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Buffalo Bills News - December 9, 2002

Marker Brady misses chance to show off his footwork [5:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Brady misfired a few times in the first half, but still wound up completing 11-of-16 passes for 161 yards and a pair of touchdowns.'

Marker Bledsoe trade keeps paying off for Pats, fans [5:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'It was a dumb throw. Which made the Patriots look smart.'

Marker Big bruiser Smith delivering for Pats [5:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This was the first time in four games against his former team that Smith hasn't topped 100 yards. But he still knows he made his carries count.'

Marker Two-minute drill [5:01 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots picked off four Drew Bledsoe passes but the biggest turnover they forced was the fumble by Peerless Price early in the fourth quarter, when the Bills had already scored twice and were embarking on their third drive of the second half. The Pats recovered on the Buffalo 28, and their subsequent touchdown put them back in charge at 27-10.'

Marker Can't Go Home Again [5:00 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe? He was alone to stew in his frustration, and maybe even a bit of self-doubt, after throwing four interceptions, three of them into the jagged teeth of a Patriots defense that repeatedly shredded his overeager bid to rescue his team from a 17-0 second-quarter deficit. Just the way coach Bill Belichick planned it when he traded Bledsoe to the Bills in April for a No.1 draft choice.'

Marker Interception Marks Seymour's Surge [4:59 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Seymour caught the deflection on the Bills 15, and was tackled at the 9. Two plays later, the Patriots scored to take a 17-0 lead on their way to a 27-17 victory over Bledsoe's Bills.'

Marker He's Oh, So Predictable [4:58 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Every game I've ever played, I've taken personally," Bledsoe said. "And this one, more than most. The turnovers I had fall heavily on my shoulders." We've heard that one before, and the solace for Patriots fans is to be found in two words. Tom Brady.'

Marker Bledsoe bombs in return [4:57 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: ' If Drew Bledsoe was frustrated by how Bill Belichick treated him last season, then he must really be beside himself over the way he has been treated this season.'

Marker Defense came through [4:56 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"They had a couple of runs to the outside, but I think we did a good job, controlling their inside running game," said Patriots defensive tackle Richard Seymour, who had four tackles, shared a sack and had an interception. "And if you can't get your inside running game started, it's usually a long day."'

Marker Hayes finally makes impact [4:55 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'New England won the opening coin toss and took the ball, but Buffalo still wound up going against the wind. Apparently no one picked a direction, so referee Jeff Triplette figured the Bills wanted to attack the goal they were facing. When Drew Bledsoe tried to change that, it was too late.'

Marker Pats sack Bills [4:54 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Belichick’s plan was simple. Much like the Nov. 3 game against the Bills in Orchard Park - a 38-7 Patriots’ win - New England utilized its pass rush to force Bledsoe into quick throws. By taking him out of his element, they eliminated his ability to hurt them with big plays and they were opportunistic when he made mistakes.'

Marker Defense does it for the champs [4:53 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'It was the defense. That goes for both sides. One team showed up to play. The other team just got out-played.'

Marker Hey, that was Hayes [4:52 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'New England scored on its first four drives against the Bills.'

Marker Bledsoe trade helps in more ways than one [4:51 AM]
Manchester Union Leader reports: '“We figured we could put pressure on him, get pressure in his face off the edges and that would help us a lot defensively,” said Pats cornerback Otis Smith, who forced a fumble for a fifth Bills turnover. “Guys did a good job of putting pressure on him and making him hold the ball longer than he wanted to.”'

Marker Back in New England, Bledsoe Has Day He'd Rather Forget [4:50 AM]
New York Times reports: '"There is no question that every game I've ever played in I've taken personally," said Bledsoe, now in his 10th season. "This one, even more than most. I have to be more precise for this offense to be more precise."'

Marker It's no can Drew [4:49 AM]
New York Post reports: 'From the time Bledsoe and the Bills lost the coin toss - and his Bills called the wrong direction to defend - to the last of his four interceptions, it was a nightmare.'

