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Defense Wilts In Mile High Air

Denver TouchdownDefense Wilts In End: The Bills battled the Broncos to the end as Denver knew they were in a fight with a much improved team. The Bills needed to play a perfect game to win and when the Broncos returned a fumble for a score the uphill battle became worse. The defense also seemed to tire in the mile high air late in the game. We break the loss down position by position. Gameday Grades.

Bills lose tough one: Drew Bledsoe threw for 283 yards and two touchdowns but it wasn't enough in a tough place to play against a tough football team as Denver beat the Bills 28-23. The Bills fell behind 14-0 in the first half but a late second quarter touchdown run by Travis Henry got the Bills back in the game despite his fumble earlier in the game that was returned for a score. In the second half the Bills kept battling back as Bledsoe threw touchdown passes to Josh Reed and Eric Moulds but a 26 yard touchdown pass to Rod Smith was the difference for Denver. Complete Story.

Injury Update: The Bills came out of the game injury free as far as Coach Williams knew during his post game press conference. The team had many players banged up in the game including Pierson Prioleau, Peerless Price, Travis Henry, Pat Williams, Sammy Morris, and Justin Bannan twice but all returned. Injury Page.

Beautiful Day: It will be a picture perfect day in the mile high air of Denver Colorado. The high temperature today will be 70° and it will be mostly sunny with no chance of rain.

Saturday September 21, 2002

Clements Added To Report: The Bills now have two players listed as probable for tomorrow's game. Nate Clements is now on the report with a chest injury. He joins Mike Williams on the report. Williams made it through practice yesterday without incident and is fine. Jonas Jennings has been suffering from cramps and dehydration and practiced a bit on Friday and should also be fine for Sunday. The Broncos have added LB Al Wilson to the report as probable. Injury Report.

Friday September 20, 2002

Williams Practices: A day after leaving practice with a hyperextended knee, Mike Williams was back on the practice field today as the Bills prepared to face the Denver Broncos. Williams is listed as probable on the injury report and is expected to play. Injury Report.

Thursday September 19, 2002

Two Tackles Leave Practice: So much for the empty injury report. Both starting tackles left practice early today but both are expected to play on Sunday. Mike Williams has been added to the injury report as probable. He slightly hyperextended his knee in practice but is expected to practice tomorrow. Jonas Jennings left practice a short time later as he was suffering from cramps caused by dehydrated. He was not put on the report and will practice tomorrow also.

Reed Named Rookie Of The Week: Josh Reed has been named the Pepsi NFL Rookie of the week. He won a fan vote on over four other candidates. Reed caught 8 passes for 110 yards and a score against Minnesota.

Wednesday September 18, 2002

No Injuries: For the first time I can remember the Bills are reporting no injuries on this week's injury report. The Broncos have five players listed but they are all probable. That means both teams will be healthy for this Sunday's game. Injury Report.

Bledsoe Expects Battle: In his conversation with the media today, Drew Bledsoe expects to have his hands full on Sunday since the Broncos have a very physical and fast defense. He said despite their number one ranking against the run the Bills need to try to establish some sort of running game to achieve balance in the offense.

Bills Vs. Broncos: The Bills have a ton of momentum coming off the overtime win in Minnesota. They face a tougher opponent this week in another tough place to play when they travel to Denver to face the Broncos. Denver is coming off of victories over two NFC powerhouses and are heavy favorites. We breakdown the game with our complete preview on our gameday homepage. Complete Preview.

Bledsoe, Hollis Honored: Drew Bledsoe has been named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week for his 463 yard passing effort against the Vikings. It is the seventh time he has received that honor tying him for the lead among active players. Mike Hollis was named the AFC Special Teams Player of the Week on the strength of his four field goals including a 52 yarder and a 54 yarder that sent the game into overtime.

Tuesday September 17, 2002

Bills Healthy: The Bills are off today and get back on the practice field tomorrow to prepare for the game with the Broncos. Coach Williams said that the team is healthy and that the few bumps and bruises have been treated and everyone should be ready to practice tomorrow. Injury Page

Reed Award Finalist: Josh Reed is one of five finalists for the Pepsi NFL Rookie Of The Week Honors. Fans can vote for the player they think should win the award today and tomorrow. Reed caught 8 passes for 110 yards and a touchdown against Minnesota. Vote Here!

Offensive Tidbits: There were many good things to come out of Sunday's win offensively. Many of them we have already written about on this page and on our gameday homepage. Some others include, Drew Bledsoe, who now has 734 yards passing through the first two games, putting him on a possible record pace for completions, attempts, and yards. The rally to win the game was the 20th of Bledsoe's career and fans hope it is his first of many as a Bill.

Bills Set TV Ratings Mark: The Bills-Vikings game was the highest rated game in a market by market comparison of all NFL teams. The game drew a 60 share and a 38.3 rating. During the overtime the rating went as high as 48.1.

Football Headed To Hall: Jim Kelly will have some company at the hall of fame. The ball thrown by Drew Bledsoe in the second quarter that put him over 30,000 career yards is heading to Canton. The hall requested the ball as Bledsoe became the third fastest man to reach that milestone.

Many Records Fall: In a wild game like Sunday's game you would expect a record or two to fall and that was the case. Mike Hollis had the first two 50+ yard field goal game in team history. Drew Bledsoe had the biggest passing game in club history and Charlie Rogers had the best kickoff return game the team has ever had. For a complete look at the records and other tidbits check out the did you know section on the left side of our gameday homepage.

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