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Buffalo Bills News - October 25, 2002

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.'

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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.'

Marker Bills vs. Lions Game Officially Sold Out [1:53 PM] reports: The Bills-Lions game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Including this Sunday’s contest with Detroit, all four home games so far in 2002 have been soldout in time to meet the blackout deadline.

Marker Lions scouting report on the Bills [1:39 PM]
Detroit Lions reports: 'The Lions have to pressure Bledsoe, even if it means blitzing on every down and leaving themselves open to the long bomb. If a team sits back, Bledsoe will tear it apart.'

Marker What the Bills are saying [1:38 PM]
Detroit Lions reports: '“We start to need fast to get our fans involved."'

Marker Lions will face a Bills team that's on a Roll [1:35 PM] reports: 'Detroit picked the wrong team in the wrong place at the wrong time. Buffalo 31 - Detroit 20.

Marker Millen tells Lions 'sorry' [1:34 PM]
Oakland Press reports: '"It was good,'' Lions fullback Cory Schlesinger said of Millen's talk. "Anytime something like that comes up in the newspapers, it's a good idea for him to address us and explain the situation."'

Marker Harrington has good memories of Bledsoe [1:33 PM]
Oakland Press reports: '"It was right when I was going through all the high school recruiting,'' Harrington said. "Drew Bledsoe was very kind and very generous. He gave me advice. Of course, he was leaning toward Washington State. But I know that still sticks out in the minds of both my brothers. They thought very highly of him."'

Marker New York City Buffalo Bills Backers [1:27 PM] reports: Three hundred Bills fans from all over the metro New York City area gathered in McFaddens Pub on East 42nd Street in Manhattan to watch the Bills "squish the fish"

Marker Bills - Lions Series History [10:38 AM] reports: The Bills have faced the Lions just six times since the series started in 1972 and Detroit leads 3 games to 2 with one tie. Detroit's last visit to Ralph Wilson Stadium was in 1997 when Buffalo posted a 22-13 win.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Lions Preview [10:03 AM] reports: "Gregg (Williams) is doing a great job with this team. His messages to the team, on a weekly basis, are right on. Our attention to detail during the week and our preparation during the week has been outstanding. Gregg has done an outstanding job, particularly since I've been here.

Marker Bills put opponents on red alert [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have scored touchdowns on 64.3 percent of their trips inside the opposition's 20, which ranks sixth in the NFL. They have scored on 18 of 28 trips.'

Marker It's no dress rehearsal as Pac-10 QBs meet again [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only about 200 tickets remained Wednesday for the Detroit game.'

Marker Lions players pleased with Millen's apology over 'devout coward' remark [6:48 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"He can't take back what he said, but he apologized for it and I'll give him credit for that," one veteran said.'

Marker Bills' Jenkins tackles woes [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Based on his solid play against Williams and Miami, and the fact that Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium the Bills will be facing another big, bruising running back in Detroit’s James Stewart, Jenkins may get what he wishes for.'

Marker Bills' hairy situation brings unity to offense [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Now the Bills are looking like the NHL Buffalo Sabres during a playoff run. That, or a bunch of guys who got lost on the way to the Lumberjack Olympics.'

Marker Bills passing credit to coach [5:16 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"He's definitely hands-on, but he has a really good feel for when to step back and let the players work some of the things out ... that's the thing that I've been most impressed with from last year to this year," Centers said. "He deserves a tremendous amount of credit for his approach."'

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