Bills Drop To 0-3
The Buffalo Bills were unable to stop the red hot New England Patriots and dropped a 31-17 decision at Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday. With the loss, the Bills fall to 0-3 as they continue to struggle under first year coach Mike Mularkey.
The Bills were energized by the special teams play of Terrence McGee in the first quarter as he scampered 98 yards on a kickoff return for a touchdown to tie the game at 10. Buffalo took the lead 17-10 in the second quarter when QB Drew Bledsoe hit WR Eric Moulds in stride for a 41 yard score. Unfortunately for the Bills faithful that would be the last score of the day for the home team.
The Bills continually shot themselves in the foot with penalties and mental mistakes throughout the contest. Buffalo was flagged for 11 penalties totalling 94 yards, including 3 personal foul calls in the first half. The most crucial coming on a Patriots field goal attempt on fourth and one where rookie Rashad Baker jumped offsides to keep the drive alive. QB Tom Brady then hit TE Daniel Graham to give the Patriots a 24-17 lead.
The Patriots final tally came on a busted Bills play on fourth down leading to a sack and fumble by Bledsoe that Richard Seymour returned 68 yards for a touchdown. The win marked the Patriots NFL record-tying 18th consecutive victory.
The Bills offense was led on the ground by Travis Henry tallied 98 tough yards on 24 carries. Bledsoe led the air attack completing 18 of 30 tosses for 247 yards with one TD and one pick. Eric Moulds hauled in 10 Bledsoe passes for 126 yards and WR Lee Evans had his finest day as a Bill with 4 catches for 93 yards.
The Bills travel to New York to take on the Jets on October 10.
The Buffalo Bills continued to play poorly on the road and dropped a 13-10 decision to the Oakland Raiders Sunday afternoon. The loss drops Buffalo to 0-2 heading into their bye week.
The offense continued to struggle and was unable to muster much of anything until late in the game. The offensive line failed to protect QB Drew Bledsoe who was sacked seven times. Bledsoe was ineffective most of the afternoon, completing 13 of 24 passes for 198 yards with one TD and one interception. Sixty-five of those yards came on a bomb to rookie Lee Evans with 1:20 left in the game. Bledsoe hit WR Eric Moulds later in the drive for Buffalo's only touchdown.
The defense was strong most of the game but gave up one big play too many to QB Rich Gannon. Gannon hooked up with WR Ronald Curry for a 43-yard TD on third and long in the first half to give Oakland the lead they would never relinquish.
Despite their lackluster performance on offense, Buffalo miraculously had a chance to win the game late in the fourth quarter. After the Bledsoe TD pass to Moulds, kicker Rian Lindell executed a perfect onsides kick, but the Bills were unable to recover the ball.
The game marked the 10th time in the last 13 on the road that Buffalo failed to reach the 20 point mark. The Bills head into the bye week with plenty of problems that need fixing before the Super Bowl Champion New England Patriots invade Ralph Wilson Stadium in two weeks.
Head Coach Mike Mularkey's debut with his new team went according to plan until the final drive of the game. QB Byron Leftwich led Jacksonville on an 80-yard scoring drive in the games final two minutes to secure a 13-10 victory for the Jaguars.
Jacksonville's late drive was even more shocking considering the play of Buffalo's defense up until that point. Before the winning drive, Leftwich had completed just 11 of 23 passes for 75 yards and two interceptions. Buffalo's defense also did a nice job on RB Fred Taylor who was held to just 61 yards on the ground.
The Bills offense was unable to take advantage of their opportunities and put the game out of reach early. WR Eric Moulds fumbled a ball in the red zone halting a Bills drive. Even more glaring was tBuffalo's inability to push the ball into the end zone after starting first-and-goal at the Jacksonville 3 yard line after an Izell Reese interception.
The Jaguars converted 3 fourth downs on the winning drive capped by Leftwich's 7-yard strike to WR Ernest Wilford as time ran out. Earlier in the drive, Leftwich hooked up with WR Jimmy Smith for a 45-yard gain on fourth and 14. Smith beat Nate Clements on the sideline keeping the Jaguars desperate hopes alive.
For Buffalo, Bledsoe finished the game 17 for 26 for 153 yards. RB Willis McGahee spelled a banged up Travis Henry in the 4th quarter and rushed for 31 yards on 9 carries.
The 0-1 Bills travel to Oakland to take on the Raiders on September 19.
Buffalo Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel signed a contract extension with the team Wednesday. The deal includes a $6.75 million signing bonus and will keep Schobel signed through the 2009 season.
