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Buffalo Bills News - November 18, 2002

Marker Marcus Jones Bio [5:54 PM] reports: A veteran pass rushing specialist who has experience playing at every position across the defensive line … Ranks seventh on the club's all-time sack list with 24 career sacks … Savvy talent who has unmatched power and speed … Lined up at LDE in 2001 to make room for Simeon Rice after playing on the right side the prior two seasons (1999-2000.

Marker Bills Sign Marcus Jones; Release Geason and Tuitele [5:28 PM] reports: The Bills announced that the team has signed veteran defensive end Marcus Jones. In addition, the team has released tight end Corey Geason and linebacker Ula Tuitele.

Marker Reader Advocate [4:22 PM]
Salt Lake City Tribune reports: 'Kragthorpe failed to disclose that his brother, Steve, who coaches the quarterbacks for the Buffalo Bills, has been mentioned as a replacement for McBride.'

Marker Bills fall but TV ratings remain high [3:06 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Season-long TV ratings for Bills' games in Buffalo are running more than 30 percent above last season's figures and are among the highest in an NFL market-by-market comparison.'

Marker Meltdown in Kansas City [3:05 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If the Buffalo Bills fail to make the playoffs in this season of overwhelming NFL parity, they will look back on an opportunity lost in Week 11.'

Marker Bills left to ponder killer penalty [3:04 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We just have to live with it,” he said. “The ref made the call ... that’s what he saw. But it’s a hard bullet to bite.'

Marker Bills-Chiefs Notebook [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Offensive guard Victor Allotey made Buffalo’s 53-man roster for three seasons (1998-2000) but was inactive for 47 of 50 games (including two playoffs). He was signed by Kansas City, made the active roster for one game last year and all 10 games this season but has been inactive for every one. Allotey has now been in the league for five seasons, is vested in the NFL’s retirement fund, has been inactive for 58 of his 61 games and hasn’t played a down in the league.'

Marker Bonehead blunders botch Bills bid [1:10 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'If Buffalo winds up a single game shy of a playoff spot, some Bills fans will blame MacAulay's painfully zealous crew. Their conspiracy-minded brethren may even dredge up the old "the NFL hates Buffalo because it's a small-market" theory. Both groups may take some consolation from their rationalizing, but they'll be wrong. If the faithful need scapegoats to help them come to terms with an otherwise unexplainable and unwarranted loss, here are a pair of names -- Ron Edwards and Peerless Price.'

Marker Kansas City Chiefs rally for 17-16 victory over Buffalo Bills [1:06 PM] reports: Chiefs quarterback Trent Green, not known for his mobility, darted nine yards up the middle for the go-ahead touchdown with 4:45 to play. "A lane opened up, so I took off," he said. "Then I saw those guys closing hard. So I just closed my eyes and dove as hard as I could."

Marker Week 11 Bills vs. Chiefs Photos [12:53 PM] reports: Photos from Sunday's Bills/Chiefs Game

Marker Chiefs deny Bledsoe down the stretch [12:45 PM]
ESPN reports: Question on the Bills: What's happened to their offense in the past two games?
It's difficult to keep up offensive momentum when the season changes from October to November to December. No matter where you play (except for San Diego or a domed stadium), you'll face weather conditions that will challenge your productivity. Also, teams are preparing better for the Bills. But the change in weather will affect many offenses as the season continues.

Marker Game Notebook vs. Kansas City Chiefs [12:42 PM] reports: Buffalo’s 8:42 drive in the third quarter was the team’s longest since a 10:55 drive at Minnesota on 10/22/00 (resulted in a 25-yard Steve Christie FG)…the Bills had three drives of 15 plays at Kansas City, marking the first time that has happened since 1988 when drive distances started being kept officially. The only other time the team had two drives of 15-or-more plays in a game was 11/10/96 at Philadelphia when the Bills had 16 and 15-play drives.

Marker Bills Geography: Lesson #10 [12:41 PM] reports: With new activities, player features, and trivia each week, Buffalo Bills Geography is a fun way to learn about bodies of water, latitude and longitude, and much more. It's also a great way to find out interesting facts about your favorite Bills players.

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.'

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