Bledsoe's debut a 'surreal' loss [6:08 AM]
Toronto Globe and Mail reports: 'On an afternoon where the Bills accomplished so much offensively -- and when a defence lacking in personality knocked Curtis Martin out of the game by halftime with an ankle injury -- it was the memory of Chad Morton's two kickoff return touchdowns, including a 96-yard romp on the opening kickoff of overtime, that stood out in a 37-31 loss to the New York Jets on the opening weekend of the National Football League season.'
Buffalo suffers quick, painful overtime loss [6:08 AM]
National Post reports: 'The defeat, even for a team that lost four consecutive Super Bowl games a decade ago, was heartbreaking.'
'Impressive' Bledsoe looks like the answer to Bills' prayers [6:08 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'While the Bills were devastated by their 37-31 overtime loss and the way they lost it -- the opening kickoff in OT was run back 96 yards for the winning touchdown after Bledsoe hit Eric Moulds for the tying touchdown with just 26 seconds left in regulation time -- they were thrilled with their new quarterback.'
Morton Doubly Good for Jets [6:08 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets' defense yielded 149 yards rushing and, 3 rushing touchdowns to Travis Henry. Even in the worst days of the run defense in 2001, the Jets never gave up three rushing touchdowns in one game.'
In Debut, Bledsoe in Disbelief [6:07 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In a blink, Bledsoe had done exactly what Bills management had hoped.'
Martin Sprains Left Ankle [6:06 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Bills allowed 300 yards in returns today. They also allowed Jason Glenn's blocked punt, which led to John Hall's 33-yard field goal that cut Buffalo's lead to 24-23 early in the fourth quarter.'
Edwards Baffled by Flags [6:06 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The Jets were penalized 10 times, for a total of 90 yards, their worst day in that department since Edwards arrived.'
Get Used to Successful Jets [6:05 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Who would have thought a season opener between bitter division foes, a game featuring Drew Bledsoe, Vinny Testaverde and Curtis Martin, would be decided by a 5-foot-8-inch kick returner?'
Chad returns for seconds [6:05 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'So at the start of overtime, Ray Mickens whispered to Donnie Abraham on the sideline, "If anyone can bring it back, Chad can."'
With Martin hurt, Jets go extra yard [6:04 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Martin was hurt when linebacker London Fletcher landed across the ankle after a pass play near the end of the first half. He didn't appear to be limping too badly when the teams returned for the second half. Still, the Jets felt it was prudent to keep him out.'
Drew debut fills the Bill [6:03 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'If not for special teams breakdowns, he would have begun the Bledsoe era with a big win. Now, if he can only survive 16 games with an unproven offensive line, the Bills' trade to get him may pay off.'
Not short on big plays [6:02 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The little guy from Torrance, Calif., was a long way from home. He looked way out of his element among his teammates. He wasn't. Morton was big yesterday. He was big news, and a big deal.'
Becht is back in starring role [6:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Why was Becht a frequent target? The Bills did a lot of blitzing, and Becht became the "hot" receiver in many of those instances. The Bills' outstanding cornerbacks, Antoine Winfield and Nate Clements, neutralized the Jets' wideouts, forcing Testaverde to throw to Becht on check-downs.'
Jets' report card [6:01 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'This was alarmingly reminiscent of last season. Travis Henry burned them repeatedly with cutbacks, rushing for a career-high 149 yards and three TDs. LB Sam Cowart was quiet in his debut. The Bills went to school by reviewing their own preseason game against the Colts. The Jets and Colts play the same scheme.'
Jets return with a bang! [6:00 AM]
New York Post reports: '"That was a game that for spectators was probably fun to watch," Herman Edwards said. "But for a coach, it was a nightmare."'
The little green giant [5:59 AM]
New York Post reports: 'This isn't any way to win a Super Bowl. But at least the Jets found a way to win a game yesterday so many other Jet teams would have lost. That way was Chad Morton. Chad Morton saved the Jets yesterday.'
