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Buffalo Bills News - December 22, 2002

Marker Interviewing skills go a long way for Saban [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How did Saban get all those jobs after resigning so often? The answer is that he is one of the great interviews of all time.'

Marker 'Tundra' win would make Bills proud [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Green Bay Packers are an NFL-best 66-11 the past decade playing on their “tundra,” including an amazing 34-0 under quarterback Brett Favre when the temperature dips below 34 degrees.'

Marker Alive and very well [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'He didn’t want them to know that his father had deserted him when he was an infant or that his mother cared more about getting her next cocaine fix than being a mom. He didn’t want the world to know that he and his little sister, Christine, were nomads, bouncing from this home to that, occasionally sleeping on the streets of San Bernardino, Calif., and begging for food.'

Marker Bills Q&A with Eddie Robinson [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] If you had to describe the violence of the NFL to someone who didn’t follow football, what would you say? [A:] ’’I guess it’s like a schoolyard fight. There’s guys going at it, taking up sides, and then you have an intermission so you go at it again after recess. I like it. It’s a great way to make a living. You get paid to hit people, you take out your aggressions on somebody else and you don’t get in trouble for it. It’s fun to compete against guys, especially when everybody comes together and you win as a team. That makes it great.’’'

Marker As the sports world turns: Bills getting better, but still need much more [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have the cap room (particularly if they let Price go) to pursue one or two big-play defenders, preferably a pass-rushing end and a linebacker. Forcing more turnovers (the Bills are last in the NFL with 14 takeaways) would make the offense even more dangerous with better field position.'

Marker Bills at Packers: Today’s game at a glance [5:45 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The Packers are third behind Philadelphia (12-3) and Tampa Bay (11-3) in the race for the best record in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay hold tiebreakers over Green Bay.'

Marker Five keys to today’s Packers-Bills game [5:44 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The 7-7 Bills are mathematically in the AFC playoff race and need to win their last two games to have any chance of qualifying, but will need help. Suffice it to say the Bills are relative long shots. The Packers should have more urgency because they’re still in the thick of the race with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay for the top seed in the NFC.'

Marker How our writers see today’s Packers-Bills game [5:42 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The Bills have a slim chance for a playoff berth, which makes them dangerous. Quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre could get into a shootout. Take the Packers because they’re at home and still battling for overall home-field advantage.'

Marker Packers vs. Bills: Five things to watch [5:41 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'With nothing to show for the selection of Flowers, the Bills struggle rushing the passer. "They don't have a guy who can legitimately put his hand on the ground and get consistent pressure off the edge," one scout said.'

Marker Journal Sentinel views: Packers vs. Bills [5:40 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Bills will be motivated and undaunted by the weather. However, they're overmatched by just too wide of a margin along both lines to suspect that their dangerous but immobile quarterback, his stable of excellent wide receivers and underrated Travis Henry could be enough to spring an upset.'

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December 21, 2002

Marker Encroachment: The Buffalo Bills! They're faaaaan-tastic! [12:30 PM] reports: Weekly Column by Chris Serico... The group selected the Bills for excellence in fan treatment, after it became obvious the Florida-based association couldn't pick their hometown Dolphins. Because, honestly, when the Bills twice fried the Fish during the regular season, Miami fans could not have been too happy with their team.

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game: Packers Preview [11:55 AM] reports: Any team looking to beat the Green Bay Packers needs to get through Brett Favre first. And that's no easy challenge. The 33 year-old quarterback is a sure-shot Hall of Famer. He's an especially dangerous foe for a struggling defense, which gives the Bills both a threat and an opportunity: If Buffalo's defenders can shut down Favre, that's a huge boost heading into New Year-playoffs or not.

Marker Showdown in Titletown: Bledsoe and Favre [11:55 AM] reports: As for the history and mystic factor of Lambeau Field it becomes the perfect setting for a match-up of this caliber. This game is more than a battle for post-season position. It has all the makings of a showdown between two of the NFL's elite quarterbacks- Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre.

Marker Levy's Week 15 snapshot [10:27 AM] reports: I don't fault the call (2 point VIking play) at all, even if it didn't work. We played that great comeback game against Houston, and we were still down by 17 points or so in the third quarter and we had a fourth-and-8. I decided to go for it because I felt we needed to score, and we hit a touchdown on it. Many of my assistant coaches were screaming at me for it, but I decided to go for it. Not the same exact thing, but it's all relative to a coach's intuition.

