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Buffalo Bills News - October 23, 2003

Marker Bills Alumni Spotlight: Mario Clark [4:13 PM] reports: 'For the past 10 years, Clark was worked as the community outreach coordinator for the Rose Bowl in his hometown of Pasadena, Calif.. He’s focusing now on the Rose Bowl’s efforts to get an NFL team.'

Marker It’s Bills vs. Chiefs ... by the numbers [4:11 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If you’re wondering, the Bills have lost six of their last seven road games — the lone win at Jacksonville — and haven’t won at Arrowhead Stadium since the 2000 season, when Rob Johnson had one of his best games in a Buffalo uniform en route to a 21-17 victory.'

Marker Chiefs shoot for 8-0 start against Bills [4:11 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Buffalo will keep it close, but will come up short in the end.'

Marker Henry Named Ground NFL Player of the Week [3:11 PM] reports: Fans have voted Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry the FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week for games played on October 19-20.

Marker Bills want to avoid that run-down feeling [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The most dangerous thing they do with Priest is they give him a lot of different things to do," said defensive tackle Sam Adams. "If he runs up the middle and you stack the middle, then he runs to the perimeter. Then they give him a draw, then they give him a screen. They change the personnel and do a lot of shifts and motions to try to disguise their basic plays. They get him the ball a lot of different ways."'

Marker Bledsoe needs to rev up his road show [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have lost six of their last seven road games. The only win was against a weak Jacksonville team on Sept. 14. In those six losses, Bledsoe threw three touchdown passes and 12 interceptions. He was sacked 23 times. The Bills averaged 9.3 points in those games. They haven't scored an offensive touchdown in any of their last three road losses.'

Marker Reese plans to appeal fine [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was a run play and we were in three-deep coverage," Reese said. "You can't tell whether a runner is going to come out of there (through the line of scrimmage), so I'm coming straight down and trying to play for the run. The ref usually moves to the side and he didn't move. I kinda put my hands on his lower back and tried to guide him to the side and he fell over. I got fined 25,000. I'll definitely appeal it as long as I can."'

Marker Stopping a Priest [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We played well for 3 1/2 quarters last year, and they got that one drive on us at the end,” Prioleau said. “For whatever the reasons, we didn’t do what it took to get off the field. But the good thing about that is, is that it is what it is. It’s last year, and we have an opportunity to redeem ourselves this year.”'

Marker Moulds expected to play at K.C. [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It is believed that Moulds will gradually pick up his pace in practice this week, and Williams thinks the Bills’ No. 1 offensive receiving threat will play against the Chiefs.'

Marker Roland talks with the Bills [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'His latest trip brought him to the Buffalo Bills headquarters Tuesday afternoon. Williams, 28, wasn’t able to work out for the team, but he did visit with Bills player personnel director John Guy as well as several members of the coaching staff. The Bills medical staff also reviewed Williams’ X-rays and examined how well his torn anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus have healed.'

Marker Bills have an upset chance [5:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Kansas City has committed only 38 penalties for 294 yards compared to opponents’ 46 penalties for 375 yards. The Bills have 57 penalties for 531 yards compared to opponents’ 50 penalties for 449 yards.'

Marker Some trip home [5:11 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Williams' biggest task will be getting his team to play with some level of consistency. After opening the season with blowout victories against New England and Jacksonville, some in Buffalo were talking Super Bowl.'

Marker There's something similar about these Chiefs, '95 team [5:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Chiefs fans will remember 1995 as a season full of pleasant surprises. Of course, that's where they hope the similarities end, though don't be surprised if the Colts wind up here at Arrowhead again in January.'

Marker Chiefs notebook [5:09 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The grass at Arrowhead is already sparse in areas and certainly won't be helped by Wednesday night's women's exhibition soccer match between the United States and Italy. But the field will look presentable Sunday night. The grounds crew, for the first time this year, gave the field a coat of green paint Wednesday.'

Marker Vermeil verbatim [5:08 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'On the Chiefs' struggles to convert short-yardage running plays: “It can be critical. We lost games last year based on third and 2. The other side of the line of scrimmage is defensing the same situation. They're getting paid to do the same things, to prevent you (from converting). Sometimes they win, sometimes they lose.”'

Marker Chiefs are what they are [5:07 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"I'm pleased with where we are," he noted, "but I'm not blinded by it. We know our strengths and we know our weaknesses. We have to keep exploiting our strengths and either improve or disguise the areas we aren't as strong."'

