Holmes comes up big at right time [5:16 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“The Buffalo Bills defensive backs did a wonderful job supporting the run,” said Holmes, who finished with 104 yards on 31 carries. “But when you have a good running game, you’re always running downhill at those guys and they revert to who they really are. They like to defend the pass and not the run.”'
House Calls [5:15 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“I sensed the play when he came off and how they lined up,” Warfield said. “They put it on the other side of the field. When he came off with his release, I knew he was going back to the post. It was exact same play I had broken up earlier."'
Warfield wins verbal battle [5:14 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: 'After Price caught a 9-yard pass, he and Warfield traded barbs. Price was upset with Warfield and pushed him from behind. That resulted in a penalty, which played to Warfield’s advantage. “He actually shoved at me, just because I said a few words to him,” Warfield said. “If you can get inside someone’s head then that’s good, then that’s what you want to do. Just knowing him and how he reacts to certain situations, I just made an attempt to go up and say something to him and like I said he responded the way I thought he would.”'
KC defense catching up [5:13 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: '"When I turned it loose," Bledsoe said, "I really thought I might have overthrown it. The wind held it up. In retrospect, I should have brought Peerless across the field more than I did, rather than taking it straight up the field. That guy made a great play on the ball."'
Chiefs deny Buffalo [5:12 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: 'The Chiefs, who had the ball only nine minutes in the first half, kept the potent Bills offense off the field in the final 4:14 after maligned cornerback Eric Warfield’s interception to preserve a 17-16 victory at Arrowhead Stadium.'
One special day [5:11 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'And while Moorman and Gammon were easily found in their respective locker rooms -- despite the fact that Moorman was surrounded by TV cameras before being whisked away -- two other Pittsburg State grads were hard at work. Buffalo defensive line coach John Levra -- an Arma native -- began his pro career in 1980 with the Canadian Football League's British Columbia Lions, and has worked at New Orleans, Chicago, Denver and Minnesota before moving to Buffalo in 1998. Also, Kansas City Chiefs head athletics trainer Dave Kendall's job was just starting as the other Kendall -- Gammon -- was getting ready to hit the showers. Dave Kendall also is a PSU grad. But all-in-all, the impromptu PSU reunion was a success.'
Chiefs Beat Bills in November "Playoff" Game [5:27 PM]
KCChiefs.com reports: 'Remarkably, Buffalo was able to run twice as many offensive plays as the Chiefs, getting 42 snaps compared to 21 for Kansas City, and Buffalo held the ball for 21:01 of the first half compared to 8:59 for the Chiefs.'
Kansas City 17, Buffalo 16 [5:23 PM]
UPI reports: 'The Bills became the latest victim of the Chiefs' fourth-quarter prowess. Kansas City has scored 124 points in the final frame this season, four more than the Dallas Cowboys have scored all year.'
Chiefs 17, Bills 16 [5:03 PM]
AP reports: 'Pass-interference penalties against the Bills on consecutive plays, including a 36-yarder against Chris Watson, allowed the Chiefs (5-5) to set up Green's unexpected scramble.'
Kansas City 17, Buffalo 16 [5:03 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bledsoe moved over 3,000 passing yards for the season, completing 24-of-36 passes for 225 yards and a touchdown. But Bledsoe's interception with 4:26 left killed the Bills' chance at victory.'
Bills-Chiefs game may burn out scoreboard [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills receivers Eric Moulds, Peerless Price and Josh Reed versus Chiefs cornerbacks Eric Warfield, William Bartee and Ray Crockett. The Chiefs rank last in the NFL in total yards allowed (425 a game), passing yards allowed (306 a game) and quarterback sacks (15). Drew Bledsoe is averaging 311 yards a game. He already has topped 300 yards in five games this year and with one more will equal Jim Kelly's record for 300-yard games in a season, set in 1991.'
Bills, Chiefs left with little margin for error [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't think the margin of error is such that we can't have any errors or bumps along the way, but it is a very small margin," wide receiver Peerless Price said. "We're in a really good position right now because we control our own destiny. You don't want to depend on, "Well, if Miami beats the Jets then we can squeak in there.' No, you want to control your own destiny, and that's the good thing about it right now."'
Bills may be tied at the top, but it still doesn't feel like first place [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This Bills team seems more like an intruder, like someone who wandered into the wrong party by mistake. Yes, they're 5-4; they control their own destiny; they could win the division and make the playoffs, maybe even get a bye. But they still seem like an average team to me, a team that's tied for first place and fighting for its life at the same time.'
Franchise player [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think maybe if somebody else had come in, some of the free-agent guys that were out there, I would have been in a situation to compete," Van Pelt said this past week. "But anytime you can get a guy like Drew in on your team, you're only doing great things for your team. When that happened, yeah, I was a little disappointed obviously, but, more so than anything else, excited about working with him and what he's going to bring to the team."'
