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Buffalo Bills News - October 27, 2002

Marker Bills face off against Lions ... and overconfidence [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Number one, the competition is going to pick up and, number two, I think we’ve opened some people’s eyes in the first seven games. We’re not going to sneak up on anyone ... they are going to be looking for us.”'

Marker Bledsoe’s been the story of the Bills’ season [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Clearly, when the Bills acquired him from New England for a first round draft choice last April, there was a perception that Buffalo’s quarterback problem was solved. But did anybody reasonably expect that Bledsoe would be the No. 3-rated QB in the NFL, less than halfway into the season ... or that the Bills would have a better record than the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots at that point?'

Marker Lions seek end of road streak [5:20 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'This will be Harrington's first NFL start in an outdoor stadium.'

Marker Who Has The Edge [5:19 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Bills 30, Lions 20.'

Marker One To Watch [5:18 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams wanted to sign Fletcher for his ability, and for the leadership qualities he brings to the team. Fletcher is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds, but he has speed and quickness.'

Marker Game Day Notes: Lions [5:17 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Wide receiver Bill Schroeder (hamstring) and tight end Mikhael Ricks (groin) practiced Friday. Neither played last week. Schroeder missed one other game because of a rib injury. With Green Bay, he missed just two games last year and four the previous four seasons. On Saturday, wide receiver Larry Foster was downgraded to doubtful because of a shoulder injury.'

Marker Game Day Notes: Bills [5:16 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Tight end Jay Riemersma was a seventh-round draft pick from Michigan in 1996. He did not play as a rookie but has been a solid starter since. Riemersma almost did not return because of salary-cap considerations. He has 16 catches. "He's solid," Coach Gregg Williams said. "He's made some big catches at the end of the ballgame, when Drew has had to come back to the inside part of the field."'

Marker As Lions know well, new quarterback making big difference for Bills [5:15 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"The big thing is if the person at that position can function, you can continue to build your team around that person," Williams said. "Usually, the quarterback is the focal point of the team because he touches the ball on every play. That player has to do his job so everybody else can do their job." And Bledsoe, with 15 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, has been doing that job consistently for the Bills.'

Marker Harrington struggling in red zone [5:15 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'Harrington has struggled in the red zone in the final seconds of regulation in the last two games. He threw an interception against the Minnesota Vikings that ended a threat to tie the game. Against the Bears, Harrington was sacked on a play that should have ended the game.'

Marker He has moved on [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Drew Bledsoe has found a home in his kind of town. A small town with a big stadium and a place down the street where he can eat some wings, drink some beers, and be like everybody else in the place. Just another Buffalo Bills fan.'

Marker Henry stars in Bills' balancing act [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We thought Travis would have a breakout year this year,'' said Williams. ``He's worked very hard to do that. The fact that we've been able to get more balance on offense has been good. We had a good team win against Miami because we scored on all three phases. It doesn't all have to fall on the quarterback's shoulders, and Travis Henry has been a very big part of that.'''

Marker Lerner keeps franchise in the family [5:11 AM]
ESPN reports: One young wide receiver who will be at the top of most wish lists if he gets into the free agent market after this year is Peerless Price of the Buffalo Bills. This has been a breakout campaign for the fourth-year veteran and Bills officials are working hard to try to get him signed to an extension that will keep him in Buffalo for a long time.

Marker Lions vs Bills: Staff Predictions [5:01 AM] reports: 'Lions 35 - Bills 32...Bills 31 - Lions 20...Lions 41 - Bills 27...Bills 31 - Lions 21.'

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October 26, 2002

Marker On the Offensive [5:11 PM] reports: Less than a year ago, Kevin Gilbride was an NFL analyst for Sportsnet. Now, he's running the league's most exciting offence in Buffalo.

Marker Price fixing [2:13 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Moulds is the perfect combination of speed and physical play from a receiver for today's NFL, and with Bledsoe pulling the trigger, he could have one of the great years a receiver's ever had. Both receivers could, actually.

