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Buffalo Bills News - October 21, 2002

Marker Bills bring the heat [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: 'As they steam toward the midway point of the season, the Bills are now 4-3 and in second place in the AFC East, one game behind Miami.'

Marker Battered Fish get no pity from Bills [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '“Hey, this is the NFL, we don’t care how we get the victories,” said an animated Fletcher, his words acting as an umbrella to those trying to rain on Buffalo’s big win. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us if we go into a game with injuries. Someone goes out, the next guy’s supposed to get the job done. You’re one play away in this league from being the guy.”'

Marker No disclaimers, this win was big [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'That 3-13 nightmare of a year ago seems so long ago, doesn’t it?'

Marker Buffalo Bills Report Card [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING: Gregg Williams and staff had the Bills ready, taking advantage of a banged-up Dolphins offense to end a four-game losing streak to the Dolphins. B+'

Marker Lucas is a dead Fish [5:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Lucas also caused one fumble on a poor handoff to running back Ricky Williams as he single-handedly let the Bills waltz back into the AFC East race. First the fans booed Lucas, then they left. For the final three minutes, the hundreds that remained lustily serenaded the Bills.'

Marker Three picks make Clements a winner [5:46 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I can probably clean this up in about one second," Wannstedt said. "Six turnovers against a team that is scoring 35 points a game ... it's going to be tough winning."'

Marker 'We threw the game away' [5:45 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '...even after committing four turnovers, and forcing none, they still had five possessions to cut a 10-point lead in the final 19 minutes. But they bungled that, too...'.

Marker One pass sours defensive effort [5:44 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''[Bledsoe] wasn't able to do that much all day, but he saw the one that we had one guy deep,'' Marion said. ``He's from the old school. He sees that defense with one guy in the middle of the field and he's throwing it to the sideline. . . . That's what you see from guys like that, like Marino."'

Marker Picking on the Dolphins [5:43 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'A theme has emerged from the Dolphins' two losses this season: An opposing player catches three interceptions.'

Marker Dolphins receivers in flux [5:42 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Without Chambers and Gadsden, the passing attack stalled significantly. Only five of quarterback Ray Lucas' 13 completions went to wide receivers, including one pass to tight end Desmond Clark, who lined up numerous times at wide receiver.'

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.'

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