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Buffalo Bills News - November 5, 2002

Marker Thomas will be honored at Dolphins game [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' great running back will be honored during pregame ceremonies on the field at the Bills-Dolphins home game Dec. 1 and at the Monday Quarterback Club's luncheon in HSBC Arena the next day.'

Marker Bills coach defends his decisions [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '“The big thing is, it’s the first drive of the third quarter, we’re only down 10 at the time, and New England had been on a short field all day long. It was one opportunity to try to put them on a long field. We would’ve liked for it (the punt) to have been deeper but it didn’t work out that way. But it was still an 83-yard field, and we didn’t get off the field on defense ... the big thing is, you’ve got to get off the field.”'

Marker Bills walk away with eyes 'wide open' [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '“They had our number,” said fullback Larry Centers of the Patriots (4-4), who snapped a four-game losing streak by dominating Buffalo on both sides of the ball. “In this business, if you fight long enough, you’re gonna lose a game like that. We just have to react in the proper way, diagnose the problems and be honest about what we have to get done. I think the bye week comes at an excellent time. It gives us a chance to do a little bit more soul searching.”'

Marker Can the Bills make playoffs with this coaching staff? [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'That’s difficult to answer, but I do know this: It will take a playoff appearance to save some of their jobs.'

Marker Looking ahead for the Bills: A week to regroup [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills were dealt a sobering reminder that they are still very much a work in progress, and they are a team that can’t afford to play poorly against the league’s better teams because if they do, they have almost no chance to win.'

Marker Ralph, Mary Wilson give St. John Fisher $2 million [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'The donation is a thanks both to Fisher for hosting the Bills’ summer camp and to the wider Rochester area, Wilson said. “Our fan base in Rochester is important to the Buffalo Bills football team. And when we (Wilson and wife Mary) heard about the need to enhance education at this great college and the possibility of helping to fund a new building ... .” they decided to make the donation.'

Marker Patriots made it a mission of control [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''There was a certain point in the game where Buffalo really couldn't run the ball,'' Belichick said. ''And we were able to maintain balance on our side because we were in control of the score. There's no question that getting off to a good start enables you to do that.'''

Marker Pats finally rise and shine [5:20 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'COACHING - A. A fine design by all involved.'

Marker Bledsoe bowled over, welcomes bye week [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'That having been said, it's difficult to lay what happened Sunday at Bledsoe's feet. All things considered, particularly given the way his supporting cast performed, you'd have to say he had a pretty good game.'

Marker Pats-Bills spoke the truth about football [5:19 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'It's not like we haven't seen this all before. In truth, we saw it for nine years. Give Bledsoe time, let him find his comfort zone, and he will put up numbers that reside in record books. Get in his face, and he starts looking like someone trying to run against the current. This is not some instant evaluation, like staring at a painting for the first time. This is looking at an artist's body of work.'

Marker Bledsoe, Belichick do some postgame fence-mending [5:18 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"We were coming up the tunnel," Belichick said. "He kind of grabbed me and congratulated me. I told him he was playing really well this year. We wished each other well the rest of the way, probably not in that December game (when Buffalo comes to Foxboro), but other than that." The incident is significant because the relationship between Bledsoe and Belichick has been strained since Bledsoe returned from the chest injury he suffered last season with the Patriots. Belichick opted to stay with Tom Brady at quarterback. Bledsoe said that went against a promise Belichick had made to give him a chance to get his job back.'

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November 4, 2002

Marker Bills lose big but generate big TV rating [8:14 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Nielsen Media Research figures indicated the game, broadcast on CBS affiliate WIVB, generated a 44 rating/69 share, making it the most watched game since meters were introduced into the Buffalo market two years ago. The rating nearly matched the past two Super Bowls, which had ratings of 44.8 and 44.2 respectively.'

Marker Bills have two weeks to stew over loss to Patriots [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''Yeah, it's certainly going to leave a bad taste in your mouth for a few days here,'' Moore said. ''The only thing that makes it feel better is going out and winning the next week. Unfortunately, we don't have that chance to do it.'''

Marker Buffalo Jills Photo Gallery (Part II) [3:42 PM] reports: More photos of the Buffalo Jills...

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 9 [3:29 PM] reports: Head coach Dick Diminuco of Albion High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the ninth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 25-26).

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography [2:05 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills Geography is an educational program that integrates geography, language arts and math using the excitement of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills. With new activities, player features, and trivia each week, Buffalo Bills Geography is a fun way to learn about bodies of water, latitude and longitude, and much more. It's also a great way to find out interesting facts about your favorite Bills players.

Marker Buffalo Bills abandon Bledsoe in blowout [1:24 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Drew Bledsoe turned in a solid, if painful, day's work against his former team. The vast majority of his teammates should be embarrassed to accept their paychecks. Buffalo's defense, which acquired a spurious "improved" tag against a trio of battered, inexperienced and/or inept offenses as the Bills won three straight, served as a pathetic foil to the Patriots. The Bills couldn't tackle their discarded former feature back, Antowain Smith, when he slammed up the middle. Or when he, or any other Patriot, caught a screen pass from Tom Brady. Much blame also falls on the Bills' coaches, who were out-worked and out-thought by Bill Belichick and his staff. Buffalo offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride never adjusted to the blitzing Patriots or the no-down-linemen fronts New England defensive coordinator Romeo Crennel threw at Bledsoe. After the game, the Bills continued acting as if they'd never seen, or even imagined, the innovation. Even though the Patriots used it extensively in similarly confusing Kurt Warner and the St. Louis Rams in last February's Super Bowl.'

Marker Pats, Brady dominate Bills [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Which team had won three in a row and which one had dropped four straight?'

Marker Brady’s play was more than all hype [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“That was picture perfect for us today,” said linebacker WIllie McGinest. “My hat’s off to our offense. They set the tone for us. They came out right away and scored.”'

Marker Timid Bills left licking their wounds [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'OK, so the New England Patriots aren’t dead. But they sure made the Buffalo Bills play as if they were.'

Marker Recipe for success [1:20 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'You want the team you knew and loved last season back? You got it. At least for one afternoon.'

Marker Belichick takes Bledsoe to school - again [1:20 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'This is how bad Drew Bledsoe's day turned out. The New England Patriots felt sorry for him.'

Marker Smith, Faulk back in the Pats' mainstream [1:19 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The Pats have had him all year. They just haven't used him very much.'

Marker Bills vs. Patriots Video Highlights [10:48 AM] reports: Watch video highlights from Sunday's game vs. New England.

Marker Drew Who? [10:30 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'There’s nothing like the Buffalo Bills defense to cure what ails ya.'

Marker Never mind Drew [10:29 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'Smith said this week he was determined to be a two-way weapon. “I took it upon myself to go out and get better at catching the ball, try and take the pressure off so we weren’t so predictable,” he said.'

Marker Ruined reunion for Bledsoe [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Man, it was bad," Bills cornerback Nate Clements said. "They made some good plays, but we were terrible today. We just got beat across the board."'

Marker Pats pound home a message [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New England Patriots' 38-7 drubbing of the Bills was Buffalo's worst home loss in 19 years, since a 31-0 loss to the Pats in 1983.'

Marker Bledsoe bowled over by Belichick's game plan [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They mixed it up with a lot of different looks to try and confuse our protection," Bledsoe said. "Then when we had to kind of change our approach and attack a little bit more, they were able to try and confuse our protection a little bit."'

Marker Smith's performance had a ring to it [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Antowain did a super job," Pats coach Bill Belichick said. "You just can't say enough about Antowain Smith. He's run hard all year. I'm sure it's good for him to do it here. He's a good back. I'm glad we got him."'

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