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NEWS ARCHIVES - DECEMBER 6TH - DECEMBER 12TH, 2004 PREVIOUS WEEK

Defense Dominates For 4th Straight Win

AP Photo - Willis McGahee Defense Looking For Consistency: The defensive players are very excited by their dominating effort but Takeo Spikes feels they can still get a lot better. They put together one of the best single game performances in NFL history. The 17 total yards given up is a club record. They gave up -2 yards before the final drive. The NFL record is -7 yards. Spikes said they need to play the rest of the way with the consistency they had today.

Vincent Looking To Excel: Troy Vincent feels he can excel in his new position of free safety and his first game seems to indicate that. He had the trifecta, a sack, fumble recovery, and interception but called his performance average. He feels he still has some adjusting to do but since he now can run he will be alright. The sack he got on the first defensive play was a new play put in for him this week. Vincent said if he was going to move positions they needed to put in plays for him and not let Lawyer Milloy get all the sacks. Milloy said Vincent will be a good compliment to his play. Depth Chart.

Defense Dominating: The offense didn't have to do too much to get 37 points because the Defense did it all on this day. They had an absolutely dominating performance only giving up a score after a Bills turnover. There performance left no doubt about who would win this game. They get straight A's in this one. Gameday Grades.

Bills Blowout Browns 37-7: The Bills scored 37 or more points for the fourth straight game as they won their fourth straight 37-7 over Cleveland. The defense was the real story holding the Browns to just 17 yards in total offense while forcing five turnovers and getting eight sacks. Willis McGahee ran for over 100 yards and scored two touchdowns to lead the offense. It gives the Bills their first four game winning streak since 2000 and they are now over .500 with a record of 7-6. They have won six of their last seven. Complete Story.

Vincent Starts At Safety: Troy Vincent did return as we previously reported and he ended up starting at free safety and made the most of his return. He had an interception, a fumble recovery and a sack. There were no other serious injuries in the game, Trey Teague was shaken up in the final minutes but appeared ok. Nate Clements got shaken up after his fumble recovery but was ok. Ross Tucker slid over to center and Dylan McFarland made his NFL debut at guard. Injury Report.

Williams Out; Vincent In: Tim Euhus and Mike Williams are not active for today's game but Troy Vincent is, he will play his first game in 10 weeks. He will not start but will see action on passing downs.

Typical December Weather: The weather will be what you would expect for Buffalo in December. It will be windy and cold with chance of snow. The gametime temperature will be 34° but the wind will out of the southwest at 23mph making it feel like 22°. This is the type of weather that the Bills used to get their first three wins. It should open up the ball control offense once again.

Clements Staying: Notre Dame informed Tom Clements yesterday that he is no longer a candidate for their head coaching vacancy. That means he will remain the offensive coordinator for the Bills and it lifts a potential distraction going into today's game with Cleveland. Patriots offensive coordinator Charlie Weis accepted the job late last night.


Saturday December 11, 2004

Another Homecoming Week: Like the last two road games in Seattle and Miami, this week's matchup with Cleveland will be special to a few Bills. This game will be played in the friendly confines of Ralph Wilson Stadium but some players will be facing their boyhood hometown and favorite team. London Fletcher, Drew Haddad, Lee Evans, and Nate Clements are all from the Cleveland area. Fletcher says he's still a big Browns fan and roots for them against everyone but Buffalo. These players will have a large number of relatives and friends from the Cleveland area in town for this one the question remains who will they be cheering for?

Mularkey Can't Escape The Cheeseburger: If one word was going to sum up the Bills winning streak it would be cheeseburgers. That is the miracle food that helped get the Bills back on track on the road when Coach Mularkey served them in Seattle and Miami on the suggestion of Eagles coach Andy Reid. It is also the food that the media and the coach were eating in the media room on Friday after area McDonald's bought the nearly 5,000 tickets that remained for this game and will give them to military families.

