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Oct. 6, 2002 – From history's standpoint, the Buffalo Bills' game with the Oakland Raiders was memorable because quarterback Drew Bledsoe set a team record. He had thrown 175 straight passes without an interception until he was picked off in this game. The old record of 172 was set by Jim Kelly in 1995. But only the history majors in Ralph Wilson Stadium cared about …

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Oct. 5, 1963 – It’s easy to pick the moment where Lou Saban and his Buffalo Bills started their roll toward becoming one of the best teams in the American Football League. The Bills had not had a great deal of success in their first three seasons. Then they opened Season Four with a 0-3-1 record. There couldn’t have been much optimism that good times were around t…

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Oct. 4, 1981 - No one has done an "all-underrated Bills' all-time team,” at least as of this writing. Of course, would it be proper to publicize such a team, or should they just quietly be ignored? In any case, sometimes it's easy to forget that Joe Cribbs was a pretty good running back for the Bills during the 1980s. He lost some popularity points locally when he …

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Oct. 3, 2010 – If you didn't have the idea that the 2010 season was going to be a long one by September, you certainly got that impression by the time the first game of October went by. The Bills were manhandled by the Jets, 38-14. That lowered Buffalo's record to an ugly 0-4 – the first time the Bills had reached that record since 2004. The Bills' major problem…

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Oct. 2, 2016 – The Buffalo Bills haven’t beaten the New England Patriots very often in the 21st century. It’s fair to say they’ve enjoyed every one of their few victories. The one that came in 2016 was appreciated, even though there was a catch involved. Buffalo blanked New England, 16-0. Tyrod Taylor was sharp at quarterback for the Bills. He was 27 of 39 fo…

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Oct. 1, 1985 – Kay Stephenson probably never had much of a chance to be a successful coach of the Buffalo Bills. Stephenson (real first name: George) had a hard act to follow. Chuck Knox had built the Bills into a playoff team, but left after the 1982 season after Buffalo had lost its final three games to miss the playoffs. There was talk of morale problems on that t…

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Sept. 30, 1973 – Most people associated the opening of Rich Stadium with the preseason game against the Washington Redskins on Aug. 17, 1973. But it's the regular season games that count in the standings and deserved to be noted, too. The Bills started the 1973 season on the road for the first two weeks, beating New England and losing in San Diego. Finally, they got …

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Sept. 29, 1968 – It might be the single-most amazing result in the history of the Buffalo Bills, particularly in hindsight. Let's set the scene for this game. The Bills had already lost their first three games in the 1968 season, including a loss to the Cincinnati Bengals – an expansion team playing the third game in their history. Just to make it more interesti…

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Sept. 28, 1969 – O.J. Simpson was used to winning when he was a Heisman Trophy winner at Southern California. He had to wait a little while to get that winning feeling as a member of the Buffalo Bills. Simpson probably wasn't expecting immediate success, since he joined a team that went 1-12-1 in 1968. Still, he had to wait through two losses with the Bills during hi…

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Sept. 27, 1970 – The American Football League and National Football League had fully merged by the time the 1970 season rolled in. That meant for the first time ever, the Buffalo Bills would get to play some NFL teams in games that counted. The schedule-maker didn't do the Bills any favors in their first AFL-NFL matchup. The Los Angeles Rams came to town. The Rams …

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Sept. 26, 1962 – Ralph Wilson spent $25,000 to buy an American Football League franchise, an investment that eventually was worth more than a billion dollars. Perhaps his second-best buy involved a quarterback. The San Diego Chargers had a quarterback on their roster who was suffering from a finger injury. Jack Kemp had been a key player for the Chargers in their hist…

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Sept. 25, 1966 – The best type of football game from a fan’s perspective is one where a seemingly certain loss dramatically turns into a most unexpected win. Such was the case in War Memorial Stadium, where the Bills and Houston Oilers met. Let’s set up the last-minute thrill. Buffalo jumped out to a 20-6 lead at halftime. Bobby Burnett and Wray Carlton scored …

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Sept. 24, 1989 – If you like offense in your football, and that includes just about everyone, this was your kind of game. The Bills and Oilers had quite a shootout on this day. It ended in a very appropriate way – Jim Kelly threw a 28-yard pass to Andre Reed after 8:42 of overtime to give Buffalo a 47-41 victory in the Astrodome. The lead changed hands twice in …

Sept. 23, 1960 – The Buffalo Bills had lost the first two games in their initial season of 1960. Then they figured out a football truism – it's tough to lose if the other team doesn't score. The Bills pitched a shutout on a Friday night in Boston, beating the Patriots by a score of 13-0. Carl Smith scored the first Buffalo touchdown, with it coming on a 58-yard scr…

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Sept. 22, 1962 – Today represents the anniversary of one of the truly odd marketing moments in Buffalo's sports history, and it would be interesting if someone would step forward and claim responsibility for this one. The Bills had lost their first two games in 1962 and were due to play the New York Titans in War Memorial Stadium. Clearly, a change of luck was needed.…