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Buffalo Bills News - November 19, 2000

Marker Bills will be desperate without a win today [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are 4-3 in AFC games and 2-3 in the AFC East. Kansas City is 4-4 in the AFC. The Bills have little room for error, the Chiefs have none.'

Marker Johnson has his job back, but he has a lot to prove [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The most obvious is that he is sacked too often. He's the most sacked quarterback in the NFL, which isn't all his fault. It's true that he holds the ball longer than he should, especially on third down when he tries too often to make the perfect play.'

Marker Playing from behind [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A lot of people take their shots at Ronnie, but they don't understand that he had a lot of young guys to work with when he got here," special teamer Raion Hill said. "When coach DeHaven was here he had been here a while. He had his own system implemented and had his own thing going. When you start something new, you just have to be patient and work with it."'

Marker Bills could steal a win against K.C. defense that's slipped a notch [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toughness of this venue may be too much to overcome for this Bills team. . . . Chiefs, 24-20.'

Marker One Bills Drive has a new top dog [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Her name is Buffy, she's a beagle mix, and she's the newest member of the Ralph and Mary Wilson clan.'

Marker Chiefs' playoff lives at stake today [8:17 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: 'The Chiefs might also be getting a break with Buffalo head coach Wade Phillips' decision to reinsert Rob Johnson at quarterback after he missed most of the last four games with a sprained shoulder.'

Marker Bills keeping focus on Chiefs [6:59 AM]
D and C reports: 'If ever a team was living by the NFL's one-game-at-a-time mantra, it's the Bills (6-4), who find themselves in the thick of a 10-team playoff race in the AFC thanks to a three-game winning streak.'

Marker Bills scouting report [6:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills can win if ... They play turnover free. Though the Chiefs haven't been a turnover machine this season, they are still adept at getting takeaways at home because they use crowd noise to their advantage.'

Marker 'Harass the quarterback': Chiefs coach to defence [6:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"That's my approach. I figure if I can get the quarterback harassed and rattled then there's a chance," Cunningham said. "That's how I coach defence."'

Marker Moon shines as backup QB [6:55 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Like Rob Johnson, Elvis Grbac has a former CFL star backing him. But unlike Johnson, Grbac has no fear for his job.'

Marker Chiefs, Bills need a win to maintain playoff hopes [6:54 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'It's quite simple for the Chiefs right now: They have no margin for error.'

Marker Chiefs defense going down in history for all the wrong reasons [6:53 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'This year's group is shaping up, statistically at least, as among the worst ever for the Chiefs.'

Marker Return of Hicks should bring lift to beleaguered Chiefs defense [6:52 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Eric Hicks might be on the field for only 10 or 15 plays, or a fraction of the time the Buffalo Bills have the ball today. The Chiefs still plan on getting a lift from his return.'

Marker Maslowski brings a heavy-metal hitter to Chiefs defense [6:51 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'His face etched with passion and outright ferocity, headphones blaring heavy metal into his ears, the Chiefs' new starting linebacker is thinking about only one thing: the fury he's about to dispense on his opponent.'

Marker It's obvious that Chiefs miss No. 58 [6:50 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Before this season began, there were people in the Chiefs organization who whispered -- quietly, very quietly -- that the team just might have a better defense without Derrick Thomas.'

Marker Chiefs' Gonzalez makes the catch of a lifetime [6:49 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'There are people who fervently believe everything happens for a reason. Last Sunday in San Francisco, two of those believers met, violently, at a football game.'

Marker Will Bills get chilly reception? [6:47 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'A key question: Can a Kansas City defense that yielded 70 points in two straight losses keep a once-potent Chiefs offense within striking distance?'

Marker Sideline collision may prove to be life-saver [6:45 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'An MRI examination of Mickey Pfleger, the 52-year-old free lance Bay Area photographer, revealed a pre-existing brain tumor doctors believe can be treated because it was detected early enough.'

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November 18, 2000

Marker Bills Have a Backfield in Motion [7:24 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'Debate all you want, but here are the numbers that seem to matter most: Johnson is 27, is 6 feet 4, and signed a five-year, $25-million contract in 1998. Flutie is 38, is 5-10, and didn't.'

Marker The word according to Elvis: Know thyself [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I had great adviser in a guy named Phil Simms . . . and also Joe Theismann," Grbac said of the two ex-quarterbacks-turned-broadcasters. "I talked to them when I was hurt and they told me that you've got to understand some of the positive things you do and some of your weaknesses. If you can understand some of your weaknesses, you can stay healthy."'

Marker Felser gets in 'Last Word' on Flutie vs. Johnson [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo's own version of it - Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson - was the subject of the Fox Sports Net program "The Last Word with Jim Rome." It was taped Friday afternoon for airing at 11 p.m. nationally with Buffalo News Sports Editor Larry Felser pro-Johnson and Dan Pompei of the Sporting News pro-Flutie.'

Marker Morris won't play against Chiefs [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Rookie running back Sammy Morris was placed on the early inactive list for the game due to a sprained ankle.'

Marker Handyman for Kelly gets jail term [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'An apologetic Orchard Park handyman was sentenced to six months in jail Friday for planting crack cocaine in the car of a Springville man and was ordered to repay former Buffalo Bills quarterback Jim Kelly $6,500 for sports memorabilia he stole from his home.'

Marker Buffalo needs more numbers on scoreboard [7:34 AM]
D and C reports: 'With 199 points, Buffalo is one of just six teams in the NFL this season not to top the 30-point mark at least once.'

Marker Shields appears ready to keep his streak intact [7:33 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Shields, who has not missed a game in his eight-year career with the Chiefs, returned to practice Friday, and the Chiefs are confident he'll start his 122nd consecutive game Sunday.'

Marker Chiefs report [7:32 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Bills returned about 200 tickets for Sunday's game against the Chiefs at Arrowhead Stadium. The Chiefs have them on sale at the Arrowhead box office.'

Marker Bills deactivate Morris for Chiefs game [7:30 AM]
AP reports: 'Running back Sammy Morris, who leads the Buffalo Bills with five touchdowns, hasn't recovered from an ankle injury and will miss Sunday's game at Kansas City.'

November 17, 2000

Marker Tough Road For Buffalo [4:51 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Their 6-4 record indicates they've done that. But that's mainly been true when playing at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Buffalo is 1-3 on the road, with the win coming at feeble New England. The Bills haven't won in the stadium of a team with a .500 or better record since Nov. 7, 1999, when they beat Washington.'

Marker Just Give Him The Damn Ball [4:51 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'In the days after Buffalo's 27-14 loss to the New York Jets on Sept. 17, the Bills' offensive coordinator banished Antowain Smith to the sidelines. For several weeks, Buf falo's No. 1 draft pick in 1997 had to serve as the team's most highly touted cheerleader, taking a spot on the team's inactive list alongside guys like Victor Allotey, the third-year offensive lineman who has made a career out of spending game day in street clothes.'

Marker New-look K.C. has gotten off the ground [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But today's Chiefs have eschewed the ground attack for an all-out air assault. They rank third in the NFL in passing going into Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.'

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