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Buffalo Bills News - August 31, 2002

Marker Bills' offensive line off to slow start [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'For the half, Buffalo's first unit rushed 10 times for 15 yards.'

Marker Big plays happen both ways on special teams units [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like the offense and defense, the Buffalo Bills special teams units rode a roller coaster in Thursday's 20-13 loss to the Detroit Lions in the final game of the preseason.'

Marker War Room Questions [12:17 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Q: Will the Bills go to the 4-6 defense this year? I thought they were going to run it last year.
A: The Bills wanted to switch to the 4-6 defense but they simply did not have the personnel to do it last year. That, however, changed CB Nate Clements entered the starting lineup. With Clements and Winfield, the Bills have two CBs capable of playing on an island, which is exactly what the aggressive 4-6 defense needs to be effective. How important is it? Two of the biggest reasons the Titans had such a down year in 2001 were injuries in the secondary and the inability of their corners to play on an island.

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August 30, 2002

Marker Bills' running attack stuck in neutral [8:10 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills' leading rusher this preseason is returning starter Travis Henry, who's racked up 80 yards on 27 carries, and accounted for the longest run from scrimmage -- a mere 20 yards. The backups have fared even worse.'

Marker Aug 30 Kelly Krunch Winner [5:42 PM] reports: While the Bills were a great team and were playing at home, the cynic in me would not allow me to believe that the Bills would actually go to the Super Bowl.

Marker Preseason Length Just Right [5:16 PM] reports: Preseason football wouldn't be complete without the annual debate over whether there is too much preseason football. You hear the discussions over the copy machine and the talk-show airwaves.

Marker Bills Fall In Preseason Finale [5:15 PM] reports: For the first time since the 1990 season the Bills finished the preseason 0-4. Could that be a good sign?

Marker Bills-Lions Post-Game Quotebook [5:13 PM] reports: "Too many negative plays - with the penalties and stuff. We need to get that straightened out. We get to go play for real now and I'm fired up about that. We have a very short time to get things straightened out. I have the confidence that we'll get it done."

Marker The Bills are nowhere near being ready [1:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'And suddenly it's hard not to wonder whether Williams, who got the job because of his impressive interview with president/general manager Tom Donahoe, is the coach to lead this team back to the playoffs.'

Marker Positive finish [11:14 AM]
Windsor Star reports: 'Buffalo managed just 52 yards rushing in the game and 262 yards overall.'

Marker Bills offense flounders again in defeat [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills now have 10 days in which to prepare for their season opener against the New York Jets in Ralph Wilson Stadium. It looks like they need it.'

Marker Ford Field costly, but a better deal for Lions [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It has a capacity of 64,355, about 16,000 fewer seats than the Silverdome. But Ford Field has 8,641 club seats and 132 luxury suites.'

Marker Bills fizzle, have much to do [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'Eight more penalties, no running game, turnovers, big plays against the defense and inconsistent special teams marred Buffalo's final tuneup game before the regular season opens a week from Sunday against the New York Jets at home.'

Marker McMahon's exhibition slate ends on right note [5:31 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'A pair of fourth-quarter stands by the defense, and a victory for the Lions, 20-13, against the winless Buffalo Bills before an announced crowd of 56,969 at Ford Field.'

Marker A rare victory doesn't change destiny for a talent-thin team [5:30 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Ignore the scoreboard (a rare victory) and the stats sheet (a ridiculous 12 penalties for 111 yards). A successful final exhibition game is one in which the projected key contributors survive with nothing more troublesome than the customary aches. The worst sight imaginable a week before the start of the season is that of a starter getting carted off the field.'

Marker Field starts to work out bugs [5:29 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'Jeff Allison of Chesterfield Township wasn't pleased with the parking. He found a spot across I-94 near Wayne State and walked. "I'm not paying $30 to park for a football game," he said.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

August 29, 2002

Marker 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.'

Marker 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?'

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