Lions await meaningful season [5:28 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"It doesn't count, it really doesn't. It's practice against another team. That's what it really is. I'll take that every time, if we can get out of this game with everybody healthy, no more injuries, I'll take that 10 out of 10 times."'
Quarterbacks carry Lions [5:27 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Each team played as though it couldn't wait for the season to start. The game was ragged from the beginning, with penalties and misplays.'
Special teams recover [5:26 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'The Bills took the first punt Thursday and turned it into a touchdown. "It was a horrible, horrible way to start," Lions Coach Marty Mornhinweg said.'
Lions secure offensive line [5:25 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'With one modification, the starting five for the regular season will be the same unit that opened Thursday night's final exhibition game against Buffalo at Ford Field.'
McMahon deserves to start, but Harrington clearly is future [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'The sad reality is, many are waiting for McMahon to stumble.'
Lions fans ease into market scene [5:23 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"We've got the No. 1 stadium and the worst tailgating situation in the country," groused John Basile, complaining about inconvenient shuttle rides and long walks necessary to get from Eastern Market to Ford Field several blocks away.'
Fair makes a favorable return [5:22 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'There must have been some anxious Lions when Charlie Rogers returned the Lions' first punt 71 yards for a touchdown. Four Lions appeared to have Rogers contained, but he broke free and was not touched once he reached midfield.'
Lions sloppy, but pull out 20-13 win against Bills [5:21 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'The Lions avoided going 0-4 in the preseason for the first time since the 1989 season. The Bills, meanwhile, did finish the preseason 0-4.'
Questions arise about Howard, but Mornhinweg says Lions saving him for opener [5:20 AM]
Booth Newspapers reports: 'One of the biggest questions from Thursday's preseason game between the Detroit Lions and Buffalo Bills centered around a player not in uniform.'
Lions 20, Bills 13 [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'They had a chance to tie it with about 6 minutes left, but Corey Harris hit Morris as he tried to reach over a pile for a score and Brian Walker recovered the fumble. Buffalo had another opportunity with just under 2 minutes to play, but rookie Chris Cash intercepted Travis Browns' pass at Detroit's 8.'
Detroit 20, Buffalo 13 [5:18 AM]
Sportsticker reports: 'McMahon hit on 5-of-5 passes for 81 yards in limited play while Harrington, drafted No. 3 overall, was 21-of-35 for 187 yards with a touchdown and an interception.'
AFC East scouting report [5:17 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills, under the leadership of new quarterback Bledsoe, expect significant improvement. This is the second year in Buffalo for Gregg Williams, a coach who has Bills management - and fans - excited for a turnaround.'
Buffalo Bills 2002 Season Preview [9:27 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Thinking that Buffalo could be this season's version of the Patriots is not out of the realm of possibility, but the safe pick is an 8-8 finish.'
Bledsoe tops list of new faces in new places [9:09 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Drew Bledsoe won a Super Bowl ring last season because he did not play. Can he win one this year because he did play?'
AFC East: Bills might not get due in beastly East [4:39 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: If the two lines stay upright, the Bills will surprise a lot of people. When you have a quarterback like Bledsoe, there is reason to think the Bills could sneak in as a wild-card team.
Five fresh faces to follow [4:38 PM]
NFL.com reports: '1. Drew Bledsoe, Buffalo Bills: The strong-armed pocket passer now finds himself on a team loaded with explosive talent. After the Flutie-Johnson debacle, Bledsoe brings sturdy leadership as well as a strong arm. Nobody is smiling more than Eric Moulds...'.
Buffalo Bills @ Detroit Lions [4:37 PM]
Directv reports: 'Channel 636 - Friday 3:00 a.m.; Friday 12:00 p.m.; Sunday 3:00 p.m.; Monday 10:30 a.m.
Bills can be encouraged by preseason [1:47 PM]
Corning Leader reports: 'While I realize many of you are aware of the nonexistent importance of NFL preseason action, there are still enough people out there who overreact to the exhibition season.'
Jon Bon Jovi On Football [10:12 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: I have been fortunate to get to know Bill Parcells and Bill Belichick and have remained close with them over the years. I was lucky enough to be on the team bench and in the team locker room when the Giants won Super Bowl XXV in Tampa in 1990. How many people can say that Bill Parcells and Phil Simms have had dinner at their house?
Where Are They Now: Mike Kadish [9:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Miamiís top draft choice in Ď72, Kadish was on the teamís taxi squad as a rookie and witnessed the only undefeated season in NFL history. The following preseason, a strong performance by Kadish during a nationally televised game caught Bills coach Lou Sabanís attention.
Bills get final auditions [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills must cut from 68 to 53 players by 4 p.m. Sunday.'
Pete Prisco: Preseason rankings - #17 [8:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Adding Drew Bledsoe is the move of the offseason. If the two lines can stay healthy, the Bills will compete in the AFC East. The ball will go down the field to a good receiving group.
Bills' starters to play longer [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'With nine days to recover before the start of the NFL's regular season, the Buffalo Bills starters will play halfway into the second quarter of tonight's preseason finale against the Detroit Lions at Ford Field.'
Riemersma: Bull's-eye in middle [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'With three preseason games over with and the regular-season opener against the New York Jets just 10 days away, Riemersma has just one catch for three yards.'
Bills on the bubble [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have until Sunday to trim down to the 53-man roster limit. Tonight's preseason game against the Detroit Lions could go a long way in deciding which players stay. Here is a look at some players fighting for jobs...'
Lions' Final exhibition [5:26 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'In fact, if it were up to McMahon -- the second-year quarterback and designated starter for the opener Sept. 8 -- the regular season could start now.'
Roster spots are on the line [5:24 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'Quarterback Mike McMahon will start and play 2-4 series, depending on how many plays the offense runs, before turning the offense over to rookie Joey Harrington and No. 3 quarterback Ty Detmer.'
A work in progress [9:17 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'If anything, the loss to the Colts, which put the Bills at 0-3 in the "it doesn't count" part, only points up what has sort of been forgotten in all the excitement of Drew Bledsoe. This is still a very, very, very young Bills team. Young players make mistakes, and mistakes lead to losses.'
2002 NFL forecast: Division winners and losers [8:57 PM]
ESPN reports: 'I know this much: Bills brass Tom Donahoe and Tom Modrak will ultimately get all the pieces in place, and sooner rather than later.'
AFC East football capsules [8:55 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Prediction: Even though the Bills are tied with the San Diego Chargers for the toughest strength of schedule, the Bills should be better than last year's 3-13 record.'
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