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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2000

Marker Hayes' hustle a huge factor [7:04 AM]
New York Post reports: 'One of the unsung Jets heroes yesterday was special teams ace Chris Hayes, who had a forced fumble, a fumble recovery and a special-teams tackle. He was a catalyst for a special teams unit that entered the game much maligned.'

Marker Ready for Some Hype? [7:03 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets not only beat the Buffalo Bills yesterday, 27-14, they stunned and demoralized a team that had been tied with them for first place. They ran over and around them, with Kevin Williams' thrilling 97-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. They duped them, leaving five of their players lying silent and in a heap in the end zone after Marcus Coleman's 45-yard Hail Mary touchdown pass from Testaverde broke a 14-14 tie.'

Marker Marcus' Big Play Hails NFL's Past [7:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'You know, he who forgets the past is doomed to repeat it.'

Marker Extra Special Victory [7:01 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Yesterday, in an impressive 27-14 victory over Buffalo, the Jets' special teams were masters of mayhem. "Special teams aren't about individuals," Hayes said. "It's a team. It's about hustle plays."'

Marker Too Much Smashmouth for Bills [7:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Though Washington and Williams combined for 10 unassisted tackles and five assisted ones, they could not stop the Jets when it mattered most.'

Marker Not the '98 Vinny, But Not Bad [7:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Once again, it was the Vinny of now instead of the Vinny of '98. And once again, it was good enough.'

Marker Far from their best, but they're still unbeaten [6:59 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The football gods are finally smiling on the Jets after spending a year showering them with enough misfortune to last a decade. Maybe it's payback for taking quarterback Vinny Testaverde away from them less than two quarters into last season and striking down several more players with injuries. Maybe it's payback for taking Bill Parcells, Bill Belichick and Keyshawn Johnson away from them in one fell swoop last off-season. Maybe, just maybe, it's because the Jets haven't had much to cheer about since their 1969 Super Bowl victory.'

Marker Keyshawn fires shots at Groh [6:58 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Keyshawn Johnson last night said Jets head coach Al Groh need not extend his hand to him to exchange pleasantries because he won't shake it and he said comparing Jets wide receiver Wayne Chrebet to him is like comparing a flashlight to a star. Also, Johnson said he has nothing against quarterback Vinny Testaverde, who said in the aftermath of the trade that Curtis Martin, not Johnson, was the most valuable player on the team.'

Marker Thoughts turn to Bucs ... not to mention an ex-teammate [6:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets were still toweling themselves dry from their postgame showers yesterday after defeating the Bills, 27-14, at Giants Stadium when their attention was already turning toward their next game this Sunday in Tampa, Fla. Need we tell you? That's when the 3-0 Jets will go at it with their former Pro Bowl wide receiver, Keyshawn Johnson, and the undefeated Buccaneers.'

Marker Guy in Parcells' shadow has it made in the shade [6:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'That's not to say the Jets are headed to the Super Bowl by virtue of this 27-14 verdict over the Bills, or that Groh will one day match Parcells with two championship rings to his credit. But this was the most impressive victory for Groh's team to date, against by far the best team it has faced. And his Jets have responded to Groh at every turn. All this with quarterback Vinny Testaverde yet to play worth a damn.'

Marker Coleman scores one for the defense [6:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Finally, Marcus Coleman, a defensive player since his days at Lake Highlands High School in Dallas, lined up as a wide receiver. He then ran through the Bills defense and into the back of the end zone, making a leaping catch that gave the Jets a 21-14 halftime lead and completely changed their fortunes.'

Marker A remarkable return even without the TD [6:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'One huge block sprung him past the 15-yard line, a hard stiff arm carried him across the 30. Kevin Williams crossed midfield, made a quick move to his left and then followed rookie linebacker John Abraham into the end zone.'

Marker Stalled running game doesn't stop 3-0 start [6:54 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets' running game managed 91 yards and one touchdown on 36 carries yesterday. Buffalo, with a defensive line anchored by nose tackle Ted Washington (6-5, 330 pounds), entered the game yielding just 46.5 yards rushing per game. "We just tried to run it at them," Jets tackle Jason Fabini said. "It was tough going, but we got the yards when we needed them."'

Marker Jets fly off to best start since '66 [6:53 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'They are 3-0 for the first time since Weeb Ewbank coached Gang Green in 1966. They are in sole possession of first place in the division earlier than any season since 1987. And after vanquishing the Bills (2-1), they take a full head of steam into a matchup with the unbeaten Tampa Bay Buccaneers and their loquacious former teammate, Keyshawn Johnson.'

Marker Two-way Coleman scorches Bills [6:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Vinny Testaverde had one minor criticism of Marcus Coleman as an offensive player. "Marcus came running on the field a little late," Testaverde said. Yeah, but his timing was perfect after that.'

Marker Now it's time for Keyshawn [6:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I'm not going to get caught up in whatever he says or doesn't say," Testaverde said as he left the locker room following the Jets' 27-14 triumph over Buffalo on Sunday. "I'm not worried about proving points to anybody outside of here."'

Marker Jets instant replay [6:51 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Goat: Chris Watson's first punt return fumble was swatted out of his grasp from behind by Hayes and recovered by Bernie Parmalee at midfield with 13:05 to play. He muffed the second that Hayes recovered at the Bills' 26 with 4:35 left to set up John Hall's final field goal.'

