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Buffalo Bills News - October 1, 2002

Marker Where do the Bills stand after four games? [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'We all knew this team was going to be better, certainly more competitive than last year, but I have to admit I’m a little surprised that the turnaround from 3-13 has been this fast. I guess that’s what happens when you trade for a guy like Drew Bledsoe who right now might be the MVP in the NFL.'

Marker First look: Bills week 5 [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have put up 132 points in four games, the Raiders 113 in three games. Good luck to defensive coordinators Jerry Gray of Buffalo and Chuck Bresnahan of Oakland.'

Marker Bills starting to walk like Bledsoe [5:15 AM]
AP reports: '''When he says, 'We're going to score,' we're going to score. So don't argue with him.''

Marker Buffalo makes negativity tricky, even after another tough defeat [5:14 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'After only a month, the superlative well already runs the danger of drying up when trying to describe Bledsoe's performance.'

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September 30, 2002

Marker Game Notebook vs. Chicago Bears [5:46 PM] reports: The Bills played their third overtime game in the first four weeks of the season. The last NFL team to play three OT games in four weeks was the 1995 Vikings who went into the extra period in weeks 3, 5, and 6 (Won 1, Lost 2). No team has ever played four OT games in five weeks.

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography: Lesson Number 3 [3:21 PM] reports: With new activities, player features, and trivia each week, Buffalo Bills Geography is a fun way to learn about bodies of water, latitude and longitude, and much more. It's also a great way to find out interesting facts about your favorite Bills players.

Marker Flashback [2:59 PM] reports: Peter King in his Monday Morning Quarterback column: "Buffalo QB Drew Bledsoe, who is not only my offensive player of the week but the player of the month. What he means to Buffalo can be summed up in one drive. Fourth quarter, first and 10 on his own 22, 12 minutes left, 20-20 tie with Chicago, five total yards for the Bills in the second half. Bing, bang, zoom. Four passes, four completions, 52 yards, the last of which was a 1-yard, perfectly executed play-action strike to tight end Dave Moore for a touchdown against a supremely fooled Chicago defense."

Marker Bills’ victory ‘Bears’ out Bledsoe’s leadership [1:58 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, as Bledsoe pointed out, it’s his own fault he’s had so many chances. “I just don’t do enough in regulation,” he said with a laugh, “or we wouldn’t be dealing with (all the overtimes).”'

Marker Moulds beats McMillon’s ‘PERFECT’ coverage [1:57 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I looked up at the replay (on the scoreboard) and still couldn’t believe he caught it,” McMillon said. “There was nothing else I could do about it. He made a great catch on a great throw. What else could I have done?”'

Marker Bledsoe brings new life to Bills [1:56 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Bledsoe is now 3-1 career against the Bears, hitting 100 of 157 passes for 1,131 yards with nine touchdowns and two interceptions versus Chicago.'

Marker Plenty of time for excitement in Buffalo [1:17 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Personally, I still think the Bills are another year -- and one more incredible draft by Donahoe and assistant general manager Tom Modrak -- away from being a real threat to do some playoff damage. But, man, are they fun to watch right now.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Profiled on "NFL FILMS PRESENTS" [12:57 PM] reports: Bledsoe talks about his former team, his relationship with Tom Brady and the 2001 season that culminated with him being traded to the Bills on NFL FILMS Presents: Fresh Starts hosted by Steve Sabol airing Monday, September 30 at 7 PM (ET) on ESPN2.

Marker Hang On Tight For Gilbride's Ride [12:56 PM] reports: Many coaches would have benched Henry for the game-- and understandably so. Gilbride, however, decided to give the second-year back another opportunity. "I wasn't going to play him, but I looked at him and said, 'I've got to give this guy a chance," he said. "I have enough belief in him that he'll come back. He'll be smart enough with the ball and won't turn it over again. He gives this offense chances as a runner.'"

Marker Bears' overtime magic runs out [11:49 AM]
Rockford Register Star reports: '"It was a complete team loss," Bears linebacker Rosevelt Colvin said.'

Marker Bears running game grounded again [11:49 AM]
Rockford Register Star reports: 'It was Buffalo's plan to stack the line and stop the Bears' run game, bringing the safeties up for run support and leaving cornerbacks one-on-one with receivers. It's a risky proposition, but the Bears didn't have a run play over five yards.'

Marker Bears can't corral Bills [11:47 AM]
Kane County Chronicle reports: '"We didn't do anything real well today," defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "We gave up plays in zone coverage, went to man coverage and gave up plays. There are no excuses. Right now, we're just not getting it done."'

Marker Bears running game falls flat [11:22 AM]
Kane County Chronicle reports: 'The Bills figured the Bears' offense relied on its running game, and sought to stop it by any means necessary. "We had to commit to the box today," Buffalo coach Gregg Williams said. "We knew that was a big part of how they wanted the game to go, to get to shorter third downs. We wanted long third downs, so we had to commit early to plan the run defense."'

Marker Week 4 Highlights (Video) [11:14 AM] reports: Watch highlights of Sunday's thrilling 33-27 overtime victory over the Bears.

Marker Bledsoe, Bills make overtime work [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It took the Bills just two plays to travel 56 yards for the winning score.'

Marker Drew's flying circus strikes again [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"What are we going to call this offense, the D-Gun?" asked tight end Jay Riemersma. "We're on the edge of our seats just like the fans."'

Marker Defense succeeds putting pride on line [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was just on today," said Williams, who was one of the Bills' leading tacklers last season. "I just refused to let them run the ball. I just had it in my mind all week."'

Marker Bears' running game stages disappearance [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We knew it was going to be very difficult to play here," Bears coach Dick Jauron said. "We were trying to come in here and steal a win. We almost did it, but almost isn't good enough."'

Marker Bills' believers start to hear an amen chorus [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think we're starting to develop a belief in ourselves that we've got the talent," said Bledsoe. "We know we've got the ability to play with anybody in the league."'

Marker Bledsoe bandwagon filling with teammates [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You know what Bledsoe was doing after the Bears blocked the Mike Hollis kick that should have won it in regulation? Tight end Jay Riemersma saw it. "He was coming down the sidelines saying, "Hey listen, it's going to be on us to win this again. Let's go do it.' He's excited. He's like a little kid out there, a kid in a candy store. He's just excited to play every single play."'

Marker By leaps and bounds, Moulds enjoying himself again [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a good feeling to know that you're going to have an opportunity to make plays every week," Moulds said. "Having a quarterback like Drew really makes things easier."'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe completed 28 of 36 passes for 328 yards and four TDs. His passer rating was 141.7, which is almost off the charts. He sure looks better than the last No. 11.'

Marker Bills president to speak at breakfast [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Limited tickets still are available for a talk by Tom Donahoe, Buffalo Bills president and general manager, Oct. 8 in the Saturn Club, 377 Delaware Ave.'

Marker Week 4: Postgame Quotebook [8:54 AM] reports: Gregg Williams, Drew Bledsoe, Eric Moulds, Dave Moore, Travis Henry, etc.- talk about Sunday's win over the Bears.

Marker Bills 33, Bears 27 - Dramatic Win in OT [8:52 AM] reports: Bledsoe finished the game 28-of-36 for 328 yards and four touchdowns. The Bills offense accumulated 410 total yards and the defense held the Bears to a mere 52 yards rushing on 26 attempts (2.0 avg).

Marker Bears fall to Drew crew [7:50 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Bledsoe, thought to be a perfect fit for the Bears by many in the scouting community but deemed too expensive by management, showed he's worth all of the $5 million he's earning, as well as the first-round pick Buffalo dealt to acquire him.'

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