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Buffalo Bills News - October 11, 2002

Marker Moore might play with broken hand [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's one of those things where it's going to take time to heal, so we're kind of playing it by ear," Moore said after practice Thursday. "The willingness to play is certainly there. The question is whether I can go out, physically do my job and be able to help the team rather than be a liability."'

Marker Bills hope to pick off futility mark [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'There have been 5,145 pass attempts through the first five weeks of the NFL season and 167 have been intercepted. But none by Buffalo. Zero. Zip. Nada.'

Marker Wright will be extra hand on deck for Texans against pass-happy Bills [5:19 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"They have good receivers and a great quarterback," Wright said. "They are passing the ball and putting points on the board. It's going to be a challenge for us as a secondary to come out and go against a good offense and contain them."'

Marker Bledsoe's passing leads Bills' turnaround [5:18 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"I'm not surprised at what Drew's done," Palmer said. "After last season, I heard people saying `Drew's through,' but I knew they were going to be in for a shock. I knew how hungry he was. I knew what a sense of purpose he had about this season. I mean, we're talking about a talented, Hall of Fame quarterback who's been to the Super Bowl."'

Marker Buffalo's Bledsoe fits the Bills [5:17 AM]
San Antonio Express News reports: '"Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are playing as well as any tandem (of receivers) in the league right now," Bledsoe said. "I've been kind of energized by the move, to be honest. After being in one place for so long and then kind of having the job yanked away from me, it kind of gave me new appreciation for what it means to play in this league, and the opportunity I have to do that."'

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October 10, 2002

Marker Bills hope $1,500 pot ends interception drought [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The linebackers and backs are anteing up $100 each heading into this weekend's game at Houston. Whoever gets the first interception collects the pot.'

Marker Lary Bump: Moore injury could hurt special teams [8:16 PM]
Shout! reports: With a broken left hand, Moore can't snap for punts. We have seen problems with long snapping going back to last season, but Moore and punter Brian Moorman seemed to be working together well before the injury.

Marker Texans Coach Familiar With QB Process [4:14 PM] reports: Chris Palmer was New England's quarterbacks coach during Bledsoe's breakout season of 1996. Bledsoe led the Patriots to the Super Bowl that year while throwing for 4,087 yards and 27 touchdowns.

Marker A touch of Texas [1:47 PM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'With all of the former Lone Star State and Houston Oilers coaches and players populating the roster, you would think the Erie Canal was a football pipeline extending 2,000 miles south.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Texans Preview [9:32 AM] reports: "Their defensive scheme presents some real problems from a pass protection standpoint. Trying to figure out who is blitzing and where they are coming from and how they are doing things- their defense looks really good. We have a challenge ahead of us."

Marker Texans' zone blitz figures to dog Bledsoe [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Capers helped popularize the "zone blitz," which has been one of the most significant tactical developments in football in the past decade.'

Marker Some familiar faces await the Bills in Houston [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've seen a lot of guys who it takes a while to learn the game," Flowers told the Chronicle. "It took Trent Dilfer a while. Now, he has a Super Bowl ring. It's too early to throw the bust tag on me. I know my abilities, and I know I'm not (a bust). I will be successful in this league, whether it's now or later on."'

Marker Texans promise Bills a rowdy reception [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Aside from Williams, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive backs coach Pat Thomas were Oilers assistants. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive assistant Steve Jackson were Oilers defensive backs.'

Marker Ex-Bills finding a home with Texans [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ex-Bills Jay Foreman, Erik Flowers, Avion Black and Matt Stevens are all members of the Texans. All but Flowers are playing key roles for the NFL’s newest team.'

Marker Rookie Texan QB impresses Bledsoe [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I remember warming up and seeing Bruce Smith coming out of the tunnel. ... I think I peed down my leg,'' Bledsoe recalled with a laugh yesterday.'

Marker From Texas to Buffalo, Bills' Williams is coming into his own [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Mike's paying better attention to detail than he was at first. He's getting better with his steps and getting leverage. He's getting his weight down. He's just not refined right now, but he will be."'

Marker Schau returns with a twist [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Schau practiced at full speed Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right knee the week of the Sept. 8 season opener. Schau worked with the first-team offense at right guard, the position at which Weary has started the first four games. So does that mean it's a given Schau will start at right guard Sunday when the Texans host the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium?'

Marker The Buzz: October 9, 2002 [5:10 AM] reports: 'Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, will be a partner, with different day-to-day duties than a normal owner. The active owner is said to be someone with 15 years of involvement in Busch Series team ownership.'

Marker Jim Kelly to take his drive to NASCAR? [5:09 AM]
AP reports: 'A related press conference is scheduled for Friday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.'

October 9, 2002

Marker Moulds, Price peerless so far [8:38 PM]
AP reports: '''Put it this way, I have supreme confidence in those two guys right now,'' said Bledsoe as the Bills prepare for Sunday's game at Houston. ''Teams, I think, are starting to focus on trying to shut them down, but they're still making plays.'''

Marker Williams ready to play despite rib injury [8:37 PM]
AP reports: '''You've got to do what you've got to do to try to win,'' said Williams, after getting limited time in the team's afternoon practice session. He added that the injury isn't severe enough to require him to wear any additional padding.'

Marker AFC first-quarter report card [4:38 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are this year's Indianapolis Colts: All offense, no defense. But at least they are more competitive.

Marker Greenwood rightly proud of Kent Hull [4:21 PM]
Greenwood Commonwealth reports: 'Buffalo was a great place for Hull to play - a working class city that appreciated the often unsung heroes along the offensive line.'

Marker Gray area [4:08 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'So it’s pretty obvious the Bills’ defense has regressed, rather than progressed, in its second season under defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.'

Marker Bills - Texans Connections [3:50 PM] reports: "(I have) a lot of great memories there, lot of friends there," said Gregg Williams. "They'll be some memories. We have a lot of guys that have 40, 50, 60 tickets to disperse this week. It's always fun to play in front of family and friends and go back home, but it's only (really) fun when you win."

Marker Sportsticker NFL Preview: Buffalo at Houston [1:07 PM]
Fox Sports reports: "Buffalo may have an explosive offense, but its defense has been abysmal as the Bills are surrendering 36 points per game. The Texans are coming off their bye week. Two weeks ago, Carr passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked seven times in a 35-17 loss at Philadelphia."

Marker Flashback: Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38 (OT) [12:49 PM] reports: January 3, 1993: Down by 32 points with 28 remaining, the Bills staged the greatest comeback in NFL History. Buffalo scored four TDs in under seven minutes in the third quarter, and rallied from a 35-3 deficit to down the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime.

Marker Week 5 Injury Report: Bills at Texans [11:44 AM] reports: Chidi Ahanotu, Dave Moore and Pat Williams listed questionable.

Marker Alumni Update: Frank Lewis [9:43 AM] reports: A quiet leader, Lewis, who played in the 1981 Pro Bowl, retired prior to the ‘84 season. His Buffalo numbers: Six seasons, 269 catches, 4,638 yards and 24 touchdown receptions. For his 13-year career: 397 catches, 6,724 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Marker Improved Moorman gets the hang of power punting [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman has been a force for the Bills, leading the NFL with a 47.8-yard average on 21 punts.'

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