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Bills Falter In Baltimore

AP Photo - Baltimore Ravens Bledsoe Dejected: Drew Bledsoe was obviously dejected in his post game interview. He "thanked" a reported for asking if he should be benched for J.P. Losman once he's healthy. Bledsoe "apologized" to fans who want him out, since he will remain as the quarterback of the team. He said he knows the stat line doesn't look good in this game but three of the four picks were on tipped balls. On the 93 yard interception return that wrapped up the game, he said he threw it to Lee Evans because he fully anticipated getting a pass interference call. He called it an unbelievably bad non call by the officials. Other mistakes, he said he forced balls because they really needed a big play. He said he will do what he cans to right the ship, he knows the team has to play better in all phases offensively.

Team Needs To Start Better: Mike Mularkey spoke about the loss after the game and said that they have to start games as well as they finish them. He said he's going to do his best to get them to start better. He felt the offense moved the ball better in the second half and they can't claw there way out every week. He said they made too many mistakes in the red zone. He felt the difference is that the Ravens made the plays and the Bills didn't. He felt a couple of the turnovers were tipped balls and one was a bad pass in the end zone to Sanders.

McGahee Provides Spark: Mike Mularkey said he used Willis McGahee as a spark and he did get the job done. He would not make a decision on who is his feature back would be going forward at this point. For the first time however, he did not say that Travis Henry is the number one back which may make a change imminent.

Spikes Frustrated: Takeo Spikes said he's frustrated with the loss especially since they had a good scheme going in. He admitted the margin for error on defense is very slim alluding to the way the offense has been playing. He said the bottom line is that they are a 1-5 team and they aren't doing the things they need to in order to get better.

No New Injuries: The Bills appeared to get out of Baltimore with no new injuries. Marcus Price got shaken up in the second quarter but did return. He was playing for Jonas Jennings who was a surprise inactive with his ankle injury. Travis Henry did start but didn't play too much as he appeared to be slowed by his foot injury a bit. Lawyer Milloy made his anticipated return to the lineup. Injury Page.

Offense Gave Game Away: It was a tale of two units once again for the Bills. The defense was stellar, especially in the second half when they completely shut down the Ravens offense. The problem was, the Bills offense were giving points to Baltimore on an interception return for a score and taking points off of the Bills board with turnovers in the red zone. It was an ugly offensive performance. Gameday Grades.

Bills Lose: Drew Bledsoe through four interceptions and fumbled the ball away once as the Bills went down to defeat in Baltimore 20-6. Deion Sanders returned an interception for a touchdown and a touchdown run by Sams in the first half gave the Ravens a 17-3 halftime lead. The Bills defense held them to 13 yards in the second half but it wasn't enough for the bumbling offense to overcome. Complete Story.

Gameday Weather: For the game today in Baltimore the forecast calls for scattered showers and a high temperature of 56° with light winds out of the east north east at 7 mph.

Saturday October 23, 2004

Reed To Be Honored: Andre Reed will become the latest former Bills to be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. He will be inducted in a ceremony on Oct. 27th with the other 10 members of the class. He is the only former Bills to go in this year and will become the 20th ex-Bill to go in.

Friday October 22, 2004

Teague Downgraded: The Bills have downgraded Trey Teague, he is now officially out of Sunday's game against the Ravens. Lawyer Milloy and Travis Henry appear ready to start after participating fully in practice all week. Jonas Jennings may end up being a gametime decision as he has been limited a bit in practice as he tries to recover from a sprained ankle. He said earlier in the week he does expect to play. Injury Report.

HOF Possibilities: The preliminary list of hall of fame nominees is out and eight people with ties to the Bills are on it. Former players nominated are Steve Tasker, Kent Hull, Darryl Talley, Fred Smerlas, Chris Spielman, and Haven Moses. Owner Ralph Wilson is also on the list along with former coach Chuck Knox. They are 89 people on the preliminary list that will get pared down a few times before the class of 2005 is announced the day before the Super Bowl.

Thursday October 21, 2004

Henry Expects To Start: Travis Henry practiced fully for a second straight day today and said he expects to start on Sunday. Lawyer Milloy also practiced fully and will start as well against Baltimore as we reported yesterday. Injury Report.

