Bills Win Another Overtime Thriller
Bills Win Thriller: Drew Bledsoe threw for 328 yards on 28 of 36 including a 26 yard score to Travis Henry as the Bills won in overtime 33-27. It was the third overtime in four games for the Bills and Bledsoe now holds the NFL record with four touchdown passes in overtime for his career. Henry's score made up for his fourth fumble of the season that was returned for a score in the first quarter, the second time that has happened in two weeks. The Bills defense played well most of the game and the offense dominated except for the third quarter. Bledsoe through four touchdown passes in the game including close up scores to Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Dave Moore. Complete Story.
No Serious Injuries Reported: Like last week, many Bills got banged up but all returned and no player seemed to be injured seriously. Travis Henry seemed to hurt his ankle again, Sammy Morris and Chris Watson seemed banged up at times. Jay Riemersma twisted an ankle and there was a thought that he wouln't return, but he did and played very well. All banged up player finished the game. Injury Page.
Another Beautiful Day: The Bills have been lucky with the weather so far this year and today is no exception. The temperature will top out at a very comfortable 69°. The skies will be partly cloudy in Orchard Park with only a 10% chance of rain.
Saturday September 28, 2002
Mismatch Advantages: The Bills need to take advantage of mismatches if they are going to even their record at 2-2 tomorrow against Chicago. The Bears secondary is banged up and the Bills will need to beat them through the air. That doesn't mean they should abandon the running game. The passing game hopefully will open up holes for Travis Henry to run through. If the Bills spread the field to throw, that can also open up running lanes. On defense, the team needs to stop the running of Anthony Thomas but be careful about the tall wide receiving quartet of the Bears. Complete Preview.
Friday September 27, 2002
Sunday A Sellout: The Bills have sold the remaining tickets for Sunday's game and the blackout has been lifted. The Bears game is the second home game of the season and both have had the blackout lifted. The Bills should make it three in a row as the Raiders game is virtually a sellout next weekend.
Watson Added To Report: The Bills have added Chris Watson to the injury report as probable with a hip pointer. He was limping around practice yesterday but is expected to play on Sunday. Injury Report.
Food Drive: Sunday's game will also be the day the Bills host their annual food drive at the stadium. All fans attending the game are encouraged to donate canned foods or money. All donations will benefit the WNY food bank. Volunteers will accept the fans including Bills' wives and girlfriends. Collection points will be outside every gate.
Thursday September 26, 2002
Prioleau Details: The new contract signed by Pierson Prioleau is a three year extension for $4.465 Million. His base salary was lowered slightly to $550,000 for this year but will receive a $850,000 signing bonus. His salary will go up to $750,000 next year, $1 Million in 2004, and $1.25 Million in 2005. Front Office Page.
Wednesday September 25, 2002
Prioleau Extension: The Bills have announced that Pierson Prioleau has signed a contract extension with the club. Terms of the deal have not been disclosed. It is a little odd for the Bills to do a minor contract extension during the season.
Henry's Fumbling: The coach said Travis Henry doesn't have a history of fumbling too much and only one of his fumbles this year has been a technique problem. He is confident that he will get it fixed but the team has good backs behind him and if Henry doesn't get it straightened out they will see action.
The Coach's Comments: The coach was asked about Brian Urlacher to open up his press conference and said he's a premier player and the Bears have a really good group of linebackers like Denver did last week. The coach said the team is in good shape and played very well and physical last week but they need to play complete games and make enough plays at the end of the ballgame to win. He talked about how Chicago does a very good job of that. The coach also mentioned that the team needs to be consistent on all types of plays including making tackles. He feels Anthony Thomas poses a problem since he's a good power running back.
Bledsoe Press Conference: Drew Bledsoe addressed the media today and he said the team needs to make sure everyone is going in the right direction at all times. He feels the corrections from last week's loss needs to happen immediately. Bledsoe said he's working on his accuracy when he has to move around the pocket. The offense needs to consistently make plays when opponents blitz according to the quarterback. Big plays have happened on blitzes but not often enough. That will be an issues this week since the Bears blitz a lot especially on third downs. The offense needs to be on top of their game since the Bears bring many different looks on defense. Bledsoe also re-iterated comments from earlier in the week that the club needs to be more consistent, sharper, and execute better early in games to match the way they have finished games the first three weeks. Bledsoe said the team needs to be more productive running the ball and keep third downs to short yardage situations, if that happens the team can be more patient and more proficent in the passing game.
No Injuries: For the second week in a row the Bills are reporting no injuries on the initial injury report. The Bears have four players out, one doubtful and three probable for this week's game. Injury Report.
Bills Vs. Bears: The tough games keep coming for the Bills as they face another tough test with the Bears coming to town. The Bears want to avenge blowing a 20 point lead last week to New Orleans while the Bills are looking to rebound from a terrible defensive fourth quarter that cost them a chance at an upset last week. For the first time all year the Bills are actually favored to win but it won't be easy. We breakdown the game with our complete preview on our gameday homepage. Complete Preview.
Tuesday September 24, 2002
Tickets Remain: The Bills have a few hundred tickets left for Sunday's game as the Bears are anticipating returning that many. The game is virtually guaranteed to be a sellout with the blackout being lifted on Thursday at 1pm.
Appearance Note: The Bills will conduct a Football 101 seminar for Women tonight from 6pm - 9pm at the fieldhouse. Among the players scheduled to appear are: Mike Hollis, Brian Moorman, Pierson Prioleau, Ahmad Brooks, Tony Driver, Marques Sullivan, and Michael Early.
League Leaders: Drew Bledsoe leads the NFL in passing yards and Peerless Price and Eric Moulds are #1 and #2 in the AFC in receiving yards. Price leads the entire NFL with 382 yards. Brian Moorman leads the NFL in gross punting average.
Monday September 23, 2002
Henry's Ankle: Travis Henry needed treatment on his sprained right ankle after the game and was walking around with a noticeable limp. The sprain his considered slight and he should be ready to go next week but may end up on the injury report when it is released on Wednesday. Injury Page.
Denney Plays: Rookie second round pick Ryan Denney saw his first playing time of his career. He was inactive the first two weeks. He had one tackle and was active in the place of Kendrick Office who was a healthy inactive. Also sitting out were: Kevin Thomas, Joe Burns, Mike Pucillo, Mike Houghton, Andre Rone and Tyrone Robertson.
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