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Buffalo Bills News - November 13, 2002

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Chief Preview [8:28 PM] reports: The Short Punt

I'm always an aggressive guy so I'm always lobbying to go for it but ultimately those are the types of decisions that head coaches make and he's our coach so we stand by what he calls. I trust him. And if we punt it down to the two-yard line and our defense makes a big stand then everybody is talking about what a genius he is. Ultimately, he's our coach and we stand by him. He makes the calls and we go play.

Marker Bills - Chiefs Series History [4:41 PM] reports: The Bills hold a 20-15-1 overall lead (18-14-1 in the regular season) against the Chiefs in a series that dates back to 1960. These two teams were members of the original six-team American Football League, with the Chiefs franchise originally located in Dallas.

Marker Drew Bledsoe 2002 Season Update [1:57 PM] reports: Read a week-by-week review of Bledsoe. He is 2nd in the NFL amongst quarterbacks in yardage (2,802) and yards per game (284.9) behind only Rich Gannon (2,898; 310.2); 3rd in completions (231) behind Rich Gannon (266) and Tom Brady (243) and is 4th in TDs (17) behind Tom Brady (21), Rich Gannon (19) and Aaron Brooks (19).

Marker Offense Looks to Get Back on Track [1:20 PM] reports: '“It will be a test and I don’t want to get into a scoring battle with them,” Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said yesterday at his weekly press conference, “not with this kind of football team where they are so explosive.”'

Marker Week 11 Injury Report [12:43 PM] reports: Riemersma (questionable), Driver (probable), Winfield (probable)

Marker Defensive Backs Are Seeing Double [12:16 PM] reports: In game eight against Detroit, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price topped 100 receiving yards in the same game for the fourth time in their careers and the second time this season.

Marker Bills look to Edwards for a defensive charge [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The tools are there," Williams said. "He's strong, quick and fast. He just has to learn how to bring it every day. You can't take a down off in the league. It's all there for him if he plays hard on every snap."'

Marker Chiefs need consistency for late-season run [5:39 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'At 4-5, the Chiefs are still in the hunt, which reveals just how tightly packed the AFC is. The up-and-down nature of the conference makes it hard to speculate which team will still be standing at the end of the season. Winning six of their last seven games would make the Chiefs 10-6 and all but guarantee a playoff spot. Finishing 9-7 would make matters more dicey.'

Marker Vermeil verbatim [5:38 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'On Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe: "He's more mobile than you might think. He's a big man, a good athlete and he's tough. Very tough. It's tough to knock him down. He can ricochet off a hit and come out and throw the ball. And he doesn't have to have his body in perfect position to throw it 35, 45 yards on the mark. So he's amazing."'

Marker Johnnie's on the spot [5:37 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'What in the world has happened to Johnnie Morton, Chiefs fans are asking about the free agent receiver -- a proven player who caught 69 or more passes in four of his past five seasons -- who received a $5.5 million signing bonus upon coming to Kansas City last spring as a free agent?'

Marker Try as he might, Vermeil can't zip lip about refs [5:36 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"I really try to stay away from officiating (issues)," he said Tuesday at his weekly news conference. "I used to get fined all the time and all it did was frustrate me and cost me money." Well, Vermeil may want to check his mail this week.'

Marker Frustrated, but optimistic [5:35 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: '“If you looked at this game a couple of weeks ago, everybody would have said it’d be a 50-45 game, a high scoring game. Unfortunately, both teams kind of stubbed their toe a bit (last time out, when the Chiefs lost 17-13 to the Niners and the Bills fell 38-7 to New England). “Both offenses are kind of struggling right now and are going to be looking to get back on their feet, so it’s going to be a fun game.”'

Marker Dick Vermeil Press Conference [5:34 AM] reports: '"He's got the number one pair of wide receivers in the National Football League in terms of receptions. They've got 122 receptions between Moulds and Price. Again, we go from one quarterback that's having a great year to another quarterback that's having a great year to another marquee pair of wide receivers. So, it's always a challenge for our defensive staff. Price and Moulds are just outstanding."'

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November 12, 2002

Marker Showdown of Two of the NFL’s Best Receiving Tandems [4:15 PM] reports: 'Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is 0-2 as a starter at Arrowhead, losing a 31-26 contest (10/15/95) and dropping a 16-14 decision (10/10/99) as a member of the Patriots. Bledsoe owns a 2-4 overall record as a starter in road contests vs. AFC West opponents, with those wins coming by a 45-7 count at SD (12/1/96) and a 28-19 margin at Denver (10/1/00).'

Marker Bills/Chiefs Matchup [4:14 PM]
The Sporting News reports: It may take a computer to keep score of this game. When the Bills have the ball, they will look to exploit a mismatch between their prolific passing game and the league's worst pass defense. When the Chiefs have the ball, Priest Holmes has the luxury of working against the league's 25th-ranked run defense. The team that touches the ball last is very likely to win this shootout.

