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Buffalo Bills News - November 20, 2002

Marker Jets (5-5) Hope Mediocrity Rises to Top [5:22 AM]
New York Times reports: 'In Buffalo, they will face the first team since their winning streak began that has an effective quarterback and an effective running back.'

Marker Tossing the sweep [5:21 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"If you're going to win in November and December," Pennington said, "you have to run the football."'

Marker Herm has Jets fighting back [5:20 AM]
New York Post reports: 'It was Edwards who boldly pushed the button to sit Vinny Testaverde and start Chad Pennington. He made the change decisively, making it clear the move was permanent, not some desperate, grasping-at-straws search for a one-week answer.'

Marker Chad a Case Study In Being Prepared [5:19 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'His ability to step right in and become the AFC's top-rated passer in his first stab at the job hints that there's more than just talent at work. Pennington's success is also about how well Pennington used all those months he never got to play.'

Marker Offensive Rescue [5:18 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Suddenly, the Jets' West Coast offense is a smooth operation, churning out yardage and first downs, finding the end zone and limiting turnovers and penalties. Incredibly, Pennington's interception Sunday in Detroit - off a deflection, no less - was the Jets' first turnover in three games. They committed exactly one offensive penalty against the Lions. The offense appears, for lack of a better word, coordinated.'

Marker As Pennington excels, Hackett gets his due [5:17 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'The Bills have scored just two TDs in the past two games. Teams are playing a soft zone against Drew Bledsoe, taking away the deep ball.'

Marker Jets' Pennington stays cool, focused [5:16 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: '"He has prepared himself to do this," said Edwards, who said he's not surprised by Pennington's fast start. "When you prepare yourself and you surround yourself with players who are fulfilling their roles, it makes your role a lot easier. This is how he has gone about his business and how he is running the football team right now."'

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November 19, 2002

Marker Bills sign LB Favors [9:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Kansas City's fourth-round pick in the 1998 draft, Favors enjoyed his best seasons from 1999-01 at Tennessee, the first two under defensive coordinator Gregg Williams, now the Bills' head coach.'

Marker Bills sign LB Greg Favors [9:25 PM] reports: Also today, the team announced that it has released WR Reggie Germany, who had spent the entire 2002 season on the Reserve Injured list.

Marker 5th Down: It's All About the Second Half [1:46 PM] reports: Kansas City's victory evens the Chiefs at 5-5, which puts them in last place in the AFC West. Across the map in the AFC East, where parity reigns like a thunderstorm, Buffalo drops to 5-5 in a three-way tie for second place. "This is a big win for the Chiefs," Williams said. "They had to have it. So did we. This is important going down the stretch."

Marker Bills Fourth Down Trivia [12:25 PM] reports: New week of Trivia questions/answers posted from last week.

Marker Bills coach sees red over flurry of yellow flags [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are the most-penalized team in the league in terms of yardage (771) through 10 games. They've had the fourth-most penalties called on them (83).'

Marker The price for Peerless may be wrong [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Price is a proud and emotional player. But by now, he should know better than to shove an opponent in the mouth and get whistled for a personal foul. He's not a rookie; he's four years into his career.'

Marker Bills defenders: No contact? No good [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '“I thought he had good coverage, I thought he put his hands up when the receiver put his hands up, but the ref that caught it was behind him,” said cornerback Antoine Winfield, who has three of the aforementioned penalties this season to rank second on the Bills behind Watson. “I don’t know how he could see if there was any contact up front.”'

Marker Is something wrong with the Bills' offense? [5:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, film study is an art form and Bill Belichick and Dick Vermeil came up with effective plans to slow him down. Now we will see if Bledsoe and Buffalo offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride have a counter-attack.'

Marker Bills replay: Week 11 [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'However, Buffalo’s 1-2 record in division games and 2-5 mark in conference games makes its road to a playoff berth far more arduous.'

Marker Sacked for a loss [5:17 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'I honestly don't know how or when I became a Bills fan. I followed the team religiously, even before they became kings of the AFC in the early 90's. I remember writing letters to the organization and getting bumper stickers and team photos a few weeks later in the mail. And, yes, I still have them. Heck, my entry in the fourth-grade Halloween painting contest was a pumpkin-turned-Bills helmet.'

November 18, 2002

Marker Yellow flags are red flags for undisciplined Bills [11:22 PM]
AP reports: '''This is a game of inches. And yesterday, we gave up yards, and it cost us ultimately.'''

Marker Bills sign DE Marcus Jones [7:20 PM]
UPI reports: 'The Bills have registered just 21 sacks in 10 games.'

Marker Bills sign DE Marcus Jones [6:46 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'To make room for Jones, the Bills released tight end Corey Geason and Ula Tuitele, who both played primarily on special teams.'

Marker Bills bolster pass rush by signing DE Jones [6:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Jones, coming off surgery to repair torn cartilage in his left knee, joins the Bills six weeks after he was released by Tampa Bay. It wasn't immediately known when he would be able to begin playing for Buffalo, although he was added to the team's active roster.'

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."

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