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Buffalo Bills News - November 19, 2002

Marker Bills sign LB Favors [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Kansas City's fourth-round pick in the 1998 draft, Favors enjoyed his best seasons from 1999-01 at Tennessee, the first two under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now the Bills' head coach.'

Marker Bills sign LB Greg Favors [9:25 PM] reports: Also today, the team announced that it has released WR Reggie Germany, who had spent the entire 2002 season on the Reserve Injured list.

Marker 5th Down: It's All About the Second Half [1:46 PM] reports: Kansas City's victory evens the Chiefs at 5-5, which puts them in last place in the AFC West. Across the map in the AFC East, where parity reigns like a thunderstorm, Buffalo drops to 5-5 in a three-way tie for second place. "This is a big win for the Chiefs," Williams said. "They had to have it. So did we. This is important going down the stretch."

Marker Bills Fourth Down Trivia [12:25 PM] reports: New week of Trivia questions/answers posted from last week.

Marker Bills coach sees red over flurry of yellow flags [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are the most-penalized team in the league in terms of yardage (771) through 10 games. They've had the fourth-most penalties called on them (83).'

Marker The price for Peerless may be wrong [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Price is a proud and emotional player. But by now, he should know better than to shove an opponent in the mouth and get whistled for a personal foul. He's not a rookie; he's four years into his career.'

Marker Bills defenders: No contact? No good [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“I thought he had good coverage, I thought he put his hands up when the receiver put his hands up, but the ref that caught it was behind him,” said cornerback Antoine Winfield, who has three of the aforementioned penalties this season to rank second on the Bills behind Watson. “I don’t know how he could see if there was any contact up front.”'

Marker Is something wrong with the Bills' offense? [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, film study is an art form and Bill Belichick and Dick Vermeil came up with effective plans to slow him down. Now we will see if Bledsoe and Buffalo offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride have a counter-attack.'

Marker Bills replay: Week 11 [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, Buffalo’s 1-2 record in division games and 2-5 mark in conference games makes its road to a playoff berth far more arduous.'

Marker Sacked for a loss [5:17 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'I honestly don't know how or when I became a Bills fan. I followed the team religiously, even before they became kings of the AFC in the early 90's. I remember writing letters to the organization and getting bumper stickers and team photos a few weeks later in the mail. And, yes, I still have them. Heck, my entry in the fourth-grade Halloween painting contest was a pumpkin-turned-Bills helmet.'

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November 18, 2002

Marker Yellow flags are red flags for undisciplined Bills [11:22 PM]
AP reports: '''This is a game of inches. And yesterday, we gave up yards, and it cost us ultimately.'''

Marker Bills sign DE Marcus Jones [7:20 PM]
UPI reports: 'The Bills have registered just 21 sacks in 10 games.'

Marker Bills sign DE Marcus Jones [6:46 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'To make room for Jones, the Bills released tight end Corey Geason and Ula Tuitele, who both played primarily on special teams.'

Marker Bills bolster pass rush by signing DE Jones [6:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Jones, coming off surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, joins the Bills six weeks after he was released by Tampa Bay. It wasn't immediately known when he would be able to begin playing for Buffalo, although he was added to the team's active roster.'

Marker Marcus Jones Bio [5:54 PM] reports: A veteran pass rushing specialist who has experience playing at every position across the defensive line … Ranks seventh on the club's all-time sack list with 24 career sacks … Savvy talent who has unmatched power and speed … Lined up at LDE in 2001 to make room for Simeon Rice after playing on the right side the prior two seasons (1999-2000.

Marker Bills Sign Marcus Jones; Release Geason and Tuitele [5:28 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has signed veteran defensive end Marcus Jones. In addition, the team has released tight end Corey Geason and linebacker Ula Tuitele.

Marker Reader Advocate [4:22 PM]
Salt Lake City Tribune reports: 'Kragthorpe failed to disclose that his brother, Steve, who coaches the quarterbacks for the Buffalo Bills, has been mentioned as a replacement for McBride.'

