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Buffalo Bills News - December 9, 2002

Marker Week 14 Buffalo Bills report card [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'QUARTERBACK: When it comes to New England homecomings, Drew Bledsoe proved hes no Doug Flutie. Struggled with his reads, throwing four interceptions, two that helped dig an early 20-0 hole. Throw to the end zone that was intercepted was a terrible piece of decision making. Was outscored 65-24 by his former Patriots backup Tom Brady this season. F'

Marker Bills picked apart [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'To make it that much worse, each of Bledsoe's four interceptions were uncharacteristically poor throws by a player that has helped revive a struggling franchise.'

Marker Pats have seen it before [5:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I've gone against that guy a long time in practice," Jones said following an easy 27-17 win. "He knows us, we know him. Today we had a little edge. Wherever he turned, that's where we went."'

Marker Easy pickings [5:34 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Four horrible interceptions by former Patriots quarterback Drew Bledsoe, one fumble by Peerless Price, and all the Patriots had to do yesterday was make sure they took advantage in a 27-17 win over the Bills that Bledsoe handed them on a silver platter.'

Marker Efficiency expert Brady wins showdown [5:33 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Bledsoe, meanwhile, struggled against the Patriots this year. He threw for 630 yards and three touchdowns in the two losses, but was intercepted five times and sacked on six occasions.'

Marker Win hits the spot for defense [5:32 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''It's not the quarterback that we are up against,'' cornerback Terrell Buckley said. ''It's the one-on-one matchup with the receiver. It boils down to you and the receiver and you have got to have a feel for the other team's offensive scheme and what they are trying to do. They are tough to cover because their offense is based on where you are, and they run to the opposite spot.'''

Marker For Bills, it hasn't been a total loss [5:31 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'What bothers the Bills the most is that they believe they are a better team than last season, yet they may have little to show for it at this season's end.'

Marker Full scope of Seymour's play on display [5:30 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I wish I had gotten into the end zone,'' said Seymour, who had the job done for him by Donald Hayes two plays later. ''It seemed like the ball was in the air forever. When it came down, I felt them on my back. I think I gave a nice stiff-arm [not really, he just barreled over little Travis Henry], then some guys [Ruben Brown, Mike Williams] fell on my back.'''

Marker It's hard keeping up with Jones [5:29 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'With old friend Drew Bledsoe standing under center only 3 feet from a touchdown, Jones made his first pick of the season when tight end Dave Moore came into his field of vision. Up front, Willie McGinest put the heat on Bledsoe, and just as Bledsoe's left shoulder turned his way, Jones figured the ball was coming to him.'

Marker Weak comeback from Bills QB [5:28 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It was, in a word, dreadful.'

Marker Defense again quite a force [5:27 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Our defense was really flying around, smacking people today."'

Marker Hayes catches up to his teammates [5:26 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'After he caught a 9-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady with 3:14 remaining in the first quarter on a well-designed fade pattern, Donald Hayes threw the ball way up into the end zone stands.'

Marker Nice middle management [5:25 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Middle linebacker Ted Johnson was quite successful in stuffing the center of the field and turning Henry toward the outside. The Patriots were able to keep Henry in check with their outside linebackers and safeties, but as the game progressed and the Bills needed to throw, Henry wasn't used as often.'

Marker Timely plays by the ageless Smith [5:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'A sign of the times: Several cars were spotted on Route 95 bearing both Patriots and Bills flags.'

Marker Pats bowl over Bledsoe [5:23 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"Maybe he wanted it too bad."'

Marker Romeo's `D' dynamic [5:22 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Another terrific game plan in yesterday's emphatic 27-17 victory over Drew Bledsoe and the Bills: innovative and complex but not confusing to the players.'

Marker Timing perfect for Jones' interception [5:21 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``But (Bledsoe) wasn't pressing. He was just following their game plan, and we came out good, and we were able to stop it,'' Jones said. ``I played with him for four years, and other guys have played with him for more than that. So we had a little edge. We relied on the guys up front to put pressure on him, and wherever he turned, we went.'''

Marker Seymour picks his spot [5:20 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We knew that Drew would hold the ball, and because of that we could put pressure on him,'' said Seymour. ``A lot of that was due to the fact that our defensive backs did a good job. No quarterback likes you in their face.'''

Marker Smith supplies momentum shift [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``You kind of get up a little bit, maybe, against your old team,'' said Smith, who played four seasons with the Bills before signing with the Pats last year. ``But this is an important time of the year. We're making a push to get into the playoffs, and I think I'm going to be an important part of that.'''

Marker Otis uses age-old tactics [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots defense forced five turnovers and Smith was responsible for one of them. Smith noticed on a sideline route that Price was acting careless with the football, then put the knowledge to use.'

Marker Success goes to successor [5:17 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'That's because there was no comparison. It was Brady in a landslide. Once again.'

Marker `D' turns over new leaf [5:16 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``It makes life a whole lot easier,'' said cornerback Otis Smith, who created the game's killer turnover when he ripped a ball from Peerless Price's hands in the fourth quarter, a literal takeaway.'

Marker Bledsoe takes the blame [5:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Statistically it might have been the worst performance of Bledsoe's Buffalo tenure, but practically speaking it was even worse: Not only did the Bills continue a season-long habit of shooting themselves in the foot, but yesterday it was the veteran quarterback who did most of the shooting.'

Marker The long arm of the Law [5:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Ty Law looks like he's having another spectacular year,'' said Bledsoe.'

Marker Picks aid the pick [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'One interception, two, three interceptions, four.'

Marker Costly flags fly in Foxboro [5:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Pats had three touchdowns taken off the board because of penalties in their 27-17 win over Buffalo yesterday at Gillette Stadium.'

Marker Belichick's game plan suffocates former QB [5:11 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'And right now, Belichick is a size-12 boot, Bledsoe an ant.'

Marker Warm welcome not enough for Bledsoe win [5:10 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'He may have shipped Bledsoe off to Buffalo, but Belichick has kept him in his back pocket all along.'

Marker CB Smith strips Bills of victory [5:09 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Smith said he partially jarred the ball loose from Price in the first quarter, so "I figured if he gets his hands on it again, if I was in position to tackle him, to try it again. It turned the game around totally. Turnovers were a big difference today."'

Marker Executing the same game plan [5:08 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Yesterday, in his first visit to Foxboro as a member of the Buffalo Bills, former franchise quarterback Drew Bledsoe fell flat. He threw interceptions early. He threw them late. He threw four altogether and did nothing to diminish the perception earned in New England of being a quarterback that gags when stakes are raised and expectations peak.'

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