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Buffalo Bills News - October 26, 2002

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.'

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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.

Marker Two Minute Drill... With Peerless Price [3:05 PM] reports: Read what Peerless Price said about his teammates.

Marker Buffalo Bills Notebook [1:47 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe will be flipping the coin at Friday's high school football game at East Aurora High School (vs. Southwestern). The game starts at 7:30 PM. - Sal Paolantonio of ESPN was at practice on Thursday to do a feature on the receivers for this week's "Sunday Countdown".

Marker Ed Block Courage Award Foundation and the Buffalo Bills [1:46 PM] reports: The Foundation will welcome the agency to its National Support Network by presenting the George Young National Grant, which includes a $10,000 check. Attending will be Bills safety Tony Driver, the team’s 2002 recipient of the Ed Block Courage Award and, the team’s head athletic trainer.

Marker Lions have the 'red zone' blues [11:46 AM]
Oakland Press reports: 'Harrington is 2-2 in four games as a starter. Not overwhelming, but solid considering Harrington took over a team which had lost 19 of its previous 22 games. In both his losses, Harrington had the Lions knocking on the door at the end of the game.'

Marker Rookie TE amends Murphy's Law [11:45 AM]
Oakland Press reports: 'They rank 29th overall in the NFL and 16th and dead last in the NFC in offense. Defensively, the Lions rank 28th in the NFL and 14th in the NFC.'

Marker Bills Host "Canada Day" For Canadian Fans [10:20 AM] reports: On Sunday, October 27, 2002, the Buffalo Bills, working in conjunction with NFL Canada, will welcome thousands of Canadian fans as part of the team’s annual “Canada Day” celebration.

Marker A healthy Williams returns to old form [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm trying to get back in my zone," said Williams, who had offseason surgery on both ankles. "Last year, I was getting (pain-killer) shots every week so I could play. But I feel good now, and I'm just trying to take it to people."'

Marker Rogers feels it's time for more happy returns [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rogers may have a chance to break loose Sunday against the Detroit Lions, who are ranked 29th in kickoff coverage.'

Marker Despite passing firepower, Lions-Bills outcome will likely be decided by running game [6:53 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"The key is to be consistent week in and week out and the best way to be consistent is to have a strong running attack," said Bledsoe, who has thrown 15 touchdown passes and just five interceptions. "The nature of the passing game is far too inconsistent every week. If you have to throw the ball all the time, there are a lot of variables and it's more difficult to be consistent."'

Marker Defense adding up for Buffalo [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'With 19 sacks, the Bills are on pace to finish with 43, nine more than last season.'

Marker Bills' WR Price could lose his current value [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'The statistics say Drew Bledsoe-Moulds is No. 1, followed by Bledsoe-Peerless Price.'

Marker Bills-Lions is sold out [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Kickoff is 1 p.m. and will be carried on the Fox Network. Ron Pitts, a former Bills cornerback, will do the play-by-play and Tim Green, former Syracuse University All-American, will be the color analyst.'

Marker Williams having fun with Bills [5:20 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: '"He's shown it already for us. We feel we can be in any ballgame as long as he's playing quarterback."'

Marker Schlesinger enjoys role as Lions' battering ram [5:19 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"If you do the job right, opposing coaches know," he said. "Opposing players know. Your teammates know."'

Marker Tight end Murphy earns praise in first game [5:18 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Thursday's practice was outdoors, to get the Lions ready for the cool environment for Sunday's game in Orchard Park, N.Y.'

Marker Talking with ... Eric Davis, Lions Defensive Back [5:18 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Q. What about Harrington? As a veteran defensive player, what do you see in him? A. A guy learning every day. He enjoys playing. He doesn't panic. He'll come up and ask me, "What would you look for if you were playing against me?" You talk to him about those things. He's learning at an amazing pace. He's a football player.'

Marker Pancakes fuel snapper Banta [5:17 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"I eat the same pre-game meal," Banta said. "I have pancakes, even if it's a night game."'

Marker Snap count: 11 [5:16 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'That's how many consecutive road games the Lions have lost. Based on available research, they will set the franchise record if they lose at Buffalo on Sunday.'

October 24, 2002

Marker Teague measures line's progress by wins not compliments [9:46 PM]
AP reports: 'What's impressive is how quickly the linemen have jelled, considering injuries prevented them from playing together until Buffalo's final preseason game.'

Marker Bills' owner Wilson makes $500,000 Hospice donation [9:45 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Buffalo Bills owner Ralph Wilson Jr. and his wife, Mary, have made a $500,000 donation to The Center for Hospice & Palliative Care in Cheektowaga.'

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