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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2001

Marker Company connections [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York was named the official healthcare company of the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Redemption for Johnson [6:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Johnson's numbers were solid enough, completing 23 of 30 attempts for 238 yards and one touchdown. But most impressive was the game-winning drive.'

Marker Bills' Henry investigated for sex offense [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'People 21 years of age or older who have sexual relations with someone 17 years or younger can be charged with statutory rape regardless of consent.'

Marker Bills take big step with win [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'It was just one win and nobody was warning the rest of the AFC East to take cover.'

Marker Winning at San Diego would be lift for Johnson [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'No one should expect Johnson and the rest of the young Bills to run off a long winning streak at this stage of the team's development, but they're capable of beating San Diego with a top effort.'

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October 19, 2001

Marker Bills gut out first win in 13-10 victory over Jaguars [11:08 PM]
WGR reports: While Thursday night’s game didn’t have much flash and dash for the Bills, it was a hard fought win filled with efficient play for the offense, and much improved play for the defense that led to the 13-10 win. It did come down to a rather important special teams play for the Bills to win the game.

Marker Bills buoyed by first victory [7:41 PM]
AP reports: 'Although it wasn't altogether pretty, Buffalo found a way to capitalize and not squander its opportunities.'

Marker Police investigate Bills rookie running back Henry [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Henry's agent, Timothy McGee, said his client has fully cooperated with police. "It's an investigation and we know the facts," McGee said. "Quite honestly, it's the magnitude of his status that's causing the commotion. We feel comfortable that nothing will come out of it. There's nothing wrong with being investigated. Unfortunately, it was made public."'

Marker Maybe the Bills aren’t so bad after all [5:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You see this is exactly the kind of game Buffalo would have lost over the first quarter of the campaign.'

Marker Former Bill Henry Jones fined $5,000 for helmet-to-helmet hit [2:44 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Along with Vikings WR Cris Carter, safety Henry Jones were fined $5,000 each by the NFL. Jones had a helmet-to-helmet hit on Lions quarterback Charlie Batch in the second quarter.

Marker At 80, vagabond Lou Saban still finds work [10:48 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: Lou Saban once drove through a Pennsylvania snowstorm to reach the home of recruit Jim Kelly. The storm was so bad Kelly's mother was late for the meeting. So Saban, then football coach at the University of Miami, stuck a towel in his belt and made dinner.

Marker Bills' skid gets the boot [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The defense played great," Williams said. "Rob was outstanding, it was a great team effort by everyone. The victory was nice and a long time coming. Hopefully we can use this and get on a roll."'

Marker D - line turns up the heat on Brunell [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Now that was more like it.'

Marker Clements is latest rookie to get starting nod [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The move meant the Bills had four rookies - Clements, middle linebacker Brandon Spoon, running back Travis Henry and offensive right guard Jonas Jennings - in their starting lineup.'

Marker Rob delivers one of his finest games [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In the end, however, it always comes back to Johnson. His supporters say he gets too much blame for the Bills' losses, and there's some truth to that. But against Jacksonville, he showed how much it can mean to a team when the quarterback is at the top of his game, when he's setting the tone with confidence.'

Marker Friday billboard [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Big Picture: Maybe there's hope for them, after all.'

Marker NFL orders Bills to pay Phillips for final year [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Said Wilson: "I had every intention of keeping Phillips as our coach, and I feel the league is creating a dangerous precedent when it allows a coach or player to collect money on a contract for failing to obey a reasonable order of a superior."'

Marker Sex charges expected for Bills running back [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry faces criminal charges that are expected to be lodged next week in connection with a sex-related incident involving a 15-year-old girl in his home, law enforcement officials said.'

Marker 5th Down: A chance to breathe [8:46 AM] reports: At halftime, the Buffalo Bills’ head coach pulled aside his first-year kicker, Jake Arians, and told him what was going to happen later that night. “Jake,” Williams told the kicker who had missed two field goals in the first half, “you’re going to win this ballgame for us.”

Marker Bills are on the board [5:12 AM]
D and C reports: 'Boy, did Rob Johnson ever need this.'

Marker Johnson finally delivers against Jags [5:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'And most vitally, he looked like a real leader.'

Marker NFL rules in favor of Phillips in contract dispute with Bills [5:10 AM]
D and C reports: '"I was expecting it and I'm glad it's finally done," said Phillips from his home in Austin, Texas.'

Marker Bills report card [5:09 AM]
D and C reports: 'All those seasons coaching for Tennessee against Jacksonville in the AFC Central paid off for Gregg Williams, who earned his first career win. Had a strong game plan to find the openings in Jaguars' secondary and defensively juggled his lineup to create a spark. He and his staff were rewarded for nine tireless months on the job.'

Marker Beat up and down [4:49 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"It's a low point for me personally, professionally and every other way," coach Tom Coughlin said.'

Marker Crowd boos Brunell [4:48 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Mark Brunell's head was ringing again last night. Only this time, it was from the boos.'

Marker Defensive turnaround [4:46 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: '"We did our job tonight," cornerback Ken Irvin said. "The last couple of games, the defense hasn't been doing what they were told to do. We were able to regroup after they scored their only touchdown, whereas sometimes in the past we would crumble."'

Marker Jaguars' play deserved to be blacked out [4:45 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'While the rest of the nation was able to watch the Jaguars and Bills on ESPN, people in Jacksonville got a black screen. As it turned out, this wasn't necessarily a bad thing.'

Marker Who let air out of passing attack? [4:44 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Brunell attempted 26 passes against the Bills and only two -- both on the team's lone touchdown drive -- gained at least 15 yards.'

Marker Jaguars notebook [4:43 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'The Bills came in threatening the NFL record for fewest sacks in a season, but the Jaguars made them look like a collection of Bruce Smiths last night. Buffalo had just five sacks combined in its first four games, all of them losses. The Bills nearly matched their season total in the first half alone against Jacksonville, sacking Mark Brunell twice before intermission. Buffalo didn't stop there, though, adding two more sacks in the second half.'

Marker To Bullet, with love [4:41 AM]
Florida Times Union reports: 'Walk-up ticket sales were down last night compared to the previously blacked-out game at Alltel Stadium when Cleveland came to town. About 700 walk-up tickets were sold, said Jaguars Vice President and Chief Financial Officer Bill Prescott. About 2,000 walk-up tickets were sold before the Browns game, which was played during the afternoon.'

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