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Buffalo Bills News - October 21, 2002

Marker Lucas Struggles After Fast Start for Dolphins [5:09 AM]
New York Times reports: 'As defensive end Pat Williams headed to the Buffalo Bills' locker room today, he shouted, "Miami's overrated! Miami's overrated!" And Williams did not soften that stance later. "Yeah, they're overrated," he said after the Bills' 23-10 victory before 73,180 at Pro Player Stadium. "That was our home field out there. We had the dark colors and they had the white jerseys on, but this was our home field today."'

Marker Choosing up sides - after Bledsoe, Bills win [5:08 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'What you saw in the Bills' upset of the Dolphins on the road was your worst nightmare realized.'

Marker Picks and pans: Give Miami a thumbs down [5:07 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'In the meantime, though, there are few targets left for Lucas, and that left him wearing an oversized bull's-eye. Buffalo kept up the pressure and Lucas was cooked, throwing four interceptions (three to Nate Clements), missing open receivers, botching snaps, and failing to execute a clean handoff to Ricky Williams, resulting in a rally-killing fourth-quarter fumble.'

Marker Drew's day one Brady would love [5:06 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'There's an irony Brady should appreciate. Bledsoe's leading the NFL in most passing categories. Yet Drew's least productive game of the season was his easiest - not to mention the Bills' easiest win.'

Marker Buffalo Paints Miami Blue [5:05 AM]
Washington Post reports: 'If the game proved a dreadful debut for Lucas, who completed as many passes to Bills cornerback Nate Clements (three) as he did to any Dolphins receiver, Buffalo's players hoped it signaled something more promising for them: That they have completed their rebound from a poor season last year, finally returning to contender status and perhaps symbolically passing the reeling Dolphins, one of their most heated AFC rivals, on their way up.'

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Marker Vic Carucci: Bills Suddenly A Force [10:15 PM] reports: Buffalo 23, Miami 10: For a change, Drew Bledsoe didn\'t have to carry the Bills on his ample shoulders. For a change, defense carried the load and made the difference in a victory that suddenly elevates the Bills from an exciting middle-of-the-road club to a force in a division the Dolphins had seemingly clutched by the throat.

Marker Bills-Dolphins Postgame Quotebook [10:10 PM] reports: Coach Gregg Williams: "We wanted to make sure that he (Ray Lucas) stayed in the pocket and throw the football. We felt we would do a pretty good job in coverage and we did that today. Nate (Clements) had some good plays, but could have had some more. We left some plays on the field that I wish we could have got. It was a good team win."

Marker Mike Doser: Reliving Clements game-winning score [9:54 PM]
Shout! reports: Dolphins' ball, third and 9 from the Miami 21, two minutes, 33 seconds remaining in the second quarter, game tied at 10.

Marker 'D' helps Bills squish the fish [9:21 PM]
D and C reports: Taking advantage of an erratic effort by Miami backup Ray Lucas, the Bills came up with four interceptions -- their first this season -- and recovered two fumbles to beat the Dolphins 23-10 Sunday.

Marker Bledsoe, Bills surprise Dolphins [9:21 PM] wire reports reports: The Buffalo Bills had the better quarterback, which was no surprise. They also had the better defense, which was a shock.

Marker An ugly afternoon [6:27 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'Making his first start in place of injured starting Jay Fiedler, Lucas turned in one of the most disastrous performances ever by a Dolphins quarterback.'

Marker Bills 23, Dolphins 10 [4:35 PM]
AP reports: 'It's official: The Buffalo Bills are better than a year ago.'

Marker Buffalo 23, Miami 10 [4:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills (4-3) came in having allowed a startling 34 points per game and were missing injured cornerback Antoine Winfield from the NFL's only secondary without an interception this season. However, Lucas was unable to develop any rhythm following an early touchdown drive.'

