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Buffalo Bills News - September 24, 2002

Marker Bledsoe-Brady deserves big audience [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe has thrown for 1,017 yards and six touchdowns; New England's Tom Brady has 973 yards passing and nine TDs. Both are on pace to break Dan Marino's record of 5,084 passing yards in a season.'

Marker Bills' game was a ratings record [6:54 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills and Denver Broncos game on Sept. 22 drew a record TV audience in the Western New York market since meters have been used to measure viewing habits.'

Marker Brand-new Drew [6:42 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Said Broncos defensive end Trevor Pryce: "Buffalo caught up to us a little bit, but I think it might have been more Drew Bledsoe than so much the Bills." Indeed, the Bills have given up 104 points. Only the Jets and Lions have allowed more. But neither of those teams has Bledsoe.' requires registration

Marker Penalty blitz burns Bills' defense [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills, who have yet to make an interception, are confident that if they keep pressure on the quarterback, turnovers will happen. They forced none against Denver. The Broncos, meanwhile, turned a Travis Henry fumble into a touchdown and a 7-0 lead. That underscored the importance of takeaways.'

Marker How can Bills get their running game going? [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'I like Travis Henry. He’s tough and talented but he’s yet to find a level of consistency anywhere near that of the best ball carriers in the NFL and I’m not sure it’s all his fault. One reason might be the way he’s used. Buffalo has a big offensive line and linemen love to run block. But in these last two games, Buffalo has run the ball just 28 times and passed it 90. Teams pass when they’re behind in the fourth quarter, which the Bills were, but they didn’t bother to establish a running tone early.'

Marker First look: Bills' Week 4 [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Chicago’s defense will pose quite a challenge for Drew Bledsoe. The Bears, led by magnificent middle linebacker Brian Urlacher, limited New Orleans’ Deuce McAllister to 45 yards rushing and they forced three Saints turnovers. This might mean Bledsoe will have to air it out (again), but that’s a scary proposition with big-play safety Mike Brown lurking in the secondary.'

Marker Broncos provide Bills defenders with incentive [5:20 AM]
AP reports: '"To me, that was a lack of respect," Prioleau said. "I take it as a slap in the face. I think that's the kind of bitter taste we need in our mouths this week to come out and play a good game. That will definitely carry over."'

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September 23, 2002

Marker Bills at Denver (Photos) [9:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos of Sunday's 28-23 loss at Denver.

Marker Mike Doser: Weaknesses wreck Bills' effort in Denver [8:01 PM]
Shout! reports: In particular, we're talking about weaknesses such as Buffalo's running game, its inability to stop the opponent's running game and its inability to force turnovers.

Marker Mike Doser: Reliving the big play of the game [8:00 PM]
Shout! reports: he bottom line for us offensively is that we've got to be better at starting games. We're digging holes for ourselves and leaving ourselves with problems at the end of games. It's hard to overcome those all the time."

Marker Buffalo makes negativity tricky, even after another tough defeat [7:44 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Like Kelly two football generations before, Bledsoe has given hope to those fans who need it, and entertainment to everyone else. At some point, he might even provide we mean-spirited columnists with a little fodder.'

Marker Bills still high after Rocky Mountain fall [3:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I think, when we look at the film,” said Bills’ middle linebacker London Fletcher, “we’ll realize that the Broncos didn’t beat us, we beat ourselves.”'

Marker Local Notes [3:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Tellingly, cornerback Antoine Winfield led the Bills with nine tackles, all unassisted.'

Marker Levy's Week 3 Snapshot [2:47 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'Chicago at Buffalo - Two teams that have played very well in every game they've been in. This will be a pretty darn good indicator if both teams can contend this year.'

Marker Born to play [10:57 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'But as he'd done in the previous two weeks with his new team, Bledsoe very nearly brought the damn house down. That's how good this guy still is.'

Marker Time runs out on Buffalo comeback try [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo rallied three times after falling behind, 14-0, in the first half but was never able to get the lead in a game controlled by the Broncos' defense.'

Marker Bills' hopes vanish into thin air [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Today they must come to grips with a sobering reality: An effort as strong as the one they put out against Denver probably won't get the job done the next two weeks, either.'

Marker Broncos pick on Watson [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It wasn't the first time teams have gone after Watson, and it won't be the last. Opposing offenses have respect for starting cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements and their ability to lock down receivers.'

Marker Shredded Bills' defense is a cut below average [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Greatness? If that's the case, then the Common Council is on the brink of greatness, too. The Buffalo economy is on the brink of a major turnaround. Mayor Masiello is on the brink of having his likeness carved onto the side of Mount Rushmore.'

Marker With turnover, Henry's pain more mental than physical [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a sweep to the right and I cut inside and there were some defenders there," Henry said. "I got caught up and they kind of turned me and the ball came out. It was a crucial turnover. But plays like that, you just got to forget about them and come back in and establish yourself."'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They're making progress, but the defense simply isn't good enough right now.'

Marker Week 3: Bills-Broncos Postgame Quotebook [8:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Coach Gregg Williams: "We made some strides as a team playing against a very good team, but we made too many mistakes early and didn't make the critical plays down the stretch."

Marker Game Notebook at Denver [8:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: With his first catch of the game, Peerless Price extended his streak of games with a reception to 42 which tied Elbert Dubenion for the fourth longest streak in Bills history. Moulds also extended his club record streak of games with a catch to 68 games.

Marker Bills Rally Comes Up Short [8:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe drove the Bills offense 70 yards in 1:27 and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Moulds to make the score 28-23 with 1:12 left. But Denver's Rod Smith recovered the onside kick to end Buffalo's hopes of a dramatic fourth quarter come-from-behind victory.

Marker A rocky go in Denver [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'OK, the Bills may not be on the brink of greatness, but they’re on the brink of goodness, and that was evident in Denver’s shiny new palace.'

Marker Broncos finding a way to win, Bills searching [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '“The bottom line for us offensively is that we have to get better at starting games,” Bledsoe said. “We’re digging holes for ourselves and leaving ourselves with problems at the end of games.”'

Marker The Two-Minute Read [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are firmly committed to establishing balance in their offense, and they will continue to try to run the ball. I’m starting to wonder whether they should even bother.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Another competitive effort but better team won.'

Marker Buffalo may be losing, but not without a fight [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But if the Bills keep playing like they have through the first three weeks of the NFL season, Buffalo will continue to be a hot ticket on entertainment value alone.'

Marker Ugly, but it's 3-0 [5:47 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: '"We knew what he was capable of doing," Reese said of facing Bledsoe, who finished 27-for-41 for 283 yards with two TDs. "We feel fortunate."'

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