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Buffalo Bills News - November 14, 2004

Marker Q&A: Jon Dorenbos [6:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Very few people in western New York know who Jon Dorenbos is because he has rarely muffed a snap since joining the Bills in 2003.'

Marker Gridder becomes a grappler [6:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've watched wrestling since I was 5 or 6 years old. Even when I was in Buffalo, when people talked to me, my conversation to warm up was to talk pro wrestling. When I was asked if I could meet anybody in the world who would it be, I'd say Ric Flair. As a child, I didn't have football posters and football cards, I had pro wrestlers on my wall."'

Marker Manning is the No. 1 QB; Bledsoe 20th [6:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bledsoe performed well for the last two games (both at home) so I'll give him the benefit of the doubt and move him up a few spots. Tonight in New England will be a moment of truth for all of the improving Bills, but particularly for Bledsoe.'

Marker No surprise: Patriots No. 1 [6:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Best team — New England. The Patriots were missing several key players, including RB Corey Dillon, when host Pittsburgh ended their NFL-record 21-game winning streak, but they rebounded impressively by humiliating the Rams in St. Louis last week.'

Marker Bills thinking what if ... [6:03 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"The most disappointing part of what we've done to this point is that in the games that we lost, we had opportunities to win all of them," Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said this week. "In none of the five losses did we come away saying, 'man we just got beat up today.''

Marker Will Bills be more receptive? [6:02 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Watch that game film of New England-St. Louis last week? See what Mike Martz did? Don't do that.'

Marker Bills ready for battle [6:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The entire team seems to be adapting to the styles and demands of new coach Mike Mularkey and his staff.'

Marker Strong presence [6:01 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Lawyer is a big part of our defense, and when we lost him, we lost four Pro Bowls, the experience of playing time and we lost a lot of the stuff that you could do with him that you can't do with Coy Wire or Pierson Prioleau,'' Gray said. ``We can give teams different looks and disguise coverages a lot more. Every team has to account for Lawyer. Is he blitzing or not? Is he covering or not? With Coy and Pierson, they have to earn that reputation. Lawyer is a guy who already has it.'''

Marker McGahee won’t trash talk opponent [6:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``I think the (offensive linemen) have a lot of confidence because he breaks a lot of tackles,'' Bills receiver Eric Moulds said of McGahee, apparently subscribing to the latter theory. ``We've been in a situation where it's third-and-2 or third-and-4, and he gets the first down. That gives them a lot of confidence (to say), `Let's run it down their throats, let's pound 'em.' '''

Marker A mighty tussle in store [6:00 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Pats by 3.'

Marker Big rise in value for Bills [5:59 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'As good as Travis Henry has been over the last couple of years, McGahee has been a better option over the past month. He's bigger (6-foot, 228 pounds to Henry's 5-9, 215) and has more speed to the outside. Henry is a very good straight-line runner with more power than you'd expect from somebody his size. But McGahee, still not fully recovered from the devastating knee injury he suffered at the University of Miami two years ago, also runs hard and has been very good at bouncing to the outside. With some overly aggressive defenses, that can be a problem, but both Mike Vrabel [news] and Willie McGinest [news] are confident the disciplined Patriots approach to defense will prevent the outside people from losing containment and opening up big plays for McGahee. '

Marker McGahee the key to Bills' chances [5:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills can't afford to put Bledsoe in a position where he has to win the game for them because -- even against a raw secondary (the Pats will again be without Tyrone Poole and Ty Law) -- the Patriots will collapse the middle of the Bills pocket and force harried throws from Bledsoe that will get picked off. It's just what happens. So the Bills need to keep their offense balanced by keeping the game tight. They have a defense generally capable of doing that. The Bills front-seven is as potent as any team in the league. Buffalo hasn't allowed a 100-yard rusher this season.'

Marker Bills (3-5) At Patriots (7-1) [5:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Bills often get good field position thanks to KR Terrence McGee, who returned a kickoff 98 yards for a TD in the Oct. 3 game against the Patriots. Drew Bledsoe has not been intercepted or sacked in his last two games, only the second time in 12 seasons he has avoided those problems in back-to-back games. RB Willis McGahee rushed for 137 yards last week against the Jets and has gained more than 100 yards in each of his three NFL starts. Will the 6-foot, 228-pound McGahee, who was on every 2003 draftnik's Top 10 list until a knee injury in his last college game, have his way with a Patriots defense that has allowed more 100-yard rushers (two) in half a season than it did (one) in all of 2003? If he can't, the Bills will be forced into obvious passing situations, and the Patriots will tee off on Bledsoe, who is immobile and whose porous O-line doesn't figure to give him enough time if he holds the ball. If he does have time, he'll be dangerous, because No.1 pick WR Lee Evans is explosive, a great complement to veteran WR Eric Moulds. With Law and Poole both out for the second straight week, can the Patriots' patchwork secondary survive and thrive for another week?'

Marker Four downs [5:56 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Control McGahee.'

