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Buffalo Bills News - October 31, 2000

Marker Flutie had eye on CFL record [5:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'In his days as an Argonauts quarterback, Doug Flutie had it in his mind to get to Ron Lancaster before Damon Allen beat him to the punch. But when four-down football beckoned before the 1998 season, Flutie gave up his chase to become the CFL's career passing yards leader.'

Marker Station asks fans to vote for Flutie or Johnson [5:42 AM]
CP reports: 'Local sports radio station WGR 55 has organized a mock election for Nov. 7 with fans voting for either Flutie or Johnson. The station ordered 20,000 election signs -- 10,000 for each quarterback. Some people have taken it to heart, sticking a Flutie or Johnson sign on their lawns.'

Marker Johnson not ruled out for Sunday [5:35 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips was asked yesterday about the status of quarterback Rob Johnson, and he said Johnson cannot be ruled out of Sunday's game against New England. His status will be evaluated during the week when Phillips finds out whether Johnson is able to throw without pain.'

Marker Hansen's loss hurts Bills [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hansen suffered a sprained right knee late in the first half during a scrum following a Vinny Testaverde fumble. The 10-year veteran and team leader will miss at least four weeks, possibly as many as six. Hansen said yesterday he doesn't want to put a time frame on the injury, but he did not seemed too encouraged by the way he felt. He will undergo an MRI today.'

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October 30, 2000

Marker Phillips: Flutie vs. Johnson controversy is 'media generated' [8:11 PM]
AP reports: '"The quarterback controversy -- and this is just my opinion -- is media generated in that for me there's no controversy because we got good quarterbacks that we can win with," Phillips said. "The controversy comes when I can't find a quarterback to win with, and I have to go from one to the other and back, and then say, 'Well, the third-team guy can come up and play for those two guys."'

Marker Hansen to miss 4-6 weeks, depleting Bills defensive line [8:09 PM]
AP reports: '"I certainly won't be able to do anything with it for a week to 10 days, and then the frustration will start setting in to try to get back on the field," he said Monday. "I know what the (rehab) process is. I don't like it and I don't wish it on anybody. "But if I want to get back in there and play, which I do, this is part of it."'

Marker Defense's Big Day Lifts Bills [2:25 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: Buffalo's defenders did it differently during the Bills' 23-20 win over the New York Jets. They didn't hold the Jets to a miniscule yardage total (New York's 348 yards were tied for the second-most compiled by a Buffalo opponent through eight games).

Marker Flutie magic lives as Bills-Pats game looms [1:52 PM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Yesterday, Flutie was just good enough (252 yards in the air) to keep the fragile Bills in the game and good enough to take them far enough in their last possession so Steve Christie could do his job. Flutie had done his. Once more.'

Marker Jets tied for 1st [1:48 PM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'The Jets lost 23-20 to the Buffalo Bills as time expired. The Jets were done in by four untimely turnovers. It was too much to overcome. Just like the Bills handed the Jets a win in September with sloppy play, the Jets did the same thing on Sunday.'

Marker Bills Top Jets [1:47 PM]
Jets Machine reports: 'The 3-4 Buffalo Bills and the 6-1 New York Jets battled to a 20 - 20 tie and with only a couple of ticks left on the clock, Doug Christie kicked the game winner for the Bills. There would be no 4th quarter come back for the Jets on this day.'

Marker A sky high win for the Bills [1:40 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There's a saying in the National Football League that winning cures everything. So, after Steve Christie's 34-yard field goal on the game's final play lifted the Buffalo Bills to a 23-20 victory over the New York Jets on Sunday afternoon at Ralph Wilson Stadium, there was a mixture of delight and relief.'

Marker Close not good enough for the Jets [1:39 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Close doesn't count in the National Football League.'

Marker Linebackers anchor Bills defense in traditional fashion [1:01 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'But even as Buffalo left the field after a 23-20 victory over the New York Jets here, with a Bruce Springsteen anthem blaring in the background -- perhaps a reminder to the players and fans that this is a franchise whose recent history has been primarily positive -- there was a glimmer of hope the 4-4 team might yet amount to something more than just run-of-the-mill Bills this season.'

