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Buffalo Bills News - November 23, 2002

Marker Raiders, McNabb, Harrison top Week 11 lists [6:53 PM]
ESPN reports: Bills CB Chris Watson made a textbook coverage break-up on Trent Green's 36-yard pass to Eddie Kennison that was ruled pass interference. It put the Chiefs on the Buffalo 19, where they drove it in for the winning score. Some official needs to be held accountable for a brutal call at a critical time.

Buffalo at New York Jets -- Just a feeling that the loser of this game will be watching the playoffs for sure.

Marker Mr. Bill [12:52 PM]
Bergen Record reports: '"He's running strong and powerful," Jets nose tackle Jason Ferguson said. "We've just got to get more than one hat [helmet] on him."'

Marker Szott eager to return to gridiron [9:15 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'And while he's still probably at least a week away from being available to play, he's finally with a team that's within driving distance away from Jersey and his Morristown home, allowing him to help his wife and relatives care for his 7-year-old son, who can't walk or speak because of cerebral palsy.'

Marker Jets have enjoyed season largely free of major injuries [9:14 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'There have been a few other nicks here and there, but defensive back Jamie Henderson is the only guy on injured reserve. The Giants, on the other hand, have nine guys on IR.'

Marker Turnaround has inflated Jets' egos [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"When you win you feel better about everything," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "The meal tastes a little bit better. Your wife all of a sudden becomes better looking. You pet the dog rather than trying to kick the dog. All those things come with winning, and these guys haven't tasted that in a while."'

Marker NFL's appeal: No pain, no game [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: '“Everybody who plays the game plays with a little sense of denial, and you have to play that way,” quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. “You don’t think about the possibility of getting hurt, but when something like that does happen, everyone gets a feeling that this is a fraternity. We compete against each other but we ultimately care about each other, also.”'

Marker Williams could benefit from more Sunday school classes [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'But Williams has not been a brilliant or innovative game-day coach and he too often attempts to deflect criticism of dubious strategic moves.'

Marker It's Not How Jets Started, It's How They Will Finish [5:31 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In the last five seasons, the Jets have produced a 19-11 record over the final six games.'

Marker Cowart makes his move [5:30 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The coaches felt Cowart would be better over the tackle instead of the tight end. It has given him more familiarity during games and it is not a secret he is playing better now.'

Marker Luck, hard work keep Gang Green healthy [5:29 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I think it is a little bit of both," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "I think it is a little bit of conditioning and a little bit of luck, too. I just think you have to be very careful, especially now at the end of the year, of how you run practice, making sure you are getting enough rest."'

Marker Baker's block party begins [5:28 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Chris Baker never thought about playing football in New York.'

Marker Jets Must Get to Bledsoe [5:27 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"He knows he'll get hit, but that doesn't bother him," Jets defensive tackle Josh Evans said admiringly Friday. "He'll sit back and take it. He just wants to get the ball in the receiver's hands."'

Marker Bills have dangerous duo [5:26 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"He hangs in there (the pocket)," Jets coach Herman Edwards said of Bledsoe. "He gives them another step or so to make a play. He's able to do that. He's got a strong arm. He makes the throws that other quarterbacks can't make, so that helps, too. But the receivers are gifted. They're good players.";

Marker Bills the Subject of TNT's Second String [4:31 AM]
TNT reports: 'Gil Bellows, Jon Voight, Richard T. Jones and Teri Polo star in the upcoming Turner Network Television (TNT) Original film SECOND STRING, a comedy-drama about a group of benchwarmers who go all the way to the Super Bowl.'

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November 22, 2002

Marker Bills' return policy: Jets don't get any [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm looking forward to smacking them in the mouth a couple times on special teams and let them know that was a fluke and it's not going to happen again," said linebacker DaShon Polk. "I'm picturing that kickoff on Sunday. I hope we get to kickoff to start the game so we can go put some wood to him and let him know, "Hey man, don't think it's going to happen again.' "'

Marker Newly signed Favors might play Sunday [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Favors, who began his career in Kansas City, started 27 of 32 games the last two years in Tennessee. He joined Indianapolis as an unrestricted free agent this year but was inactive for every game before getting released. He is expected to back up Keith Newman on the strong side, opposite the tight end.'

