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Buffalo Bills News - November 25, 2002

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'Drew Bledsoe had his second straight poor showing against an AFC East opponent, which canít be a good sign. He was intercepted twice and the Jets dropped another. He also lost a fumble after being sacked in the fourth quarter to kill any comeback hope. His worst game as a Bill. D'

Marker Jets strafe Bills [5:20 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Even by the Bills' well established standards for ineptitude, this was a dismal performance.'

Marker Chad's got all the right moves [5:19 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"It wasn't pretty," he said. "It's called the East Tennessee dead-leg." But it fooled Robinson.'

Marker Jets Back in It After a Month of Sundays [5:18 AM]
New York Times reports: 'A defense that holds one of the league's most powerful offenses to 258 yards and bedevils Drew Bledsoe for three turnovers (interceptions by Aaron Beasley and Sam Garnes, and a fumble forced by Mo Lewis and recovered by Josh Evans).'

Marker A Three-Game Slide Has the Bills Reeling [5:17 AM]
New York Times reports: '"Hopefully it's enough to inspire some guys and screw some heads on right," Brown said. "The time is now. Time is of the essence. There is no tomorrow, because tomorrow somebody else is going to be in your spot."'

Marker As the Jets Get Hot, Pennington Must Remain Cool [5:16 AM]
New York Times reports: '"It was a good call and he's a confident kid," Robinson said in the gloomy Bills' locker room.'

Marker Pennington Displays Fancy Footwork [5:15 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Both sprinted for the corner of the end zone. Just when it looked as if Robinson would make the tackle, Pennington slammed on the brakes and Robinson fell. Pennington scored untouched and spiked the ball so hard, he might have left a dent in the ground.'

Marker Now it's easy being green [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets won their fourth game in a row yesterday - a game they absolutely had to win - dismantling the Bills 31-13 at Giants Stadium. And they did it in such a calculated, crisp manner that it truly stamps them as a team that, if it can make it there, has potential to be a terror in the playoffs.'

Marker Defense delivers KO punch [5:13 AM]
New York Post reports: '"They were ready," Rueben Brown said of the Jets. "They were determined. They are on the rise. They are a well-coached team. They know what they are doing."'

Marker No can Drew for Bills [5:12 AM]
New York Post reports: '"It was a tough day for us," Bledsoe said.'

Marker Mates on Pennington's run: Not too Chad [5:11 AM]
New York Post reports: 'What ensued might have been the highlight play of the Jets' season to date - a Pennington naked bootleg run around left end that included a stop-and-go move that wrong-footed Bills' LB Eddie Robinson so badly it left him staggered on the ground.'

Marker Monster of the Meadowlands starting to roar [5:10 AM]
New York Post reports: '"Whatever it takes to get the job done, pretty, ugly, it doesn't matter, we have to get wins," Pennington said.'

Marker Chrebet's true 'self' shining through [5:09 AM]
New York Post reports: '"I know what a team player Wayne is," said Pennington. "He's blocking and doing whatever it takes. He wants the ball and I'm going to get him the ball." Unlikely often enough to satisfy Chrebet, as he has made selfishly obvious.'

Marker Garnes picks up the pace [5:08 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets are now 9-1 against Bledsoe, dating back to his days with New England and including 2-0 this season.'

Marker Chad move has them Buffaloed [5:07 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets gave the Bills a case of heartburn on both sides of the ball.'

Marker Peerless Jet 'D' makes Bills pay Price [5:06 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Moulds and Price combined for only eight catches and 73 yards - 57 yards below their average.'

Marker Coaches weary of Wayne whining [5:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"I got nothing to say, so don't waste your time," was all Chrebet said yesterday, however, after having only one pass thrown in his direction during yesterday's 31-13 win against Buffalo at the Meadowlands.'

Marker Jets' report card [5:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets did a fantastic job of attacking the Bills' weaknesses on defense. Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell did a nice job of disguising coverages, befuddling Bledsoe.'

