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Buffalo Bills News - October 27, 2002

Marker Backup Johnson won't be shy [10:31 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: '"I think his first three years, he was buried in Jacksonville behind Mark Brunell," Keyshawn Johnson said. "He came in, he played well, got traded to Buffalo. Here comes Little Corn Flakes. Little Corn Flake Flutie comes, he's the town hero, all 5-foot-7 of him. In Buffalo, the underdog city. Rob gets an opportunity to play. He gets hurt. Flutie comes in, scores against Jacksonville, runs around, makes some plays. Everybody is yelling, "Yeah!' So now they're all against Rob. Rob comes back, makes a few bad plays, makes a few good ones. Boo. So he's always in a battle there.'

Marker Bills-Lions no longer a dog day afternoon [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are heavily favored but can't afford to slip.'

Marker Bills know Lions pose fair share of problems [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills can hit the midway point of the season at 5-3 with a victory over a Lions team that is 2-4 and has lost 11 straight road games. However, the Bills seem to sense danger in the Lions, who have played four straight competitive games.'

Marker Midseason assessment sees positive signs [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It says here that they are for real under that relative term. They have more weapons than flaws but most of all they have Bledsoe.'

Marker A hard-knock life [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Growing up with a drug-addicted mom pushed Charles Johnson to a suicide attempt. Fourteen years later, there's no such thing as a bad day for the Bills' receiver.'

Marker Scouting report [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have too many weapons on offense for the Lions' defense to contain and will climb to 5-3 with a 30-24 victory.'

Marker Compeer Award to honor Kelly family [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Football great Jim Kelly and his family will be honored with the first Compeer Award, to be presented Nov. 7 at a dinner to benefit Compeer West in the Buffalo Convention Center.'

Marker Excited Bills know to keep confidence in perspective [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: '“We’re home, the crowd will be jacked up, and you shouldn’t expect any letdown in this locker room,” Bills free safety Pierson Prioleau promised. “We have goals and we’re not close to any of those goals yet. It’s only October and we can only play the game this week. If you don’t take care of business today, there won’t be any business to take care of down the road.”'

Marker Henry hangs on to mom's advice [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '“I told Travis that maybe he should put some glue on those hands of his,” Henry’s mother, Karnella Regis, recalled the other night from her home in Frostproof, Fla. “He laughed, but I was dead serious. I said, ‘Boy, you’ve got to hold onto that football. That football is your job. You keep letting people take it from you and pretty soon you are going to lose more than the ball.’''

Marker Q & A with Trey Teague [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '’’Well at center, you’ve got to be a little more in tune with what everybody else on the line is doing. You have to be able to spit stuff out and get everyone on the same page. It’s true, he’s like the quarterback of the line.’’'

Marker Bills face off against Lions ... and overconfidence [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Number one, the competition is going to pick up and, number two, I think we’ve opened some people’s eyes in the first seven games. We’re not going to sneak up on anyone ... they are going to be looking for us.”'

Marker Bledsoe’s been the story of the Bills’ season [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Clearly, when the Bills acquired him from New England for a first round draft choice last April, there was a perception that Buffalo’s quarterback problem was solved. But did anybody reasonably expect that Bledsoe would be the No. 3-rated QB in the NFL, less than halfway into the season ... or that the Bills would have a better record than the defending Super Bowl champion Patriots at that point?'

Marker Lions seek end of road streak [5:20 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'This will be Harrington's first NFL start in an outdoor stadium.'

Marker Who Has The Edge [5:19 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Bills 30, Lions 20.'

Marker One To Watch [5:18 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams wanted to sign Fletcher for his ability, and for the leadership qualities he brings to the team. Fletcher is 5-foot-10 and 245 pounds, but he has speed and quickness.'

Marker Game Day Notes: Lions [5:17 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Wide receiver Bill Schroeder (hamstring) and tight end Mikhael Ricks (groin) practiced Friday. Neither played last week. Schroeder missed one other game because of a rib injury. With Green Bay, he missed just two games last year and four the previous four seasons. On Saturday, wide receiver Larry Foster was downgraded to doubtful because of a shoulder injury.'

