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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2002

Marker Denver 28, Buffalo 23 [7:32 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Griese passed for two touchdowns and rookie Clinton Portis rushed for 103 yards and a score as the Denver Broncos posted a 28-23 victory over the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Donahoe makes right call in Buffalo by acquiring Bledsoe [4:54 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"The advantage is his experience," Donahoe said of the veteran quarterback. "He's seen everything, he's been exposed to everything. We may call something different than what he's used to calling it. But he's been a starter in this league for a long time. That helps. Very few things happen in the course of a game that he's not been exposed to."'

Marker Bledsoe gives his new team immediate results [4:53 PM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"I've always had confidence in my ability to play this game," Bledsoe said. "I've never doubted, never wavered in that one bit. I know if I've got guys around me that can make plays that I can do my part."'

Marker Good arm, warm heart [4:51 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drew likes Buffalo, and we like Drew.'

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [10:44 AM] reports: We know that Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed are all threats at receiver. There's no way to double-cover two or three of them, but if the Bills appear to rely too heavily on the passing game, the Broncos' defense can slip into zone coverage or put pressure on Bledsoe. Done effectively, that could curtail Buffalo's high-scoring tendencies.

Marker Bills look to give Denver a run for its money [9:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Today's critical questions are: Can the Bills' offense run the ball well enough to loosen up the Broncos' two-deep zone defense? And can Jerry Gray's defense contain Denver's powerful ground game while at the same time covering future Hall of Fame tight end Shannon Sharpe?'

Marker Rugged Broncos offer rejuvenated Bills their best test yet [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Apparently, this is a Broncos team that would make Bronco Nagurski proud, a few dozen angry men who would just as soon punch you in the mouth as look you in the face. Come Sunday evening, the Bills' training staff might be stapling together the faces of half the roster, not just Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Broncos make foes disappear into thin air [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think we've been the best team over the last 27 years, but we have the best home-field record," said Broncos coach Mike Shanahan. "I think some of that has to do with the altitude."'

Marker Denver's Shanahan tops superstar coaches [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In a poll of NFL GMs a year or two ago, Shanahan was an easy winner as the NFL's best coach. If the Broncos get to the Super Bowl in this season's upside-down series of events, the vote might be unanimous.'

Marker Scouting report [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Broncos are too tough at home and will bring the Bills back to earth with a 27-21 victory.'

Marker Promise keeper [9:41 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now three weeks into his fourth season with the Buffalo Bills, Price is smiling. There's a long way to go before Price can totally prove his point, but the smile is an "I-told-you-so" kind of grin.'

Marker Buffalo at Denver: Game Preview [8:59 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Buchsbaum's Preview: The Broncos look as good as almost any team in the league right now. The Bills are not in their league. Matchup to watch: First-round pick Mike Williams, a mammoth blocker at right tackle, will face off against Broncos DLE Trevor Pryce and have to keep Pryce out of Bledsoe’s face if the Bills are to be successful.

Marker AFC East: Bills special-teams coach's job is safe — for the moment [8:56 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Despite special-teams breakdowns that led to two Jets touchdowns in Week One, including the game-winner in overtime, and a 61-yard punt return by Vikings, we hear that Bills ST coach Danny Smith’s job is relatively safe for now. HC Gregg Williams said after the Week One game there was nothing wrong with the scheme and that the problem was missed tackles, a vote of confidence for Smith.

Marker Daryl Johnston: Week 3 Picks [8:51 AM]
Yahoo Sports reports: My upset special. There has to be letdown after beating the Rams and 49ers back to back. The Bills are much better than people realize. Preview

Marker Can Bills stay on roll in Denver? [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: 'The heavily favored Broncos are positioned to bring the Bills back down to earth with a thud.'

Marker Offensive coordinator has Bills clicking [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: '“I believe there are some parallels that can be drawn between football and life,” says the Bills’ new offensive coordinator. “With each, you have to deal with constant change and new challenges. Neither life nor football is static. How well you handle both the expected and unexpected will determine how successful you are.”'

Marker Q & A with Josh Reed [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: '"I'm always happy. Anytime you see me I've usually always got a smile on my face."'

Marker Broncos take aim at Bledsoe [6:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"This is the toughest team we've played in a long while," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "Mike Shanahan teams play with a toughness. They do a great job of controlling the line of scrimmage."'

Marker Bills face toughest test yet in Denver defense [6:09 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Unfortunately for Buffalo, it has given up exactly as many points as it’s scored — 76 — and that ranks behind only winless Detroit (80) in league generosity.'

Marker Hollis gives Bills a reason to kick [6:08 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But most significantly, through early this season, Hollis has the best percentage among active kickers from 50 yards and beyond (13-of-18).'

Marker Abramoski reflects on 37 years with Bills [6:07 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And if there was any doubt about the esteem in which players held him, Abramoski is the only trainer in the history of the Pro Football Hall of Fame to present an individual for induction.'

Marker Still a Spartan at heart [6:06 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'You see, his parents, Russ and Lydia, make the drive here from East Syracuse for four or five games a season ... and upon arrival at Ralph Wilson Stadium, they sit in pretty good seats. And all because their little boy, the vice president, has grown up to be a player. Yes, a player. With a big desk in a big-windowed office of a big-time sports franchise.'

Marker Bills bringing toughest test for defense yet [6:05 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'When the Broncos kick off today's game against the Buffalo Bills at Invesco Field at Mile High, Denver will be going against the most potent offense it has faced this season. More potent than St. Louis'. More potent than San Francisco's. More potent than the Broncos could have imagined when the NFL released its 2002 schedule back in April.'

Marker Broncos' talent suits scheme for cover two [6:04 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'It's the hottest trend in the NFL right now. It was born out of a defenses' need to slow prolific passing teams. At its most basic, it works like this...'.

Marker Griese, Bledsoe take different approaches [6:03 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'Brian Griese was booed during his home opener. The Denver Broncos were leading at the time and eventually beat defending NFC champion St. Louis. Drew Bledsoe was cheered during and after his Buffalo debut, even though the Bills blew it in overtime to the rival New York Jets.'

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September 21, 2002

Marker Bills at Denver Preview [7:22 PM] reports: The Broncos have the NFL's No. 1 run defense, allowing an average of just 51.5 yards after two games. Making matters worse, the Broncos accomplished this against the 49ers and Rams, two teams that ranked second and fifth, respectively, in the NFL last season in yards rushing per game.

Marker Bills - Broncos Series History [12:18 PM] reports: In all, the Bills & Broncos have met 30 times dating back to 1960. The Bills hold a 17-12-1 lead in the series but Denver has taken the last three meetings including a 23-20 overtime road win in 1997, the last time the two teams met. The Bills have not won in Denver since 1967.

Marker New moves put Schobel's game in fast lane [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You can't beat people with just speed in this league. I figured if Jonas can (stop me), so can other guys. I had to come up with something else. I knew my stuff wasn't working anymore."'

Marker Success brings Bledsoe strong blitz of interview requests [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Chris Mortensen said that Drew told him that he never understood what (former Patriot coach Bill) Parcells meant when he wanted him to be a leader," said Garber. "And now he understands. He had a staple put on (the side of his face) without anesthesia. That's leadership. He has evolved and is the leader of the team."'

Marker He's raising his Price [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'The former University of Tennessee standout is a free agent after this season and should the Bills fail or elect not to re-sign him by next March, other teams will be calling Price, not just friends and marketers.'

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