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Buffalo Bills News - October 26, 2003

Marker Chiefs' perfect start isn't perfect [5:08 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: 'As a matter of fact, the Bills do see a crack of light. "You do get a little more juiced up for a team that looks like it's trying to run away with the season," Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "We know this game, we know everyone has a flaw. Of course, Kansas City isn't perfect. Of course they can be beaten. We're going in there thinking we're going to be the ones to do it."'

Marker Keep him in mind [5:07 AM]
Wichita Eagle reports: 'But teams are getting better and better at avoiding kicking to Hall, who had returned kicks for touchdowns in an NFL-record four straight games before being shut out the last two weeks. Buffalo has promised to give Hall the same treatment. "Boy, that makes me mad," Hall said. "It's like if you're trying to play video games, and you're so good that no one will play you. Then you don't get to play, so it's not fun anymore. It's the same thing. I want to play."'

Marker Holmes heart of Chiefs offense [5:06 AM]
St. Petersburg Times reports: '"The most dangerous thing they do with Priest is they give him a lot of different things to do," defensive tackle Sam Adams said. "If he runs up the middle and you stack the middle, then he runs to the perimeter, then they give him a draw, then they give him a screen. They change the personnel and do a lot of shifts and motions to try to disguise their basic plays. They get him the ball a lot of different ways."'

Marker Chiefs to take on inconsistent Bills [5:05 AM]
AP reports: 'Williams' Buffalo Bills stand 4-3 because, unlike the more-fortunate Chiefs, fate keeps insisting they pay for their mistakes.'

Marker Sedgwick's Moorman gets to play Dante Game [5:04 AM]
AP reports: 'Moorman currently ranks third in the league, averaging 47.6 yards, and sixth when factoring in return yards. Impressive for a guy with a slim 6-foot, 175-pound frame.'

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October 25, 2003

Marker Moulds Is Improving. Has A Chance To Play In K.C. [6:57 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Moulds did well, but Williams says he'll still need to work out Sunday to see if he can play. He's missed two weeks with a slightly torn groin. Sammy Morris is in the same boat according to the head coach.'

Marker Q&A QB Trent Green [5:07 PM] reports: 'Q: Do you think those comments about shutting down (RB) Priest Holmes will motivate this team? GREEN: “I hope it doesn’t take something like that to motivate this team. The bulletin board material. I would like to think that guys are prepared whether someone says something or not. If that helps motivate their team, that’s great. We know we are at home and we haven’t been at home in over three weeks. We have had two great road victories. We are anticipating the crown being fired up and on national television, making it as difficult as possible for Buffalo. That’s what this team is focused on.”'

Marker Key match-ups [5:01 PM] reports: 'The reason Holliday will be licking his chops on Sunday is that the last time he faced the Western New York foes (12/22/02) he racked up a career-high and Packer record 5.0 sacks while playing in the Green and Gold.'

Marker The franchise builder [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's the main reason I'm in the NFL right now," said Bills linebacker London Fletcher, who signed with the Rams as an undrafted free agent from John Carroll University in 1998. "He's the rare coach who really gave free agents, undrafted free agents, long shots, a true opportunity to make the football team and not look at them as just a (training) camp body. He really had a lot of confidence in my abilities. He put himself on the line and took a chance, and it worked out well for both of us."'

Marker Moulds passes test, may play Sunday [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills conducted a rare Friday night practice in the team's field house. Williams changed the schedule to get his team prepared for Sunday night's game. Williams said that it was the best practice of the week. "It was very crisp," he said.'

Marker Competition at The Ralph [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Approximately 125 boys and girls who have qualified for the NFL Punt, Pass and Kick sectional competition will showcase their skills today from 1:15 to 4 p.m. in the Ralph Wilson Fieldhouse.'

Marker Sales of Bills merchandise soar [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It is significantly better than last year and last year was a great year," said Jay Mininger, vice president of marketing at Dick's. "Winning makes a huge difference and the influx of new players has helped." Lawyer Milloy, Sam Adams and Takeo Spikes are some of the new faces boosting sales. And even though Willis McGahee hasn't played yet, people are snatching up his jersey.'

