Bills End On High Note With 27-9 Win
Bills Get Victory: Drew Bledsoe ran for a score on a 7 yard QB sneak and threw a short touchdown pass to Eric Moulds as the Bills finished at .500 with an 8-8 record. The team didn't quit and came to play as they opened up a 20-0 lead enroute to the 27-9 win over Cincinnati. Moulds finished the year with 100 catches and Travis Henry added 80 yards on the ground. We will have our complete review in a bit. Complete Review.
No Players Hurt: As has been the case all year, the Bills escaped their finale with no injuries. Travis Henry limped off the field in the fourth quarter but did return. Dominique Stevenson was inactive with an ankle injury but may have been inactive even if healthy. Injury Page.
Gameday Weather: It will be a dry day in Western New York for today's season finale against the Bengals. The temperatures will hover around the freezing mark with the winds out of the west at 11mph. That will make the wind chill in the mid 20's. Overall, not a bad day for football in Buffalo for this late in December.
Saturday December 28, 2002
Price Wants To Stay: Tim McGee, the agent for Peerless Price, told Empire yesterday that his client very much wants to stay a member of the Bills. This is a day after he said the Redskins would be very interested in Price. The Falcons are another team that would be a good fit for him. It will probably come down to the almighty dollar. The Bills probably would want to pay him a tad less than Eric Moulds. If Price insists on being the number one guy he will have to go elsewhere.
Friday December 27, 2002
Bills Add Stevenson To Report: It was too good to be true, the Bills had to add a player to the injury report and they did yesterday. Dominique Stevenson is bothered by an ankle injury and is now listed as questionable for the Bengals game. Injury Report.
Price To Washington? The season isn't over yet but the speculation has already begun. Empire is reporting that the agent for Peerless Price said that his client may be headed to the Redskins if he becomes available in the free agent market. He feels his client is a good fit for Steve Spurrier's team.
Bostic Recovering: Jason Bostic had successful surgery to repair the anterior cruciate and lateral cruciate ligament in his right knee. He is expected to need six to eight months to recover. Injury Report.
Thursday December 26, 2002
Battle For Takeaways: Sunday's season finale may come down to who gets the elusive takeaway. The Bills and Bengals are at the bottom of the league rankings when it comes to taking away the ball from their opponents. As a result they are also at the bottom in turnover ratio. Whoever gets more turnovers will most likely win the game.
Tuesday December 24, 2002
Win Would Be Big For Bills: The Bills know they can't afford to lose to the lowly Bengals in the season finale. It would make for a long offseason and undo most of the good that came out of this season. A win, and the Bills have a five game improvement on last season. The Bengals are coming off their morale building win last week against New Orleans. Now it is the Bills turn to get one and finish a respectable 8-8. Complete Preview.
Bills Report No New Injuries: In an almost shocking situation for the season finale, the Bills have no injuries to report to the league. This is a fitting way to end the season since the Bills have been remarkably healthy all year long. The Bengals have one player out, three questionable, and five probable including RB Corey Dillon. Injury Report.
Bledsoe Talks About Slump: Drew Bledsoe addressed the media today and admitted he needs to be a bit more selective when going deep. He feels he is still throwing the ball with a great degree of accuracy when he sets up and throws. He said he is fairly healthy especially for this late in the season and mentioned the tough weather conditions over the last two weeks of being more of a factor then fatigue in the offensive troubles. He admits the team has not been precise enough to move the ball downfield when they don't get the big play. He said the big play was always be a part of the aresenal as long as he is there but the small plays needs to be executed without turning the ball over. He reiterated that he is extremely confident they are going to win in Buffalo and pointed to the offensive line as the most improved unit on the club.
Riemersma "Jinked": Drew Bledsoe said that Jay Riemersma is a very talented player and it is a disappointment that he hasn't been more a part of the offense this year. He feels he has almost been "jinxed" as a few touchdown receptions were called back this year and plays meant for him have gone haywire.
Bledsoe Lobbies Price: On the subject of Peerless Price, Drew Bledsoe joked that 'he will lock him in his basement' so he can't leave. He said he will do anything he can do to keep Price in Buffalo. He said no matter what happens he is happy he had the year he had this year. He said it would be fun to have him back with a year under their belts in this offensive scheme.
Williams Says Team Preparing To Win: Gregg Williams spoke to the media today in his media day press conference. He says since the team is not going to the playoffs the goal is to win this week and to be 8-8. The schedule is altered this week so the players will be off on Christmas Day. The coach says they are preparing to win this game and will use their best people to try and win. He called the Bengals dangerous since they have the ability to make big plays and they have played many close games this week. One of the players the Bills need to watch out for is Corey Dillon, Williams called him another of the long line of top backs the Bills have faced this year.
Thomas Takes Advantage Of Opportunity: Coach Williams said Kevin Thomas took advantage of an opportunity this week and played well, as long as he prepares the same way this week he has a chance to play some more this week. The coach said Thomas struggled early in the year picking up the defense but he has improved tremendously. The coach said the decision has yet to be made about who will be the nickel back this week.
Monday December 23, 2002
Watson Inactive For Disciplinary Reasons: While most people thought Chris Watson was inactive because of his shoddy play this year, that appears to be not the case at all. Coach Williams confirmed that Watson missed the game for disciplinary reasons but would not go into detail about the infraction that led to the action. The coach said Watson would be eligible to play in Sunday's season finale against Cincinnati.
Players Disappointed: The players are disappointed that the season will end without a playoff berth. Drew Bledsoe however, says he is extremely confident that the team will be a successful franchise and they are on the right path to the playoffs. The team will be about $14 Million under the cap and looks to be major players in free agency, especially on defense but some attention may need to go to the offense that has struggled mightily down the stretch.
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