Game Notebook vs. Houston Texans [1:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Through six games in 2002, the Bills have had seven 100-yard receiving games from three different receivers - three each from Eric Moulds and Peerless Price and one from Josh Reed. The most the team has ever had in one season was 11 in 1991, accomplished by four different receivers - Andre Reed (4), James Lofton (4), Thurman Thomas (2), and Don Beebe (1).
Closest fight [11:44 AM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'The Bills actually had more penalties than the Texans, racking up 128 yards on 13 penalties, to 11 penalties for 75 yards for the Texans. But the Bills were able to play their way out of their mistakes and the Texans weren’t.'
High School Coach Of The Week - Week 6 [11:08 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Head coach Tom Goddard of Clarence High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the sixth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 11-12). Clarence scored an exciting 35-28 overtime victory over arch-rival Lancaster, earning their fourth consecutive victory and a giant step toward a playoff spot in Class AA, Section VI football.
Bills save their best for last in victory [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just have to keep believing even when we're down. As a team we have to step up and be prepared."'
Bills avoid a Texas misstep [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry challenged them at halftime to step up and to not lose their confidence in their techniques," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Both coordinators did a good job of scheming in the second half."'
Williams' leg injury worries Bills [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams called it a strained muscle, but won't know for sure until the rookie has a magnetic resonance imaging examination today.'
Texans' Foreman gives aid and comfort to enemy [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I take full responsibility," said a very somber Foreman. "It was a selfish display on my part. I'm not that type of player, not that type of person. There was a lot of pressure on me this week. I just did something I never ever have done before, and probably never ever will do again." Except that he did, on the very next play.'
Bills make run toward balance [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yes, it was pretty bad out there for a while. But give the Bills credit. They kept plugging away. They maintained their poise in the midst of all the chaos. The coaches made the proper adjustments in the second half and the players executed them.'
Defense isn't half bad after early struggles [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But after allowing 258 net yards in the first half, Buffalo's defense held the NFL's lowest-ranked offense to 80 yards the rest of the day.'
Monday billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A big reality check comes next week when the Bills travel to play their most hated rival, Miami. A win down there against one of the league's top teams and then you can start taking the Bills seriously as a potential playoff team.'
All For Kicks: The Bills and Dunlop Team Up [8:48 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The folks at Roswell Park Cancer Institute will be paying extra attention to the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoons this season. They will be listening for key phrases from the play-by-play announcers. Phrases like, "it's up and it's good" or "the punt sails inside the 20."
Defense takes a stand [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '“I think that probably was the best overall half of football we’ve played,” said linebacker London Fletcher, who led a unit that limited Houston to 80 yards net in the second half including just 18 passing by Carr.'
Moral win does nada for Texans [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'A victory over Buffalo wouldn’t have been an upset in the Texans’ minds.'
Bills: Watson, Henry play over errors [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'During the first half Watson looked like he couldn’t have covered a wall, even if he was wallpaper.'
Bills Report Card [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'A nice if not ugly win for Gregg Williams. The Bills fought, overcoming a season-high 13 penalties for a critical win to get back to .500. A commitment to run by Kevin Gilbride paid dividends and Jerry Gray’s defensive tinkering at halftime paid off as well.'
Texans lose close one to high-powered Bills [5:35 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Lost in the defeat was the Texans' best offensive performance of the year. The Texans established season-highs for points (24), total yards (338), first downs (18), passing yards (197) and rushing yards (141).'
Overdue Bill [5:34 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Shoot, he still looks good to me. He looks real good," Coleman said. "He came out playing with a lot of fire and getting the ball to his receivers and giving them a chance to make plays. He looks as good as I've ever seen him."'
Commander Travis leads charge for Buffalo [5:34 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"The Texans came in and decided `Hey, we're not gonna let you guys beat us with your two receivers,' " Bledsoe said. "They did a very good job of taking away some of our passing game. But if teams are going to commit that many guys to our passing game, we've got to be able to run the ball. Travis did an outstanding job for us today."'
Jump-Started [5:33 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans had 258 yards total offense, more than their season average, in the first half compared with the Bills' 181.'
Carr likes his job, and it shows [5:32 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Drew Bledsoe he wasn't, certainly not in the end. Bledsoe trumped him in most of the individual statistical categories and, more importantly, on the scoreboard, picking the Texans' defense to pieces in the Bills' 21-point second half. But D.C. was pretty good, spending much of his work day outperforming a fellow who started in a Super Bowl before he graduated from high school.'
Carr close, but no cigar in late drive [5:31 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"We were thinking, `Go down and score and go to overtime,' " receiver Corey Bradford said. "From the beginning, we were prepared to go to overtime." A fourth-quarter charge by the Bills made sure that wouldn't happen.'
With Bills driving, Foreman gets his 15 minutes of shame [5:30 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Me and Jay had been talking all game," Price said. "I had a corner route, and he and Aaron did a great job breaking it up. Then he ran over me and bumped me out. He was in my face and kept yapping. I reacted, but the referee got him. That is what coach (Gregg) Williams tells us to do. Let the other guys do all the yip-yapping. "It was big. Jay had two big penalties on that sequence, and I know they're probably getting on him now, because it allowed us to tie the game up."'
These flag football games delaying forward progress [5:29 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"To win an NFL game, you have got to out-execute your opponent for 60 minutes and we didn't do that," said Texans coach Dom Capers. "The most frustrating thing with today's performance was the penalties. They really hurt us. It's an emotional game. But you can't do that, because the whole team suffers."'
Texans summary [5:28 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"You have to give a lot of the credit to Henry," Texans linebacker Keith Mitchell said. "I played against him when was a rookie, but he's a different back than he was then. He really impressed me."'
Grading the Texans [5:27 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Eric Moulds got most of the attention in terms of coverage schemes played by the Texans, who tried to double Moulds as much as possible. For the most part, the strategy worked; Moulds didn't catch a pass in the first half and only caught four in the game, although one went for a touchdown. The Texans took more chances with Peerless Price, and he made them pay, catching eight passes for 121 yards and the game-winning touchdown against safety Matt Stevens.'
Key play [5:26 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'With the score tied at 24 with 4:02 remaining in the game, the Bills found themselves at the Texans' 26, needing to convert a third-and-six or be forced to attempt a field goal. Receiver Peerless Price worked his way open against Texans safety Matt Stevens, and quarterback Drew Bledsoe found him for what became the game-winning touchdown.'
Texans drop the ball [5:26 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"The Texans had a good game plan for us," said Bledsoe, who finished 19 of 33 for 254 yards. "They decided, 'Hey, we're not going to let you guys beat us with your two receivers.' If they're going to commit seven guys to our passing game, we've got to be able to run the ball, and Travis did an outstanding job."'
Foreman's follies hurt Texans [5:25 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"I don't know why I did what I did, but we had the game," Foreman said. "I can't believe I did that."'
Texans Notebook [5:24 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: 'Former TCU standout defensive end Aaron Schobel leads the Bills with 4.5 sacks, and he said Buffalo expected Texans rookie quarterback David Carr to make more errors in only his fifth NFL start. 'We took some shots from the Texans offense early,' Schobel said. 'With Carr being such a young quarterback, we hoped that he would make a mistake, but he never did.''
Crucial errors send Texans to loss [5:23 AM]
Galveston Daily News reports: 'Houston, focused in on stopping Bledsoe, allowed Henry to rush for a career-high 159 yards and a pair of touchdowns. But some of that yardage came after missed tackles — Henry broke two tackles on a 23-yard third-quarter touchdown run — as did the Bills final touchdown.'
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