Schobel led the Bills with 11 1/2 sacks last season and has a total of 26 1/2 over his three seasons in the NFL. Schobel's signing leaves the Bills with two remaining lineman set to become free agents in March - defensive tackle Pat Williams and offensive tackle Jonas Jennings.
The Buffalo Bills made moves to upgrade their disappointing offense on the first day of the 2004 NFL Draft. The Bills used their first pick (# 13 overall) on speedy Wisconsin WR Lee Evans. Evans, 5-11 and 197 lbs. brings a big play ability to the Bills that was lacking last season. By all indications, Evans has fully recovered from a knee injury suffered in 2002.
The Bills pulled another draft day surprise by trading 2 picks in the 2004 draft and a 1st round selection in 2005 to move into the 22nd spot in the first round. Buffalo used that selection, obtained from Dallas, on Tulane QB J.P. Losman. The Bills will groom the Green Wave gunslinger to succeed Drew Bledsoe.
Below are the selections of the Buffalo Bills in the 2004 NFL Draft:
1) Lee Evans, WR, Wisconsin, 5-11 197
1) J.P. Losman, QB, Tulane, 6-2 217
3) Tim Anderson, DT, Ohio State, 6-3 304
4) Tim Euhas, TE, Oregon State, 6-5 249
7) Dylan McFarland, OT, Montana, 6-5 300
7) Jonathan Smith, WR, Georgia Tech, 5-10 191
The Buffalo Bills announced their 2004 regular season schedule today. Highlights include the home opener on September 12 vs Jacksonville and the annual division battles with New England, New York and Miami. Head Coach Mike Mularkey will face his former team when Pittsburgh visits Ralph Wilson Stadium on January 2, 2005.
Buffalo Bills 2004 Football Schedule
9/19 at Oakland
9/26 BYE WEEK
10/3 NEW ENGLAND
10/10 at NY Jets
10/24 at Baltimore
11/7 NY JETS
11/14 at New England
11/21 ST. Louis
11/28 at Seattle
12/5 at Miami
12/19 at Cincinnati
12/26 at San Francisco
The Buffalo Bills announced today that they have reached a contract agreement with free agent defensive tackle Oliver Gibson. Gibson comes to the Bills from the Cincinnati Bengals, where he spent the last five seasons.
The 6'2" Gibson was originally a fourth round draft pick of the Pittsburgh Steelers out of Notre Dame. Stay tuned to Empire Sports Network and WNSA for further details.
The Buffalo Bills announced today that they have signed cornerback Troy Vincent. Vincent, formerly of the Philadelphia Eagles has made the Pro Bowl the last five years.
Vincent is 6'1" and 200 lbs. He has snatched 42 interceptions during his 12 year NFL career, including three in the 2003 season.
The 32 year old Vincent was voted the Walter Payton Man of the Year in the NFL in 2002 for his community service. Stay tuned to WNSA and Empire Sports Network for further details as they develop.
The Buffalo Bills did not wait long to enter the free agent waters as they signed unrestricted free agent guard Chris Villarrial. Villarrial was drafted by the Chicago Bears in the fifth round of the 1996 draft. Villarrial has spent his entire eight-year career with the Bears, and has started 109 of 116 games in which he appeared. Villarrial will step in at right guard for the Bills who are looking to bolster their offensive line in the offseason.
Stay tuned to WNSA for more news on the Buffalo Bills and their free agent moves.
The Buffalo Bills announced today that they have released tight end Dave Moore. Moore spent just two seasons with the Bills. Moore caught 23 passes for 223 yards and four touchdowns with the Bills.
Stay tuned to WNSA and Empire Sports Network for more news on the Buffalo Bills.
The Buffalo Bills announced today that they have released Pro Bowl Guard Ruben Brown. Brown has spent his entire NFL career with the team and was the Bills first round draft choice (14th overall)in the 1995 draft. Brown, a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh,was named to his eighth Pro Bowl in 2003.
Stay tuned to Empire Sports Network and WNSA for further details as they emerge.
The Buffalo Bills announced today that Sam Wyche has joined the Bills coaching staff as quarterbacks coach. Wyche, best known as the former head coach of the Cincinnati Bengals and Tampa Bay Buccaneers comes to Buffalo with over 20 years of NFL experience as both a player and coach. Stay tuned to WNSA 107.7 FM for further details.
