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Buffalo Bills News - October 5, 2002

Marker First-Quarter Review: Best And Worst [9:43 AM] reports: Offensive MVP Drew Bledsoe. His comeback with the Buffalo Bills has been incredible. He is throwing the ball as well as any quarterback in league history. At the rate he is going, he will surpass Dan Marino's seemingly untouchable 1984 season. Bledsoe also is on his way to bumping the greatest Bill of them all, Jim Kelly, from multiple spots in the team record book.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Fan Q&A [9:42 AM] reports: Most memorable play: "I threw a touchdown pass in this total blizzard against the Washington Huskies, a cross-state rival. My receiver caught it and slide in a snow bank underneath the goalpost. We all ran down there and got into a snowball fight under the goal post."

Marker Front and Center [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can pee off my back porch, and there's nobody that can see me," Hull said.'

Marker Raiders defense should be up to challenge [9:14 AM]
ESPN reports: Which defense is better equipped to handle the other team's offense? The Raiders' defense is better equipped to handle the Bills.

Marker Henry hopes adjustments halt his fumble-a-game slump [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The main thing is that when I'm trying to gain extra yards to just wrap it up," Henry said after practice Friday. "In the Denver game and the Chicago game, I was trying to do extra. That's when I get into trouble. Once I know I can't get any extra yards, I have to just wrap it up and go down."'

Marker Bledsoe looks forward to duel [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bored is not a word you would use to describe anyone who has watched the Bills play this season. In watching their team split its first four games, Bills’ fans have either been on the edges of their seats or jumping out of them.'

Marker Raider mystique alive and well [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'When the Raiders couldn’t break .500 the last half of the 1990s, falling to 4-12 once, Davis’ “commitment to excellence” was a hollow mantra. But 12-4 and 10-6 seasons followed by 3-0 so far have brought back the swagger.'

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October 4, 2002

Marker 49ers can tell Rams were hurt by losing linebacker [7:43 PM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"The one thing about London is he was always in the right spots," 49ers fullback Fred Beasley said. "The Rams defense is still flying around like the Rams of old, but London, he brought a little more to the defense. He was the man of that defense. He would make the calls and tell everyone where to line up."'

Marker Bucs Sign Three to Contracts [6:02 PM]
Yahoo - AP reports: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Morris Unutoa to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Unutoa played in 28 games for Tampa Bay from 1999-2000. He played the last eight games of 2001 with the Buffalo Bills. He replaces Solwold, the team's long snapper for the first four games.

Marker Bills Fans To Get Up-To-Date Team News Via Verizon Wireless Text Messages [3:28 PM] reports: With interest in the Bills reaching extraordinary levels, the Bills and Verizon Wireless are meeting the demand by offering fans a unique and innovative way to stay on top of all team-related news.

Marker Thoughts on Bledsoe [3:15 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Tell me something. Can you really, truly feel safe with a late lead against Drew Bledsoe and the Bills? I’d almost be willing to spot your team a 10- or 13-point lead. Just give me Bledsoe with oh, say about four minutes left and three timeouts and let’s see what happens.

Marker The Month Of October In Bills History (1960-80) [11:15 AM] reports: October 5, 1980 - BILLS STAY PERFECT, RECORD IS 5-0 The Bills went San Diego and upset the Chargers 26-24, in a battle of unbeatens. Buffalo was the only unbeaten team in the NFL. A crowd of five thousand fans met the Bills at the airport early Monday morning.

Marker Paul Maguire To Be Inducted Into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [10:36 AM] reports: Former Buffalo Bills punter/linebacker Paul Maguire will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2002 at the organization's 12th annual awards dinner on October 16 at the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo. He will join ten other inductees including former pro football players Mark Murphy (Washington Redskins), Rick Cassatta (Canadian League) and Tom Colella (former Rams, Browns and Bills player now deceased).

Marker Watson's improvement elementary [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If they are targeting me, that's fine," he said. "I'm not going to back down. I'm going to go out there and play hard regardless."'

