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Buffalo Bills News - November 21, 2002

Marker Win over Bills led to slump [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Several Jets players yesterday acknowledged they came out of the season-opening, 37-31 overtime win over the Bills in Buffalo with an inflated sense of how good they were. "It was an overconfidence," DT Josh Evans said. "We came out of that game thinking we were a pretty good team. Then we came back the next week against New England and got our brains beat in."'

Marker Coles Is Connected [5:17 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Our goal is to be a Jerry Rice and Steve Young type of combination," said Coles, selected in the third round of the 2000 draft, in which Pennington was one of the Jets' four first-round picks. "... We came in together and we wanted to be a duo, and I think we're working very hard toward that."'

Marker Cowart Admits Week 2 Knee Injury Slowed Him [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'When linebacker Sam Cowart was struggling early in the season, some people from his former team, the Bills, speculated that his Achilles injury still wasn't completely healed. Actually, Cowart revealed yesterday that he hyperextended his right knee in Week 2 against New England and was slowed by the injury for several weeks.'

Marker Coles pointing them in right direction [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In Pennington's six starts, Coles has 36 catches for 517 yards and two touchdowns.'

Marker Morton's film flashback is a satisfying one [5:14 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"It was fun watching it again, watching both the return and how good everybody blocked," Morton said yesterday. "It brought back memories. It seemed like it was a long time ago."'

Marker Moulds, Bledsoe connect [5:13 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '[Q:] Does Bledsoe bring a certain swagger to the team? [A:] You could say we're a more confident team. A lot of guys last year, we were just looking to go out there and compete. But this year, we're looking to go out there and win ballgames, looking to go out there and have fun. It's fun to go out there with Drew because he brings that kind of excitement. He's always joking around in the huddle and saying that we're going to go down there and score in four or five plays.'

Marker Chad: Never a doubt [5:12 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Mind-boggling is the best way to describe Chad Pennington's numbers, particularly in his six games as a Jets starter. His completion percentage over that period is 75.3 percent, which would obliterate Ken Anderson's NFL record of 70.55 percent for a full season. His passing rating is an astronomical 107.5, and his touchdown-to-interception ratio is an excellent 10-3.'

Marker Cowart getting back to old self [5:11 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Cowart's and the defense's fortunes turned during the bye week. After that, coordinator Ted Cottrell began calling more of the undershifted front that Cowart excelled in with the Bills. And he is blitzing more (unofficially, seven times the last four games to four in the first six) and making more tackles behind the line.'

Marker Jets notebook [5:10 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Randy Thomas sprained his right ankle in the third quarter against Detroit, an injury that has him listed as questionable for Sunday's rematch with Buffalo.'

Marker Jets want ball more vs. Buffalo [5:09 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'But the Jets feel better prepared defensively to handle the Bills this time around. "We have to improve on what we've been doing," Jets safety Sam Garnes said. "Our tackling has improved, we're moving around a lot faster because we know where we're going and we're confident. We're not worried that somebody is going to make a play against us and it's over. I think that's the way it was at the beginning of the season."'

Marker Bills again due for Jets [5:08 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'The Jets play Buffalo on Sunday just like they did to open the season and now all the expectations are starting to rise again albeit more slowly this time.'

Marker Jets' patience with Pennington pays off [5:07 AM]
USA Today reports: 'More important, Pennington, 26, is delivering on the Joe Namath-like self-assurance he expressed when Edwards benched Vinny Testaverde, 39. "I'm going to be a winner, bottom line," Pennington said.'

Marker Bills place Marcus Jones on IR, as expected [5:06 AM]
ESPN reports: It was a sagacious move by the Bills who get a top-shelf defensive end for next season, if Jones is fully recovered, but who have very minimal financial exposure if he can't make it back to the field. Essentially, Buffalo is paying Jones less than $200,000 this year to get ready for next season.

