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Buffalo Bills News - October 6, 2002

Marker Bills Wall of Fame Welcomes Kent Hull [11:53 AM] reports: Kent Hull, who started at center longer than any player in Buffalo Bills history, will be the 19th inductee on the Wall of Fame during halftime ceremonies on the field today.

Marker Buffalo treats Bledsoe royally [10:05 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: '"The difference between good teams, the teams that win, and the teams that don't win in this league is so small now that you can make that transition very quickly. This team has a lot of talent. We've got a ways to go. But we do feel we have enough talent to compete with anybody."'

Marker Raiders at Bills: Three keys to the game [10:04 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'To stop that ominous threat, they must do something they've yet to do this season -- have a strong pass rush inside with tackles Sam Adams, John Parrella and end/tackle Chris Cooper.'

Marker Points to ponder about the Raiders [10:03 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Is this that 3-13 mess from a year ago? Who would have thought, with road games at preseason Super Bowl favorites Pittsburgh and St. Louis in the first six weeks, that the Raiders' toughest early-season test would be at Buffalo?'

Marker Bills, Raiders coordinators put on defensive [9:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders have the top-ranked offense in the NFL and have scored 113 points in three games. The Bills own the league's sixth-ranked offense and have put up 132 points in four games.'

Marker The Drew Zone [9:48 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Hey, I think this is normal play for Drew," Van Pelt said. "I can see Drew playing like this all year."'

Marker The Bodyguard [9:47 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ruben Brown, the All-Pro left guard, looks on admiringly as Jennings dominates one-on-one drills in training camp. "Best feet in the NFL," Brown shouts. "Best feet in the NFL."'

Marker Rice endures as a star because of his fanatical work ethic [9:46 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He gets by these days on his savvy, on wisdom collected, distilled and applied. He burned Tennessee last Sunday for 144 yards on four catches, capturing the Bills' full attention as they prepared for today.'

Marker Al Davis' Raiders still winning, baby [9:45 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Not only has Davis been winning for almost 40 years with the Raiders, he's still battling the NFL.'

Marker Scouting Report [9:44 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders are ripe for the upset, but their offensive balance will overcome the Bills' pass-heavy attack in a 31-27 victory.'

Marker Jumbogate event set for Bills game [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A $15 field house ticket will include beer, soft drinks, coffee, snacks, Buffalo Bills Experience games and parking. A $30 VIP suite ticket will add a buffet and the chance to watch the game in a stadium suite.'

Marker Venison Coalition running booth in the Ralph at today's game [9:43 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Venison Donation Coalition, a statewide organization in Bath, has arranged for Booth 115 near Section 155 to donate a portion of its sales to the VDC processing services needed to supply deer meat to the needy.'

Marker What Jim Kelly wants... [9:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It seems Kelly wanted the street markers put up before he's presented with his ring from the Pro Football Hall of Fame during halftime of the Bills' game against New England on Nov. 3. That way his family and friends can drive on his boulevard.'

Marker Rod Woodson's hands -- where passes go to die [7:03 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'As good a quarterback as Bledsoe may be right now, throwing for an NFL-best 1,345 yards and completing 70 percent of his passes, he could be in over his head. Because Woodson has seen him on film. "A lot, over the years," Woodson adds, with a grin.'

Marker Bills (2-2) vs. Raiders (3-0) [7:03 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Bledsoe shows great arm strength but is not mobile under pressure; the Raiders want to collapse his pocket, force him into quick decisions and hammer him like the old days back in New England.'

Marker First down [7:02 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'The Raiders are one of several teams faking substitutes to confuse the defense, and this week the NFL office sent out a memo reminding coaches that such a ploy was against the rules. It is considered unsportsmanlike conduct; a team is supposed to be warned the first time it happens in a game and penalized 15 yards the next time. Officials apparently have not been vigilant about enforcing the rule, however, but they will be looking for it in today's games.'

Marker Bounces going Raider's way [7:00 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Woodson, the Raiders' brand-new 37-year-old free safety, is in the midst of an unprecedented run of good fortune. In the second game of the season, against Pittsburgh, he tied an NFL record by recovering three fumbles. In the third game, last Sunday against Tennessee, he intercepted three passes.'

Marker Football is fun once more for Bledsoe [7:00 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"He's come into Buffalo and brought a renewed sense of confidence to that team," Gannon said. "With him, they feel like anything's possible. They're going to be in each game, with a chance to win each week. That's a real compliment to him and the way he's played each week and the confidence the guys have in him. It's very apparent when you watch the film."'

Marker Raiders vs. Bills [6:59 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Don't be surprised if: This game develops into a shootout, with the team that has the ball last winning.'

Marker Raiders a good test for Bills [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'What the Bills, still one of the youngest teams in the league, can’t match in experience they hope to make up for with intensity, confidence, talent and a home field. The Raiders are 5-13 all-time in Buffalo.'

Marker Q & A with Dave Moore [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: '“Young players that are lazy as far as football goes. I’ve seen so many guys who have twice the athletic ability that I have that are too lazy to work hard enough to make it in this league. They could probably play 15 years and they end up playing two.”'

Marker Brockport State grad is special coach [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bob Casullo, a former Brockport State star running back and former recruiting coordinator for Syracuse University, is in his third season as Oakland’s special teams coach.'

Marker Even time can't cover Rice [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '“I really don’t think people are going to appreciate how mind-boggling Jerry’s achievements are until he hangs ‘em up,” Centers says. “He’s going to put some of these things so far out of reach it isn’t going to be funny.”'

Marker Bills ready for a shootout as Raiders invade Buffalo [5:37 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"It's always a little special going against a guy that's as hot as Rich Gannon is and who plays the game the way that he does," Bledsoe admitted. "You know that it presents a challenge because it's a lot to ask of your defense to hold an offense like theirs down the whole game. You know you have to go out and take advantage of your opportunities a little bit more. "That being said, I can't really control what he does, I can only control what we do. And we are going to try to score every time we have the ball."'

Marker Williams has improved with the Bills [5:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What he's been doing is staying out of the way ... and that's not meant as a joke.'

Marker Raiders are on a mission [5:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"What I tell our players is to take care of our own business. If you go out and physically dominate your opponent, you shouldn't have to come down to a situation where it comes down to one play ... where the referees decision has an effect on the outcome of the game. It is unfortunate what happened, but we have to carry on."'

Marker Bledsoe turns Bills fans into `Drew Believers' [5:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I think this team has the potential... we have the talent to get it done. Now we have to go out and prove it."'

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October 5, 2002

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:58 PM] reports: The Bills, of course, have unleashed the no-huddle too. After watching Drew Bledsoe demolish defenses in September, no NFL team is going to feel safe with a lead against the Bills. Especially when they know that, at any point in time, Buffalo could spring into that high-speed attack. “We wouldn't hesitate to use it,” head coach Gregg Williams said of the no-huddle. “Anytime.”

Marker Sunday's injury report [11:14 AM]
Shout! reports: Oakland Raiders: OUT - CB Charles Woodson (shoulder); QUESTIONABLE - DT Roderick Coleman (ankle/knee), G Mo Collins (knee), RB Randy Jordan (groin), T Lincoln Kennedy (concussion/foot); PROBABLE - WR James Jett (knee). Buffalo Bills: PROBABLE - RB Travis Henry (knee); TE Jay Riemersma (ankle)

Marker Vince D'Adamo: Raiders aware of Bledsoe influence [11:11 AM]
Shout! reports: Whether Buffalo is a serious contender in its division remains to be seen but since Bledsoe has come aboard, having the Bills on your schedule is no longer equivalent of having a bye week.

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