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Buffalo Bills News - December 23, 2002

Marker Conservative approach nets desired result for Packers [5:07 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'In fact, it's the only way to win games in Green Bay in December. You run, you stop the run and you win the turnover battle. Sunday, the Packers did all three.'

Marker It's a day of highs and lows for Holliday [5:06 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'Only three of the Bills' 12 drives went for more than 17 yards.'

Marker Packers put a chill on hopes of Bills with 10-0 victory [5:05 AM]
USA Today reports: 'A win here would have kept Buffalo's wild-card scenario intact, given Miami's loss Saturday.'

Marker Playoffs do Lambeau leap to death [5:04 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Green Bay's offense and defense played better than Buffalo's. Certainly, the Bills' defense played well, holding the Packers to 223 total yards and just 104 yards passing. But it didn't force the six turnovers or six sacks that the Packers did.'

Marker Bills quotebook [5:03 AM]
Shout! reports: '"We needed to come up with one of those. Better throw, better catch, better route, whatever. But we needed to execute a few of those, take some people out around the line of scrimmage so that we can run the ball more effectively."'

Marker Holliday spirit [5:02 AM]
Packers Report reports: 'Besides the Driver TD, the offensive fireworks can be summed up in a sentence: There weren't any.'

Marker Sherman sez [5:01 AM]
Packers Report reports: 'On defense: "Both offenses were struggling and defenses had to step up and our defense rose to the occasion. I don't care what the weather conditions are, when you are able to shut out the Buffalo Bills with Bledsoe, and Henry, and Price, and Moulds and those receivers and tight ends, and Centers at fullback...this was as talented a group as we have faced this year."'

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December 22, 2002

Marker Packers 10, Bills 0 [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills gained just 53 yards in the first half and turned the ball over three times in Packers territory.'

Marker Green Bay 10, Buffalo 0 [4:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Holliday registered five sacks and forced two fumbles as the Green Bay Packers remained alive in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 10-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills, who were eliminated from postseason contention.'

Marker Plenty at stake today for Packers and Bills [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are already eliminated from winning the AFC East...'

Marker Sweat equity [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In six months, he had lost 15 pounds and lowered his body fat from 11 percent to 4 percent while increasing his strength and speed. He can bench press 430 pounds, amazing for a 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back.'

Marker Chain reaction [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"People always say, "Run the ball,' " Gilbride said. "But the key is moving the ball. It's not running the ball. It's moving the ball and holding onto it and getting first downs. We're first or second in the league at that, so we've done a good job."'

Marker Colvin could be Bills' avenue to a better rush [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will be hard-pressed to find someone better than Rosevelt Colvin, the Chicago Bears linebacker whose contract is up after the season.'

Marker Interviewing skills go a long way for Saban [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How did Saban get all those jobs after resigning so often? The answer is that he is one of the great interviews of all time.'

Marker 'Tundra' win would make Bills proud [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Green Bay Packers are an NFL-best 66-11 the past decade playing on their “tundra,” including an amazing 34-0 under quarterback Brett Favre when the temperature dips below 34 degrees.'

Marker Alive and very well [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'He didn’t want them to know that his father had deserted him when he was an infant or that his mother cared more about getting her next cocaine fix than being a mom. He didn’t want the world to know that he and his little sister, Christine, were nomads, bouncing from this home to that, occasionally sleeping on the streets of San Bernardino, Calif., and begging for food.'

Marker Bills Q&A with Eddie Robinson [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] If you had to describe the violence of the NFL to someone who didn’t follow football, what would you say? [A:] ’’I guess it’s like a schoolyard fight. There’s guys going at it, taking up sides, and then you have an intermission so you go at it again after recess. I like it. It’s a great way to make a living. You get paid to hit people, you take out your aggressions on somebody else and you don’t get in trouble for it. It’s fun to compete against guys, especially when everybody comes together and you win as a team. That makes it great.’’'

Marker As the sports world turns: Bills getting better, but still need much more [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have the cap room (particularly if they let Price go) to pursue one or two big-play defenders, preferably a pass-rushing end and a linebacker. Forcing more turnovers (the Bills are last in the NFL with 14 takeaways) would make the offense even more dangerous with better field position.'

Marker Bills at Packers: Today’s game at a glance [5:45 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The Packers are third behind Philadelphia (12-3) and Tampa Bay (11-3) in the race for the best record in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay hold tiebreakers over Green Bay.'

Marker Five keys to today’s Packers-Bills game [5:44 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The 7-7 Bills are mathematically in the AFC playoff race and need to win their last two games to have any chance of qualifying, but will need help. Suffice it to say the Bills are relative long shots. The Packers should have more urgency because they’re still in the thick of the race with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay for the top seed in the NFC.'

Marker How our writers see today’s Packers-Bills game [5:42 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The Bills have a slim chance for a playoff berth, which makes them dangerous. Quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre could get into a shootout. Take the Packers because they’re at home and still battling for overall home-field advantage.'

Marker Packers vs. Bills: Five things to watch [5:41 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'With nothing to show for the selection of Flowers, the Bills struggle rushing the passer. "They don't have a guy who can legitimately put his hand on the ground and get consistent pressure off the edge," one scout said.'

Marker Journal Sentinel views: Packers vs. Bills [5:40 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Bills will be motivated and undaunted by the weather. However, they're overmatched by just too wide of a margin along both lines to suspect that their dangerous but immobile quarterback, his stable of excellent wide receivers and underrated Travis Henry could be enough to spring an upset.'

December 21, 2002

Marker Encroachment: The Buffalo Bills! They're faaaaan-tastic! [12:30 PM] reports: Weekly Column by Chris Serico... The group selected the Bills for excellence in fan treatment, after it became obvious the Florida-based association couldn't pick their hometown Dolphins. Because, honestly, when the Bills twice fried the Fish during the regular season, Miami fans could not have been too happy with their team.

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game: Packers Preview [11:55 AM] reports: Any team looking to beat the Green Bay Packers needs to get through Brett Favre first. And that's no easy challenge. The 33 year-old quarterback is a sure-shot Hall of Famer. He's an especially dangerous foe for a struggling defense, which gives the Bills both a threat and an opportunity: If Buffalo's defenders can shut down Favre, that's a huge boost heading into New Year-playoffs or not.

Marker Showdown in Titletown: Bledsoe and Favre [11:55 AM] reports: As for the history and mystic factor of Lambeau Field it becomes the perfect setting for a match-up of this caliber. This game is more than a battle for post-season position. It has all the makings of a showdown between two of the NFL's elite quarterbacks- Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre.

Marker Levy's Week 15 snapshot [10:27 AM] reports: I don't fault the call (2 point VIking play) at all, even if it didn't work. We played that great comeback game against Houston, and we were still down by 17 points or so in the third quarter and we had a fourth-and-8. I decided to go for it because I felt we needed to score, and we hit a touchdown on it. Many of my assistant coaches were screaming at me for it, but I decided to go for it. Not the same exact thing, but it's all relative to a coach's intuition.

Marker Players give thumbs up to coach Williams [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Obviously, no player is in position to publicly criticize the head coach. But on and off the record, many genuinely seem to like and respect Williams.'

Marker Bills believe it's not Bledsoe's fault [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: '“I think he’s making the same throws, but sooner or later the pace we were on earlier in the season had to catch up with us,” tight end Jay Riemersma said. “Some of the throws that we were completing early in the season aren’t easy throws, and we haven’t been able to complete some of them recently.”'

Marker Bills TD record in reach for Henry [5:17 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Travis is such a unique player with his ability to run through tackles and make the extra yard,'' Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. ''I've got a great seat to watch him.'''

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