Marker Players give thumbs up to coach Williams [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Obviously, no player is in position to publicly criticize the head coach. But on and off the record, many genuinely seem to like and respect Williams.'

Marker Bills believe it's not Bledsoe's fault [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“I think he’s making the same throws, but sooner or later the pace we were on earlier in the season had to catch up with us,” tight end Jay Riemersma said. “Some of the throws that we were completing early in the season aren’t easy throws, and we haven’t been able to complete some of them recently.”'

Marker Bills TD record in reach for Henry [5:17 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Travis is such a unique player with his ability to run through tackles and make the extra yard,'' Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. ''I've got a great seat to watch him.'''

Marker Buffalo wide receivers pose plenty of problems [5:16 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: '"I don't know who's side to shade to, to be honest with you," Sharper said Friday. "Price and Moulds can go deep or they can go underneath, and Reed is working that slot pretty good. We're just going to have to challenge these guys."'

Marker Former Pro Bowler Hull delivers heartfelt message to aspiring stars [5:15 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: '"You tell the people of Mississippi that there's never been a player who wore the Buffalo Bills uniform who is loved by the fans and the community more than Kent Hull and his wife, Kay."'

December 20, 2002

Marker NFL's Greatest Games -- 'The Comeback' [3:41 PM] reports: 'NFL Films takes fans back to the greatest comeback in NFL history in The NFL's Greatest Games: "The Comeback" -- 1992 AFC Wild Card Game -- Houston Oilers vs. Buffalo Bills premiering Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002 at 9:30 p.m. ET on ESPN.'

Marker Bledsoe heads Pro Bowl trio [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For Brown, it is his seventh Pro Bowl selection, which ties Andre Reed and Steve Tasker for second most in franchise history. Only Bruce Smith, who went to 11 Pro Bowls, has more.'

Marker Price may leave town, but not for Hawaii [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Price has said in the past that remaining with the Bills is his first choice because he loves the offense and playing with his teammates, and he puts up numbers similar to most first-option receivers. But he's also expressed the desire to become the featured wideout, and with the Bills that position belongs to Moulds.'

Marker Bowling them over [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '“Anytime you have a quarterback who goes to the Pro Bowl, it’s a reflection of the team he’s playing for,” he said. “You look at what’s happened to me. I’m standing up here with two other offensive Pro Bowlers, and we have Peerless (Price), Travis (Henry) and Larry Centers as alternates."'

Marker Bills' Price bypassed for trip to Hawaii [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '“A lot of guys vote for their boys, regardless of what type of year you have. That’s just the way it is, guys will vote for familiar names.”'

Marker Bledsoe's back [5:22 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: 'With two games remaining, Bledsoe's passer rating of 87.8 is the highest of his career. He has thrown for 3,949 yards - 606 shy of his career high - and has tossed 23 touchdown passes, second only to the 27 he threw in his second NFL season of 1994.'

Marker Bills bring plenty of weapons to Green Bay [5:21 AM]
Green Bay News Chronicle reports: '"Unfortunately for Travis, and for us, we've been in too many games where we have had to play from behind and have had to throw it a lot," Bledsoe said. "Had we not been in those situations, I really feel that Travis would have had a very legitimate shot at leading the league in rushing."'

Marker Bills aren’t bothered by cold [5:20 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: '“The fact that we are a cold-weather team, we practice out there and are used to those situations. it should make it a little bit less of a travel game for us. The fact that Green Bay is an awful good team, that’s the factor.”'

Marker Bills’ defense goes flabby when foes reach red zone [5:19 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Opponents have ventured within the Bills’ 20-yard line 45 times. Thirty-three of those excursions — 73.3 percent — have resulted in touchdowns. Tennessee, the next worst team in this area, is giving up touchdowns at a 66.7 percent clip.'

Marker Q&A: Bills at Packers [5:18 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'Just keep this in mind: Buffalo has a good running game and an explosive passing attack. The Bills have beaten Miami twice and are coming off a win against San Diego. This isn’t a pushover. If you’re a gambling man or woman, take the Bills and that meaty 6 points they’re getting. Don’t be too surprised if Buffalo wins this one straight up. It is a dangerous team.'

Marker The whole playoff picture [5:17 AM]
Shout! reports: With two weeks to go in the season, the NFL's American Football Conference is as competitive as it has been in 15 years, with not one team yet qualifying for the playoffs. That scenario has not occurred since 1987.

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