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Buffalo Bills News - September 30, 2002

Marker Bills-Bears Postgame Quotebook - Coach Gregg Williams [12:29 AM] reports: "We went in the ball game knowing we wanted to run the football. A lot of people talked about Chicago being a tough team to run the ball against and we wanted to achieve more balance in that area. With Larry away to a funeral earlier in the week, Phil got more reps and that's how we packaged it up this week. Larry came in and made some huge catches in some critical situations that kept drives alive. There was total team contribution and that's the fun party of the locker room. Especially a young team who felt they all contributed. Every play is important."

Marker Week 4: Bills-Bears Postgame Quotebook [12:27 AM] reports: Tight end Dave Moore: "Coach Gilbride does a great job feeling out how the game is going. If you look at all four of our games they are all very different offensively. In the first game we ran and used a lot of drop-back passing. The second game we pretty much did all drop-back passing. This game really did have a good mix of run and pass. The second half, we were moving the ball on the ground well and he (Coach Gilbride) threw a couple play action passes into our game plan. In that sort of scheme, we as tight ends have a much larger role."

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September 29, 2002

Marker Bears suffering identity crisis on defense [11:51 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Chicago’s identity is forged by a bruising defense and an ability to win close games. Based on the last eight days, we can now say the Bears are in the throes of an identity crisis...Chicago’s kindness added another compelling moment to the resurgence of Drew Bledsoe’s career. The Bills quarterback completed 77.8 percent of his passes Sunday for 328 yards. He had four touchdowns, no interceptions, the fourth game-winning touchdown pass in overtime of his career — a league record — and a quarterback rating of 141.7.'

Marker Gory details of OT demise [11:41 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Details, details. When your defense allows 222 yards in total offense in the first half alone and your smash-mouth offense manages just 20 yards rushing in that same half, it would seem to be more than a case of details.'

Marker 'Bear' with us: Play-by-play commentary [11:33 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Can't figure out what's best — kick off or receive? If the Bears kick off, then Drew Bledsoe gets first crack at our defense — and remembering what Aaron Brooks did last week does not inspire confidence. On the other hand, if the Bears receive, you can run Anthony Thomas down their throat. Or Bears fans thought.'

Marker Bledsoe, Bills beat Bears [11:32 PM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, who can't seem to win in regulation, certainly make up for it in overtime thanks to Drew Bledsoe. Bledsoe set an NFL record with his fourth career overtime touchdown pass, a 26-yarder to Travis Henry 1:58 into the extra period, sparking the Bills to a 33-27 victory over the Chicago Bears on Sunday.'

Marker Mike Doser: Another Overtime Win [11:28 PM]
Shout! reports: Buffalo is clearly the most fun team to watch in the NFL. They've solidified the status with their third high-scoring overtime contest of this young season - a 33-27 win against the Bears at Wilson Stadium. Now the team is 2-2 and trailing first-place Miami and New England - who both lost Sunday - by a game.

Marker Week 4: Bills-Bears Postgame Quotebook [7:51 PM] reports: Gregg Williams: "We hope that this is a building block for next week but we've got to continue to do it week in and week out. The league is like this, every week in the league most of the teams are just down to the wire, down the last couple of possessions. Our guys made the plays they needed to make to win the ball game."

Marker Game Recap: Dramatic Win In OT [7:50 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe set an NFL record with his fourth career overtime touchdown pass, throwing a 26-yarder to running back Travis Henry as the Buffalo Bills defeated the Chicago Bears, 33-27.

Marker Part II: Bears at Bills (Photos) [7:21 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's win over the Bears - Travis Henry celebrates with the crowd, Mike Hollis, Aaron Schobel, etc.

Marker Bills 33, Bears 27 - Game Statistics [7:19 PM] reports: Bledsoe finished the game 28-of-36 for 328 yards and four touchdowns.

Marker 2002 Buffalo Jills (Photos) [7:17 PM] reports: Action photos from Sunday's game vs. the Bears

Marker Part I: Bears at Bills (Photos) [7:16 PM] reports: Photos of Sunday's game - Part I

Marker Bears at Bills: Photos [7:05 PM] reports: Eric Moulds twice, Bears WR Marty Booker, Bears QB Jim Miller, Bears WR David Terrell, amd Bills RB Travis Henry runs for the game-winning touchdown in overtime.

Marker Bears at Bills: Play by Play [6:55 PM] reports: Plays, penalties and scores.

Marker Bills 33, Bears 27, OT [4:47 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bears never managed to take the lead, while the Bills threatened virtually every time it had the ball.'

Marker Buffalo 33, Chicago 27 (ot) [4:46 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bledsoe finished the game 28-of-36 for 328 yards and four touchdowns. He completed all 15 of his pass attempts on Buffalo's four TD drives, also finding Peerless Price, Moulds and tight end Dave Moore.'

Marker Answers from Bears vs. Bills [3:20 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'They're a lot better than last year. They're a very entertaining and efficient team offensively as long as Travis Henry doesn't fumble, which he's done in every game this year.'

Marker Balance Bills seek hard to find against Bears [9:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's passing attack remains one of the most potent in the NFL, the defense can't seem to stop anyone on a regular basis, and kick coverage, though improved, is still an adventure.'

Marker Loaded for Bears [9:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thomas is a 230-pound load who runs behind one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.'

Marker Offensive linemen eager for Bills to become a team on the run [9:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown claims there's not a lineman alive, or dead, who wouldn't rather block for the run than the pass. So far, I haven't found anyone to contradict him.'

Marker Hard-wired [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The people of Buffalo," Forry said, "are going to fall in love with this kid."'

Marker Big Mike's deal [9:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mike Williams could wind up totaling $43.96 million over six years if he were to hit all incentives, according to players' union sources.'

Marker Bears at Bills - Quick Hits [9:47 AM] reports: The Bills have had three 100-yard receiving games from three different receivers so far in 2002 (Eric Moulds, Peerless Price, and Josh Reed). The most the team has ever had in one season was 11 in 1991, accomplished by four different receivers - Andre Reed (4), James Lofton (4), Thurman Thomas (2), and Don Beebe (1).

Marker Levy has fond memories of '77 Alouettes [9:00 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: 'Levy has pointed out on other occasions that his five-year stint here opened the doors for an NFL career that eventually saw him lead the Buffalo Bills to an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.'

Marker Turning his life around [6:46 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Traylor, who won two Super Bowl rings with Denver, may well be coming off his best game as a Bear, last Sunday's loss to New Orleans.'

Marker Bears-Bills Q&A [6:45 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Q: What's wrong with Buffalo's defense? A: Quite a bit. The Bills are giving up 35 points a game, including special-teams gaffes. They really haven't been the same since letting defensive tackle Ted Washington get away.'

Marker Receiver has White stuff [6:44 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'What's wrong with Dez White, anyway? It could be he's suffering from an identity crisis. Think about it. Marty Booker is the guy. Marcus Robinson is the guy who used to be the guy. David Terrell is the mouth. Where does that leave White? "He's the guy in between,'' Booker said with a laugh.'

Marker Bears being careful not to let injuries affect special teams [6:43 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The Bears responded positively last season after setbacks, rolling off six victories in a row after losing the opener. After their second and third losses, they won three and four games in a row, respectively. Thomas should take control. If he doesn't, a problem is developing. Bears 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Defense knows it will feel the heat [6:42 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'It means the Bills want to put the Bears' defense in nickel and dime alignments (utilizing five and six defensive backs) as often as possible. Because, when the Bears use six defensive backs, four will be players who started a total of two games combined last season; three didn't see enough action to earn a varsity letter.'

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