Offense Stumbles Again: Another week, another pathetic offensive performance. The special teams bungled almost as much as the offense and as usual it was up to the defense to keep the Bills in this game even though they never should have been in it. Our gameday grades will reflect how two of the three units were awful. Gameday Grades.
Bills Lose In Oakland 13-10: It was the same old story for the Bills. The Defense put up a valant effort while the offense bumbled and bungled every scoring opportunity away until a hail mary and tipped catch for an Eric Moulds touchdown with 1:20 to play, gave the game an identical final to last week, 13-10. The Big play of the game was a Raider stop of Travis Henry on the goal line on a fourth down run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Drew Bledsoe was sacked six times and threw one interception. The defense shutdown the Raiders much of the day but gave up a field goal late that turned out to be the difference in the game. Game Review.
Villarial Hurt: Chris Villarial was injured in the loss to Oakland. He was helped off the field in the third quarter with a lower leg injury. He walked off very gingerly. The official word was a leg contusion. He was replaced by Ross Tucker. Izell Reese was shaken late in the game and was in and out after that. Drew Bledsoe was hit hard in the head on one play and laid on the ground for about a minute before popping up. He did not miss any plays. Injury Page.
Rice Streak Ends: The defense did shutdown the greatest wide reciever of all time. Jerry Rice went without a catch and that ended a streak of 274 straight games with a reception that dates back to 1985.
Gameday Weather: The weather for today's game is what you would expect from Northern California in September. It will be partly cloudy with a 20% chance of showers and the game time temperature of around 62°. It could be windy with winds expected out of the west at 19 mph.
Saturday September 18, 2004
Game Not Soldout: For all the talk about playing in big, bad, Oakland in the "Black Hole" they don't even sellout most games. This game is no exception, it is their season opener and it is blacked out in Oakland because there are still seats available. Still, the fans that are there are expected to be rowdy and it will be interesting to see how Mike Mularkey handles his first road game and how Drew Bledsoe handles his first ever trip to Oakland in his 11 year career. The Bills have not been to Oakland since 1977.
Williams Added: The Raiders have added starting TE Roland Williams to the injury report as questionable with a bothersome knee. He did practice on Friday and is expected to play along with DE DeLawrence Grant and RB Justin Fargas who are also on the report. The Bills have made no changes to their report this week to the league. Injury Report.
Friday September 17, 2004
Milloy To Miss Patriots Game: Lawyer Milloy told the Associated Press that he will not return in time to face his former team after the bye. His broken forearm is now out of a cast and he is improving but he admitted he won't be ready for the Patriots game on Oct. 3rd. Injury Page.
Thursday September 16, 2004
Henry, Williams Held Out: Travis Henry and Mike Williams were held out of practice on Wednesday but aren't on the injury report. They both are expected to play Sunday. Henry is recovering from leg cramps and Williams re-injured his arch on Sunday but played through it. Eric Moulds had his hand wrapped in yesterday's workout, he said it was stepped on during the first quarter of the Jacksonville game and that contributed to his fumble. Injury Page.
Wednesday September 15, 2004
Evans To Play More: Coach Mularkey said in his media day press conference that Lee Evans a bit more this week as they want him to get some experience. The team will practice with extra noise tomorrow in preparation for the road game in Oakland. He said he has confidence in Rian Lindell and that he didn't try the 51 yard field goal in the fourth quarter because of the way the defense was playing.
Two Players On Report: Lawyer Milloy and J.P. Losman are the lone Bills on the injury report and as expected both are listed as out. Milloy is hopeful to return shortly after the bye and Losman is out at least until midseason. Injury Report.
Battle Of Toughness: This week's game faces two teams that both came off heartbreaking losses on opening day. The Bills loss has been well documented here, the Raiders loss was on a field goal in the final seconds. It will come down to which team has the mental toughness to overcome their devastating loss. This is an extremely important game for the Bills who don't want to go into their bye at 0-2 with the World Champs waiting on the other side. Game Preview.
Tuesday September 14, 2004
Loss Proves Some Points: Tony Bogyo got some e-mail after his preseason article saying he is too negative but the devastating loss to the Jaguars proves some of his points. Tony is back with a new article recapping the loss to the Jaguars, he does point out the few positives in the game as well as many negative points. Complete Story.
Henry's Leg Wrapped: Travis Henry said that he will be fine to play on Sunday against Oakland. He had his leg wrapped in practice yesterday as he was experiencing soreness in the leg that cramped up during the game on Sunday. Injury Page.
Team Upbeat: A day after the tough loss, the team appeared upbeat in practice yesterday. They know they have to put the loss behind them and start looking ahead to Sunday's matchup with Oakland. The players are off today but begin those preparations in earnest tomorrow.
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