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Buffalo Bills News - December 31, 2001

Marker Another crash with a no-fault policy [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Let's hear this band of compulsive chokers and perennial losers explain why they are deserving of even one ounce of esteem in the wake of this pathetic mess of a 14-9 loss to the Buffalo Bills, the 3-12 Buffalo Bills, the playing-out-the-string Buffalo Bills.'

Marker It's try, try again in trying times [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"This year has to be different from last year," running back Curtis Martin said. "I believe it will be."'

Marker The morning after [5:01 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Buffalo rushed for 192 yards against a poor tackling defense that didn't seem ready.'

Marker Jets' playoff hopes take hit with loss to Bills [5:00 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'The Jets drove inside Buffalo's 20-yard line on four of their 10 possessions yet they had to settle for three Hall field goals against a defense that had allowed the third-most points in the NFL this season.'

Marker Edwards sensed [5:00 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: '"They were able to run the football on us and they killed us," Edwards said. "They ran around the end and they made plays and we didn't. We had a chance at times to make plays and we didn't get it done."'

Marker Time to point a finger [4:58 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'So much for a 15-year veteran and supposed team leader actually standing up and taking some responsibility. "He can change (a play call)," Hackett said. "That's happened before."'

Marker This Time, Things Don't Go Jets' Way [4:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Jets, who lead the NFL in takeaway/turnover ratio, gave Buffalo the ball four times and had no takeaways.'

Marker Bills' 14-9 upset victory throws Jets for loss [4:56 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Do the Jets, who were 3-5 at home this season, really know how to win?'

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December 30, 2001

Marker Bills 14, Jets 9 [4:22 PM]
AP reports: '"Nothing was communicated to me on the field to go to the end zone," Testaverde said carefully of the critical play to Martin that came up short. "The play came into the huddle and we tried to execute it."'

Marker Buffalo 14, NY Jets 9 [4:16 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'New York had possession twice in the final two minutes but fell short of its fifth fourth-quarter comeback of the season. Vinny Testaverde's rushed pass as time expired went out of the end zone.'

Marker Bills can spoil Jets' push to the playoffs [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Home field has not been much of an advantage for the Jets, who are just 3-4 in the Meadowlands.'

Marker Blue chips [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have five [2001] draft picks in the starting lineup, more than any other team in the league, and 11 of their [2001] draft choices still are on the team, also the highest total in the NFL.'

Marker Gentle giant [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mentally, I'm a much better player than before," he said. "I've been struggling with injuries this year but for the future, I feel really good."'

Marker Donahoe's warm spot for Miller could ice a deal [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If the Bears remain lukewarm on Miller and Donahoe is not able to reach an agreement on lowering Rob Johnson's price tag for next season (Johnson is scheduled to get $6.15 million from the Bills in 2002), then the Bills just might be interested in negotiating with Miller.'

Marker Bills have let too many close ones slip away [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are 2-6 in games decided by seven points or fewer, the Jets 7-2 including three one-point victories.'

Marker Q & A with Peerless Price [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] You were a Dallas fan growing up, so how much did you enjoy those Super Bowls against the Bills? [A:] ''I hated Buffalo. I was an NFC kid. I loved the Cowboys, so if they didn't win, I'd root for another NFC team.'

Marker Scouting report [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Jets lead the league with a remarkable plus-23 turnover ratio thanks mainly to a league-best 38 takeaways.'

Marker Jets Planning to Stay Aggressive on Offense [5:13 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets remember all too vividly last year's collapse, and this game against the 2-12 Bills has all the feeling of a trap, a revisiting of last year's disastrous loss to Detroit in the penultimate game of the season.'

Marker Salary Cap Can't Hide Some Jets [5:12 AM]
New York Times reports: '"The Jets have some good players they may not be able to keep because of their salary-cap problems," a Houston scout said, "and the vultures are circling."'

Marker Jets Fueled To Rewrite History [5:11 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Interestingly, the Bills are ranked higher than the Jets in 18 of 34 major statistical categories. So why have the Jets won seven more games than the Bills? They win the close ones. The Jets are 7-2 in games decided by seven points or less, the Bills are 2-6.'

Marker Herm Earns Wings With Jets [5:10 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Herm Edwards is on the verge of doing something no Jets head coach has ever done: make the playoffs in his first year on the job.'

Marker Jets playbook [5:09 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The key will be the Bills' ability to generate something on the ground. The Bills' offensive line hasn't shown the ability to handle the blitz and has unfavorable matchups against both DEs John Abraham and Shaun Ellis.'

Marker Time for Jets to...disperse the curse [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A win in Oakland next Sunday, coupled with a win today, and the Jets will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs and then have at least one home game.'

Marker He came & saw, now Vinny must conquer [5:07 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Here he is, 15 years after winning the Heisman, nine years after the abuse finally ended in Tampa, 60 minutes from becoming the fourth Jet quarterback - Joe Namath, Richard Todd, Ken O'Brien - to take the franchise to the playoffs twice, and the first with two head coaches.'

Marker Be on lookout for [5:06 AM]
New York Post reports: 'With starting free safety Damien Robinson out for at least the rest of the regular season with a knee injury, Ferguson will make his first NFL start at that spot today against the Bills, who happen to be his former team.'

Marker Rolling Jets on cusp of playoffs [5:05 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The only scenario in which they cannot make the playoffs is if they lose their last two games and Seattle wins its final two games.'

Marker Fans Nervously Waiting For Trapdoor to Open [5:04 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets tend to play down to the level of the competition (see Cincinnati and Carolina). Still, there's no way a team that has allowed nearly three times as many sacks (43-16) and committed twice as many penalties (109-52) wins on the road in this matchup.'

Marker Lewis and Jones are pals with pop [5:03 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Marvin Jones was one of the most sought-after high school recruits in the nation when he first met Mo Lewis during a recruiting visit to the University of Georgia, where Lewis was the star linebacker. Lewis hosted Jones for a weekend and the pair hit it off immediately.'

Marker Jets-Bills matchups [5:02 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Prediction: Jets 24, Bills 13.'

Marker It's all within the Jets' grasp [5:01 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'We'll get a strong idea this afternoon whether the Jets really want to get to the playoffs, whether they really have learned from last year.'

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