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Buffalo Bills News - October 8, 2001

Marker Bills: No Room For Mo's Elbow [7:07 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Rob Johnson thought the hit was dirty. Mo Lewis didn't think he could have avoided it. It will be up to the NFL to determine who is right.'

Marker Better, But Not Quite Greener Pastures [7:06 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It was an unusual strategic move — to start the game with an onside kick. Maybe the Bills were hoping to catch the Jets asleep and set them back on their heels. "It actually helped us," said Ted Cottrell, the Jets defensive coordinator/assistant head coach. "We stopped them and got the ball back. It gave us a jolt and we responded positively."

Marker Vinny Finds It Hard to Focus [7:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"A lot of thoughts were running through my mind," he said after the Jets' 42-36 win over the Bills. "It was tough during the pregame warmups. I had to go back in the locker room and review the plays again, just to reassure myself. It was distracting, but at the same time, we had a job to do."'

Marker Jets: Report Card [7:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Offensive Line: A- Controlled the line of scrimmage against Buffalo's eight-man fronts. Nice job picking up blitzes. No sacks allowed.'

Marker Big-play Jets take out bumplin' Bills [7:03 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets' defense, which missed 18 tackles in the 19-17 loss to the 49ers, pushed the Bills around, forcing five turnovers - three in the first quarter - and knocking Buffalo QB Rob Johnson out of the game late in the first quarter with a pinched nerve in his neck.'

Marker Becht bounces back in style [7:02 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The previous week had represented a trying time of reflection for Anthony Becht, the Jets' second-year tight end who had his worst game as a pro last Monday against the 49ers with three dropped passes and one sack allowed. In yesterday's 42-36 win over Buffalo, though, Becht was terrific both in his blocking and catching the ball - as if Monday night's performance never took place.'

Marker Jet LB corps leads 'D' way [7:01 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Yesterday, with the knowledge that American troops had begun a real war in the Middle East, the Jet LBs sought to make their own statement of redemption at Jack Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Jet minds on U.S. bombers [7:00 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We're not the ones that started this, but I've got to believe we'll be the ones to finish it," he said.'

Marker Jets vs. Bills: Sieve vs. Sieve [6:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets were being the Jets, which means they were sputtering along against what appears to be one of the worst Bills teams of the past 15 years. Moments into the third quarter on a cold, windy day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Jets were only six points better than the Bills, who are a mere shell of the proud AFC East contender they used to be.'

Marker One-Hit Blunder? [6:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Lewis was not penalized, but the NFL is certain to review the play this week.'

Marker Jets proving they can beat the worst [6:58 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'After all, they barely defeated a terrible Bills team that is being compared to the worst in franchise history. The 2-14 team of 1985 comes to the mind of many veteran Bills observers.'

Marker Vinny Finds It Difficult To Focus [6:57 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It was a triumphant return to Buffalo for Jets defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell, who spent 10 years with the Bills, including 1998-2000 as their defensive coordinator. He received hearty congratulations from Bills owner Ralph Wilson after the game.'

Marker Linebackers help steal a victory [6:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Turns out what the Jets really have is a West Coast defense and the linebackers are their quick-strike playmakers. The linebackers figured if the offense wasn't going to get in the end zone on its own, they'd show the way.'

Marker Don't inflate this 'W' -- value of Bills is down [6:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Jets are close to awful, especially on defense, at the moment, but the Bills are awful. There is no other rational way to explain four Buffalo turnovers directly leading to 28 points for the Jets, the first three as they mounted a 21-6 lead in the first quarter.'

Marker Lewis' hit earns Johnson's wrath [6:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Mo Lewis yesterday racked up his second knockout of a quarterback in the past three games -- and this week's victim, Rob Johnson, thinks it was a cheap shot.'

Marker Jets 42, Bills 36 [6:54 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Smartest play: The Bills opened the game with an onside kick by Jake Arians, which was recovered by DB Lance Brown at his own 41. The Bills ended up losing the ball on a fumble by RB Sammy Morris two plays later, but you have to love the aggressive attitude coach Gregg Williams brought into the game.'

