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Buffalo Bills News - September 29, 2002

Marker Loaded for Bears [9:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thomas is a 230-pound load who runs behind one of the better offensive lines in the NFL.'

Marker Offensive linemen eager for Bills to become a team on the run [9:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown claims there's not a lineman alive, or dead, who wouldn't rather block for the run than the pass. So far, I haven't found anyone to contradict him.'

Marker Hard-wired [9:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The people of Buffalo," Forry said, "are going to fall in love with this kid."'

Marker Big Mike's deal [9:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mike Williams could wind up totaling $43.96 million over six years if he were to hit all incentives, according to players' union sources.'

Marker Bears at Bills - Quick Hits [9:47 AM] reports: The Bills have had three 100-yard receiving games from three different receivers so far in 2002 (Eric Moulds, Peerless Price, and Josh Reed). The most the team has ever had in one season was 11 in 1991, accomplished by four different receivers - Andre Reed (4), James Lofton (4), Thurman Thomas (2), and Don Beebe (1).

Marker Levy has fond memories of '77 Alouettes [9:00 AM]
Montreal Gazette reports: 'Levy has pointed out on other occasions that his five-year stint here opened the doors for an NFL career that eventually saw him lead the Buffalo Bills to an unprecedented four consecutive Super Bowl appearances.'

Marker Turning his life around [6:46 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Traylor, who won two Super Bowl rings with Denver, may well be coming off his best game as a Bear, last Sunday's loss to New Orleans.'

Marker Bears-Bills Q&A [6:45 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Q: What's wrong with Buffalo's defense? A: Quite a bit. The Bills are giving up 35 points a game, including special-teams gaffes. They really haven't been the same since letting defensive tackle Ted Washington get away.'

Marker Receiver has White stuff [6:44 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'What's wrong with Dez White, anyway? It could be he's suffering from an identity crisis. Think about it. Marty Booker is the guy. Marcus Robinson is the guy who used to be the guy. David Terrell is the mouth. Where does that leave White? "He's the guy in between,'' Booker said with a laugh.'

Marker Bears being careful not to let injuries affect special teams [6:43 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The Bears responded positively last season after setbacks, rolling off six victories in a row after losing the opener. After their second and third losses, they won three and four games in a row, respectively. Thomas should take control. If he doesn't, a problem is developing. Bears 24, Bills 20.'

Marker Defense knows it will feel the heat [6:42 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'It means the Bills want to put the Bears' defense in nickel and dime alignments (utilizing five and six defensive backs) as often as possible. Because, when the Bears use six defensive backs, four will be players who started a total of two games combined last season; three didn't see enough action to earn a varsity letter.'

Marker Bledsoe, burned as a Pat, wants to win as a Bill [6:41 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"You go through eight years when the job is yours, and I had been pretty healthy my whole career, and then to have an injury and have my position taken away from me, that was a little bit of a wakeup call,'' Bledsoe said. "What it has done is make me appreciate the situation I'm in and the opportunity I have to play the game."'

Marker A few minutes with... [6:41 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"I'm a big believer in weightlifting. That's all I do in the off-season. Even though I'm not a big guy, I always try to be bigger in the weight room. I lift six days a week (in the off-season). I started sophomore year in high school. I learned that was the best thing to do to stay healthy. This year, it was even more important because (coaches told me) I had to get bigger and stronger."'

Marker Dullsville win would be just fine with Bears [6:39 AM]
Suburban Chicago Newspapers reports: 'A typical Bills game involves wild plays up and down the field — they gave up two kick returns for touchdowns to the Jets in a season-opening loss, have allowed a fumble return for a touchdown and have scored themselves on a fumble recovery as well as a kick return.'

Marker Bears (2-1) at Bills (1-2) [6:39 AM]
Suburban Chicago Newspapers reports: 'Gene Chamberlain's pick: Bears 27, Bills 23.'

