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Buffalo Bills News - November 11, 2002

Marker Bills columnists Tim O'Shei answers fans’ bye week questions [2:00 PM] reports: Can you be more analytical about the games in your Monday column? Yes, I COULD analyze every key play and each players’ performance. But I usually don’t, and here’s why: Nearly every independent media outlet that provides quality coverage of the Bills gives fans expert analysis. You can find this in the paper, on television, and especially on the web. (Click on our link to and it’ll take you there.)

Marker Chiefs vs Bills - Game 10 [1:15 PM] reports: 'Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms and Armen Keteyian.'

Marker Possible playoff run big step up from Buffalo's 2001 horrow show [1:07 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' bye week offered their players, coaches, fans and analysts a free Sunday to either dwell on or forget last week's humiliation at the hands of Drew Bledsoe's former employer, the New England Patriots. Each of the above groups, save the guys who patched together Buffalo's miserable offensive and defensive game plans, would do well to take the latter option. Getting undressed on national television couldn't have boosted the self-esteem of the players or their faithful, especially after a three-game winning streak and 5-3 start launched premature playoff talk. But to put things in perspective, look back not one week, but 52. A year ago this bye week, the Bills staggered home after another loss to the Patriots, that one in New England. The 21-11 pounding dropped Buffalo to 1-7, with a blitz everyone in Foxboro Stadium could see coming, effectively ending the season for both Rob Johnson and the team he was supposed to save.'

Marker Bills' future begins now [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Realistically, to win the division, or at very least earn a wild card berth, Buffalo must win 10 games. That means five more victories from games against the Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins, Patriots, Chargers, Packers and Bengals.'

Marker Buffalo Bills NFL Auction On eBay [12:03 PM] reports: Bid on several Buffalo Bills autographed items, including a Peerless Price autographed football and a 2002 Team Autographed Helmet.

Marker Week 10 NFL Highlights (Video) [11:40 AM] reports: Watch the plays of the week for Week 10.

Marker A 'close-up' with video [10:36 AM] reports: A large part of NFL players and coach's day involves studying film- film of opposing teams and film of the home team.

Marker Marv Levy: Buffalo at Kansas City [10:04 AM] reports: Buffalo has been sort of hard to figure. It is still very much in the fight for the AFC East division title. It's a tough place to go into; I've always felt this was the toughest place to go in and play. Buffalo will have the benefit of the bye week and see if it can rebound from that very disappointing loss to New England. The Bills are going against a weak defensive team; Kansas City was last in the league in pass defense. Buffalo will come in with Drew Bledsoe, Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. This could a game where there are a lot of points put up because Buffalo's defense is suspect, too.

Marker Bills' TV broadcasts put up gaudy ratings [5:24 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Through nine games the Bills have not only improved on the field with a 5-4 record, they've played to record TV audiences.'

Marker Kelly last of dying breed of QBs [5:22 AM]
Athens Banner Herald reports: 'When he spoke to the Georgia team, Kelly reminded them that athlete who gets the job done is not always the biggest or the fastest. "It is the one with the most heart," Kelly pointed out to them.'

Marker Jets continue dominance over reeling 'Phins [12:09 AM] reports: With their third victory in the last four games, the Jets moved within a game of the other three division teams: Miami, New England and Buffalo all are 5-4 and are tied for first place in division.

Marker Bledsoe #2 in Pro Bowl Votes...KEEP VOTING!!! [12:07 AM] reports: (Nov. 7, 2002) -- With nearly 18 million votes cast by fans on, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (317,986) leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2003 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced. Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe (294,091), the NFL's leading passer with 2,802 yards, ranks second.

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November 10, 2002

Marker So close, and yet so far [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It seems Patriots fans driving in from New England for the game got some bum driving directions from the Internet mapping site Mapquest. The directions sent the travelers to Countryside Lane, just north of the University at Buffalo North Campus.'

Marker NFL hits can cross line into dangerous [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '“See what you hit,” Gray said. “If you see what you hit, I don’t think there can be any question that you dropped your helmet. You can say, ‘I squared up, I hit him right in the numbers, my facemask was on his body.’ If a guy gets hurt that way and you fine me, then there’s something wrong with the ruling.”'