Bledsoe is making Billeavers [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bledsoe (26-for-39 for 271 yards, 1 TD, 2 INTs) scared holy hell out of the Jets when he double-pumped and found Eric Moulds with a 29-yard TD pass through the Jets' Cover 2 to force overtime. The Jets kept knocking him down and Bledsoe kept getting up. He even leveled nose tackle Jason Ferguson with a smashing block on a reverse to Peerless Price.'
Green win tainted by hurt Curt [5:58 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets lost Curtis Martin, their franchise running back who just signed a $46 million contract, to a left ankle sprain late in the first half yesterday in Buffalo, though the injury does not appear to be serious enough to keep him out of next week's game.'
Edwards ticked off at Jet 'D' [5:57 AM]
New York Post reports: '"We were all out of whack," Edwards said. "We shot ourselves in the foot a bunch of times. No one was keeping their composure except for me. That's not us. We're not that type of football team. We have to clean that up, fix it."'
He may not be a back, but geez, can he run [5:56 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The MVP of a week-old Jets season broke two big plays and plenty of hearts in Buffalo. Morton's first kickoff return for a score, which covered 98 yards, came immediately after the Bills went up 10-0. And if that touchdown made it a game, the next one ended it.'
TD return No. 2 gives Buffalo the boot in OT [5:55 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It should be taken as a good sign that the Jets needed only one game to set a positive tone for 2002. Faced with some of the same calamities that ensnared them early last season - porous run defense, penalties, a decisive disadvantage in time of possession - the Jets shook them off and beat the Bills, 37-31, in a dramatic victory that could be a sign of things to come.'
Becht a Big Target for Big Plays [5:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'It wasn't just that Becht caught four passes for 36 yards - including a touchdown - and a two-point conversion, it was the way he did it. Becht caught balls in heavy traffic. And his best statistic of the afternoon? Zero drops.'
Sprained Ankle Sidelines Curtis [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'After the game, Martin was fitted with a walking boot and hooked up to an electric stimulator, but he didn't need crutches.'
Special Teams Get Two-for-One Deal [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"To have two [returns] go back, block a punt and cover the way we did," Westhoff said, "not too many special teams have ever done that."'
Darling Gets Reprieve After Cover Mistake [5:52 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Jets nickel linebacker Darling took responsibility for the coverage breakdown that led to Eric Moulds' 29-yard touchdown reception that tied the game at 31 with 26 seconds left in regulation. Coach Herman Edwards blamed the lack of a pass rush, which gave Drew Bledsoe time to pump-fake and hit Moulds in between three defenders just over the goal line on fourth-and-9.'
Morton's TD return ends thriller in OT [5:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In a seesaw battle in which there were six lead changes and two ties, and the Jets' vaunted defense didn't live up to expectations.'
Testaverde flashes a dash of the past [5:51 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Testaverde turned in a vintage performance, completing 24 of 30 passes for 210 yards and two touchdowns. Wasn't intercepted once, and didn't make even one of the regrettable throws that seemed to pockmark every game last year.'
Bledsoe's late dramatics keep Bills afloat [5:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"It was a double pump and the linebacker didn't get deep enough," Jets coach Herman Edwards said. "The point isn't to blame someone. It was a great play on their part. We didn't get there on the rush. (Bledsoe) had too much time. If you give a guy that much time, the zone breaks down."'
Injured Martin uncertain for Pats [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Martin, who has been amazingly durable during his five seasons with the Jets, will be re-examined today. X-rays at the stadium were negative.'
A day of clicking and screaming for the Mortons [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'On the field at Ralph Wilson Stadium, Chad Morton could feel the life spilling out of his legs, so he began to bargain with them. "Come on now!" he yelled, into the desperate din of 72,751 voices. "Don't get caught! Don't fall down! Just a little bit more! Just a little bit more!"'
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