Bills point to winning, not scoring [6:02 AM]
D and C reports: '“I don’t remember seeing it this competitive,” veteran Chiefs coach Dick Vermeil said. “I don’t call it parity ... I just call it tough football teams.”'
Q&A with Phil Crosby [6:01 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] What’s the key to the perfect block? [A:] ’’The key to a perfect block is leg drive and execution. You need good pad level and leverage. It’s just good fundamentals.’’'
Super schedule awaits Bills in '03 [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'The current Buffalo Bills remain in contention for a playoff berth but a relatively easy 2003 schedule could help the improving team become a legitimate Super Bowl contender next season.'
Rested Bills ready for second half [5:59 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I talked to Jim Kelly the other day and he talked about even in (Buffalo’s) Super Bowl years there would be one or two games that they would get their butts kicked,” quarterback Drew Bledsoe admitted of the Bills’ Hall of Fame QB. “That happened to us, and I think the bye week came at a good time.”'
Bills pray they can stop Priest [5:58 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I think he's arguably playing as well as any offensive player in the NFL right now," Bills coach Gregg Williams said earlier this week. "And if you're not willing to make sure you're committed to stopping Priest Holmes, he's been able to take it to the teams that haven't."'
Chiefs, Bills look for offensive feast [5:57 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'But the Bills have slumped. Their last three games have been their lowest-scoring of the season."We've had some opportunities, and we just haven't capitalized on them in the same way that we had earlier in the season," Bledsoe said. "The (open date) came at a good time for us because we could go back and polish up some things. I would anticipate that production would pick back up for us here soon."'
Buffalo a perfect fit for Bledsoe [5:56 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"There are some good wings right around the corner here at a place called the Big Tree," Bledsoe said. "Most of the country, you go and order wings and you have to order 'em extra hot to get 'em to where they burn a little bit. Around here, all you have to do is order 'em regular and they are plenty hot."'
Green, Chiefs must not forget about the long ball [5:55 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Aside from a 49-yard screen pass to Holmes against Oakland, Green has not hit a pass play longer than 27 yards in the last two games.'
What's wrong with Morton? Maybe nothing [5:54 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs are wondering about Morton, too. They invested a $5.5 million signing bonus for, through nine games, 16 catches and one touchdown?'
Chiefs could use more vocal leadership [5:53 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs need a lightning rod, a personality that riles up the team and the fan base. Yes, the team got out of control a few years ago when Marty Schottenheimer recruited 25 percent of the team from a halfway house. Dick Vermeil has done a nice job cleaning up Marty's mess and reshaping the image of the Chiefs. But this team is too nice and too humble.'
Chiefs have toughest schedule in the NFL [5:52 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Chiefs' opponents have a combined 46-35 record -- the last four opponents alone are a combined 30-12.'
Chiefs must put heat on Bledsoe [5:51 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"We've got to get to him and not allow him the time to pick you apart the way he can do," said Hicks, Kansas City's sack leader with five of the team's 15. "We have to get after him and take some of the pressure off our secondary."'
Defenses holding back Gonzalez [5:50 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"People hold him -- tackle him! -- so much. I've seen him spun around 360 degrees to get into the route and it's not called."'
Sedgwick native has Pro Bowl credentials [5:49 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: 'But when the Bills' offense stalls, it turns to a Sedgwick native, Larry and Jeannie Moorman's son, to punt. And like Bledsoe, Moulds, Price and Henry, Brian Moorman is having a Pro Bowl-caliber season.'
Can the Chiefs defense continue its solid play against Bledsoe and the Bills? [10:25 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills' offense, particulary its second-ranked passing attack, will be a huge test for the Chiefs, who are still last in the NFL in total defense. After holding Oakland to 10 points and San Francisco to 17, the Chiefs' success this week will be based more on execution rather than doing anything fancy.
Drew Bledsoe is surrounded by quality personnel, with Eric Moulds, Peerless Price, Josh Reed and Larry Centers. Facing a multitude of talent is more of a problem for the Chiefs than the Bills' scheme. The Bills have more than one or two players to throw to. The Chiefs will have to play a balanced style of defense. If they get too focused on one or two players, the Bills have three others who can burn them.
O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [6:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: In the NFL, once one team finds a strategy that works against a tough opponent, other teams will try it, too. So if the Bills do happen to face a zone defense designed to limit Bledsoe to short passes, they'll have to rely on quick passes and steady running. Against the Patriots, Bledsoe threw for 300-plus yards, but the Bills' ground game was virtually grounded. Thus, Buffalo managed only seven points.
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