Gray Gets Extension: The Bills announced this afternoon that defensive coordinator Jerry Gray has been given a contract extension. No word on how many years or for how much the extension is. This was the final year of his contract.

Euhus Moves Up: The Bills have moved Tim Euhus ahead of Ryan Neufeld for the number two spot at tight end. Euhus has shown some good pass catching ability and some decent blocking as well. Depth Chart.

Adams Number One: The Sam Adams issue seems to have been put to bed by the player and the coaches as we reported yesterday. The proof of that was that Adams was back practicing with the first unit yesterday. He looks primed for a big game to prove to the Ravens that they should have re-signed him two years ago. He will be looking to prove them wrong and looking to prove to the Bills coaches that he should be better utilized.

The Great Bills Debate: After getting their first win, Tony Bogyo takes a look at the great debate. Are the Bills a good team or a bad team. He looks at both sides. Read the article and then tell us what you think by taking our poll on the homepage. Complete Story.

Wednesday October 20, 2004

Adams Says Dispute Is In-House: Sam Adams spoke to the media today for the first time since being pulled from the game on Sunday. He called the dispute an in house thing and he will not air the dispute in the media. He said the argument had nothing to do with wanting to play more or his performance. He said he has no problems sitting down if someone will play better than him but that wasn't the case. He said he's been ready to face his former team since they put the Ravens on the schedule. He seemed fired up in the media session for this week's game saying he doesn't like their offensive line and has never liked them, he called them his enemy right now. He said he's happy to be in Buffalo, he loves the city, and he's going down to Baltimore to get a victory.

Milloy Should Play: Lawyer Milloy should make his season debut on Sunday, he practiced fully today and coach Mularkey anticipates him playing this week. Travis Henry also practiced today but still had a bit of a limp. Both players are listed as questionable for this week's game. Jonas Jennings will be back in the starting lineup as he is probable with his sprained ankle. J.P. Losman and Troy Vincent are listed as out on the injury report this week and Trey Teague is doubtful. He did not practice and will likely be out again this week. Injury Report.

Team Will Not Take Taylor Lightly: Coach Mularkey said Jamal Lewis being out this week is a factor but Chester Taylor has made plays and the team will not take him lightly. He also knows that the Ravens run offensive scheme is very good. The defense of the Ravens was described as a veteran group that has a lot of confidence. One thing the Ravens do very well on defense is shedding blocks. They use leverage and do a good job of getting off of people that frees up Ray Lewis and makes him very dangerous.

Moorman Spreads Credit: Brian Moorman called it an honor to be named the special teams player of the week. He feels the offense and defense should have been honored because they kept him from punting too often in that game. He also praised the great job the coverage units did in getting the award. He was shocked to get it this week in particular since he only had three punts.

Team Needs Complete Efficiency: Drew Bledsoe addressed the media today and spoke about how his job was made much easier by the improved play of the offensive line last week. If that continues he will be able to continue to be more efficient. He said he hopes to be able to use play action more effectively like they did last week. He feels he can continue to make one person miss in the backfield, the problem arises when there are several defenders rushing the passer. The next step is to execute well for four straight quarters that would make them hard to stop even against a good defense. He called this week's challenge very similar to last week because of the sound defensive philosophy of the Ravens. He acknowledged the need to improve the running game in the red zone to win more games. Bledsoe credited the professionalism of both Travis Henry and Willis McGahee despite knowing both guys want the ball all the time.

Tickets Remain For Cards Game: The Bills announced today that 8,000 tickets remain for the next home game against the Cardinals on Halloween day at Ralph Wilson Stadium. This puts the sellout streak of 11 games in jeopardy. In the release by the team, Tom Donahoe gave his plea to the fans to sellout the building and give them the home field advantage that helped them beat the Dolphins.

Moorman Honored: Brian Moorman was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance against the Dolphins. Moorman punted three times for a 53 yard average including a 47 yard punt into the wind. It is his first such honor in his career.

