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Buffalo Bills News - December 30, 2001

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.'

Marker Jets scouting report [5:00 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Jets 27, Bills 17...Jets 27, Bills 10.'

Marker Jets poised to beat Buffalo, celebrate AFC playoff berth [4:59 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: '"We've been a resilient bunch and you have to give the players a great deal of credit for that," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said Friday. "Gregg Williams has done a great job of coaching under the circumstances. I've been impressed with how Gregg's handled the adversity and the coaches and the whole situation. It's been tough for him that we haven't won more games. But he's laid the groundwork for a lot of positive things to happen for this team in the future."'

Marker Jets-Bills scouting report [4:58 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'After a slow start, Eric Moulds is coming on. Moulds has 59 receptions for 798 yards with five touchdowns and will test cornerbacks Marcus Coleman and Ray Mickens.'

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December 29, 2001

Marker Break in storm allows Bills to travel without incident [6:43 PM]
AP reports: '"Everything went as if there wasn't any snow," team spokesman Scott Berchtold said after the Bills landed in Newark, N.J.'

Marker Bills playing for draft pick, Jets for division title [6:38 PM]
AP reports: '"It has been hard for a lot of the older guys, some who have been here for the Super Bowl runs, some who were here for the playoff seasons we had," said Van Pelt, who has performed moderately well filling in for the injured Rob Johnson. "We keep working hard, I haven't seen this team lay down yet. "We are 2-12, but we're playing some good football and some good effort football."'

Marker Green machine [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How on earth are these guys 9-5? The Jets rank just 24th on offense and 18th on defense.'

Marker Jets' Ferguson looks to make impact [9:10 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'Nick Ferguson's nickname is "Train Wreck," which perfectly sums up the Jets' backup free safety who hits like a freight train.'

Marker Bills hope snow lets up [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, who have a number of contingency plans in place, are scheduled to leave from a private airstrip next to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport around 2 p.m.'

Marker Wilson-Butler feud cost Bills more than players [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'The emergence of Wade Phillips as a top candidate to replace Mike Riley as coach of the San Diego Chargers is yet another clue to how serious the owner-general manager philosophical rift was in Buffalo before Ralph Wilson fired John Butler after last season.'

Marker Edwards Determined to Make His Own History [6:02 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Of the 88 first-year coaches in the league since 1990, only 9 led their teams to the playoffs that first season.'

Marker Bills' First Opponent Is Snow [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets have a 1 p.m. date with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Giants Stadium. They only hope that the Bills are there.'

Marker Jets Ask Safety To Nick Bills [6:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Knowing Parcells actually wanted me and sought me out, after that, there's no coach or no one in this league who can downplay me as a player," Ferguson said. "The guy is a master at the game of football, winning wherever he goes and finding that diamond in the rough - like me."'

Marker Abraham Ready For Sore Spot [5:59 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"If I feel like I can't play at a level that helps my team, then I am not going to play," Abraham said. "I will take myself out. Rick Lyle is playing well and he can help this team. Me hurting and not being able to chase down the ball is not going to help the team."'

Marker Jets and Jints aim for great weekend [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'There will be Joy in Jetville, because the mighty ghosts will have struck out. Fireman Ed, one of the heroes from September 11, will be hoarse on the euphoric day the Jets defeated the Bills and made it back to the playoffs against all odds with the rookie head coach and 38-year-old quarterback.'

Marker Abraham gets green light to rush Bills [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rick Lyle will likely start, but having Abraham around to run around the Buffalo backfield and chase down QB Alex Van Pelt will certainly help.'

Marker Jets: Abraham May Be Ready [5:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He's very knowledgeable and a good reader of defenses," said Cottrell, who knows Van Pelt well, having been the Buffalo defensive coordinator for the previous three seasons. "He knows how to get rid of the ball quickly and he spreads the ball around."'

Marker Glenn, Abraham have a healthy outlook [5:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"(The Bills) have a very productive offense. They're a team that's playing very, very hard. That's the one thing you see on film. They'll come down here excited about trying to beat us."'

Marker Abraham hurting, but he'll play [5:55 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Jets coach Herman Edwards said Abraham will play against the Bills, but mostly in obvious passing situations. Whether the second-year defensive end will fully resemble the player who is tied for second in the AFC in sacks is another matter.'

Marker Jets win without the Parcells way [5:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It's just intriguing and refreshing to know that coaching with a strong arm and with paranoia isn't the only way to win.'

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