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Buffalo Bills News - November 4, 2004

Marker Thursday's New York Coverage [4:55 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
McGahee Posing Challenge for Jets (New York Times)
Jets May Sell Rights to Seats, Then Tickets to Sit in Them (New York Times)
Chad, Jets feeling Super (New York Daily News)
Klecko's advice is to sack hype (New York Daily News)
Chad plans to repay Bills (New York Post)
Jets ready to welcome back Cowart (New York Post)
Klecko: Be careful of overconfidence (Newsday)
About the Bills (Newsday)
Here comes Mr. Jordan (White Plains Journal News)
Jets 'O' had it goin' on (Newark Star Ledger)
Jets' Pennington: Beware the Bills (Newark Star Ledger)
Mularkey takes no malarkey (Newark Star Ledger)
Buffalo can be perilous to Jets (Bergen Record)
Jets looking to make extra space in the trophy case (New Haven Register)
Jets' Ferguson keeps teammates in stitches (Middletown Times Herald Record)
Jets defensive line starts dominating (AP)
Jets Hope to Avoid Letdown (NewYorkJets.com)
Strengths Collide (NewYorkJets.com)
Words from the Defensive Architect (NewYorkJets.com)

Marker Inside slant [4:54 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'While encouraged by the ability to punch the ball in the end zone against what had been the NFL's No. 1-ranked red zone defense, the Bills understand that beating a fellow two-win team doesn't elevate them to the status of playoff contender as the season hits the halfway mark.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [4:53 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It was new special teams coach Bobby April who saw something on tape and decided it would be wise to let McGee challenge incumbent Antonio Brown for the job in training camp. "People probably had more confidence in me than I had in myself (as a return specialist)," McGee said. "Bobby, even in camp, he told me, 'I think you're one of the top athletes and you can be very effective doing this.' I'd said, 'Well, OK. I'll go out there and try and help the team.' But he was right and I am doing a pretty good job, especially with my guys blocking for me."'

Marker Notes, quotes [4:52 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills defense has yet to allow a 100-yard rusher.'

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November 3, 2004

Marker Jets Hope to Avoid Letdown [9:35 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: '“It was a tough game here a couple weeks ago,” Edwards said. “We beat them on the last drive. They made some plays to get back in it. They have the ability to do that. They’ve got one of the better receivers in the game in Moulds, their quarterback has a strong arm, and they can make some plays. We mentally and physically have to be ready to play.”'

Marker Teague May Play On Sunday [9:27 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Trey Teague returned to the practice field and took full reps with the first unit offensive line. Troy Vincent was also out there Wednesday, but only practiced with the scout team.'

Marker Vincent Back to Work [9:26 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“I’ve been engaged in the classroom, so I know my assignments, I know where I need to be,” Vincent said. “It’s just a matter of getting my body back into the rhythm of playing football and just see if I can work through some of this soreness."'

Marker Youth Football: Road to One Bills Drive [9:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This year the Buffalo Bills will be hosting the final round of the OATKA Classic on Saturday, November 13th, at the new Buffalo Bills Youth Football Stadium.'

Marker Bills Getting Healthy [9:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Having Lawyer back has been a big boost for our team," Head Coach Mike Mularkey said. "He's a leader on our defense and is highly respected by his teammates. Just having him being able to play against the Jets will be a big lift for us."'

Marker NY Jets (6-1) at Buffalo (2-5) [9:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo has to do something different to change the series, which has seen New York win nine of the last 13 meetings. That includes a 16-14 victory on Oct. 10, when the Jets sacked Drew Bledsoe four times and intercepted one of his passes, giving them 56 sacks and 29 interceptions in 21 games against him.'

Marker Vincent returns to practice; Reed sits out [5:39 PM]
AP reports: '''I think it's still too early,'' Mularkey said. ''I think we have to see how his knee reacts. We'll have to see how it feels tomorrow.'''

Marker Bills Add Hill to Practice Squad [4:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Originally selected by Atlanta in the sixth round of the 2002 NFL Draft out of Iowa, Hill spent time on the Falcons, Saints, and Lions practice squads in '02. He was most recently signed as a free agent by San Francisco (1/8/04) and was released prior to the 2004 season.'

Marker Gift of Warmth Collection this Sunday [4:42 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Volunteers from the Salvation Army and M&T Bank will be collecting NEW hats, scarves, mittens, etc. outside all stadium gates from 11:30 AM until kickoff.'

Marker McGee providing big returns on Bills' trust [1:43 PM]
AP reports: 'The only knock against McGee is that he still has a tendency to not follow his blockers a lack of patience that is expected to improve over time. ''I'm still working on it,'' McGee said. ''I don't know where we stand as far as return average, but it could be way more than that if I was more disciplined.'''

Marker Strengths Collide [12:22 PM]
NewYorkJets.com reports: Q: Willis McGahee had a huge day Sunday. Why have the Bills decided to turn things over to him?
A: I think what happed was that Travis Henry was the starter for the last three years and in fairness to him, he should have been the starter at the beginning of the season. Obviously, Buffalo got off to a slow start and sputtered. Henry got hurt and had to miss the Miami game three weeks ago, and that was McGahee’s first start. He gained 111 yards, so it was obvious that here’s a guy who is a really good player that they have to find a way to get on the field. Then when they played Baltimore, they gave Henry the start back. They basically gave him one more chance. He didn’t have a great game. McGahee came into the game in the second half and ran pretty well. The Bills still lost, but then coming in the Arizona game, it was pretty obvious that Mike Mularkey had to give the ball to McGahee and he did.'

