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Buffalo Bills News - September 23, 2002

Marker Monday Billboard [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They're making progress, but the defense simply isn't good enough right now.'

Marker Week 3: Bills-Broncos Postgame Quotebook [8:32 AM] reports: Coach Gregg Williams: "We made some strides as a team playing against a very good team, but we made too many mistakes early and didn't make the critical plays down the stretch."

Marker Game Notebook at Denver [8:31 AM] reports: With his first catch of the game, Peerless Price extended his streak of games with a reception to 42 which tied Elbert Dubenion for the fourth longest streak in Bills history. Moulds also extended his club record streak of games with a catch to 68 games.

Marker Bills Rally Comes Up Short [8:30 AM] reports: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe drove the Bills offense 70 yards in 1:27 and threw a 2-yard touchdown pass to wide receiver Eric Moulds to make the score 28-23 with 1:12 left. But Denver's Rod Smith recovered the onside kick to end Buffalo's hopes of a dramatic fourth quarter come-from-behind victory.

Marker A rocky go in Denver [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'OK, the Bills may not be on the brink of greatness, but they’re on the brink of goodness, and that was evident in Denver’s shiny new palace.'

Marker Broncos finding a way to win, Bills searching [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '“The bottom line for us offensively is that we have to get better at starting games,” Bledsoe said. “We’re digging holes for ourselves and leaving ourselves with problems at the end of games.”'

Marker The Two-Minute Read [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills are firmly committed to establishing balance in their offense, and they will continue to try to run the ball. I’m starting to wonder whether they should even bother.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Another competitive effort but better team won.'

Marker Buffalo may be losing, but not without a fight [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But if the Bills keep playing like they have through the first three weeks of the NFL season, Buffalo will continue to be a hot ticket on entertainment value alone.'

Marker Ugly, but it's 3-0 [5:47 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: '"We knew what he was capable of doing," Reese said of facing Bledsoe, who finished 27-for-41 for 283 yards with two TDs. "We feel fortunate."'

Marker Bledsoe was a handful [5:46 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills managed only 39 rushing yards on 14 carries Sunday, turning them into a one-dimensional team, as Denver had hoped. But with Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe a remaining factor, the Broncos were on edge until the end.'

Marker McGlockton provides enough comic relief [5:46 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'The return occurred with 3:38 left in the first quarter, with the contest having taken on an ugly tone to that point: scoreless, with the two teams combining for 41 penalty yards and 49 offensive yards.'

Marker Griese in 'four' the count, as he eyes 4-0 start [5:45 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'In Sunday's key fourth-quarter drive against the Bills, Griese completed six of eight attempts for 62 yards and the touchdown pass to Smith.'

Marker This time, it's Portis' turn to take charge [5:44 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'Anderson rushed for 28 yards on seven carries and the Broncos finished with 163 rushing yards and 342 total yards of offense.'

Marker Two Watson penalties aid his 'ex' [5:43 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'He committed two defensive penalties to keep Denver drives alive, and he had been part of the Bills defense that allowed Brian Griese's first-and-five touchdown pass to Rod Smith with 2 minutes, 39 seconds remaining to put the game away.'

Marker Bledsoe almost pulls out victory [5:42 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'While his statistics weren't the monster numbers he put up in two overtime games to open the season - a league-leading 734 yards and a 69 percent completion percentage - Bledsoe gave the Denver Broncos defense fits, even with an ineffective running game, and nearly pulled off the upset.'

Marker No victories are ugly when a team is 3-0 [5:41 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: '"I do have more touchdowns than Shannon Sharpe right now," McGlockton said.'

Marker Broncos hardly the stuff of history, headlines [5:40 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'The Broncos were supposed to whip the Buffalo Bills as game favorites for the first time this season, and that is what they did Sunday. According to the Broncos and the impartial truth, it was not pretty. But in a tense fourth quarter, the Invesco pilgrims, loud and anxious, did not agree. Beauty in football is a scoreboard thing, and for the third time the scoreboard preferred the Broncos.'

Marker McCaffrey survives big hit [5:39 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'Bills cornerback Chris Watson was making his first trip to Denver since being traded for a fourth-round draft choice in 2000. Watson had a rough day primarily matching up with Rod Smith most of the game. He was called for two defensive penalties.'

Marker Crunch bunch seals deal [5:38 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Denver's defense allowed too many big plays, its special teams botched too many of them and its offense did not produce enough. The Broncos knew it, too. When the players walked into the locker room, they were pleased with the victory, but disappointed with their performance.'

Marker Monkey off back [5:37 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'It's what Portis didn't do. He didn't fumble.'

Marker In defense for a shootout [5:36 AM]
Denver Post reports: '"We wanted to force Bledsoe to throw the ball," said linebacker John Mobley, who got his first sack of the season. "We got burned a couple of times, but hey, you win some, you lose some."'

Marker One-dimensional 'O' proves futile for Bills [5:35 AM]
Denver Post reports: '"Going into the game we knew that if we hit (Henry) hard enough, he would fumble the ball at some point," Reagor said.'

Marker Big Blue Scoring Machine blocking out the opponents [5:35 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'With this irresistible force and immovable object anchoring the middle of the Denver defensive line, nobody ever has any offense against the Broncos.'

Marker Broncos becoming hit among golden oldies [5:34 AM]
Denver Post reports: '"It wasn't pretty," Broncos coach Mike Shanahan said.'

Marker Lepsis' injury creates domino effect [5:33 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'Bills defensive end Aaron Schobel had one of four sacks on Griese in the game and forced Salaam into a couple of false starts and a holding penalty. But the play he won't soon forget was an end-around by Broncos wideout Scottie Montgomery that went for 28 yards and led to Denver's touchdown in the third quarter. "I thought the pass rush was all right, but I got beat on a reverse for the third week in a row," Schobel said.'

Marker Broncos put Bills away in fourth [5:32 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'Drew Bledsoe, even when he gets sacked four times as he did on Sunday, never loses his confidence. And after his offense abandoned the run he kept Buffalo in the game with big plays.'

Marker Portis celebrates 103-yard effort [5:31 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'As a second-round pick out of Miami, Portis looked good in the preseason, except for a three-fumble game at Arizona. In the first two games of the season, he only had 45 yards on nine carries. He doubled that and didn't put the ball on the ground once.'

Marker These Broncos are decidedly blue-collar [5:29 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'To be fair, Sunday's game was one the Broncos would have lost a year ago. Instead of a game-clinching touchdown drive, they would have turned the ball over to Drew Bledsoe and allowed him to take the Bills to a game-winning touchdown.'

Marker Bronco notes [5:28 AM]
Boulder Daily Camera reports: 'Former Colorado defensive tackle Justin Bannan returned to Invesco Field for the first time since his Big 12 championship team's victory over Colorado State a little over a year ago. Bannan, who was shaken up twice battling Nalen and Co. in the trenches, was not credited with a tackle.'

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