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Buffalo Bills News - November 4, 2002

Marker Nothing Like a Good and Heated Rivalry [5:45 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Yesterday, Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe learned to appreciate the nuances of a rivalry, if it's possible to appreciate being sacked four times, knocked around several more times and embarrassed by old friends.'

Marker Patriots Look Like Champions Again [5:44 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'So much for the great debate.'

Marker Belichick's bunch has KO punch [5:43 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe didn't have a chance.'

Marker Brady, Patriots look like champions again in rout of Bills [5:42 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The Patriots also looked more like the champs of last season.'

Marker It was big game for Bledsoe, but just another for Patriots [5:41 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'The perfect passer efficiency rating a NFL quarterback can achieve in a single game is 158.3. Brady compiled a 154.1 rating against the Bills.'

Marker Brady, Patriots bury Bledsoe, Bills 38-7 [5:40 AM]
USA Today reports: 'They looked like Super Bowl champs again - with Brady in a Super Bowl MVP role.'

Marker Sunday revival [5:39 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Scoring on six of their seven meaningful possessions, the Patriots rode Brady's hot hand and the powerful running of Antowain Smith to a victory that should end all the discussion -- for now at least -- on two different Patriots fronts: Was Brady the right choice at quarterback? And was New England a one-year wonder?'

Marker Closer Look [5:38 AM]
CNN/SI reports: '"He is such a strong, powerful back," said Brady, whose 23 of 27, 310-yard, four-touchdown passing performance was in large part made possible by Smith's first 100-yard rushing day since Dec. 22. "He runs hard. He's tough. He's determined. I love having him back there and I love turning around and giving it to him."'

Marker Smith once again part of Patriots' plan [5:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He caught five passes on Sunday, two for touchdowns. And Brown knows Smith can run, too. After rushing for 111 yards on 29 carries, Smith is back in the center of the Pats' offense.'

Marker Belichick schemes confuse, frustrate Bills [5:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The loss, Buffalo's worst since a 47-6 drubbing by the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 4, 1987, was one in which every Bills player could assume culpability.'

Marker Pats show just how well they remember Bledsoe [5:35 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Before we go any further, let's cut Bledsoe some slack. He played well enough to win some ballgames, throwing for 300 yards for the fifth time this year, but he didn't play well enough to win this ballgame.'

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November 3, 2002

Marker Bills vs. Patriots: Game Photos [8:28 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's game vs. New England.

Marker Week 9: Bills-Patriots Postgame Quotebook [8:27 PM] reports: Head coach Gregg Williams: \"The big thing was, they kept the ball out of Bledsoe\'s hands a little bit and we didn\'t get off the field on the third downs defensively. When we got back out on the field today, they did a good job mixing up their coverage. They did a good job on pressures and on coverage and played well. We didn\'t throw and catch well enough.\"

Marker Jim Kelly Presented HOF Ring (PHOTOS) [8:26 PM] reports: Photos of Jim Kelly presentation

Marker Buffalo Jills Action Photos [8:26 PM] reports: Photos from the game on Sunday.

Marker Short passes and running game finally work [7:28 PM]
ESPN reports: '...the Buffalo defense tackled as if it was performing in straitjackets. The New England short passing game was relentless and inexorable and, most important, deadly effective.'

Marker New England 38, Buffalo 7 [5:11 PM]
UPI reports: 'Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards with two of the touchdown throws going to running back Antowain Smith.'

Marker Patriots 38, Bills 7 [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Efficiently picking apart the Bills' defense, Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, helping the defending Super Bowl champions snap their four-game losing streak.'

Marker New England 38, Buffalo 7 [4:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Once again, Drew Bledsoe took a back seat to Tom Brady and Antowain Smith haunted his former team.'

Marker All they want is victory [10:54 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'In any event, it’s a big, big game. Perhaps not just a game, but an event.'

Marker Bledsoe-Brady I: First Blood [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can Bledsoe outplay Brady and lead the Bills past the defending Super Bowl champions? Can Bledsoe be a virus in the computer-like brain of Bill Belichick today and for the better part of the next five years? That's what we begin to find out in Bledsoe Bowl I at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker As it comes to pass, winner will need to run [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is the time of the year when the weather changes and the running game becomes more important," said Henry, who gained 51 and 54 yards in two losses to the Patriots last year. "We've had some good games running the ball so far, but we've got to step up even more this week."'

Marker Hype, hype, hooray: Long-awaited Bledsoe Bowl has arrived [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Opponents took a look at that K.C. film and designed their game plans for infantry attacks. The Pats haven't stopped anyone since.'

Marker Stopping Bledsoe no joke to Belichick [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Say what you will about Belichick's wooden personality, or his dismissive approach with players, he is the top defensive football mind of his generation.'

Marker Eminence front [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know that you're ever ahead of schedule, but we're doing some things that are positive," said Ronnie Vinklarek, the offensive line coach. "Our communication is better, our cohesiveness is better and our chemistry is enhancing every week."'

Marker Q&A with Drew Bledsoe [9:29 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Q: This league often has been described as the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. Are you the ultimate example of that? A: When you play in this league, you're on trial every week. If you play for a long time, maybe you get a couple weeks before your job is on the line. Every player knows if he doesn't play well he can get yanked. Yeah, I was an example of it last year. I played a lot of years, did a lot of things for the organization, but got hurt. The other guy was playing well, and all of a sudden I can't get back on the field.'

Marker No regrets in trading Bledsoe [9:28 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: '"What I did was take a look at what the situation was and what the options were, and again, made the decisions I felt were in the best interest of the football team," Belichick said. "There's a million different scenarios we can always create, but in the end, there's certain options that were available, and there were certain options that weren't."'

Marker The best matchup of the day: New England at Buffalo [9:27 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Despite Bledsoe's impressive passing statistics, Buffalo will run the ball early and often with its best ballcarrier, Travis Henry, because New England's run defense has been shredded regularly, giving up an average of 142.3 yards for a league ranking of 29th.'

Marker A Heroes Hero: Hunter's Hope [9:08 AM] reports: When the Bills play the division rival New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium there will be more going on than just the battle at hand. Bills fans from far and wide will be there to honor the legendary quarterback Jim Kelly one more time.

Marker Bledsoe trade looks brilliant for Bills through eight games [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'After winning the Super Bowl with unheralded Tom Brady, it was clear they needed to move Bledsoe and avert what would’ve been a debilitating team controversy. But to an AFC East division rival they would have to face twice a year?'

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