SEATTLE (AP) -- From the opening kickoff, it seemed all coach
Mike Mularkey needed was to wind up the Buffalo Bills and watch
Actually, he encouraged them to wind down in Seattle.
Willis McGahee had 116 yards rushing and four touchdowns,
leading Buffalo to a 38-9 win over Seattle on Sunday, the worst
loss for coach Mike Holmgren in his six seasons with the Seahawks.
"Our defense set the tone," McGahee said. "We just fed off of
that. The offensive line did a great job. I was just a robot
running behind them."
Drew Bledsoe offset his three interceptions by completing
two-thirds of his passes for 275 yards and a touchdown, and the
Bills (5-6) snapped a six-game road losing streak dating to last
"It's been too long since we've had the feeling of going on the
road and beating somebody," Bledsoe said. "We finished the game.
That's the big thing you can take out of this one. We didn't allow
them to climb back in it."
It was Buffalo's first road win in five tries this season and
the team's second victory in the last 12 trips. With a long flight
from the East coast, Mularkey made changes in the Bills' road
"After flying all day, I felt we needed to get the blood
flowing," Mularkey said. "Right in the middle of the meetings, we
took a stroll. We were right in the middle of a pretty part of
town. I think it was good for all of us."
His players welcomed the approach.
"I thought it was a nice changeup," center Trey Teague said.
"Whatever happened, the guys were ready to play. We came out and
took care of business, and it feels pretty satisfying."
With Bledsoe working a no-huddle offense, McGahee followed a
line that cleared his way. He scored on a pair of 2-yard runs, took
a lateral from Bledsoe for a 30-yard TD and added a 1-yard scoring
run midway through the fourth quarter.
The Seahawks (6-5) hit their lowest point this season with an
abysmal performance that nearly emptied the stadium of 66,271 fans
at the 5-minute mark.
They lost for the second time in five home games after going 8-0
on their own field last season. It also eclipsed the most lopsided
loss of Holmgren's tenure, a 31-3 defeat at Oakland on Oct. 22,
"I'm a little embarrassed by how we played," Holmgren said.
"I expect more from the team in all areas. We flat-out weren't
Bledsoe, who grew up in Walla Walla, Wash., and played college
football at Washington State, spread his passes among nine
receivers. He finished 25-of-37 for 275 yards, including a 3-yard
TD pass to rookie Lee Evans.
"Thousands of people have touched my life and helped me get
here," Bledsoe said. "A bunch of those people were here at the
game. To play well in front of them obviously means a lot."
Seattle's Matt Hasselbeck returned from a bruised thigh that
sidelined him last week. While he didn't seem slowed by the injury,
he never could establish any tempo for Seattle's offense.
Hasselbeck was 19-of-38 for 185 yards with one TD and one
interception. He had a ball knocked away by Buffalo's Ryan Denney
in the fourth quarter, a fumble that led to McGahee's final
"If it wasn't one thing it was another," Hasselbeck said.
"There's a lot of work that needs to be done. There's a lot of
improving that needs to be done."
Shaun Alexander, the NFL's leading rusher, was held to 39 yards
on 13 carries.
"We all took the day off," Alexander said. "It was forced by
Buffalo, but that's just the way it is."
The Bills took control from the start, moving 60 yards in 10
plays on the opening drive. Seattle's Josh Brown gave them a short
field by kicking the ball out of bounds, and McGahee put Buffalo up
7-0 on a 2-yard plunge.
The Bills led 17-3 at halftime when Bledsoe tossed a 3-yard TD
pass to Evans in the right corner of the end zone. Buffalo took
over with 2:59 and worked the clock to score with 6 seconds to the
Buffalo didn't punt until less than a minute remained in the
"I don't think there was much good by anybody today," Holmgren
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8 third downs in the first half, Buffalo finished 9-of-15 (60
percent). ... Seattle FS Ken Hamlin had two interceptions. ... It
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