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Buffalo Bills News - October 22, 2002

Marker Bills gaining confidence as ‘D’ improves [9:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“The big thing for this team is that we’ve gotten better each week ... we’ve seen continuous improvement across the board. Our offensive line loses a player like Mike Williams (first round draft choice) and Marcus (Price) comes in (at right tackle) and we just keep rolling.”'

Marker Something special [9:45 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'What this means, as I see it, is that while no one should get too carried away with expectations, it is becoming clear most of us underestimated what Drew Bledsoe would mean to this team. If he stays healthy, and other key people don’t go down for extended periods of time, there’s no reason this team can’t continue to surprise us. It’s far from a one man effort, but that sure is where this all starts.'

Marker Bills sign Floyd to practice squad [4:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Floyd was released by the New York Jets last month. He takes over the spot vacated by Ahmad Brooks, who was promoted to the Bills' active roster last week to fill in for injured starting cornerback Antoine Winfield.'

Marker Bills Add Floyd To Practice Squad [2:11 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has signed defensive back Marcus Floyd to its practice squad. Floyd (5-9, 185) was with the Jets in the 2002 preseason and spent the first two weeks of the regular season on New York’s 53-man roster before being released on 9/22/02

Marker On Any Given Tuesday: Oct. 22, 2002 [11:35 AM] reports: Several Buffalo Bills players are spending their day off in the community. Among them, linebacker London Fletcher will attend an autograph signing session at Verizon Wireless in the Boulevard Mall from 5:00 - 6:00 PM to promote the HopeLine Domestic Violence Awareness Campaign.

Marker Henry piling up big rushing numbers [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Henry's 132-yard performance against the Miami Dolphins on Sunday gives him 631 yards for the season, fourth best in the AFC and sixth in the NFL. Of all the running backs with 100 or more carries, Henry's 4.8 yards per attempt is second only to Marshall Faulk's 4.9.'

Marker Williams plays a big role in resurgence [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They could take a four-game winning streak and a 6-3 record into the bye week. That's a big leap, but they believe they can do it. If it happens, Williams will have gone from a "coach on the hot seat" to hot young coach, and - brace yourself - maybe even a candidate for coach of the year.'

Marker Moore, Mike Williams make progress [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Mike Williams had a great workout Saturday, Sunday and (Monday). Hopefully we can work him back out on the field this week. We'll take a look at how he is (today), but Wednesday will be a crucial day to see how far along he's come."'

Marker Lions will have less room for error against Bills than they had against Bears [9:07 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'The 4-3 Bills are averaging 31 points per game, the third-highest average in the NFL. If the Lions, who haven't won a road game since the 2000 season, are going to keep pace they can't afford to make the same mistakes they made against the Bears. Detroit committed 10 penalties for 79 yards, not including the 63-yard kickoff return which Chicago had in the fourth quarter after the Lions were called for offside and had to rekick.'

Marker Bills use balance to bag wins [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“We came out in the second half and everyone knows we’re going to run it and the offensive line still did a good job against one of the top defenses in the league,” Bledsoe said. “It’s a nice feeling ... and it all starts up front. It’s a young group that keeps getting better every week.”'

Marker Can the 4-3 Buffalo Bills win the AFC East Division title? [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Even if they are 6-3 after this two-game homestand heading into their bye, I can see a scenario where the Bills will need to beat the Bengals in the final game of the year just to hit .500.'

Marker Looking ahead: Bills Week 8 [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'At the start of the season, Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Detroit Lions looked like a real dog, a game between two teams that combined to win five games in 2001. Now, as we approach the midway point of the 2002 season, Ralph Wilson Stadium will be sold out, and the game is vitally important for the Bills, and reasonably important to the Lions.'

Marker Mornhinweg sees progress; Lions' next goal is road win [5:17 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'They have not won a road game since Mornhinweg took over last year. The road losing streak has reached 11 games, and they will be underdogs when they play Sunday at Buffalo.'

Marker Moeller ponders what could have been [5:16 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'In the short term, the Lions definitely would have been better off with Moeller as coach. They would have won more games last season. But there would be no Joey Vision. It is doubtful quarterback Joey Harrington would have been available in the late rounds. So now it is up to the Lions to make sure the long-term prospects are brighter.'