Marker Vermeil says Chiefs not on par with ’99 Rams [5:06 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“As I’ve found after seven ball games, I think if we’re going to be successful, we’re going to have to be more like the New England Patriots (the 2001 Super Bowl champion) if we’re ever going to get it all done. A complete team organized in a way that we take advantage of the different things that different people do in all three phases of the game.”'

Marker Frustrated Hall feels ordinary [5:05 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: 'Hall hasn’t returned a punt or a kickoff for a score in the Chiefs’ last two games against Green Bay and Oakland. He nearly broke a punt for a score against Green Bay, but was tripped up by the punter. Against Oakland, he was held to 15 yards on two punt returns. “It’s been very frustrating,” Hall said after the Chiefs beat Oakland 17-10. “I got it a couple of times, actually, but what happens is we’re so concerned with where they’re going to kick it. Now, we’re to the point where we don’t know what they’re doing do. Are they going to kick it down the middle? Are they going to kick it right, left?'

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October 22, 2003

Marker Vermeil getting questions as though Chiefs were 0-7 [10:53 PM]
AP reports: 'One reason for fans' worry is probably the nature of many of the wins the Chiefs have piled up. Most were extremely close, such as the 17-10 win over Oakland on Monday night that wasn't decided until the Raiders' Tim Brown was tackled 1 yard short of the end zone as time ran out.'

Marker Moulds Back on Practice Field [10:46 PM] reports: '"If he feels he can play but our training staff determines that it puts him in danger for the rest of the year, then they'll yank him out," added Bledsoe. "But if they leave it up to me or they leave it up to Eric, we're going to put him on the field."'

Marker Vermeil Press Conference [10:29 PM] reports: '“Buffalo comes to town supporting a four win and three loss record – a team that was 8-8 last year, a team we beat 17-16 here in a very tough physical game. It was a game that was turned around by (CB) Eric Warfield picking one off that would have been a touchdown. I expect it to be the same type of football game. They’re a better football team and they’ve improved as much on defense in terms of points given up as we have. They tackle and move and fly around on defense as well as any team we play. They’re the number three team in the National Football League on defense from a statistical standpoint. They hadn’t been running the ball and were rated 32. They take a healthy running back and he runs for over 160 yards. That profile and their rank will change quickly. Players do make a difference."'

Marker Fasani Joins Bills Practice Squad [10:18 PM] reports: 'The Bills released quarterback Brandon Doman from the practice squad to make room for Fasani.'

Marker Bills face big test against undefeated Chiefs [10:13 PM]
AP reports: '''We need to go on the road and beat a good team,'' Bledsoe said. ''That's what good teams do. If we want to win a championship around here, that's what we have to do.'''

Marker Bills add QB Fasani to practice squad [4:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Fasani was signed last weekend. The Bills confirmed the news on Wednesday.'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Kansas City [4:05 PM] reports: 'Eric Moulds: "He's come a long ways. He was very close last Sunday."'

Marker Moulds To Take Part In Wednesday's Practice [1:21 PM] reports: 'Defensive tackle Ron Edwards (doubtful), Sammy Morris (questionable), and Mike Williams (questionable) also appear on the injury report for this week. Morris and Williams are both expected to practice Wednesday.'

Marker Bills Return to Early Season Form [11:56 AM] reports: 'The Bills will have to maintain their offensive success when they travel to Kansas City next week in a prime time showdown with the explosive Chiefs. With the Patriots defeating the Dolphins, the Bills are only one game out of first place, and if they continue to play the way they did against the Redskins, future opponents should have reason to worry.'

Marker Less get-up-and-go might help rookie returner [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown is averaging a respectable 21.1 yards on 17 kickoff returns, including a long run of 41 yards. What the Bills want to see is the explosive burst and decisiveness that made him so effective in the exhibition games.'

Marker Good fortune is great factor [7:59 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'It's definitely no accident. The Chiefs preach the importance of turnover differential, and Kansas City enters Sunday night's game against Buffalo leading the NFL with 20 takeaways. The Chiefs' nine giveaways result in a plus-11 margin. Buffalo is minus-2. “We're plus-11, Minnesota is plus-13,” Vermeil said. “The two of us are both undefeated. We're doing something right. But we're not doing everything perfect.”'

Marker Nix the nitpicking [7:58 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Prediction: Chiefs 27, Bills 17. Dante Hall makes a big play.'

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