Marker On Any Given Tuesday [2:53 PM] reports: Quarterback Alex Van Pelt, punter Brian Moorman, safety Tony Driver, kicker Mike Hollis, center Michael Early, defensive end Kendrick Office will host the 2nd annual Bills Sports Challenge to benefit Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Kids will join the players in the fieldhouse to participate in interactive games, autograph sessions and even race the players on the power wheels racetrack. All proceeds benefit Children's Hospital of Buffalo.

Marker High School Coach Of The Week - Week 10 [9:55 AM] reports: Head coach Joe Bremer of St. Mary's High School has been named the Buffalo Bills' high school football "Coach of the Week" for the tenth weekend of the 2002 season (Nov. 8-9). St. Mary's rallied for 12 points in the final 4:09 to hand Turner-Carroll a 19-14 loss to win the Monsignor Martin Association's League A title last Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Marker Bills return with healthy outlook [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'This is the first time the Bills have owned at least a piece of first place in the AFC East this late in the season since they were 7-4 in 1998.'

Marker Tryout attracts dozens [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Of the 88 players brought in, a dozen were defensive linemen. There were also 13 punters and kickers, though Brian Moorman and Mike Hollis don't have anything to worry about. The Bills are no different than most NFL teams that bring in free agents throughout the season. But the volume of players the Bills brought in last week is unusual.'

Marker Bills' Hollis weathers kicking in cold [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: 'Upon review, Hollis’ first kick against the Patriots was held up by the wind, the second involved a bad snap and hold, and the third he simply hurried.'

Marker Priceless Peerless should be Bills' top priority [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Rams don’t always win but they consistently put on the best show in the NFL. The Bills could be the new version of the Rams but only if they retain Price to team with WR Eric Moulds, QB Drew Bledsoe and RB Travis Henry.'

Marker Slumping Chiefs confident their scoring will return [5:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs have scored a paltry 33 points in their last two games. They topped that total in a single game five times earlier in the season. Just as their defense seems to have solved some of its problems, the Chiefs may now be wrestling with an entirely different set of troubles. And there is some urgency to the situation because they figure to need a lot of points to beat another high-scoring team, Buffalo, on Sunday at Arrowhead Stadium.'

Marker Refreshed Bills find themselves with share of AFC East lead [5:20 AM]
AP reports: '''We're sitting pretty but we have to continue to play hard to stay that way,'' receiver Eric Moulds said. ''It's great to have an opportunity to have a chance to be in first place and continue to fight for it. Now you have to stay in the same position that you're in and make other teams try to catch up.'''

November 11, 2002

Marker Winfield ready to return to Bills lineup [7:49 PM]
AP reports: 'Winfield, who was hurt during practice, had arthroscopic surgery to repair torn cartilage on Oct. 18. He's experienced only minor swelling since resuming practice last week.'

Marker Some notes on an off day for Bills [2:45 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The standing joke is that the perfect season for NFL Commissioner Paul Tagliabue would be for all 32 teams to finish 8-8. Well, we’re not there quite yet, but take a look at today’s standings. Fifteen teams are either 5-4, 4-5 or 4-4. And that doesn’t include Pittsburgh and Atlanta, both 5-3-1. That’s over half the league within two games of .500.'

Marker Bills columnists Tim O'Shei answers fans’ bye week questions [2:00 PM] reports: Can you be more analytical about the games in your Monday column? Yes, I COULD analyze every key play and each players’ performance. But I usually don’t, and here’s why: Nearly every independent media outlet that provides quality coverage of the Bills gives fans expert analysis. You can find this in the paper, on television, and especially on the web. (Click on our link to and it’ll take you there.)

Marker Chiefs vs Bills - Game 10 [1:15 PM] reports: 'Greg Gumbel, Phil Simms and Armen Keteyian.'

Marker Possible playoff run big step up from Buffalo's 2001 horrow show [1:07 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' bye week offered their players, coaches, fans and analysts a free Sunday to either dwell on or forget last week's humiliation at the hands of Drew Bledsoe's former employer, the New England Patriots. Each of the above groups, save the guys who patched together Buffalo's miserable offensive and defensive game plans, would do well to take the latter option. Getting undressed on national television couldn't have boosted the self-esteem of the players or their faithful, especially after a three-game winning streak and 5-3 start launched premature playoff talk. But to put things in perspective, look back not one week, but 52. A year ago this bye week, the Bills staggered home after another loss to the Patriots, that one in New England. The 21-11 pounding dropped Buffalo to 1-7, with a blitz everyone in Foxboro Stadium could see coming, effectively ending the season for both Rob Johnson and the team he was supposed to save.'

Marker Bills' future begins now [1:06 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Realistically, to win the division, or at very least earn a wild card berth, Buffalo must win 10 games. That means five more victories from games against the Chiefs, Jets, Dolphins, Patriots, Chargers, Packers and Bengals.'

Marker Buffalo Bills NFL Auction On eBay [12:03 PM] reports: Bid on several Buffalo Bills autographed items, including a Peerless Price autographed football and a 2002 Team Autographed Helmet.

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