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Buffalo Bills News - November 1, 2002

Marker Drew Bledsoe First Half Recap [5:04 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe is off to the best statistical start of any quarterback in Bills history. His 2,500 passing yards lead the NFL and are the most ever by a Bills QB after eight games. He is the only QB in franchise history to throw a TD pass in his first eight games and has 16 total TDs to just five INTs.

Marker Two Minute Drill... With Ryan Denney [4:19 PM] reports: Ryan Denney was the latest player to share some secrets about his teammates during the Two Minute Drill with

Marker Thurman Thomas To Receive 2002 Ralph C. Wilson, JR. Distinguished Service Award [3:49 PM] reports: Former Buffalo Bills' running back Thurman Thomas will receive the 17th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Monday Quarterback Club at separate ceremonies on December 1 and 2. The former team standout will be honored during pregame ceremonies on the field at the Bills-Dolphins home game on Sunday, December 1 and at the Monday Quarterback Club's luncheon at HSBC Arena the next day.

Marker Jill of the Week - Stephanie [3:11 PM] reports: Stephanie (Miss October 2003) is a regular visitor of the Stadium Wall. Please congratulate her on the Stadium Wall.

Marker Showtime for Brady and Bledsoe [3:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Obviously from the time the trade happened, I’ve been getting questions about this game,” Bledsoe said. “Everyone has been focused on it. The thing that I said from Day One is that I hope when we get to the game that it’s fun from the standpoint that it has implications for a division race ... and that’s what’s happened. I’m excited about that, our players are excited about that and we’re focused on it in that way.”'

Marker Scouting the Patriots [2:59 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Buffalo may be running into the Patriots at exactly the wrong time.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe's Touchdown Targets [2:43 PM] reports: Ok. So there's no question this is the best group of receivers Bledsoe has had during his career but who's the best individual target he's had? Eric Moulds? Here is a list of Bledsoe's 34 touchdown targets during his career (regular season):

Marker Pats fans will delight in this [1:14 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'You have to love the buildup of this affair between the hometown Pats and their divisional enemies of New York's western borders. A date with the Bills in their present streaking state would usually be enough to peak the imagination and ping the chest hairs, but the Bledsoe drama to inhale and taste makes it all even better.'

Marker Pats need to lift offense or suffer consequences [1:13 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Much has been made this week of Buffalo's new quarterback, its suddenly high-powered offense and the propensity to engage in the overtime game. But if the Patriots don't quickly improve their own offense, you could play quarterback for the Bills and it really wouldn't matter.'

Marker Marquee Matchup: New England at Buffalo [12:31 PM] reports: "Buffalo has gained confidence each week and with Miami playing a tough game Monday night in Green Bay, the Bills have a chance to take over the AFC East lead. Expect a high-scoring affair with Buffalo winning a close one at home."

Marker A rivalry is born [9:09 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'The Patriots' problems go beyond Brady - their offensive line has struggled, they have had trouble running and stopping the run, and they aren't making as many big plays on special teams - but as long as they are behind Bledsoe's Bills in the AFC East, Brady's going to hear about it.'

Marker Lately, it's been anything but Patriots' day [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The roster remains mostly intact - only three starters from the Super Bowl are gone - and coach Bill Belichick didn't suffer any losses on his staff. But the Patriots seem to have forgotten how they won the Super Bowl in the first place.'

Marker Drew fatigue can't deter Pats' admiration society [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots genuinely liked Bledsoe. They admired him as a player and maybe even more so as a man.'

Marker Ex-Bucs defensive end Jones pays visit [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Free agent defensive end Marcus Jones paid the Buffalo Bills a visit Thursday. Jones, a former first-round draft pick, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three weeks ago.'

Marker Fireworks start in Buffalo around 1 p.m. [9:05 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'The early returns suggest vindication for Bledsoe and expulsion from Mensa for Belichick.'

