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Buffalo Bills News - September 17, 2002

Marker Game Ball of the Week [10:13 AM] reports: This week visitors selected quarterback Drew Bledsoe as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 17. Bledsoe's 463 yards passing set a new Bills record, surpassing the old mark of 419 by Joe Ferguson in 1983. Ask Bledsoe a question

Marker Drew and improved [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has scored 76 points in its first two games, putting the Bills on pace for 608 points this season. They didn't score 76 points until their fifth game last season, when they improved to 1-4.'

Marker Dissecting twists, turns of Bills' win [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense got shredded for nearly 500 yards. But we finally saw the attacking, playmaking "D" that Gregg Williams promised. They put pressure on Culpepper and forced him into four fumbles. The Bills recovered three and finished plus-3 in the giveaway-takeaway for the first time under Williams.'

Marker Bills' Moulds excited about revamped offense [7:40 AM]
Utica Observer Dispatch reports: 'The linchpin, though, is Bledsoe, the rocket-armed quarterback who has energized the team and the fan base. "He knew coming in that they were going to take me out of the game," Moulds said of Bledsoe's approach Sunday. "He said that he would try to make some plays with some of the other guys."'

Marker Bledsoe's quick start no accident [7:39 AM]
Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Bledsoe has been able to find his groove quickly in part by meeting on his own with receivers and running backs during the week. He invites them to come an hour early to the team's facility to study the gameplan.'

Marker Double trouble benefits Bills [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: '"They were doubling me a lot, so I told the coaches to forget about me and keep feeding Peerless and Josh because they were the hot guys," Moulds said.'

Marker Did the Bills turn the corner with Sunday's wild win over the Vikings? [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'I thought this was a significant step for the Bills. Last year, this team would have found a way to lose this game. Even last week, they would have found a way to lose. But all week in the aftermath of the Jets game, some of the veteran players said that the Bills were getting closer and it was just a matter of someone stepping up and making plays. If that happened, the wins would start coming. Well, it happened.'

Marker First look at Week 3 for the Bills [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Denver limited the 49ers to 261 yards on Sunday, 67 of which came on a meaningless end-of-the-game drive when the Broncos had a 24-7 lead. Against the high-powered Rams, Denver allowed just 15 first downs and though Marshall Faulk caught 14 passes for 91 yards, he managed only 19 yards on 10 rushing attempts.'

Marker Leader isn't following [5:29 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'At least one Patriot, Troy Brown, is thrilled to see his former teammate playing so well. ''He's definitely improved their football team,'' said Brown. ''I'm happy that Drew has been able to go someplace and refresh his career. We had a situation here where we had two good quarterbacks and it would have been unfair to both of them if they were both still here."'

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September 16, 2002

Marker Bledsoe takes aerial show on road [8:18 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Granted, Minnesota is one flawed team, lacking a consistent running game or much of a defense, two elements the Bills also sorely lacked for most of the afternoon. But, thanks to Bledsoe's amazing day, not a soul was heard complaining.'

Marker Bledsoe a cut above in leading Bills to stunning win [7:59 PM]
AP reports: '"We've been around him a little bit and we realize that nothing he does at this stage is surprising," tight end Jay Riemersma said. "He's a tremendous talent and a great leader. And any time that we've got the ball in his hands at the end of the game, we've got a chance to win."'

Marker Bills-Vikings game highest-rated in Buffalo [4:45 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Through their first two games of the season — both of which have gone to overtime — ratings for the Bills are up 23 percent from a season ago, 36.1 this year versus a 29.4 in 2001.'

Marker Levy's Week 2 snapshot [3:36 PM] reports: 'Those last-second field goals ... I think the kicker has to concentrate on what he has to do. I think Mike Hollis has kicked them that far before. The pluses are: He's indoors, there's no wind, it's off a smooth artificial turf … but it's still a long shot. As a coach, not much goes through my mind. It would be something you would have to do; you have no other choice. A 54-yarder is potentially makeable; it's certainly more of a percentage play than trying to go for a touchdown -- it would have had to have been a "Hail Mary."'

