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Buffalo Bills News - September 16, 2002

Marker Culpepper blames self - again [5:24 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Culpepper fumbled four times, losing the ball three times and costing his team 13 points.'

Marker Brien deserves blame, but so do others [5:23 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'While the blame for the loss starts with Brien, there was plenty to spread around.'

Marker Brien's exit appears near [5:22 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"Who misses two PATs in a game? High school kickers make those," Brien said earlier. "I'm just so disgusted with myself, I'm not even worried about (the possibility of being released)."'

Marker Extra points [5:22 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Members of the Vikings' secondary still might be smoldering from the torching they received from Buffalo's Peerless Price.'

Marker The skinny [5:20 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Worst uniform: Buffalo. Boys, the Arena League is a spring league.'

Marker Flush with Bledsoe infusion [5:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''With Drew,'' said Price, `if you're down, 40-0, you believe you can win.'''

Marker Mike Doser: Reliving the biggest play of the day [12:17 AM]
Shout! reports: It was the second week in a row, the Bills drew up a clutch play on the spot to take advantage of something they saw in the defense. It was a witty piece of play-calling on Bledsoe and OC Kevin Gilbride's part. Of course, Bledsoe and Price had to execute it to perfection.

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September 15, 2002

Marker Bledsoe makes his mark with Bills [11:52 PM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe threw for 463 yards in Buffalo's 45-39 overtime victory over the Vikings on Sunday, shattering the franchise record for passing yards in a game. Vikings fans might remember a game eight years ago, when Bledsoe brought the Patriots back from a 20-0 deficit on the way to a 26-20 overtime victory. He threw 70 passes in that game, completing 45 of them.'

Marker Culpepper takes some blame again [11:51 PM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Culpepper was under pressure much of the day. Culpepper was sacked five times. Three of those times he fumbled. And those three fumbles led to 13 Buffalo points, including one that was recovered in the end zone for a fourth-quarter Bills TD. "They did a good job of getting to me," Culpepper said. "That's a part of the game. I don't care if guys come and hit me, I have to be able to bounce back, stay in there, stand tough and tall. . . . I just have to hold on to the ball. If I get hit from the back? So what. I have to hold onto the ball."

Marker Misses expected to cost Brien kicking job [11:49 PM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Brien, the Vikings placekicker Sunday, appears to have played his final game with the Vikings. In an overtime loss to Buffalo in the home opener, Brien missed a 44-yard field goal attempt at the end of the first half. Worse, he missed two extra points -- both pulled left -- in the second half.'

Marker Bills get past Vikings in overtime, 45-39 [11:47 PM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: '"We're going to win as a team and lose as a team," Moss said. "By our FG kicker missing those [extra points], I wasn't really down on him. Of course, he could have made them. But what did we do on defense? What did we [I] do on offense? What did we do on special teams? Let's not blame it on our kicker for missing those PATs. You can't blame him. If you're going to blame somebody, let's blame the whole team, including the coaching staff. Because it was their fault and it was our fault for not making it happen. That's really what it was."'

Marker Bills @ Vikings Gamebook [11:24 PM]
NFL.com reports: T.Henry - 12/30 yds, D.Bledsoe - 49 attempts / 35 completions for 463 yards, P. Price - 13 catches for 185 yards, A.Schobel - 3 sacks, Hollis 4 FGs of 5 attempts + 3 Extra Points.

Marker Photos of Bills-Vikings Game [11:16 PM]
NFL.com reports: Peerless Price, Nate Clements, Justin Bannan, Keith Newman & London Fletcher.

Marker Full Play-by-Play [11:04 PM]
NFL.com reports: Plays and scores.

Marker Bledsoe reaches 30,000-yard mark [9:57 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe surpassed 30,000 yards in career passing Sunday, reaching the milestone faster than all but three other quarterbacks. Playing in his 126th career game, Bledsoe went past the mark on a 14-yard pass to Peerless Price midway through the second quarter against the Minnesota Vikings. He entered the game needing 72 yards to get to 30,000.'

Marker Bills 45, Vikings 39, OT [7:58 PM]
AP reports: '``It took everything we had,'' Bledsoe said, ``but hopefully this is a step for us in the right direction.'''

Marker Buffalo 45, Minnesota 39 (ot) [7:56 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Vikings appeared to have the game won in regulation when Moe Williams scored on a two-yard TD run with 26 seconds left for a 39-36 lead. But Bledsoe was able to set up the game-tying field goal by driving the team 29 yards in 18 seconds.'

Marker Bledsoe and Bills Travel To The Metrodome [3:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: CAREER PASSING YARDAGE: Last week passed Joe Ferguson and now ranks 25th all-time. He is 51 yards away from #24 Randall Cunningham and 869 away from #23 Norm Snead. He enters Sunday\'s game at Minnesota needing 72 yards to become just the 24th QB ever to reach the 30,000 passing yards plateau. By comparison, Bills Hall of Famer Jim Kelly reached 30,000 on 9/17/95 in his 135th career game in the NFL.

Marker Buffalo 'D' prepares to stop big-play duo [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Expect Prioleau to provide deep help for cornerback Nate Clements, who likely will be lined up against Moss.'

Marker Explosive offenses clash as Bills visit Vikings [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe has averaged more than 300 passing yards in three previous games against the Vikings.'

Marker Veteran Hollis gives Bills a leg up in kicking department [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"No question we were lucky," Donahoe said. "Under normal circumstances you don't get those guys."'

Marker Man of the world [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Five times a week, six when the Bills are playing at The Ralph, Ahanotu wakes up at 5:30 a.m. and hops into a limousine for the 90-minute drive from Toronto to One Bills Drive. He's paying the driver, a Toronto native, $5,000 a month for the escort service.'

Marker Bills' first lady swings a mighty racket [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mary Wilson is not only the first lady of the Bills, she is a live-with-every-play fan.'

Marker Week 2: Enter your Football Picks! [8:51 AM]
TBD reports: If you are playing in the TBD football pool, make sure you enter your picks for week 2!

Marker There's no defense for Vikes' Moss [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm fortunate that I haven't been in a locker room with a guy like that. I've been lucky enough to have a lot of team guys who were out for the best interests of the team rather than individually. It wouldn't make me feel good about having him playing with me."'

Marker Bills' next step is learning to win [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: '"Somebody has to make a big play, somebody has to do something to win the game. When you've got a bunch of guys knowing what they need to do, coming in here and working hard, good character guys who care, I think it will be a natural process and you'll start seeing this team winning games."'

Marker Q&A with London Fletcher [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"Get another ring. I want to do whatever I can to make this team become world champions. I think we're headed in the right direction. I really have a good feeling about this organization and the coaches."'

Marker Must-win time for the Bills and Vikings? You betcha [5:37 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo has won only four of its last 22 regular-season games. “We need a win to get a better feeling about ourselves,” admitted Bills’ coach Gregg Williams, who’s 3-14 since replacing Wade Phillips. But there’s a similar urgency for the Vikings, who have won a mere five of their past 20 games.'

Marker Vikings to rely on three-back rotation [5:36 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Vikings coach Mike Tice has created a rotating running back system, one he will operate by instinct and with only one assurance: Each back will get meaningful carries in every game.'

Marker Details: The Vikings running backs [5:35 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Michael Bennett: 5-9, 211 pounds. . . . Left Wisconsin after one season as starter, leaving steep learning curve for NFL. . . . Track star who has run 100 meters in 9.9 seconds. . . . Turned screen pass into 80-yard touchdown last season, but longest career run is only 31 yards. . . . Vikings need his breakaway threat on field, so he is expected to get twice as many carries as either Chapman or Williams.'

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