Marker Bledsoe fronts Bills' turnaround [2:11 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'There is a formula for winning in the National Football League which is tried and true. It involves having a quality quarterback, truly one of the best in the league at the position. And it involves remaining relatively injury-free. If a team can do that, it has a good chance of turning around its fortunes quickly. An example: The Buffalo Bills.'

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:50 PM] reports: A two-game winning streak suddenly has people talking playoffs around Buffalo. That’s a realistic hope, for sure, but it hold an inherent danger: Sometimes when a team thinks it is good-- really good players begin thinking too far ahead instead of executing each individual play. Against a 2-4 team like Detroit, that mistake becomes even easier to make.

Marker Nate Clements Q&A [12:21 PM] reports: Clements: "I don't have a name for the dances. It's just some moves that I get. I've got a couple of moves from Madden but a couple of them I do myself, I think of them myself."

Marker Week 8: Bills vs. Lions Preview Detroit Lions [10:44 AM]
Bills Daily reports: A Bills win pulls them within a 1/2 game of idle Miami. The team must guard against looking past the Lions towards next week's big matchup with the Patriots. The Lions have won 2 of their last 3 despite being near the bottom of the league in total offense and total defense.

Marker Joey a pal as Lions rebuild [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We realize he's the leader," said Lions fullback James Stewart this week on a conference call with Buffalo media. "He definitely carries himself like he's been in the league six or seven years. We're looking for him to guide us."'

Marker Lions fighting bad luck to get ailing players on field Sunday [7:03 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'Still, for the first time all season there's a possibility that Detroit will have Bill Schroeder, Germane Crowell, Az Hakim and tight end Mikhael Ricks all on the field at the same time.'

Marker Harrington shows soft touch [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Since taking over for McMahon as the Lions starter in Detroit’s third game of the season, Harrington has made Lions’ general manager Matt Millen look like a genius -- if that’s possible -- for selecting him in the draft and then signing off on coach Marty Mornhinweg’s decision to hand him the Lions’ starting QB job so early in his first season.'

Marker Harrington expects job to get tougher [5:26 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Harrington, the third player taken in the NFL draft, is purring along just fine. Never mind his modest 66.8 passer rating. Since taking over as starter, Harrington has gone 2-2 and completed 54 percent of his passes.'

Marker Lions-Bills Scouting Report [5:25 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: Harrington always keeps the Lions close and occasionally puts them over the top. Not this time, however: Bills 31, Lions 27.

Marker Signs point toward good things for Lions [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Do the math -- 2-4 is progress for a lost football team that was 0-6 at the same juncture a year ago.'

Marker Bledsoe won't take Lions for granted [5:23 AM]
AP reports: 'What initially looked like a mean-nothing game between two teams that combined for five wins all last year has turned into an intriguing test for both in gauging their sudden progress.'

October 25, 2002

Marker Bills Kick Off "Rush For Reading" In Rochester [5:15 PM] reports: The Bills and HealthNow will kick off the “Rush for Reading” challenge with punter Brian Moorman this Tuesday, October 29 at 2:00 PM at Frank Fowler Dow School (PS 52) located at 100 Farmington Road in Rochester.

Marker Three in a row? [4:17 PM]
TSN reports: '"They made some strides here the last few weeks," Williams said of his defense. "We finally were able to get some turnovers and that was the thing we haven’t been doing. Usually those things come in bunches and they did. We still need improvement in that area because we left some obvious turnovers on the field last week. Each week you have to work hard that there is limited miss tackles, play well in the run game, and try to get the ball turned over. Last week we did and took some strides in that respect."'

Marker Q&A with Marv Levy [4:16 PM]
CNN/SI reports: 'SI: Which player that you coached should be in the Hall of Fame that is not currently in the Hall of Fame? Levy: The first one that is active for consideration is Steve Tasker. If special teams are one-third of the game, and it is showing more and more this year that it is, there is no one comes close to being the special teams player that he was.'

Marker Bledsoe Posting Record Numbers [3:05 PM] reports: Through the first seven weeks of 2002, Bledsoe has thrown for 2,198 yards and 15 touchdowns in his first season in Buffalo after nine years with the New England Patriots.

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