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!"'
Instant returns [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"They had a great game plan for us offensively," said strong safety Sam Garnes, one of the new starters. "Bledsoe was just a warrior out there. We have a lot of respect for him, and I have even more because I haven't played him as much as my teammates. He played a hell of a game. I have to give him his props."'
More than pure speed [5:49 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'As wide receiver Wayne Chrebet observed, "Chad's starting to write his ticket to the Pro Bowl already."'
Morton, Jets make special delivery [5:48 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: ' The Jets left Ralph Wilson Stadium with pounding hearts, a wild victory and acres of room for improvement.'
Martin not hurt badly [5:48 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'Martin had carried four times for 6 yards and caught five passes for 35 yards when he left a game in which he was the only Jet to suffer a significant injury.'
Unspecial teams rob Bills, Bledsoe of good effort [5:48 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'Poor Danny Smith. One game into the season, and already he's dumber than a speed bump.'
Great day, sure, but perfect? [5:48 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'There had been 317 overtime games in NFL history before the Bills made the mistake of losing the coin toss. Only one of those games had ended with a kickoff return for touchdown.'
Bledsoe tunes out past, hits high note [5:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''He showed our guys that with Drew in there, the game is never over,'' said Bills president and general manager Tom Donahoe. ''He's lost none of his ability to throw."'
Drew shines, but Jets steal show [5:46 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Even those who believe Drew Bledsoe is a better quarterback than Tom Brady must admit this: When it comes to winning, Brady gets the breaks and Bledsoe does not.'
Jets ruin Bledsoe's debut 37-31 [5:40 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Alas for Buffalo, Drew Bledsoe cannot play special teams.'
Party for Bledsoe ends in loss [5:15 AM]
ESPN reports: '"He is a true leader," said Bills left guard Ruben Brown. "I'm just so glad he's here."'
Week 1: Bills-Jets Postgame Quotebook [7:18 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "It was a wild game with a lot of big plays up and down the field. It was great to see Drew make some big plays and he kept us in the ball game. Defensively they really played with their backs to the wall and overcame a bunch of things during the ball game. We gave up too many big plays and the big play that beat us at the end of the ball game."
Jets 37, Bills 31, OT [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'Bledsoe, acquired to spark the Bills offense in a deal with New England last April, almost capped a dramatic debut. He forced overtime when he threw his first TD pass of the game with 26 seconds remaining -- a 29-yarder to Eric Moulds.'
NY Jets 37, Buffalo 31 (ot) [4:43 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Chad Morton stole the spotlight from Drew Bledsoe.'
Van Miller-Bills Radio Voice Enters 36th Season [10:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Van Miller is in his 36th season as the team's play-by-play radio announcer. The Dunkirk native has broadcast over 700 Bills' games including preseason, regular season and postseason games since 1960.
High Hopes For Moulds In 2002 [10:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Wide receiver Eric Moulds begins his seventh season with the Bills and his first catching passes from Drew Bledsoe. Moulds has 11 catches for 244 yards and one touchdown in the team's last two home games vs. the Jets. He also has 295 receiving yards on 18 catches (16.4 average) in the last four season openers.
Bledsoe gets down to work for Bills today [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How quickly the Bills can get their offensive talent to jell remains a giant question. Will four of their first five drives be derailed by penalties and sacks?'
Extra seasoning [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I know people are talking about us going to the Super Bowl or the playoffs, but I just want to get back to winning."'
Bills, Jets bring new faces to settle old scores [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If today's game is anything close to the two matchups last year, fans would be advised to stick around to the end.'
Finding franchise QB a tall order for most [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe began the trek to greatness several times when he was a Patriot. He could complete that journey in Buffalo.'
No friction, no fooling [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: 'Twenty-six of the 53 men who made the final roster were not with the Bills last year when this once-proud franchise sank to the depths of the NFL with a 3-13 record.'
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