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NEWS ARCHIVES - SEPTEMBER 27TH - OCTOBER 3RD, 2004 PREVIOUS WEEK

Pats Send Bills To 0-3

AP Photo - Terrence McGee Bills Need To Make Breaks: Eric Moulds knows the team made their own mistakes at crucial times and you can't do that against a good team like New England. Moulds talked about the communication problems he had with Drew Bledsoe. There were two plays one was his fault, one was Bledsoe's fault. Moulds says they have to get on the same page. The difference between the two teams is that the Bills don't make their own breaks. He said he has been 0-3 before and made the playoffs so it is not over. The 1998 Bills are the last team to make the playoffs in the league after an 0-3 start. They need to eliminate the mistakes and get better and do it quickly.

Tough Loss: Travis Henry called it a tough loss and the team has to look to finish games. He talked about his third and one plays saying he just slipped. On the fourth down play there was a miscommunication, he was trying to fake the run play that Drew Bledsoe was going to bootleg. He thought the team played great but the little things are killing them. He says it isn't over, there is a long season and if they can get a win on the road next week that is all they need to get going.

Mularkey Glum After Game: Mike Mularkey was down in his post game press conference saying that it is unacceptable all the mistakes and penalties at critical times calling it the same old things for first three games of the season. He took all the blame for it not getting straighten out but said the team will stay the course. He is disappointed but they have 13 games to get it straightened out. He was upset that things aren't going there way, citing the Travis Henry fall down on third and one. Mularkey says he believes in the guys and said things will turn and turn for the good.

Fourth Down Play To Be A Bootleg: The fateful fourth and three play that got blown up by Tedy Bruschi and resulted in a Patriots touchdown was going to be a fake handoff and a bootleg for Drew Bledsoe it would have been interesting to see if it would have worked.

Secondary Fails Bills: It was a game that saw everything, inbetween all the penalties were several big plays by both sides. Unfortunately for the Bills the Patriots made more of them and they came in the passing game that picked apart the Bills secondary especially Terrence McGee who was filling in for the injured Troy Vincent. There failing grade cost the Bills and overshadowed solid performances by the running game and the offensive line until the final minutes. Gameday Grades.

Bills Lose To Pats 31-17: It was a game filled of mistakes, turnovers, and stupid penalties for the Bills but they did manage to fight the World Champs until the last three minutes of the game where they made their most fatal mistake. A Tedy Bruschi sack and forced fumble that was returned 68 yards for a score by Richard Seymour gave the Patriots a 31-17 win against the Bills. This came on a fourth and three play in a wild game that saw many big plays on both sides including a 98 yard kickoff return by Terrence McGee, a 55 yard bomb to Lee Evans and a 41 yard touchdown pass to Eric Moulds. The Bills were unraveld by their miscues and big plays in the passing game by Tom Brady. Game Review.

Vincent Misses Most Of Game: It was one of those games where lots of players went down for the Bills. Figures it happens right after the bye week. Troy Vincent injured his right knee in the first quarter and was carted to the locker room from the sidelines. He was quickly ruled out for the rest of the game. Terrence McGee took his place and was picked on by Tom Brady most of the day. Jonas Jennings left the game in the third quarter after a helmet to helmet collision in which he was knocked out cold. He did not return. Trey Teague injured his left knee in the second quarter and did not return. He was replaced by Ross Tucker. Mark Campbell was shaken up in the first half but did return. Ryan Neufeld was hurt after he was overthrown on a pass and collided with the defensive back but did return. Terrence McGee was also shaken up on his final punt return. Injury Page.

Gameday Weather: It will be a picture perfect October day for football at Ralph Wilson Stadium today. There is no chance at precipitation as the game will be played under sunny skies with the high temperature of 62°. Winds will be out of the southwest at 12mph.


Saturday October 2, 2004

Villarial, Pucillo Ready: The Bills got a little healthier as both offensive lineman listed as questionable on the injury report should be ready to play Sunday and may be upgraded to probable. Chris Villarial practiced once again on Friday and should start on Sunday. Mike Pucillo returned to practice on Friday and also should be available. The Patriots added tackle Adrian Klemm to the injury report as questionable. He has a foot injury and did not practice on Friday. Injury Page.


Friday October 1, 2004

Bills Workout Linemen: The Bills spent part of Tuesday's off day working out 13 offensive linemen. One of them was former Florida Atlantic right tackle Ken Campos.

Villarial Should Play: Chris Villarial returned to practice yesterday and should play on Sunday. He's officially listed as questionable with an abdominal injury. Mike Pucillo did not practice and he's also listed as questionable with a back injury. He probably would have been inactive even if healthy especially if Villarial can go. Injury Report.


Thursday September 30, 2004

Game Soldout: As expected Sunday's game with the Patriots is officially a sellout. The blackout has been lifted for the 10th consecutive home game allowing the game to be seen in Buffalo and Rochester.

