2004 Buffalo Bills season

The 2004 Buffalo Bills season was their 45th in the National Football League. The team improved upon their previous season's output of 6–10, finishing 9–7.[1] However, this was the fifth straight season in which the team missed the playoffs.

Buffalo needed a win in the final game of the season against the Pittsburgh Steelers to qualify for the playoffs. However, despite the Steelers playing their third-stringers (which, notably, included Willie Parker, who would have his breakout performance in the game), Buffalo lost and subsequently missed the playoffs. It was the only winning season that Buffalo had in the 2000s (20002009) and would be the Bills' last winning season until 2014.

According to Football Outsiders, who has tracked every play in the NFL since the early 1990s, the 2004 Bills are statistically the best NFL team (in their record-keeping history) to have failed to qualify for the playoffs.[2]

The Bills set an NFL record by returning six kickoffs for touchdowns in 2004.

Their match with the Miami Dolphins in Week 6 is the only time in the NFL since 1968 that the last two winless teams have met each other.[3]

2004 Buffalo Bills season
Head coachMike Mularkey
General managerTom Donahoe
OwnerRalph Wilson
Home fieldRalph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record9–7
Division place3rd AFC East
Playoff finishdid not qualify

Offseason

NFL Draft

The Bills drafted future starters Lee Evans from Wisconsin and J. P. Losman from Tulane in the first round of the 2004 Draft. Buffalo also signed undrafted tight end Jason Peters from Arkansas and converted him into a Pro Bowl offensive tackle. Buffalo traded their 2004 second round pick and 2005 first round pick to move into position to draft Losman.

Round Pick # Player Position College
1 13 Lee Evans Wide Receiver Wisconsin
1 22 J. P. Losman Quarterback Tulane
3 74 Tim Anderson Defensive Tackle Ohio State
4 109 Tim Euhus Tight End Oregon State
7 207 Dylan McFarland Offensive Tackle Montana
7 214 Jonathan Smith Wide Receiver Georgia Tech

Roster

2004 Buffalo Bills final roster
Quarterbacks

Running backs

Wide receivers

Tight ends

Offensive linemen

Defensive linemen

Linebackers

Defensive backs

Special teams

Reserve lists



Practice squad



Rookies in italics
53 Active, 0 Inactive, 0 Practice squad

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result TV Time Attendance
1 September 12, 2004 Jacksonville Jaguars L 13–10 CBS 1:00pm
72,389
2 September 19, 2004 at Oakland Raiders L 13–10 CBS 4:15pm
53,610
3 Bye
4 October 3, 2004 New England Patriots L 31–17 CBS 1:00pm
72,698
5 October 10, 2004 at New York Jets L 16–14 CBS 4:05pm
77,976
6 October 17, 2004 Miami Dolphins W 20–13 CBS 1:00pm
72,714
7 October 24, 2004 at Baltimore Ravens L 20–6 CBS 1:00pm
69,809
8 October 31, 2004 Arizona Cardinals W 38–14 FOX 1:00pm
65,887
9 November 7, 2004 New York Jets W 22–17 CBS 1:00pm
72,574
10 November 14, 2004 at New England Patriots L 29–6 ESPN 8:30pm
68,756
11 November 21, 2004 St. Louis Rams W 37–17 FOX 1:00pm
72,393
12 November 28, 2004 at Seattle Seahawks W 38–9 CBS 4:15pm
66,271
13 December 5, 2004 at Miami Dolphins W 42–32 CBS 1:00pm
73,084
14 December 12, 2004 Cleveland Browns W 37–7 CBS 1:00pm
72,330
15 December 19, 2004 at Cincinnati Bengals W 33–17 CBS 1:00pm
65,378
16 December 26, 2004 at San Francisco 49ers W 41–7 CBS 4:05pm
63,248
17 January 2, 2005 Pittsburgh Steelers L 29–24 CBS 1:00pm
73,414

Game summaries

Week 1

1 234Total
Jaguars 0 337 13
Bills 7 003 10

[4]

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(2) New England Patriots 14 2 0 .875 5–1 10–2 437 260 W2
(5) New York Jets 10 6 0 .625 3–3 7–5 333 261 L2
Buffalo Bills 9 7 0 .563 3–3 5–7 395 284 L1
Miami Dolphins 4 12 0 .250 1–5 2–10 275 354 L1

References

  1. ^ 2004 Buffalo Bills
  2. ^ Football Outsiders – FO Mailbag: Best DVOA to Miss the Playoffs
  3. ^ Last Winless Team in Each NFL season
  4. ^ [1]
Scoring summary
1BUFEric Moulds 17 yard pass from Drew Bledsoe (Rian Lindell kick)Bills 7–0
2JACJosh Scobee 25 yard field goalBills 7–3
3JACJosh Scobee 27 yard field goalBills 7–6
4BUFRian Lindell 25 yard field goalBills 10–6
4JACErnest Wilford 7 yard pass from Byron Leftwich (Josh Scobee kick)Jaguars 13–10
Franchise
Stadiums
Culture
Lore
Rivalries
Division championships (10)
Conference championships (4)
League championships (2)
Wall of Fame
Media
Owners
Current league affiliations
Former league affiliation
Seasons (58)

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