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Buffalo Bills News - September 15, 2002

Marker Bills' next step is learning to win [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: '"Somebody has to make a big play, somebody has to do something to win the game. When you've got a bunch of guys knowing what they need to do, coming in here and working hard, good character guys who care, I think it will be a natural process and you'll start seeing this team winning games."'

Marker Q&A with London Fletcher [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '"Get another ring. I want to do whatever I can to make this team become world champions. I think we're headed in the right direction. I really have a good feeling about this organization and the coaches."'

Marker Must-win time for the Bills and Vikings? You betcha [5:37 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Buffalo has won only four of its last 22 regular-season games. “We need a win to get a better feeling about ourselves,” admitted Bills’ coach Gregg Williams, who’s 3-14 since replacing Wade Phillips. But there’s a similar urgency for the Vikings, who have won a mere five of their past 20 games.'

Marker Vikings to rely on three-back rotation [5:36 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Vikings coach Mike Tice has created a rotating running back system, one he will operate by instinct and with only one assurance: Each back will get meaningful carries in every game.'

Marker Details: The Vikings running backs [5:35 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Michael Bennett: 5-9, 211 pounds. . . . Left Wisconsin after one season as starter, leaving steep learning curve for NFL. . . . Track star who has run 100 meters in 9.9 seconds. . . . Turned screen pass into 80-yard touchdown last season, but longest career run is only 31 yards. . . . Vikings need his breakaway threat on field, so he is expected to get twice as many carries as either Chapman or Williams.'

Marker Revived, refreshed and ready [5:34 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"Drew's one of the best when he's on,'' Bromell said. "When that guy is in a zone, he's hard to beat. He was a star in New England and he looks like's on his way again."'

Marker Bills vs. Vikings [5:33 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'Gregg Williams knows how to motivate his players. In spite of a terrible season — the Bills finished 3-13 — the Bills played hard the entire season. They upset the Jets at the Meadowlands 14-9, and they took the New England Patriots to overtime in December. But the Bills made significant upgrades to this team during the offseason, and Williams must produce better results.'

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September 14, 2002

Marker Bills taking steps forward [6:16 PM]
AP reports: '"There was a tremendous amount of positive that we have a chance to build on," Williams said, "but you play the game to win. Minnesota's going through the same thing."'

Marker Containing Culpepper a big order [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills cornerback Nate Clements summed it up perfectly when he quipped, "It's tough trying to tackle a quarterback that's bigger than you are."'

Marker Kelly's career takes spotlight in 'Beyond the Glory' documentary [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'For Western New Yorkers, there's no more new here than in the Flutie special. But the footage of Kelly playing in high school and in college still makes this compelling viewing.'

Marker Unitas enjoyed success when playing the Bills [5:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'Unitas played seven games against Buffalo as a member of the Colts (6) and San Diego Chargers (1). His teams were 6-0-1 in those games (he was 4-0-1 as a starter and came off the bench the two other times).'

Marker Bledsoe a good fit with Bills offense [5:44 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'Bledsoe considers Buffalo a perfect fit off and on the field. He enjoys the small-town atmosphere as well as an offense he says suits him better than any he has played in before.'

Marker Bills not 'that' bad [5:42 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: '"I was licking my chops, thinking we could take advantage of something,'' Morrow said. "But really, I didn't see much other than a pretty good special teams unit. I mean that. They didn't have many breakdowns, even though it would seem that way. There was just some missed tackles.'''

September 13, 2002

Marker Bills-Vikings Preview [8:58 PM]
AP reports: 'The Vikings have won the past three meetings with the Bills, but six of the last seven matchups have been decided by seven points or less.'

Marker Bills' opener was watered down [1:24 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Sportservice, the foodservice arm of Delaware North Cos., said it sold a season's worth of bottled water during the Sept. 8 Buffalo Bills home opener at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'

Marker Bills - Vikings Series History [11:58 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills and Vikings have met just nine times since their series began back in 1971. The Vikings hold a 7-2 edge in the match-up, including a 31-27 victory in the most recent meeting in 2000.

Marker Game Day Preview [11:39 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills look to rebound from a tough season-opening loss in which they fell to the Jets 37-31 in OT last Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. They'll get the chance to record win #1 this Sunday in Minnesota when they take on the Vikings at the Metodome. Kickoff is at 4:15 PM (ET).