Tough Road Matchup Ahead: The Bills fresh off their first win of the season hit the road for a tough defensive minded matchup with the 3-2 Baltimore Ravens. The Bills catch a break as the Ravens will be without RB Jamal Lewis who is serving a league suspension. The Bills will have to play a mistake free game on offense to get enough points to win against a solid defense. The Ravens offense is struggling as well but their may be little room for error from the Bills defense in what promises to be a low scoring affair. Game Preview.

Tuesday October 19, 2004

Adams Frustrated: The agent for Sam Adams admitted to AP that his client is frustrated with the defensive scheme and all Adams wants to do is win. As we reported yesterday, Coach Mularkey yesterday called Adams' tantrum just a heat of the battle thing. One report says Adams told teammates after the game on Sunday he will never play for Jerry Gray again. Coach Mularkey denied that. Adams has been outspoken recently on the defensive scheme saying in Bills Digest that the team would have 50 to 60 sacks if the defensive line was able to rush the passer more. He isn't happy with the scheme that has him bottling up the middle of the line and even dropping back in pass coverage at times. What do you think the Bills should do with the Adams situation? Take our poll on the homepage.

Monday October 18, 2004

Bills Add One: The Bills have filled their open practice squad spot by adding wide receiver George Wilson to the squad. He was recently released from the Lions practice squad after signing with them as an undrafted free agent after the draft. He replaces Drew Haddad who was placed on the active roster last week.

Players Given Day Off: All it took was one win and the players were rewarded with a day off today. They normally have a light workout and look at films on Mondays. They will be off again tomorrow and begin preparing for the Ravens on Wednesday.

Henry Still No. 1 Coach Mularkey addressed the media today and tried to nip the running back controversy in the bud. He said Travis Henry is still the number one running back on the club. He did say Willis McGahee will get more playing time as we go on like he did yesterday. They will not alter the plan they came into the season with but because of personnel groupings McGahee will get more reps. McGahee would have had more reps this week even if Henry wasn't hurt. He is sticking with Henry because he's been productive and it doesn't make sense to make a change because he missed a game with an injury.

Mularkey On Adams: Coach Mularkey spoke about the Sam Adams situation in his Monday media briefing. He chalked up Adams reaction to the heat of the battle, if there is any disciplinary action, that would be kept in house Mularkey said. As we reported earlier, Adams refused to leave the game when he was being pulled and had an animated discussion with Jerry Gray and Tim Krumrie and then threw his helmet in disgust.

Programming Note: Injured tackle Jonas Jennings is scheduled to be a guest on Pro Football Central's streamed radio show tonight at 6pm.

Adams Unhappy: There may be some trouble in an otherwise happy Monday at One Bills Drive. As we reported yesterday, Sam Adams was benched in favor of Ron Edwards who had two sacks in the win. Adams was part of the problem that allowed Sammy Morris to rumble for 81 yards in the first half. Edwards came in and with the help of an extra defender in the box shut down the Miami running attack. Adams was upset after the benching and got into a heated exchange with Jerry Gray and Tim Krumrie. Two injured starters, Lawyer Milloy and Jonas Jennings tried to calm the big man down. The Buffalo news reports that the team tried to take Adams out earlier but he refused to come off the field. We will have to wait and see if any more comes from this story.

Wilson Happy: After the game, Ralph Wilson was talking to reporters and said this week he likes smashmouth football as he was gripping the game ball handed to him by Drew Bledsoe. He admitted to being frustrated last week when he made his comments about not liking the power running game that they were running. He re-iterated that he is firmly behind Coach Mularkey and called him a class act.

Win Was Long Time Coming: Drew Bledsoe called the win a long time coming. He praised Mike Mularkey for being tremendous during the tough start and staying the course. The final game killing drive went exactly as it should the quarterback said. He said the wind was a factor especially on the first pass that was too far for Lee Evans. He says it makes it tough but it is an advantage for them. The shuttle pass to Willis McGahee on fourth down came from Shane Matthews who showed Bledsoe a cool way of throwing it underhanded. Bledsoe felt McGahee had a tremendous game running the ball and it pass protection. He said his hats were off to the offensive line that gave him a lot of time to throw especially with two backups in there.

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