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Buffalo Bills News - October 21, 2002

Marker A dark debut, but quarterback's will to win will shine through [5:41 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He was ravaged by guilt and shame and disgust and vulnerability after this 23-10 loss to the Buffalo Bills, but he will bounce back from this, as will this very good Dolphins team.'

Marker By not running more, Lucas off on wrong foot [5:40 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Our defense was brilliant except for that 70-yard pass [from Drew Bledsoe to Eric Moulds],'' Lucas said. ``I gave 'em almost everything else. I let everybody down.'''

Marker He's a risk, but Carter could fill offensive vacuum [5:39 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Saint or shrew? Touchdowns or tirades? You make the call.'

Marker On sidelines, Fiedler knows backup's plight [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''He's got great character and he's going to stay up,'' Fiedler said. ``He'll come back in two weeks and give the best performance of his life.'''

Marker Forgotten Henry nets 132 yards [5:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''We knew if we spread the ball out and went into some one-back formations, we could have some big runs on the outside,'' Henry said.'

Marker Five keys to Dolphins-Bills [5:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Lucas didn't help himself by often staring down his target and being indecisive at times.'

Marker Dolphins-Bills report card [5:35 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Quarterbacks: Ray Lucas lived every QB's nightmare, suffering four interceptions and being blamed for two lost fumbles. He was inaccurate, made bad decisions and single-handedly raised appreciation for injured Jay Fiedler. Lucas' early TD pass and late 17-yard scramble were overwhelmed by his costly errors. F'

Marker Offensive mistakes lead to 20 points for Buffalo [5:34 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '“When Bledsoe sees one body in the middle of the field, he’s going to throw to the outside,” said Marion, who arrived too late to stop Moulds from scoring. “He’s old school. Anytime he sees [man] coverage, he’s going to try and make that play.”'

Marker Big play humbles Madison [5:33 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'It was, perhaps, among the worst games of his career.'

Marker Bills’ Henry foils Dolphins’ plan to stop the pass [5:32 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"They caught us in the wrong defense a couple of times," defensive tackle Jermaine Haley said. "We were looking a little more for the pass, and they hit us with the run. You have to give them credit. They were determined to establish the run, and they did."'

Marker One guy. Six turnovers. Many questions. [5:31 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'After one start, here's what we know about Lucas: He's a much better quote than injured starter Jay Fiedler. And he's a much, much worse quarterback.'

Marker Even bye may not be long enough [5:30 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Wannstedt must resolve the Oronde Gadsden situation, make sure Cris Carter doesn't become a distraction, and make sure Lucas bounces back from Sunday's disappointing performance in the Dolphins 23-10 loss to the Bills.'

Marker Carter's likely return is welcomed by most [5:29 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'In a game like this 23-10 home loss to Buffalo, when Madison said the Dolphins may have needed "more vocal people to go out and light a fire under guys' butts," Carter probably would have done that.'

Marker Bledsoe's 70-yard TD pass puts Bills ahead [5:28 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"Anytime I have Eric [Moulds] one on one, even against two of the premier corners in the league like the Dolphins have, I feel like that's a chance for us to win and Eric did." -- Bledsoe.'

Marker Clements picks three off Lucas to propel Bills [5:27 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It was frustrating at first, but I was being patient and knew the time would come," Clements said. "I was breaking on the receivers that were coming in my area. Seeing their posture and position, I adjusted my route when Lucas threw it."'

Marker Teams don't fall for tricks [5:26 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'The Dolphins and Bills both tried fakes in Buffalo's 23-10 victory on Sunday, and both teams wished they hadn't.'

Marker Second fiddle fizzles [5:25 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Dolphins entered Sunday's game down key players -- and it showed.'

Marker Bledsoe's TD pass breaks defense [5:24 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"We contained them, we wanted to contain them," Madison said. "We gave up some big plays. That's just not the way our defense likes to play. We like give up short routes and try to contain them but they hit us on some big plays and that hurt us."'

Marker Clements has his day [5:23 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Clements became the first Bill in a decade to get three interceptions in a game, the last time coming in December 1992 when Mark Kelso did it against Denver.'

Marker Lucas blames himself -- and he's right [5:22 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Not the worst in NFL history, maybe, but bad enough.'

Marker Cautious Chambers sits out [5:21 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"I just wanted to be smart about it and be safe," Chambers said. "There was no reason to take a risk."'

Marker Already a lot expected of Carter [5:20 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Cris Carter was about the only topic to bring a smile to Zach Thomas' face Sunday.'

Marker Playing catch-up limits Williams' day [5:19 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Following Sunday's four-interception outing by Ray Lucas, Bills counterpart and former New England teammate Drew Bledsoe gave words of encouragement. "Ray is a good guy, he's a good player and I just told him to keep his head up, keep his confidence up," said Bledsoe, who was Lucas' teammate in 1996.'

Marker 'Worst in NFL history' [5:18 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: '"As high as I was before the game, that's how low I am now," Lucas said in an emotional news conference following the loss.'

Marker Travis not so Minor on his kick returns [5:17 AM]
Orlando Sentinel reports: 'The Bills reached a point where they attempted to kick short and force a less-threatening player to handle the ball rather than Minor. It only worked once when Jed Weaver, a tight end, handled the ball.'

Marker Dolphins Make Bills Look Good [5:16 AM]
Tampa Tribune reports: '``I was going to run,'' Lucas said of the second. ``Then I stopped myself from running and I threw it. As soon as I let go I knew he was going to pick it. Then I got hit in the mouth. I deserved to get hit in the mouth on that play.'''

Marker Lucas feels both the high and the low in Dolphins' loss [5:15 AM]
Naples Daily News reports: 'The Dolphins had an opportunity to be 6-1, and more importantly 3-0 in the division, heading into the bye week. Instead, they're 5-2 and 2-1, and face road games at Green Bay on a Monday night and at the Jets with Lucas still at the helm.'

Marker Lucas throws four interceptions in first Miami start [5:14 AM]
Stuart News reports: '"He had a tough day," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt would say later, "and he knows it."'

Marker Lucas, Dolphins stumble in loss to Bills [5:13 AM]
Florida Today reports: 'Ray Lucas did the impossible Sunday. He actually made Miami Dolphins fans yearn for Jay Fiedler.'

Marker Lucas rips his own performance in loss to Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"I don't think there's ever been a case where one guy lost a game for his teammates -- except today," he said.'

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