Marker Jets' big leap of faith [6:50 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Meanwhile, the Buffalo Bills have a bye week to dwell on everything they did wrong Sunday, especially a terrible performance on special teams. Kevin Williams returned a kickoff 97 yards for a touchdown and cornerback Marcus Coleman's first career reception was good for a Hail Mary score to close the first half as the Jets downed the Bills 27-14 to gain sole possession of first place in the AFC East.'

Marker Sprinkler of magic dust [6:49 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'A lot of players had their gripes about the way things were being approached. But it's paying off. "Coach Groh has set a course, and the ship has sailed, and we're heading in a good direction." For a change, the ship isn't beginning to sink before the turning of the autumn leaves.'

Marker 1965 champions receive a hero's welcome [6:48 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Because the Bills were down for so long throughout the late '60s, much of the '70s and a good part of the '80s there is the perception that the Bills were never truly born until the Jim Kelly era began in 1986. For long-time observers that is certainly not the case and many can just as easily recite the names of those AFL championship teams as they could the Bills Super Bowl squads.'

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September 17, 2000

Marker Beasts of the East [7:21 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'But finally, what really sealed the deal for the Bills were turnovers. If the game was markedly closer than the score might indicate, the Bills destroyed themselves by committing three turnovers in the game's final 15 minutes.'

Marker Jets 27, Bills 14 [7:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Marcus Coleman caught a 45-yard scoring pass from Vinny Testaverde on the final play of the first half Sunday, breaking a tie and lifting the Jets to a 27-14 victory over the Buffalo Bills. "We work on that play every Friday, so I knew there was a possibility we would run it," Coleman said of his spot on the Jets' alley-oop pass unit. "I was surprised that no one was on me as I ran down the middle. Once the ball was in the air, I don't care who was around me, I think the ball is mine.'

Marker Jets 27, Bills 14 [7:15 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Jets made all the big plays, getting a 97-yard kickoff return from Kevin Williams in the first quarter and another touchdown on a fourth-down run by tight end Fred Baxter in the second period.'

Marker Parcells casts a big shadow on Jets [10:53 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bill Parcells is a big man ... and his shadow is vastly larger than his considerable physical size. That's Al Groh's problem. The latest coach of the New York Jets is going to have a hard time establishing an identity away from his long-time friend and current benefactor.'

Marker No Jet lag for the Bills [10:51 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"This game will be a good key for us," said Bills' coach Wade Phillips. "This could actually be our biggest game of the year." Of his own team's start, he added, "I thought we were going to have a good team, but all coaches think they're going to have a good team."'

Marker Phillips blasts Bill [10:12 AM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'Not only did Buffalo Bills head coach Wade Phillips come off as bitter during his Wednesday conference call with Jets beat reporters, he also exposed himself as a somewhat hypocritical "country coach." It wasn't difficult to figure out that Phillips was lambasting Bill Parcells when he said "We kind of country coach 'em here. They don't get a lot of that city coaching of those geniuses. But we get them to work hard, play sound football and not make mistakes." Phillips went on to define country coaching as "...a way of treating people, I guess." Oh. So that explains why Phillips benched Doug Flutie for the playoffs last year even though Flutie had directed the Bills to the postseason two years in a row and had all but saved Phillips' job and football in Buffalo in 1998. And that "country coaching" must explain why Phillips canned special teams coach Bruce DeHaan for a loss that was entirely Phillips' fault. Remember, it was Phillips who let Steve Christie kick a go-ahead field goal with 16 seconds left in last year's AFC wild card game instead of waiting until there were just a few seconds left on the clock. That move allowed Tennessee enough time to pull off the "Music City Miracle" kick return.'

Marker Stars are suddenly aligned [10:10 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'The Bills and Jets had never been 2-0 at the same time before this season. For all the Bills' success in '90s, they started only four of those seasons by winning the first two games. "We've started the last few years pretty slowly," Bills receiver Eric Moulds said. "We've always had to pick it up and try and catch other teams. We wanted to come out this year and have them try and come after us."

Marker Bills put a bull's-eye on Jets' Martin [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' defense aims to continue its winning streak against New York Jets workhorse running back Curtis Martin today. The Bills have shut down Martin in four straight meetings. Making it five in a row will be one of the Bills' keys to success in today's AFC East showdown at Giants Stadium.'

Marker Ultimate sleeper [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He grew up in a divided, zero-income household. He toiled in the hay fields and picked peas for a pittance. He got his high school girlfriend pregnant. He was recruited to play football by major colleges such as Alabama, Auburn and Ole Miss. He took the American College Testing exam three times, but couldn't qualify. So he enrolled in a junior college and later a Division II program. He dedicated himself to becoming a fine player, and it eventually came time for NFL scouts to notice. They labeled him a reject. But they couldn't have been more wrong about Bobby Collins, a player who was drafted in 1999 as the sleeper of all sleepers. "I came out of the blue," the second-year Buffalo Bills tight end said, flashing a smile that would glitter even without his shiny gold tooth. "Everybody else (in the draft) they know about by their sophomore or junior year. But the Bills just got me like a mutt."'

Marker Bills could use a Jersey bounce toward postseason position [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills still have to prove they can run a little against a good opponent, and the Jets are tough to beat at home. . . . Jets, 17-16.'

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