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Buffalo Bills News - October 2, 2002

Marker The defense doesn't rest during overtime [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry was more aggressive with his third down calls in overtime," said middle linebacker London Fletcher. "Even against Minnesota, we were aggressive each time their offense had the ball. We came after (the Bears) that last time and forced a hurried throw by (quarterback Jim) Miller."'

Marker Bledsoe making teams pay for not believing [6:41 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '"Drew's on a mission because of what happened last year," Bills President Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker Bills' Robertson suspended for four games [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills reserve defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson has been suspended by the NFL for four games for violation of an undisclosed league policy.'

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October 1, 2002

Marker Bills And The ONDCP Rally To Prevent Youth Drug Use [3:37 PM] reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills and the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) have joined forces to help prevent teen drug use and in particular, marijuana use among this age group.

Marker Bills Safety Tony Driver Among Finalists Sept. Extra Effort Award [3:09 PM] reports: While rehabbing in Buffalo during the offseason, Driver spent mornings at the stadium and afternoons and evenings at community events. He was involved in the NYS Special Olympics Summer Games, attending the kickoff breakfast and the Opening Ceremonies in June where he walked with the athletes during the ceremony.

Marker Bills penalties [1:35 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'That’s not to say the Bills are a serious contender for a division title, but it is getting more difficult to say they can’t be, if they can cut down on penalties. A fumble-less game from Travis Henry, and oh, even an interception, might help too against the Raiders.'

Marker Bills' attitude reminiscent of breakthrough ‘87 team [1:17 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So the next step in Buffalo’s improvement must come from the defense. After Sunday’s win, cornerback Antoine Winfield admitted, “Right now our offense is playing very well ... putting up points and putting us in a position to win. Defensively, we’ve given up too much ... too many penalties ... touchdowns instead of field goals. “We’ve got to do more.”'

Marker Some upbeat shows on Buffalo to air on TNT, Travel Channel [9:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'TNT has moved up by several months the airing of the fantasy movie, "Second String," in which the Bills win the Super Bowl. It now plans to carry it on Dec. 18.'

Marker Bills playing like division contenders [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The win not only improved the Bills to 2-2, it put them in a position few people outside the organization - and maybe some inside it - ever imagined.'

Marker Buffalo's extra work racks up some NFL records [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo is the first to play in three overtime games in the first four weeks of the season and the second to do it in any four-week period since the Minnesota Vikings in 1995. No team has ever played in four overtime games in five weeks.'

Marker Google News serves fresh Bledsoe links by the hour [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The search engine site Google launched a news page last week that has enough fresh links to keep you clicking like a rhesus monkey connected to an intravenous drip from Randy Moss' medicine cabinet.'

Marker Kent Hull - Fan Memories [8:46 AM] reports: Was Kent Hull the greatest center to play for the Bills? Does he deserve to be in the Hall of Fame? Email your thoughts to A selection of the responses will be published on the site later in the week.

Marker Bills TE Moore wants more passes [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“The reason you play is to help your team win,” the veteran free agent said. “I want the ball when the game’s on the line, Jay wants the ball when the game’s on the line. Eric does, Peerless does. Unfortunately, I haven’t been here very long so I’m further down in the pecking order, but the bottom line is that when your number is called, you have to make the plays to help your team win. When that happens, there’s a sense of accomplishment because that’s why you’re here.”'

Marker Where do the Bills stand after four games? [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'We all knew this team was going to be better, certainly more competitive than last year, but I have to admit I’m a little surprised that the turnaround from 3-13 has been this fast. I guess that’s what happens when you trade for a guy like Drew Bledsoe who right now might be the MVP in the NFL.'

Marker First look: Bills week 5 [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have put up 132 points in four games, the Raiders 113 in three games. Good luck to defensive coordinators Jerry Gray of Buffalo and Chuck Bresnahan of Oakland.'

Marker Bills starting to walk like Bledsoe [5:15 AM]
AP reports: '''When he says, 'We're going to score,' we're going to score. So don't argue with him.''

Marker Buffalo makes negativity tricky, even after another tough defeat [5:14 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'After only a month, the superlative well already runs the danger of drying up when trying to describe Bledsoe's performance.'

September 30, 2002

Marker Game Notebook vs. Chicago Bears [5:46 PM] reports: The Bills played their third overtime game in the first four weeks of the season. The last NFL team to play three OT games in four weeks was the 1995 Vikings who went into the extra period in weeks 3, 5, and 6 (Won 1, Lost 2). No team has ever played four OT games in five weeks.

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography: Lesson Number 3 [3:21 PM] reports: With new activities, player features, and trivia each week, Buffalo Bills Geography is a fun way to learn about bodies of water, latitude and longitude, and much more. It's also a great way to find out interesting facts about your favorite Bills players.

Marker Flashback [2:59 PM] reports: Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback column: "Buffalo QB Drew Bledsoe, who is not only my offensive player of the week but the player of the month. What he means to Buffalo can be summed up in one drive. Fourth quarter, first and 10 on his own 22, 12 minutes left, 20-20 tie with Chicago, five total yards for the Bills in the second half. Bing, bang, zoom. Four passes, four completions, 52 yards, the last of which was a 1-yard, perfectly executed play-action strike to tight end Dave Moore for a touchdown against a supremely fooled Chicago defense."

Marker Bills’ victory ‘Bears’ out Bledsoe’s leadership [1:58 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, as Bledsoe pointed out, it’s his own fault he’s had so many chances. “I just don’t do enough in regulation,” he said with a laugh, “or we wouldn’t be dealing with (all the overtimes).”'

Marker Moulds beats McMillon’s ‘PERFECT’ coverage [1:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I looked up at the replay (on the scoreboard) and still couldn’t believe he caught it,” McMillon said. “There was nothing else I could do about it. He made a great catch on a great throw. What else could I have done?”'

Marker Bledsoe brings new life to Bills [1:56 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bledsoe is now 3-1 career against the Bears, hitting 100 of 157 passes for 1,131 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions versus Chicago.'

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."'

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