Coach Knows Division: Coach Mularkey says it may be a bit easier down the stretch since starting with this week's matchup the Bills play the AFC North in three of their last four games. Mularkey is very familiar with the personnel and coaching in that division and it makes his preparations easier. He does admit it all comes down to execution no matter how well you know your opponent. That was true in the other AFC North matchup, when the Bills lost in Baltimore earlier this year 20-6.


Friday December 10, 2004

Vincent Upgraded: Troy Vincent has been upgraded to probable and it appears he will make his return this week after missing nine straight game. No word on whether he will start at free safety, cornerback, or come off the bench in passing situations. Mike Williams will has been downgraded to questionable but he did practice today. Injury Report.

Game Soldout: The blackout has been lifted as the game Sunday is now officially sold out. The Bills got a day extension from the league and area McDonald's restaurants stepped up and bought the remaining tickets. Those tickets will be distributed to people serving in the military and the families of people serving abroad. The Niagara Falls Air Force Base will take care of distributing the tickets.


Thursday December 9, 2004

Jennings, Vincent Practice: Jonas Jennings and Troy Vincent both practiced today increasing the likelihood that they both will play on Sunday. Mike Williams and Tim Euhus did not practice although Williams took part in some individual drills. Euhus will not play Sunday, and is season may be over. Williams is listed as probable for the game. Injury Report.

Blackout Deadline Extended: The NFL gave the Bills a 24 hour extension to get the game sold out in order to lift the TV blackout. If the game isn't sold out by 1pm tomorrow it will not be on television in Western New York. There are just under 5,000 tickets remaining.

Clements, Irish Hook Up Tonight: As we reported yesterday, Tom Clements will meet with Notre Dame officials today about their head coaching vacancy. Clements will actually meet with them tonight so it won't interfere with preparations for Sunday's game with Cleveland. For an offensive coordinator Friday is not a busy day because the game plan has already been installed.


Wednesday December 8, 2004

McCown Gets Starts: The Browns announced today that rookie QB Luke McCown will get his second straight start Sunday against the Bills. He threw for 277 yards and two touchdowns in his debut last week against New England. Their other two QBs are banged up.

Injury Report Long: As we reported earlier Mark Campbell has been placed on injured reserve with a right knee injury ending his season. It is an ACL injury and he has not had surgery yet and is still being evaluated. Mike Williams and Jonas Jennings are probable but did not practice today. Troy Vincent remains questionable but will be a gametime decision again this week. Travis Henry is out. Tim Euhus is doubtful with a knee injury and he is still being evaluated. Injury Report.

Bills Thin At Tight End: The Bills have moved Jason Peters back to tight end because of the injuries at the position. He will split time with newly signed Rod Trafford backing up Ryan Neufeld who will start with the injuries to Mark Campbell and Tim Euhus. The coaches are putting in extra work to get through the injury situation at the position. They say they have enough personnel groupings and schemes to get through it. They are impressed with the play of Neufeld last week. He says Neufeld is versatile and a good athlete who can move. He will be moved off of some special teams units since he will be starting. He said the Browns have some good blue collar type players. He says the team will try to redeem the little bit of a letdown they had last week. He says you can't rest on your success or you will lose.

A Lot Of Things Lead To Success: Mike Mularkey spoke about how disruptive Sam Adams and Pat Williams have been inside during his media day press conference. They disrupt an offense and work well together. He said the players and fans are excited about being home after two weeks on the road. He can't imagine that it won't be a good feeling coming out of the tunnel and he hopes for sellout. There are about 4,000 tickets remaining. The winning ways have come thanks to many reasons including capitalizing on turnovers and the plays being made by the offense in the red zone and with the no huddle. He called Lee Evans a threat and a game breaker. He says he may know the Browns better since he came from the AFC North but it is a matter of executing on Sunday, which is what they need to do.

