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Buffalo Bills News - November 19, 2000

Marker Bills scouting report [6:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills can win if ... They play turnover free. Though the Chiefs haven't been a turnover machine this season, they are still adept at getting takeaways at home because they use crowd noise to their advantage.'

Marker 'Harass the quarterback': Chiefs coach to defence [6:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"That's my approach. I figure if I can get the quarterback harassed and rattled then there's a chance," Cunningham said. "That's how I coach defence."'

Marker Moon shines as backup QB [6:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Like Rob Johnson, Elvis Grbac has a former CFL star backing him. But unlike Johnson, Grbac has no fear for his job.'

Marker Chiefs, Bills need a win to maintain playoff hopes [6:54 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'It's quite simple for the Chiefs right now: They have no margin for error.'

Marker Chiefs defense going down in history for all the wrong reasons [6:53 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'This year's group is shaping up, statistically at least, as among the worst ever for the Chiefs.'

Marker Return of Hicks should bring lift to beleaguered Chiefs defense [6:52 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Eric Hicks might be on the field for only 10 or 15 plays, or a fraction of the time the Buffalo Bills have the ball today. The Chiefs still plan on getting a lift from his return.'

Marker Maslowski brings a heavy-metal hitter to Chiefs defense [6:51 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'His face etched with passion and outright ferocity, headphones blaring heavy metal into his ears, the Chiefs' new starting linebacker is thinking about only one thing: the fury he's about to dispense on his opponent.'

Marker It's obvious that Chiefs miss No. 58 [6:50 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Before this season began, there were people in the Chiefs organization who whispered -- quietly, very quietly -- that the team just might have a better defense without Derrick Thomas.'

Marker Chiefs' Gonzalez makes the catch of a lifetime [6:49 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'There are people who fervently believe everything happens for a reason. Last Sunday in San Francisco, two of those believers met, violently, at a football game.'

Marker Will Bills get chilly reception? [6:47 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'A key question: Can a Kansas City defense that yielded 70 points in two straight losses keep a once-potent Chiefs offense within striking distance?'

Marker Sideline collision may prove to be life-saver [6:45 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'An MRI examination of Mickey Pfleger, the 52-year-old free lance Bay Area photographer, revealed a pre-existing brain tumor doctors believe can be treated because it was detected early enough.'

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November 18, 2000

Marker Bills Have a Backfield in Motion [7:24 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Debate all you want, but here are the numbers that seem to matter most: Johnson is 27, is 6 feet 4, and signed a five-year, $25-million contract in 1998. Flutie is 38, is 5-10, and didn't.'

Marker The word according to Elvis: Know thyself [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had great adviser in a guy named Phil Simms . . . and also Joe Theismann," Grbac said of the two ex-quarterbacks-turned-broadcasters. "I talked to them when I was hurt and they told me that you've got to understand some of the positive things you do and some of your weaknesses. If you can understand some of your weaknesses, you can stay healthy."'

Marker Felser gets in 'Last Word' on Flutie vs. Johnson [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's own version of it - Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson - was the subject of the Fox Sports Net program "The Last Word with Jim Rome." It was taped Friday afternoon for airing at 11 p.m. nationally with Buffalo News Sports Editor Larry Felser pro-Johnson and Dan Pompei of the Sporting News pro-Flutie.'

Marker Morris won't play against Chiefs [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie running back Sammy Morris was placed on the early inactive list for the game due to a sprained ankle.'

Marker Handyman for Kelly gets jail term [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An apologetic Orchard Park handyman was sentenced to six months in jail Friday for planting crack cocaine in the car of a Springville man and was ordered to repay former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly $6,500 for sports memorabilia he stole from his home.'

Marker Buffalo needs more numbers on scoreboard [7:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'With 199 points, Buffalo is one of just six teams in the NFL this season not to top the 30-point mark at least once.'

Marker Shields appears ready to keep his streak intact [7:33 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Shields, who has not missed a game in his eight-year career with the Chiefs, returned to practice Friday, and the Chiefs are confident he'll start his 122nd consecutive game Sunday.'

Marker Chiefs report [7:32 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills returned about 200 tickets for Sunday's game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have them on sale at the Arrowhead box office.'

Marker Bills deactivate Morris for Chiefs game [7:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris, who leads the Buffalo Bills with five touchdowns, hasn't recovered from an ankle injury and will miss Sunday's game at Kansas City.'

November 17, 2000

Marker Tough Road For Buffalo [4:51 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Their 6-4 record indicates they've done that. But that's mainly been true when playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo is 1-3 on the road, with the win coming at feeble New England. The Bills haven't won in the stadium of a team with a .500 or better record since Nov. 7, 1999, when they beat Washington.'

Marker Just Give Him The Damn Ball [4:51 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'In the days after Buffalo's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 17, the Bills' offensive coordinator banished Antowain Smith to the sidelines. For several weeks, Buf falo's No. 1 draft pick in 1997 had to serve as the team's most highly touted cheerleader, taking a spot on the team's inactive list alongside guys like Victor Allotey, the third-year offensive lineman who has made a career out of spending game day in street clothes.'

Marker New-look K.C. has gotten off the ground [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But today's Chiefs have eschewed the ground attack for an all-out air assault. They rank third in the NFL in passing going into Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.'

Marker Morris, Greer likely to be game-time decisions [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris and cornerback Donovan Greer look like the only question marks for the Buffalo Bills when they visit the Kansas City Chiefs on Sunday.'

Marker Bills had better watch out [6:56 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Chiefs are back home, hungry and desperate, a bad combination for the Bills.'

Marker Bills give up field position to cover returns [6:55 AM]
D and C reports: 'It has been a maddening tactic for Bills fans to endure, the repeated high and short kickoffs which allow opposing teams to start drives generally somewhere between the 30 or 40-yard-line.'

Marker Peterson off to slow start as Chiefs kicker [6:54 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Peterson has made five of eight field-goal attempts (62.5 percent) with the Chiefs, or slightly better than the two for four of his predecessor, Pete Stoyanovich. It's also far below Peterson's career percentage of 80.1.'

Marker Vanover sentenced to four months' confinement [6:53 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Former Chiefs kick returner Tamarick Vanover was sentenced to four months' confinement Thursday for his conviction on a federal car-theft charge.'

Marker Chiefs report [6:51 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills hope to have as much success defending Gonzalez as they have had against some of the NFL's better tight ends, including Tennessee's Frank Wycheck and Indianapolis' Ken Dilger.'

Marker Bills' Morris remains questionable for Sunday's game at Kansas City [6:50 AM]
AP reports: 'Rookie Sammy Morris, who leads the Buffalo Bills with five touchdowns, missed his second straight practice with an ankle injury Thursday and is questionable for this weekend's game against Kansas City.'

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