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Buffalo Bills News - December 10, 2002

Marker NFL issues one-year suspension to Bills' DT Robertson [9:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Tyrone Robertson was suspended for one year by the NFL on Tuesday for violating the league's substance abuse policy for the second time this season.'

Marker NFL keeps eye on Chargers' playoff possibilities [9:30 PM]
AP reports: 'The Chargers hosting a wild card game wouldn't be much of a problem, Steeg said, but hosting the conference championship would be the worst-case scenario.'

Marker Nobody asked but [1:11 PM]
Cape Breton Post reports: 'But in the weeks and months that passed, it has been the manner in which Brady, Belichick and his players have picked Bledsoe and the Bills apart in two meetings this season that now has everyone convinced the Patriots management made the proper decision when they opted to make Brady their pony of choice for the race toward a second successive appearance in the Super Bowl.'

Marker Strong Armed Gambler? [10:05 AM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Let’s face it, Tom Brady didn’t even need to get his uniform dry cleaned after his games against the Bills.'

Marker Chargers look to get hot down the stretch [10:05 AM]
North County Times reports: 'If the season ended today, the Chargers would be on the outside looking in.'

Marker Shop 'til they drop [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Many of the players were probably still stinging from last Sunday's 27-17 loss to the New England Patriots, but no one could tell. After staring in the wondrous eyes of children, the game hardly mattered.'

Marker Williams' job still at stake down stretch [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Just because the team doesn't quit on its coach, that doesn't mean the owner and the GM will not.'

Marker Winfield sees little hope for playoffs [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' streak of sellouts could end this week. Though no ticket information was made available Monday, there were a little less than 13,000 remaining heading into last weekend.'

Marker Chargers shoot for fast finish [9:09 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'They've closed a season with three straight wins six times in their 43-year history, the last being 1995, when they overcame a 4-7 record by winning their final five. But since then they've gone 1-2, 0-3, 0-3, 1-2, 0-3 and 0-3 to finish seasons.'

Marker Benching Brees loser's mentality [9:08 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The Chargers are doing the right thing here. Maybe Brees isn't the ultimate answer. Who knows? But if he is the QB of the future, they have to know, and it isn't going to be Flutie. Still, that doesn't mean there aren't times when a change is necessary.'

Marker Bills need a miracle and they know it [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '“We have to go out and win the games, whether we go to the playoffs or not, we’re still trying to go 3-0 the last three games,” he said.'

Marker Improved pass rush would help Bills [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'Pressure on the QB is part and parcel to stopping the run. The Bills linebacking corps is a whole other topic of concern, but it starts up front. When star nose tackle Ted Washington was released during the cap purge, Gregg Williams had to lie down before he fainted. He knew the struggles that awaited.'

Marker Math says no playoffs for Bills [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'WHO was secretly hoping that San Diego’s Drew Brees suffered some type of injury against the Raiders -- nothing terrible, mind you, but just serious enough for him to miss this game against the Bills and force San Diego to start Doug Flutie in his return to the Ralph. Come on you Flutie Fanatics, admit it.'

Marker Pats find winning formula [5:29 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Bills have been successful because of the big play ability of their quarterback and wide receivers. Both Moulds and Peerless Price have already passed the 1,000-yard mark and came into the game averaging 14 yards a catch. They did have 17 catches between them but Law, Otis Smith and Terrell Buckley combined to limit big plays.'

Marker Brady Bowls Over Bledsoe [5:28 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'How would Bledsoe fare against this Bills defense? How would Brady fare against this Patriots defense? We'll never know. All we know is that Brady's Patriots are better than Bledsoe's Bills. Everything else is background noise.'

Marker Humbled McKenzie set for Hall [5:27 AM]
Detroit Free Press reports: 'For about three decades, McKenzie has represented U-M and Highland Park in more impressive ways than this. In 1974, as a star lineman with the Buffalo Bills, McKenzie decided to help his community. So he started a football camp in his hometown of Highland Park, which he proudly calls "the capital of Detroit."'

Marker Brees' job safe with Chargers [5:26 AM]
AP reports: '''We're definitely living on the edge. ... We've got a few plays with Flutie at wide receiver,'' Schottenheimer said on Monday, a day after the Chargers' damaging 27-7 home loss to the rival Oakland Raiders (9-4), who now have control of the AFC West as well as the conference's best record. ''I'm serious,'' Schottenheimer said after his comments drew a few laughs at his weekly news conference. ''Sure. Why not?'''

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December 9, 2002

Marker Levy's Week 14 snapshot [10:40 PM] reports: Do the Patriots have Drew Bledsoe's number?

Bledsoe did some good things, it's just that he is having to force the ball, he is having to be predictable because they were playing from behind all day. He had to be bold, and it didn't work against a pretty good defensive team.

There were five takeaways (four interceptions) in the game and the Bills got none. You can't win, I don't care what the rest of the statistics are.

Marker Winfield: 'I don't think we have a chance' [8:16 PM]
AP reports: 'While there are numerous scenarios that would ensure Buffalo's elimination, the simplest comes with one more Bills' loss or one more Patriots' victory.'

Marker Official NFL Playoff Scenarios [2:31 PM] reports: The following are the official playoff scenarios in each conference and division as determined by the NFL.

Marker Buffalo Bills make sequel worth missing [1:39 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The defending Super Bowl champions may not be the best team in football, but they're a hell of a lot better than the Bills.'

Marker Pats pick apart Bills [1:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This isn’t what Drew Bledsoe had in mind.'

Marker Gray’s ‘D’ is failing for the Bills [1:37 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Just wondering, exactly what does it take for Jerry Gray to be fired?'

Marker Bledsoe buffaloed [1:36 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Maybe the Bills can petition the NFL for another wholesale realignment like the one that delivered the Colts out of the Patriots' clutches this year.'

Marker It was the homecoming from hell [1:36 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘I thought the first-down play (a run by Travis Henry) was a big play because Ted Johnson stopped him for a 1-yard loss,'' Belichick said. ‘‘After a play like that, especially with a team on the road, you kind of anticipate they will throw on second down. Willie McGinest did a good job of forcing Bledsoe back off the line of scrimmage. It was a good play by Tebucky Jones, a lot better than the one he dropped later on.'''

Marker Patriots stage a pick-and-strip show vs. Bills [1:35 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Yes, the Bills got their yards - 390 of them to be exact, compared to 275 for the Pats, but while Buffalo defenders were whiffing on open-field tackles and failing to make big plays, their Patriots counterparts were picking (off) and stripping (free).'

Marker Bledsoe still throwing the ball to Patriots [1:34 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: '...with a vivid reminder of why Bill Belichick dumped their dear old reckless Drew.'

Marker Patriots defense has sprung to life [1:33 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Bledsoe has now thrown for more than 300 yards twice against his old team and it has resulted in three TD passes, five interceptions and two losses.'

Marker Bills at Patriots (Video Highlights) [12:08 PM] reports: Watch video hightlights of Sunday's game. Also, check out NFL highlights.

Marker Game Notebook at New England Patriots [12:07 PM] reports: Moulds and Price are one of 69 teammate duos in NFL history to each post 1,000-yard receiving seasons in the same year and are poised to become just the 10th tandem from the same team with 1,200-yard campaigns. Both are also in reach of 100-catch seasons and would be just the third duo from the same team to do so: Detroit’s Herman Moore (123) and Brett Perriman (108) did it in 1995 and Denver’s Ed McCaffrey (101) and Rod Smith (100) did it in 2000.

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