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Buffalo Bills News - November 14, 2002

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Olean Times Herald reports: '“If they have a weakness,” Vermeil said, “they, too, have had a problem in giving up big plays, just like we have. They’ve given up 42 plays of 20 yards or more. Hopefully, we can take advantage of that as they will try to take advantage of our problems to date."'

Marker Buffalo Bills Fourth Down Trivia [9:24 AM] reports: On Nov. 8, 1986, WR/special teams star Steve Tasker was claimed off waivers from which team?

Marker Better defense is Chief concern for Bills [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Chiefs rank second in the NFL in scoring at 30.2 points a game.'

Marker Sidelines still speak to Vermeil [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You don't rebuild an entire football team in two years," he said. "It takes time. You've got to have patience. That's not what the NFL is all about. But I like watching kids grow. I like to see them get better."'

Marker Chiefs coach has pleasant memories of London [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since the bye week was introduced in the NFL schedule, the Bills are 10-3 in games following the open date.'

Marker Rested Bills look for victories [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Their 5-4 record says they are tied for first, but with a 1-2 record in games against their AFC East rivals, and a 2-4 mark in the AFC -- key tiebreakers which, given the jumbled state of the playoff race, will certainly come into play -- the Bills have little room for error in these final seven weeks.'

Marker Riemersma says he will play against Kansas City [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: '“I don’t think there’s any question I’ll be able to play on Sunday, the biggest thing is not to have a setback and have it tighten back up on me,” Riemersma said. “The big question is how I feel (today) because I did quite a bit today. I pretty much took my normal reps.”'

Marker Bills trying to break away [5:18 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Heading into week 11 of the regular-season schedule, 13 of 16 AFC teams are either tied for first place or are one game back in their respective divisions.'

Marker Excelsior Springs native finding his way as Bills coach [5:17 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I think last year he wanted to err on the side of being a little too hard on some guys, and some guys really didn't appreciate it," fullback Larry Centers said. "He kind of has a rough edge to his approach, and he'll tell you flat-out how it is. For a veteran, you always want a little leeway, and last year with Gregg there wasn't a whole lot of leeway."'

Marker Linebacker Favors comes for visit [5:16 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs might have some competition for [Greg] Favors. He already has visited with Green Bay and could be headed to Buffalo and Carolina.'

Marker Bledsoe happy to be in Buffalo [5:15 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"This," Bledsoe told himself, "is a cool football town."'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:14 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'Carol Vermeil, 66, wife of the Chiefs coach, was assaulted by a purse snatcher Tuesday afternoon on the streets of Kansas City's fashionable Plaza shopping area, near where the Vermeils reside.'

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November 13, 2002

Marker Division II Hall of Fame induction set for December 13 [9:37 PM]
Florence Times Daily reports: 'Former Delaware quarterback Scott Brunner, former Kutztown (Pa.) receiver Andre Reed and former Valdosta State (Ga.) linebacker Jessie Tuggle comprise the 2002 class of inductees.'

Marker Patience key to keeping Bills offense rolling [8:29 PM]
AP reports: Knowing it was only a matter of time before opponents started to figure out ways to contain Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe-led offense, Gilbride spent the extra practice time tinkering with some changes in order to keep everyone guessing.

Marker Where Are They Now: John Kidd [8:29 PM] reports: "I really enjoyed my whole time there. There’s just great people in the Buffalo area. I still talk to a lot of people in the organization and obviously, my teammates. We all see each other at different events in the off-season. The relationships, I think, are the best part as far as on-the-field stuff. I think ‘88, when we won our division and (the fans) tore the goalposts down, we were right up there in the top of the league. It was the first time that we had that feeling that we were one of the premier teams in the league."

Marker Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Chief Preview [8:28 PM] reports: The Short Punt

I'm always an aggressive guy so I'm always lobbying to go for it but ultimately those are the types of decisions that head coaches make and he's our coach so we stand by what he calls. I trust him. And if we punt it down to the two-yard line and our defense makes a big stand then everybody is talking about what a genius he is. Ultimately, he's our coach and we stand by him. He makes the calls and we go play.

Marker Bills - Chiefs Series History [4:41 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 Drew Bledsoe 2002 Season Update [1:57 PM] reports: Read a week-by-week review of Bledsoe. He is 2nd in the NFL amongst quarterbacks in yardage (2,802) and yards per game (284.9) behind only Rich Gannon (2,898; 310.2); 3rd in completions (231) behind Rich Gannon (266) and Tom Brady (243) and is 4th in TDs (17) behind Tom Brady (21), Rich Gannon (19) and Aaron Brooks (19).

Marker Offense Looks to Get Back on Track [1:20 PM] reports: '“It will be a test and I don’t want to get into a scoring battle with them,” Chiefs head coach Dick Vermeil said yesterday at his weekly press conference, “not with this kind of football team where they are so explosive.”'

Marker Week 11 Injury Report [12:43 PM] reports: Riemersma (questionable), Driver (probable), Winfield (probable)

Marker Defensive Backs Are Seeing Double [12:16 PM] reports: In game eight against Detroit, wide receivers Eric Moulds and Peerless Price topped 100 receiving yards in the same game for the fourth time in their careers and the second time this season.

Marker Bills look to Edwards for a defensive charge [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The tools are there," Williams said. "He's strong, quick and fast. He just has to learn how to bring it every day. You can't take a down off in the league. It's all there for him if he plays hard on every snap."'

Marker Chiefs need consistency for late-season run [5:39 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'At 4-5, the Chiefs are still in the hunt, which reveals just how tightly packed the AFC is. The up-and-down nature of the conference makes it hard to speculate which team will still be standing at the end of the season. Winning six of their last seven games would make the Chiefs 10-6 and all but guarantee a playoff spot. Finishing 9-7 would make matters more dicey.'

Marker Vermeil verbatim [5:38 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'On Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe: "He's more mobile than you might think. He's a big man, a good athlete and he's tough. Very tough. It's tough to knock him down. He can ricochet off a hit and come out and throw the ball. And he doesn't have to have his body in perfect position to throw it 35, 45 yards on the mark. So he's amazing."'

Marker Johnnie's on the spot [5:37 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'What in the world has happened to Johnnie Morton, Chiefs fans are asking about the free agent receiver -- a proven player who caught 69 or more passes in four of his past five seasons -- who received a $5.5 million signing bonus upon coming to Kansas City last spring as a free agent?'

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."'

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.

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