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Buffalo Bills News - October 20, 2002

Marker Bledsoe, Bills surprise Dolphins [9:21 PM] wire reports reports: The Buffalo Bills had the better quarterback, which was no surprise. They also had the better defense, which was a shock.

Marker An ugly afternoon [6:27 PM]
Dolphin Digest reports: 'Making his first start in place of injured starting Jay Fiedler, Lucas turned in one of the most disastrous performances ever by a Dolphins quarterback.'

Marker Bills 23, Dolphins 10 [4:35 PM]
AP reports: 'It's official: The Buffalo Bills are better than a year ago.'

Marker Buffalo 23, Miami 10 [4:34 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The Bills (4-3) came in having allowed a startling 34 points per game and were missing injured cornerback Antoine Winfield from the NFL's only secondary without an interception this season. However, Lucas was unable to develop any rhythm following an early touchdown drive.'

Marker Game Notebook at Miami Dolphins [4:23 PM] reports: Nate Clements: Recorded the Bills first INT of the season and the fourth of his career (first vs. Miami) when he picked off Ray Lucas at the Buffalo 14; the theft not only killed a Miami drive in the red zone but set up another as the Bills scored two plays later on a 70-yard Bledsoe-to-Moulds TD pass…then recorded his second INT of the first half later in the second quarter and returned it 29 yards for a TD that put the Bills up 17-10…

Marker Pregame Notebook at Miami Dolphins [3:54 PM] reports: The home team has won 8 of the past 11 in the series… the team that has won the turnover battle has won 10 of the past 11… Drew Bledsoe has passed for 4,208 yards vs. the Dolphins, his most vs. any opponent… Travis Henry has rushed for 97 yards on 19 carries (5.1 avg) with 1 TD in only career meeting with Dolphins.

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:05 PM] reports: The Buffalo Bills are 3-3; the Miami Dolphins, 5-1. Do the math: A Buffalo win would put the Bills within one game of the Dolphins, who stand atop the AFC East. Right now, a playoff berth for the Bills stands as a possibility—no more, no less. A win over Miami, however, could push the Bills far deeper into the hunt.

Marker Bills' gamble paying off [10:17 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'But while most organizations found reasons they could not chase after Bledsoe, the Bills found one reason why they had to pursue him: winning.'

Marker Bills look to send message against elite team [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Losses to the Denver Broncos and Oakland Raiders suggested that the Bills are a good team not quite ready for prime time.'

Marker Jason's usually a Miami nightmare for Bills [9:36 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Taylor has six sacks in his last four games against the Bills, all Miami wins. He has eight sacks in his last eight games against Buffalo.'

Marker After 29 years, Dolphins still have 120 reasons to dislike Bills [9:35 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They've carried one against O.J. Simpson and the Bills for 29 years. They spit on his 2,003-yard season. Hyde says they still consider it "phonier than Sam Donaldson's hair."'

Marker Molded in his own image [9:34 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds is not only Price's best friend on the team, he's a big brother and mentor.'

Marker Bills' Super Bowl victory is reel satisfying [9:33 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It had its world premiere in UB's Center for the Arts on Friday before an enthusiastic audience and is scheduled to air nationally Dec. 15 on TNT.'

Marker Are Bills pretenders or contenders? [6:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'The game actually means something. Last season, both games were played only for pride and Buffalo’s took a beating.'

Marker Q&A with Pierson Prioleau [6:44 AM]
D and C reports: '“I would change all of the rules in the game that allow the offense to take advantage of the defense. Pass interference, roughing the quarterback, any rule that allows the offense to get any edge on the defense, I would take it out of the game and see how the game is played.”'

Marker Tackling Ricky one tough assignment [6:43 AM]
D and C reports: '“You take a chance,” said Wannstedt, whose 5-1 Dolphins host the Buffalo Bills at Pro Player Stadium at 1 today. “The Bills did the same thing with Drew Bledsoe, and it’s worked out great for them.”'

Marker AFC Pro Bowl offense likely filled with Bills [6:42 AM]
D and C reports: 'Through six games, the top candidates are (in order of preference) quarterback Drew Bledsoe, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, offensive left guard Ruben Brown and running back Travis Henry.'

Marker Bills-Dolphins may come down to who’s not playing [6:41 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We want to get into the middle of this race,” he said. “Right now, we’re just kind of hanging out. We’re not in it and we’re not out of it. To really get into the middle of this thing, we’ve got to beat a good team. The Dolphins are probably playing as well as anyone right now. This is an important week for us ... to go down and try to establish that we belong in the top part of the race and not just in the middle somewhere. It’s a very big week for us."'

Marker Buffalo-Miami rivalry is still a hot topic [6:40 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'How does a dying Rust Belt city end up squaring off with a community known for sun, fun and retirement?'

Marker New stars add a twist to feud [6:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"You take a chance with any trade you make, the Bills did the same thing with Drew Bledsoe as we did (with Williams)," Dolphins coach Dave Wannstedt said. "Any time you feel the upside is a lot bigger if it hits, you've got to take a chance."'

Marker Carter a Dolphin? [6:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'He agreed to join the team following a Friday night meeting with coach Dave Wannstedt and senior VP Rick Spielman as the Dolphins wasted little time replacing Oronde Gadsden, who tentatively scheduled Tuesday surgery on his left wrist.'

Marker Bills receivers catch right QB [6:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''Not taking anything away from the previous quarterbacks they had, but they have somebody to get them the football now, and now they can show their talent,'' Dolphins cornerback Sam Madison said. 'If you look at Peerless' first couple of years, he wasn't getting as many balls. The quarterbacks probably didn't have confidence in him or whatever. Now, Bledsoe is a quarterback who spreads the ball around. He doesn't look just for one receiver. He looks to spread it around.'''

Marker Injuries just a painful reminder of what Dolphins need to win [6:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'NFL greatness isn't measured by how much talent you can put in the huddle on the season's first Sunday. It is measured by how much talent you can keep in that huddle once those collisions begin. And it is measured not by how much pure talent you have on your roster at any point in the ravenous season but by how willing and able that pure talent is to play through pain without being diluted.'

Marker All for one, one for all [6:36 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'There's no one recognized rock on which all the Dolphins lean -- that's simply not how this team works.'

Marker Ready or not, it's Rosenfels at QB [6:35 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Suddenly, Sage Rosenfels is just a shot away.'

Marker Dolphins must stop Bledsoe [6:32 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"He wants to show New England that they let the wrong quarterback go," Madison said, "and so far, he's making a pretty good case."'

Marker Source: Dolphins to sign Carter Monday [6:32 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Carter, who spent the past 12 seasons in Minnesota, had visited with the Dolphins during the free-agent signing period last spring but the two parties never came close to reaching agreement on financial compensation.'

Marker Carter a good catch [6:31 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Carter would make the Dolphins better, and on a 5-1 team staring at a Super Bowl run that's all that matters. Period. Next paragraph.'

Marker ACL injuries up close [6:30 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"It makes you realize you're really playing this game for a short amount of time and that you can be knocked out at any time," said Spriggs, who had no previous knee problems. "It's unbelievably hard work just to get your knee a little stronger."'

Marker Lucas? Ricky, defense on spot [6:29 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'The Bills (3-3) know what the Dolphins want to do. Williams is the third-leading rusher in the NFL with 614 yards, and Miami is averaging 30 points per game.'

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