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Buffalo Bills News - October 8, 2002

Marker Bills INT drought now at nine months [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are on pace to give up 576 points, which would smash the team record of 454 and the NFL mark of 533.'

Marker Bills appear destined to be exciting losers [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You knew the defense had its shortcomings, but did anyone think they would be on pace to break the National Football League record for points allowed in a season?'

Marker Moore suffers broken hand [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Being left-handed, Moore won't be able do any long snapping. Starting tight end Jay Riemersma assumed that duty after Moore went down and will likely get most of the work this week.'

Marker Defenseless Bills need to stop 'em [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“We’re still a confident group,” linebacker London Fletcher said. Nobody is quite sure why.'

Marker What do the Bills have to do to improve on defense? [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hasn’t anybody heard that the best defense is a ball-hogging offense? It wouldn’t have hurt for Kevin Gilbride to slow Sunday’s game down and attempt to change the tempo, especially when it was clear Jerry Gray’s defense couldn’t plug a wine bottle with a cork.'

Marker Look ahead: Bills Week 6 [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'So, while the Bills are in no position to get cocky, it seems like a remote possibility that Buffalo won’t take a 3-3 record into the showdown against AFC East leader Miami on Oct. 20.'

Marker Moore's bad break [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'But Moore broke his left hand in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders and is questionable for Sunday’s game at Houston. Moore could play with a soft cast and perform as a blocker.'

Marker Foreman intent on repaying Bills [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Let's just say I set a new sack record this year. I'm not going to become a free agent and all of sudden want to go play for Buffalo again. That's not going to happen. I don't have a desire to go up there and play for them. It just didn't work out. So be it. I'm just going out there to do the best for me and my family. I couldn't care less what they think."'

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October 7, 2002

Marker Buffalo honors Hull for service [7:50 PM]
Greenwood Commonwealth reports: 'Will Wofford, Hull's teammate for seven years, said he wouldn't have missed Hull's induction for anything. "Kent was the first friend I made in Buffalo. There is nowhere I'd rather be," said Wofford. "He was the leader of the offense, even though Jim Kelly got all the publicity. Kent was the one who pulled it all together."'

Marker Bills defense letting down Bledsoe-led offense [7:41 PM]
AP reports: '''Right now it's very discouraging because we're not getting the job done as a defense,'' linebacker Keith Newman said on Monday. ''(The offense is) putting us in a position to win. In my opinion, the worst we should be as a team right now is 4-1."'

Marker Moore questionable after breaking hand [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills tight end Dave Moore broke his left hand and is questionable for Buffalo's game at Houston this weekend.'

Marker Bledsoe breaks down, barely, under weight of carrying putrid Bills defense [1:29 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Buffalo's defense surrendered six of the seven Oakland touchdowns and yielded 495 yards, most of it coming in large chunks (10 Oakland plays covered 20 yards or more).'

Marker Raiders win shootout with the Bills [1:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Those 80 points — scored in a span of 41 minutes — were the most in a non-overtime Bills’ game since a 47-34 Buffalo victory at Miami in 1993.'

Marker In the end, it was defense that beat the Bills [1:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We kind of struggled a bit, I know I kind of struggled a bit,” Buchanon said. “But in the end, we came out with a victory. If you go out and just hold your poise, good things happen.”'

Marker Hull becomes 19th addition to Bills’ Wall of Fame [1:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The crowd of 73,038 featured only 929 no-shows on a perfect afternoon (64 degrees).'

Marker 5th Down: Raiding the Other Locker Room [12:48 PM] reports: Some people think it’s really cool to walk into an NFL locker room. Try walking into the visitor’s quarters. Imagine taking an elementary school classroom, lining the walls and the middle of the room with locker stalls, and filling it with 53 extra-large sweaty men.

Marker Southern Comfort [12:32 PM] reports: Peter King in his MMQB column: "I think I wonder how long it's going to take before the NFL world figures out Drew Bledsoe. It's amazing. The Raiders picked him three times, but that defense had been playing pretty well, and the Bills rolled up 479 yards on Oakland, 417 from Bledsoe's right arm. Bledsoe has played five very-good-to-excellent games, and his deep arm looks like Dan Fouts' in his prime."

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 5 [12:12 PM] reports: Head coach Willie Burnett of Turner-Carroll High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the fifth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 4-5). Burnett led his team to an impressive 26-6 victory over arch-rival St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute last Friday night at Johnny B. Wiley Pavilion in Buffalo.

Marker Week 5 Game Highlights (Video) [10:54 AM] reports: Bledsoe and the Bills finally ran out of late-game dramatics.

Marker NFL Plays of the Week (Video) [10:35 AM] reports: Watch the plays of the week for Week 5.

Marker Seesaw stops with Raiders up, unbeaten [10:24 AM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'After blowing out their first three opponents, the Raiders played a team that may not have been their equal, but was certainly a worthy adversary.'

Marker Porter receiving attention [10:23 AM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: '"My role is (defined) by how the defenses play," Porter said. "If they want to double Jerry and Tim, then it's up to me to step up. Today, I had some single-coverage situations and I could step up."'

Marker Kennedy's substitute fills the bill [10:22 AM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'Walker, the 6-foot-8, 345-pound tackle out of Cal, held his blocks, made his assignments and didn't give up a sack.'

Marker Raiders outgun Bills for win [9:49 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'Sunday was one of those old-fashioned AFL shootouts, between two AFL originals, the Buffalo Bills and Oakland Raiders. And the Raiders had the last shot.'

Marker Old-gun Gannon proves he can still sling it [9:48 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'Well, Bledsoe has been kicked out of only one NFL city. Gannon has been sent packing by four NFL teams, beginning with the Patriots, who drafted him in the fourth round in 1987 and got rid of him two weeks later. Gannon then played for Minnesota, Washington and Kansas City with such success that he didn't suit up for almost two full seasons.'

Marker Buchanon supplies game-breaker again [9:47 AM]
Oaklnd Tribune reports: 'Raiders tight end Roland Williams played his high school ball at East High in nearby Rochester and went on to star at Western New York's Syracuse University. Williams only had one catch for 14 yards, but he led the team in two other categories. Tickets supplied: 50. Wings bought: Two huge cases of Buffalo chicken wings for the team's drive bus ride to the airport.'

Marker Points galore add up to losing score [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's passing statistics are spectacular ones. The defense's weekly yields are not.'

Marker Raiders take offense to Bills [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe and his offensive mates traded punch for punch with the Raiders' Hall of Fame-caliber attack. But the Bills' defense once again proved it is not ready for prime time.'

Marker Oakland receivers run circles around Buffalo defenders [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also are paying the price for playing two inexperienced players at safety with Wire and Prioleau. Both had coverage breakdowns that led to touchdowns.'

Marker Rookie's vision fatal to Bills [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was just trying to read his eyes," Buchanon said. "I kind of read his eyes a little bit, and he kind of telegraphed it a little bit. You know, that's Drew Bledsoe. He can put it just about anywhere. Maybe he saw something different. I don't know. I was just trying to do my job."'

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