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Buffalo Bills News - December 30, 2001

Marker Jets poised to beat Buffalo, celebrate AFC playoff berth [4:59 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: '"We've been a resilient bunch and you have to give the players a great deal of credit for that," Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe said Friday. "Gregg Williams has done a great job of coaching under the circumstances. I've been impressed with how Gregg's handled the adversity and the coaches and the whole situation. It's been tough for him that we haven't won more games. But he's laid the groundwork for a lot of positive things to happen for this team in the future."'

Marker Jets-Bills scouting report [4:58 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'After a slow start, Eric Moulds is coming on. Moulds has 59 receptions for 798 yards with five touchdowns and will test cornerbacks Marcus Coleman and Ray Mickens.'

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December 29, 2001

Marker Break in storm allows Bills to travel without incident [6:43 PM]
AP reports: '"Everything went as if there wasn't any snow," team spokesman Scott Berchtold said after the Bills landed in Newark, N.J.'

Marker Bills playing for draft pick, Jets for division title [6:38 PM]
AP reports: '"It has been hard for a lot of the older guys, some who have been here for the Super Bowl runs, some who were here for the playoff seasons we had," said Van Pelt, who has performed moderately well filling in for the injured Rob Johnson. "We keep working hard, I haven't seen this team lay down yet. "We are 2-12, but we're playing some good football and some good effort football."'

Marker Green machine [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How on earth are these guys 9-5? The Jets rank just 24th on offense and 18th on defense.'

Marker Jets' Ferguson looks to make impact [9:10 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'Nick Ferguson's nickname is "Train Wreck," which perfectly sums up the Jets' backup free safety who hits like a freight train.'

Marker Bills hope snow lets up [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, who have a number of contingency plans in place, are scheduled to leave from a private airstrip next to the Buffalo Niagara International Airport around 2 p.m.'

Marker Wilson-Butler feud cost Bills more than players [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'The emergence of Wade Phillips as a top candidate to replace Mike Riley as coach of the San Diego Chargers is yet another clue to how serious the owner-general manager philosophical rift was in Buffalo before Ralph Wilson fired John Butler after last season.'

Marker Edwards Determined to Make His Own History [6:02 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Of the 88 first-year coaches in the league since 1990, only 9 led their teams to the playoffs that first season.'

Marker Bills' First Opponent Is Snow [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets have a 1 p.m. date with the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Giants Stadium. They only hope that the Bills are there.'

Marker Jets Ask Safety To Nick Bills [6:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"Knowing Parcells actually wanted me and sought me out, after that, there's no coach or no one in this league who can downplay me as a player," Ferguson said. "The guy is a master at the game of football, winning wherever he goes and finding that diamond in the rough - like me."'

Marker Abraham Ready For Sore Spot [5:59 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"If I feel like I can't play at a level that helps my team, then I am not going to play," Abraham said. "I will take myself out. Rick Lyle is playing well and he can help this team. Me hurting and not being able to chase down the ball is not going to help the team."'

Marker Jets and Jints aim for great weekend [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'There will be Joy in Jetville, because the mighty ghosts will have struck out. Fireman Ed, one of the heroes from September 11, will be hoarse on the euphoric day the Jets defeated the Bills and made it back to the playoffs against all odds with the rookie head coach and 38-year-old quarterback.'

Marker Abraham gets green light to rush Bills [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Rick Lyle will likely start, but having Abraham around to run around the Buffalo backfield and chase down QB Alex Van Pelt will certainly help.'

Marker Jets: Abraham May Be Ready [5:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He's very knowledgeable and a good reader of defenses," said Cottrell, who knows Van Pelt well, having been the Buffalo defensive coordinator for the previous three seasons. "He knows how to get rid of the ball quickly and he spreads the ball around."'

Marker Glenn, Abraham have a healthy outlook [5:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"(The Bills) have a very productive offense. They're a team that's playing very, very hard. That's the one thing you see on film. They'll come down here excited about trying to beat us."'

Marker Abraham hurting, but he'll play [5:55 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Jets coach Herman Edwards said Abraham will play against the Bills, but mostly in obvious passing situations. Whether the second-year defensive end will fully resemble the player who is tied for second in the AFC in sacks is another matter.'

Marker Jets win without the Parcells way [5:54 AM]
ESPN reports: 'It's just intriguing and refreshing to know that coaching with a strong arm and with paranoia isn't the only way to win.'

December 28, 2001

Marker Buffalo Snow Leaves Teams Scrambling [9:29 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills, meanwhile, are confident they'll get to New York on Saturday, enough time ahead of Sunday's game against the Jets.'

Marker Foreman steps up [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He has 23 tackles over the last three weeks, including nine in last Sunday's loss at Atlanta and half a sack two weeks ago against New England.'

Marker Highlights of this week's game notes [6:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Centers stands an excellent chance of being selected to the Pro Bowl as the AFC's fullback. If he does he'd become just the 6th RB to go from both conferences (Centers went in 1995 and '96 with Arizona).'

Marker Newman rushes into pass coverage [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Entering Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium, Newman has three sacks to go with 81 tackles, third most on the team.'

Marker Relentless Ferguson Will Start for Jets [5:21 AM]
New York Times reports: 'They call him Angry Man. And while Jets safety Nick Ferguson is only mildly irritated when his nickname is revealed, he embraces the sort of fearless tackling that has earned him the name from teammates and, earlier in the season, a rare public rebuke from Coach Herman Edwards.'

Marker Two Marks On the Line for Jets [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It has been a long time since the Jets were the best at anything, and the players are investing a lot of pride into the chase.'

Marker Don't Expect Herm To Pass Up Run [5:19 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets are still winning. One more win and they're a playoff team. It may not be the way Herman Edwards does things, but it's very close to exciting.'

Marker Coach Gives 'em A Padding Down [5:18 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Actually, the Jets had been scaling back in recent weeks, practicing in full gear only once a week. Not anymore.'

Marker Jet o-line working on double dip [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets line has not only allowed the second-fewest amount of quarterbacks sacks in the NFL (16 to the Chicago Bears' 15), but Curtis Martin is a mere seven yards behind Kansas City's Priest Holmes in the race for the NFL rushing title - something Mawae yesterday matter-of-factly guaranteed Martin would accomplish.'

Marker Herm takes weight off Jets [5:17 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In a move that has a lot of "smiles on players' faces," according to Vinny Testaverde, Herman Edwards revealed yesterday that he plans to practice the players without full pads for the rest of the season.'

Marker A Big hit: No Contact [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With a classic letdown game against the 2-12 Buffalo Bills in front of them, is this the time to lighten the workload?'

Marker Jets Eye Best Rusher-Fewest Sacks Combo [5:15 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With a strong finish by Curtis Martin and no major breakdowns in the pass protection, the Jets could become only the fifth team in 32 seasons to have the NFL's leading rusher and allow the fewest sacks.'

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