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Buffalo Bills News - September 18, 2002

Marker Williams makes his point about conversion [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A two-point conversion, we felt we could get up six points," Williams said Tuesday. "Knowing if we didn't get it, we would still be a field goal (from tying). Obviously, it's a double-edge sword. We were trying to make it a six-point game."'

Marker Teague has found new home at center [5:24 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'Buffalo offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek singled out Teague for handling Minnesota's four- and-five-man rushes. "Trey Teague did an outstanding job with communication," Vinklarek said. "You have to realize, he's a first-time center playing just his second game at the position."'

Marker Nothing special about Bills' special teams [5:23 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'But the Bills' special teams have disintegrated into some of the worst. "That's why I'm shocked," Bush said. "Because I know how much (Williams) pays attention to detail, and he won't let anything slip past him. When they let up the first kick return for a touchdown against the Jets, I could see them saying, "OK, so I made a mistake.' But two blows me away. I learned a lot of the stuff I know from Gregg. So I wouldn't be surprised if he's not in that room getting after them again this week."'

Marker Bledsoe and Hollis honored [5:22 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week and Bills kicker Mike Hollis has earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for their roles in Sunday's 45-39 overtime win at Minnesota.'

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September 17, 2002

Marker Sportsticker Nfl Preview (Buffalo-Denver) [9:39 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'For the third straight week, the Broncos face one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks on Sunday when they go up against Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills. In wins over St. Louis and San Francisco - two of the NFL's top offenses - the Broncos' defense has more than been up to the challenge, allowing just one passing touchdown and 30 points.'

Marker Power Poll Rankings [9:20 PM]
Multiple reports: Power Poll Ratings from major sources.

  • ESPN (20 was 19) - This team sure is a lot of fun to watch. Although we're guessing Gregg Williams would take a "boring" win.
  • CNNSI (13 was 18) - Here's the inside word on Mike Hollis' 54-yard field goal that doinked over the crossbar to send the Vikings game into OT. NFL Films told him they'd pay him big bucks if he could get the ball to do that for one of their highlight shows. He practiced all off-season, until he got it down. He's also working on kicks that will scrape either upright and drop in, but that's for later in the year.
  • CBS (17 was 22) - As long as Drew Bledsoe can win it like he did against the Vikings, they will be in a lot of games.
  • Sporting News (20)
  • Marker Reed emerges as another Bills target [6:04 PM]
    ESPN reports: Josh Reed apparently has no problem playing the same position as a perennial Pro Bowler and emerging league star. Instead of being lost in the shadows of Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, Reed pulled in eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown as the Bills defeated the Vikings 45-39 in overtime on Sunday. Reed, a second-round draft pick from LSU, is the first rookie this season to have 100 receiving yards in a game.

    Marker PFW Players of the Week [5:25 PM]
    Pro Football Weekly reports: Bills players got two of three weekly citations by PFW.
    [WR Peerless Price] Beating out Rich Gannon and teammate Drew Bledsoe was no easy task in Week Two, but Price’s 13 catches for 185 yards and two TDs, including a game-winning 48-yard clincher in overtime, put him on top. [PK Mike Hollis] Hollis connected on 4-of-5 FG attempts (52, 20, 20, 54) in a thrilling win over the Vikings, including a 54-yarder that bounced on and over the crossbar to send the game into overtime.

    Marker Buffalo Jills Calendar is on sale [1:44 PM]
    WGR reports: $15 per calendar + $2.50 per calendar for shipping

    Marker TMQB Gives Moulds Team Spirit Award [1:41 PM]
    ESPN reports: Best team spirit: In the Buffalo-Minnesota game, the Vikings were doubling on Bills star receiver Eric Moulds. According to the Buffalo News, Moulds went to Bills coaches, declared "Forget about me" and offered to run decoy routes for fellow WRs Peerless Price and Josh Reed, who responded with 21 receptions for 295 yards and three touchdowns.

    At one point in the fourth quarter, Bledsoe's lip was cut; he went the sideline and had the cut stapled together without anesthesia, immediately returning to the game. Remember, this is a gentleman whom most of the league's general managers did not want when he was placed on the trading block last winter, questioning his arm strength and spirit

    Marker Bledsoe Bails Out Coaches [1:29 PM]
    WIVB-TV reports: 'No one gives Williams a better chance to stick than Bledsoe. On Sunday Bledsoe helped Williams avoid some serious coaching questions.'

    Marker Sit back and watch [1:28 PM]
    WGRZ-TV reports: 'As I see it, Bills fans can simply enjoy the ups and downs this season will bring, without being shocked at some unexpected losses or unexpected wins. They will amaze you in both positive and negative ways, but they will continue to improve. That includes Williams and his coaching staff, which deserves more credit than blame after the Bills 1-1 start.'

    Marker Parity making for interesting NFL season [1:08 PM]
    Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure, Buffalo made a laundry list of mistakes against Minnesota. But the difference is, the Bills overcame them all.'

    Marker Bills WR Josh Reed A Candidate For Pepsi NFL Rookie Of Week Honors [12:30 PM] reports: Buffalo's Josh Reed scored his first career touchdown and recorded his first career 100-yard receiving day in the Bills' 45-39 overtime win at Minnesota, finishing with 8 catches for 110 yards. His 110 yards receiving were the most by a Bills rookie since Chris Burkett's 127 on Dec. 8, 1985 (against the N.Y. Jets). Vote for Josh Reed Today!

