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Bledsoe And Price Shine In Victory

Peerless PricePassing Game Shines: The biggest reason the Bills were able to pull out the victory over Minnesota yesterday was because the passing game shined and made up for deficiencies in the running game. The defense struggled on defense but balanced it out with some big plays of their own. We break the game down unit by unit. Gameday Grades.

No Major Injuries: The Bills once again escaped without any major injuries. Sammy Morris needed help getting up after one special teams play but he returned. DaShon Polk also was sidelined briefly when he twisted his knee while playing special teams. Antoine Winfield missed a series after a hard collision with Randy Moss. None of the banged up players were seriously hurt as they all returned to action. Injury Page.

Sunday September 15, 2002

Bills Pull It Out: Nobody thought it could be more wild than last week but it was. The Bills lost the battle on the line of scrimmage today against Minnesota but won in overtime, like the Jets did last week. Drew Bledsoe threw for a career high and a new Bills record of 463 yards and hit Peerless Price for a 48 yard score in overtime to give the team the 45-39 victory. Mike Hollis followed a 52 yard field goal earlier in the game with a career high 54 yarder of the crossbar as time expired in regulation to send the game in overtime. He did miss a 45 yarder in the extra session but the Bills defense stopped Minnesota on their two extra session possessions. Complete Review.

Turnovers Need To Be Avoided: Today's game against the Vikings promises to be a high scoring affair with many experts (including us) predicting that the Bills will win despite being five point underdogs. Don't expect them to give up kick returns for touchdowns like they did in the opener but another thing they need to do is avoid turnovers. They turned the ball over three times last week and if they do that again they will lose. Drew Bledsoe needs to be a bit more careful with where he throws the ball and Travis Henry needs to protect the ball better when carrying it.

Bledsoe Milestone: With 72 yards passing today Drew Bledsoe will hit the 30,000 mark in passing yards. This is his 126th career game and will tie him with Brett Favre for the third fastest player to reach that milestone. He will also move into 24th place on the alltime passing list.

Saturday September 14, 2002

Bills Head To Minnesota: The Bills fly out to Minnesota today for their matchup against the Vikings tomorrow. They have prepared all week for the noise inside the Metrodome that is soldout for the Vikings home opener. They have also prepared for the elusiveness and size of quarterback Duante Culpepper. It should be an interesting battle as both teams are desperate for a victory after tough losses on opening day.

Friday September 13, 2002

Dome Noise: Yesterday in practice the Bills brought in noise to prepare for the Vikings game inside of the metrodome. Today the Bills moved that noise inside and practiced in the fieldhouse to further prepare for Sunday. The Metrodome has been known in the past to pipe in extra noise when the visiting team has the ball, this is now against league rules.

Watson To Play: The only player on the Bills injury report will play on Sunday. Chris Watson is listed as probable with a hip bruise but has practiced this week and is expected to play. Injury Report.

Thursday September 12, 2002

Winfield May Be On Special Teams: To counter the pathetic play of the kickoff coverage last week the Bills may add some veterans to the mix during today's practice session for Sunday's game against Minnesota. The most likely candidate to play special teams is Antoine Winfield since he's the best tackler on the club. He was on the coverage unit his first two years in the league.

Wednesday September 11, 2002

One Player On Injury Report: For the second straight week the Bills only have one player listed on the injury report. Chris Watson is listed as probable with a hip problem. The Vikings have six players on the report. Injury Report.

Two Other Players Get A Look: Besides the two linebackers that visited the Bills yesterday, LB Merceda Perry and FB/TE Mike Leach also were in for a workout. Perry was formely of the Seahawks and Leach was with the Bears.

Bills Hold Service: The Bills held two memorial services today to commemorate and tribute the victims of 9/11. They held services at 1:30pm and after practice late in the afternoon. Today's normal Wednesday media press conference was also replaced with reflections of last year. Tom Donahoe, Gregg Williams, and the team captains, Drew Bledsoe, London Fletcher, and Sammy Morris.

Bills Vs. Vikings: The Bills and Vikings face off on Sunday looking put tough losses behind them. Both teams lost heartbreakers as the Vikings gave up two late touchdowns to lose to the Bears and are excited about their home opener. We breakdown the game with our complete preview on our gameday homepage. Complete Preview.

Tuesday September 10, 2002

Another Visitor Today: While the players have the day off today the Bills are busy looking for linebacker help. Besides bringing in Sekou Snayika as we reported earlier. KFFL now says the Bills are also looking at Idris Price who was recently released by the Jets.

Bills Looking At Linebacker: The Bills are bringing in linebacker Sekou Sanyika for a workout today. KFFL reports that his agent has confirmed the visit. Sanyika was cut last month by Arizona. He had nine tackles and a sack in nine games with the Cardinals last year.

Changes Unlikely To Special Teams Unit: Gregg Williams held his usual Monday post mortem press conference. He said the team did some things well on special teams including good snapping and a 52 yard field goal. He acknowledged that going 5 for 7 on kickoff coverage is unacceptable even though the coverage was very good on the other kickoffs. The films show at least three players missing tackles on the first touchdown return in the second quarter. He does not anticipate any major changes to the unit. He was not happy with the good effort of the offense and defense since the team lost but admitted they did some things well. The coach concluded that their is a light at the end of the tunnel because the team did some things very well.

Fina Signs With Cardinals: The Arizona Cardinals have signed John Fina to a one year deal believed to be for the veteran minimum. The signing brings Fina to his home state. He is a native of Tuscon and played college ball for the University of Arizona.

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