Marker Bills try to tackle defensive problems [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '“That’s the thing a lot of young guys don’t do a lot -- go up, form fit the guy, then get out of the way, and then finish that tackle in your mind,” Gray said. “That’s what the great ones do. If you don’t finish in your mind during the week, it’s hard to finish on Sunday.”'

November 9, 2002

Marker No bye week in search for help [3:49 PM]
D and C reports: On Thursday, the team reported to the NFL that it held a mass tryout for 82 mostly obscure players, a figure that grew to 88 at the final count, said Scott Berchtold, Bills vice president of communications.

Marker Loss to Bills is No. 1 to Madden, but not to fans [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I remember that loss to Buffalo more than any of the wins," Madden said.'

November 8, 2002

Marker Chat with Peerless Price [10:11 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I was actually recruited by more schools as a corner than as a receiver.'

Marker Q&A with Peerless Price [9:03 PM]
ESPN reports: 'Q. What's your forecast for the end of the season? A. I see us getting in the playoffs and making a run for the Super Bowl.'

Marker McGinest fined for rough tackle of Bledsoe [8:14 PM]
AP reports: 'New England Patriots defensive end Willie McGinest has been fined $7,500 by the NFL for roughing up former teammate Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Jim Kelly's Day Of Induction [10:56 AM] reports: 5:29 a.m.-My alarm goes off and I greet the morning with all of the anticipation that a day of this magnitude can bring. There are but only a handful of days in our lives when we can point to a specific day, previous to its occurrence, and say this day will have an affect on the rest of my life. But this is one of those rare days and I will do everything I can to remember as much of it as I can for as long as I can.

Marker Two Minute Drill… With Pat Williams [10:13 AM] reports: Read what Pat Williams has to say about his teammates.

Marker 10 Questions With Peerless Price [9:48 AM] reports: "I think Buffalo is a great football town. I think it's more of a college atmosphere. When you think of football, Buffalo has to be one of the top cities because the fans love it. I love playing here just because of that college atmosphere. It reminds me a lot of Tennessee. It's just the weather that is the difference."

November 7, 2002

Marker Alumni Update: Fred Smerlas [10:48 AM] reports: A two-time All-New England tackle at Boston College, Smerlas was disappointed to slip to the second round of the 1979 NFL draft. But after hearing from Bills coach Chuck Knox, he quickly became excited about heading to Buffalo irregardless of when he was selected.

Marker The returns are in: Rogers looking for more [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He ranks 23rd in the league in punt return average and 26th in kickoff return average.'

Marker Bills' Ahanotu sacks out on QEW [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ahanotu then stretches out on the homemade bed he constructed in the middle of the limo, and he sleeps just about the entire two-hour ride to the stadium, waking only to pass through customs.'

Marker Winfield to return next week, ready to tackle Holmes [5:44 AM]
D and C reports: '“The knee feels real good, I’ve practiced the last couple days. I get a little pinch every now and then but with this week and next week coming up, I’ll be ready.”'

Marker McGinest is fined for hit on Bledsoe [5:43 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"I think it was a weak call, but that's what happens," McGinest said. "You gotta play with it. Gotta deal with it."'

Marker Crossing the line [5:42 AM]
Boston Phoenix reports: 'In other situations, like in Ralph Wilson Stadium, it’s harder to explain. It’s difficult to believe the Buffalo Bills box office somehow managed to identify potential idiots from afar and handily assigned them to an area that resembles their natural habitat. But perhaps in some circumstances the Bills ticketers do have that power.'

Marker AFC midseason report card [5:41 AM] reports: The blowout loss to the Patriots was a letdown, but it can't damper an exciting start to the season. No one thought of the Bills being a playoff contender coming into the season. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe passed for 2,802 yards and did a remarkable job of getting the ball to the outside receivers. Eric Moulds had 62 receptions for 853 yards and Peerless Price was right behind him with 60 receptions for 838 yards. The success on offense made Bills fans forget the problems on defense, which resurfaced against the Patriots. The schedule toughens in the second half, but Gregg Williams has a great chance to get this team to eight or nine wins, which is a big step after a 3-13 season.
Grade: B-plus.

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