Marker Little Big Man comes through again [11:29 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: "Doug probably played his best game ever against the Jets," Phillips said. "He made plays. He showed he's still got it. And with two minutes to play, he takes us down the field and wins the game for us. That's the sign of a good quarterback." And a good quarterback - not to mention some semblance of a running game, plus a defense that will stiffen rather than snap down the stretch of games - is what the Bills (4-4) will need to sneak into the playoffs.'

Marker Still alive and kicking [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fourth-quarter magic belonged to Buffalo, not the New York Jets, this time, as Steve Christie's last-second 34-yard field goal gave the Bills a 23-20 victory before 72,861 in Ralph Wilson Stadium Sunday afternoon.'

Marker Bills discover finishing kick against Jets [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The New York Jets were in position to write another chapter in their fairy tale season and close the book on the Buffalo Bills' playoff hopes Sunday afternoon. But then the Bills did what they had failed to do too often the past month - they found a way to win.'

Marker Jones redeems Bills' defense [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Last week, strong safety Henry Jones apologized to the Buffalo Bills' offense for the defense's lack of support against the Minnesota Vikings. Sunday against the New York Jets, he made sure there wouldn't be a repeat.'

Marker Turnovers lead to Jets' downfall [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Jets' first-year coach repeatedly referred to his team as "an easy mark" following a 23-20 loss to the Buffalo Bills Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. New York committed four turnovers, including three in the first half by quarterback Vinny Testaverde. Safety Henry Jones returned one of Testaverde's interceptions 45 yards for a touchdown.'

Marker Moulds growing into role of team leader [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There's an adage in sports: "If you have a big gun, then shoot it."'

Marker Overhyped Jets run out of smoke and mirrors [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The fact is the Jets gradually became overrated. These guys might have been 6-1 going into the game on a sunny Sunday at The Ralph, but they weren't a 6-1 team.'

Marker Injured Hansen out at least four weeks [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills won a game Sunday, but lost a key member of their defense. Defensive end Phil Hansen suffered a sprained right knee that will sideline him from four to six weeks, according coach Wade Phillips.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Bills linebacker Sam Cowart recovered two fumbles and recorded a team-high 11 tackles.'

Marker Run all out of comebacks [9:00 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'This time it was Doug Flutie who made the critical third-down throw. This time it was the Bills' defense that forced four turnovers that resulted in 13 points. This time it was Bills kicker Steve Christie who came through in the closing seconds.'

Marker Safeties still causing uneasiness [8:59 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'On one of the biggest plays of the game against the Buffalo Bills yesterday, the Jets' troubling free-safety position betrayed them once again. Scott Frost, a quarterback-turned-safety who received the starting nod over Kevin Williams, was beaten on a 52-yard bomb from Doug Flutie to wideout Eric Moulds that gave the Bills a first-and-goal on the Jets' 1-yard line midway through the fourth quarter.'

Marker Coles making an impact [8:59 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'His five catches for 131 yards in yesterday's 23-20 loss in Buffalo gives Coles 15 receptions for 239 yards in the Jets' past three games.'

Marker Healthy Flutie still has the magic [8:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"That showed the magic is still there, certainly," Phillips said. "The Jets contained him pretty well. They know a lot about our spreads. But he still made the plays."'

Marker Jets can learn a lesson [8:56 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Except this time there was no incredible come-from-behind win. The Jets reached into their bag of miracles once more and all they came up with was a good effort and a few pieces of lint.'

Marker Desperate Bills pull one out [8:08 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Doug Flutie was up to his usual improvisational trickery and Buffalo's defence was turning turnovers into touchdowns. Sound vaguely familiar?'

Marker Another Flutie beauty [8:07 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If Doug Flutie made a statement yesterday, it is likely to blow away with the fallen leaves surrounding Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Jets can't find comeback trail [8:06 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'This time there was no miracle for the New York Jets.'

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