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Bills Tailspan Spins Out Of Control

AP Photo - Willis McGahee Moulds Felt Good To Return: Eric Moulds said it felt good to get on the field and he just wanted to get out there and play. When he missed last week it made him realize how much he loves the game and wanted to come out and play hard. He doesn't like to say he played well when they lost because the most important thing is to win and they didn't in this game. He was glad to play hard for the fans that have been behind him for 10 years and that means a lot to him.

Team Not Mentally Tough: Lawyer Milloy admitted the team isn't mentally tough and teams know when they make a play on the Bills they will fold defensively, that is why they have lost leads and collapsed late in the game. Part of the problem is poor third down defense. The story all year defensively is that they have not been able to get a stop when they need it.

Bills Need To Play Smarter: Kelly Holcomb was frustrated by the way the team was not playing smart. Every time they got in the red zone they would beat themselves with a penalty or doing something else not smart. The effort is there according to the quarterback but the focus isn't. It is hard enough to beat the opponent let alone doing it when they are doing stupid things. On Eric Moulds, he said he just makes plays and he did tonight. Some years things just don't go your way and this is one of those years.

Team Missing Opportunities: Coach Mularkey called it a frustrating game. They got off to a good start but didn't give themselves a chance to win because of undisciplined play at times. They can't afford to do that and the inconsistent play sounds like a broken record. They aren't coming up with the plays when they have a chance to make them and the coach can't figure out why that is happening. The tipped ball that went for a Broncos touchdown took the wind out of their sails a bit. He thought the replay booth should have looked at it but since it was within the two minute warning he couldn't challenge it. That play mirrors the story of the season, missed opportunities. They came down with the ball and the Bills didn't. He thought Kelly Holcomb threw the ball well. The run game isn't as efficient as it should be but some of the problem in this game was that Willis McGahee couldn't get into a good groove because he was in and out with bumps and bruises. He didn't feel the team quit fighting, the Broncos just made some big plays and the Bills didn't.

2nd Half Struggles Continue: The Bills played well for most of the first half but had their usual second half collapse. The defense wore down while the offense didn't move the ball. The 2nd half performance brought the grades way down. Gameday Grades

Bills Lose Again 28-17: It was another typical Bills loss. Willis McGahee scored on a one yard touchdown run to give the Bills an early lead. The Broncos then went on to score touchdowns on four straight possessions as the Bills collapsed again in a 28-17 loss to the Broncos. Denver dominated from the mid second quarter on and only a meaningless Joe Burns touchdown kept the final from being worse. Complete Review

Four Banged Up: Ryan Neufeld was forced to leave the game early after hurting his knee. That was the most serious injury in the game. Justin Bannan and Willis McGahee missed some plays after getting banged up but they both returned. McGahee has a sore shoulder. Shaud Williams left the game late with an undisclosed injury. He did not return but could have if it was earlier in the game. Injury Page

Saturday December 17, 2005

Losman #3: J.P. Losman has been designated the emergency third string quarterback. Shane Matthews will backup Kelly Holcomb. The other inactive players include: George Wilson, Liam Ezekiel, Lionel Gates, Mike Williams and Rashad Baker.

A Snowy Night In Buffalo: What weather would you expect from a Saturday night game in December in Western New York? This game's weather could mirror last week's except it will be colder. 2"-4" of snow is expected this afternoon and another 1"-2" is expected during the game. Chance of the white stuff is 50%. Winds will die down out of the WSW to 10-20mph. Game time temperature wil be around 26° but it will feel like 15° with the wind chill factor.

Losman May Be #2: Coach Mularkey said it will be a game time decision whether or not J.P. Losman serves as the backup quarterback or not. He did do some throwing in practice on Thursday night. Mike Williams will likely remain out this week as he did not practice. There was hope he would hit the field on Thursday but he did not. Injury Report

Friday December 16, 2005

Bills Add McFarland: The Bills have placed Lauvale Sape on injured reserve ending his season. He injured his ankle last week and was doubtful for this week's game. His spot on the roster was taken by OT Dylan McFarland. The 2004 seventh round pick was on the practice squad. Front Office Page

Game Sold Out: The Bills completed one sweep this year. Saturday's game is officialy sold out. That makes all eight home games sold out in time to lift the TV blackout in Western New York. That is just the fourth time that has happened since the rule was initiated in 1973.

Thursday December 15, 2005

Williams Hopeful: Mike Williams is hopeful that he will be able to return to practice tonight. He has been out a couple of weeks with a chest injury. Lauvale Sape remains out with an ankle injury suffered against New England. It is unlikely he will practice tonight or play on Sunday. Injury Report

Practice Squad Move: The Bills made a move on their practice squad. They have released DE Constantin Ritzmann and added DT LaWaylon Brown. Ritzmann was an undrafted free agent who made the team last year but spent this year on the practice squad. Brown was a free agent signing in April, he was released in camp. He spent part of last year on the Vikings practice squad.

