Turnovers Does In Bills 10-0
Bills Shutout By Packers: The Bills turned the ball over a season high six times as Drew Bledsoe continued his second half swan dive as the Bills were shutout 10-0 in Green Bay. The loss ends the Bills playoff hopes as the defense played inspired against the tough Packers offense but couldn't overcome six turnovers including two interceptions and two fumbles by Bledsoe. Complete Review.
Injury Update: Jonas Jennings returned to the linepu and gutted it out with his sprained ankle. Dominique Stevenson and Kendrick Office were inactive although they are both recovered from their injuries. The only player banged up in this game was Ron Edwards. He was shaken up in the fourth quarter but walked off under his own power. Injury Page.
Watson Inactive: The Bills made Chris Watson a healthy inactive for the game. They decided to see what little used sixth round pick Kevin Thomas had. He had plenty, being named our player of the week winner as he picked off a Brett Favre pass on the opening series and returned it to the Packers 9. He also had solid coverage most of the game.
Gameday Weather: It will be well below the magic 34° temperature. That is when Brett Favre becomes unbeatable in 33 previous games as a pro. It won't be unbearably cold however, as the high temperature during the game will be 28°. It will be cloudy with a slight chance of a snow shower. Wind will be a factor as it will be out of the West at 18mph making it feel like 16°.
Saturday December 21, 2002
Jennings Practices: Jonas Jennings practiced with the first unit yesterday and may play on Sunday. He will be a gametime decision. The Packers have added three players to the injury report including DE Keith McKenzie who suffered a hamstring injury. He is now listed as questionable. Two other Packers, LB Paris Lenon and CB Tod McBride are now on the report as probable. The Bills report remains the same. Injury Report.
Friday December 20, 2002
Price Unhappy: Peerless Price is unhappy about not being placed on the Pro Bowl squad. He says it will make him think about leaving as a free agent in the off season. His reasoning is that he could put up higher numbers elsewhere. This may be an excuse to get a bigger paycheck elsewhere.
Thursday December 19, 2002
Bills Get 3 Pro Bowlers: Drew Bledsoe, Eric Moulds and Ruben Brown were named to the Pro Bowl today. It is the seventh straight selection for Brown. It is the third appearance for Moulds and the fourth for Bledsoe. Six Bills just missed out on being selected and are alternates. Larry Centers, Travis Henry, Brian Moorman, London Fletcher, Peerless Price and Pat Williams will go to Hawaii if starters at their positions bow out of the game. Starters will be announced during ahlftime of the Wild Card games on January 4th.
Bills Lose QB Coach: Steve Kragthorpe is leaving the Bills to take over as the head coach at Tulsa. He has coached the Bills QBs for two years and Drew Bledsoe is sorry to see him go.
Wright Returns: The saga of Rodney Wright continues. The Bills have re-added their former seventh round pick to the practice squad to take the spot of Marcus Floyd who was added to the active roster yesterday.
Wednesday December 18, 2002
Three On Report For Bills: The Bills have released their portion of the injury report. Jonas Jennings is listed as questionable with his ankle sprain. He may practice today. Dominique Stevenson is recovering from his mild concussion and is listed as probable but will be ready to go on Sunday. Of course, Jason Bostic is out with his knee injury. He is undergoing surgery today. Injury Report.
Bills Elevate Floyd: The Bills have elevated Marcus Floyd from the practice squad to take Jason Bostic's spot. Bostic will be placed on injured reserve. No move has been made yet to replace Floyd on the practice squad. Gregg Williams says that Chris Watson, Ahmad Brooks, Kevin Thomas and Floyd will be in the mix to replace Bostic in the nickel and dime defense. He didn't mention Watson right away which may mean that he won't automatically get his spot back in the nickel defense. Front Office.
Williams Talks About Packers: Gregg Williams held his usual Wedneday media day press conference today. On the Packers, Williams knows the Bills have to watch out for the power running game that they use. He doesn't expect weather to be a factor but did call Lambeau Field historic. On Brett Favre, Williams knows you can't give him second chances since he's one of the best in the league for the past 10 years. On offense, he feels the team needs to get better around Drew Bledsoe. He feels the Bills offensive line matches up well with the very physical Packers defensive line.
Bills Face Daunting Task: This week's game against Green Bay is a daunting task. The Bills look to keep their faint playoff hopes alive while Green Bay needs a win to keep alive a chance at a first round bye. The Packers are pretty unbeatable at home in December and January. Complete Preview.
Tuesday December 17, 2002
Bills Have Little Chance: While the Bills are still mathematically alive for a playoff spot they have less than a 1/2% chance of making the playoffs. That is the number Scott Brown came up with as he broke down all the playoff scenarios surrounding the Bills and came up with the probability of what the Bills needed to make the playoffs. It seems they have a better chance of winning the lottery. Playoff Scenarios.
TNT Movie A Must See: TNT premiers the long awaited film, "Second String" tomorrow at 8pm. Bills fans do not want to miss this movie. We got a chance to get a sneak peek at this movie and Bills fans will love it despite having a far fetched premise. The plot has all the first string offensive players struck down by food poisoning for the playoffs and the backups along with a castaway quarterback must lead the Bills to the Super Bowl. Film Review.
Donahoe Won't Guarantee Williams Return: Tom Donahoe told reporters yesterday he won't guarantee anybody's return because he will do what the Bills have always done. Donahoe said he will sit down with Owner Ralph Wilson after the season to evaluate every aspect of the organization. He would not guarantee at this point that Coach Gregg Williams will return to the team. He did say he knows the organization is making progress but there is still a lot more work to do. Wilson was thrilled with the win over San Diego and that may have cinched Williams survival as coach. Wilson said Williams is doing an outstanding job. It is a real good bet that Williams will return as head coach but most of his assistants' contracts expire after this year, there may be some changes to his staff.
Monday December 16, 2002
Bostic's Season Over: The worst fears were realized regarding the injured knee to Jason Bostic. He has torn ligaments in his right knee that will require surgery ending his season. He will have the operation on Wednesday. Bostic was hurt late in the third quarter yesterday while on the punt return team. Bostic had overtaken Chris Watson as the third cornerback on the depth chart. Watson will most likely return to the nickel role. Injury Page.
Bills Honored: The Monday QB Club held their usual awards ceremony during their final luncheon of the seaon. They named Drew Bledsoe the man of the year. Mike Hollis, Brian Moorman, and Sammy Morris shared the special teams player of the year honor. Larry Centers won the unsung hero award and Josh Reed took home rookie of the year honors.
Bills Still Alive...Barely: The Bills win yesterday keeps their playoff hopes barely alive. They can't win the division thanks to Miami's win over Oakland but they still have very faint wild card hopes. They need to win their final two games and get a lot of help from other teams.
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