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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2002

Marker Smashing debut for Bledsoe [6:13 AM]
D and C reports: '"Drew hung in there; he's a big quarterback," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, who looked as if he had just been run over by an equipment truck. "They got him down a few times but he was still able to make plays out of nothing. It was impressive."'

Marker Loss painful, but Bills played OK [6:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'But when the sting for the Bills wears off later this week, they will look back on their performance and realize that they did some things pretty well, most notably, the way they ran the football.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Report Card [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'SPECIAL TEAMS Jets return specialist Chad Morton returned not one but TWO kickoffs for touchdowns, including the game-winner in OT. As if that wasn't enough, the Bills also had a punt blocked and missed a field goal. F'

Marker Bledsoe loud and clear [6:10 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'And even in a 37-31 overtime loss, the quarterback of Buffalo's future made giant steps to erase memories of those who played the position in the recent past.'

Marker Special day for Morton [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I didn't know if I had enough gas to make it," Morton said. "With 30 yards to go, I was thinking 'at least we are in good field position if I get caught.' But I made it to the end zone. Game over."'

Marker Bledsoe proving to be a godsend for Bills [6:08 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'It was the Bills game to win, but special teams never gave Bledsoe the chance.'

Marker Bledsoe's debut a 'surreal' loss [6:08 AM]
Toronto Globe and Mail reports: 'On an afternoon where the Bills accomplished so much offensively -- and when a defence lacking in personality knocked Curtis Martin out of the game by halftime with an ankle injury -- it was the memory of Chad Morton's two kickoff return touchdowns, including a 96-yard romp on the opening kickoff of overtime, that stood out in a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on the opening weekend of the National Football League season.'

Marker Buffalo suffers quick, painful overtime loss [6:08 AM]
National Post reports: 'The defeat, even for a team that lost four consecutive Super Bowl games a decade ago, was heartbreaking.'

Marker 'Impressive' Bledsoe looks like the answer to Bills' prayers [6:08 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'While the Bills were devastated by their 37-31 overtime loss and the way they lost it -- the opening kickoff in OT was run back 96 yards for the winning touchdown after Bledsoe hit Eric Moulds for the tying touchdown with just 26 seconds left in regulation time -- they were thrilled with their new quarterback.'

Marker Morton Doubly Good for Jets [6:08 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets' defense yielded 149 yards rushing and, 3 rushing touchdowns to Travis Henry. Even in the worst days of the run defense in 2001, the Jets never gave up three rushing touchdowns in one game.'

Marker In Debut, Bledsoe in Disbelief [6:07 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In a blink, Bledsoe had done exactly what Bills management had hoped.'

Marker Martin Sprains Left Ankle [6:06 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Bills allowed 300 yards in returns today. They also allowed Jason Glenn's blocked punt, which led to John Hall's 33-yard field goal that cut Buffalo's lead to 24-23 early in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Edwards Baffled by Flags [6:06 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets were penalized 10 times, for a total of 90 yards, their worst day in that department since Edwards arrived.'

Marker Get Used to Successful Jets [6:05 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Who would have thought a season opener between bitter division foes, a game featuring Drew Bledsoe, Vinny Testaverde and Curtis Martin, would be decided by a 5-foot-8-inch kick returner?'

Marker Chad returns for seconds [6:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'So at the start of overtime, Ray Mickens whispered to Donnie Abraham on the sideline, "If anyone can bring it back, Chad can."'

Marker With Martin hurt, Jets go extra yard [6:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Martin was hurt when linebacker London Fletcher landed across the ankle after a pass play near the end of the first half. He didn't appear to be limping too badly when the teams returned for the second half. Still, the Jets felt it was prudent to keep him out.'

Marker Drew debut fills the Bill [6:03 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If not for special teams breakdowns, he would have begun the Bledsoe era with a big win. Now, if he can only survive 16 games with an unproven offensive line, the Bills' trade to get him may pay off.'

Marker Not short on big plays [6:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The little guy from Torrance, Calif., was a long way from home. He looked way out of his element among his teammates. He wasn't. Morton was big yesterday. He was big news, and a big deal.'

Marker Becht is back in starring role [6:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Why was Becht a frequent target? The Bills did a lot of blitzing, and Becht became the "hot" receiver in many of those instances. The Bills' outstanding cornerbacks, Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements, neutralized the Jets' wideouts, forcing Testaverde to throw to Becht on check-downs.'

Marker Jets' report card [6:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This was alarmingly reminiscent of last season. Travis Henry burned them repeatedly with cutbacks, rushing for a career-high 149 yards and three TDs. LB Sam Cowart was quiet in his debut. The Bills went to school by reviewing their own preseason game against the Colts. The Jets and Colts play the same scheme.'

Marker Jets return with a bang! [6:00 AM]
New York Post reports: '"That was a game that for spectators was probably fun to watch," Herman Edwards said. "But for a coach, it was a nightmare."'

Marker The little green giant [5:59 AM]
New York Post reports: 'This isn't any way to win a Super Bowl. But at least the Jets found a way to win a game yesterday so many other Jet teams would have lost. That way was Chad Morton. Chad Morton saved the Jets yesterday.'

Marker Bledsoe is making Billeavers [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bledsoe (26-for-39 for 271 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) scared holy hell out of the Jets when he double-pumped and found Eric Moulds with a 29-yard TD pass through the Jets' Cover 2 to force overtime. The Jets kept knocking him down and Bledsoe kept getting up. He even leveled nose tackle Jason Ferguson with a smashing block on a reverse to Peerless Price.'

Marker Green win tainted by hurt Curt [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets lost Curtis Martin, their franchise running back who just signed a $46 million contract, to a left ankle sprain late in the first half yesterday in Buffalo, though the injury does not appear to be serious enough to keep him out of next week's game.'

Marker Edwards ticked off at Jet 'D' [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We were all out of whack," Edwards said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch of times. No one was keeping their composure except for me. That's not us. We're not that type of football team. We have to clean that up, fix it."'

Marker He may not be a back, but geez, can he run [5:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The MVP of a week-old Jets season broke two big plays and plenty of hearts in Buffalo. Morton's first kickoff return for a score, which covered 98 yards, came immediately after the Bills went up 10-0. And if that touchdown made it a game, the next one ended it.'

Marker TD return No. 2 gives Buffalo the boot in OT [5:55 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It should be taken as a good sign that the Jets needed only one game to set a positive tone for 2002. Faced with some of the same calamities that ensnared them early last season - porous run defense, penalties, a decisive disadvantage in time of possession - the Jets shook them off and beat the Bills, 37-31, in a dramatic victory that could be a sign of things to come.'

Marker Becht a Big Target for Big Plays [5:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It wasn't just that Becht caught four passes for 36 yards - including a touchdown - and a two-point conversion, it was the way he did it. Becht caught balls in heavy traffic. And his best statistic of the afternoon? Zero drops.'

Marker Sprained Ankle Sidelines Curtis [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'After the game, Martin was fitted with a walking boot and hooked up to an electric stimulator, but he didn't need crutches.'

Marker Special Teams Get Two-for-One Deal [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"To have two [returns] go back, block a punt and cover the way we did," Westhoff said, "not too many special teams have ever done that."'

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