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Buffalo Bills News - December 10, 2002

Marker Brees' job safe with Chargers [5:26 AM]
AP reports: '''We're definitely living on the edge. ... We've got a few plays with Flutie at wide receiver,'' Schottenheimer said on Monday, a day after the Chargers' damaging 27-7 home loss to the rival Oakland Raiders (9-4), who now have control of the AFC West as well as the conference's best record. ''I'm serious,'' Schottenheimer said after his comments drew a few laughs at his weekly news conference. ''Sure. Why not?'''

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December 9, 2002

Marker Levy's Week 14 snapshot [10:40 PM] reports: Do the Patriots have Drew Bledsoe's number?

Bledsoe did some good things, it's just that he is having to force the ball, he is having to be predictable because they were playing from behind all day. He had to be bold, and it didn't work against a pretty good defensive team.

There were five takeaways (four interceptions) in the game and the Bills got none. You can't win, I don't care what the rest of the statistics are.

Marker Winfield: 'I don't think we have a chance' [8:16 PM]
AP reports: 'While there are numerous scenarios that would ensure Buffalo's elimination, the simplest comes with one more Bills' loss or one more Patriots' victory.'

Marker Official NFL Playoff Scenarios [2:31 PM] reports: The following are the official playoff scenarios in each conference and division as determined by the NFL.

Marker Buffalo Bills make sequel worth missing [1:39 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The defending Super Bowl champions may not be the best team in football, but they're a hell of a lot better than the Bills.'

Marker Pats pick apart Bills [1:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This isn’t what Drew Bledsoe had in mind.'

Marker Gray’s ‘D’ is failing for the Bills [1:37 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Just wondering, exactly what does it take for Jerry Gray to be fired?'

Marker Bledsoe buffaloed [1:36 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Maybe the Bills can petition the NFL for another wholesale realignment like the one that delivered the Colts out of the Patriots' clutches this year.'

Marker It was the homecoming from hell [1:36 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘I thought the first-down play (a run by Travis Henry) was a big play because Ted Johnson stopped him for a 1-yard loss,'' Belichick said. ‘‘After a play like that, especially with a team on the road, you kind of anticipate they will throw on second down. Willie McGinest did a good job of forcing Bledsoe back off the line of scrimmage. It was a good play by Tebucky Jones, a lot better than the one he dropped later on.'''

Marker Patriots stage a pick-and-strip show vs. Bills [1:35 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Yes, the Bills got their yards - 390 of them to be exact, compared to 275 for the Pats, but while Buffalo defenders were whiffing on open-field tackles and failing to make big plays, their Patriots counterparts were picking (off) and stripping (free).'

Marker Bledsoe still throwing the ball to Patriots [1:34 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: '...with a vivid reminder of why Bill Belichick dumped their dear old reckless Drew.'

Marker Patriots defense has sprung to life [1:33 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Bledsoe has now thrown for more than 300 yards twice against his old team and it has resulted in three TD passes, five interceptions and two losses.'

Marker Bills at Patriots (Video Highlights) [12:08 PM] reports: Watch video hightlights of Sunday's game. Also, check out NFL highlights.

Marker Game Notebook at New England Patriots [12:07 PM] reports: Moulds and Price are one of 69 teammate duos in NFL history to each post 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the same year and are poised to become just the 10th tandem from the same team with 1,200-yard campaigns. Both are also in reach of 100-catch seasons and would be just the third duo from the same team to do so: Detroit’s Herman Moore (123) and Brett Perriman (108) did it in 1995 and Denver’s Ed McCaffrey (101) and Rod Smith (100) did it in 2000.

Marker Buffalo Bills Kids Club: Birthday Wishes [12:06 PM] reports: The Bills would like to wish a Happy Birthday to the following Buffalo Bills Kids Club members: Ryan Teloh (12/9), Michael McDonald Jr. (12/9), Kyle Pszczultkoski (12/10), Sean Nowak (12/10), Erin Ziegler (12/11), Mickey Wilton (12/11), Brianna Wasik (12/11), James Calderone (12/12), Bryan Gerrity (12/12), Nicholas Lambert (12/13), Tia Limbeck (12/13), John Sadowski (12/14), Michael Richards (12/15).

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography: Lesson #13 [12:05 PM] reports: With new activities, player features, and trivia each week, Buffalo Bills Geography is a fun way to learn about bodies of water, latitude and longitude, and much more. It's also a great way to find out interesting facts about your favorite Bills players. To participate in more fun activities, and for interesting facts about this week's featured Bill, look for Buffalo Bills Geography every Monday in The Buffalo News.

Marker Heating up nicely [10:28 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'The Pats won despite an average day by Brady, who was 15 for 27 for 183 yards and the two scores. It was the first time the Patriots had won a game in which he didn't throw for at least 200 yards. They had been 0-3.'

Marker Few wanted it quite like this [10:27 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'Peerless Price's fumble early in the fourth quarter may have been the turnover that hurt the Bills more, but this game will be stamped with the images of four Bledsoe interceptions.'

Marker Sights and sounds are very familiar [10:26 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: '"We put that team behind us," said Law, after New England's second decisive victory over Buffalo this season. "But eight wins ain't going to get you anything in this league. We still have to keep it going and take it one game at a time."'

Marker Drew's return shaky [10:25 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: 'To put it mildly, Bledsoe had a bad day, throwing four interceptions while being sacked twice while under constant pressure.'

Marker A nightmare from the start [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'He didn't put the Bills in a hole, but he helped dig it very deep.'

Marker Deja vu [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Their plan against us defensively is to force us to march it down the field without making mistakes, and that will continue to be their plan until we prove we can do that," said Bledsoe, who threw for 328 yards but had four killer interceptions. "Most teams when they play us will do everything to take away the big play."'

Marker Thank goodness there's no Bledsoe Bowl III [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For the second time in five weeks, the Pats made it clear why Belichick chose Tom Brady over Bledsoe as his quarterback and why he dared trade him in the division. He did it because he knew how to stop him. Why not slide him over to an AFC East foe if it meant two easy wins on the schedule?'

Marker Turnovers prove to be killer stat [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All things considered, the Bills are lucky the margin of defeat wasn't larger.'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will try to get back to .500 when they host the San Diego Chargers at 1 p.m. Sunday in Ralph Wilson Stadium. Don't they have a diminutive backup quarterback who used to play in Buffalo?'

Marker Picked apart again [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'When the defense needed to turn back New England’s early surge, it did what it has done this entire year -- it failed.'

Marker Bledsoe no homecoming king [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'In a game the Bills absolutely had to win to keep their playoff chances from fading to black, they turned in a clunker against the defending Super Bowl champs, who are starting to rev it up again.'

Marker Bills need plenty of help on defensive line [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'Pats TE Christian Fauria on the victory: ’’It shouldn’t have been as close as it was. It looked closer than it really was.’’'

Marker Week 14 Buffalo Bills report card [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: 'QUARTERBACK: When it comes to New England homecomings, Drew Bledsoe proved he’s no Doug Flutie. Struggled with his reads, throwing four interceptions, two that helped dig an early 20-0 hole. Throw to the end zone that was intercepted was a terrible piece of decision making. Was outscored 65-24 by his former Patriots backup Tom Brady this season. F'

Marker Bills picked apart [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'To make it that much worse, each of Bledsoe's four interceptions were uncharacteristically poor throws by a player that has helped revive a struggling franchise.'

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