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Buffalo Bills News - November 24, 2002

Marker New York Jets 31, Buffalo 13 [4:23 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Meanwhile, Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe was intercepted twice and fumbled once. Both of his interceptions led to touchdowns.'

Marker AFC East rivals have designs on postseason [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We don't need any extra motivation for this one," quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "This is a pivotal game in our season. All three (division games) will determine for us where we stand. If we go on a three-game win streak right here, then we're firmly in control."'

Marker Henry thinks duels with top backs are just grand [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's a challenge," he said. "I follow the backs throughout the league and each week I'm competing, whether it is Priest or Curtis or Antowain. Week in and week out, I'm just going out and trying to compete and show my talent."'

Marker Second half will require more Bills brainpower [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What the Bills need now is more cerebral help from their head coach, Gregg Williams, than they have gotten so far.'

Marker Cottrell deserves some credit for resurgence of Jets' defense [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, if Cottrell was getting bashed during the bad times, he has to get a lot of the credit for the Jets' defensive turnaround. The man didn't become stupid all of a sudden. His Bills defenses were perennially ranked near the top of the National Football League. But this is as good a job as he's done in his coaching career.'

Marker The Wilson Report [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're obviously way ahead on talent than we were last year," Wilson said this week from his home in Michigan. "I didn't think we'd be 5-5 at this point. . . . I said originally it would take us three years to get back to respectability, so we're ahead of schedule."'

Marker Man on a mission [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Denney has been inactive for eight of the 10 games, played a handful of snaps in the other two. But it will change this week against the New York Jets. He's expected to play a significant amount today for the first time in his career.'

Marker Lessons from Saban pay off for Schottenheimer [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have seen good recoveries by numerous injured players following major surgeries in recent years - Shawn Bryson, Tony Driver, Jerry Ostroski, John Holecek and Sean Moran among the many. Owner Ralph Wilson praises the work of team orthopedist Dr. John Marzo.'

Marker Bledsoe is hot talent as a corporate pitchman [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe has deals with Tops Markets, Pontiac-GMC, Meyers RV, WGR-FM "97 Rock" and WEDG-FM 103.3 "The Edge."'

Marker A real 'must-win' for Bills [6:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'Buffalo faces every team in its division the next three Sundays, starting today against the New York Jets, followed by a home game against Miami and a road tilt at New England.'

Marker Q&A with Chris Watson [6:03 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] If you were head coach of the Bills for one day, what would you do? [A:] ’’Give the guys the day off.’’'

Marker New pilot has Jets soaring [6:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I knew that (Pennington) would eventually have to be the starter," Jets coach Herman Edwards said in a conference call earlier this week. "When the time frame was going to come, I didn't know. "But with the way we were playing, we needed some sort of spark. We are real fortunate he did that. The guys have rallied around him."'

Marker Chrebet Says He Feels Ignored With Play-Calling by Hackett [6:01 AM]
New York Times reports: 'He does not need to see the official figures to know that, barring an unexpected shift in emphasis beginning today against the Buffalo Bills, there will be an unusually barren line in his career biography for 2002. In his previous seven years in the league, Chrebet has never caught fewer than 48 passes and never had fewer than 12 third-down receptions, and those low numbers came in 1999, when he played in just 11 games. But at his current pace, which is about 3 receptions a game (he was inactive for one game early this season), he would finish with only 45 receptions.'

Marker Jet defense set to pay back Bills [6:00 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Indeed, Bledsoe is having an MVP-caliber season, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are the most prolific tandem in the NFL and Henry is the AFC's fifth-leading rusher. Ah, but the Jets do see signs of vulnerability. On film, they see Bledsoe holding the ball too long, waiting for his receivers to break free on their vertical routes. That explains why he has been sacked 36 times, a mouth-watering total for the Jets' pass rushers.'

Marker Martin keeps his cool [5:59 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Edwards says you will notice the difference in the Jets' remaining six games, except for maybe the one next week in Oakland. The others will be played in North Jersey, Chicago and New England — wind-whipped and frosty burgs.'

Marker Jets' scouting report [5:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Could be overtime again. Jets, 27-24.'

Marker Turbulent Jet flight [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We left [Buffalo] thinking no matter what we do we're going to win," Jets' SS Sam Garnes said. "We felt like no matter what, we were going to do something to win. We'd just finished 4-0 in preseason . . . When we stepped on the field we thought we were supposed to win every game." Then, of course, came the skid that still could cost the Jets a playoff berth unless they win at least four of their final six games and probably five of the last six.'