Marker Bledsoe Ball Headed To Hall of Fame [3:20 PM] reports: The Pro Football Hall of Fame has requested and will receive a football from Sunday's thrilling Bills-Vikings game in Minnesota. More...

Marker Bills45, Vikings 39 (Photo Gallery) [1:44 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's win over the Vikings.

Marker Back-to-back wins is real super sign [1:23 PM]
Denver Post reports: 'The Broncos probably would accept being 13-0 this season. Or even 6-0. A 3-0 record is quite possible, with a home game Sunday against the Buffalo Bills. The Bills won Sunday afternoon, but the victory was in overtime and in Minnesota, and the Bills had to fly all the way back to Niagara Falls, then will turn around in a few days and fly all the way back to the Rocky. Pity the poor Bills their fate.'

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography [1:18 PM] reports: Buffalo Bills Geography is an educational program that integrates geography, language arts and math using the excitement of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills.

Marker Fans waited for this game [1:12 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Since the Bills acquired kick-returner Charlie Rogers from the Houston Texans for linebacker Jay Foreman, you had to wonder what the fuss was about. Rogers’ performance of kickoffs and punts had been decidedly underwhelming early this season. But when the Bills needed it most, Rogers made what may be remembered as a season-saving play.'

Marker 5th Down: An Arsenal Revealed [10:24 AM] reports: Let's cut straight to the point: How much does this win mean for the Buffalo Bills? London Fletcher thinks he knows.

Marker Bills defeat Vikings in OT (Video Highlights) [9:41 AM] reports: Mike Hollis' 54-yard field goal forced overtime and Peerless Price's 48-yard touchdown catch in the extended period won it.

Marker Bills finally get their kicks [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has been a long time since the Bills' locker room was so wildly jubilant.'

Marker Defense makes Vikings pay price [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Yet when the game was on the line in overtime, the Bills' defenders found enough reserves in the tank to stop the Vikings' dynamic duos.'

Marker Bledsoe's day to remember awes teammates [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He comes back to the huddle with a staple in his neck," Centers said after the Bills' 45-39 triumph in the Metrodome. "A staple! A piece of metal holding a cut together. His lip is bleeding. I think he got hit and it bent his helmet somehow. But he comes back to the huddle, and he's standing in front of 10 guys, bleeding, with a staple in his neck, and he's calling the plays, saying, "Let's go,' and trying to get everybody else going."'

Marker Hollis not happy about miss [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That was hard to accept," Hollis said. "I think I got a little lazy on the kick. I tried to take a little off. I didn't want to hit it real hard, I just wanted to make sure I made it and I ended up hooking it."'

Marker Bills Win In Overtime [9:09 AM] reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price hauled in a 48-yard touchdown from quarterback Drew Bledsoe with 4:48 left in overtime as the Bills rallied for a 45-39 victory over the Minnesota Vikings.

Marker Monday Billboard [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Bledsoe. Now you know why you were so pumped when they signed the guy. He completed 35 of 49 passes for 463 yards, breaking the franchise record.'

Marker Kicking themselves [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"The game was there for the taking," Tice said. "But we made too many mistakes. When you miss one PAT, you don't usually recover. When you miss two PATs, I don't think anyone recovers."'

Marker Moe's gains obscured by loss [7:52 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: 'Williams ran for 102 yards and one touchdown on 17 carries, a 6.0 yards-per-carry average.'

Marker Vikings set to give Brien the boot [7:51 AM]
St. Cloud Times reports: '"I'm not going to quit," Brien said. "I never have in my whole life and I'm not going to start today."'

Marker Vikings trip on kicker's faulty foot [7:50 AM]
Duluth News Tribune reports: 'Still, Brien's ineptitude was just the most glaring Vikings weakness on display Sunday. Besides the five points he cost the team, the Vikings gave up a kickoff return for a touchdown, allowed the Bills to score on a recovered fumble in the end zone (one of four fumbles for suddenly turnover-prone quarterback Daunte Culpepper) and had a touchdown pass to Randy Moss nullified by a holding penalty on running back Michael Bennett.'

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