Bills Blown Out By Pats Again, 27-17
Pats Dominate Bills: Drew Bledsoe threw four interceptions and the Patriots built a 20-0 first half lead enroute to a 27-17 victory over Buffalo that dashed the Bills playoff hopes. Peerless Price and Eric Moulds combined for 17 catches but the running game could not get going as the Bills fell behind when the Pats scored two touchdowns in 21 seconds in the first quarter. Complete Review.
Jennings Hurt: Jonas Jennings was helped off the field in the loss to the Patriots with an injury. Jay Riemersma also came off for a while but returned. Jennings did not return. No word on the seriousness of his injury. Injury Page.
Gameday Weather: Unlike last week, there will be no snow this week. There will be no precipitation at all. It will be seasonably cold however. Gametime temperature should be around 38° with winds from the west, southwest at about 12mph. That will make the wind chill factor at around 30°.
Saturday December 7, 2002
Robertson Suspended Again: Bills defensive lineman Tyrone Robertson has violated the league's substance abuse policy for a second time this year. A league source says he has been suspended for one year by the league. He has been on the non football injury list since his last suspension ended. He is a former 7th round draft pick by the Bills.
Friday December 6, 2002
Office Should Play: Kendrick Office remains the lone Bill on the injury report and he remains questionable for Sunday's showdown. He has practiced this week and is wearing a soft brace to protect his sprained wrist. The coach expects him to play. Injury Page.
Thursday December 5, 2002
Price A Charger: Former Bill Shawn Price is now officially a San Diego Charger. As we reported yesterday he worked out for John Butler's club on Tuesday. He signed the contract yesterday and has joined the team.
Wednesday December 4, 2002
Bills Make Practice Squad Move: The Bills have once again released WR Rodney Wright from their practice squad. The seventh round pick has been on and off the squad all year. They used the open spot to put defensive tackle Richard Seals on the squad. Seals is a former seventh round pick of the Jets in 2000. He has spent time on their practice squad as well as the Jaguar's practice squad. He has also played in NFL Europe.
Bellichik Expects Tough Game: Bill Bellichik spoke about the game in his Wednesday press conference. He feels they have had a couple of productive days in getting a jump on preparing for the Bills. He praised the Bills for their game against Miami last week. He is expecting a tough division battle. His team is focused on the Bills knowing it is a big game, he is relying on his veterans in such a big game. He expects Buffalo to play an 8 man front on defense to pressure the QB and running game. They also expect the Buffalo offense to run the ball and try to hit the big play. He isn't concerned about the last game. He said defensively the team has changed up some things since the last game, like more defensive line rotations and moving Antoine Winfield outside in the nickel defense. He said both teams know each other real well and will try to do the things that they can be successful with. He sideswiped the Drew Bledsoe issue saying it is the Bills vs. the Patriots they have to play against whoever the Bills put out there.
Bledsoe Knows This Is A Huge Game: Drew Bledsoe addressed the question about "Bledsoe Bowl II" during his usual media day press conference today. He says it will be interesting and fun to see some of his old buddies and the new stadium but the bottom line is that they are going to go and try to win the game. He knows that to stay in the race they have to win calling it a huge game for the team. He said the team needs to play better than they did in the first game to win. The offense expects something different out of the Patriots defense since they change things up week to week with different looks. He knows they will throw in something they haven't seen before and they will have to adjust to it. Bledsoe knows he still has a lot of fans in New England but expects them to cheer for the Patriots during the game. He knows he has to be patient because the big play won't be given to them this week by the Pats defense, he expects to have to move it downfield with the run and short passing game. He is looking to fix the execution problem in the red zone in the earlier battle between the two teams.
Price A Charger? Former Bills defensive linemen Shawn Price went to San Diego to workout for the Chargers yesterday and may be signed as early as today. He has been working out in the Bills facilities as he worked back into shape after two knee operations. He was briefly with the team in training camp but wasn't ready to compete and was cut. It has been assumed that once he was healthy the Bills would re-sign him but they haven't done so.
Williams Takes It One Week At A Time: Coach Williams talked about the state of the Bills in his weekly media day press conference with the media. He said the team will have to play well against the screen passes that killed them in the last meeting with the Patriots and maximize their efforts on takeaways like they did last week. The coach downplayed the "Bledsoe Bowl" factor and said that all Drew Bledsoe has to do is worry about playing quarterback. He feels there isn't much credence to the extra days they have had to prepare with the exception of giving injured players some extra rest. On Travis Henry, he said he is among the upper echeleon of backs in this league. On Eddie Robinson, he admits he has had plays made against him but called him a leader that is a stablizing force on the defense. He said the team needs to focus on this week and treat it one week at a time as far as getting back in the playoff hunt.
Patriots Game A Must Win: The Bills are in another must win situation when they take on the Patriots on Sunday. They have double motivation since they are looking to avenge the loss in Buffalo last month. The Patriots are dangerous especially since they have had three extra days to prepare for the game since they played on Thanksgiving. Complete Preview.
Office Questionable: There are only three players on the injury report for both teams this week. Kendrick Office is the only Bill on the report and he is listed as questionable with a jammed wrist. He will practice today. There are two Patriots on the report, starting middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi most likely will miss the game with a leg injury. Injury Page.
Tuesday December 3, 2002
Cornerback Shakeup: The Bills had a different look in the nickel defense against Miami. They played Jason Bostic in the slot and kept Antoine Winfield that move kept Chris Watson from being burned in the middle of the field. Coach Williams explained that the move was made because Watson doesn't play the slot. The bottom line is the pass defense was much better with Watson out of the lineup. Depth Chart.
Ticket Sales: The soldout crowd that rocked the Ralph on Sunday may be the last sellout of the year. All six home dates have sold out so far but the Bills will most likely not fill the stadium for the final two home games. The San Diego game on the 15th has a shot at selling out if the Bills win on Sunday. There are 13,000 seats remaining for that one. It would take a playoff spot on the line the final week for the Bills to even have a remote chance of filling the house for the Bengals finale. There are 28,000 seats left for that game.
Monday December 2, 2002
Kelly Provides Inspiration: The current Bills got a shot in the arm from the greatest former Bill of them all. Jim Kelly was in attendance to help honor Don Beebe, who received the Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award. Kelly hung around the sidelines and was the main cheerleader all game long. He was the first to hug Peerless Price when he scored his 73 yard touchdown. He was firing up the crowd when the Dolphins had the ball. He led the crowd in the Shout song. There was one shot of him on the sidelines with his hat off, his hair flying, and snow covering his hair screaming encouragment to the players. Kelly may be retired but he is definitely still a Bill. His presence and enthusiasm fired up the players and the crowd.
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