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Buffalo Bills News - October 31, 2000

Marker Belichick can barely contain praise [6:21 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Though the Bills have yet to name their starting quarterback for Sunday - Rob Johnson or Doug Flutie - Patriots coach Bill Belichick is preparing for Flutie. "I expect it to be Doug," said Belichick. "You can't rule it out. Last year Rob started the playoff game, and if he's healthy, I suppose we could see him. I expect to see Doug because he's playing well and the team plays well with him in there."'

Marker Belichick knows Flutie's act well [6:20 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"He gets away from people and keeps the play alive with good judgment and he's an accurate thrower," Belichick said. "Part of his being a quarterback is to pull the ball down, reverse his field, make the guy jump up in the air and pull it down again."'

Marker Flutie has fans among Pats who will be out to get him [6:18 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Safety Larry Whigham wants to be counted as one of Doug Flutie's biggest fans. "He's earned my utmost respect," the veteran said yesterday of Buffalo's scrappy little quarterback. "You can talk about his size, the way he throws the ball or whatever . . . the bottom line is that he wins games."'

Marker Patriots Preparing For Chase [6:17 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"[Flutie's] tough. He's not a guy you look forward to playing against. He's a pain in the butt."'

Marker Jet report card [6:16 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Defensive backs: Another poor job, as Bills' WR Eric Moulds caught six catches for 137 yards with CB Marcus Coleman covering him. Coleman and FS Scott Frost were beaten on a pivotal 52-yard pass to Moulds. Nickel back Ray Mickens had a tough day, with three balls for 44 yards caught on him by WR Jeremy McDaniel out of the slot.'

Marker Linebacker's mom campaigns for her son [6:03 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Harriet Cowart wants to see her son, Sam, win a trip to Hawaii in February. She has begun the effort by doing what any good mother in this era of high-speed technology would do: Via the team e-mail at she has asked 20,000 fellow Bills fans to help her.'

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.'

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