Marker Bills' Polk plans to return hurt on Jets [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills and Jets collide again Sunday in a critical AFC East showdown at Giants Stadium, and while Polk stopped short of making any Bengal-like guarantees, he was steadfast in his belief that Morton won’t be prancing through the kickoff coverage unit this time.'

Marker For Szott, Returning Requires Transition [5:22 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The remarkably fast comeback of Jets guard Dave Szott from a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee will give the Jets' offensive line a boost in the final month of the season.'

Marker Gunfight at the Meadowlands [5:21 AM]
New York Post reports: '"The Buffalo Bills are going to feel like, 'You know what, Drew? Let's saddle it up, we're on your shoulders, take us to a win,' " Malone said. "They'll come out and throw it every single down, so I think the Jets will have their hands full."'

Marker Pennington gives Jets bright future [5:20 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Thanks to the emergence of quarterback Chad Pennington, the Jets no longer have the desperate look of a team that must win now or be rebuilt with a new quarterback, a new coach and a new system. Instead, the Jets are a team with a future and will benefit from the experiences of this season regardless of whether they make the playoffs or not.'

Marker It's a Chad, Chad world [5:19 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Sunday at Giants Stadium, where the Jets and Bills will play each other again, you can be sure that the Bills' special teams are on serious alert with regard to the Jets' kick-return game.'

Marker Beasley earns praise [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'WR Laveranues Coles sat out practice yesterday with a sore back but is expected to play Sunday. RT Randy Thomas, who was upgraded from questionable to probable with a sprained right ankle, returned to practice.'

Marker Earning return engagement [5:17 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Since Morton's explosion, teams have been more hesitant to kick deep to the Jets, and that may again be the case Sunday.'

Marker Parity manages to skip Jets' schedule [5:16 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets, meanwhile, must play Buffalo, at Oakland (Jumbo, take note), Denver, at Chicago, at New England and Green Bay. It will be hard for them to avoid three more losses and an 8-8 finish.'

Marker Chad cool amid wireless frenzy [5:15 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It's no secret the Jets suffered periodic communication breakdowns last season on offense, resulting in forced timeouts, delay-of-game penalties and sloppy game management. This year, the operation has been much smoother, evidenced by what didn't happen Sunday in Detroit.'

Marker Healthy Cowart: This is Sam I am [5:14 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"He is looking like the Sam Cowart of old, so you have to really account for him and find out where he is on the field because he makes so many plays," Buffalo's Eric Moulds said. "He is one of those guys that receivers try to stay away from, one of those big-hitting guys. We have so much respect for Sam on this team that it was hard to see him go."'

Marker Return Engagement [5:13 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Ferguson said the Bills' kickoff-coverage unit must be "pretty much on alert. Just like we know what happened last time, they know what happened."'

Marker Hackett: It's Too Soon to Evaluate Pennington [5:12 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We didn't know that there would be a quarterback change, but hey, there's been a quarterback change," Hackett said yesterday. "After he's played 50 [games], then we can sit and say, 'OK, what do you think about this quarterback? Now let's evaluate him.'"'

Marker Jets defense cuts to chase [5:11 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Henry, a powerful and quick 5-9, 220-pounder, repeatedly burned the Jets on a misdirection play in which he would get the ball, take a step or two one way and then go back the other way, following the fullback. Henry also victimized the Jets with cutback moves once he reached the hole.'

Marker Campbell has emerged on special teams [5:10 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Bledsoe has been sacked 36 times, second-most in the NFL, and it's often his own fault. "Sometimes Drew, and he has already admitted it, he'll hold the ball a little bit too long looking for the play down the field," Bills coach Gregg Williams said.'

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