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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2002

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] 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] reports: Peerless Price, Nate Clements, Justin Bannan, Keith Newman & London Fletcher.

Marker Full Play-by-Play [11:04 PM] 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] 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.'

Marker Revived, refreshed and ready [5:34 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"Drew's one of the best when he's on,'' Bromell said. "When that guy is in a zone, he's hard to beat. He was a star in New England and he looks like's on his way again."'

Marker Bills vs. Vikings [5:33 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Gregg Williams knows how to motivate his players. In spite of a terrible season — the Bills finished 3-13 — the Bills played hard the entire season. They upset the Jets at the Meadowlands 14-9, and they took the New England Patriots to overtime in December. But the Bills made significant upgrades to this team during the offseason, and Williams must produce better results.'

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September 14, 2002

Marker Bills taking steps forward [6:16 PM]
AP reports: '"There was a tremendous amount of positive that we have a chance to build on," Williams said, "but you play the game to win. Minnesota's going through the same thing."'

Marker Containing Culpepper a big order [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills cornerback Nate Clements summed it up perfectly when he quipped, "It's tough trying to tackle a quarterback that's bigger than you are."'

Marker Kelly's career takes spotlight in 'Beyond the Glory' documentary [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For Western New Yorkers, there's no more new here than in the Flutie special. But the footage of Kelly playing in high school and in college still makes this compelling viewing.'

Marker Unitas enjoyed success when playing the Bills [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unitas played seven games against Buffalo as a member of the Colts (6) and San Diego Chargers (1). His teams were 6-0-1 in those games (he was 4-0-1 as a starter and came off the bench the two other times).'

Marker Bledsoe a good fit with Bills offense [5:44 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe considers Buffalo a perfect fit off and on the field. He enjoys the small-town atmosphere as well as an offense he says suits him better than any he has played in before.'

Marker Bills not 'that' bad [5:42 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"I was licking my chops, thinking we could take advantage of something,'' Morrow said. "But really, I didn't see much other than a pretty good special teams unit. I mean that. They didn't have many breakdowns, even though it would seem that way. There was just some missed tackles.'''

September 13, 2002

Marker Bills-Vikings Preview [8:58 PM]
AP reports: 'The Vikings have won the past three meetings with the Bills, but six of the last seven matchups have been decided by seven points or less.'

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