Marker 'D' gives Jets a jump-start [6:53 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"That gave us all a jolt," said defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell in his first visit to Buffalo since leaving the Bills to join Edwards' Jets staff this year. "And we responded very positively. We got the turnover and that helped our offense."'

Marker Lewis seeks improvement [6:51 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'And backup quarterback Alex Van Pelt replaced starter Rob Johnson late in the first quarter and at times looked more comfortable in running the West Coast offense than either Johnson or the Jets' Vinny Testaverde. The Bills gained 473 yards overall, 376 coming on Van Pelt's watch.'

Marker Jets get no points for style [6:50 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'On the opposite sideline, the other AFC East team with a rookie coach and first-year West Coast attack is searching for answers. The Buffalo Bills fell to 0-4 after their 42-36 defeat to the Jets on Sunday, getting Buffalo off to its worst start since 1985, when Vince Ferragamo was the team's starting quarterback.'

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Marker Jets 42, Bills 36 [7:20 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills took solace in that they didn't give up. The 36 points were one more than they scored in three previous games combined.'

Marker NY Jets 42, Buffalo 36 [7:18 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Buffalo Bills were in a giving mood and the New York Jets were eager to accept.'

Marker Bills lose Johnson with pinched neck nerve [6:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson, struck in the back of the head by an elbow from Mo Lewis, pinched a nerve in his neck in Sunday's game against the New York Jets.'

Marker Bills find familiar face on other sideline Sunday [4:01 PM] reports: "It'll be strange coming up there and being on the other sideline, and dressing in the other locker room, and that'll be strange for me," Cottrell said Thursday. "I'm quite sure I'm going to have some feelings. I don't know what type of feelings, but I'm sure they'll be some type of feelings going on."

Marker Scouting the Jets with John Guy [4:00 PM] reports: ' sat down with Bills Director of Pro Personnel John Guy to find out what fans should look for and who to watch from the New York Jets Sunday. Guy, who advance scouts the opposition for the Bills, will provide some tips on what fans should look from New York and all throughout the 2001 season.'

Marker Buffalo looks to get offensive Sunday against Jets [3:59 PM] reports: "If you score three points, that can fall on more than just one person," Williams said. "I thought we played more of a wide open ballgame in the Indianapolis ballgame, and I think you'll see him coached better [this week.] I've put it back on my own self and make sure he can't be afraid to make a mistake in this game. He's thrown four interceptions, and just one of them has been a bad throw - three of them should have been caught. That's other people doing their specific job also, and I've got to a better job with him."

Marker Retooling AFC East rivals meet Sunday [3:57 PM] reports: 'Both teams started the season with new headcoaches who were defensive specialists, with Buffalo hiring Gregg Williams from Tennessee, and New York hiring Herman Edwards from the Tampa Bay organization. With the new coaches bringing in new systems on offense and defense, the teams have sputtered out of the gate, and are looking to put all the pieces together this Sunday.'

Marker Jets-Bills scouting report [3:35 PM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'The Bills' 29th-ranked, no-name defense is led in tackling by cornerback Antoine Winfield, which tells the Jets all they need to know. Expect Vinny Testaverde to take aim downfield for receivers Wayne Chrebet and Laveranues Coles, who played the best of any Jet in Monday night's loss to the 49ers.'

Marker Johnson, Bills looking for a confidence boost [9:31 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He could use one for numerous reasons: It might pacify a stadium full of fans growing skeptical of his ability to get the job done; it would increase the confidence level of teammates in him and the Bills' offense; and, perhaps most importantly, it would bolster his own confidence.'

Marker Jets mirror Bills in approach and problems [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills and Jets also have many of the same problems. Both have inconsistent offenses that have trouble scoring and their defenses rank at or near the bottom of the NFL in several categories.'

Marker Let us count the ways Williams has lost his [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Williams assembled his staff, he should have realized that one of the most critical jobs was offensive line coach. On a team with major offensive malfunctions, it ranks in importance just behind the offensive and defensive coordinators. Yet the new guy put the line in the hands of Ronnie Vinklarek, who has just flimsy pro experience.'

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