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Buffalo Bills News - November 13, 2002

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.

Marker Week 10 NFL Highlights (Video) [11:40 AM] reports: Watch the plays of the week for Week 10.

Marker A 'close-up' with video [10:36 AM] reports: A large part of NFL players and coach's day involves studying film- film of opposing teams and film of the home team.

Marker Marv Levy: Buffalo at Kansas City [10:04 AM] reports: Buffalo has been sort of hard to figure. It is still very much in the fight for the AFC East division title. It's a tough place to go into; I've always felt this was the toughest place to go in and play. Buffalo will have the benefit of the bye week and see if it can rebound from that very disappointing loss to New England. The Bills are going against a weak defensive team; Kansas City was last in the league in pass defense. Buffalo will come in with Drew Bledsoe, Eric Moulds and Peerless Price. This could a game where there are a lot of points put up because Buffalo's defense is suspect, too.

Marker Bills' TV broadcasts put up gaudy ratings [5:24 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Through nine games the Bills have not only improved on the field with a 5-4 record, they've played to record TV audiences.'

Marker Kelly last of dying breed of QBs [5:22 AM]
Athens Banner Herald reports: 'When he spoke to the Georgia team, Kelly reminded them that athlete who gets the job done is not always the biggest or the fastest. "It is the one with the most heart," Kelly pointed out to them.'

Marker Jets continue dominance over reeling 'Phins [12:09 AM] reports: With their third victory in the last four games, the Jets moved within a game of the other three division teams: Miami, New England and Buffalo all are 5-4 and are tied for first place in division.

Marker Bledsoe #2 in Pro Bowl Votes...KEEP VOTING!!! [12:07 AM] reports: (Nov. 7, 2002) -- With nearly 18 million votes cast by fans on, Green Bay Packers quarterback Brett Favre (317,986) leads all NFL All-Stars in balloting for the 2003 Pro Bowl, the NFL announced. Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe (294,091), the NFL's leading passer with 2,802 yards, ranks second.

November 10, 2002

Marker So close, and yet so far [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It seems Patriots fans driving in from New England for the game got some bum driving directions from the Internet mapping site Mapquest. The directions sent the travelers to Countryside Lane, just north of the University at Buffalo North Campus.'

Marker NFL hits can cross line into dangerous [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '“See what you hit,” Gray said. “If you see what you hit, I don’t think there can be any question that you dropped your helmet. You can say, ‘I squared up, I hit him right in the numbers, my facemask was on his body.’ If a guy gets hurt that way and you fine me, then there’s something wrong with the ruling.”'

Marker Bills try to tackle defensive problems [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '“That’s the thing a lot of young guys don’t do a lot -- go up, form fit the guy, then get out of the way, and then finish that tackle in your mind,” Gray said. “That’s what the great ones do. If you don’t finish in your mind during the week, it’s hard to finish on Sunday.”'

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