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Buffalo Bills News - September 22, 2002

Marker Griese, Bledsoe take different approaches [6:03 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'Brian Griese was booed during his home opener. The Denver Broncos were leading at the time and eventually beat defending NFC champion St. Louis. Drew Bledsoe was cheered during and after his Buffalo debut, even though the Bills blew it in overtime to the rival New York Jets.'

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September 21, 2002

Marker Bills at Denver Preview [7:22 PM] reports: The Broncos have the NFL's No. 1 run defense, allowing an average of just 51.5 yards after two games. Making matters worse, the Broncos accomplished this against the 49ers and Rams, two teams that ranked second and fifth, respectively, in the NFL last season in yards rushing per game.

Marker Bills - Broncos Series History [12:18 PM] reports: In all, the Bills & Broncos have met 30 times dating back to 1960. The Bills hold a 17-12-1 lead in the series but Denver has taken the last three meetings including a 23-20 overtime road win in 1997, the last time the two teams met. The Bills have not won in Denver since 1967.

Marker New moves put Schobel's game in fast lane [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You can't beat people with just speed in this league. I figured if Jonas can (stop me), so can other guys. I had to come up with something else. I knew my stuff wasn't working anymore."'

Marker Success brings Bledsoe strong blitz of interview requests [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Chris Mortensen said that Drew told him that he never understood what (former Patriot coach Bill) Parcells meant when he wanted him to be a leader," said Garber. "And now he understands. He had a staple put on (the side of his face) without anesthesia. That's leadership. He has evolved and is the leader of the team."'

Marker He's raising his Price [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'The former University of Tennessee standout is a free agent after this season and should the Bills fail or elect not to re-sign him by next March, other teams will be calling Price, not just friends and marketers.'

Marker Bills will be tough to beat [5:57 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: '"This is a good football team," wide receiver Rod Smith said. "They have more firepower than anybody in the NFL, and if we have to get into a shootout with them, are we ready to do that? Offensively, we have to step up our game."'

Marker O'Neal ready to break out vs. Bills [5:55 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: '"Buffalo is very talented on special teams. They've made some big plays, and they've given up some big plays. Last week they did a good job of putting it all together," Lynn said.'

September 20, 2002

Marker Williams resumes practicing with Bills [8:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Right tackle Mike Williams resumed practicing with the Buffalo Bills Friday, a day after slightly hyperextending his left knee.'

Marker Bledsoe has been better than advertised [4:36 PM]
ESPN reports: '"The atmosphere," said wide receiver Peerless Price on Thursday, "is very different from the previous years. In previous years, we really didn't know if we were going or coming. Now, we have a sense of direction, a purpose."'

Marker Updated Injury Report: Bills at Broncos [4:09 PM] reports: Mike Williams and Nate Clements added as probable.

Marker Williams was right to go for two [1:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Still, I disagree and think Williams made the right call. And here’s why...'.

Marker Drew Bledsoe Answers Fan Emails [10:01 AM] reports: visitors selected Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Minnesota Vikings. After practice on Thursday, the former first round draft pick answered some emails from fans.

Marker Teague takes center stage against ex-mates [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It will be nice to go back to Denver, but I'll be there to do a job," he said. "I'm a Buffalo Bill now, and my focus is on doing what I can to help our team win."'

Marker Henry hopes to bounce back against top run 'D' [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Broncos have the NFL's No. 1 run defense, allowing an average of just 51.5 yards in wins over San Francisco and St. Louis. Take away a 31-yard run by the 49ers' Reggie Barlow and a 15-yard run by the Rams' Marshall Faulk, and Denver has yielded only 57 yards on 31 carries - a 1.8-yard average.'

Marker Drew Bledsoe is eligible for ESPN's Peak Performer award [8:52 AM]
ESPN reports: Vote for Drew!

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Marker Bills' rookie Williams hurts knee [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Williams has played well, starting the first two games against the New York Jets and Minnesota. Five-year veteran Marcus Price is listed as his backup.'

Marker Bills attempting to play at higher level [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Playing in Denver's thin air is a problem all visiting teams face when they play the Broncos and -- outside of traveling to Denver early in the week to practice there -- there's no way to prepare for it.'

Marker How the Broncos and Bills match up [5:20 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'Broncos 38, Bills 20 - There could be plenty of offensive fireworks, but the Bills defense probably can't match Denver's.'

Marker Bills WR Reed honored as Rookie of the Week [5:19 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills wide receiver Josh Reed was selected as the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for his performance in last Sunday's overtime win over the Vikings.'

September 19, 2002

Marker voters select Bills WR Josh Reed as Rookie of the Week [9:42 PM] reports: Voters on have made their choice. Wide receiver Josh Reed of the Buffalo Bills is the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the Week for games played on Week 2 (Sept. 15-16).

Marker Hollis getting his kicks in Buffalo [9:21 PM]
AP reports: '"I really admire the fact that Danny Smith had said, 'We're playing the varsity squad this year because we've got a varsity kicker now. We're going to try some long attempts,"' Hollis said. "Obviously, that shows a lot of trust in me from Danny."'

Marker Williams hyperextends knee in Bills practice [9:20 PM]
AP reports: 'Right tackle Mike Williams slightly hyperextended his left knee during Buffalo Bills practice Thursday, but is expected to play at Denver this weekend.'

Marker Bills Made Right Call On Bledsoe [4:27 PM] reports: 'Here was a quarterback of his caliber, with a chip on his shoulder and something to prove, available for the price of a first-round pick. I was blown away.'

Marker Winona's got trial date in the bag [2:13 PM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Charles Schumer has thrown down the chicken wing in defense of Buffalo. Our senior senator took umbrage Monday when he heard Jay Leno joke that the best way to punish the five men arrested last week on terrorism charges is to let them die of boredom there. Jumping to the snowy city's defense, Schumer has invited the Boston chin to the Nov. 3 Bills-Patriots game. The challenge: If the Bills win, Leno tapes a show in Buffalo. If they lose, he and his band get a bucket of Buffalo's fabled chicken wings. Alas, the comic is scheduled to perform in Minneapolis that day. But Leno assures us, "I've been to Buffalo many times and I actually like it, especially during the two summer days when it is actually warm."'

Marker Buffalo Bills name Olean’s Kane ‘Coach of the Week’ [1:23 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The OHS football prgram will receive a check for $1,000 from NFL Charities and the Bills’ Youth Foundation. Coach Kane will receive a certificate signed by President/GM Tom Donahoe and head coach Gregg Williams and he will be a guest of the Bills on Sunday, Dec. 15 for the game against San Diego, where he will participate in pre-game ceremonies on he field with all 11 weekly winners. A “Coach of the Year” will be announced on that date as well.'

Marker Jim Kelly brings Hope campaign to Bartlett Country Club [1:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Every penny counts,” Kelly said. “I don’t care what it is. It’s good that people are here are willing to lend a hand and support us.” It’s all part of Kelly’s crusade. All in the name of Hunter.'

Marker Josh Reed Selected As Pepsi NFL Rookie of Week [10:09 AM] reports: Reed finished with 41.4% of the 32,847 total votes and received more than twice as many votes as the nearest competitor. The other four finalists and their final vote percentages were Carolina DE Julius Peppers (18.2%), San Diego LB Ben Leber (also 18.2%), New Orleans WR Donte Stallworth (13.0%) and NY Giants TE Jeremy Shockey (8.7%).

Marker Bills' defense prepares to hold its ground [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Broncos rushed for 201 yards against a good San Francisco defense in a 24-14 road win last Sunday. The Bills allowed 213 rushing yards in their overtime win at Minnesota.'

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