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Buffalo Bills News - December 9, 2002

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.'

Marker Right from the start, Bledsoe was finished [5:07 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'While he completed 32 passes and threw for two touchdowns, Bledsoe's errant tosses were the story of the day. He flipped four interceptions, one coming at the Pats' 1-yard line and two others ending any hope of a fourth-quarter rally.'

Marker An early Christmas for Seymour [5:06 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I wanted to make a play on it, but I didn't think the ball was going to come down," said Seymour of his reaction to seeing the ball headed his way. "But I got it. I've been hanging around the receivers," he said with a grin.'

Marker Jones's end-zone interception was scripted [5:05 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The play that changed the game for good, the end-zone interception by Tebucky Jones in the second quarter, was just like they drew it up.'

Marker Brady misses chance to show off his footwork [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Brady misfired a few times in the first half, but still wound up completing 11-of-16 passes for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns.'

Marker Bledsoe trade keeps paying off for Pats, fans [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'It was a dumb throw. Which made the Patriots look smart.'

Marker Big bruiser Smith delivering for Pats [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This was the first time in four games against his former team that Smith hasn't topped 100 yards. But he still knows he made his carries count.'

Marker Two-minute drill [5:01 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots picked off four Drew Bledsoe passes but the biggest turnover they forced was the fumble by Peerless Price early in the fourth quarter, when the Bills had already scored twice and were embarking on their third drive of the second half. The Pats recovered on the Buffalo 28, and their subsequent touchdown put them back in charge at 27-10.'

Marker Can't Go Home Again [5:00 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe? He was alone to stew in his frustration, and maybe even a bit of self-doubt, after throwing four interceptions, three of them into the jagged teeth of a Patriots defense that repeatedly shredded his overeager bid to rescue his team from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit. Just the way coach Bill Belichick planned it when he traded Bledsoe to the Bills in April for a No.1 draft choice.'

Marker Interception Marks Seymour's Surge [4:59 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Seymour caught the deflection on the Bills 15, and was tackled at the 9. Two plays later, the Patriots scored to take a 17-0 lead on their way to a 27-17 victory over Bledsoe's Bills.'

Marker He's Oh, So Predictable [4:58 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Every game I've ever played, I've taken personally," Bledsoe said. "And this one, more than most. The turnovers I had fall heavily on my shoulders." We've heard that one before, and the solace for Patriots fans is to be found in two words. Tom Brady.'

Marker Bledsoe bombs in return [4:57 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: ' If Drew Bledsoe was frustrated by how Bill Belichick treated him last season, then he must really be beside himself over the way he has been treated this season.'

Marker Defense came through [4:56 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"They had a couple of runs to the outside, but I think we did a good job, controlling their inside running game," said Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had four tackles, shared a sack and had an interception. "And if you can't get your inside running game started, it's usually a long day."'

Marker Hayes finally makes impact [4:55 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'New England won the opening coin toss and took the ball, but Buffalo still wound up going against the wind. Apparently no one picked a direction, so referee Jeff Triplette figured the Bills wanted to attack the goal they were facing. When Drew Bledsoe tried to change that, it was too late.'

Marker Pats sack Bills [4:54 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Belichick’s plan was simple. Much like the Nov. 3 game against the Bills in Orchard Park - a 38-7 Patriots’ win - New England utilized its pass rush to force Bledsoe into quick throws. By taking him out of his element, they eliminated his ability to hurt them with big plays and they were opportunistic when he made mistakes.'

Marker Defense does it for the champs [4:53 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'It was the defense. That goes for both sides. One team showed up to play. The other team just got out-played.'

Marker Hey, that was Hayes [4:52 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'New England scored on its first four drives against the Bills.'

Marker Bledsoe trade helps in more ways than one [4:51 AM]
Manchester Union Leader reports: '“We figured we could put pressure on him, get pressure in his face off the edges and that would help us a lot defensively,” said Pats cornerback Otis Smith, who forced a fumble for a fifth Bills turnover. “Guys did a good job of putting pressure on him and making him hold the ball longer than he wanted to.”'

Marker Back in New England, Bledsoe Has Day He'd Rather Forget [4:50 AM]
New York Times reports: '"There is no question that every game I've ever played in I've taken personally," said Bledsoe, now in his 10th season. "This one, even more than most. I have to be more precise for this offense to be more precise."'

Marker It's no can Drew [4:49 AM]
New York Post reports: 'From the time Bledsoe and the Bills lost the coin toss - and his Bills called the wrong direction to defend - to the last of his four interceptions, it was a nightmare.'

Marker Pats ruin Drew's day in Foxboro [4:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"I think a few of those throws (Drew) would like to get back," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We shot ourselves in the foot. We weren't able to overcome our mistakes."'

Marker Like old times [4:47 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Jones said the Patriots noted a Buffalo tendency to pass on second down when close to the goal line. "It was one of the plays they ran in practice," Jones said of New England's coaching staff. "Practice makes perfect."'

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