Looking ahead: Bills Week 8 [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'At the start of the season, Sunday’s game between the Bills and the Detroit Lions looked like a real dog, a game between two teams that combined to win five games in 2001. Now, as we approach the midway point of the 2002 season, Ralph Wilson Stadium will be sold out, and the game is vitally important for the Bills, and reasonably important to the Lions.'
Mornhinweg sees progress; Lions' next goal is road win [5:17 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'They have not won a road game since Mornhinweg took over last year. The road losing streak has reached 11 games, and they will be underdogs when they play Sunday at Buffalo.'
Moeller ponders what could have been [5:16 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'In the short term, the Lions definitely would have been better off with Moeller as coach. They would have won more games last season. But there would be no Joey Vision. It is doubtful quarterback Joey Harrington would have been available in the late rounds. So now it is up to the Lions to make sure the long-term prospects are brighter.'
Lions finish with flourish [5:15 AM]
Detroit News reports: '"As crazy as it sounds, those overtime games are great for a football team, when you're in the midst of improving," Mornhinweg said. "Those are the tough, tough tight situations. In the close games, and the end of games -- you need to be put in those positions time and time again. "You may fail nine out of 10 times. And the next 10, you may fail six out of 10. Then, all of a sudden, you're succeeding seven or eight or nine times out of 10."'
Bills suddenly believing in themselves [7:55 PM]
AP reports: '''I think people are probably going to start taking notice,'' tight end Jay Riemersma said. ''The Bills have a tradition here of being in the playoff hunt each and every year. And the last few years, we haven't done that. It's good to be back in that thick of things.'''
Turnovers Play A Key Role In Buffalo's Win [5:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Including playoffs, the team that has held the advantage in the takeaway/giveaway ratio between the Bills and the Dolphins has emerged victorious in each of the last eight meetings of this series and 13 of the last 14.
Bills vs. Dolphins Photos [4:44 PM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Jon from the Palm Beach Post thought Bills fans might enjoy a look at the photo gallery from Sunday's game.'
Bills get HOT in Miami [3:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We felt, coming in, that it would come down to whose defense played the better game and won the turnover battle,” Fletcher said. “We picked a great game to finally get some interceptions. To come in with none and end up leaving with four and six turnovers, that’s huge for our defense."'
Lucas takes blame for loss [3:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The real question, of course, is whether the Buffalo Bills’ defense is suddenly that good or Ray Lucas is just that bad. In truth, it’s probably considerably more of the latter than the former.'
Four Overtime Games Ties NFL Record [3:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Four NFL games reached sudden-death overtime, tying the all-time record for most overtime games in a single day on Oct. 8, 1995.
Buffalo pounces on wounded Dolphins [1:42 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: '"The way I played today was probably the worst in NFL history," Lucas said. Those who recall the likes of such illustrious Buffalo passers as Gary Marangi and Vince Ferragamo would take exception to that. But for one day, at least, Lucas was more than bad enough for the Bills.'
No Hollis Means No Kick for Jags [1:40 PM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The leading scorer in Jaguars' history had another big day yesterday. For the Buffalo Bills.'
Game Notebook at Miami Dolphins - Updated [12:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Sunday’s win at Miami upped the Bills 2002 record to 4-3. They are over .500 for the first time since November of 2000 when their win at Kansas City (11/19/00) made them 7-4. That was also the last time the Bills won two straight games. The last time Buffalo played two consecutive games on the road and won them both was December of 1999 when they posted victories in consecutive weeks at Arizona and at New England.
Lucas' South Florida time-share becomes a hall of shame [12:15 PM]
cnnsi.com reports: Peter King's MMQB: "DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE WEEK --Buffalo cornerback Nate Clements. The Bills had four takeaways in their first six games of the year. Clements had three interceptions in the 23-10 Buffalo win Sunday -- one he returned 29 yards for the clinching touchdown -- as well as four solo tackles and four passes broken up. The picks were also the first three interceptions of the Bills' season. What a tour de force of a game, even though, if I give Clements a trophy for this, he's going to have to saw it in half and give half to Ray Lucas. Clements said after the game that Lucas "threw it right" to him on the pick returned for touchdown. There wasn't much sugarcoating the Lucas factor after the game."
One Game For A Team, One Giant Step For The Season [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo's 23-10 victory is more than a win over an old rival. It's a game that, when we look back at the 2002 season, elevated the Bills to a place where it became okay to hope. It's doesn't guarantee a playoff spot, or even a winning final record. But it does put the Bills one step closer.
Bills at Miami (Photos) [11:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Check out some photos of Buffalo's win over Miami.
Bills 23, Dolphins 10 (Video Highlights) [10:31 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Travis Henry rushed for 132 yards and Nate Clements intercepted three passes as the Bills defeated the Dolphins, 23-10, and closed within a game of Miami in the AFC East.
Two Minute Drill… With Coy Wire [10:25 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Rookie safety Coy Wire was the latest player to share some secrets about his teammates during the Two Minute Drill with buffalobills.com. Wire says Ryan Denney drives the fastest and Grant Irons is the most underrated.
High School Coach Of The Week - Week 7 [10:20 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Head coach Erie Jantzi of North Tonawanda High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the seventh weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 18-19).
NFL Plays of the Week (Video Highlights) [10:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Watch the plays of the week for Week 7.
Bills make a leap of faith [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Maybe all you true believers who have predicted since the day of the Drew Bledsoe trade that the Bills could make the playoffs weren't so crazy after all.'
Clements' picking and grinning is sweet music to Bills [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, Chris Watson had perhaps his best game of the year and Jason Bostic held his own in the slot when the Bills went to their nickel (five defensive backs) package. "They did an excellent job stepping up," Clements said.'
With defense awake, Bills can open some eyes [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to say what was more remarkable - going four straight games without a takeaway, or getting six in one game against Miami.'
Decisive victory by Jennings over Taylor [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Score this battle for Jennings, who held Taylor to only three tackles (one solo) and no sacks.'
Monday Billboard [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Who would have thought that after going four weeks without a single takeaway, the Bills would go plus-six at Miami? The answer is, "Nobody."'
Bills bring the heat [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: 'As they steam toward the midway point of the season, the Bills are now 4-3 and in second place in the AFC East, one game behind Miami.'
Battered Fish get no pity from Bills [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '“Hey, this is the NFL, we don’t care how we get the victories,” said an animated Fletcher, his words acting as an umbrella to those trying to rain on Buffalo’s big win. “Nobody’s going to feel sorry for us if we go into a game with injuries. Someone goes out, the next guy’s supposed to get the job done. You’re one play away in this league from being the guy.”'
No disclaimers, this win was big [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'That 3-13 nightmare of a year ago seems so long ago, doesn’t it?'
Buffalo Bills Report Card [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING: Gregg Williams and staff had the Bills ready, taking advantage of a banged-up Dolphins offense to end a four-game losing streak to the Dolphins. B+'
Lucas is a dead Fish [5:47 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Lucas also caused one fumble on a poor handoff to running back Ricky Williams as he single-handedly let the Bills waltz back into the AFC East race. First the fans booed Lucas, then they left. For the final three minutes, the hundreds that remained lustily serenaded the Bills.'
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