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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2001

Marker Centers, Williams Bills' top hopes for Pro Bowl [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Larry Centers -- Is there a more productive fullback in the NFL? He has 55 catches (including an NFL-most 19 on third down) for 410 yards, 23 carries for 82 yards and 2 TDs.'

Marker Scouting report [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'It used to be that a bad team could make its season by beating the powerful Bills. Now, a win today could be a season-maker for the Bills.'

Marker Fiedler loves the pressure [5:45 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'In weeks ahead, Fiedler will try to avoid setting a team record for interceptions. He is on pace for 27, with at least one in all eight games since his flawless opener at Tennessee.'

Marker Gardener surgery: 'Everything went very well' [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Gardener is expected to miss the remainder of the season, although the Dolphins still were holding out faint hope he might return if the team makes the playoffs.'

Marker Bills' Van Pelt seeks first win since 1997 [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"He believes in his arm," Miami safety Brock Marion said. "He's not going to try to put the ball where he can't put it. He's not going to beat you with his arm. He's making the right reads."'

Marker Fiedler -- at 6-3 -- is good enough [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'If the Dolphins had what they thought was a better alternative, they would use it, but what they have has been good enough for 6-3, and 6-3 ought to be good enough to be left alone.'

Marker Desperate times call for a 'spark' [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'But when Fiedler is struggling throughout a game and the Dolphins are losing badly and it's getting late and desperation has arrived, there is great cause then to seek a spark by giving the backup a shot. What have you got to lose?'

Marker Dolphins fans don't hesitate to share feelings [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Dolphins fans from New York to California grumble about the team as if it were 0-6.'

Marker Dolphins at Bills [5:43 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Prediction: Dolphins 24, Bills 10.'

Marker Rowdy Buffalo not a fun place to be [5:39 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"My rookie year I saw a whole line of people lined up against a fence mooning us as the bus was coming in, and there was actually an old lady and an old guy out there doing it, too," he said.'

Marker Van Pelt good fit for Buffalo [5:38 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"There's no question Van Pelt gets rid of the ball quicker," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "He doesn't take sacks. He looks like he's got a better feel for the offense than Rob Johnson did, to be honest with you."'

Marker 10/4/1992: Dolphins 37, Bills 10 [5:37 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Instead of letting things play out like a broken record, Louis Oliver decided to break a record.'

Marker Dolphins' worst case scenario [5:35 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'In fact, there's some question whether Gardener will even play again after his second back surgery in the past 14 months.'

Marker Dolphins vs. Bills: Who has the edge? [5:34 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Prediction: Dolphins 27, Bills 12.'

Marker Dolphins are sticking it to Gardener -- right in the back [5:32 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The porcelain cold nature of the NFL -- just call it the Nominal Forbearance League -- has been on inglorious display in the Dolphins' handling of Gardener's scary situation. Out of sight, out of mind, that's how it works in the primeval forest that is professional football.'

Marker Dolphins say they won't overlook Bills [5:30 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"No more than us," Miami coach Dave Wannstedt said. "We're desperate for a win. That's how we'll approach it. It's going to be a heck of a ballgame. It's Bills-Dolphins, 75,000 fans. They're talking this is their season. This is the biggest game on their schedule."'

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November 24, 2001

Marker Dolphins, Bills ready for a mighty tilt [7:46 PM]
AP reports: '"Without question this is the biggest game for us," safety Keion Carpenter said, noting that the Bills get a similar reception whenever they play at Miami. "I've had some fans tells me they could care less about the other 14 games on the schedule. Any time we line up against those cats, it's basically like our playoff or championship for us."'

Marker Feeling the heat [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The turnover thing is what's killing us this year," Wannstedt said in a conference call to Buffalo this week.'

Marker Williams will learn from this year's disaster [7:00 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, my feeling is that eventually Gregg Williams will be a quality NFL head coach ... in large part because of this season.'

Marker Give the game back to the players [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: '"I don't think there should be any coaches in the booth," Lofton says. "Get down on the sideline and see the game. Then get rid of all the Polaroid film of every play that players study. And why should a quarterback have a radio in his helmet? He's a pro. That's just ludicrous. What they've done is overcomplicate the game."'

Marker Wannstedt: Fiedler's the man in Miami [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Fiedler has 18 turnovers, including 15 interceptions, but he has led the Dolphins to three fourth-quarter comebacks and, when he hasn't played giveaway, he has played well.'

Marker Gardener to have back surgery [6:19 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'If Gardener has disks in his back fused, his career likely would be over, two sources said earlier this week.'

Marker Trap is set with 1-8 Bills as bait [6:18 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '"They've been in a lot of close games and just happened to lose them the same way Carolina has been doing this year. They're not as bad as their record shows. They've got a lot of talent."

Marker Gardener out for season [6:17 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Dolphins defensive tackle Daryl Gardener will undergo back surgery today, ending his 2001 season.'

Marker Hansen is Bills’ link to the glory days [6:16 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'They're all gone - released, retired, cast about by the winds of free agency. All but Hansen, who is struggling to retain his starting defensive end job at age 33, and tackle John Fina, who came to the Bills in Hansen's second season. And how much longer are they going to last on a 1-8 club that is rebuilding at every position?'

Marker Dolphins notebook [6:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Weather could play a role in Sunday's game, but not for the reasons one would expect in late November in Buffalo. Rain is forecast with a high temperature of 59 degrees.'

Marker Gardener out for year for season [6:04 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Gardener's absence will make things tougher for Dolphins middle linebacker Zach Thomas, who relies on Gardener and Tim Bowens to keep blockers off him.'

November 23, 2001

Marker Buffalo's down times to continue against Miami [11:37 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Last time the Miami Dolphins came to Orchard Park, it marked the end of the Buffalo Bills as we knew them. At 7-5, the Bills were coming off their body-bag game in Tampa, when Sam Cowart, Sam Rogers and Keion Carpenter were lost for the season -- all in the second quarter. But even Buffalo's second-half collapse against the Bucs didn't portend what happened back in Western New York a week later. After all, Miami simply didn't, couldn't, wouldn't win at Ralph Wilson Stadium in December. And even without more than a third of the starting defense (Antoine Winfield had gone down a week before the Tampa trio), the defense would just plug in four new guys. The offense, having been carried for the better part of the previous two years, would finally do some heavy lifting. That's the way things had gone in this rivalry for nearly 15 years -- the Dolphins might steal an early-season game here and there, but the Bills always won when it counted most. Especially at home.'

Marker Revival travels to Germany [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think that each week he's gotten more and more comfortable, and our quarterbacks have gotten more and more comfortable with him," said Bills coach Gregg Williams.'

Marker Wilson ensures game is a sellout [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 3,500 tickets will be distributed to Western New York youth football groups, public service agencies and various charitable organizations.'

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