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Buffalo Bills News - November 4, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills abandon Bledsoe in blowout [1:24 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Drew Bledsoe turned in a solid, if painful, day's work against his former team. The vast majority of his teammates should be embarrassed to accept their paychecks. Buffalo's defense, which acquired a spurious "improved" tag against a trio of battered, inexperienced and/or inept offenses as the Bills won three straight, served as a pathetic foil to the Patriots. The Bills couldn't tackle their discarded former feature back, Antowain Smith, when he slammed up the middle. Or when he, or any other Patriot, caught a screen pass from Tom Brady. Much blame also falls on the Bills' coaches, who were out-worked and out-thought by Bill Belichick and his staff. Buffalo offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride never adjusted to the blitzing Patriots or the no-down-linemen fronts New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel threw at Bledsoe. After the game, the Bills continued acting as if they'd never seen, or even imagined, the innovation. Even though the Patriots used it extensively in similarly confusing Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in last February's Super Bowl.'

Marker Pats, Brady dominate Bills [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Which team had won three in a row and which one had dropped four straight?'

Marker Brady’s play was more than all hype [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“That was picture perfect for us today,” said linebacker WIllie McGinest. “My hat’s off to our offense. They set the tone for us. They came out right away and scored.”'

Marker Timid Bills left licking their wounds [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'OK, so the New England Patriots aren’t dead. But they sure made the Buffalo Bills play as if they were.'

Marker Recipe for success [1:20 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'You want the team you knew and loved last season back? You got it. At least for one afternoon.'

Marker Belichick takes Bledsoe to school - again [1:20 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'This is how bad Drew Bledsoe's day turned out. The New England Patriots felt sorry for him.'

Marker Smith, Faulk back in the Pats' mainstream [1:19 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The Pats have had him all year. They just haven't used him very much.'

Marker Bills vs. Patriots Video Highlights [10:48 AM] reports: Watch video highlights from Sunday's game vs. New England.

Marker Drew Who? [10:30 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'There’s nothing like the Buffalo Bills defense to cure what ails ya.'

Marker Never mind Drew [10:29 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'Smith said this week he was determined to be a two-way weapon. “I took it upon myself to go out and get better at catching the ball, try and take the pressure off so we weren’t so predictable,” he said.'

Marker Ruined reunion for Bledsoe [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Man, it was bad," Bills cornerback Nate Clements said. "They made some good plays, but we were terrible today. We just got beat across the board."'

Marker Pats pound home a message [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New England Patriots' 38-7 drubbing of the Bills was Buffalo's worst home loss in 19 years, since a 31-0 loss to the Pats in 1983.'

Marker Bledsoe bowled over by Belichick's game plan [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They mixed it up with a lot of different looks to try and confuse our protection," Bledsoe said. "Then when we had to kind of change our approach and attack a little bit more, they were able to try and confuse our protection a little bit."'

Marker Smith's performance had a ring to it [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Antowain did a super job," Pats coach Bill Belichick said. "You just can't say enough about Antowain Smith. He's run hard all year. I'm sure it's good for him to do it here. He's a good back. I'm glad we got him."'

Marker Coaching mismatch dominates Bledsoe Bowl I [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Most of all, it was a coaching clinic by the Pats' Bill Belichick. In the pregame hype, the game was billed as "Brady versus Bledsoe" or "Bledsoe versus Belichick." No one contemplated the "Belichick versus Williams" battle, which the Pats' genius won by a technical knockout.'

Marker Brady responds to pressure point [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet a game of impressive magnitude is exactly what Brady produced. He tormented the Bills right from the opening drive, averting a three-and-out by finding Kevin Faulk out of the backfield for a 19-yard gain on third-and-10. Then it was 6 yards to David Patten and 14 to Troy Brown. Next up was tight end Daniel Graham for 22 yards and, finally, tight end Christian Fauria for 5 yards and a touchdown. The Pats had exerted their will on the game before the Bills even touched the ball.'

Marker Hollis and Moorman provide no leg to stand on [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Place-kicker Mike Hollis had a day he'd rather forget, missing three field goals in the Bills' 38-7 loss to the New England Patriots on Sunday.'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams was booed in the third quarter after electing to punt on fourth-and-2 from the Pats' 32. It was hardly a show of confidence in one of the best offenses in the league.'

Marker Dazed and confused [6:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'What they were was badly outplayed, badly out-coached and badly out-classed by the wounded but suddenly resurgent defending Super Bowl champions.'

Marker Belichick always has Bills' number [6:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'All I know is every time I look up, Belichick is beating the Buffalo Bills and furthering his reputation as one of the best to coach this sport which, at times, gets as technical as it does physical.'

Marker Drew is rattled, but has his eyes on Bledsoe Bowl II [6:36 AM]
D and C reports: 'And any talk that Buffalo had turned the corner defensively proved premature. Brady showed he is several cuts above David Carr, Ray Lucas and Joey Harrington by completing 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards and 4 scores.'

Marker The two-minute read [6:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Wow, this is what happens when you start thinking ahead in the NFL, and everyone -- the Bills, their fans and the media that covers them -- was guilty of dreaming about the playoffs.'

Marker Report Card [6:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING: Bill Belichick and his Patriots staff shoved their Super Bowl rings right in Buffalo’s face. The Bills looked clueless on both sides of the line of scrimmage and showed a complete lack of confidence by punting at New England’s 32-yard line. Gregg Williams’ exposing Bledsoe to injury when down by 31 points was indefensible. F'

Marker Brady best in QB battle [6:33 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And mostly, it was about a Patriots team determined to assert itself physically. Bledsoe was forced to scramble on almost every down, getting sacked four times and bumped around several times more.'

Marker Bills made to pay [6:32 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Brady wasn't shy about using Smith in crucial situations, be it out of the backfield or in one of the many screen passes he used to chip away at the Bills defence. "He is such a strong, powerful back and he runs hard," Brady said.'

Marker Underdog Patriots make Bills look bad [6:32 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The Patriots are 4-4, but Brady said it will take more than one win to restore their swagger. "I think we need more games than one in a row," he said. "This was a good one to get us back on track.'

Marker Patriots look like winners on and off field [6:31 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Poor Patriots. All they have now are their Super Bowl rings, the Bills' 2003 No.1 draft choice they received for their former quarterback and now a loud silence to replace the second-guessing they heard for choosing Tom Brady over Bledsoe.'

Marker Swirling defence dizzies Bledsoe [6:30 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The Patriots, 4-4, put the finishing touches on the rout in front of a sea of empty seats, as many in the Bills' fifth sellout in five games started to leave at the end of the third quarter, when the score was 31-7. The stadium had been ruled by groups of dancing, chanting Patriots fans who had made the trip west. The Patriots rolled up 422 yards in total offence, were 8-for-12 (67 per cent) on third down and 4-for-5 in the red zone.'

Marker No comparison [6:29 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''We had a sense of urgency,'' the Patriots receiver said after New England's 38-7 thrashing of the Buffalo Bills. ''We told ourselves we needed to get off to a better start. We needed to get Antowain [Smith] the football, and we needed to get back to the things that made us Super Bowl champions.'''

Marker Belichick was always a few steps ahead [6:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'After a week of hype about Belichick's perceived arrogance for trading Bledsoe within the division, the coach's judgment appeared totally vindicated.'

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