Marker Bledsoe's numbers tell the story [6:38 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``I think this team is better than those teams were across the board,'' he said. ``We've got some amazingly talented receivers, we've got some tight ends, we've got outstanding guys in the backfield, and I think our offensive line will be a very good group now that they're starting to work together. I think this team has the potential, that same old word. We have the talent to get it done. Now we have to go out and prove it.'''

Marker Fast start key to happy ending for Bills [6:06 AM]
D and C reports: 'Today against the Chicago Bears (2-1) at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the Bills (1-2) are stressing the importance of a fast start so a fourth consecutive nail-biting finish can be averted. That’s because if the game does come down to fourth-quarter heroics, the scales tip heavily to ‘Da Bears.'

Marker Monster of Midway, Part II [6:05 AM]
D and C reports: 'With Washington out, the Bills feel they have a better chance to slip a blocker into open space to take on Urlacher. And they know they must accomplish this feat or else Urlacher will make life miserable for running back Travis Henry.'

Marker Q&A with Mike Hollis [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: '’’Well, my wife (Debra), she doesn’t take anything from anybody. If anybody in the stands is saying something bad about me, she’ll stand up and let them know she’s my wife.’’'

Marker Oddly, Bills favored against ‘no-name’ Bears [6:03 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'You see the oddsmakers - and ultimately that’s you - favor Buffalo by a field goal.'

Marker Bills, Bears have traveled different paths [6:02 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the 25 regular-season games following that loss to the Bills, Chicago has gone an incredible 13-2 in games decided by seven points of fewer. Buffalo, on the other hand, over the past 24 starts, is 4-9 in such games.'

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September 28, 2002

Marker Hamilton Tiger-Cats sign running back [7:58 PM]
Hamilton TigerCats reports: The Tiger-Cats have announced the signing of CURTIS ALEXANDER, a 6-1, 205 pound RB, has been added to the Tiger-Cats practice roster. Alexander who played his college football at Alabama. Alexander, who goes by the nickname "Cool Curt", was a late (injury) cut by the Buffalo Bills just prior to the start of the 2002 NFL season.

Marker Kickoff: Five early surprises in 2002 [7:52 PM] reports: 4) Bledsoe -and- Brady succeed: Arguments about which QB is better will rage on throughout the season -- but who cares? Both are playing stellar football.

Marker Opposing Defenses Have Paid The Price [1:06 PM] reports: After three weeks, wide receiver Peerless Price leads the NFL with 352 receiving yards and his 25 receptions are tied for second most in the NFL behind New England's Troy Brown (31). Surprising numbers?

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [11:21 AM] reports: The Bears, who have had some special teams troubles of their own, will be eyeing kickoff and punt returns as a chance to break the game loose. The Bills, of course, gave up two kickoff returns for touchdowns in the opener three weeks ago and rate 31st in the NFL on kick coverage (30.5 average on 18 returns).

Marker Shining Knight set to return as a Bear [9:30 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Knight, a lifelong Bills fan growing up in Buffalo, has attended games at The Ralph many times. But on Sunday, he'll walk through the tunnel as a rookie linebacker for the Bears.'

Marker NFL package might be just the ticket for digital cable [9:29 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' home season so far has been an advertisement for the NFL Sunday Ticket.'

Marker Around the dial [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bledsoe show continues on Monday when he is the subject of an "NFL Presents" show that runs at 2:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. on ESPN and at 7 p.m. on ESPN2.'

Marker Different role for special player [7:02 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"Bledsoe has got certain skills and talents the other guys don't," Bears defensive coordinator Greg Blache said. "The guy's a big-time quarterback. He's been in the league for 10 years. He's got a big passing arm. He's not as mobile as the other guys, but he's got so much more moxie and pocket presence as far as sliding around and moving and being able to sit in the pocket and make the throws. The guy's a quality quarterback with something to prove. He's got a chip on his shoulder and he's playing that way-he's playing great. I was in the division with him for a long time and I've never seen him play as well as he's playing now."'

Marker Bears' Chandler ready for anything [7:01 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Despite his reputation for being injury-prone, last Sunday marked the first time since 1993, when he backed up Steve Beuerlein in Arizona, that Chandler has sat out three consecutive games.'

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