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Buffalo Bills News - October 9, 2002

Marker N.Y. farm Drew No. 11's attention [7:51 AM]
Bosotn Herald reports: 'Word from the locker room is that former New England Patriot football hero Drew Bledsoe has picked up a big antique farm in upstate New York where he and the brood will settle now that No. 11's the Buffalo Bills' No. 1 guy. Of course, Drew is still carrying the mortgage on the manse in Medfield, which is on the market for nearly $9 million but hasn't found a buyer yet. Don't fret, Bledsoe makes the big bucks, he can afford the two payments.'

Marker Texans' offense hopes to thrive [5:20 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"When you've got Drew Bledsoe, and he's putting the ball up 50 times, you know he's going to connect on some of them," Miller said. "As an offense we have to keep pace with them and find a way to put points on the board."'

Marker Williams-led Bills staff rekindles Houston memories [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Williams, 44, spent nine years in Houston, beginning in 1988 when he was a graduate assistant under Jack Pardee at the University of Houston. In 1990, Williams followed Pardee to the Oilers. Over the next seven seasons, he worked in quality control and coached special teams and linebackers before he was promoted to defensive coordinator.'

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October 8, 2002

Marker Texans need more ammunition to match Bills' firepower [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The Texans still have the worst offense in the NFL.'

Marker Ask WR Peerless Price [3:08 PM] reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price recorded his second 100-yard game of the season and the seventh of his career in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Price caught 7 balls for 126 yards and a TD to give him 35 receptions for 493 yards and 4 TDs through five games this season.

Marker Bills logging big numbers (defensively) [2:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The only thing that catches your eye more than the fact that Buffalo is scoring over 32 points per game is that it’s surrendering an NFL-worst 36.'

Marker Raiders grade [1:21 PM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Coach Bill Callahan coaxed another inspired effort from his players. He and his staff devised solid game plans that kept the Bills off-balance and produced strong showings from offense, defense and special teams. His players overcame penalties, dropped passes, missing starters, a sold-out crowd and Bledsoe. Grade: A-'

Marker Raiders' offense in high gear [1:18 PM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'Buchanon is having the time of his life. Despite getting burned on coverages in the first half, Buchanon intercepted Drew Bledsoe in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 81 yards for a touchdown. He also batted down two passes.'

Marker Week 5: Raiders 49, Bills 31 [1:16 PM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'OVERALL GRADE: A-
Here's all you need to know: at 18 points down, the Bills thought they played well.'

Marker Bills' TV ratings continue to climb [11:09 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'According to figures compiled by Nielsen Media Research and WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate, ratings for Bills' games are up 30.5 percent from a year ago.'

Marker Game Notebook vs. Oakland Raiders [11:06 AM] reports: Moulds & Price rank 1-2 in the NFL in receiving yards with 525 and 493, respectively. Moulds is also #1 in the NFL in receptions with 41 and Peerless is #2 in the AFC and tied for third in the NFL with 35 receptions (St. Louis’ Marshall Faulk 38 and Tory Holt 35). Moulds leads the NFL with 15 catches (255 yards) on third down and is also #1 in the league in catches for first downs with 27 (Price is second in the NFL with 25).

Marker Bills INT drought now at nine months [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are on pace to give up 576 points, which would smash the team record of 454 and the NFL mark of 533.'

Marker Bills appear destined to be exciting losers [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You knew the defense had its shortcomings, but did anyone think they would be on pace to break the National Football League record for points allowed in a season?'

Marker Moore suffers broken hand [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Being left-handed, Moore won't be able do any long snapping. Starting tight end Jay Riemersma assumed that duty after Moore went down and will likely get most of the work this week.'

Marker Defenseless Bills need to stop 'em [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“We’re still a confident group,” linebacker London Fletcher said. Nobody is quite sure why.'

