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Buffalo Bills News - October 14, 2002

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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).'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.''

Marker 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.'

Marker Another Houston allows Buffalo to steal victory [5:22 AM]
Port Arthur News reports: 'Giving Drew Bledsoe -- especially the Drew Bledsoe of this season -- a fresh set of downs, is like giving a hard-hitting baseball team four outs. It's a sure-fire way to get burned and Bledsoe, who had been held reasonably in check for three quarters, torched the Texans.'

Marker Buffalo comes from behind to beat another Houston team [5:21 AM]
Conroe Courier reports: '"We knes that we'd have to be aggressive because they'd played three games in overtime," Houston coach Dom Capers said. "We talked all week about we might have to win on the last play of the game. The most frustrating thing is we had a couple of penalties that really hurt."'

Marker Grant Irons makes a successful return to Houston [5:20 AM]
Conroe Courier reports: 'Irons had plenty of fans rooting for him at the game, including his parents, grandmother, brother and other friends from The Woodlands. "He was able to get twenty-eight tickets, so he had a big group here," said Grant's father, Gerald, a former NFL player who is a CISD school board member and an employee of The Woodlands Operating Company. "We had our company-wide tailgate party today. About fifty people came in on the bus from The Woodlands Operating Company. Everybody is excited at the company."'

Marker Buffalo, Houston conjure up past memories [5:19 AM]
Huntsville Item reports: 'Some of Sunday's mistakes can be attributed to inexperience and enthusiasm. But taunting a team after you have made the play that stops their momentum is foolish. To then rough a player on the very next play is inexcusable.'

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October 13, 2002

Marker Bills post-game quotebook [11:32 PM]
Shout! reports: Gregg Williams on the Bills' defense: "We really came out and played suffocating for most of the second half. There were only 34, 35 yards gained in the second half until their last drive. And then we had chances and they made some very good plays."

Marker Mike Doser: Bills clamp down on Texans, win 31-24 [11:32 PM]
Shout! reports: In reality, the victory was only satisfying because it enabled Buffalo (3-3) to move into a second-place tie with the Patriots, who dropped their third in a row. And it was satisfying because, let's face it, wins have not come all that often during Gregg Williams' tenure, so any time the Bills can win, that's satisfying.

Marker Mike Doser: Reliving Price's game-winning TD [11:31 PM]
Shout! reports: Bills' ball, third and 6 from the Houston 26, four minutes, 2 seconds remaining in the game, game tied at 24.

Marker Jimmy's Old Town Tavern raising money for Hunter's Hope [11:11 PM]
JOTT reports: Jimmy's Old Town Tavern in this year hosting the 11th annual Northern Virginia Restaurant Olympics and choose Hunter's Hope as the charity they are raising money for. First competition was tonight (Sunday) and continue thru November 17.

Marker Buffalo 31, Houston 24 [9:52 PM]
ESPN reports: Play by Play

Marker Costly penalties sink young Texans [9:51 PM]
ESPN reports: Houston defense on the ensuing series had stopped the Bills (3-3) on third down at the Buffalo 34 when Jay Foreman, an ex-Bill traded to Houston, lost his cool.

"I take full responsiblity," Foreman said. "I shouldn't have done that. I'm not even that kind of person or player... I don't know what happened and I don't know why. I still can't believe it. That was a selfish play. I feel real bad."

Marker Bills @ Texans Recap [9:41 PM] reports: Three overtime games this season toughened the Buffalo Bills for just the kind of comeback they engineered against the Houston Texans. Drew Bledsoe, the NFL's leading passer, threw two touchdown passes in the final 10:39 and Travis Henry rushed for 159 yards and touchdowns of 1 and 23 yards, leading the Bills to a 31-24 victory.

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