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Buffalo Bills News - November 16, 2002

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.'

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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.

Marker Prioleau in Shout! chat Monday night [10:20 PM]
Yahoo Sports reports: Starting free safety Pierson Prioleau will join Shout! reporters Mike Doser and Lary Bump in the Bills' chat room Monday, Nov. 18, at 8 p.m. ET. Prioleau will take fans' questions for an hour

Marker . [1:12 PM]
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.'

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