened over and over again this season. Is it the players or the coaching staff? MM: It hasn't happened a lot. That was the first game we were soundly beaten. I feel like we were prepared and so did the players.'
Mularkey sticking with Bledsoe as Bills starter [9:17 PM]
AP reports: '``I think it's still too early. I haven't wrestled with it yet because I don't think we're at that point yet,'' Mularkey said. ``There's still seven games left. We're not out of it. I think Drew has proven in the three wins before this game that he's a big reason why. And we'll go and start with Drew this week.'''
Bledsoe Remains Bills Starter [9:17 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'The head coach says J.P. Losman will get more practice time, but he's not even ready to be number two ahead of Shane Matthews this week yet. He played against the Patriots just to get a chance to call plays in the huddle and be under center.'
Fading Bledsoe Still Has Heart [9:16 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'It was easy to bash Rob Johnson; he didn’t seem to care about anything. It was easy to bash Doug Flutie he only cared about himself. But, it’s hard to bash Bledsoe, because you take the one hundred most diehard fans in Western New York and they don’t want to win one-tenth as much as Bledsoe does. That’s what makes his demise so tough.'
Game Notes: Bills vs. Patriots [5:39 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Brian Moorman: Posted a 48.0 average at New England, increasing career average to club-record 42.95…posted a long punt of 58 yds. And registered three kicks of over 50 yds…has recorded a 50+ yd. kick in 44 of 57 career games and eight of nine games this season.'
A prime time flop for the Bills [3:46 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Tellingly, Mularkey noted, “We had some errant throws that got picked off. But they really didn’t do anything we didn’t expect ... that’s the disappointing thing. “They basically lined up the way we thought they’d line up. They didn’t do anything exotic ... didn’t try to trick us ... didn’t do anything that should have thrown us off. There were just better than we were.”'
Bills take a big step backwards [3:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Talk about not ready for prime time.'
Bills take a step back against Patriots [3:31 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo was completely inept on offense, failing to move the ball more than 18 yards or longer than five plays after its opening drive of the game. The Bills mustered just 125 total yards of offense, gaining eight first downs and converting none of their seven third down attempts.'
Bledsoe, Buffalo sleepwalk through Sunday nightmare [1:22 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'But, rather than sticking with the run, run and run some more philosophy that brought the Bills into Foxborough on the closest thing they've had to a hot streak in more than a year, Mularkey and Clements decided, for reasons known only to them, to put this one in Bledsoe's hands.'
Punting Statistics Don’t Tell the Story [1:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'In the loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday night, Moorman punted five times for an average of 48.0 yards. His first punt pinned the Patriots inside the 20-yard line and his final three punts went for 57, 58, and 56 yards, respectively.'
Bledsoe-to-Brown again [1:02 PM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: 'Thrust into the rare situation of having to cover the opponent's best receiver, Brown admitted that he may have been just a lit tle more lucky than he was good. `` I kind of got lost behind the linemen, and don't think (Moulds) ever saw me, because I didn't see him, really. I just saw the ball come out, and it was right there.'''
Once again, Patriots buffalo Bills [12:53 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Reinventing oneself had been the theme of the week leading up to this game as the Bills, winners of three of their last four, were supposed to unveil their new, mistake-free offense. That was the one in which Willis McGahee pounded out the yards and Drew Bledsoe not only threw to the correct colored jerseys but avoided the deer-in-the-headlight sacks that have come to define him. Nope.'
Poking some major holes in Bills' vaunted defense [12:52 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'So much for that scary Bills defense. Apparently something happens when that top-rated band of marauders crosses state lines. They can't operate on the road and proved that last night. They have not won a game on the road this year and in the last 21 games have only two road wins.'
Pats ride herd over Buffalo [12:51 PM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: 'Buffalo Bills rookie Jonathan Smith had some heartwarming plans for the football he returned 70 yards for the first touchdown of his NFL career. "I'll keep the ball," Smith told reporters Sunday night, "and send it home to my mom." As for the rest of the night? Put it this way: If you're from Buffalo, hide the women and children.'
Another exit on Rt. 1 for Bledsoe [12:50 PM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '"They're a good team, a very good team obviously,'' said Bledsoe. "You look at what they've done over the past few years. When you come in here, the No. 1 thing you have to do is protect the ball. You can't turn it over and expect to win. The first-half turnovers, you can't give them those plays. We didn't really challenge their corners very much. They were playing cover-2 mostly. They protected those guys and did a good job in their zone drops.'''
Drew who? [12:49 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'The Bills did manage to hold Adam Vinatieri without a touchdown pass, but Vinatieri still kicked five field goals, hitting from 27, 24, 20, 45 and 37 yards while going over 1,000 points for his nine-year career.'
Bledsoe kissed, dissed, dismissed [12:48 PM]
ColdHardFootballFacts.com reports: The Cold, Hard Football Facts tossed dirt on the coffin of Drew Bledsoe’s career earlier this season. After a dreadful performance in Sunday’s 29-6 loss to New England the “pundits” are dancing on the grave.
Pats pick on Bledsoe again [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It was so bad for Bledsoe he was intercepted by wide receiver Troy Brown, substituting as a cornerback.'
Losman gets in the game, and struggles [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A sack, one lost fumble and an interception wasn't the debut rookie quarterback J.P. Losman had in mind. He can only hope it gets better from here.'
Foxboro flop [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills received a drubbing at the hands of the New England Patriots that can be summed up in one word: embarrassing.'
Latest road test yields all-too-familiar result [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Here's a little statistic to enliven an otherwise dreary, depressing Monday: The Bills have played four nationally televised, Sunday night ESPN games in the Tom Donahoe era, and they've lost all four by a combined score of 119-18.'
What A Cakewalk [7:49 AM]
PatsFans.com reports: 'Before I try and describe to just how far the former Patriot star has dropped off, let me just say that he does not deserve this fate. He is a decent man, a class act and a good quarterback at times. He could have easily divided the team during the 2001 season but he put his personal feelings aside for the good of the team and it brought the Patriots their first championship. But yeesh, has he become predictable or what?'
Gillette Becoming Buffalo Football Purgatory [7:48 AM]
PatsFans.com reports: 'This baby wasn’t close at any time. Three of the first four offensive drives by the Patriots went for 81, 91, 75 and 70 yards. Three of those drives ended in very short Adam Vinatieri field goals. Normally, this practice of settling for field goals can hurt a team, and the only thing the Bills did consistently well was to stop the Patriots inside the Buffalo 10. Instead, the Patriots merely did what they do against Bledsoe, and took McGahee out of his game completely.'
Nothing fancy, but it's a win [7:39 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"Just basically we wanted to stop the run, play physically and not give up any cheap balls down the field," said safety Rodney Harrison. "And just do our job, play hard-nosed football. We knew they wanted to get McGahee going, and we were stuck on not letting him get going. And he didn't."'
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