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NEWS ARCHIVES - NOVEMBER 16TH - NOVEMBER 21ST, 2004 PREVIOUS WEEK

Bills Are Special In Blow Out Win

AP Photo - Drew Bledsoe Good Response To Deficit: Coach Mularkey called it a good response on coming back from 10-0 down after one quarter. He thought that response was bigger than the response was from last week's drubbing. He thought that was a point that they could have caved but called it a big credit to the team for not giving in. He called the three touchdowns to Mark Campbell big as being successful down in the red zone was key to the victory. He said Campbell has been good in that area all year. He thought Drew Bledsoe went through his progressions well and reinforces what he thinks of Bledsoe. He's a class person first and a competitor second. He said Campbell is the leader of a group that works real hard. He said his touchdowns were very good throws and very good catches, there were no gimmies in his scores. He said it is evident that the special teams players are buying into what Bobby April is teaching. He knew they would have to score some points to beat this team but the defense made a statement in the second half and that let them capitalize offensively. He is looking to see how the team responds on the road next week in Seattle. He called the team a confident one at home and something else opposing teams have to deal with besides the weather.

Very Impressive Total Team Win: The Bills put together the most complete effort of the season. The offense had a solid second quarter to erase an early deficit. The defense shut the high powered Rams attack in the second half. Special teams looked like the special teams of the heyday as they made a huge contribution in the complete victory. The grades are a polar opposite of last week's grades. Gameday Grades.

Bills Get Explosive Win: The Bills exploded for 37 points in the second and third quarters to overcome a 10-0 deficit and roll over the Rams 37-17 at the Ralph. Drew Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes to Mark Campbell. Special teams and the defense also came up big. Nate Clements returned a punt 86 yards for a score and Jonathan Smith had a 53 yard punt return to setup another as the special teams also recovered a fumble leading to 17 points to start the second half. The defense came to play in the second half as they got six sacks and three interceptions. Complete Story.

Thomas Hurt In Win: The Bills had three players come off the field in the win after getting banged up. Jeff Posey and Lawyer Milloy did return but Kevin Thomas did not. Josh Reed and Troy Vincent was inactive. Vincent told FOX that he will return in two weeks and will indeed play safety on his return. Rashad Baker started for Izell Reese who was inactive in the game. Baker played well in his first NFL start. Injury Page.

Losman No. 3: The Bills have named J.P. Losman the third string emergency QB again this week. Shane Matthews will be the backup to Drew Bledsoe. The team must feel like Losman isn't ready to play in a meaningful game as he continues his comeback from a broken leg.

Gameday Weather: The Bills are hoping that weather would be their friend in today's matchup against the Rams. A bad weather day has been the very good to the Bills in winning three straight at home. Today though it may not help them too much against a team that is used to the friendly confines of a dome stadium. The temperature will be downright balmy for late November as the gametime temperature will be about 50° with winds lighter than the past three home games. They will be out of the west at 12mph. It will be cloudy with a 20% chance of rain.


Saturday November 20, 2004

Wilson Semi Finalist: Ralph Wilson has made the cut, and is one of 25 people to be a semifinalist for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He is one of four men in the contributor category on the list. He was also a semi finalist last year. Show your support for Ralph, if you haven't done so already, by signing the online petition to get him in the hall. Sign Petition.


Friday November 19, 2004

Vincent, Reed Out: The Bills have declared Troy Vincent and Josh Reed out for Sunday's game against the Rams. Neither has practiced this week. Vincent will miss his seventh straight game and Reed his third straight. Injury Report.

Moulds Frustrated: Eric Moulds appears to be growing more frustrated with the ineptness of the offense the past two years. He told WGR radio that he will have to finish the season and then evaluate where he will go from there. He really has no options however as he is signed through 2006 but he does have a very high cap figure next season which may cause the Bills to try and re-negotiate.


Thursday November 18, 2004

Vincent, Reed Remain Out: Troy Vincent and Josh Reed remained out of practice today increasing the likelihood that they will not play on Sunday. Coy Wire practiced for the second straight day, he should be ready to go against the Rams. Injury Report.

Game A Sellout: The game against the Rams on Sunday is officially soldout and the blackout has been lifted for the 13th time in the last 14 home games.