Book Fodder: All the talk this week surrounding Sunday's big rivarly matchup between the Bills and Patriots has been about a book. As we reported yesterday, a new book just released called Patriot Reign is a behind the scenes look at the Patriots. Author Michael Holley had unprecedent access in 2002 and part of 2003 to the inner workings of Bill Belichick and the team. In the book there are several mentions of the Bills especially Drew Bledsoe, Nate Clements, Lawyer Milloy and the offensive line. Belichick doesn't think highly of the line and says Bledsoe can be beat by the cover 5. He says Clements could be beat deep and Milloy was a selfish player, not much of a leader. Mike Mularkey reportedly was reading quotes from the book Monday to the players effected making it bulletin board fodder. Takeo Spikes says if you need the book for motivation you aren't any kind of player. Travis Henry says it is motivation for the whole team. We will find out on Sunday.


Wednesday September 29, 2004

Great Opportunity Ahead: Drew Bledsoe re-iterated to the media that the team needs to eliminate the mistakes and play more consistently. He said that has been addressed and playing the defending champions is a great opportunity to get things back on track. Bledsoe called the winning streak for the Patriots very impressive and his hat is off to them. He says the most impressive thing about the Patriots defense is that they bend but never give up the game breaking play. He called them a physical and very smart defense. He knows the offense will have to be precise in their execution to be successful.

Peters Working At Tackle: Practice squad tight end Jason Peters has changed his number and now appears to be working exclusively at tackle. Coach Mularkey confirmed that Peters has gotten some looks at tackle all year but now is working more with that group.

Mularkey Knows Adjustments Will Be Necessary: Mike Mularkey held his normal media day press conference today and said he did not read or thumb through the book just released in New England that seems to be the focus of the media this week. He said if the book will give the team extra incentive that is fine with him. It is up to each individual if the book will motivate him. On the Patriots, Mularkey says he has an idea of where Belichick will attack the Bills on offense and doesn't expect to be too surprised. The coach knows they will get something that they haven't prepared for from Belichick and he must be ready to adjust. On the Patriots winning streak, he said he's not emphasizing it, he's more concerned about the Bills own streak. He knows it is an important game because they need a win and it is a division game but he won't put more pressure on the team than there already is.

Pucillo, Villarial, Williams On Report: Mike Pucillo and Chris Villarial are on the injury report as questionable. Pucillo has a back injury and Villarial has an abdominal injury. Villarial only practiced on Monday this week, they will see how he is tomorrow before making any determination about him but coach Mularkey doesn't know how significant the injury is. Shaud Williams joins J.P. Losman and Lawyer Milloy as out for this game. Injury Report.

Belichick Has Motivation: Bill Belichick told the Western New York media that his team will be motivated for the game because of last year's season opening loss in Buffalo 31-0. He said his team will not dwell on their winning streak since the Bills will be a tough opponent. Belichick also declined to talk about a book that is out in New England in which Belichick talks about Drew Bledsoe has a player that has lost it. He said that book has comments that are two years old.

Losman Running: J.P. Losman actually did some running at half speed yesterday and sounded very optimistic about his recovery today. His went 100 yards, three times at half speed and simulated some passing drops at half speed. He said the bone is growing much faster than anticipated and the swelling is way down. Losman feels he can return as early as three weeks from now. Empire is reporting that he feels he can practice after the Jets game on October 10th. He is listed as out this week obviously along with Lawyer Milloy. Injury Report.

How Negative Are You: After a terrible 0-2 start, many Bills fans have a doomsday scenario surrounding the team. Bills Daily correspondent Tony Bogyo has been looked at by some readers of this site as a pessimist. Well, he has created a quiz to see where you stack up regarding your opinions about the 2004 Bills. Complete Story.


Tuesday September 28,2004

Three Healthy Players Miss Practice: The Bills had a full practice yesterday but were without Willis McGahee, Shane Matthews, and Troy Vincent. McGahee and Matthews couldn't get a flight in from Florida because of Hurricane Jeanne. Vincent was excused once again for personal reasons. He missed all of last week also. He is expected to rejoin the team today.

Losman May Return In 5 Weeks: As we reported yesterday, J.P. Losman is progressing ahead of schedule. His agent told AP that he believes his client will be back on the practice field in five weeks. He's aiming for a return on November 1st. He praised the Bills decision for Losman to have surgery to insert pins in his broken leg as aiding in the recovery time. In other injury news, Shaud Williams missed practice with the knee injury he suffered last week. Injury Page.

Bills Have Tough Test: The Bills have their toughest test of the young season so far when the Patriots come to town on Sunday. Both teams are coming off of byes and have had two weeks to get ready. The Patriots are looking for an NFL record tying 18th straight victory while the Bills are looking to salvage their season with a monumental upset. Game Preview.


Monday September 27, 2004

Bills Back To Work: The Bills went back to work today preparing for the Patriots. This will be a normal game week with one exception. Today normally would have been a film review day, thanks to the bye the team was able to get that out of the way last week and had a full practice today.

Losman Progressing: Tom Donahoe told the media that J.P. Losman is ahead of schedule in his recovery from his broken leg suffered in the preseason. He will have another MRI this week to see how much he has progressed. Injury Page.

Bills Move Up: The Bills were off yesterday but managed to move up a tick in the AFC East standings. The Dolphins lost in rain soaked Miami last night to the Steelers 13-3. The loss makes the Dolphins 0-3 and moves the Bills a 1/2 game ahead of Miami and out of the cellar. The Bills get back to work today after having the weekend off as preparations for the Patriots begin in earnest. The team had three practices last week to shore up some of the shortcomings on the team, specifically on offense.



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