Marker Game Notebook at Miami Dolphins [4:23 PM] reports: Nate Clements: Recorded the Bills first INT of the season and the fourth of his career (first vs. Miami) when he picked off Ray Lucas at the Buffalo 14; the theft not only killed a Miami drive in the red zone but set up another as the Bills scored two plays later on a 70-yard Bledsoe-to-Moulds TD pass…then recorded his second INT of the first half later in the second quarter and returned it 29 yards for a TD that put the Bills up 17-10…

Marker Pregame Notebook at Miami Dolphins [3:54 PM] reports: The home team has won 8 of the past 11 in the series… the team that has won the turnover battle has won 10 of the past 11… Drew Bledsoe has passed for 4,208 yards vs. the Dolphins, his most vs. any opponent… Travis Henry has rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries (5.1 avg) with 1 TD in only career meeting with Dolphins.

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:05 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills are 3-3; the Miami Dolphins, 5-1. Do the math: A Buffalo win would put the Bills within one game of the Dolphins, who stand atop the AFC East. Right now, a playoff berth for the Bills stands as a possibility—no more, no less. A win over Miami, however, could push the Bills far deeper into the hunt.

Marker Bills' gamble paying off [10:17 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'But while most organizations found reasons they could not chase after Bledsoe, the Bills found one reason why they had to pursue him: winning.'

Marker Bills look to send message against elite team [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Losses to the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders suggested that the Bills are a good team not quite ready for prime time.'

Marker Jason's usually a Miami nightmare for Bills [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor has six sacks in his last four games against the Bills, all Miami wins. He has eight sacks in his last eight games against Buffalo.'

Marker After 29 years, Dolphins still have 120 reasons to dislike Bills [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They've carried one against O.J. Simpson and the Bills for 29 years. They spit on his 2,003-yard season. Hyde says they still consider it "phonier than Sam Donaldson's hair."'

Marker Molded in his own image [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds is not only Price's best friend on the team, he's a big brother and mentor.'

Marker Bills' Super Bowl victory is reel satisfying [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It had its world premiere in UB's Center for the Arts on Friday before an enthusiastic audience and is scheduled to air nationally Dec. 15 on TNT.'

Marker Are Bills pretenders or contenders? [6:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The game actually means something. Last season, both games were played only for pride and Buffalo’s took a beating.'

Marker Q&A with Pierson Prioleau [6:44 AM]
D and C reports: '“I would change all of the rules in the game that allow the offense to take advantage of the defense. Pass interference, roughing the quarterback, any rule that allows the offense to get any edge on the defense, I would take it out of the game and see how the game is played.”'

Marker Tackling Ricky one tough assignment [6:43 AM]
D and C reports: '“You take a chance,” said Wannstedt, whose 5-1 Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills at Pro Player Stadium at 1 today. “The Bills did the same thing with Drew Bledsoe, and it’s worked out great for them.”'

Marker AFC Pro Bowl offense likely filled with Bills [6:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Through six games, the top candidates are (in order of preference) quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, offensive left guard Ruben Brown and running back Travis Henry.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins may come down to who’s not playing [6:41 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We want to get into the middle of this race,” he said. “Right now, we’re just kind of hanging out. We’re not in it and we’re not out of it. To really get into the middle of this thing, we’ve got to beat a good team. The Dolphins are probably playing as well as anyone right now. This is an important week for us ... to go down and try to establish that we belong in the top part of the race and not just in the middle somewhere. It’s a very big week for us."'

Marker Buffalo-Miami rivalry is still a hot topic [6:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'How does a dying Rust Belt city end up squaring off with a community known for sun, fun and retirement?'

Marker New stars add a twist to feud [6:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"You take a chance with any trade you make, the Bills did the same thing with Drew Bledsoe as we did (with Williams)," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Any time you feel the upside is a lot bigger if it hits, you've got to take a chance."'

Marker Carter a Dolphin? [6:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He agreed to join the team following a Friday night meeting with coach Dave Wannstedt and senior VP Rick Spielman as the Dolphins wasted little time replacing Oronde Gadsden, who tentatively scheduled Tuesday surgery on his left wrist.'

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