Marker Raiders' substitution patterns controversial [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...Oakland continually ran offensive players on and off the field who didn't participate in a play.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Game Jersey [8:50 AM] reports: Make an extraordinary addition to your collection and bid on the actual jersey (Reebok size 48) that quarterback Drew Bledsoe wore in the Bills' season opener against the Jets and during the incredible 33 - 27 overtime win against the Bears on Sept. 29. This is a one of a kind autographed jersey.

Marker Receiving accolades [5:36 AM]
D and C reports: '“I probably could’ve gone someplace else and gotten more money, but it’s not all about that, it’s about finishing what you started. My mom always told me that if you try out for something and quit, then you’re not giving yourself and your teammates a chance. I’ve lived by that my whole life. Go out, play hard, earn your teammates’ respect.”'

Marker Bledsoe earns top player award [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe was selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his outstanding performances in September.'

Marker Williams winging it with hungry Raiders [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: '“I’m going to order a bunch of chicken wings from the Anchor Bar in Buffalo and have them delivered to Ralph Wilson Stadium,” the former East High and Syracuse University star was saying during a break from preparations for Sunday’s game against the Buffalo Bills. “The way some of these cats can eat, especially on the O-line, I may need to order a moving van filled with wings to satisfy them. We got some guys here who have pretty amazing appetites. They might eat ‘em bones and all.”'

October 3, 2002

Marker October's wallpaper is on #27 Coy Wire [11:18 PM] reports: Gina Mustico (aka Moose) does a fabulous wallpaper featuring hard hitting rookie safety Coy Wire.

Marker Bills' Robertson Suspended [10:56 PM]
Yahoo - AP reports: Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson was suspended for four games by the NFL on Wednesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy. Robertson, Buffalo's seventh-round pick in last year's draft, had been inactive for all four Bills games this season. He appeared in 12 games as a reserve last season, recording 27 tackles and two sacks.

Marker Hull to join Bills' Wall of Fame Sunday [9:42 PM]
AP reports: '''Kent was unique,'' said Levy. ''First of all, he was maybe the single person involved in the success of our team who has been least recognized for what he contributed. Now, being put up on the Wall of Fame is tremendously gratifying because it is recognition.'''

Marker No-huddle no shock to Bills or Raiders [5:45 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'The play-clock operator at Ralph Wilson Stadium outside Buffalo may get his first day off during a home game Sunday. Because the Raiders-Bills game could be more than the expected shootout.'

Marker Ranking the NFL’s starting quarterbacks [5:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly : Joel Buchsbaum reports: 8. Drew Bledsoe / Bills — The Patriots were begging teams outside their division to trade for him. They told people they believed Bledsoe still could be an exceptional quarterback if he went to a new, positive situation, but he would never regain the passion and effectiveness he showed under Bill Parcells if he stayed in New England. Unfortunately for them and the other teams in the AFC East, the only team that believed them was the Bills, and now the Pats have another tough team to face. Just think of how the Skins would be with Bledsoe in Steve Spurrier’s offense.

Marker Bills-Raiders Game at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out [1:43 PM] reports: The Bills-Raiders game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Check for the local broadcast affiliate in your area.

Marker Bledsoe Selected As Player Of The Month [10:52 AM] reports: Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his outstanding performances in September.

Marker Bills - Raiders Series History [10:34 AM] reports: The Bills and Raiders have met 31 times in a series that dates back to 1960. Oakland holds a 16-15 series lead after a 20-14 win at Orchard Park in 1999, the last meeting between the clubs. Tim Brown had 183 receiving yards in a 1993 meeting between the two teams

Marker Bledsoe's arm, attitude improve Bills [10:01 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: '"I've got a few more years on me than most 30-year-olds, but I'm only 30," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Flashback: Bills 51, Raiders 3 [9:44 AM] reports: The Bills won their first AFC Championship with one of the most dominating performances ever displayed in a title game. Buffalo set the tone for the day by driving 75 yards after the opening KO and scored the initial TD when QB Jim Kelly picked up a bad shotgun snap and scrambled to find WR James Lofton for a 13-yard pass.

Marker Raiders' linemen present king-size problems [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders rank No. 1 in the NFL against the run, allowing just 52 yards a game.'

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