Marker Road only gets rougher [5:56 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'The Patriots need to set up third-and-longs, and the key to doing that is making stops on first and second down. That will make it harder for Bledsoe to connect with his favorite target - wide receiver Eric Moulds, who will likely be guarded by Samuel. Moulds has 616 yards, almost twice as many as Lee Evans, who is second on the team with 321. "I think he is more confident in the pocket," Bills head coach Mike Mularkey said. "When he is moving he is finding the check-downs quicker. I think he throws the deep ball great and we are opening it up a little more for him for that. Obviously the run game helps, but some of the things we have done scheme-wise, I think, has helped, too, in his confidence."'

Marker Improving Bills are next up on Patriots' agenda [5:55 AM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '"I don't know what their philosophy was in the beginning," said inside linebacker Ted Johnson, "but obviously whatever they're doing is now working."'

Marker Bills formula: Throw less, win more [5:54 AM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Considered a huge first-round gamble when the Bills drafted him torn-up knee and all out of UMiami last year, McGahee has run for more than 100 yards in each of his first three NFL starts. All three have been Bills victories. McGahee has put former Pro Bowler Travis Henry on the bench and restored Bledsoe as a winner while in the looming shadow of Losman.'

Marker Pats, Bills in rematch tonight [5:53 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: 'McGahee's confident and powerful running has caused a ripple effect throughout the entire Buffalo offense, Belichick said. ``That sets up their play-action passing game, so they are high percentage passes,'' he said. ``They're staying out of third-and-long ... no sacks, no interceptions. They're not turning the ball over. That's a formula to win games at any level.'''

Marker Sunday's New England Coverage [5:37 AM] reports:
Will Bills be more receptive? (Boston Globe)
Offense powers Patriots (Boston Herald)
Bills ready for battle (Boston Herald)
Strong presence (Boston Herald)
McGahee won’t trash talk opponent (Boston Herald)
A mighty tussle in store (Boston Herald)
Big rise in value for Bills (Boston Herald)
Players work together to secure future (Metro West Daily News)
Four downs (Metro West Daily News)
Givens sets sights on hauling in big catch (Providence Journal)
McGahee the key to Bills' chances (Providence Journal)
Gorin in a comfortable place (Providence Journal)
You don't say (Providence Journal)
Curran's quiz (Providence Journal)
A String Of Successful Conversions (Hartford Courant)
Bills (3-5) At Patriots (7-1) (Hartford Courant)
Pats prepared for any obstacle (Springfield Republican)
Road only gets rougher (Woonsocket Call)
Questionable history, but now he has the answers (Portland Press Herald)
Improving Bills are next up on Patriots' agenda (Brockton Enterprise)
Bills formula: Throw less, win more (Lowell Sun)
New England hosts resurgent Bills (Manchester Union Leader)
Patriots' receivers taking different routes (New Bedford Standard Times)
Road to East title is well-paved (New Bedford Standard Times)
Pats, Bills in rematch tonight (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)

Marker The Bills Promote Peters [5:33 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'A month under Jim McNally's tutelage must have done wonders for Peters to be promoted.'

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Marker Bills Practice Under The Lights [5:50 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Mularkey doesn't seem intimidated by his first head coaching assignment on Sunday night football. He said he was more excited about the energy he saw in practice.'

Marker Peters Signed to 53-Man Roster [5:46 PM] reports: 'To make room, defensive end Constantin Ritzmann has been placed on injured reserve.'

Marker Grades are improving for Bills at halfway point [3:44 PM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'It took a little while for Mike Mularkey to put his mark on this team, but the Bills are buying into Mularkey’s system, and the results are showing.'

Marker McGahee, Dillon add spark to running games [3:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Since leaving the Patriots after the 2001 season, Bledsoe is 1-4 against his former team. Tom Brady, who replaced him at quarterback, is 6-1 in his career against Buffalo.'

Marker Special forces [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'April gives each of his units a military label in an effort to hammer home the importance of special teams to his players. The kickoff return unit, for instance, is the Seals, named after the Navy Seals. The kickoff coverage unit is the Gurkhas, named after the British Army units that originated in Asia. April combines his military labels with an elaborate points system that allows each player to gauge his performance against everyone else on special teams.'

Marker Others get ink, but Brady gets victories [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's no disgrace. Brady is a rising superstar. For my money, he's not merely the best quarterback in the NFL, but the best player, period.'

Marker Youth to be served at new field [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The facility, located a few hundred yards from the tunnel entrance to the stadium, is the first of its kind in the NFL and will be used exclusively for youth football teams in Western New York.'

Marker Mistakes hurt in first half of Bills' season [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills aren't nearly as good as Belichick made them out to be, but there were some shards of truth sprinkled amidst all the coachspeak spilling out of Belichick's mouth that every Bills fan could relate to.'

Marker McGahee a tonic for ailing Bills [5:16 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Suddenly, drafting a running back with a bum knee who needed a lengthy time to recover does not seem like it was such a bad idea.'

Marker Ground game has Bills on upswing [5:15 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '``I haven't seen a whole lot of him besides these last few games, but the system's working for him,'' McGinest said. ``He's running the ball hard, breaking a lot of tackles ... you've got to get ready for that.'''

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