Marker Morton eager for another kick return or two [5:05 AM]
AP reports: 'One reason Morton hasn't broken another runback is that many teams are kicking away from him. While the third-year running back best known for his work on kick teams takes that as a sign of respect, he would much prefer a head-on challenge or two. Some opponents have bunched up their coverage. Others have chipped the ball short to one of the blockers. Anything to keep it out of the speedy Morton's hands.'

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November 20, 2002

Marker Bills can make or break season [8:56 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have six games remaining, but the next three are likely to determine their playoff fate, regardless of what happens in the final three.'

Marker Bills, Jets feature big-play receivers [8:55 PM]
AP reports: Moulds believes he and Price are close to being as dangerous as any duo in the NFL..."I am not sure that in our first year together having these types of numbers, that guys are going to say they are the best tandem in the league. I think that we have to prove it over and over again, come back next year and be able to do the same things. Then people will start to consider us in that same breath."

Marker DE Jones to miss rest of Bills season [4:10 PM]
AP reports: 'Jones was placed on the Bills' injured reserve list Wednesday, and is expected to have surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee as early as this week.'

Marker Many Positives Wasted [2:10 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'From the Bills perspective, being 5-5 is a huge disappointment after being 5-3 just a couple weeks ago.'

Marker Injury Report [2:09 PM] reports: London Fletcher (knee, probable) is the only player on it.

Marker Bledsoe Leads AFC In Pro Bowl Voting [2:09 PM] reports: Two other Bills lead the conference in Pro Bowl voting at their respective positions. Eric Moulds is the AFCs leader at wide receiver with 295,152 votes and is also #1 among all NFL receivers. Among all AFC punters, Brian Moorman is #1 with 78,668 votes.

Marker Bills Make Roster Moves [2:08 PM] reports: Jones goes on IR, McDonnell gets called up, Clarence Coleman joins the practice squad.

Marker Ask Travis Henry A Question [9:42 AM] reports: Henry now has 874 rushing yards (ranks fifth in the AFC and sixth in the NFL) on 186 attempts in 2002 (4.7) and is 126 shy of his first career 1,000 yard season. He would become the 8th different Bills player with a 1,000-yard season.

Marker The Week of Coy Wire [9:30 AM] reports: Do you ever wonder what it's really like to live the life of an NFL player? Is it truly the life of glamour that we all imagine or a life of grit and grind that is sometimes portrayed? Just how do these elite players spend their time away from the football field? gives you an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at how Bills safety Coy Wire spent his time last week leading up to the Kansas City Chiefs game.

Marker Dash for division could end in dead heat [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You think the Bills will win their six remaining games? You're not dreaming, so long as you understand they might lose all six.'

Marker 'Tough guy' linebacker Favors signed [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's a strong, physical, tough guy," Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe said Tuesday. "That's really what attracted us to him. He knows the defense. It shouldn't take long for him to make the transition."'

Marker Chad-to-Chrebet needs some work [7:55 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets are favored by three points to assemble the first two-game home winning streak of the Herman Edwards era. They are 6-3 overall and 7-2 against the spread in their last nine games against the Bills. And in their last nine games vs. teams for which Drew Bledsoe was the starting QB, they are 8-1 straight up and 7-2 vs. the spread.'

Marker Jets (5-5) Hope Mediocrity Rises to Top [5:22 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In Buffalo, they will face the first team since their winning streak began that has an effective quarterback and an effective running back.'

Marker Tossing the sweep [5:21 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"If you're going to win in November and December," Pennington said, "you have to run the football."'

Marker Herm has Jets fighting back [5:20 AM]
New York Post reports: 'It was Edwards who boldly pushed the button to sit Vinny Testaverde and start Chad Pennington. He made the change decisively, making it clear the move was permanent, not some desperate, grasping-at-straws search for a one-week answer.'

Marker Chad a Case Study In Being Prepared [5:19 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'His ability to step right in and become the AFC's top-rated passer in his first stab at the job hints that there's more than just talent at work. Pennington's success is also about how well Pennington used all those months he never got to play.'

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