Marker Pats ruin Drew's day in Foxboro [4:48 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"I think a few of those throws (Drew) would like to get back," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "We shot ourselves in the foot. We weren't able to overcome our mistakes."'

Marker Like old times [4:47 AM]
USA Today reports: 'Jones said the Patriots noted a Buffalo tendency to pass on second down when close to the goal line. "It was one of the plays they ran in practice," Jones said of New England's coaching staff. "Practice makes perfect."'

Marker December is New England's time to shine [4:46 AM]
ESPN reports: 'In winning their third straight contest and fifth of the last six games, the Patriots utilized the formula that brought them success in 2001: spread the ball around on offense and confuse the opposing quarterback into making mistakes.'

Marker Bills shoot their feet off in New England [4:45 AM]
Shout! reports: 'If you were watching the Patriots beat the Bills 27-17 on Dec. 8, you may have thought you were watching a repeat of the teams' first game from five weeks earlier.'

Marker Flashback: Cookie Gilchrist's Big Game [12:11 AM] reports: The Buffalo Bills have had many memorable battles over the course of their 42 year history. One that stands out is a game on December 8, 1963 versus the New York Jets when Bills' running back Cookie Gilchrist ran for five touchdowns and racked up 243 yards on the ground at War Memorial Stadium.

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December 8, 2002

Marker New England 27, Buffalo 17 [5:21 PM]
UPI reports: 'New England has taken the last five meetings between the teams.'

Marker Patriots sweep series with Bills [4:45 PM] reports: 'New England jumped out to a 20-0 lead and cruised from there, winning its eighth game of the season against five losses, 27-17.'

Marker Patriots 27, Bills 17 [4:44 PM]
AP reports: 'The Patriots dominated Buffalo for the second time in barely a month.'

Marker New England 27, Buffalo 17 [4:42 PM]
Sportsticker reports: '[Bledsoe] completed 32-of-51 passes, but threw four interceptions in a game for the first time since 1999 and was one shy of a career high.'

Marker Forget Drew; it’s all about the teams [10:53 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“This team is real tight chemistry-wise and we’re healthy,” Williams said. “Our confidence is obviously buoyed some from the last ballgame (the win over Miami), and we have to go out and execute.”'

Marker Lots riding on this one for New England and Buffalo [10:52 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'While Bledsoe's return to Foxboro certainly adds suspense to this matchup, it is merely a footnote to the real drama - the 7-5 Patriots have a chance to eliminate the 6-6 Bills from AFC playoff contention with a victory. If Buffalo wins, the playoff picture gets further muddled, with Miami and the New York Jets still hanging close and the increasing likelihood that only the division winner will advance to the postseason.'

Marker WR Eric Moulds Q&A [10:15 AM] reports: In the offseason, what do you fell will be the most important transaction to be made? Offensive (Peerless) or Defensive (D/Lineman)? - Nick F. Schneider "I think all of the above. Hopefully we can resign Peerless but at the same time sure up our defensive unit and get those guys stronger and I think we'll have more of a complete team."

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [10:14 AM] reports: New England quarterback Tom Brady has been successful this season by using short passes for small gains. So, give them to him. By maintaining tight zone coverage on the Pats' receivers, the Bills defense can relegate Brady to tiny tosses. If the defenders collapse on the receiver and bring him down almost on the spot-sort of like other teams were doing to Buffalo's offense last month-then those mini-passes will move the Pats nowhere.

Marker Updated Profile: Quarterback Drew Bledsoe [10:13 AM] reports: vs. MIAMI (12/1): Recorded 1st rushing touchdown as a Bill (3rd of career) on 2-yd plunge in the 2nd qtr…had two touchdown passes of 50+ yards (73 yards to Peerless Price, 57 yards to Eric Moulds)…13th time in Bills history that a quarterback had a pair of 50-yd TDs in the same game (Last: Alex Van Pelt vs. MIA, 11/25/01)…threw for three touchdowns for the 3rd time this season (23rd in career).

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