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Buffalo Bills News - December 2, 2002

Marker Peter King: Some Sundays are made for a dish and a quick clicker [9:35 PM]
CNN/SI reports: "Travis Henry was no Ricky in the snow, but he was damn good, and against a much tougher run defense. Miami's run D was rated third in the league entering the game in Buffalo, and what Henry did was nearly Tomlinsonesque: 35 carries, 151 yards. Funny. All anyone was talking about after the game was Williams' big day and Drew Bledsoe passing up a storm in the storm. Hellooooo! Ball possession was vital in this game, and Henry, by being such a big horse, allowed the Bills to keep it for almost 33 minutes. "

Marker Wannstedt not down on defense [8:02 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'The defense was sloppy in a lot of different areas, but probably nothing was as frustrating as watching the Dolphins drop interception after interception. The culprits included Zach Thomas, Jamar Fletcher, Patrick Surtain and Sam Madison, who not only botched the pick but wound up tipping the ball to Buffalo wide receiver Eric Moulds, who strolled into the end zone for a 57-yard touchdown that made it 31-21 late in the third quarter.'

Marker Henry breaks 1,000; Bills break offensive slump [7:35 PM]
AP reports: '``Any good offense has a strength to it, and the focal point of our offense has been the throwing game,'' Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said. ``But when people begin to play that, then you have to be able to successfully go after them in another way. And our other dimension is Travis. He's the one who gives the physicality to our offense.'''

Marker Bills, Dolphins draw record TV audience [4:15 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Bills game against the Miami Dolphins at Ralph Wilson Stadium Dec. 1 posted a rating of 44.8 and a share of 68 in the Buffalo market. Those numbers tied the audience levels for Super Bowl XXXVI as the most-watched TV program in the Buffalo market, the nation's 44th largest, since meters were first used in 2000.'

Marker Bills flip back the calendar to keep season's final quarter interesting [4:06 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Bledsoe and company grabbed control of the game, after three Sundays worth of taking what opposing defenses were willing to give them, seizing what they wanted. And once the lake-effect bands started wandering over Orchard Park, obliterating the yard markers and putting the Dolphins into a deep freeze, Buffalo's defense kept Miami from doing much of anything at all.'

Marker Give the gift of excitement this holiday season. [3:28 PM] reports: For a limited time you will receive a commemorative 2002 Buffalo Bills Yearbook, personally autographed by Head Coach Gregg Williams, with the purchase of a 2003 season ticket. With only a $75 deposit you can take advantage of this very special offer, including a special gift certificate to wrap for the surprise.

Marker Bills 38, Dolphins 21 (Video Highlights) [3:13 PM] reports: Drew Bledsoe threw for 306 yards and three touchdowns as the Bills keep their playoff hopes alive with a 38-21 victory over the Dolphins. Watch Video Highlights of the game.

Marker Wannstedt: Fiedler to start against Bears [2:09 PM] reports: Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler will start next Monday night against the Chicago Bears after sitting out six weeks with a broken right thumb. Ray Lucas, who started at quarterback Sunday, was undergoing an MRI on Monday and his status was uncertain for next week, coach Dave Wannstedt said.

Marker Game Notebook vs. Miami Dolphins [2:08 PM] reports: Against the Dolphins, Travis Henry went over 1,000 rushing yards for the season while Peerless Price and Eric Moulds each topped the 1,000 receiving yard plateau. It marked the second time in team history that the Bills have had a 1,000-yard rusher and pair of 1,000-yard receivers in the same season (1991 - Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, and James Lofton)…Sunday marked the first time in NFL history that a back and two receivers topped the 1,000-yard mark on the same day. Overall, this marks the 33rd time in NFL history a team has had a pair of 1,000-yard receivers and a 1,000-yard rusher.

Marker Snow-foolin’ Bills beat Dolphins [1:23 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'As Bledsoe noted, “I’ve played in cold weather for a long time now — from high school on — and it’s never been a big factor as far as me throwing the ball. “The only effect is if it’s real windy. But a little snow ... I’ve got big hands and I can throw the ball.”'

