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Buffalo Bills News - September 21, 2004

Marker Is the Buffalo offense really this bad? [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'How can a team win when half its games are played on the road where crowd noise is such a huge factor and opponents know all they have to do is stuff the run and blitz Bledsoe with abandon? The Raiders were laughing about how easy a target Bledsoe was. It's become an embarrassment for the Bills.'

Marker Inside slant [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills called the dive play over the right guard and tackle even though starting right guard Chris Villarrial was out with a leg injury and even though the Raiders have one of the NFL's largest front sevens, led by Ted Washington and Warren Sapp.'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:08 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Bills didn't hit enough big plays early to call off the dogs. At least two sacks were blocking mistakes, allowing unblocked heat.'

Marker Notes, quotes [5:07 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Sunday's loss made the Bills 2-11 in their last 13 road games dating back to 2002 when QB Drew Bledsoe came aboard. In those games, Bledsoe has thrown 10 touchdown passes, 17 interceptions, and been sacked 45 times. Buffalo has committed 38 turnovers and collected just seven takeaways (minus-31). It's hard to believe the Bills were once 3-1 under Bledsoe on the road.'

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September 20, 2004

Marker Sad Start For Bills [9:38 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'If the Bills wonít give a refund they should at least give their fans a blindfold. It hurts ones eyes to sit through a Bills game and watch this offense. Maybe it wasnít Kevin Gilbrideís fault after all, this still looks a lot like the anemic, unproductive, and un-watchable offense we saw in 2003.'

Marker Bledsoe-led Bills offense still sputtering [5:34 PM]
AP reports: 'How bad was it? Bills punter Brian Moorman's 24-yard completion on a fake punt accounted for more than a third of Buffalo's 61 yards net offense in the first half.'

Marker Buffalo tests even the most patient of fans [4:09 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The truly troubling thing here was the inability for a team that's emphasized running the ball since the day Mularkey arrived to carve out a single yard when it needed it most. Buffalo's renovated offensive line got absolutely no push and Travis Henry stumbled and came up short.'

Marker Buffalo Closer than Most Think [12:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Penalties are committed at crucial times in games, passes are dropped, and big plays are given up to the opposition.'

Marker Bills Team Report [12:51 PM]
The Sporting News reports: 'After allowing one sack in Week 1, the team allowed seven against the Raiders. Just like last season, when the Bills allowed an NFL-high 51 sacks, they are struggling to pick up blitzes and adjust to stunts. QB Drew Bledsoe is getting rid of the ball more quickly, but he still stands in the pocket too long.'

Marker Itís overtime for Bledsoe to be blamed [12:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, Buffalo is looking at only its second 0-4 start in the past 19 years. So much for this seasonís optimism.'

Marker Bills buckle under the pressure [9:05 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: '"What this game came down to is we didn't get the job done offensively," an obviously irritated Bledsoe said. "I didn't throw it well enough, we didn't block well enough, we didn't run well enough and didn't catch the ball well enough."'

Marker Bledsoe's the fall guy [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm frustrated, disappointed," receiver Eric Moulds said. "I don't think it feels like last year, but I think a lot of things we're doing are uncharacteristic of this team. Mistakes are just killing us."'

Marker Erratic Bledsoe not on target [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe threw balls behind receivers. Some of his tosses were too low to be caught. He short-hopped throws. He also was too high on a couple of passes.'

Marker Raiders turn up the pressure [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Going against their offensive line, we knew we were going to be able to get some pressure," Raiders cornerback Ray Buchanan said. "I'm not dogging them out, but we saw on film we were going to be able to get in there."'

Marker These reruns are painful to watch [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They're not a good team. They're a tease, a redundancy, a Sunday afternoon squandered. They are an indictment of their president and general manager, Tom Donahoe, who promised to fill his locker room with tough-minded winners and instead patched together a mentally soft squad that always seems to find a way to lose.'

Marker Rice's streak over at 274 [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It ended Sunday because of the tight coverage Vincent and Clements put on him. Vincent had the assignment most of the day and rendered Rice a nonfactor.'

Marker Going nowhere fast [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running game: F: It's hard to get a run game going when you can't sustain any drives. But not scoring on goal line 2 straight weeks is pathetic.'

Marker Monday Billboard [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's getting a little redundant, isn't it?'

Marker Bills' Bledsoe way off mark [7:23 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'As bad as the Bills played, replacing Bledsoe is not currently an option. The current backup is the well-traveled Shane Matthews. The quarterback of the future -- and possibly the near future -- is J.P. Losman, the first quarterback taken by the Bills in the first round since Hall of Famer Jim Kelly in 1983. Losman has the mobility Bledsoe lacks, a key factor for a Buffalo team which waived veteran guard Ruben Brown for salary-cap purposes and had free-agent guard Chris Villarial go down with an ankle injury Sunday.'