Bledsoe Proud Of Team's Surge: Drew Bledsoe spoke about the revival of the team, saying he is proud with how the team responded after the low point of the season, the loss in New England. He feels the club will address the loss of Mark Campbell He expects one guy to step in, like Marcus Price does at tackle. He called the team fortunate for not having too many injuries to deal with. On the subject of Eric Moulds, he says he's had a great year and is the playmaker on the offense. He needs to get the ball in his hands more often but that teams are not letting that happen. That has opened things up for Lee Evans. He called Moulds his guy and he will give him every opportunity to make a play. There have been grumblings that Moulds is not happy with his role on the team. On offensive coordinator Tom Clements, he called him a tireless worker that puts them in position to win games. One play Clements developed was the touchdown pass to Tim Euhus against Miami. Bledsoe feels the offensive line is becoming a dominant group because they have worked together for a while. He called this week's game against the Browns as a dangerous game because the players are playing for their jobs. The team will need to play well to win the game. He says his plan is to finish his career in Buffalo but doesn't know how long that will be, but he does expect to play next year.

Campbell On IR: The Bills have placed TE Mark Campbell on injured reserve ending his season. Campbell hurt his knee in the first quarter of the Jets game. They have signed TE Rodney Trafford to replace him. Trafford was on the team in training camp but waived on September 5th after spending most of last year on the practice squad. He was with the Eagles practice squad part of this year.

Kelly For Congress? There is a story in the Syracuse paper that the Republicans may be trying to recruit Jim Kelly to run for congress in two years. The speculation has been fueled by recent political appearances by Kelly with Governor George Pataki. Kelly was also rumored to being recruited to run for the assembly this year but that never materialized.

Clements Meet: Offensive Coordinator Tom Clements will meet with Notre Dame officials about their head coaching vacancy tomorrow. The Bills said yesterday that the school has not contacted him. His agent told The New York Times that they will meet. Joe Montana and former Notre Dame Coach Ara Parseghian as well as Iowa Coach Kirk Ferentz who turned down the job have recommended him. Clements once seemed like a long shot but after a rash of people turning down the opportunity, the college's choices are dwindling. They would prefer someone with previous head coaching experience which Clements does not have. If he does get the job he would likely leave the Bills before the end of the season causing a big blow to the resurgent unit.

Bills Need To Avoid Trap: This week's game is similar to last week's game. The Bills are playing an opponent that they should dominate but they must avoid the trap. They can't get caught looking ahead to next week's matchup with Cincinnati. Coach Mularkey has stressed the desire to go 1-0 each week. They have bought into it, now they must prove it on the field and if they can they should win convincingly. Complete Preview.


Tuesday December 7, 2004

McGee Honored: Terrence McGee has been named AFC Special Teams Player Of The Week for the second time in six weeks. It is the fourth time a Bills has received the award this year. Brian Moorman has also won it once for special teams and Lawyer Milloy has won it for defense. McGee returned the opening kickoff a club record 104 yards for a score against Miami.

Clements Not Contacted: The Bills issued a statement today that offensive coordinator Tom Clements hasn't been contacted by Notre Dame about their head coaching position. He has expressed interest in the position when it has become vacant in the past and it said he's interested again. He played for Notre Dame and was a QB coach there also. A report in the Chicago Tribune said he would be a good candidate for the position.

Bills Nation Grows: Bills Nation and the Bills Daily family has grown by two. Correspondent Tony Bogyo and his wife Liz welcomed twins to the world yesterday. Andrew Soren Bogyo was born at exactly noon and was followed two minutes later by his sister Allison. Mom and the babies are doing fine!

Many Tidbits From Victory: The Bills win over the Dolphins was filled with tidbits and record setting situations. The 35 points scored in the first quarter was a new club record. The opening kickoff return for a score was the longest in club history and the first ever on the first play of the game. The five punt/kickoff returns for touchdowns this year ties an NFL record. There are many more also and they are all on the right side of our gameday homepage. If you haven't checked it out yet, take a look. Gameday Homepage.



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