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Buffalo Bills News - October 29, 2002

Marker Looking ahead: Bills week 9 [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'No longer is this going to be a ‘’Win One for the Drewster’’ kind of game. The Bills are in the playoff hunt and they need to beat division opponents because it seems that their best route to a postseason berth will be to win the AFC East.'

Marker Belichick the target for Bledsoe [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills quarterback is too classy a guy to get into it publicly. But privately he could care less for the Pats coach. He believes Belichick lied to him about giving him a chance to regain his starting job last season after the quarterback returned from a life-threatening chest injury.'

Marker Dropped football pass brought Ralph and Mary Wilson together [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'To think, this love affair with Ralph Wilson and football might never have happened had Ronnie Harmon not dropped that ball in the 1989 playoff game in Cleveland.'

Marker Pressure back on Brady, Pats [5:22 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'So how will Brady handle going to a stadium filled with frenzied fans playing against a team aching to win one for the guy -- Bledsoe -- who has given the city and its players a football rebirth? The relentless Boston media will be hounding, too. Some were already in Buffalo on Sunday and one paper is sending seven reporters to chronicle Bledsoe Bowl I.'

Marker The last word [5:21 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Maybe the Patriots aren't as good as a Super Bowl trophy says they are, but the Bills aren't as good as everybody thinks they are, either. This might be a good time to remember that, before the door of that bandwagon smucks somebody in the butt.'

Marker Pass some credit to Bledsoe [5:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'It would appear the guy he lumped in along with the running backs, the fullback, and the wide receivers has had more than a little to do with it. It would appear The Quarterback, who calls Belichick The Head Coach, has had an effect on things, an effect the skilled receivers and skilled running back who wore the Bills' colors a year ago willingly have acknowledged.'

Marker Pats draw Drew [5:19 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '"We have to focus on beating the Buffalo Bills. It doesn't matter who their quarterback is," Pats receiver Troy Brown said.'

Marker Bigger than Drew [5:18 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'It is most likely already over for the Patriots. They'll probably need to win at least seven and maybe eight of their remaining nine games just to sneak into the playoffs.'

Marker Time to face the facts [5:17 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This could be a rallying point, but it seems the last thing Belichick would do at this point is invoke Bledsoe as a means of motivating his team. That might not work anyway, given the strong ties many of his players have to their former teammate.'

Marker Staggering Patriots' Next Move: Prepare For Bledsoe [5:16 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"You've got to get pressure on him," said Patriots linebacker Mike Vrabel, who pledges to help make his friend Bledsoe's answering machine overflow with messages this week. "Every play I've seen on the highlight films, he's able to step up in the pocket and throw the ball downfield."'

Marker Bills braced for Bledsoe's big week [5:01 AM]
AP reports: 'That hasn't stopped local radio stations from referring to this as ''Bledsoe Week,'' or a number of Boston media outlets from sending reporters to Buffalo for the game against Detroit. Bills fans have had this game circled on their calendars since Buffalo acquired Bledsoe in a trade last April, a move that prompted immediate lineups at the ticket windows. And it's a game that has even more meaning now that Bledsoe has rejuvenated the Bills, erasing the memories of last year's dreadful 3-13 finish.'

Marker Slumping champs hint at subpar effort [5:00 AM]
AP reports: '''We had some chances to make some big plays in the game that we were close on but we just didn't make them.'''

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October 28, 2002

Marker Bills get defensive in taming Lions [7:55 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’re a solid team, but we have to continue to improve. By no means are we one of the best teams in the National Football League right now.”'

Marker Confident Harrington kept poise despite Lions’ struggles [7:53 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“They played better than us,” Harrington said. “I can’t give you an exact answer, I only know what I feel, and I feel like we couldn’t move the ball. I feel like we were on the verge of clicking. But it didn’t happen. It just didn’t click.”'

Marker Centers’ streak ends at 143 games [7:51 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“It just didn’t happen for me to catch the ball, but the good news is we came away with a win.”'

Marker Bills place Robertson on reserve list [7:39 PM]
AP reports: 'The Buffalo Bills placed defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson on the reserve/non-football illness list Monday after he completed a four-game NFL suspension for violating the league's substance abuse policy.'