Marker Monday's Oakland Coverage [7:22 AM]
TwoBillsDrive.com reports:
Sack-happy 'D' bags Bills (Oakland Tribune)
Bills' Bledsoe way off mark (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders' running game slow to take hold (Oakland Tribune)
Wounded Rice leaves field empty (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders defense grabbing the attention (Oakland Tribune)
Moulds laments Rice's status (Oakland Tribune)
Raiders win at Rice's expense (Contra Costa Times)
Curry settling in as bona fide wide receiver (Contra Costa Times)
Rice vents, deals with streak's end (Contra Costa Times)
By the numbers (Contra Costa Times)
Goal-line stand paves the way (San Jose Mercury News)
Rice's frustration shows on no-catch day (San Jose Mercury News)
Rice's marathon catch streak comes to a stunning end (San Jose Mercury News)
Time capsule (San Jose Mercury News)
Receiver aims to make finding end zone a habit (San Jose Mercury News)
Raiders rewind (San Jose Mercury News)
Winning is good enough (San Francisco Chronicle)
A Raider defense that fit the Bill (San Francisco Chronicle)
Rice has to hold his tongue (San Francisco Chronicle)
Curry opens eyes with his receiving, running ability (San Francisco Chronicle)
Instant replay (San Francisco Chronicle)
Game grades (San Francisco Chronicle)
Raiders build great wall (Sacramento Bee)
Bills buckle under the pressure (Sacramento Bee)
Rice receives does of harsh reality (Sacramento Bee)
Passing game finally turns in Curry's favor (Sacramento Bee)
Raiders' D' saves the day (Vallejo Times-Herald)
Rice's streak of consecutive games with a catch ends at 274 (Vallejo Times-Herald)
Curry jumps out in Raiders' victory (Marin Independent Journal)
Raiders hang on (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Rice fumes as his streak ends (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Despite new coordinator, special teams aren't (Santa Rosa Press Democrat)
Raiders Sack Bills 13-10 (Raiders.com)
Photo Gallery (Raiders.com)

Marker Ransacked [5:04 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Another mistake-filled 13-10 loss, the same score the Bills fell to Jacksonville by in Week 1, the only difference being that instead of a dramatic last-play ending, this one was a slow but sure death.'

Marker Mularkey's fourth-down call was right [5:03 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But forget all that speculation. This is why it was the right call: Mularkey knew his offense wasn't going to have a better opportunity to score a touchdown. After watching Drew Bledsoe and his mates stumble around for two games, Mularkey knew he needed to take his shot right there.'

Marker 0-2 Bills lost in Raiders' 'Black Hole' [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Sadly for the Bills, it wasn't only young players who flunked this test, it was also veterans, led by (cue up the broken record) quarterback Drew Bledsoe. With seven sacks, an interception and too little too late, Bledsoe couldn't secure the road win he desperately needed to get the critics off his back.'

Marker 2-minute read [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unfortunately for members of the Bills defense, they don't have the luxury of ever failing. They have to play an almost perfect game to give this offensively challenged team a chance to win.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:00 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Quarterback: F.'

Marker Bills Muddle Through Another Close Loss [4:59 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Gregg Williams was fired because this club was not mentally tough, but after two games there's been absolutely no improvement in that area.'

Marker Bills Falls To 0-2 [4:58 AM]
RNews.com reports: 'Drew Bledsoe was sacked seven times, and Travis Henry was stopped short on a fourth and goal at the Raiders one yard line with the Bills trailing 10-3 early in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Bills Lose In Oakland 13-10 [4:57 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: Two games into the Mike Mularkey era and everything seems eerily familiar to the old Gregg Williams era. Stop me if you've heard this before: A pathetic performance by the offense and untimely penalties by the special teams was too much to overcome. Another valiant effort by the defense went to waste as the Bills fell to 0-2 with a 13-10 loss in Oakland.

Marker Two of Three Units Awful In Loss [4:56 AM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills struggled mightily offensively for a second straight week, actually maybe it is 16 straight weeks dating back to the third game of last season. The special teams made one big play but had three called back because of penalties. The defense single handedly, as a unit, kept the team in the game before they tired down the stretch. Here are our position by position grades:

Marker Defense Keeps Game Close [4:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We didn't shut down the big plays and we had too many penalties," Adams said. "Once we're able to solve these problems we'll be a better football team."'

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