Marker Williams sets Dolphins rushing record [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We gave up way too many plays,” Wannstedt said. “It’s a shame. When you come up here and you know it’s going to be windy and cold and snow, and you think, if we can run the ball, you’d like to think we had a chance. We ran the ball. Unfortunately, because of the big plays and the turnovers, it wasn’t good enough to win."'

Marker Bills’ playoffs hopes soar [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In short, if it wasn’t for Bledsoe’s glittering season, Henry, Moulds and Price wouldn’t have 1,000 yards in their specialties and Bills’ fans wouldn’t be talking playoffs in Game 13.'

Marker Henry hits 1,000-yard mark for Bills [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The Bills ended a streak of 37 consecutive drives started in their own territory when they began a possession at Miami’s 48-yard line after a Dolphins’ punt into the wind.'

Marker Ultimate Sports Weekend [11:35 AM] reports: Book your reservations for the Ultimate Sports Weekend. - Sabres/Bills

Marker Buffalo Jills Photo Gallery [9:57 AM] reports: Photos of the Buffalo Jills in action during Sunday's game.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Postgame Quotes [9:56 AM] reports: "I have played in the cold weather for a long time now, from high school on and it has never really been a big factor to me as far as throwing the ball. The only affect really is from the wind. If it's real winding then sometimes it will affect the ball a little bit."

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Photos (Part II) [9:53 AM] reports: More photos from Sunday's 38-21 win over the Dolphins.

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Photos [9:52 AM] reports: Part I - Photos from Sunday's win over the Dolphins.

Marker Bills gain traction in the snow [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills became the first team in NFL history to have three players go over the 1,000-yard mark for the season in the same game. Henry has 1,108 yards rushing. Moulds has 1,043 yards receiving, and Price has 1,020.'

Marker Henry snowshoes through Dolphins to 1,000-yard mark [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'His five 100-yard games this year are the most since Thurman Thomas had seven in 1993.'

Marker Ricky's big rushing day goes to waste [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Dolphins wasted Williams' effort with two critical fumbles and an interception that the Bills turned into 21 points. Miami could blame the loss on coaching, quarterbacks, defensive backs and just about anybody other than their star running back. After all, would anybody have predicted he would have piled up so many yards with the snow falling horizontally . . . and the Dolphins would lose?'

Marker Snow, Kelly, victory . . . Bills bring back the fun [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You almost expected to see Dan Marino and Don Shula at the podium afterward, explaining away the loss.'

Marker Wannstedt's blunder opens door to avalanche [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills fans thought Gregg Williams had lost his mind when he punted from the New England 32 four weeks ago, early in the third quarter, trailing by 10. Overly conservative, that was. Wannstedt did Williams twice worse.'

Marker Turnovers again help put Dolphins away [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Kelly was all over the Bills' sidelines firing up the fans and players. Imagine Price's surprise to be mugged by Kelly after his 73-yard touchdown in the third quarter.'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Play of the Game: Aaron Schobel unloaded on Dolphins quarterback Ray Lucas on a fourth-and-4 play into the wind late in the second quarter, forcing a fumble that Chidi Ahanotu returned to the Miami 31-yard-line. Four plays later, Bledsoe found Peerless Price in the end zone and the Bills had a 17-14 lead.'

Marker Lake-effect snows most of WNY [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Almost all of Western New York got a taste of lake-effect snow Sunday.
So did millions of viewers watching the Buffalo Bills-Miami Dolphins football game, which was whited out in the fourth quarter as the squalls moved in and pasted Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.'

Marker Bills freeze Miami, 38-21 [5:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Of the victory, Bledsoe, who threw for 306 yards despite the weather, said, “It means we need to keep winning. We will enjoy this one, but the bottom line is that if we want to get into this race at the end we need to keep winning.”'

Marker Price, Moulds bring offense out of hiding [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'After three weeks spent in the Witness Protection Program, the Bills’ offense regained its identity, its swagger.'

Marker Buffalo still in contention, after all [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Not only will they have to win at least three of those four, they’re going to need other teams to knock off the Dolphins, Patriots and Jets. But I can’t sit here and say that it can’t happen because in this league, anything is possible.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Week 12 Report Card [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray limited Chris Watson’s liability and played Jason Bostic on key passing downs.'

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