Marker No bucking this trend - Answers not forthcoming [5:55 PM]
Boston Globe reports: This morning the Patriots are two games out of first place in the AFC East and a game and a half behind the second-place Buffalo Bills. The Bills are 5-3 because Belichick gave aid and comfort to the enemy when he turned Drew Bledsoe over to them. Bledsoe has now thrown for more than 300 yards in half the games he's played this season and his team is a half-game out of first place with the season half gone and the Patriots heading to Ralph Wilson Stadium next Sunday.

Marker Bills Notebook: Injured Players Scheduled To Return To Practice [5:33 PM] reports: Gregg Williams on the team's progress: "This is the midway point of the season. We've got a bunch of tough matchups here. We've made some progress but we can't stay where we're at. If we don't improve… The good teams will start to stand out in November and December. The teams that show up in November and December give you a chance to play in January. So we've got a long ways to go."

Marker The Bills might have to be taken seriously [3:57 PM]
AP reports: 'What makes the plot more intriguing are the troubles of the Patriots, who have lost four straight games. It lets second-guessers wonder whether New England should have dealt Bledsoe, especially to a team in its own division, and kept Tom Brady.'

Marker Favre Tops Midseason Awards [3:18 PM] reports: OFFENSIVE MVP: Drew Bledsoe -- His career has been reborn in Buffalo and the Bills might return to the glory days of Jim Kelly and company. Drew leads the NFL in passing and the 23-10 victory against the Dolphins in Miami convinced me he's worthy of this award. He's on course for 5,000 yards passing, and 32 touchdowns. Both would be career highs!

Marker Bills settling into victory routine [1:44 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Bills let Detroit stay around a little longer than they would have liked, but put them away at the end. And that, more than the scorching early-season overtime wins over Minnesota and Chicago, makes this surprising 5-3 start more than a fluke.'

Marker Lions Fall to Bills, 24-17 [1:26 PM] reports: 'The real difference in this ballgame was the quarterback play. While Drew Bledsoe turned in another outstanding performance, going 21-of-36 for 302 yards and a touchdown (94.9 rating), Harrington struggled, putting together a 20-42 performance for just 199 yards one touchdown and one interception (59.5 rating).'

Marker Game Notebook vs. Detroit Lions [12:20 PM] reports: Eric Moulds and Peerless Price are still #1 and #2 in the NFL in receiving yards with 785 and 743, respectively. Moulds & Price rank #2 and #3 in the NFL in receptions with 57 and 51, respectively, and they trail only Indy’s Marvin Harrison (58).

Marker Buffalo Bills Geography Lesson #7 [11:55 AM] reports: Buffalo Bills Geography is an educational program that integrates geography, language arts and math using the excitement of the NFL and the Buffalo Bills.

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Marker Bledsoe continues brilliance [11:37 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'After knocking off wretched Detroit, a loser of 12 consecutive road contests, by a score of 24-17, the Bills are 5-3. And optimists, the ones with narrow September losses to the Jets and Broncos in mind, suggest that they could be 6-2 or even 7-1. And there are, chiefly, three reasons for this: a) Bledsoe, b) Bledsoe, and c) Bledsoe.'

Marker Week 8 Game Highlights (Video) [11:15 AM] reports: Watch video highlights of Sunday's win over the Lions.

Marker Fourth-and-none [10:38 AM]
Oakland Press reports: '"We thought we had something there,'' Lions head coach Marty Mornhinweg said of the ill-fated play. "It was simple. We just didn't get it done. Good football teams make those plays."'

Marker One block meant one yard [10:37 AM]
Oakland Press reports: 'But Ahanotu got a strong push off the snap and stood up Lions backup tackle Matt Joyce, playing because starter Stockar McDougle had gone out with a pulled right groin muscle. That gave the rest of Buffalo's defense enough time and space to collapse the play and drag down Stewart shy of the first down.'

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 8 [10:11 AM] reports: Head coach John Faller of Sweet Home High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the eighth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 25-26). Sweet Home scored a 48-12 victory over Niagara-Wheatfield last Saturday, earning their eighth consecutive victory and their third undefeated regular season in school history. Their other unbeaten regular seasons came in 1969 and '96.

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