Marker Children's Hospital/Buffalo Bills Sports Challenge [8:56 AM] reports: Join Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt and his teammates at The 2nd Annual Children's Hospital/Buffalo Bills Sports Challenge. Children and their adult guests are invited to this highly anticipated event which features the following stations:

Marker Patriots down but not out [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '“We’re not pushing the panic button around here,” wide receiver Troy Brown insisted, “but we are pushing the urgency button.”'

Marker Buffalo shuffle works for Smith, too [5:27 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I think I have an understanding of what Drew is going through,'' said Smith. ''I think I had the same feeling last year. I wanted to do really well against them [the Bills]. I built it up in my own head last year. Part of me wanted to show them they made a mistake, and they didn't know what they were doing. We won both games against Buffalo last year and I felt satisfied, or at least I felt that I showed them the player I always was.'' That was last year. This season, it's just another game.'

Marker Belichick vs. Bledsoe [5:26 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Our records are pretty close to even,'' said Belichick. ''He's made plenty of good plays. He's a good player.'''

Marker From now on, a fine for not staying in line [5:25 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots are expected to use the same five offensive linemen in Buffalo Sunday for the second straight game. Mike Compton and Woody will continue to rotate at center/left guard depending upon whether it's a shotgun situation, Joe Andruzzi is back at right guard, and Kenyatta Jones appears to be holding on at right tackle.'

Marker They could get caught in throes [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Bills, who are 16th in the league against the pass, appear especially vulnerable in the secondary as starting cornerback Antoine Winfield will miss a third consecutive game following arthroscopic surgery Oct. 18 to repair torn cartilage in his right knee.'

Marker Amid hype, don't forget defense [5:23 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '. The Pats have given up big plays and small ones. They've been porous against the run while the secondary (particularly Smith and Buckley) have been hit for several long gains.'

Marker Ex-mates huddle up to discuss Drew [5:22 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``He had to be prepared for that, that's what it's all about. You have to be prepared in case your number is called. He went out and did the job knowing other people were depending on him and did real well.'''

Marker It's Belichick vs. Bledsoe [5:21 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe has the two leading receivers in yardage in the AFC. Bledsoe has the fourth-leading rusher. Bledsoe has the home field. Bledsoe has the momentum. Bledsoe has the emotion. Bledsoe has motivation, and his teammates want nothing more than to win one for Drew. Belichick has O-T-I-S and other assorted problems. Edge: Bills.'

Marker Shoulda kept Bledsoe?: Two QBs one big problem [5:20 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Use your imagination. Picture what New England's season would be like today if Belichick had asked Bledsoe to stick around and the quarterback had swallowed his pride and done so.'

Marker Drew likes his reception [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``I've got a bunch of receivers - not just Eric and Peerless, but Josh Reed and Jay Riemersma, Larry Centers out of the backfield, Travis Henry, a bunch of guys who when I drop back to pass, I know can all make plays for me.'''

Marker Ch. 5 joins in debate [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Ch. 38 has a Brady-Bledsoe ``Showdown in Buffalo'' special at 7 tomorrow night and ESPN's Sal Paolantonio has Bledsoe address his 2001 Pats' ordeal and Buffalo rebirth on ``NFL Countdown'' at 11 a.m. Sunday.'

Marker LB Johnson shows his stuff again [5:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It was less than two months ago that it looked like Ted Johnson was finished as a viable member of the Patriots. Now he could be one of the players instrumental in turning around the team's fortunes.'

Marker Right time, place for Bledsoe [5:16 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'He's been good -- even great -- before. But never was he this good for this long. Why? "Because he's gotten off his (butt) and probably gotten himself in a little better shape," theorized Paul Zimmerman of Sports Illustrated. "Guys like him. They don't think he's a chicken (expletive). I don't think there's a secret formula. He decided he's at a crossroads. He could either let it go down the dumper or make something of the situation."'

Marker Arm injury has Otis Smith at 50-50 [5:15 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Otis Smith, who has handled that job for the Patriots for the last three years, continues to have problems with an arm injury, coach Bill Belichick said yesterday. Smith is listed as questionable on the injury report, meaning he has a 50 percent chance of playing Sunday in Buffalo. Belichick indicated Smith would have problems trying to play in his current condition.'

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