Marker It's a whole new ballgame for Bills [5:56 AM]
New York Post reports: '"From the first day I met him, the first day he got to town, he kind of had that swagger to him," said Moulds, a Pro Bowl player. "He walked up to me the first time I met him and said, ‘Are you ready to do this?' Let's go out and change this thing around and become a contender.' "'

Marker Check out the big brain on Chad [5:55 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Pruett says the Jets future has just gotten so bright, "they need to wear sunglasses." Take his word for it. This quarterback will never be blinded by any glare he creates.'

Marker Jets face up to the press-ure [5:54 AM]
New York Post reports: 'One of the Jets' primary focuses today will be slowing down Bills RB Travis Henry, who in the opener gashed their defense for a 149 yards and three TDs, both career highs. Henry is fifth in the AFC with 874 rushing yards and has nine rushing TDs.'

Marker Earlier Troubles A Speed Bump [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"Everything is new," Hackett said. "Everything is an adventure, and it's all improving. Now, can we continue to improve through the season? I would expect us to. Will we have some down games? Yes, I would expect us to, because we're just figuring this thing out. But the signs are all there."'

Marker Hackett scoring points [5:52 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Early this season, Hackett's detractors were out in full force again as the Jets stumbled to a 1-4 start and then blew an 18-point lead against the Cleveland Browns to fall to 2-5. They laughed at Hackett's reputation as a quarterback guru. Now, with the Jets at 5-5 and back in the playoff hunt, and quarterback Chad Pennington giving fans hope for the future, both in 2002 and beyond, there is little whining about Hackett as the Jets meet the Buffalo Bills (5-5) today at the Meadowlands.'

Marker Jets' receivers good, but Bills' are Peerless [5:51 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets are rightly proud of their little receivers who can. Laveranues Coles is emerging as a legitimate future Pro Bowl contender. Wayne Chrebet is old and reliable. Santana Moss is new and volatile. But the Jets' trio are in danger of being overshadowed today by the Buffalo Bills' goliath wide receivers. Eric Moulds, Peerless Price, and rookie Josh Reed aren't that huge in stature - Moulds is the tallest at 6-foot-2 - but their receiving numbers tower over almost all other two- and three-wideout combinations in the league.'

Marker Jets look to run in cooler weather [5:50 AM]
Asbury Park Press/The Home New Tribune reports: '"You want to have a good running game this part of the year," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "If you can run now it is going to help you, especially when you play outdoors. It's just the way the season kind of goes at the end of the year. A lot of guys are banged up and tackling becomes kind of bad."'

Marker Every game is important for playoffs now [5:49 AM]
Asbury Park Press/The Home News Tribune reports: 'While the Jets have scrambled back to the .500 mark by winning four of their last five games, there's no time to catch their breath. They're still on the outside of the playoffs looking in with six games remaining, and face an incredibly difficult run of games.'

Marker Top-flight WRs spice rematch [5:48 AM]
Middletown Times Herald Record reports: 'But the game pits the NFL's top pass-catching duo in Moulds and Peerless Price (as well as rookie Josh Reed) against the AFC's top-rated passer, Chad Pennington, and his trio of threats – Laveranues Coles, Wayne Chrebet and Santana Moss. That can quickly turn into a game of tit-for-tat, big-catch-for-big-catch.'

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November 23, 2002

Marker Eric Moulds on the Jets [7:33 PM]
Jets Confidential reports: '"They are playing more consistent. They are mixing their coverages up a lot better when playing the pass and they are playing solid football on defense. I think that they are giving the offense a chance to score more points. Their offense is playing well. Overall, they are playing a lot better, and I think that as a team, as a whole, they are a solid football team."'

Marker Raiders, McNabb, Harrison top Week 11 lists [6:53 PM]
ESPN reports: Bills CB Chris Watson made a textbook coverage break-up on Trent Green's 36-yard pass to Eddie Kennison that was ruled pass interference. It put the Chiefs on the Buffalo 19, where they drove it in for the winning score. Some official needs to be held accountable for a brutal call at a critical time.

Buffalo at New York Jets -- Just a feeling that the loser of this game will be watching the playoffs for sure.

Marker Mr. Bill [12:52 PM]
Bergen Record reports: '"He's running strong and powerful," Jets nose tackle Jason Ferguson said. "We've just got to get more than one hat [helmet] on him."'

Marker Szott eager to return to gridiron [9:15 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'And while he's still probably at least a week away from being available to play, he's finally with a team that's within driving distance away from Jersey and his Morristown home, allowing him to help his wife and relatives care for his 7-year-old son, who can't walk or speak because of cerebral palsy.'

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