Short Report: The Bills have a short injury report as only three players are on it. The Rams report is quiet lengthy with one player out, three questionable, and four listed as probable. For the Bills all three players may miss this week's game. As we reported yesterday, Coy Wire was the only injured player to practice but he is questionable along with Troy Vincent. Josh Reed is doubtful and will likely miss another game this week.


Wednesday November 17, 2004

Losman Done Thinking About Leg: He called his playing time against New England bittersweet, he was anxious to play but it didn't go as well as he hoped. He hopes to get more reps, which he did get on Wednesday, and he is hoping for another chance to play. The leg did not hurt at all in his limited action but he was thinking about it. The biggest thing he took out of the game is that he doesn't have to think about the leg at all since it wasn't even sore on Monday. He said he will sit and wait for his opportunity to play and when it does come he has to take advantage of it and not screw it up. Losman said Drew Bledsoe gave him words of encouragement after the game and congratulated him on his first game action.

Wire Practices: Coy Wire did practice today and he's listed at questionable. They want to see how he feels tomorrow. Troy Vincent did not practice and is also questionable. They will monitor him each day. Josh Reed did not practice and is doubtful to play against the Rams. Injury Page.

Baker To Start: Coach Mularkey told the media in his usual Wednesday press conference that Rashad Baker will start at free safety over Izell Reese. He also talked about the left guard position. He called Lawrence Smith and Ross Tucker high motor guys and it depends on the situation who will get playing time. He said Drew Bledsoe is trying harder every week and his approach has not changed. The Coach has not made his decision yet on who will be the number two quarterback. He will probably make that call on Saturday but said J.P. Losman continues to get more reps every week. He said he will play him in the right situation and they aren't out of it in their eyes. He doesn't know when that will be. Not being able to practice with his injury has been a setback but being around Bledsoe has been a huge asset for his development. He said a lot of players took the loss to New England personally and he is interested to see how he responds. Depth Chart.

Bledsoe Expects To Win: Drew Bledsoe said in his media day press conference that they will do everything they can to win to get the bad taste out of their mouths from last week's loss. He said they expect to win the game. He said the challenge he has is putting the loss behind him, he said he has and he's moving forward to prepare himself and the team to win. He said playing the world champs on the road and not playing well makes for in ugly loss. He said he doesn't have an answer for the way they play on the road. He admits to being extremely frustrated with the way the season has gone since the talent is so much better than the results. He said he talked to J.P. Losman after the game and said that the key to success at quarterback is overcoming adversity and being strong emotionally, mentally, and physically. His number one goal is to win, the other stuff, like fan criticism, is so secondary that it doesn't matter to him. He said he has to watch for the very fast Rams defense led by Leonard Little and Aeneas Williams.

Homefield Big This Week: The Bills are trying to forget about Sunday's drubbing by New England. They get a chance against a good team from the NFC when the Rams come to town this Sunday. The Bills and Rams have one thing in common, they are both much better at home than on the road. The Rams are a dome team that may find the November weather in Western New York not to their liking. That could give the Bills an edge. Complete Preview.


Tuesday November 16, 2004

Bills Add To Practice Squad: The Bills have filled the open spot on the practice squad. They have signed DL Uyi Osunde. He fills the opening left when Jason Peters was added to the active roster on Saturday. He was with the Browns in training camp after signing as an undrafted free agent from Connecticut.

Wilson For Hall: Ralph Wilson has constantly been passed over for induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame. He has all the credentials to get in. He saved the AFL by lending financial support to the Oakland Raiders to keep them afloat in the early days. This saved the AFL from folding and started it on the journey to merge with the NFL. So it can be said that Wilson's accomplishments made the NFL was it is today. He also has steadfastly refused to move the Bills to a larger market and kept them affordable for the declining Buffalo market. He is once again on the preliminary list to make the hall. Lend him support by signing in on-line petition. Sign Petition.

Angry Bills Fans: The latest debacle in New England is enough to get Bills fans angry and ready to start looking at the future. Even though the Bills won't count the playoffs out, everyone else has including the fans and media. Tony Bogyo does some venting on the latest horrific loss. Complete Story.



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