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Buffalo Bills News - October 7, 2002

Marker Points galore add up to losing score [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Drew Bledsoe's passing statistics are spectacular ones. The defense's weekly yields are not.'

Marker Raiders take offense to Bills [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe and his offensive mates traded punch for punch with the Raiders' Hall of Fame-caliber attack. But the Bills' defense once again proved it is not ready for prime time.'

Marker Oakland receivers run circles around Buffalo defenders [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills also are paying the price for playing two inexperienced players at safety with Wire and Prioleau. Both had coverage breakdowns that led to touchdowns.'

Marker Rookie's vision fatal to Bills [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I was just trying to read his eyes," Buchanon said. "I kind of read his eyes a little bit, and he kind of telegraphed it a little bit. You know, that's Drew Bledsoe. He can put it just about anywhere. Maybe he saw something different. I don't know. I was just trying to do my job."'

Marker Defenders can dance, but they can't stop anyone [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders piled up 495 yards. They had 10 plays of 20 yards or more. Five of their touchdown drives took 2:12 or less. Those weren't drives. They were Olympic sprint relays.'

Marker Blazing-guns offense makes Raiders forget Gruden [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders are hurting, all right. They're hurting every opponent that gets in their way.'

Marker Moulds, Price hit 100 yards again [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's always tough to swallow when you lose," Price added. "When you feel you've played well enough to win, it's even tougher."'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The teams combined for 974 yards and 80 points. They combined for 73 points after the first quarter. They had 512 yards before halftime. The over-under of 53 points was obliterated by the third quarter.'

Marker Unbeaten, unequaled [8:19 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'As for history, the Raiders have never started 5-0 -- but get that chance Sunday at shockingly winless St. Louis.'

Marker Porter develops into another threat [8:17 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'Playing most of the time as the slot receiver against Bills safeties Pierson Prioleau and Coy Wire, a rookie, the deceptively strong, 6-foot-2 Porter surpassed his career highs for receptions (six) and yardage (62), set Sept. 15 against Pittsburgh.'

Marker Rice looks merely mortal for a change [8:16 AM]
Sacramento Bee reports: '"They wanted to do a little roughhouse out there," Rice said. "I was taking shots from behind and to the head. I wanted to let them know I wasn't going to take it."'

Marker Raiders survive despite miscues [6:31 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"It wasn't easy out there," Raiders quarterback Rich Gannon said. "It comes down to a couple of plays. That's how it is in a game like that."'

Marker Buchanon turns vision into reality [6:30 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"That's Drew Bledsoe," Buchanon said. "He's going to try to put it in tight places where people don't expect him to put it."'

Marker Raiders thrive with blur in backfield [6:29 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'The Bills built their defensive game plan around stopping receivers Tim Brown and Jerry Rice, which seems reasonable enough. Unfortunately for them, that left Garner and Jerry Porter unchaperoned, and they combined for 294 total yards as the Raiders (after San Diego's loss to Denver) became the league's only unbeaten team.'

Marker Rookie Walker delivers [6:29 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Hall of Famer and former Bills coach Marv Levy watched the game from the press box. He also coached at Cal.'

Marker Recovery time [6:27 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'So the Bills finished with 479 yards. It will trash the Raiders' defensive ranking. But it was all part of the plan.'

Marker One Jerry jubilant, another dejected [6:26 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'It was Porter's career day. But it was Rice's worst day in a while. He had four catches -- and four drops. Although he finished with 77 yards and a touchdown, he left about 100 yards and a score or two on Ralph Wilson Stadium's turf.'

Marker Raiders might be NFL's greatest show [6:24 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: '``They just came out with a bunch of different formations and personnel,'' said Bills linebacker London Fletcher. ``The things you can't have in a game are the big plays.'' But the Raiders had them.'

Marker Buchanon a force to be reckoned with [6:23 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'It's a victory the defense will gladly take. Buchanon knows the Raiders got away with one. ``It was a long day for us,'' he said. ``There were a lot of missed tackles, a lot of missed assignments. We haven't had our best game yet. That's kind of scary."'

Marker Game rewind [6:22 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'Goat - Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe hadn't thrown an interception in 175 attempts before Tory James picked off his pass in the third quarter. He tried to throw past Buchanon in the fourth, a mistake that gave the game to the Raiders. Bledsoe's sixth career 400-yard game feels pretty empty.'

Marker High-octane Raiders outlast Bills to stay unbeaten [6:02 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'In a dizzying matchup of two of the NFL's most prolific attacks, the Raiders' No. 1-ranked offense on Sunday engaged in the expected scoring shootout with the pass-happy Buffalo Bills, with the two juggernauts racking up nearly 1,000 yards between them.'

Marker Garner's effort makes you take notice [6:02 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'You couldn't miss Garner on Sunday, though, not even on a play when he didn't touch the ball. Even so, that pickup on a blitz was a whisper compared with the thunderclap of his two touchdown plays. On an afternoon overloaded with big plays, Garner's stood out.'

Marker Game grades [6:01 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Buffalo presents myriad problems offensively, but Chuck Bresnahan tweaked the defensive scheme, turning the pass rush loose in the second half and rattling Bledsoe. Good on-the-fly adjustments on offense; most notably, freeing up Gannon and letting him scramble for the TD.'

Marker Buchanon's day turned on pick [6:00 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'It was a badly needed turnaround for a battered and exhausted Raiders defensive unit, one that managed to correct itself at the right time. "When we gathered ourselves back in, we started making plays down the stretch," said safety Rod Woodson, who freely admitted it wasn't his best day. "But Phillip continues to make plays, and that's key for us."'

Marker Burned to a crisp [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Thirty-one points is usually more than enough to win in the NFL. Not only did the Bills not win, they lost by 18. ďItís not easy to do, but we did it today,Ē general manager Tom Donahoe said.'

Marker See Drew pass, see 'D' fall down [5:26 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bledsoe will always be a good teammate and not point fingers, but he needs to know that itís no secret he plays for a team that has a lousy defense, no defense really.'

Marker Bills could learn from Raiders' 'D' [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: 'But the Raiders also showed Sunday that they have other pieces of the puzzle, too -- pieces still missing in Buffalo. Namely an opportunistic defense, dynamic special teams and a ton of Super Bowl-caliber experience.'

Marker Bledsoe can't cover for defense [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Buffalo defense: This was an abomination. Everyone knew Oakland had a dynamic offense, but come on, can anyone wearing a blue uniform make a play?'

Marker Bills' Report Card [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Thatís five games without an interception.'

Marker Raiders rev it up [5:23 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When Bledsoe's unit puts up 31 points and you lose by 18, there is enough evidence to call out the guilty party.'

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