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Buffalo Bills News - November 4, 2002

Marker Belichick schemes confuse, frustrate Bills [5:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The loss, Buffalo's worst since a 47-6 drubbing by the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 4, 1987, was one in which every Bills player could assume culpability.'

Marker Pats show just how well they remember Bledsoe [5:35 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Before we go any further, let's cut Bledsoe some slack. He played well enough to win some ballgames, throwing for 300 yards for the fifth time this year, but he didn't play well enough to win this ballgame.'

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November 3, 2002

Marker Bills vs. Patriots: Game Photos [8:28 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's game vs. New England.

Marker Week 9: Bills-Patriots Postgame Quotebook [8:27 PM] reports: Head coach Gregg Williams: \"The big thing was, they kept the ball out of Bledsoe\'s hands a little bit and we didn\'t get off the field on the third downs defensively. When we got back out on the field today, they did a good job mixing up their coverage. They did a good job on pressures and on coverage and played well. We didn\'t throw and catch well enough.\"

Marker Jim Kelly Presented HOF Ring (PHOTOS) [8:26 PM] reports: Photos of Jim Kelly presentation

Marker Buffalo Jills Action Photos [8:26 PM] reports: Photos from the game on Sunday.

Marker Short passes and running game finally work [7:28 PM]
ESPN reports: '...the Buffalo defense tackled as if it was performing in straitjackets. The New England short passing game was relentless and inexorable and, most important, deadly effective.'

Marker New England 38, Buffalo 7 [5:11 PM]
UPI reports: 'Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards with two of the touchdown throws going to running back Antowain Smith.'

Marker Patriots 38, Bills 7 [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Efficiently picking apart the Bills' defense, Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, helping the defending Super Bowl champions snap their four-game losing streak.'

Marker New England 38, Buffalo 7 [4:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Once again, Drew Bledsoe took a back seat to Tom Brady and Antowain Smith haunted his former team.'

Marker All they want is victory [10:54 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'In any event, it’s a big, big game. Perhaps not just a game, but an event.'

Marker Bledsoe-Brady I: First Blood [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Can Bledsoe outplay Brady and lead the Bills past the defending Super Bowl champions? Can Bledsoe be a virus in the computer-like brain of Bill Belichick today and for the better part of the next five years? That's what we begin to find out in Bledsoe Bowl I at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker As it comes to pass, winner will need to run [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This is the time of the year when the weather changes and the running game becomes more important," said Henry, who gained 51 and 54 yards in two losses to the Patriots last year. "We've had some good games running the ball so far, but we've got to step up even more this week."'

Marker Hype, hype, hooray: Long-awaited Bledsoe Bowl has arrived [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Opponents took a look at that K.C. film and designed their game plans for infantry attacks. The Pats haven't stopped anyone since.'

Marker Stopping Bledsoe no joke to Belichick [9:32 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Say what you will about Belichick's wooden personality, or his dismissive approach with players, he is the top defensive football mind of his generation.'

Marker Eminence front [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know that you're ever ahead of schedule, but we're doing some things that are positive," said Ronnie Vinklarek, the offensive line coach. "Our communication is better, our cohesiveness is better and our chemistry is enhancing every week."'

Marker Q&A with Drew Bledsoe [9:29 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Q: This league often has been described as the what-have-you-done-for-me-lately league. Are you the ultimate example of that? A: When you play in this league, you're on trial every week. If you play for a long time, maybe you get a couple weeks before your job is on the line. Every player knows if he doesn't play well he can get yanked. Yeah, I was an example of it last year. I played a lot of years, did a lot of things for the organization, but got hurt. The other guy was playing well, and all of a sudden I can't get back on the field.'

Marker No regrets in trading Bledsoe [9:28 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: '"What I did was take a look at what the situation was and what the options were, and again, made the decisions I felt were in the best interest of the football team," Belichick said. "There's a million different scenarios we can always create, but in the end, there's certain options that were available, and there were certain options that weren't."'

Marker The best matchup of the day: New England at Buffalo [9:27 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Despite Bledsoe's impressive passing statistics, Buffalo will run the ball early and often with its best ballcarrier, Travis Henry, because New England's run defense has been shredded regularly, giving up an average of 142.3 yards for a league ranking of 29th.'

Marker A Heroes Hero: Hunter's Hope [9:08 AM] reports: When the Bills play the division rival New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium there will be more going on than just the battle at hand. Bills fans from far and wide will be there to honor the legendary quarterback Jim Kelly one more time.

Marker Bledsoe trade looks brilliant for Bills through eight games [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'After winning the Super Bowl with unheralded Tom Brady, it was clear they needed to move Bledsoe and avert what would’ve been a debilitating team controversy. But to an AFC East division rival they would have to face twice a year?'

Marker Q&A with Marques Sullivan [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] What is the pain like on Monday mornings after an NFL game? [A:] ’’It can be pretty bad. Of course you’re going to come away with bumps and bruises, so you have to take care of your body. The worse part is your fingers because you’re constantly using them, and you have defensive players swatting at them all the time.’’'

Marker Patriots' Brady goes from hero to questioned QB [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: 'The real quarterback with something to prove is Brady. He may have made Bledsoe expendable in New England and become the youngest player ever to win Super Bowl MVP honors. But a scant nine months after holding the Lombardi Trophy aloft, Brady is walking around with a target on his back as big as the Green Monster.'

Marker Butler, Donahoe are top execs [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Chargers will play the Bills in Buffalo on Dec. 15, and the way these two young teams are improving, it wouldn’t be a shock to see them meet in the AFC playoffs in the near future -- perhaps as soon as January 2003.'

Marker Bledsoe, Brady together again today [5:45 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Their fates are inexorably tied and have been since last April 21.'

Marker Spotlight belongs to Bledsoe today [5:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With a win, the Bills would not only continue their rise to playoff contention, they could land a near fatal blow on the defending Super Bowl champions, who have lost their past four. "Beware the wounded bear," said Bills defensive end Chidi Ahanatou. "It's a dangerous thing."'

Marker Master plans [5:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I would guess he would roll some coverage to protect Otis Smith [if he plays] out there,'' said Zolak. ''I'm not sure whether Bill would stick to what he's done against Drew or change it up. In the days when Bill was successful against Drew, Drew didn't have receivers like Peerless Price and Eric Moulds. Those guys can get free down the field. I would think the Patriots would play a Cover-2 defense and probably mix a few other things in."'

Marker Buffalo turned 2001 losses into 2002 gains [5:42 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I have tremendous respect for Bill [Belichick] and Scott [Pioli] for what they did there last year,'' said Gregg Williams, coach of the 5-3 Bills. ''[General manager] Tom [Donahoe] and I talked an awful lot about that during the season and toward the end of the season, about what was taking place down there. It was on my mind quite a bit when we were identifying the people that we were bringing in here to complement the people that were already here.'''

Marker Gilbride plays a lead role in the QB drama [5:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Belichick's plan and Bledsoe's response to it will certainly be key factors today, but so will the play selection of Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride.'

Marker The completion of his life [5:40 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So why DIDN'T other teams jump at a chance to trade for Bledsoe? ``No. 1, I was coming off an injury,'' said Bledsoe. ``No. 2, I was carrying a pretty heavy price tag. There weren't a lot of teams in the league that could afford, with the salary cap, to do the deal. Maybe there wasn't as much interest out there as I would have hoped, but I'm tremendously thankful that I ended up where I did. I look around the league and I can't imagine getting myself to a situation that would be any better -- personally or professionally -- than where I am right now.'''

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