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Buffalo Bills News - September 8, 2002

Marker Week 1: Bills-Jets Postgame Quotebook [7:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "It was a wild game with a lot of big plays up and down the field. It was great to see Drew make some big plays and he kept us in the ball game. Defensively they really played with their backs to the wall and overcame a bunch of things during the ball game. We gave up too many big plays and the big play that beat us at the end of the ball game."

Marker Jets 37, Bills 31, OT [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe, acquired to spark the Bills offense in a deal with New England last April, almost capped a dramatic debut. He forced overtime when he threw his first TD pass of the game with 26 seconds remaining -- a 29-yarder to Eric Moulds.'

Marker NY Jets 37, Buffalo 31 (ot) [4:43 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Chad Morton stole the spotlight from Drew Bledsoe.'

Marker Van Miller-Bills Radio Voice Enters 36th Season [10:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Van Miller is in his 36th season as the team's play-by-play radio announcer. The Dunkirk native has broadcast over 700 Bills' games including preseason, regular season and postseason games since 1960.

Marker High Hopes For Moulds In 2002 [10:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Wide receiver Eric Moulds begins his seventh season with the Bills and his first catching passes from Drew Bledsoe. Moulds has 11 catches for 244 yards and one touchdown in the team's last two home games vs. the Jets. He also has 295 receiving yards on 18 catches (16.4 average) in the last four season openers.

Marker Bledsoe gets down to work for Bills today [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How quickly the Bills can get their offensive talent to jell remains a giant question. Will four of their first five drives be derailed by penalties and sacks?'

Marker Extra seasoning [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know people are talking about us going to the Super Bowl or the playoffs, but I just want to get back to winning."'

Marker Bills, Jets bring new faces to settle old scores [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If today's game is anything close to the two matchups last year, fans would be advised to stick around to the end.'

Marker Finding franchise QB a tall order for most [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe began the trek to greatness several times when he was a Patriot. He could complete that journey in Buffalo.'

Marker No friction, no fooling [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'Twenty-six of the 53 men who made the final roster were not with the Bills last year when this once-proud franchise sank to the depths of the NFL with a 3-13 record.'

Marker New Bills paying for old personnel sins [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"Remember the Indy game last year? Six TDs on six straight possessions by Peyton Manning. The Jets averaged 25.3 points per game in the preseason so I'd say Vinny has gotten the hang of the West Coast offense. As the Bills try to stop Martin with eight men in the box, Winfield and Clements are going to see a lot of single coverage today against Coles, Chrebet and Moss."'

Marker Ahanotu provides a royal presence at DE [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Though he turns 32 next month, he doesn't believe he is on the downside of his career. He is confident his ability to stop the run and pressure the passer, plus dole out veteran advice, is just what the Bills' young and inexperienced defensive line needs.'

Marker Q&A with Mike Williams [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] What is your favorite food? [A:] ''Man, I don't have a favorite food. That one has always plagued me. I really don't have one. I eat nutritional food (laughs with his tongue firmly implanted in his cheek).''

Marker New-look Bills face old challenge [5:48 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“But we’re working hard and we have a good game plan. Our package is narrowed down a little bit from what we tried to do throughout the pre-season, where we had everything available from every game.”'

Marker Bledsoe’s ready for some football [5:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I’ve heard these fans ... Buffalo Bills’ fans are crazy,” Bledsoe said. “I’ve said it before, coming in here as an opponent was an extremely difficult proposition because they’re so loud. They stand by their team. I would expect the reception we get when we come out will be crazy. Quite honestly we need them. We need that help and that huge home field advantage that the Bills have had historically. It has to continue, and I expect that it will.”'

Marker Jets-Bills scouting report [5:46 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Final score: Jets 24, Bills 16.'

Marker Cowart's Health Remains in Doubt [5:45 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'But that's the problem. It's hard to remember the last time Cowart was healthy.'

Marker Jets vs. Bills [5:44 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Prediction: Jets 30, Bills 21.'

Marker The new Drew [5:43 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Dubbed ``True Drew'' by a fawning Buffalo media, Bledsoe is already extremely popular with his new teammates. Wide receiver Eric Moulds -- who can compare him to Kelly, Flutie, Frank Reich and Johnson -- said: ``Drew is a harder thrower than Kelly, though I caught Jim in his last year. Drew also takes command in the huddle like Kelly.'''

Marker Jay Riemersma Ready In 2002 [12:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In 10 career games vs. the Jets, Jay has racked up 277 receiving yards on 25 catches, including two TDs. The yardage total is his most against any NFL team.

Marker Submit your football pool picks! [12:00 AM]
TBD reports: In order to give players more time to submit their picks, we have eliminated the Thursday Night games from scoring. That means if you haven't submitted your picks for week one yet - then there is still time!

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September 7, 2002

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [8:55 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If you’ve read or heard anything about the Buffalo Bills in the last six months, it’s probably been about Drew Bledsoe. From the moment the quarterback was traded here from the New England Patriots last April, people have speculated that Bledsoe and wide receiver Eric Moulds could create a new millennium version of the Jim Kelly-Andre Reed connection.

Marker Bills' 'D' will feel the rush all season [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Eleven of Buffalo's 16 games will be against eight of the NFL's 12 leading rushers from last season.'

Marker Receivers' route to freedom has Moulds off and running [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moulds felt restricted in Sheppard's West Coast scheme, which required receivers to run to a certain spot even if the defensive coverage dictated doing something else. As a result, Moulds believed Sheppard's schemes made it easier for defenses to take him and Price out of the passing game.'

Marker Empire revives Bills postgame; Sabres await TV deal [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Immediately after the Bills-New York Jets opener ends on Channel 4 Sunday, Empire plans to simulcast Howard Simon's postgame coverage on the regional cable channel and sister radio station WNSA-FM.'

Marker Road name change would honor Kelly [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A bipartisan group of Erie County legislators called Friday for a portion of Abbott Road in Orchard Park to be renamed "Jim Kelly Boulevard" to honor the former Buffalo Bills quarterback.'

Marker Bills ready to lay it on the line [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'On paper, this line is vastly improved but that improvement hasn't yet transferred onto the field.'

Marker Williams not on hot seat yet [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: 'But is Williams really in danger of a quick hook? Hardly. He is the hand-picked coach of general manager Tom Donahoe, who also plucked the fiery Bill Cowher from the ranks of the obscure to coach the Pittsburgh Steelers back to prominence. The difference is that these two can actually stand being in the same room together. They have mutual admiration. Their personalities mesh. They are a team within the team.'

Marker 29 years of covering the Bills, and counting [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Thus, here's one man's list of the Bills' best home games each season since 1973...'

September 6, 2002

Marker On the record with Eric Moulds [8:52 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Q: Going deep means more Eric more of the time doesn't it? MOULDS: It should. It gives me an opportunity to do what I can do. Last year that wasn't me. That wasn't my strength. We did some things that teams took advantage of by putting a guy underneath and putting a guy over the top, and it was easy to take me out of the game. I never really had a chance to go deep. I think this year's a little bit better because I have an opportunity to get open.'

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