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Buffalo Bills News - September 23, 2002

Marker Broncos put Bills away in fourth [5:32 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, even when he gets sacked four times as he did on Sunday, never loses his confidence. And after his offense abandoned the run he kept Buffalo in the game with big plays.'

Marker Portis celebrates 103-yard effort [5:31 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'As a second-round pick out of Miami, Portis looked good in the preseason, except for a three-fumble game at Arizona. In the first two games of the season, he only had 45 yards on nine carries. He doubled that and didn't put the ball on the ground once.'

Marker These Broncos are decidedly blue-collar [5:29 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'To be fair, Sunday's game was one the Broncos would have lost a year ago. Instead of a game-clinching touchdown drive, they would have turned the ball over to Drew Bledsoe and allowed him to take the Bills to a game-winning touchdown.'

Marker Bronco notes [5:28 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'Former Colorado defensive tackle Justin Bannan returned to Invesco Field for the first time since his Big 12 championship team's victory over Colorado State a little over a year ago. Bannan, who was shaken up twice battling Nalen and Co. in the trenches, was not credited with a tackle.'

Marker Broncos Game 3 report [5:27 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'After Smith's clutch catch on fourth down, Griese rewarded him two plays later with a 26-yard touchdown pass to give the Broncos a 28-16 cushion with 2:39 remaining.'

Marker Youngsters contribute to Broncos' victory [5:26 AM]
Pueblo Chieftain reports: 'That is why depth is so important - and it is something the Denver Broncos have in abundance.'

Marker Defense has a blueprint for winning [5:25 AM]
Pueblo Chieftain reports: 'The Broncos forced Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe to beat them through the air - and he couldn’t. That is because Denver’s ‘D’ was flying around all day making plays. It was pressuring Bledsoe constantly and sacked him four times.'

Marker Broncos buck Bills 28-23 [5:24 AM]
USA Today reports: '"When they've got an offense like that, we've got to find a way to stay on the field," Smith said of the Bills (1-2), who had scored 76 points in their first two games.'

Marker Game Notebook at Denver [12:07 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: BRIAN MOORMAN His 70-yard punt in the first quarter was a career long. It was the 10th punt of 70 yards or longer in Bills history and the longest since Chris Mohr's club record 80-yarder on 10/13/96 at Minnesota…had two punts downed inside the 20 (3 & 15 yard lines) in the first quarter and another one at the five in the fourth quarter.

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September 22, 2002

Marker Broncos 28, Bills 23 [7:33 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo (1-2) entered the game leading the league in scoring and passing, but struggled against the Broncos' physical defense.'

Marker Broncos 28, Bills 23 [7:33 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills entered the game as the league leader in yards passing and were second in total yards, but finished with just 291 yards -- 39 rushing.'

Marker Denver 28, Buffalo 23 [7:32 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Griese passed for two touchdowns and rookie Clinton Portis rushed for 103 yards and a score as the Denver Broncos posted a 28-23 victory over the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Donahoe makes right call in Buffalo by acquiring Bledsoe [4:54 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"The advantage is his experience," Donahoe said of the veteran quarterback. "He's seen everything, he's been exposed to everything. We may call something different than what he's used to calling it. But he's been a starter in this league for a long time. That helps. Very few things happen in the course of a game that he's not been exposed to."'

Marker Bledsoe gives his new team immediate results [4:53 PM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"I've always had confidence in my ability to play this game," Bledsoe said. "I've never doubted, never wavered in that one bit. I know if I've got guys around me that can make plays that I can do my part."'

Marker Good arm, warm heart [4:51 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drew likes Buffalo, and we like Drew.'

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [10:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: We know that Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed are all threats at receiver. There's no way to double-cover two or three of them, but if the Bills appear to rely too heavily on the passing game, the Broncos' defense can slip into zone coverage or put pressure on Bledsoe. Done effectively, that could curtail Buffalo's high-scoring tendencies.

Marker Bills look to give Denver a run for its money [9:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Today's critical questions are: Can the Bills' offense run the ball well enough to loosen up the Broncos' two-deep zone defense? And can Jerry Gray's defense contain Denver's powerful ground game while at the same time covering future Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe?'

Marker Rugged Broncos offer rejuvenated Bills their best test yet [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Apparently, this is a Broncos team that would make Bronco Nagurski proud, a few dozen angry men who would just as soon punch you in the mouth as look you in the face. Come Sunday evening, the Bills' training staff might be stapling together the faces of half the roster, not just Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Broncos make foes disappear into thin air [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think we've been the best team over the last 27 years, but we have the best home-field record," said Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. "I think some of that has to do with the altitude."'

Marker Denver's Shanahan tops superstar coaches [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a poll of NFL GMs a year or two ago, Shanahan was an easy winner as the NFL's best coach. If the Broncos get to the Super Bowl in this season's upside-down series of events, the vote might be unanimous.'

Marker Scouting report [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Broncos are too tough at home and will bring the Bills back to earth with a 27-21 victory.'

Marker Promise keeper [9:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now three weeks into his fourth season with the Buffalo Bills, Price is smiling. There's a long way to go before Price can totally prove his point, but the smile is an "I-told-you-so" kind of grin.'

Marker Buffalo at Denver: Game Preview [8:59 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Buchsbaum's Preview: The Broncos look as good as almost any team in the league right now. The Bills are not in their league. Matchup to watch: First-round pick Mike Williams, a mammoth blocker at right tackle, will face off against Broncos DLE Trevor Pryce and have to keep Pryce out of Bledsoe’s face if the Bills are to be successful.

Marker AFC East: Bills special-teams coach's job is safe — for the moment [8:56 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Despite special-teams breakdowns that led to two Jets touchdowns in Week One, including the game-winner in overtime, and a 61-yard punt return by Vikings, we hear that Bills ST coach Danny Smith’s job is relatively safe for now. HC Gregg Williams said after the Week One game there was nothing wrong with the scheme and that the problem was missed tackles, a vote of confidence for Smith.

Marker Daryl Johnston: Week 3 Picks [8:51 AM]
Yahoo Sports reports: My upset special. There has to be letdown after beating the Rams and 49ers back to back. The Bills are much better than people realize. Preview

Marker Can Bills stay on roll in Denver? [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The heavily favored Broncos are positioned to bring the Bills back down to earth with a thud.'

Marker Offensive coordinator has Bills clicking [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: '“I believe there are some parallels that can be drawn between football and life,” says the Bills’ new offensive coordinator. “With each, you have to deal with constant change and new challenges. Neither life nor football is static. How well you handle both the expected and unexpected will determine how successful you are.”'

Marker Q & A with Josh Reed [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm always happy. Anytime you see me I've usually always got a smile on my face."'

Marker Broncos take aim at Bledsoe [6:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is the toughest team we've played in a long while," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Mike Shanahan teams play with a toughness. They do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage."'

Marker Bills face toughest test yet in Denver defense [6:09 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Unfortunately for Buffalo, it has given up exactly as many points as it’s scored — 76 — and that ranks behind only winless Detroit (80) in league generosity.'

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