Marker McGee Wins AFC Special Teams Award [12:21 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The 5-9, 201-pounder became only the third player in Bills history with two kickoff returns for touchdowns in a season (Week 4 vs. New England).'

Marker He's no new kid on the block [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'd like to know if there's a fullback playing better in the league," Bills coach Mike Mularkey said. "I mean that. Throughout all these games, he has by far been our most consistent player on our offense. He is a load coming through there and he will put the lick on you. And he's catching the ball and he has some run-after-the-catch ability. If there's a better fullback in the league right now, I haven't seen him."'

Marker Euhus finding it pays to be a Bill [7:02 AM]
Corvallis Gazette Times reports: 'When the Bills win, the bone-chilling wind and lake-effect snow squalls that validate Buffalo's reputation for miserable late fall/winter weather don't seem quite so nasty. When they lose, though, a palpable depression blankets the region and people are glum until the following Sunday. Players are neighborhood heroes; prominent Bills like Bledsoe and Eric Moulds are mobbed when they appear in public. Super Bowl-era icons like Jim Kelly, Darryl Talley and Steve Tasker became community benefactors. Jack Kemp parlayed his popularity as a championship quarterback into a long tenure as a congressmen from a suburban district, a presidential cabinet position, and several attempts at the presidency.'

Marker Bills vs. Jets Preview [7:01 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills and Jets meet in a divisional matchup for the second time this year. The Bills are looking to avenge a 16-14 last minute loss at the Meadowlands last month.

Marker Strange Things Afoot At Ralph Wilson Stadium [7:01 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The strangest happening of all had to be the Bills win at home over the Arizona Cardinals. Not only did the Bills win – they won in convincing fashion. The Bills scored 38 points. They scored touchdowns in the red zone. The Bills scored not one but two rushing touchdowns – the first and second of the season. Very odd.

Marker Wednesday's New York Coverage [4:57 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Pounding of Dolphins Puts Jets With the A.F.C.'s Elite Teams (New York Times)
Defense Jets into spotlight (New York Daily News)
LaMont still backup plan (New York Daily News)
Making believers (New York Post)
Flying first class (New York Post)
Jets report card (New York Post)
No fall in November (Newsday)
Keep giving Jordan the ball (Newsday)
Knowing rules led to field goal (Newsday)
Jordan glad he stayed (Newsday)
Jets enter November with momentum (White Plains Journal News)
Company line: One great day (White Plains Journal News)
Jets' front 4 making a name (Newark Star Ledger)
When it comes to November, Edwards is a fall guy (Newark Star Ledger)
Linemen set the tone for Jets' dominating offense (Bergen Record)
Jets shine in Monday night spotlight (Asbury Park Press)
Edwards keeps Jets fresh for November blitz (New Haven Register)
Martin, Jordan power Jets to victory (AP)
A Day After (NewYorkJets.com)
Jets at Bills (NewYorkJets.com)

November 2, 2004

Marker Field Position Always a Big Factor [4:17 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'I don't know what got into Sam Adams, but that was the best game I have ever seen him play. He looked like a man amongst boys out there. He was all over the field making plays, stuffing the run and getting to the quarterback. He did a great job of anticipating the snap count. It seemed as if he was always the first person to fire off the ball. He showed how dominant he can be in this league and I expect his play to continue throughout the rest of the season.'

Marker Help McGee Earn Play of the Week Honors [12:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Voting is open to the fans each week from Tuesday at Noon ET until Thursday at Noon ET, exclusively on NFL.com.'

Marker It’s time to give Bills some credit [12:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Even though Buffalo has won two of its last three games, the Bills still have to prove they can win on the road. Yet, if the running game is here to stay, at least the offense will be more interesting.'

Marker HS Football "Coach of the Week" - Week 9 [10:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Coach Frank Payne of Iroquois Central School has been named the Buffalo Bills high school football “Coach of the Week” for the ninth weekend of the 2004 season (October 29-30).'

Marker April sings Moorman’s praises [9:01 AM]
Lockport Union Sun and Journal reports: '“You have guys punting who aren’t real pros. They’re like the guys who win the punt, pass and kick contest. They do just one thing,” April said. “Brian has a real concern as to how his punts affect the football team. He does the things that help our team win. He has a football instinct.”'

Marker Adams sparks Bills' defense [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A lot of people think I guess (on the snap), but I watch the ball," said Adams, who finished with six tackles and created opportunities for others to make plays. "That's one of my blessings as a football player. I have good reaction. I'm explosive."'

Marker Knee injury may sideline Reed for Jets game [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm thinking that way just because of how he felt (Sunday) after the game," Mularkey said. "I know he was pretty sore walking around."'

Marker Mularkey praises special teams [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've probably done a poor job of emphasizing how well the special teams have played all year and what a huge factor they are," Mularkey said. He probably won't be guilty of too many future oversights if the Bills' kicking game units keep playing the way they did against the Cardinals.'

Marker Bills actually have a shot at beating the Jets [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'I'm not ready to anoint Buffalo a playoff contender on the basis of its 38-14 romp over hapless Arizona, but beating a good Jets team would catapult the Bills out of the NFL's dungeon and it could be the kind of victory that turns their season around.'

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