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Victories over Jets, Cowboys were biggest upsets

>Q: If the Bills give New England its first loss, will it be their biggest upset ever?

-- Bill Austin, Buffalo

A: It would probably rank among the top three upsets in team history. The two biggest arguably are a 1968 win over the New York Jets and a 1984 win over Dallas.

In '68, the Bills beat the Jets, 37-35, at home. It was the Bills' only win that year. The Jets went 13-3 and won the Super Bowl. One of their other two losses was in the "Heidi Game" at Oakland. In '84, the Bills were 0-11 and Dallas was 7-4. The Bills won, 14-3. Dallas finished 9-7 and missed the playoffs. I'll give more thought to where it would rank if it actually happens.


>Q: Do you think Terrell Davis should make the Hall of Fame?

-- Andrew Thomas, Denver

A: He played only seven seasons. His three best years, from 1996 to '98, were as great a three-year stretch as any back ever has had. He had a very good year in 1995. That's it. So I don't think he's a Hall of Famer. But I did put him on my ballot in voting for this year's 25 finalists. I'll listen to more arguments but I'm leaning against him when it comes time to trim the list to a top 15.


>Q: Why didn't the Bills bring back receiver Andre' Davis, who's playing well for the Texans?

--George Logan, Houston

A: They tried hard to re-sign him. Davis did a great job as a gunner on punt coverage for the Bills last year. He embraced that role, even though he had never done it before, and his speed was a huge asset to the special teams. The Bills offered him well more than $1 million in the first year of a new deal to come back. But he apparently did not think he got as much chance to prove himself at receiver last year as he wanted or deserved. So he opted for the Texans. Davis is a class guy who had a positive effect in the locker room, and it's great to see him having success.


>Q: Why is it that when a quarterback spikes the ball to stop the clock it is not considered intentional grounding and therefore a penalty?

-- Andrew Giacobbe, Buffalo

A: It's not intentional grounding because of the way the rule is written. Intentional grounding is called when a passer, facing an imminent loss of yardage because of pressure from the defense, throws a forward pass without a realistic chance of completion.


>Q: Let's say a team has a first down on the 21-yard line. They don't cross into the red zone until they gain another yard on second down. Then on third down, they get sacked (or just don't convert). Does that count as a red zone failure?

-- Marty Slack, Rochester

A: If you run one play during any series from the opponent's 19-yard line or closer, it counts as a drive in the red zone. The 20 doesn't count. It doesn't matter if you get sacked and move back out of the red zone.


>Q: Jabari Greer is playing well. How much does he make and how long is he under contract? And how long is Jason Webster signed for?

-- Al Wright, Baltimore

A: Greer is under contract through 2008. He's making $955,000 this year, counting signing and roster bonuses he received. Webster signed a one-year contract. So he's a free agent at the end of the season.

Bills beat reporter Mark Gaughan answers your football questions every Friday. Send your e-mails to or mail to Question Mark, The Buffalo News Sports Department, One News Plaza, P.O. Box 100, Buffalo, NY 14240.

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