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Buffalo Bills News - September 9, 2002

Marker Drew debut fills the Bill [6:03 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If not for special teams breakdowns, he would have begun the Bledsoe era with a big win. Now, if he can only survive 16 games with an unproven offensive line, the Bills' trade to get him may pay off.'

Marker Not short on big plays [6:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The little guy from Torrance, Calif., was a long way from home. He looked way out of his element among his teammates. He wasn't. Morton was big yesterday. He was big news, and a big deal.'

Marker Becht is back in starring role [6:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Why was Becht a frequent target? The Bills did a lot of blitzing, and Becht became the "hot" receiver in many of those instances. The Bills' outstanding cornerbacks, Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements, neutralized the Jets' wideouts, forcing Testaverde to throw to Becht on check-downs.'

Marker Jets' report card [6:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This was alarmingly reminiscent of last season. Travis Henry burned them repeatedly with cutbacks, rushing for a career-high 149 yards and three TDs. LB Sam Cowart was quiet in his debut. The Bills went to school by reviewing their own preseason game against the Colts. The Jets and Colts play the same scheme.'

Marker Jets return with a bang! [6:00 AM]
New York Post reports: '"That was a game that for spectators was probably fun to watch," Herman Edwards said. "But for a coach, it was a nightmare."'

Marker The little green giant [5:59 AM]
New York Post reports: 'This isn't any way to win a Super Bowl. But at least the Jets found a way to win a game yesterday so many other Jet teams would have lost. That way was Chad Morton. Chad Morton saved the Jets yesterday.'

Marker Bledsoe is making Billeavers [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bledsoe (26-for-39 for 271 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) scared holy hell out of the Jets when he double-pumped and found Eric Moulds with a 29-yard TD pass through the Jets' Cover 2 to force overtime. The Jets kept knocking him down and Bledsoe kept getting up. He even leveled nose tackle Jason Ferguson with a smashing block on a reverse to Peerless Price.'

Marker Green win tainted by hurt Curt [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets lost Curtis Martin, their franchise running back who just signed a $46 million contract, to a left ankle sprain late in the first half yesterday in Buffalo, though the injury does not appear to be serious enough to keep him out of next week's game.'

Marker Edwards ticked off at Jet 'D' [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We were all out of whack," Edwards said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch of times. No one was keeping their composure except for me. That's not us. We're not that type of football team. We have to clean that up, fix it."'

Marker He may not be a back, but geez, can he run [5:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The MVP of a week-old Jets season broke two big plays and plenty of hearts in Buffalo. Morton's first kickoff return for a score, which covered 98 yards, came immediately after the Bills went up 10-0. And if that touchdown made it a game, the next one ended it.'

Marker TD return No. 2 gives Buffalo the boot in OT [5:55 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It should be taken as a good sign that the Jets needed only one game to set a positive tone for 2002. Faced with some of the same calamities that ensnared them early last season - porous run defense, penalties, a decisive disadvantage in time of possession - the Jets shook them off and beat the Bills, 37-31, in a dramatic victory that could be a sign of things to come.'

Marker Becht a Big Target for Big Plays [5:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It wasn't just that Becht caught four passes for 36 yards - including a touchdown - and a two-point conversion, it was the way he did it. Becht caught balls in heavy traffic. And his best statistic of the afternoon? Zero drops.'

Marker Sprained Ankle Sidelines Curtis [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'After the game, Martin was fitted with a walking boot and hooked up to an electric stimulator, but he didn't need crutches.'

Marker Special Teams Get Two-for-One Deal [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"To have two [returns] go back, block a punt and cover the way we did," Westhoff said, "not too many special teams have ever done that."'

Marker Darling Gets Reprieve After Cover Mistake [5:52 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Jets nickel linebacker Darling took responsibility for the coverage breakdown that led to Eric Moulds' 29-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 31 with 26 seconds left in regulation. Coach Herman Edwards blamed the lack of a pass rush, which gave Drew Bledsoe time to pump-fake and hit Moulds in between three defenders just over the goal line on fourth-and-9.'

Marker Morton's TD return ends thriller in OT [5:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In a seesaw battle in which there were six lead changes and two ties, and the Jets' vaunted defense didn't live up to expectations.'

Marker Testaverde flashes a dash of the past [5:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Testaverde turned in a vintage performance, completing 24 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Wasn't intercepted once, and didn't make even one of the regrettable throws that seemed to pockmark every game last year.'

Marker Bledsoe's late dramatics keep Bills afloat [5:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"It was a double pump and the linebacker didn't get deep enough," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "The point isn't to blame someone. It was a great play on their part. We didn't get there on the rush. (Bledsoe) had too much time. If you give a guy that much time, the zone breaks down."'

Marker Injured Martin uncertain for Pats [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Martin, who has been amazingly durable during his five seasons with the Jets, will be re-examined today. X-rays at the stadium were negative.'

Marker A day of clicking and screaming for the Mortons [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'On the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Chad Morton could feel the life spilling out of his legs, so he began to bargain with them. "Come on now!" he yelled, into the desperate din of 72,751 voices. "Don't get caught! Don't fall down! Just a little bit more! Just a little bit more!"'

Marker Instant returns [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"They had a great game plan for us offensively," said strong safety Sam Garnes, one of the new starters. "Bledsoe was just a warrior out there. We have a lot of respect for him, and I have even more because I haven't played him as much as my teammates. He played a hell of a game. I have to give him his props."'

Marker More than pure speed [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'As wide receiver Wayne Chrebet observed, "Chad's starting to write his ticket to the Pro Bowl already."'

Marker Morton, Jets make special delivery [5:48 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: ' The Jets left Ralph Wilson Stadium with pounding hearts, a wild victory and acres of room for improvement.'

Marker Martin not hurt badly [5:48 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Martin had carried four times for 6 yards and caught five passes for 35 yards when he left a game in which he was the only Jet to suffer a significant injury.'

Marker Unspecial teams rob Bills, Bledsoe of good effort [5:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Poor Danny Smith. One game into the season, and already he's dumber than a speed bump.'

Marker Great day, sure, but perfect? [5:48 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'There had been 317 overtime games in NFL history before the Bills made the mistake of losing the coin toss. Only one of those games had ended with a kickoff return for touchdown.'

Marker Bledsoe tunes out past, hits high note [5:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''He showed our guys that with Drew in there, the game is never over,'' said Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe. ''He's lost none of his ability to throw."'

Marker Drew shines, but Jets steal show [5:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Even those who believe Drew Bledsoe is a better quarterback than Tom Brady must admit this: When it comes to winning, Brady gets the breaks and Bledsoe does not.'

Marker Jets ruin Bledsoe's debut 37-31 [5:40 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Alas for Buffalo, Drew Bledsoe cannot play special teams.'

Marker Party for Bledsoe ends in loss [5:15 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He is a true leader," said Bills left guard Ruben Brown. "I'm just so glad he's here."'

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