Marker Lions finish with flourish [5:15 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"As crazy as it sounds, those overtime games are great for a football team, when you're in the midst of improving," Mornhinweg said. "Those are the tough, tough tight situations. In the close games, and the end of games -- you need to be put in those positions time and time again. "You may fail nine out of 10 times. And the next 10, you may fail six out of 10. Then, all of a sudden, you're succeeding seven or eight or nine times out of 10."'

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October 21, 2002

Marker Bills suddenly believing in themselves [7:55 PM]
AP reports: '''I think people are probably going to start taking notice,'' tight end Jay Riemersma said. ''The Bills have a tradition here of being in the playoff hunt each and every year. And the last few years, we haven't done that. It's good to be back in that thick of things.'''

Marker Turnovers Play A Key Role In Buffalo's Win [5:43 PM] reports: Including playoffs, the team that has held the advantage in the takeaway/giveaway ratio between the Bills and the Dolphins has emerged victorious in each of the last eight meetings of this series and 13 of the last 14.

Marker Bills vs. Dolphins Photos [4:44 PM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Jon from the Palm Beach Post thought Bills fans might enjoy a look at the photo gallery from Sunday's game.'

Marker Bills get HOT in Miami [3:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We felt, coming in, that it would come down to whose defense played the better game and won the turnover battle,” Fletcher said. “We picked a great game to finally get some interceptions. To come in with none and end up leaving with four and six turnovers, that’s huge for our defense."'

Marker Lucas takes blame for loss [3:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The real question, of course, is whether the Buffalo Bills’ defense is suddenly that good or Ray Lucas is just that bad. In truth, it’s probably considerably more of the latter than the former.'

Marker Four Overtime Games Ties NFL Record [3:00 PM] reports: Four NFL games reached sudden-death overtime, tying the all-time record for most overtime games in a single day on Oct. 8, 1995.

Marker Buffalo pounces on wounded Dolphins [1:42 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: '"The way I played today was probably the worst in NFL history," Lucas said. Those who recall the likes of such illustrious Buffalo passers as Gary Marangi and Vince Ferragamo would take exception to that. But for one day, at least, Lucas was more than bad enough for the Bills.'

Marker No Hollis Means No Kick for Jags [1:40 PM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The leading scorer in Jaguars' history had another big day yesterday. For the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Game Notebook at Miami Dolphins - Updated [12:28 PM] reports: Sunday’s win at Miami upped the Bills 2002 record to 4-3. They are over .500 for the first time since November of 2000 when their win at Kansas City (11/19/00) made them 7-4. That was also the last time the Bills won two straight games. The last time Buffalo played two consecutive games on the road and won them both was December of 1999 when they posted victories in consecutive weeks at Arizona and at New England.

Marker Lucas' South Florida time-share becomes a hall of shame [12:15 PM] reports: Peter King's MMQB: "DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK --Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements. The Bills had four takeaways in their first six games of the year. Clements had three interceptions in the 23-10 Buffalo win Sunday -- one he returned 29 yards for the clinching touchdown -- as well as four solo tackles and four passes broken up. The picks were also the first three interceptions of the Bills' season. What a tour de force of a game, even though, if I give Clements a trophy for this, he's going to have to saw it in half and give half to Ray Lucas. Clements said after the game that Lucas "threw it right" to him on the pick returned for touchdown. There wasn't much sugarcoating the Lucas factor after the game."

Marker One Game For A Team, One Giant Step For The Season [12:11 PM] reports: Buffalo's 23-10 victory is more than a win over an old rival. It's a game that, when we look back at the 2002 season, elevated the Bills to a place where it became okay to hope. It's doesn't guarantee a playoff spot, or even a winning final record. But it does put the Bills one step closer.

Marker Bills at Miami (Photos) [11:26 AM] reports: Check out some photos of Buffalo's win over Miami.

Marker Bills 23, Dolphins 10 (Video Highlights) [10:31 AM] reports: Travis Henry rushed for 132 yards and Nate Clements intercepted three passes as the Bills defeated the Dolphins, 23-10, and closed within a game of Miami in the AFC East.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Coy Wire [10:25 AM] reports: Rookie safety Coy Wire was the latest player to share some secrets about his teammates during the Two Minute Drill with Wire says Ryan Denney drives the fastest and Grant Irons is the most underrated.

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 7 [10:20 AM] reports: Head coach Erie Jantzi of North Tonawanda High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the seventh weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 18-19).

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