Buffalo Bills News - October 30, 2000

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.'

Marker Flutie directs winning drive [8:05 AM]
Toronto Globe & Mail reports: 'The former Canadian Football League star was 18-of-35 passing for 253 yards, a touchdown and -- perhaps most importantly -- no interceptions. He also calmly engineered the 57-yard drive that got the Bills in position for Christie's third game-winning kick of the season.'

Marker Christie puts his best foot forward once again [8:04 AM]
National Post reports: 'Yesterday, with the wind behind his back and an autumn sun bathing the field, Christie nailed the 15th game-winning field goal of his career and his third this season to give the Buffalo Bills (4-4) a 23-20 victory over the New York Jets (6-2).'

Marker Reversal of Fortune at Jets' Expense [8:03 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets have reached deep into their stash of magic dust this season. They sprinkled it liberally over four fourth-quarter comeback victories and buried the Dolphins with it last Monday night. When the Jets went for another handful today, they came up empty.'

Marker Digging Out of Holes Takes Toll on Jets [8:02 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Yesterday the Jets fell behind a desperate Bills team but, after tying the score, ran out of comebacks. Was this a blip or an omen?'

Marker Still Searching for a Safety [8:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Coach Al Groh of the Jets expressed concern about the play of his safeties last week, and today he made a change in his lineup by giving Scott Frost, a former quarterback, his first start at safety after a three- year conversion process. Frost took over for Kevin Williams, who had won the job after a three-way competition in training camp. But Williams struggled in the regular season and was dropped to third in the rotation today, behind Chris Hayes. The switch did not solve the Jets' problems in the secondary. Frost and Marcus Coleman were defending Bills receiver Eric Moulds when he split them and caught a 52-yard pass down the left side. Coleman said both he and Frost were at fault. That led to a field goal that put the Bills ahead by 20-17 in the fourth quarter.'

Marker Flutie Makes Jet Magic Disappear [8:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Sure enough, when the Jets reached into that trusty top hat of theirs, they pulled out a skunk, not a rabbit. "We couldn't make that miracle run this time," strong safety Victor Green after the Jets' 23-20 loss.'

Marker Vinny, Jets Mine Coles [7:59 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Bills didn't expect rookie Laveranues Coles to catch five passes for 131 yards yesterday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Truth is, they didn't expect him to do much of anything.'

Marker Flutie Fits Bill, But Could Be Back on Bench [7:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips will be faced with the same dilemma he had last year before the playoffs, when Flutie had guided the team to a 10-6 record in place of an injured Johnson but Phillips sent Johnson out against Tennessee in the playoffs.'

Marker Dangerous Game of Follow The Leader Proves Costly [7:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'But on a day when they didn't need any heroics or pyrotechnics to secure a victory, when an ordinary, mistake-free football game would have been enough, the Jets came up short. Like a wet roman candle, the Jets fizzled after they had sizzled against Miami on Monday night.'

Marker Bills Leave Frost Out in Cold [7:56 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Jets coach Al Groh, who made it clear last week that he was disenchanted with the play at both safety positions, benched FS Kevin Williams and started Scott Frost yesterday against the Bills. Frost, in his first NFL start, was victimized on one of the biggest plays in the Jets' 23-20 loss at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Frost was burned by WR Eric Moulds on a 52-yard reception in the fourth quarter, resulting in a Buffalo field goal. Frost, responsible for deep coverage, let Moulds get behind him. CB Marcus Coleman also was involved in the coverage.'

Marker Jets: Report Card [7:55 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Curtis Martin had no running room, but that's no excuse for his killer fumble in the fourth quarter. It's never easy for him against the Bills.'

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