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Buffalo Bills News - 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] 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] 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."'

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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] 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] 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] 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 didnít spend a lot of time thinking about the NFL and certainly wasnít sitting next to the telephone during that yearís 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.

Marker Upset of the Week [8:43 AM]
Sporting News reports: Buffalo over Minnesota. Watch out for the Bills' offense. Travis Henry appears ready to break out as a premier power back and Drew Bledsoe looks very comfortable with Eric Moulds as his go-to-guy. And Bills cornerbacks Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements can slow down Randy Moss and the Vikings' receivers. Bills 26, Vikings 24.

Marker JUDGE: The East is a beast, and the best [8:42 AM] reports: Granted, Buffalo probably is one draft away from being a winner again, but the Bills will cause people trouble this season. I think they can beat Chicago in three weeks. I think they can beat the Raiders the next weekend, too. What I donít think is that they can make the playoffs. Not yet, anyway.

Marker Bills reflect on Sept. 11 [7:22 AM]
AP reports: '"I re-examined my priorities and how I was approaching my life, especially with respect to my children. It was a hard time to have to have a conversation with your kid who is not yet 4 years old, and try to explain how something like this would happen. It was not a conversation I was hoping to have with my son."'

Marker Bills may use starters on special teams [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '"We will take a look at that in depth this week, yes," Williams said.'

Marker Like our grief, healing should be shared [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'He had studied his film, lifted his weights, completed his on-field practicing. Now it was time for Buffalo Bills tight end David Moore to do the really important work of the day. Go home and comfort a grieving wife.'

Marker Subdued Bills relive the emotions of terrible day [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: '"When you go through today, you have some of those same feelings that you had a year ago and I don't think we'll ever forget," he said.'

September 11, 2002

Marker Clements keeping quiet about Moss [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Clements wouldn't make any predictions about this weekend, only to say: ''The proof will be in the pudding. You walk the walk and you don't worry about the talking."'

Marker Where Are They Now: Ben Williams [4:30 PM] reports: Ben Williams was in a word - refreshing, when he joined the Bills in 1976. Selected in the third round out of the University of Mississippi, the All-Southeastern Conference defensive lineman didnít arrive in Buffalo with the attitude that the NFL deserved him or vice-versa.

Marker Drew Bledsoe's Crushing Block (Video) [3:44 PM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe threw a crushing block on Jets 305-pound defensive tackle Jason Ferguson on a reverse to wide receiver Peerless Price in Buffalo's first drive Sunday.

Marker Vikings to face Buffalo Bills in 2002 home opener [3:26 PM]
Minnesota Vikings reports: 'The game will be televised by CBS (Channel 4 in the Twin Cities) with Brent Jones and Gus Johnson calling the action.'

Marker United Way launches effort for record goal [3:19 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Gallivans were joined for the campaign kickoff on the 20-yard-line by Buffalo Bills president and General Manager Tom Donahoe, Bills offensive guard Ruben Brown, United Way President Arlene F. Kaukus and more than 30 United Way volunteers plus staff members. Brown, the Bills' United Way spokesman, will appear in this year's National Football League-United Way commercial for the Bills.'

Marker Bills Pregame: A Patriotic Tribute (Photos) [2:20 PM] reports: Sunday's pregame ceremony was a fantastic display of national pride as well as a tribute to the victims, the survivors and the heros of 9/11.

Marker Bills Visit Buffalo Firefighters [2:16 PM] reports: As we pause to reflect on the tragic events that happened on Sept. 11, 2001, the Bills spent time on Tuesday (Sept. 10) honoring Buffalo firefighters.

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