Reeling Patriots face Bledsoe, Bills [5:03 AM]
USA Today reports: '"It's like competing against your brother," Bledsoe says. "When you're playing against somebody that you've gone to war with, that you've battled with over the years, you're going to want to win. ... A lot of those guys are still my friends. If we lose the game, I'm going to hear about it all year. That's the big motivator."'
Bledsoe, fans know sports [5:02 AM]
Daily Illini reports: 'Bledsoe realized the situation and rolled with the punches. The fans did their part, too. When Bledsoe left, there wasn't a mass outcry of "don't let the door hit you on the way out." As much as they loved and admired Brady, they hated to see Bledsoe go.'
4:48 - The Moment The Bledsoe Era Ended [5:01 AM]
PatsFans.com reports: "The Bledsoe era ended suddenly that night in New England, and only time will tell if he'll join the list of Boston athletes who later came back to haunt their football team."
Bills aren't overlooking Brady's abilities [9:17 PM]
AP reports: '``He's still got MVP behind his name,'' Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said Thursday. ``And to me that says a lot.'''
Looking for some payback [2:27 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'But his production began to slip. Then so did his playing time. Pretty soon his mail was being forwarded to a new NFL address. And guess what? Somewhere along the way he rediscovered his game, beat his old team and lived happily ever after. For at least one season anyway. The Drew Bledsoe Story, 2002? Maybe. But also the Antowain Smith Saga, 2001.'
Bledsoe on their minds [2:26 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘I really believe, and this is my own personal opinion, that a lot of people were waiting for a bargain sale maybe later on, all the way up to training camp,'' Bills coach Gregg Williams said. ‘‘We had a contingency plan that we were not going to let things die, and I think Tom Donahoe (Buffalo's president and general manager) did a great job of (sticking with it)."'
Not just another game for Bledsoe [1:54 PM]
ESPN reports: '"I think the biggest thing he's going to have to contend with is his emotions," said Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride. "Just keeping them in check."'
Bledsoe paying Bills [1:53 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Yes, Bledsoe had to go. Whether he had to go to the Bills, an AFC East rival that the Patriots must face twice a year, is another matter entirely. But at the time of the trade, Belichick was a genius, and it was assumed that he believed Bledsoe washed-up and easy to defend.'
Patriots meet their old quarterback [1:51 PM]
AP reports: 'Consider this the opposite of the theory about teams with winning streaks. A team that isn't bad enough to lose five straight won't. PATRIOTS, 27-26.
Overlooked Bills defense worthy of concern [1:49 PM]
Patriots.com reports: '“They're a little unique,” Belichick said of Buffalo's makeshift 46 defense reminiscent of Buddy Ryan's old Chicago Bears scheme. “They kind of use two systems in one and they complement each other well. Up front they play an over defense with all three defensive linemen on the tight end side of the formation, plus a linebacker outside of the tight end on the line of scrimmage."'
Bills vs. Patriots Game Officially Sold Out [1:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills-Patriots game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Including this Sunday’s contest with New England, all five home games so far in 2002 have been soldout in time to meet the blackout deadline.
Moorman Named AFC Special Teams Player of the Month [10:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills punter Brian Moorman has been selected as the AFC Special Teams Player of the Month for October.
Future is now for Bills [9:46 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“Playing against the Bills teams over the years, I knew coming in here this team was close,” Bledsoe said. “There were just a few pieces (needed) here or there. . . . There was some talent here, and I also came in with the confidence we could turn it around very quickly.”'
Master craftsmen [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The biggest thing that he does with his defenses is he changes up week to week," Bledsoe said. "One week you see one thing, the next week you see something totally different. And he'll do two completely different things against the same team in the same year. So one game he'll approach it one way and the other game he'll approach it another way."'
Bledsoe vs. Mr. Bill [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How Drew Bledsoe fared against defenses (or teams) coached by Bill Belichick...'.
Brady's blues have familiar refrain [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If there's one thing Bledsoe understands after a decade in the NFL, it's how quickly fortunes turn in this game.'