Marker Chad's Stop & Go Keeps Jets on Move [5:03 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets turned two first-half interceptions into 14 points and got a sensational game from Martin (21 carries, season-high 120 yards, one TD), who ran harder and looked healthier than he has in at least a year. It was Martin's third 100-yard game this season and the first time he's hit the century mark in consecutive games since Games 14 and 15 last season.'

Marker Garnes, Beasley Pick Their Spots [5:02 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Beasley's second interception of the season came when he timed his break perfectly on a slant pass intended for Peerless Price and grabbed a bullet from Bledsoe. "That ball just about knocked me over," said Beasley, who returned the ball five yards to the Jets' 42. "Your eyes get so big when the ball is coming at you like that. I just concentrated on catching the ball."'

Marker Martin Back to His Old Self [5:01 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'If Martin felt any pain yesterday, he inflicted a good deal more of it by looking like the Martin of old for much of the Jets' fourth straight win, darting up the middle on handoffs, skirting the end on pitchouts and dancing around defenders.'

Marker Chrebet had one catch, but it was a whopper [5:00 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'When you need a crucial play, you go to your money player. Even if he has largely been written out of the playbook for much of this season. When it's third down, it's time for Wayne Chrebet.'

Marker Jets, Morton Make Sure Polk Eats His Words [4:59 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"We knew who we were targeting," special-teams coach Mike Westhoff said yesterday after the Jets' 31-13 victory over the Bills. "It wasn't anybody in particular. We weren't crazy about what Polk had to say, so we kind of did get after him a little bit. We didn't need a whole lot of motivation. I'm not a big believer in that, but he certainly provided it."'

Marker Thanks to Spin, Bills Defenders Gather No Moss [4:58 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Linebacker Sam Cowart delivered a message on the first possession of the game, sniffing out a screen pass from Drew Bledsoe to Henry and bringing down Henry with a facemask-to-facemask collision. Henry blacked out momentarily but missed only two plays.'

Marker Bledsoe is left deflated [4:57 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'So Bledsoe dinked and Bledsoe dunked. He completed 21 of his 32 passes, but none of them went for more than 19 yards. Running back Travis Henry was the team's leading receiver with seven catches, all on short dumpoffs.'

Marker Pennington's run highlights 4th straight victory [4:56 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Refusing to sigh with relief after evening their record last week in Detroit, they dominated a solid Bills squad (5-6), one that entered the game with the NFL's second-ranked passing game and sixth-ranked offense.'

Marker Martin provides that old rush [4:55 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'He ran for a season-high 120 yards on 21 carries yesterday -- 5.7 yards an attempt. It was his second consecutive game with more than 100 yards, and, most importantly, the Jets beat the Bills, 31-13, for their fourth victory in a row. It is no small coincidence the Jets' rise in the standings has mirrored Martin's return to health.'

Marker Passing the torch to right QB [4:54 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'This is as close as Testaverde, nothing but class all season, has come to saying he can accept the backup role and is leaning toward working out a deal to stay with the Jets next season. It will mean renegotiating a cut in salary for cap reasons, but Testaverde seems to understand that the Jets have found their quarterback of the present as well as future.'

Marker Defense shuts down Bills [4:53 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Henry, who entered the game ranked sixth in the NFL in rushing with 874 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, was held to 83 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries in the Jets' 31-13 victory at Giants Stadium. Henry broke off a 20-yard run in the third quarter, but the Jets held him in check for most of the game.'

Marker Green Light [4:52 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"Anytime you hold the Bills to 13 points, that's a good day, but even at that we felt we could've done better," Cowart said of that crucial juncture. "We huddled up on the sideline and said, 'Listen, man, do we want to be a great defense? We've got to go out and slam the door.'" Mission accomplished as Bledsoe was sacked by Mo Lewis and Sam Garnes, blitzing out of their "Mohawk" dime front, which features three down linemen. Bledsoe fumbled, with Josh Evans recovering at the Bills' 48. One final three-and-out closed the deal.'

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