Practice Is At Night: Like they did when they played in primetime against the Patriots, the Bills have scheduled a night practice. They work under the lights tonight in preparation for Saturday's night game against Denver. It will be only the second Saturday night game for the Bills since the AFL-NFL merger. The team hopes J.P. Losman will be able to throw today so he can serve as the backup against the Broncos.

Wednesday December 14, 2005

Holcomb Looks To Get Offense Moving: Kelly Holcomb said he's looking forward to getting the start in a prime time game when it is the only game on. He feels everyone is looking forward to it, they need to get things going offensively and get into a groove and play consistently. He said he's fully over his concussion and is ready to go but will likely wear a mouthpiece for the first time in his career. He hopes the young guys look at it like he does, it is a business and they have three games left, they need to go out and be professional and do a good job when everyone in the league is watching.

Losman May Throw Tomorrow: Coach Mularkey is holding out hope that J.P. Losman will be healthy enough to be the backup quarterback on Saturday night. He said Losman is going to try and throw tomorrow in practice. If he can, he will most likely serve as the number two guy. If he can't, Shane Matthews will end up backing up Kelly Holcomb.

Holcomb To Start: Coach Mularkey announced today that Kelly Holcomb will start at quarterback when the Bills play the Broncos on Saturday night. J.P. Losman could not practice once again today as he is bothered by a sore throwing shoulder and a leg problem. MRI results on the injured shoulder were negative.

Bills Playing Out The String: The Bills are playing out the string with their home finale on a rare Saturday Night event at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The team will try to prove to the fans that they haven't quit but may be without their starting quarterback. That may not necessarily be a bad thing. Complete Preview

Tuesday December 13, 2005

QB Decision May Come Down Tomorrow: Coach Mularkey addressed the media and said the injury to J.P. Losman puts them a little bit behind. They will see how he progresses before making a decision on who will play Saturday. The decision will be based on how the MRI comes out and may be made tomorrow. The fact that he doesn't have a lot of experience means every rep counts. The more reps he misses the harder it would be for him to play. He is also suffering from other bumps and bruises. The coaching staff is highly motivated in their preparation for this game they want to build towards next year and prove some things to themselves. He told the players that it is ok to be ticked off at their situation and play like it. They need to play good football and they are very capable of doing that because they have at times this year. He thought Josh Reed's touchdown sent a statement that the team didn't give up. The team was excited about the score even though they knew the game was over.

Losman Misses Practice: J.P. Losman didn't take part in individual drills today. He is listed as questionable on the injury report with a shoulder injury suffered against New England. He hurt it early in the game on a hit but didn't really feel it until the next morning. He will have an MRI to look at the extent of the injury. Mike Williams also did not practice today and is also listed as questionable. The only other player on the injury report is Lauvale Sape. He is doubtful with an ankle injury. The team practiced today and had yesterday off as they prepare for a Saturday night game this week. Injury Report

Suspension A Dead Issue: Eric Moulds returned to practice today and said it feels good to get back on the field and it makes him feel like a rookie again. He watched the Patriots debacle at home and knew he could help but it was frustrating that he wasn't out there. He called the suspension a dead issue right now and he doesn't want to go backwards to discuss it. It has crossed his mind that this may be his last three games as a Bill. He would like to finish the career where he started but he knows that isn't usually possible in the era of the salary cap. He will wait and see what happens in the off season. He characterized his relationship with Coach Mularkey as a good one. His teammates accepted him back and he feels ready to move on. Being suspended is a low point for any player and he knows it put a lot more pressure on his teammates, who was concerned about him. He feels Coach Mularkey appreciates the fact that he is a honest, straight forward guy. On J.P. Losman, he said he spent a lot of time with him in the off season and thinks he's a great guy who will only get better.

Moulds Happy To Return: Eric Moulds said his return to the practice field today will be one of the best days of his life. He said all he ever wants to do is win and the suspension has made him appreciate the game more. Mike Mularkey told fans on Monday, while answering questions on the team's website, that he had a great talk with Moulds on Monday. The team had yesterday off instead of today. They hit the practice field today in preparation for Saturday night's game against the Broncos.

It's Tiring Being A Bills Fan: Bills fans everywhere are past frustrated with this season. They are angry and downright tired of following this team this year. Tony Bogyo gives his 75 reasons why he is tired of this team. Complete Story

Monday December 12 2005

Losman Knows He Had A Bad Game: J.P. Losman addressed the media after the loss to New England. He felt the way they were able to stop the run hurt the passing game. He said he learned a lot about playing in the snow since this was the first time he ever has done it. It didn't effect the ball in his hand like it seemed. Some balls got away from him but it wasn't weather related. He admitted he was a little off and you can't afford to have a bad game at this level. He called this point in his young career a low valley that he is faced with but he has to find it inside of him to come out of it. He knows he didn't help his team like he needed to.

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