Marker Game Day Notes: Bills [5:16 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Tight end Jay Riemersma was a seventh-round draft pick from Michigan in 1996. He did not play as a rookie but has been a solid starter since. Riemersma almost did not return because of salary-cap considerations. He has 16 catches. "He's solid," Coach Gregg Williams said. "He's made some big catches at the end of the ballgame, when Drew has had to come back to the inside part of the field."'

Marker As Lions know well, new quarterback making big difference for Bills [5:15 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: '"The big thing is if the person at that position can function, you can continue to build your team around that person," Williams said. "Usually, the quarterback is the focal point of the team because he touches the ball on every play. That player has to do his job so everybody else can do their job." And Bledsoe, with 15 touchdown passes and just five interceptions, has been doing that job consistently for the Bills.'

Marker Harrington struggling in red zone [5:15 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'Harrington has struggled in the red zone in the final seconds of regulation in the last two games. He threw an interception against the Minnesota Vikings that ended a threat to tie the game. Against the Bears, Harrington was sacked on a play that should have ended the game.'

Marker He has moved on [5:14 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Drew Bledsoe has found a home in his kind of town. A small town with a big stadium and a place down the street where he can eat some wings, drink some beers, and be like everybody else in the place. Just another Buffalo Bills fan.'

Marker Henry stars in Bills' balancing act [5:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We thought Travis would have a breakout year this year,'' said Williams. ``He's worked very hard to do that. The fact that we've been able to get more balance on offense has been good. We had a good team win against Miami because we scored on all three phases. It doesn't all have to fall on the quarterback's shoulders, and Travis Henry has been a very big part of that.'''

Marker Lerner keeps franchise in the family [5:11 AM]
ESPN reports: One young wide receiver who will be at the top of most wish lists if he gets into the free agent market after this year is Peerless Price of the Buffalo Bills. This has been a breakout campaign for the fourth-year veteran and Bills officials are working hard to try to get him signed to an extension that will keep him in Buffalo for a long time.

Marker Lions vs Bills: Staff Predictions [5:01 AM] reports: 'Lions 35 - Bills 32...Bills 31 - Lions 20...Lions 41 - Bills 27...Bills 31 - Lions 21.'

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October 26, 2002

Marker On the Offensive [5:11 PM] reports: Less than a year ago, Kevin Gilbride was an NFL analyst for Sportsnet. Now, he's running the league's most exciting offence in Buffalo.

Marker Price fixing [2:13 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Moulds is the perfect combination of speed and physical play from a receiver for today's NFL, and with Bledsoe pulling the trigger, he could have one of the great years a receiver's ever had. Both receivers could, actually.

Marker Bledsoe fronts Bills' turnaround [2:11 PM]
Oakland Press reports: 'There is a formula for winning in the National Football League which is tried and true. It involves having a quality quarterback, truly one of the best in the league at the position. And it involves remaining relatively injury-free. If a team can do that, it has a good chance of turning around its fortunes quickly. An example: The Buffalo Bills.'

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:50 PM] reports: A two-game winning streak suddenly has people talking playoffs around Buffalo. That’s a realistic hope, for sure, but it hold an inherent danger: Sometimes when a team thinks it is good-- really good players begin thinking too far ahead instead of executing each individual play. Against a 2-4 team like Detroit, that mistake becomes even easier to make.

Marker Nate Clements Q&A [12:21 PM] reports: Clements: "I don't have a name for the dances. It's just some moves that I get. I've got a couple of moves from Madden but a couple of them I do myself, I think of them myself."

Marker Week 8: Bills vs. Lions Preview Detroit Lions [10:44 AM]
Bills Daily reports: A Bills win pulls them within a 1/2 game of idle Miami. The team must guard against looking past the Lions towards next week's big matchup with the Patriots. The Lions have won 2 of their last 3 despite being near the bottom of the league in total offense and total defense.

Marker Joey a pal as Lions rebuild [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We realize he's the leader," said Lions fullback James Stewart this week on a conference call with Buffalo media. "He definitely carries himself like he's been in the league six or seven years. We're looking for him to guide us."'

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