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Buffalo Bills News - November 17, 2002

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

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November 16, 2002

Marker 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.

Marker O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [6:30 PM] 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.

Marker Week 11: Bills vs. Chiefs Preview [1:56 PM]
Bills Daily reports: This is an interesting matchup as both teams are hungry for the win. The Chiefs are in danger of falling out of the playoff picture despite being better than their record indicates. The Bills should be real focused for a solid performance as they have had two weeks to sit and stew over what happened against New England. The Bills have never played real well in Arrowhead despite a win there two years ago. Despite the struggles in Kansas City, this team is a good road team and very hungry for a win. The two porous defenses will allow a lot of points:
Bills 34, Chiefs 31

Marker Holmes turns into heavenly pickup for Chiefs [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 29-year-old back leads the NFL in yards from scrimmage, averaging 150 a game. He's on pace to finish with 2,405 yards, which would be the second-best season ever, behind only Marshall Faulk's total of 2,429 in 1999.'

Marker Bills' job to stop Chiefs' potent offense [6:00 AM]
D and C reports: 'Running back Priest Holmes leads the NFL in yards gained from scrimmage (1,353, including 908 rushing), Tony Gonzalez is the best tight end in the game, quarterback Trent Green is an efficient passer, Johnnie Morton and Eddie Kennison are productive receivers, and Will Shields, John Tait and Willie Roaf lead one of the finest offensive lines in the league.'

Marker Pressuring Bledsoe will be key for Chiefs [5:55 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'New England used a zone to cut off downfield opportunities to Moulds and Price and forced Bledsoe to take the short stuff. The Bills ended up with 331 yards of offense but scored only seven points because they couldn't hit any big passing plays, then bogged down in the red zone.'

Marker Playoff implications abound [5:54 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'By beating the Bills, the Chiefs would have a victory, and therefore the tie-breaking edge, against three of the four AFC East teams. The East and West divisions could easily supply both of the AFC's wild-card teams.'

November 15, 2002

Marker Hulk Hogan predictions [5:54 PM]
USA Today reports: Buffalo at Kansas City, 1 p.m.

Two high-scoring offenses. Their defenses are pretty offensive, too.

Hulk: The crowd will dictate this one. The better team doesn't win. Chiefs 31-30.

Marker Bills After the Bye [5:52 PM] reports: Since bye weeks were introduced in 1990, the Bills are 10-3 in games following the open date. Only Minnesota (11-3) has more post-bye week wins than the Bills.

Marker Bills vs. Chiefs Fantasy Matchup [3:28 PM] reports: Expect offensive fireworks from two of the NFL's highest scoring clubs. The Chiefs are coming off a disappointing road loss to San Francisco. The Bills had the week off and used the extra time to get healthy on the defensive side of the ball, which will serve as a blessing against Kansas City.

Marker Bills - Chiefs Series History [3:27 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 Game Preview: Bills Take On Chiefs [3:27 PM] reports: The Bills return from last week's open date to find themselves tied atop the AFC East with Miami and New England and a game in front of the 4-5 Jets. Buffalo (5-4) watched the Dolphins drop to 5-4 with a 13-10 loss at the Jets while the Patriots moved to 5-4 with a dramatic 33-30 comeback win at Chicago.

Marker Buffalo Bills Kids Club Birthdays [10:05 AM] reports: The Bills would like to wish a Happy Birthday to the following Buffalo Bills Kids Club members: Stephen Meagher (Nov. 15), Jake Caplan (Nov. 15), Kiley Shannon (Nov. 16), Philip Limbeck (Nov. 17), Jake Lawton (Nov. 17), Douglas Tay (Nov. 18), Stewart Bovi (Nov. 18)...

Marker Bills, Chiefs are armed for a shootout [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chiefs have the lowest-ranked defense in the NFL.'

Marker In race thistight, tiebreakers don't favor Bills [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite a 5-4 record and a piece of first place in the AFC East, the Bills' 2-4 conference record is the worst of the 14 contenders, matched only by Jacksonville.'

Marker Bills' defense in a Gray area [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'Like tackling a running back at full speed, it is Gray who feels every one. And like other players who traded in their pads for a coach’s whistle, he has discovered that doing it yourself on the field is a lot easier than getting others to do it for you.'

Marker Vermeil's back with tears of joy [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: '“Some people just have a way with people,” Fletcher said. “He’s compassionate. He’s loyal. He’s a guy who’s tough but fair. We had tough practices. We’d be out there 3 1/2 hours sometimes, but he was also a fair person. Once you were one of his guys it was tough to fall out of his favor. He would go to bat for you. He was a guy players had a special relationship with.”'

Marker Chiefs concerned with Stryzinski's inconsistent punting [5:16 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"It has been inconsistent, very inconsistent," Vermeil said. "I treat the punter like I have in the past with a kicker, and that's you stay with him until he punts himself out of a slump. Otherwise, you get somebody else and you don't know what you're going to get."'

Marker Stopping third downs is key [5:15 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'For the season, opponents have converted 51 of 116 (44 percent) of third downs. That ranks 26th in the NFL.'

Marker Bills invade Rams' old turf [5:14 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: '"We tick 'em off one week at a time," Gilbride mused. "That's the key: Don't keep them ticked off for too long, just a week at a time."'

Marker Border crossing Ahanotu's billet [5:13 AM]
USA Today reports: '"I have always wanted to experience life in another country," Ahanotu says. "So I said, 'Well, if I'm in Buffalo I'm too close not to do it.'"'

November 14, 2002

Marker The way we hear it: Buffalo [11:09 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Gray has been under fire all season long for his defense’s poor play, and it seems that Williams is growing tired of the defense’s performance. Williams was visibly angry at Gray on the sideline after the Bills gave up a 45-yard TD to Kevin Faulk. With two weeks to prepare because of the bye week, the Bills’ game vs. Kansas City could be perceived as a yardstick game for both coaches’ futures.

Marker Weekend Pickoff: Buffalo (5-4) at Kansas City (4-5) [10:54 PM]
CNN/SI reports: Tony Gonzalez has not caught more than four passes in five of the Chiefs' nine games. He's been thrown to only 53 times (34 catches) -- a woeful 20 percent of Trent Green's passes. Is he under quarantine?
Bills 31, Chiefs 24

Marker Harmon Forcast: Kansas City 26, Buffalo 21 [10:52 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: The Chiefs are excellent on the run, the Bills live by the pass, and each team has problems on defense against those strengths. A 21-17 victor in ’00, Buffalo has taken four of its last five from K.C.

Marker Controversial plays: what's your vote? [10:29 PM]
ESPN reports: 8. The Music City Miracle
1999 wild card playoff game. Titans vs. Bills. Buffalo takes a 16-15 lead with 16 seconds remaining. Desperate Titans coach Jeff Fisher calls a trick play for the kickoff return, the "Home-Run Throwback." It works -- Lorenzo Neal catches the ball and hands it to TE Frank Wycheck, who throws an overhand lateral cross-field to Kevin Dyson, who scampers 75 yards for the winning TD. He crosses the goal line with three seconds left. On the replay, the toss -- which looks about as close to a perfectly sideways pass as can be -- is ruled a legal lateral.

Marker First ... And 10: Taking to the air [10:22 PM]
ESPN reports: 6. Buffalo Bills at KC Chiefs: For the past couple of games involving the Chiefs, everyone expected tons of points. That didn't happen against the Raiders and 49ers because each team used ball-possession offenses that kept the Chiefs offense on the sidelines. Well, that might not happen this week. The Bills are giving up 29.9 points a game. They aren't good at stopping teams with good offenses.

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