The Buffalo Bills introduced new Head Coach Mike Mularkey at a 4:00 PM press conference at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Mularkey comes to Buffalo from the Pittsburgh Steelers where he served under Bill Cowher as Offensive Coordinator. Mularkey announced the signing of Tom Clements as his Offensive Coordinator and Jim McNally as Offensive Line Coach. Clements served as Quarterback Coach with Mularkey in Pittsburgh. McNally served in the same position with the New York Giants under Jim Fassell.
Stay tuned to WNSA 107.7 FM for the latest news on the newest Buffalo Bills Head Coach.
The Buffalo Bills have agreed to terms on a contract, and will name former Pittsburgh Steelers Offensive Coordinator Mike Mularkey Head Coach at a press conference on Thursday. Stay tuned to WNSA 107.7 FM for further details as they emerge.
The Buffalo Bills announced that they will not renew the contract of Head Coach Gregg Williams. Williams completes his tenure with the Bills with a record of 17-31 and no playoff appearances. There is no word yet on the status of the rest of the coaching staff.
The Buffalo Bills proved it isn't always better to give than to receive, when they turned the ball over four times en route to a 20-3 loss to the rival Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium. The Bills fall to 6-9 heading into the season finale at New England Saturday.
The Bills offense was once again the story of the game, collecting only 177 total yards on the afternoon. QB Drew Bledsoe connected on 12 of 24 passes for 114 yards and one interception. Unfortunately for the Bills, the interception was returned 74 yards for a touchdown by Terrell Buckley to give the Dolphins their final margin of victory.
The Miami defense caused the Bills offensive line problems all game, sacking Bledsoe 6 times and forcing fumbles by Bledsoe and RB Travis Henry. The Dolphins special teams got in on the action when Nate Clements muffed a punt which led to an Olindo Mare field goal.
The Buffalo defense gave up one big play on a first quarter touchdown to WR Chris Chambers but was effective most of the day. LB London Fletcher led the Bills with 14 tackles and Pro Bowl LB Takeo Spikes chipped in with 10.
The win briefly kept Miami's playoff hopes alive but a win by the Denver Broncos on Sunday night officially eliminated the Dolphins from contention.
The Buffalo Bills lost for the eighth time this season, falling to the Tennessee Titans 28-26 Sunday in Tennessee. The Bills slim playoff hopes were dashed at the hands of a second-string quarterback and a failed two-point conversion.
With Titans QB Steve McNair on the sidelines, backup Billy Volek rose to the occassion and had his best day as a pro. Volek led a second half comeback with his accurate arm and nimble feet. On the day, Volek completed 26 of 41 passes for 295 yards and two touchdowns. WR Derrick Mason was Volek's primary target hauling in 9 passes for 137 yards.
The Bills were in control of the game after Pat Williams recovered a Titans fumble and rambled 28 yards for the score. The Bills led 17-6 but were unable to hold the lead against the Titans and Volek.
Drew Bledsoe led the Bills to paydirt late in the fourth quarter hitting TE Mark Campbell with a 6 yard strike to cut the Titans lead to 2. The Bills went for 2 points to tie but WR Bobby Shaw was unable to hold on to Bledsoe's pass in the end zone.
Travis Henry carried the ball only 19 times but was effective with 88 yards rushing.
Lawyer Milloy led the hard-hitting Bills defense with 14 tackles and Pat Williams had his best game of the season with 11 tackles.
The Bills host the Miami Dolphins Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium, before heading to New England to close out the campaign against the first place Patriots.
The Buffalo Bills won their second straight game and kept their slim playoff hopes alive with a 17-6 victory over the New York Jets Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With the win, the Bills raise their record to 6-7.
RB Travis Henry was a one-man wrecking crew, rushing for 169 yards on 32 carries. Henry once again reached the end zone with a 4 yard scamper in the 3rd quarter. The Jets defense was unable to control the Bills running game which ran the ball at will all afternoon. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe attempted only 15 passes, completing 9 for 72 yards and a touchdown. Bledsoe connected with WR Josh Reed for the Bills first touchdown in the 2nd quarter.
The reliable Bills defense turned in another strong afternoon applying constant pressure to Jets QB Chad Pennington. LB London Fletcher led the way with 12 tackles and 1 sack. Sam Adams may have had his best day as a Bill, notching 7 tackles and 2 sacks.
The Bills travel to Tennessee to tangle with the Titans Sunday afternoon at 1:00.
The Buffalo Bills got back on the winning track, and ended their four-game losing streak by beating the New York Giants 24-7 Sunday. The Bills raise their record to 5-7 heading into a divisional battle with the New York Jets.
The offense awoke from its season-lo