Marker Bills fall but TV ratings remain high [3:06 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Season-long TV ratings for Bills' games in Buffalo are running more than 30 percent above last season's figures and are among the highest in an NFL market-by-market comparison.'

Marker Meltdown in Kansas City [3:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills fail to make the playoffs in this season of overwhelming NFL parity, they will look back on an opportunity lost in Week 11.'

Marker Bills left to ponder killer penalty [3:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We just have to live with it,” he said. “The ref made the call ... that’s what he saw. But it’s a hard bullet to bite.'

Marker Bills-Chiefs Notebook [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Offensive guard Victor Allotey made Buffalo’s 53-man roster for three seasons (1998-2000) but was inactive for 47 of 50 games (including two playoffs). He was signed by Kansas City, made the active roster for one game last year and all 10 games this season but has been inactive for every one. Allotey has now been in the league for five seasons, is vested in the NFL’s retirement fund, has been inactive for 58 of his 61 games and hasn’t played a down in the league.'

Marker Bonehead blunders botch Bills bid [1:10 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'If Buffalo winds up a single game shy of a playoff spot, some Bills fans will blame MacAulay's painfully zealous crew. Their conspiracy-minded brethren may even dredge up the old "the NFL hates Buffalo because it's a small-market" theory. Both groups may take some consolation from their rationalizing, but they'll be wrong. If the faithful need scapegoats to help them come to terms with an otherwise unexplainable and unwarranted loss, here are a pair of names -- Ron Edwards and Peerless Price.'

Marker Kansas City Chiefs rally for 17-16 victory over Buffalo Bills [1:06 PM] reports: Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, not known for his mobility, darted nine yards up the middle for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:45 to play. "A lane opened up, so I took off," he said. "Then I saw those guys closing hard. So I just closed my eyes and dove as hard as I could."

Marker Week 11 Bills vs. Chiefs Photos [12:53 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's Bills/Chiefs Game

Marker Chiefs deny Bledsoe down the stretch [12:45 PM]
ESPN reports: Question on the Bills: What's happened to their offense in the past two games?
It's difficult to keep up offensive momentum when the season changes from October to November to December. No matter where you play (except for San Diego or a domed stadium), you'll face weather conditions that will challenge your productivity. Also, teams are preparing better for the Bills. But the change in weather will affect many offenses as the season continues.

Marker Game Notebook vs. Kansas City Chiefs [12:42 PM] reports: Buffalo’s 8:42 drive in the third quarter was the team’s longest since a 10:55 drive at Minnesota on 10/22/00 (resulted in a 25-yard Steve Christie FG)…the Bills had three drives of 15 plays at Kansas City, marking the first time that has happened since 1988 when drive distances started being kept officially. The only other time the team had two drives of 15-or-more plays in a game was 11/10/96 at Philadelphia when the Bills had 16 and 15-play drives.

Marker Bills Geography: Lesson #10 [12:41 PM] reports: With new activities, player features, and trivia each week, Buffalo Bills Geography is a fun way to learn about bodies of water, latitude and longitude, and much more. It's also a great way to find out interesting facts about your favorite Bills players.

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 11 [12:40 PM] reports: The eleventh and final Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the 2002 season will be awarded after the final weekend of play (Nov. 28-30) in the 2002 season. Therefore there is no winner for this week.

Marker Chiefs 17, Bills 16 - Video Highlights [10:00 AM] reports: Drew Bledsoe was 24 of 36 for 225 yards and became only the fifth man in NFL history to pass for more than 3,000 yards in his first 10 games but it wasn't enough as the Bills lost to the Kansas City Chiefs, 17-16.

Marker Surviving on the Corner [9:16 AM] reports: 'Warfield baited Drew Bledsoe into throwing the ball. He knew the Bills quarterback wanted to go deep. He also knew he could stay with Buffalo receiver Peerless Price. So he backed off on the coverage a bit. “I wanted Drew to think he was open,” Warfield said. “I wanted him to throw that ball up, because I knew I could get it.”'

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