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Buffalo Bills News - November 18, 2002

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.”'

Marker Tough loss under yellow flags [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...they let a winnable game get away on the road.'

Marker Red-zone failures sink Bills [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If someone had told Gregg Williams his defense would hold Priest Holmes to 3.4 yards a carry, Tony Gonzalez would manage just two catches and Travis Henry would gain 164 total yards, the Bills coach would have packed a couple of bottles of Dom Perignon for the plane ride home. "It feels like one got away," said Bills defensive end Chidi Ahanotu.'

Marker Bills waste Henry's productive day [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills made him the focal point of the offense Sunday and he delivered, averaging a robust 5.3 yards on 24 carries. He also had 38 yards on four pass receptions.'

Marker Bills didn't make the big plays when they had to [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going to fight hard. This is not over." No, but it's not looking all that promising, either.'

Marker Chiefs' defense catches on to routes of Moulds, Price [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The game plan forced Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe to be more patient and settle for shorter throws over the middle.'

Marker Monday Billboard [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were credited with 101 yards of total offense during a third-quarter drive, thanks to three penalties. And they came away with only a field goal.'

Marker Empty-handed in KC [5:33 AM]
D and C reports: '“It felt like one got away,” said Bills defensive end Chidi Ahanotu of this surprisingly low-scoring game. “We felt like we were in command for most of the game. I think everyone in here is a little frustrated.”'

Marker Price, Bills give new meaning to flag football [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: '“I’ve noticed how he plays his game,” Warfield was saying inside a joyous Chiefs locker room. “I mean, not to take anything from him, the guy has a lot of talent and he’s done a really good job this season. But I’ve seen him make stupid plays when people start talking to him. I’ve seen him at the end of games, with no time left, just go up and hit a guy in the back of the head for no reason. All that stuff is uncalled for. I just knew if I could say something and get in his head, he would do something stupid and that’s what it was.”'

Marker Red-zone problems prove costly [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'Considered the NFL’s best tandem of receivers with 122 catches combined coming into the game, they managed just eight receptions for 76 yards against a Chiefs pass defense that ranked dead last in the league having allowed an average of 306 yards per game. Moulds was kept without a catch in the second half, and Price committed two penalties on a third-quarter drive that contributed to Buffalo settling for a field goal instead of a touchdown.'

Marker Buffalo Bills report card [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'COACHING -- The Bills’ offensive game plan was sound, until the red zone (just three run calls out of 15 plays). Jerry Gray had defense ready, but his unit wilted at crunch time. The onsides kick call was strong but 13 penalties marred Gregg Williams’ Missouri homecoming. C'

Marker Chiefs keep playoffs hope alive with win over Buffalo [5:29 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Holmes ripped off runs of 15, 12, 8 and 9 yards in the final 4 minutes, moving the chains, consuming clock and forcing the Bills to use their remaining two time outs. Holmes finished the day with 104 yards and his second consecutive 1,000-yard season. He also scored the Chiefs' first touchdown in the opening quarter.'

Marker Much-maligned Warfield saves the day for Chiefs in 17-16 win [5:28 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I tried to let Drew think that he was open," Warfield said. "I kind of knew (Price's) speed from covering him the rest of the game. I figured he wasn't that fast to run past me."'

Marker Morton and Kennison chip in [5:27 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Although it can hardly be classified as a breakout game, Morton did catch three passes for 52 yards. He now has 19 receptions for 254 yards for the season. Morton's running mate, Eddie Kennison, added three catches for 93 yards and set up the Chiefs' first score by hauling in Trent Green's 44-yard bomb down the left sideline.'

Marker Chiefs' salvation comes from two unlikely sources: Green, Warfield [5:26 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'One week after several dubious calls helped steal a game from the Chiefs, an officiating crew handed Kansas City a victory with a plethora of questionable flags.'

Marker Green does damage with his legs [5:25 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Green's 9-yard touchdown run gave the Chiefs a precarious 17-16 lead, and his 12-yard scramble on third and 6 with just more than 2 minutes remaining preserved it.'

Marker Bills' Williams suffers through sour homecoming [5:24 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"The Chiefs did a good job knowing that we've got some big playmakers on the edges, and those are the areas we can counter by running the football and trying to get us some single coverage and big plays down the field. We had a few shots; we didn't make the play today."'

Marker Holmes is the Chiefs' quiet giant [5:23 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'He never said a word. Priest Holmes doesn't talk in the huddle. All game long, he never once said, "Man, I'm tired," or "Block for me, guys," or "Give me the ball," or "I can't feel my left arm." He never said a word. He never does. "This is you again, Priest," Chiefs quarterback Trent Green said.'

Marker Officials made the game tougher for Buffalo [5:22 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'You wouldn't blame the Buffalo Bills for seeing red after Sunday's loss to the Chiefs.'

Marker Chiefs report [5:21 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills tried an onside kick in the second quarter after kicking a field goal that cut their deficit to 7-3. They were rewarded for their boldness when Charles Johnson recovered. Buffalo used the resulting field position to move for another field goal. The Bills went after Lyle West, who retreated too quickly from his position on the right side of the Chiefs' front. "I went down a couple steps and tried to come back, but by that time it was too late," West said. "It was a good call on their part.'

Marker Just like old times [5:20 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Trailing 16-10 and needing to win to remain on the edge of the playoff picture, the Chiefs drove 78 yards -- aided by 44 yards on two controversial penalties against the Bills -- to score the winning touchdown with 4:53 remaining.'

Marker Hero for a day [5:19 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'The most maligned player on the NFL's most criticized defense came through with a game-breaking play to help keep the playoff hopes alive for the Kansas City Chiefs.'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:18 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Replays and referees were hardly helpful to the visiting Buffalo Bills in their 17-16 loss to the Chiefs on Sunday in Arrowhead Stadium.'

Marker Amazing Race [5:17 AM]
St. Joseph News Press reports: '“What they did is they went man-to-man underneath and we had it isolated over there,” Green said. “They ended up doubling Tony (Gonzalez) and Dante (Hall) was one-on-one and was going to come underneath and the guy just grabbed him. I came back backside and looked for my check-down with Priest and they were on him one-on-one and so there was just a lane for me to go."'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.”'

Marker 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."'

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