Marker In this case, no news is good news for rookie [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Williams is well aware that his performance, while satisfactory, was not good enough. The Bills need him to improve every week.'

Marker Bills' Henry has to be stopped [8:10 AM]
Minneapolis Star Tribune reports: 'The 5-9, 220-pounder has a low center of gravity; Vikings cornerback Corey Chavous described his running style as having a bowling ball coming at you. And he clearly gets the ball rolling for the Bills' offense.'

Marker Bills must 'cover' QB Culpepper [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"There's a lot of running quarterbacks in the league and people have their plans on how they believe they have to combat that," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "It certainly is another dimension that's harder to defend, especially when you get down in that red zone area where they can put points on the board with their feet. We'll have to be very disciplined with our rush lanes. We'll have to do a good job and pick and choose the times we allow him to have any kind of room to run the football because he's almost like covering another receiver. You have to play coverage on him also with your defensive linemen."'

Marker Bills blessed by rookie's presence [5:16 AM]
St. Paul Pioneer Press reports: 'To the Vikings and their fans, Williams is a tease. As the fourth player selected overall in the NFL draft, Williams has done everything Vikings first-round pick Bryant McKinnie hasn't: He has reported to training camp on time, improved steadily, bonded with veterans and upgraded the quality of the entire offense.'

Marker Medfield ready for delivery from Drew [5:15 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: '"He said his goodbyes and wrote his letter in the newspapers, so this is something he could easily be doing for some high school in Buffalo. But there must be something still tugging at him in little ol' Medfield. It's a good feeling, not only for us, but for the entire community."'

September 12, 2002

Marker Henry intent on rushing out of Lewis' shadow [9:32 PM]
AP reports: '"With me, the more times I touch it, the more I get into the groove," said Henry, who last season enjoyed as many as 27 carries in a game and as few as six. "I might make a cut, and there might not seem like anything's there, but I'll make something out of it because I'm in a rhythm, in a zone."'

Marker Tops Game Ball of the Week - Travis Henry [4:52 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: After practice on Thursday, the second-year back answered some emails from fans. "My goal is to rush for 1,500 yards and score 12 touchdowns for the year."

Marker Bills take time to reflect on Sept. 11 [1:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"Those of us who are involved in football and in sports, a lot of times get put up on a pedestal," Donahoe pointed out. "People think that we're different...that we're not human beings. But we are and we were all affected one way or another. I remember talking to the players (on Sept. 11, 2001) and telling them things would never be the same because of the events of (that day). Emotionally, that date and the events of that date are something that's going to affect us for the rest of our lives."'

Marker Drew Bledsoe Previews Vikings Game [11:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "As we have a partial game plan in place for the upcoming game I will meet with the running backs and wide receivers to go over that together. This way we can work out some of the nuances and become familiar with the plan together. I foresee it to be a weekly thing."

Marker Where Are They Now: J.D. Hill [9:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Thirty-one years ago, wide receiver J.D. Hill led Arizona State to an undefeated season. He was named to the All-America team and was MVP of the Senior Bowl. Yet surprisingly, he didn’t spend a lot of time thinking about the NFL and certainly wasn’t sitting next to the telephone during that year’s draft.

Marker Defending Moss: double or nothing [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Just how the Bills go about defending the National Football League's most dangerous big-play receiver will go a long way toward deciding Sunday's meeting of 0-1 teams.'

Marker At memorial service, Bills reflect on lessons of 9/11 [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was driving to work this morning and one of the things I noticed is a lot of people had their American flags out and it just reiterated how proud I am to be an American," said linebacker London Fletcher. "It makes you realize what things are most important to you, which is family."'

Marker Sean Salisbury: Bills defense should have an edge [8:46 AM]
ESPN reports: The Bills defense will make a bigger difference. I like their two physical corners, Nate Clements and Antoine Winfield. They have the potential to take Randy Moss out of the game. If they can, they can beat the Vikings. However, I think Eric Moulds will have a big day for Buffalo. And the Bills should still run the ball with success against the Vikings after what Travis Henry did last week. Moss may get his yards, but Buffalo's defense is more capable of having an impact than Minnesota's.

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