Marker What do the Bills have to do to improve on defense? [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Hasn’t anybody heard that the best defense is a ball-hogging offense? It wouldn’t have hurt for Kevin Gilbride to slow Sunday’s game down and attempt to change the tempo, especially when it was clear Jerry Gray’s defense couldn’t plug a wine bottle with a cork.'

Marker Look ahead: Bills Week 6 [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'So, while the Bills are in no position to get cocky, it seems like a remote possibility that Buffalo won’t take a 3-3 record into the showdown against AFC East leader Miami on Oct. 20.'

Marker Moore's bad break [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'But Moore broke his left hand in the third quarter of Sunday’s loss to the Oakland Raiders and is questionable for Sunday’s game at Houston. Moore could play with a soft cast and perform as a blocker.'

Marker Foreman intent on repaying Bills [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Let's just say I set a new sack record this year. I'm not going to become a free agent and all of sudden want to go play for Buffalo again. That's not going to happen. I don't have a desire to go up there and play for them. It just didn't work out. So be it. I'm just going out there to do the best for me and my family. I couldn't care less what they think."'

October 7, 2002

Marker Buffalo honors Hull for service [7:50 PM]
Greenwood Commonwealth reports: 'Will Wofford, Hull's teammate for seven years, said he wouldn't have missed Hull's induction for anything. "Kent was the first friend I made in Buffalo. There is nowhere I'd rather be," said Wofford. "He was the leader of the offense, even though Jim Kelly got all the publicity. Kent was the one who pulled it all together."'

Marker Bills defense letting down Bledsoe-led offense [7:41 PM]
AP reports: '''Right now it's very discouraging because we're not getting the job done as a defense,'' linebacker Keith Newman said on Monday. ''(The offense is) putting us in a position to win. In my opinion, the worst we should be as a team right now is 4-1."'

Marker Moore questionable after breaking hand [7:40 PM]
AP reports: 'Bills tight end Dave Moore broke his left hand and is questionable for Buffalo's game at Houston this weekend.'

Marker Bledsoe breaks down, barely, under weight of carrying putrid Bills defense [1:29 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Buffalo's defense surrendered six of the seven Oakland touchdowns and yielded 495 yards, most of it coming in large chunks (10 Oakland plays covered 20 yards or more).'

Marker Raiders win shootout with the Bills [1:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Those 80 points — scored in a span of 41 minutes — were the most in a non-overtime Bills’ game since a 47-34 Buffalo victory at Miami in 1993.'

Marker In the end, it was defense that beat the Bills [1:26 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We kind of struggled a bit, I know I kind of struggled a bit,” Buchanon said. “But in the end, we came out with a victory. If you go out and just hold your poise, good things happen.”'

Marker Hull becomes 19th addition to Bills’ Wall of Fame [1:25 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The crowd of 73,038 featured only 929 no-shows on a perfect afternoon (64 degrees).'

Marker 5th Down: Raiding the Other Locker Room [12:48 PM] reports: Some people think it’s really cool to walk into an NFL locker room. Try walking into the visitor’s quarters. Imagine taking an elementary school classroom, lining the walls and the middle of the room with locker stalls, and filling it with 53 extra-large sweaty men.

Marker Southern Comfort [12:32 PM] reports: Peter King in his MMQB column: "I think I wonder how long it's going to take before the NFL world figures out Drew Bledsoe. It's amazing. The Raiders picked him three times, but that defense had been playing pretty well, and the Bills rolled up 479 yards on Oakland, 417 from Bledsoe's right arm. Bledsoe has played five very-good-to-excellent games, and his deep arm looks like Dan Fouts' in his prime."

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 5 [12:12 PM] reports: Head coach Willie Burnett of Turner-Carroll High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the fifth weekend of the 2002 season (Oct. 4-5). Burnett led his team to an impressive 26-6 victory over arch-rival St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute last Friday night at Johnny B. Wiley Pavilion in Buffalo.

Marker Week 5 Game Highlights (Video) [10:54 AM] reports: Bledsoe and the Bills finally ran out of late-game dramatics.

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