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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2002

Marker Chad is no faker at winning time [4:51 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Had Pennington not gotten into the end zone, the deficit would have remained at 11 and the Bills, while taking over at their own 1, would have had the extra boost from a goal-line stand in their tanks. So it was an important decision by coach Herman Edwards, and an important play call by Hackett.'

Marker Balanced offense, 'D' spark Jets [4:50 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The Jets were almost machine like, both offensively and defensively, in the way they subdued and dismantled Buffalo 31-13 before a sellout crowd at Giants Stadium yesterday.'

Marker Bills' mistakes contribute to lopsided outcome [4:49 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"Give New York credit -- they played well, they executed well," the coach said. "We obviously believe that we made too many mistakes. We had some opportunities, though, and we've got to capitalize on those when we're down in there. We've got to do a better job at not turning the ball over and New York, they played well."'

Marker Ground game is starting to pick up steam [4:48 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'After amassing a season-high 189 yards on the ground against the Detroit Lions last week, the Jets torched the Buffalo Bills' 26th-ranked run defense for 155 yards in yesterday's 31-13 triumph.'

Marker Jets finally go up big and finish up big [4:47 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The same team that had blown a 21-3 lead and lost to the Browns a month ago was now trifling with the Buffalo Bills, who can score points in a hurry.'

Marker Rewind [4:46 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'TURNING POINT: With the scored tied early in the second quarter, Bills cornerback Chris Watson flattened Jets kicker John Hall on a successful field-goal kick. The Jets, with new life and a first down, scored on their second try from the 1.'

Marker Elvis lives, and plays for Jets [4:45 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: '"I think it's just a reflection upon our team, the type of mentality we have right now," Pennington said. "Whatever it takes to get the job done. Pretty, ugly, it doesn't matter."'

Marker Elvis leaves 'em in stitches [4:44 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'The Jets didn't laugh their way through their 31-13 win over Buffalo, though they dominated the Bills with one of their most complete games of the season.'

Marker Chrebet reveals displeasure with reduced role [4:43 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'The Jets limited Bledsoe to 181 passing yards while sacking and intercepting him twice. "The key to football is not giving up the big plays," said Jets cornerback Aaron Beasley, who made one instead.'

Marker Jets top Bills for fourth straight win [4:42 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'After watching Bills' quarterback Drew Bledsoe repeatedly team up with receivers Peerless Price and Eric Moulds in the season-opener, the Jets shut the trio down yesterday.'

Marker Pennington moves Jets back into contention [4:41 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'The Jets now appear to be the team that they — and many others — believed themselves to be coming out of training camp.'

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November 24, 2002

Marker Pennington gives Jets D a chance [8:55 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'People say the defense is better, but it didn't change players. The offense did. It changed quarterbacks, and the Jets simply aren't beating themselves as they did two months ago.'

Marker Pennington's one yard was impressive [7:16 PM]
Fox Sports reports: '“I would’ve thought that, as a team, we would have a bit more of a sense of urgency,” said Buffalo guard Ruben Brown. “We didn’t overcome. But we know we have talent. We know we have good players. We just have to start getting the job done."'

Marker NY Jets 31, Buffalo 13 [6:14 PM]
UPI reports: 'The Jets (6-5) completed a sweep of their AFC East rivals and remained in second place, one game behind the Miami Dolphins (7-4). The loss was the second in a row for the Bills (5-6), who fell into last place in the division and host Miami next week.'

Marker Streaking Jets Win 4th in a Row, Collect Bills 31-13 [4:43 PM] reports: 'The Jets really sealed up Bledsoe and his receivers most of the day. Bledsoe passed for only 181 yards and Eric Moulds, one of the best receivers in the NFL, was held to two catches for 24 yards. Defensive tackle Josh Evans recorded his fifth sack of 2002 and continues to be a force. On the other side of the ball, the Bills let Coles (7-78-1)victimize their secondary.'

