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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2002

Marker Plenty of time for excitement in Buffalo [1:17 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Personally, I still think the Bills are another year -- and one more incredible draft by Donahoe and assistant general manager Tom Modrak -- away from being a real threat to do some playoff damage. But, man, are they fun to watch right now.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Profiled on "NFL FILMS PRESENTS" [12:57 PM] reports: Bledsoe talks about his former team, his relationship with Tom Brady and the 2001 season that culminated with him being traded to the Bills on NFL FILMS Presents: Fresh Starts hosted by Steve Sabol airing Monday, September 30 at 7 PM (ET) on ESPN2.

Marker Hang On Tight For Gilbride's Ride [12:56 PM] reports: Many coaches would have benched Henry for the game-- and understandably so. Gilbride, however, decided to give the second-year back another opportunity. "I wasn't going to play him, but I looked at him and said, 'I've got to give this guy a chance," he said. "I have enough belief in him that he'll come back. He'll be smart enough with the ball and won't turn it over again. He gives this offense chances as a runner.'"

Marker Bears' overtime magic runs out [11:49 AM]
Rockford Register Star reports: '"It was a complete team loss," Bears linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said.'

Marker Bears running game grounded again [11:49 AM]
Rockford Register Star reports: 'It was Buffalo's plan to stack the line and stop the Bears' run game, bringing the safeties up for run support and leaving cornerbacks one-on-one with receivers. It's a risky proposition, but the Bears didn't have a run play over five yards.'

Marker Bears can't corral Bills [11:47 AM]
Kane County Chronicle reports: '"We didn't do anything real well today," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "We gave up plays in zone coverage, went to man coverage and gave up plays. There are no excuses. Right now, we're just not getting it done."'

Marker Bears running game falls flat [11:22 AM]
Kane County Chronicle reports: 'The Bills figured the Bears' offense relied on its running game, and sought to stop it by any means necessary. "We had to commit to the box today," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said. "We knew that was a big part of how they wanted the game to go, to get to shorter third downs. We wanted long third downs, so we had to commit early to plan the run defense."'

Marker Week 4 Highlights (Video) [11:14 AM] reports: Watch highlights of Sunday's thrilling 33-27 overtime victory over the Bears.

Marker Bledsoe, Bills make overtime work [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It took the Bills just two plays to travel 56 yards for the winning score.'

Marker Drew's flying circus strikes again [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"What are we going to call this offense, the D-Gun?" asked tight end Jay Riemersma. "We're on the edge of our seats just like the fans."'

Marker Defense succeeds putting pride on line [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was just on today," said Williams, who was one of the Bills' leading tacklers last season. "I just refused to let them run the ball. I just had it in my mind all week."'

Marker Bears' running game stages disappearance [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We knew it was going to be very difficult to play here," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "We were trying to come in here and steal a win. We almost did it, but almost isn't good enough."'

Marker Bills' believers start to hear an amen chorus [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we're starting to develop a belief in ourselves that we've got the talent," said Bledsoe. "We know we've got the ability to play with anybody in the league."'

Marker Bledsoe bandwagon filling with teammates [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You know what Bledsoe was doing after the Bears blocked the Mike Hollis kick that should have won it in regulation? Tight end Jay Riemersma saw it. "He was coming down the sidelines saying, "Hey listen, it's going to be on us to win this again. Let's go do it.' He's excited. He's like a little kid out there, a kid in a candy store. He's just excited to play every single play."'

Marker By leaps and bounds, Moulds enjoying himself again [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a good feeling to know that you're going to have an opportunity to make plays every week," Moulds said. "Having a quarterback like Drew really makes things easier."'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe completed 28 of 36 passes for 328 yards and four TDs. His passer rating was 141.7, which is almost off the charts. He sure looks better than the last No. 11.'

Marker Bills president to speak at breakfast [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Limited tickets still are available for a talk by Tom Donahoe, Buffalo Bills president and general manager, Oct. 8 in the Saturn Club, 377 Delaware Ave.'

Marker Week 4: Postgame Quotebook [8:54 AM] reports: Gregg Williams, Drew Bledsoe, Eric Moulds, Dave Moore, Travis Henry, etc.- talk about Sunday's win over the Bears.

Marker Bills 33, Bears 27 - Dramatic Win in OT [8:52 AM] reports: Bledsoe finished the game 28-of-36 for 328 yards and four touchdowns. The Bills offense accumulated 410 total yards and the defense held the Bears to a mere 52 yards rushing on 26 attempts (2.0 avg).

Marker Bears fall to Drew crew [7:50 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Bledsoe, thought to be a perfect fit for the Bears by many in the scouting community but deemed too expensive by management, showed he's worth all of the $5 million he's earning, as well as the first-round pick Buffalo dealt to acquire him.'

Marker Strength getting weak [7:49 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The team that won 12 straight games decided by a touchdown or less has now lost two straight by the same standard.'

Marker Colvin: I wasn't good enough [7:48 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'He was not down on himself for a roughing-the-passer call in the second quarter on a 19-yard completion from Bledsoe to Josh Reed in a drive that culminated in a four-yard scoring pass to Eric Moulds. ''I don't think it was a late hit, I don't think it was a cheap shot, I don't think it was a roughing the passer,'' he said. ''He got rid of the ball. I didn't even take one step. I was already leaving [my feet] to hit him. I didn't take him down. I just hit him. It's not my fault someone was in front of him and he fell over. That's on him.'''

Marker Robertson benched in favor of Colombo [7:47 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'One flinch and he was gone. Left tackle Bernard Robertson apparently made one mistake too many in Sunday's 33-27 overtime loss to the Buffalo Bills. He was benched late in the third quarter for jumping offside as the Bears prepared to run a play on fourth-and-inches from their own 39. The ensuing loss of five yards forced the Bears to punt.'

Marker Henry rewards Bills for keeping faith [7:46 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Granted, Drew Bledsoe's aerial circus is the force behind the Bills' headline-grabbing, highlight-package offense. But it's Henry's rushing that makes its engine run. He's averaging just over four yards per carry.'

Marker Bad decision haunts Bears [7:45 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'This game wasn't lost Sunday in overtime. No, it was lost last February, when Jerry Angelo and the Halas Hall brain trust determined Drew Bledsoe wasn't worth the money or risk.'

Marker Decision to kneel typical of risk-free Bears [7:44 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Twenty-four seconds in an NFL game is a lot of time in the hands of the right quarterback. The Bears did not have a timeout. But they did have a quarterback. And they had a receiving corps that some are touting as one of the best in the NFL. And they were facing a team that leads the NFL in defensive penalties.'

Marker Holdman injury hurts defense [7:43 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride tried to create a plan that would limit two-time Pro Bowl linebacker Brian Urlacher. The Bills tried to run at Urlacher, not away from him, in hopes of neutralizing his play-making ability.'

Marker Big-play magic vanishes [6:42 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The Bears were trampled early as the Bills gained 126 yards on the game's first 15 plays and went on drives of 75, 51, 41 and 76 yards the first four times they had the ball. Each of the possessions ended in points.'

Marker Any given Sunday: Bears good . . . losers [6:41 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'What's happening here is fairly simple. The Bears are getting a large dose of reality. They are part of the great maw of decent NFL teams that are beatable on any given Sunday, a group doomed to a season of bits of optimism and pieces of hope.'

Marker Unable to put foot down [6:40 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"It's clear that he was falling down. I was trying to drag my leg, he pushed me and kicked my leg out of bounds," Terrell said of Bills free safety Pierson Prioleau before teammate Olin Kreutz urged him to reconsider complaining about the officiating.'

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