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Buffalo Bills News - September 7, 2002

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [8:55 PM] reports: If you’ve read or heard anything about the Buffalo Bills in the last six months, it’s probably been about Drew Bledsoe. From the moment the quarterback was traded here from the New England Patriots last April, people have speculated that Bledsoe and wide receiver Eric Moulds could create a new millennium version of the Jim Kelly-Andre Reed connection.

Marker Bills' 'D' will feel the rush all season [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Eleven of Buffalo's 16 games will be against eight of the NFL's 12 leading rushers from last season.'

Marker Receivers' route to freedom has Moulds off and running [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds felt restricted in Sheppard's West Coast scheme, which required receivers to run to a certain spot even if the defensive coverage dictated doing something else. As a result, Moulds believed Sheppard's schemes made it easier for defenses to take him and Price out of the passing game.'

Marker Empire revives Bills postgame; Sabres await TV deal [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Immediately after the Bills-New York Jets opener ends on Channel 4 Sunday, Empire plans to simulcast Howard Simon's postgame coverage on the regional cable channel and sister radio station WNSA-FM.'

Marker Road name change would honor Kelly [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A bipartisan group of Erie County legislators called Friday for a portion of Abbott Road in Orchard Park to be renamed "Jim Kelly Boulevard" to honor the former Buffalo Bills quarterback.'

Marker Bills ready to lay it on the line [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'On paper, this line is vastly improved but that improvement hasn't yet transferred onto the field.'

Marker Williams not on hot seat yet [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'But is Williams really in danger of a quick hook? Hardly. He is the hand-picked coach of general manager Tom Donahoe, who also plucked the fiery Bill Cowher from the ranks of the obscure to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers back to prominence. The difference is that these two can actually stand being in the same room together. They have mutual admiration. Their personalities mesh. They are a team within the team.'

Marker 29 years of covering the Bills, and counting [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Thus, here's one man's list of the Bills' best home games each season since 1973...'

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September 6, 2002

Marker On the record with Eric Moulds [8:52 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Q: Going deep means more Eric more of the time doesn't it? MOULDS: It should. It gives me an opportunity to do what I can do. Last year that wasn't me. That wasn't my strength. We did some things that teams took advantage of by putting a guy underneath and putting a guy over the top, and it was easy to take me out of the game. I never really had a chance to go deep. I think this year's a little bit better because I have an opportunity to get open.'

Marker Cowart gets to test injury against Bills [1:43 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'On Sunday, Cowart will play first and second downs, but will gradually be worked into third down situations once he tests his Achilles to assess whether it’s ready for the rigors of pass coverage.'

Marker New In 2002 For the Buffalo Bills [10:53 AM] reports: 26 players currently on the 53-man roster are appearing in a Bills uniform for the first time. In addition to the new personnel on the field, Kevin Gilbride joined the Bills staff as offensive coordinator in February of 2002, bringing 12 years of NFL coaching experience to the staff.

Marker Cowart itching to put on his Sunday best [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The former Bills Pro Bowler will start at weak-side linebacker for the Jets. He is healthy. But whether he is back to being the dominating, sideline-to-sideline tackling machine he was with the Bills remains uncertain.'

Marker Fan-tastic idea [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Through the team's marketing partnership with Tops Friendly Markets, the Bills are offering discounts of nearly 30 percent on four-packs of tickets for the alcohol-free Tops Family Corner. It's the first time the Bills have offered discounted individual game tickets.'

Marker New uniform, same Bledsoe [7:15 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: '"He adds a real sense of legitimacy," Bills linebacker London Fletcher said. "You have to respect our quarterback position, because he does have the ability to put up 400 yards on a given week if you're not on top of your game from a defensive-secondary standpoint."'

Marker Cowart now part of Jets' future, not Bills [7:07 AM]
AP reports: 'Defensive tackle Pat Williams is well past missing Cowart. "It won't be weird," Williams said. "It's a business now. He's over there. He's the enemy. I'll talk to him after the game -- once we whup them."'

Marker Bills in a hurry to slow the run [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eleven of their 16 games overall will be against a running back who gained 1,000 yards in 2001.'

Marker Bills ready with two TV shows as season opens [5:15 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: '"Bills All Access with Steve Tasker"..."The Gregg Williams Show".'

Marker Bledsoe ready to fill Bill [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"I'm sure he has a big chip on his shoulder after what happened last year," former teammate Curtis Martin said yesterday. "For Drew, it's probably like starting his career over. I'm sure he feels he has a lot to prove."'

Marker Can't Run, Can't Hide [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He's basically starting over again," Mickens said. "He's their best quarterback since Jim Kelly, and we all know what Jim Kelly did for them."'

Marker Life after death [5:12 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Jack Kemp, the ex-Bills quarterback and onetime vice presidential hopeful, was instrumental in helping Goodwin get on the nationwide list of cardiac patients in need of a new heart. Goodwin, his former Bills teammate in the mid-'60s, said Kemp also has paid for some of his medication. Bills owner Ralph Wilson has been another big supporter.'

Marker Doug Goodwin's Sept. 11 timeline [5:11 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '9:15 a.m. - Manhattan-bound ambulance with donor heart crosses George Washington Bridge.
9:21 a.m. - The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey closes all bridges and tunnels.'

September 5, 2002

Marker To Cowart, Relief Will Come After Game [9:48 PM]
New York Times reports: 'Cowart rejected Buffalo's contract offer because he felt it amounted to a one-year audition. That seemed to be a slap in the face for Cowart, who had made the Pro Bowl in 2000 with 181 tackles in 12 games and had worked out in Buffalo in January and February, so team executives knew how he was progressing.'

Marker Tops Gameday Experience Opens Sunday [5:35 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills Fieldhouse is the transformed into the largest indoor tailgate party in the league: Tops Gameday Experience.

Marker Injury Report For Bills - Jets Game [5:33 PM] reports: Injury Report for Sunday's game

Marker 2002 Buffalo Bills Prediction [5:32 PM] reports: After missing the playoffs for two consecutive seasons, the Bills feel they have a group of players that can get them back into the playoffs.

Marker Bills 14, Jets 9 - 2001 Game Highlights [5:31 PM] reports: Last time: Bills 14, Jets 9 The 9-5 Jets needed a victory to clinch a playoff berth. The Bills struck with long TD drives on their last possession of the first half and their first of the second while limiting the Jets to just three FGs.

Marker Bills - Jets Series History [5:31 PM] reports: The Bills lead the regular season series with the Jets by 10 games (46-36) and just 79 points (1,688-1,609). The two teams have split the regular season series in each of the last three seasons, including last year when the visiting team won each.

Marker WGR to be at Hammer's Lot with TBD for tailgate entertainment [4:14 PM]
WGR reports: Join WGR Sports Radio 55 and Fox 29 at Hammer's Lot right next to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Ultimate Tailgate Bash prior to every Bills home game as we broadcast live from sunrise to game time! Hammer's Lot is ALSO where TBD has been holding its annual tailgate for the last three years

Marker Bledsoe 'primed' for Bills' opener [3:11 PM]
AP reports: '"It seems like a breath of life was blown back into him," Johnson said. "Seriously, he's been reborn. And I love to watch him take advantage of it."'

Marker Bills blitz [2:35 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Ruben Brown's 5 Favorite Buffalo Restaurants...Hutch's...Gigi's...Pasta Pronto...Daniel's.'

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