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Buffalo Bills News - October 10, 2002

Marker Some familiar faces await the Bills in Houston [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've seen a lot of guys who it takes a while to learn the game," Flowers told the Chronicle. "It took Trent Dilfer a while. Now, he has a Super Bowl ring. It's too early to throw the bust tag on me. I know my abilities, and I know I'm not (a bust). I will be successful in this league, whether it's now or later on."'

Marker Texans promise Bills a rowdy reception [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Aside from Williams, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive backs coach Pat Thomas were Oilers assistants. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive assistant Steve Jackson were Oilers defensive backs.'

Marker Ex-Bills finding a home with Texans [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ex-Bills Jay Foreman, Erik Flowers, Avion Black and Matt Stevens are all members of the Texans. All but Flowers are playing key roles for the NFL’s newest team.'

Marker Rookie Texan QB impresses Bledsoe [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I remember warming up and seeing Bruce Smith coming out of the tunnel. ... I think I peed down my leg,'' Bledsoe recalled with a laugh yesterday.'

Marker From Texas to Buffalo, Bills' Williams is coming into his own [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Mike's paying better attention to detail than he was at first. He's getting better with his steps and getting leverage. He's getting his weight down. He's just not refined right now, but he will be."'

Marker Schau returns with a twist [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Schau practiced at full speed Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right knee the week of the Sept. 8 season opener. Schau worked with the first-team offense at right guard, the position at which Weary has started the first four games. So does that mean it's a given Schau will start at right guard Sunday when the Texans host the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium?'

Marker The Buzz: October 9, 2002 [5:10 AM] reports: 'Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, will be a partner, with different day-to-day duties than a normal owner. The active owner is said to be someone with 15 years of involvement in Busch Series team ownership.'

Marker Jim Kelly to take his drive to NASCAR? [5:09 AM]
AP reports: 'A related press conference is scheduled for Friday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.'

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October 9, 2002

Marker Moulds, Price peerless so far [8:38 PM]
AP reports: '''Put it this way, I have supreme confidence in those two guys right now,'' said Bledsoe as the Bills prepare for Sunday's game at Houston. ''Teams, I think, are starting to focus on trying to shut them down, but they're still making plays.'''

Marker Williams ready to play despite rib injury [8:37 PM]
AP reports: '''You've got to do what you've got to do to try to win,'' said Williams, after getting limited time in the team's afternoon practice session. He added that the injury isn't severe enough to require him to wear any additional padding.'

Marker AFC first-quarter report card [4:38 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are this year's Indianapolis Colts: All offense, no defense. But at least they are more competitive.

Marker Greenwood rightly proud of Kent Hull [4:21 PM]
Greenwood Commonwealth reports: 'Buffalo was a great place for Hull to play - a working class city that appreciated the often unsung heroes along the offensive line.'

Marker Gray area [4:08 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'So it’s pretty obvious the Bills’ defense has regressed, rather than progressed, in its second season under defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.'

Marker Bills - Texans Connections [3:50 PM] reports: "(I have) a lot of great memories there, lot of friends there," said Gregg Williams. "They'll be some memories. We have a lot of guys that have 40, 50, 60 tickets to disperse this week. It's always fun to play in front of family and friends and go back home, but it's only (really) fun when you win."

Marker Sportsticker NFL Preview: Buffalo at Houston [1:07 PM]
Fox Sports reports: "Buffalo may have an explosive offense, but its defense has been abysmal as the Bills are surrendering 36 points per game. The Texans are coming off their bye week. Two weeks ago, Carr passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked seven times in a 35-17 loss at Philadelphia."

Marker Flashback: Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38 (OT) [12:49 PM] reports: January 3, 1993: Down by 32 points with 28 remaining, the Bills staged the greatest comeback in NFL History. Buffalo scored four TDs in under seven minutes in the third quarter, and rallied from a 35-3 deficit to down the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime.

Marker Week 5 Injury Report: Bills at Texans [11:44 AM] reports: Chidi Ahanotu, Dave Moore and Pat Williams listed questionable.

Marker Alumni Update: Frank Lewis [9:43 AM] reports: A quiet leader, Lewis, who played in the 1981 Pro Bowl, retired prior to the ‘84 season. His Buffalo numbers: Six seasons, 269 catches, 4,638 yards and 24 touchdown receptions. For his 13-year career: 397 catches, 6,724 yards and 41 touchdowns.

Marker Improved Moorman gets the hang of power punting [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman has been a force for the Bills, leading the NFL with a 47.8-yard average on 21 punts.'

Marker N.Y. farm Drew No. 11's attention [7:51 AM]
Bosotn Herald reports: 'Word from the locker room is that former New England Patriot football hero Drew Bledsoe has picked up a big antique farm in upstate New York where he and the brood will settle now that No. 11's the Buffalo Bills' No. 1 guy. Of course, Drew is still carrying the mortgage on the manse in Medfield, which is on the market for nearly $9 million but hasn't found a buyer yet. Don't fret, Bledsoe makes the big bucks, he can afford the two payments.'

Marker Texans' offense hopes to thrive [5:20 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"When you've got Drew Bledsoe, and he's putting the ball up 50 times, you know he's going to connect on some of them," Miller said. "As an offense we have to keep pace with them and find a way to put points on the board."'

Marker Williams-led Bills staff rekindles Houston memories [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Williams, 44, spent nine years in Houston, beginning in 1988 when he was a graduate assistant under Jack Pardee at the University of Houston. In 1990, Williams followed Pardee to the Oilers. Over the next seven seasons, he worked in quality control and coached special teams and linebackers before he was promoted to defensive coordinator.'

October 8, 2002

Marker Texans need more ammunition to match Bills' firepower [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The Texans still have the worst offense in the NFL.'

Marker Ask WR Peerless Price [3:08 PM] reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price recorded his second 100-yard game of the season and the seventh of his career in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Price caught 7 balls for 126 yards and a TD to give him 35 receptions for 493 yards and 4 TDs through five games this season.

Marker Bills logging big numbers (defensively) [2:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The only thing that catches your eye more than the fact that Buffalo is scoring over 32 points per game is that it’s surrendering an NFL-worst 36.'

Marker Raiders grade [1:21 PM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Coach Bill Callahan coaxed another inspired effort from his players. He and his staff devised solid game plans that kept the Bills off-balance and produced strong showings from offense, defense and special teams. His players overcame penalties, dropped passes, missing starters, a sold-out crowd and Bledsoe. Grade: A-'

Marker Raiders' offense in high gear [1:18 PM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'Buchanon is having the time of his life. Despite getting burned on coverages in the first half, Buchanon intercepted Drew Bledsoe in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 81 yards for a touchdown. He also batted down two passes.'

Marker Week 5: Raiders 49, Bills 31 [1:16 PM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'OVERALL GRADE: A-
Here's all you need to know: at 18 points down, the Bills thought they played well.'

Marker Bills' TV ratings continue to climb [11:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'According to figures compiled by Nielsen Media Research and WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate, ratings for Bills' games are up 30.5 percent from a year ago.'

Marker Game Notebook vs. Oakland Raiders [11:06 AM] reports: Moulds & Price rank 1-2 in the NFL in receiving yards with 525 and 493, respectively. Moulds is also #1 in the NFL in receptions with 41 and Peerless is #2 in the AFC and tied for third in the NFL with 35 receptions (St. Louis’ Marshall Faulk 38 and Tory Holt 35). Moulds leads the NFL with 15 catches (255 yards) on third down and is also #1 in the league in catches for first downs with 27 (Price is second in the NFL with 25).

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