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Buffalo Bills News - November 6, 2000

Marker Defense stands up to the pressure [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There are goal-line stands, and then there is the one the Buffalo Bills produced in the third quarter of Sunday's 16-13 victory over the New England Patriots. The Patriots had four plays inside the 1-yard line, including three first-and-goal situations on the same possession. However, they failed to score against the Bills' stout defense as linebacker John Holecek intercepted a John Friesz pass in the end zone.'

Marker Monday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Big Picture: It was messy, and not just a little lucky, but the Bills are alive - barely - in the AFC East.'

Marker Bills lead NFL's high-tech offensive [9:01 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'When it comes to the Information Superhighway, the National Football League has entered the fast lane. And the Buffalo Bills are among the franchises riding shotgun in this high-speed marketing chase.'

Marker Christie does it yet again [6:30 AM]
D and C reports: '"That's our team," he said. "Doug didn't have the greatest game, but I don't think any quarterback could have. But he finds a way to win."'

Marker Flutie not anti-Johnson [6:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'I never said anything about Rob in the whole interview," Flutie said yesterday. "It's unfortunate that those quotes were what they were. They were anonymous quotes which I tend to disbelieve. I'm sorry (Johnson) feels that way."'

Marker Forget who's at QB, just enjoy the show [6:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'Yesterday on a gray, soggy, windy New England afternoon, the Bills proved they are knitted tighter than your best pair of wool socks, and wouldn't those have come in handy here.'

Marker Notes on Bills/Patriots game [6:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are 14-6 in OT in their history, second-best in the NFL behind only Pittsburgh's 13-5-1.'

Marker Christie's foot paying the Bills [6:26 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Of the Bills' five wins this season, four have come on Christie kicks in the final minute or overtime, and three have been on the game's final play.'

Marker Thumbs down [6:25 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It was not a magical victory like the ones we've come to expect from Doug Flutie over the past 17 years. But Flutie, 38, who is the first to say some of his performances are not artistic masterpieces or statistical wonders, showed once again that he wins more than he loses on Sunday afternoons.'

Marker For game (and season), when it rains it pours [6:24 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'This is the kind of day it was for the Patriots. It was gray, dank, and soggy. It was mushroom weather. It was a day that encapsulated this dreary, 2-7 season.'

Marker Debut was a Foxboro Friesz out [6:23 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"Extremely average. Not good enough to win. I throw an interception on first and goal at the 1. It's inexcusable," Friesz said after yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo in which the 11-year veteran took over for the injured Drew Bledsoe early in the second quarter and the Patriots trailing, 10-0.'

Marker Big man was the big factor [6:22 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'A big reason middle linebacker Sam Cowart was able to make so many disruptive plays and lead the Bills with 14 tackles and one sack was because of the work of big Ted Washington up front.'

Marker He foot the bill [6:21 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'There are only eight seconds left and your team needs you to kick a 48-yard field goal. Being a kicker is not easy. Steve Christie certainly made it look that way, and then some, in the Bills' 16-13 overtime win against the Patriots yesterday.'

Marker Flutie rises to occasion when needed [6:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'A team quarterbacked by Doug Flutie won a game at Foxboro Stadium yesterday. Would you rather wait until I could get back to you with some new news?'

Marker They'll lose sleep over loss [6:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Buffalo Bills left here last night with a victory they deserved because when the game was on the line, they made the plays, and the Patriots did not.'

Marker Bledsoe, day-to-day, may take a pass [6:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"My feeling after throwing on the sidelines was that I wouldn't be able to throw accurately enough to be effective for our team, compounded by the fact that every time I took a snap I would aggravate it more," he said. "So I felt the best chance for us to win was to go with John [Friesz]. He made a couple of nice plays that barely got broken up. With the exception of probably one play, he played a good game for us."'

Marker Opinions few and far between [6:16 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Flutie struggled for most of the game, but as Tasker and Criqui said, when the Bills needed big plays, Flutie made them. "Flutie makes it happen in the face of unbelievably adverse conditions," Tasker said.'

Marker Painful losses for Pats [6:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots are 2-7, and Bledsoe is hurt.'

Marker Another one slips away [6:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'All Doug Flutie does is win. And all the Patriots do is lose.'

Marker Almost only counts in . . . [6:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Containing Flutie most of the time just isn't enough. That was a point Pats coach Bill Belichick made at his postgame press conference. That final, overtime drive for the Bills' winning field goal "was not what we were looking for," Belichick said.'

Marker Brown's brilliance goes unrewarded [6:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Brown, with an all-purpose performance that also included a team-high 49 yards on three catches, once again stepped up as one of the few weapons with impact during yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo.'

Marker J.R. picks up longest yard [6:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'In yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo, the Patriots ran eight plays from the Bills' 1-yard line and came away with just one score - a touchdown run from rookie J.R. Redmond.'

Marker Friesz handles the chill [6:10 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'That they voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos was not surprising, and the least surprised guy in Foxboro was Friesz himself.'

Marker Milloy can't knock QB now [6:09 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Milloy was subdued if not outright contrite yesterday. The safety might not have been personally taken to the cleaners, but he had to accept the fact that Flutie once again put a defense through the rinse cycle.'

Marker Flutie figures out a way [6:08 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'For a long stretch during the second half of yesterday's overtime win over the Patriots, Doug Flutie didn't play like a man who has magic dust in his veins. Instead, he looked more like a guy who should be holding a clipboard.'

Marker Christie gets his kicks in OT [6:07 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Before designated snapper Ethan Albright could center the ball, the Patriots called timeout to give Christie time to contemplate his situation. "Actually, it gave me time to clean the mud out of my boots, so it was a good thing," Christie said.'

Marker Lucky break for Drew? [6:06 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'And make no mistake, if the right thumb Bledsoe jammed in the first quarter of New England's 16-13 overtime loss to the Bills is broken, it would be a great stroke of good fortune for him, and possibly even for the Pats.'

Marker Bishop looks at idle time [6:05 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Michael Bishop had a feeling he would be the Patriots' No. 3 quarterback for the rest of the season - and that was before he spent virtually the entire game on the bench yesterday.'

Marker Pats loss a big pain in the back pocket [6:04 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So Drew bashers, hope you had a good look at life without Bledsoe. Pats bettors did and it hurts.'

Marker The defense rests: Verdict for Bills [6:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'If you thought a 2-6 start represented rock-bottom for the Patriots, think again.'

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