Marker Jets 31, Bills 13 [4:24 PM]
AP reports: 'Pennington, however, made the most memorable move of the game. He sent linebacker Eddie Robinson tumbling to the turf with an inside fake on a rollout, then trotted into the end zone for a 1-yard TD to make it 31-13. On fourth down, no less.'

Marker New York Jets 31, Buffalo 13 [4:23 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Meanwhile, Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe was intercepted twice and fumbled once. Both of his interceptions led to touchdowns.'

Marker AFC East rivals have designs on postseason [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We don't need any extra motivation for this one," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "This is a pivotal game in our season. All three (division games) will determine for us where we stand. If we go on a three-game win streak right here, then we're firmly in control."'

Marker Henry thinks duels with top backs are just grand [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a challenge," he said. "I follow the backs throughout the league and each week I'm competing, whether it is Priest or Curtis or Antowain. Week in and week out, I'm just going out and trying to compete and show my talent."'

Marker Second half will require more Bills brainpower [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What the Bills need now is more cerebral help from their head coach, Gregg Williams, than they have gotten so far.'

Marker Cottrell deserves some credit for resurgence of Jets' defense [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, if Cottrell was getting bashed during the bad times, he has to get a lot of the credit for the Jets' defensive turnaround. The man didn't become stupid all of a sudden. His Bills defenses were perennially ranked near the top of the National Football League. But this is as good a job as he's done in his coaching career.'

Marker The Wilson Report [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're obviously way ahead on talent than we were last year," Wilson said this week from his home in Michigan. "I didn't think we'd be 5-5 at this point. . . . I said originally it would take us three years to get back to respectability, so we're ahead of schedule."'

Marker Man on a mission [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Denney has been inactive for eight of the 10 games, played a handful of snaps in the other two. But it will change this week against the New York Jets. He's expected to play a significant amount today for the first time in his career.'

Marker Lessons from Saban pay off for Schottenheimer [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have seen good recoveries by numerous injured players following major surgeries in recent years - Shawn Bryson, Tony Driver, Jerry Ostroski, John Holecek and Sean Moran among the many. Owner Ralph Wilson praises the work of team orthopedist Dr. John Marzo.'

Marker Bledsoe is hot talent as a corporate pitchman [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe has deals with Tops Markets, Pontiac-GMC, Meyers RV, WGR-FM "97 Rock" and WEDG-FM 103.3 "The Edge."'

Marker A real 'must-win' for Bills [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo faces every team in its division the next three Sundays, starting today against the New York Jets, followed by a home game against Miami and a road tilt at New England.'

Marker Q&A with Chris Watson [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] If you were head coach of the Bills for one day, what would you do? [A:] ’’Give the guys the day off.’’'

Marker New pilot has Jets soaring [6:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I knew that (Pennington) would eventually have to be the starter," Jets coach Herman Edwards said in a conference call earlier this week. "When the time frame was going to come, I didn't know. "But with the way we were playing, we needed some sort of spark. We are real fortunate he did that. The guys have rallied around him."'

Marker Chrebet Says He Feels Ignored With Play-Calling by Hackett [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'He does not need to see the official figures to know that, barring an unexpected shift in emphasis beginning today against the Buffalo Bills, there will be an unusually barren line in his career biography for 2002. In his previous seven years in the league, Chrebet has never caught fewer than 48 passes and never had fewer than 12 third-down receptions, and those low numbers came in 1999, when he played in just 11 games. But at his current pace, which is about 3 receptions a game (he was inactive for one game early this season), he would finish with only 45 receptions.'

Marker Jet defense set to pay back Bills [6:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Indeed, Bledsoe is having an MVP-caliber season, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are the most prolific tandem in the NFL and Henry is the AFC's fifth-leading rusher. Ah, but the Jets do see signs of vulnerability. On film, they see Bledsoe holding the ball too long, waiting for his receivers to break free on their vertical routes. That explains why he has been sacked 36 times, a mouth-watering total for the Jets' pass rushers.'

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