To play or not to play . . . that is the question [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The status of right tackle Mike Williams and cornerback Antoine Winfield for Sunday's game against the New England Patriots remained uncertain as the Bills returned to practice Wednesday.'
Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Patriots Preview (Part II) [8:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Tom did a great job across the board in what he did. He's a great guy; he's a very hard worker. I think that is his strongpoint. He works his butt off whether it's the off-season, during the week, or whenever it is. He continuously has gone onward and upward. I would expect him to continue to do that."
Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Patriots Preview (Part I) [8:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Time heals a lot of things. I think that everyone knows that last year was a difficult year for me from the standpoint of going through the injury and going through the situation where I wasn't able to get back on the field. That was a hard year but I am honest about this, I really don't spend much time thinking about it."
Bills can't take it too personally [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: '“A lot of those guys are still my friends. If we lose the game, I’m going to hear about it all year. That’s a big motivator right there.”'
Henry vs. Smith is more like it [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have issued more than 50 credentials to Boston-area media; the normal amount for a visiting team is about 25, said Scott Berchtold, vice president of communications. “This isn’t unlike a playoff game,” Berchtold said.'
A special nomination for Bills' Tasker [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'Tasker, always a credit to the NFL as a player and now as a broadcaster, deserves the honor of representing all of the relatively obscure players who have put their bodies on the line on special teams.'
Drew Patriot love lost [5:43 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Where the Pats apparently miscalculated was how quick Bledsoe could help turn around a team that finished 3-13 a year ago. Now the native of Walla Walla, Wash., has a chance to put a serious dent in his former team's chance to make it to the post-season, let alone repeat as champions.'
'Backup' Bledsoe ready to take on the Pats [5:42 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Buffalo head coach Gregg Williams said he spoke to his players about the extra attention the game is receiving and while many said they want to win it for Bledsoe, he's confident his players will keep their emotions in check. "We want to go out and fight for him because he's a classy guy and a winner, he has proven that," said receiver Eric Moulds.'
Drawn into Drew talk [5:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The Bills are on a three-game winning streak and it's no secret Drew's done a good job,'' Belichick said. ''He has a good group of receivers. Drew is the same now as he has been through his career. He's made big plays in the passing game, has thrown the ball well downfield. He's done a lot of things with a lot of skill throwing the football. Drew is a good football player. We traded him for a valuable pick [first round] and we hope he's a good player.'''
Bledsoe is top pick on spotlight team [5:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Yes, time heals a lot of things and I think everybody knows that last year was a difficult year for me from the standpoint of going through the injury, and then going through the situation where I wasn't able to get back on the field,'' Bledsoe said. ''That was a hard year, but I really don't - and I'm being honest about this - spend much time thinking about it. I'm having fun playing with the guys I'm playing with and I'm glad I'm in the situation I'm in.'''
Patriots should reflect [5:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots don't need to worry about Drew Bledsoe this Sunday. They need to worry about themselves.'
Brady clarifies matter and points finger at himself [5:39 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Believe me I'm a part of the problem, and I'm going to be part of the solution, too. I remember a question being asked, `Did you call the guys out?' And I said no, not a bit, and of course that's what I heard I said. So like I said, maybe I didn't express myself the way I wanted to and unfortunately things get said, and that's part of losing four games in a row, too. I understand the role of the media, and the way it works, and I'm making your job easy, I guess.'''
No lie, Drew reborn as Bill [5:38 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``No matter how hard you try to avoid (complacency) and how much lip service you pay it, at some point you do start to take (being a starter) for granted a little bit - and I think I was guilty of that,'' said Bledsoe. ``But having this change - having to go through what I went through last year and then having a chance to get back on the field - has really renewed my passion for the game.'''
Brady: I'm to blame, too [5:37 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Brady may have shown some of the strain yesterday when a reporter asked him if he ever thought that he would be the one dealt from the Pats last spring instead of Bledsoe. ``Don't even think about that (expletive),'' Brady snapped.'
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