2002 Buffalo Bills Season
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2002 Buffalo Bills Season

2002 Buffalo Bills season
OwnerRalph Wilson
Head coachGregg Williams
General managerTom Donahoe
Home fieldRalph Wilson Stadium
Results
Record8-8
Division place4th AFC East
Playoff finishDid not qualify
Pro BowlersQB Drew Bledsoe
RB Travis Henry
WR Eric Moulds
G Ruben Brown
AP All-ProsWR Eric Moulds (2nd team)
G Ruben Brown (2nd team)

The 2002 season was the Buffalo Bills' 43rd in the National Football League.

The Bills acquired quarterback Drew Bledsoe from the New England Patriots on draft weekend in exchange for Buffalo's first-round pick in the 2003 draft (the Bills would regain that first-round pick via a sign-and-trade of Peerless Price, coming off a breakout season, to the Atlanta Falcons for Atlanta's first-round pick after the 2002 season). Bledsoe brought instant credibility to Buffalo's inept passing game; the Bills' offense scored the 6th most points in the AFC in 2002, after having scored the fifth fewest in the entire league the previous season.

The season saw the Bills change their uniform, which lasted until 2011.[1][2]

Offseason

Additions Subtractions
QB Drew Bledsoe (Patriots) QB Rob Johnson (Buccaneers)
LB London Fletcher (Rams) LB Jay Foreman (Texans)
K Mike Hollis (Jaguars) LB Sam Cowart (Jets)
TE Dave Moore (Buccaneers) T John Fina (Cardinals)
DE Chidi Ahanotu (Rams) CB Ken Irvin (Saints)
LB Eddie Robinson (Titans)
T Marcus Price (Saints)
C Trey Teague (Broncos)

Draft

The Bills infamously drafted Mike Williams, an offensive tackle from Texas with the #4 overall pick of the draft, with University of Miami offensive tackle Bryant McKinnie still available. Williams spent only four seasons with the team. Sporting News named Williams as the #4 biggest NFL draft bust from 1989-2008.[3]

2002 Buffalo Bills draft
Round Pick Player Position College Notes
1 4 Mike Williams  OT Texas
2 36 Josh Reed  WR LSU
2 61 Ryan Denney  DE BYU
3 97 Coy Wire  S Stanford
5 139 Justin Bannan  DT Colorado
6 179 Kevin Thomas  CB UNLV
7 215 Mike Pucillo  C Auburn
7 249 Rodney Wright  WR Fresno St
7 251 Jarrett Ferguson  RB Virginia Tech
7 260 Dominique Stevenson  LB Tennessee
      Made roster    +   Pro Football Hall of Fame    *   Made at least one Pro Bowl during career

Undrafted free agents

2002 undrafted free agents of note
Player Position College
Ahmad Brooks Cornerback Texas
Joe Burns Running back Georgia Tech
David Priestley Quarterback Pittsburgh
Marc Samuel Kicker Georgetown
Greg Zolman Quarterback Vanderbilt

Personnel

Roster

Regular season

Due to the Bills' 3-13 record the previous season, the NFL did not schedule any of their games in prime time (Sunday night or Monday night), and all but two of the Bills' games had 1:00 start times. However, due to the attention the Bills' free-agent acquisitions brought to the team, as well as the team being in the thick of the competitive AFC East race, several division games were aired nationally on CBS.

After a one-year absence, the NFL Primetime theme "Powersurge" returned as the Bills' theme song on the ESPN program. It was used for the show's Bills highlights for each game during the season except for the Bengals/Bills game in Week 17.

Schedule

Week Date Opponent Result Record Attendance
1 September 8, 2002 New York Jets L 31-37. (OT) 0-1 72,751
2 September 15, 2002 at Minnesota Vikings W 45-39 (OT) 1-1 64,047
3 September 22, 2002 at Denver Broncos L 23-28 1-2 75,359
4 September 29, 2002 Chicago Bears W 33-27 (OT) 2-2 72,780
5 October 6, 2002 Oakland Raiders L 31-49 2-3 73,038
6 October 13, 2002 at Houston Texans W 31-24 3-3 70,120
7 October 20, 2002 at Miami Dolphins W 23-10 4-3 73,180
8 October 27, 2002 Detroit Lions W 24-17 5-3 72,710
9 November 3, 2002 New England Patriots L 7-38 5-4 73,448
10 Bye
11 November 17, 2002 at Kansas City Chiefs L 16-17 5-5 77,951
12 November 24, 2002 at New York Jets L 13-31 5-6 78,745
13 December 1, 2002 Miami Dolphins W 38-21 6-6 73,287
14 December 8, 2002 at New England Patriots L 17-27 6-7 68,436
15 December 15, 2002 San Diego Chargers W 20-13 7-7 61,838
16 December 22, 2002 at Green Bay Packers L 0-10 7-8 64,106
17 December 29, 2002 Cincinnati Bengals W 27-9 8-8 47,850

Standings

AFC East
W L T PCT DIV CONF PF PA STK
(4)New York Jets 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 359 336 W2
New England Patriots 9 7 0 .563 4-2 6-6 381 346 W1
Miami Dolphins 9 7 0 .563 2-4 7-5 378 301 L2
Buffalo Bills 8 8 0 .500 2-4 5-7 379 397 W1

Game summaries

Week 1: vs. New York Jets

Week 2: at Minnesota Vikings

Week 3: at Denver Broncos

Week 4: vs. Chicago Bears

Week 5: vs. Oakland Raiders

Week 6: at Houston Texans

Week 7: at Miami Dolphins

Week 8: vs. Detroit Lions

Week 9: vs. New England Patriots

Week 11: at Kansas City Chiefs

Week 12: at New York Jets

Week 13: vs. Miami Dolphins

Week 14: at New England Patriots

Week 15: vs. San Diego Chargers

Week 16: at Green Bay Packers

Week 17: vs. Cincinnati Bengals

References

  1. ^ "A look back at Bills uniform changes". BuffaloBills.com. NFL Enterprises. November 11, 2015. Retrieved 2020.
  2. ^ "Bills Unveil New Uniforms". BuffaloBills.com (Press release). NFL Enterprises. June 8, 2002. Archived from the original on August 15, 2002. Retrieved 2020.
  3. ^ 10-Pack: 10 biggest first-round draft busts of the last 20 years

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