    Marker Vikes physically abused??? [12:03 PM]
    KFAN in Minneapolis/St. Paul reports: At the two minute warning, Vikings D-tackle Chris Hovan was blowing lunch into a trash can and begging the Vikings offense to score and run out the clock so that their D didn't have to go back on the field again.

    Marker Studs and Duds for Week 2 [11:33 AM]
    ESPN reports: Stud: Drew Bledsoe, Dud: Doug Brien

    Marker Something's in the air [11:31 AM]
    New York Times reports: '"Not all quarterbacks can handle it, but I threw it in his lap," Gilbride said yesterday from the Bills' practice facility in Orchard Park, N.Y. "I told him, `We're going to win the game with you throwing the ball, win it with our two-minute drill, using our tempo.' "We took that approach and he accepted the challenge."'

    Marker Game Ball of the Week [10:13 AM] reports: This week visitors selected quarterback Drew Bledsoe as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 17. Bledsoe's 463 yards passing set a new Bills record, surpassing the old mark of 419 by Joe Ferguson in 1983. Ask Bledsoe a question

    Marker Drew and improved [9:14 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has scored 76 points in its first two games, putting the Bills on pace for 608 points this season. They didn't score 76 points until their fifth game last season, when they improved to 1-4.'

    Marker Dissecting twists, turns of Bills' win [9:13 AM]
    Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense got shredded for nearly 500 yards. But we finally saw the attacking, playmaking "D" that Gregg Williams promised. They put pressure on Culpepper and forced him into four fumbles. The Bills recovered three and finished plus-3 in the giveaway-takeaway for the first time under Williams.'

    Marker Bills' Moulds excited about revamped offense [7:40 AM]
    Utica Observer Dispatch reports: 'The linchpin, though, is Bledsoe, the rocket-armed quarterback who has energized the team and the fan base. "He knew coming in that they were going to take me out of the game," Moulds said of Bledsoe's approach Sunday. "He said that he would try to make some plays with some of the other guys."'

    Marker Bledsoe's quick start no accident [7:39 AM]
    Atlanta Journal Constitution reports: 'Bledsoe has been able to find his groove quickly in part by meeting on his own with receivers and running backs during the week. He invites them to come an hour early to the team's facility to study the gameplan.'

    Marker Double trouble benefits Bills [5:32 AM]
    D and C reports: '"They were doubling me a lot, so I told the coaches to forget about me and keep feeding Peerless and Josh because they were the hot guys," Moulds said.'

    Marker Did the Bills turn the corner with Sunday's wild win over the Vikings? [5:31 AM]
    D and C reports: 'I thought this was a significant step for the Bills. Last year, this team would have found a way to lose this game. Even last week, they would have found a way to lose. But all week in the aftermath of the Jets game, some of the veteran players said that the Bills were getting closer and it was just a matter of someone stepping up and making plays. If that happened, the wins would start coming. Well, it happened.'

    Marker First look at Week 3 for the Bills [5:30 AM]
    D and C reports: 'Denver limited the 49ers to 261 yards on Sunday, 67 of which came on a meaningless end-of-the-game drive when the Broncos had a 24-7 lead. Against the high-powered Rams, Denver allowed just 15 first downs and though Marshall Faulk caught 14 passes for 91 yards, he managed only 19 yards on 10 rushing attempts.'

    Marker Leader isn't following [5:29 AM]
    Boston Globe reports: 'At least one Patriot, Troy Brown, is thrilled to see his former teammate playing so well. ''He's definitely improved their football team,'' said Brown. ''I'm happy that Drew has been able to go someplace and refresh his career. We had a situation here where we had two good quarterbacks and it would have been unfair to both of them if they were both still here."'

    September 16, 2002

    Marker Bledsoe takes aerial show on road [8:18 PM]
    Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Granted, Minnesota is one flawed team, lacking a consistent running game or much of a defense, two elements the Bills also sorely lacked for most of the afternoon. But, thanks to Bledsoe's amazing day, not a soul was heard complaining.'

    Marker Bledsoe a cut above in leading Bills to stunning win [7:59 PM]
    AP reports: '"We've been around him a little bit and we realize that nothing he does at this stage is surprising," tight end Jay Riemersma said. "He's a tremendous talent and a great leader. And any time that we've got the ball in his hands at the end of the game, we've got a chance to win."'

    Marker Bills-Vikings game highest-rated in Buffalo [4:45 PM]
    Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Through their first two games of the season — both of which have gone to overtime — ratings for the Bills are up 23 percent from a season ago, 36.1 this year versus a 29.4 in 2001.'

    Marker Levy's Week 2 snapshot [3:36 PM] reports: 'Those last-second field goals ... I think the kicker has to concentrate on what he has to do. I think Mike Hollis has kicked them that far before. The pluses are: He's indoors, there's no wind, it's off a smooth artificial turf … but it's still a long shot. As a coach, not much goes through my mind. It would be something you would have to do; you have no other choice. A 54-yarder is potentially makeable; it's certainly more of a percentage play than trying to go for a touchdown -- it would have had to have been a "Hail Mary."'

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