Marker Winning is never out of style with Vermeil [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Fletcher believes Vermeil has a soft spot in his heart for long shots because he was one himself. “I think his own coaching background, the way he came up through the ranks of high school, junior college and college, influenced him,” Fletcher says. “He had to work hard at it. He wasn’t given anything. So he appreciates the guys who have had to battle to get to the position they are in.”'

Marker Going gonzo [5:14 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '“We're 7-0, are you kidding me?” Gonzalez said. “I understand that this window of opportunity is so small. To win in the NFL. We have a chance to do some damage coming up here if we can get in the playoffs. Hopefully we can get to the Super Bowl. I'm having a great time."'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:13 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'R-Kal Truluck, the right defensive end in passing situations before he sprained an ankle three weeks ago, took his normal turn in practice and appeared ready for Sunday's game against Buffalo at Arrowhead Stadium.'

Marker Chiefs should be healthy [5:12 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: 'After missing the last two Buffalo games with a groin injury, Bills standout receiver Eric Moulds -- who has averaged 15 yards on each of his 30 catches in only five games -- could be closing to returning to action against the Chiefs. Bills coach Gregg Williams said Friday that Moulds had taken a decent number of practice repetitions this week and appeared close to playing Sunday night. Williams said Moulds might have been able to play in last week's Buffalo upset of Washington, but was held out as a precautionary measure.'

October 24, 2003

Marker KC hoping for help from home crowd [4:01 PM]
AP reports: '''It's one of the noisiest stadiums in the league,'' said Bills coach Gregg Williams. ''They're on a roll and the Chiefs are playing well. It can be a very frustrating place to play at, executing and doing what we're supposed to do. It's got a great reputation as being one of the most difficult places to play on the road.'''

Marker Shooting for consistency [1:01 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Look for the Bills to do their best to get Henry going early in this contest. They may have to mix things up a bit, though, as the Chiefs will surely be determined to shut Henry down.'

Marker Schobel: It's a Simple Game [11:45 AM] reports: '"I struggled in Kansas City last year. I didn't have a good game, so I have to show them I can play this time around."'

Marker Bills Need to Steal One [11:45 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 24 Chiefs 23.'

Marker Bills feel the rush from Schobel's play [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think I'm a pretty solid player, but I can always improve," he said. "I'm getting better each week. I'm not where I want to be at this point, but I'll get there soon."'

Marker Chiefs' 'D' answers when opportunity knocks [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Despite ranking just 27th in the NFL in total yards allowed, the Chiefs lead the league with 20 takeaways and are first in the AFC with 13 interceptions. They have returned three of those turnovers for touchdowns.'

Marker Hall achieves new heights [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“We’ve been covering punts fairly well, except for the one game that we were disappointed with,” said cover man Coy Wire. “There’s no question he’s the best returner in the league and we have a challenge on our hands, but I think we’re looking forward to it. There’s nothing to be scared about. He’s going to play his best game, and so are we.”'

Marker Chiefs, loud fans equal tough task [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What makes the Arrowhead effect so unique is that it’s all natural. In many of the ear-splitting domes, the noise is artificial through the use of recorded sound effects and music. But at Arrowhead, the din is generated almost solely by the crowd.'

Marker Chiefs' success has Vermeil humbled [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Much of Vermeil's success can be attributed to his uncanny ability to get the most from unheralded players. He did it in St. Louis with Bills linebacker London Fletcher, who went undrafted in 1998.'

Marker The sack comes back in Chiefs defense [5:12 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '“They don't blitz a lot,'' Bledsoe said. “But when they do, they're very effective with it. Even when you have the linebackers accounted for with your scheme, they're very good pass rushers and can shed a block and still get pressure. The Chiefs' defense will force us to not only account for those guys, but then to block them effectively."'

Marker Chiefs notes [5:11 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Buffalo defensive end Pat Williams raised some eyebrows and provided the Chiefs with some bulletin-board material this week when he appeared on wide receiver Eric Moulds' television show and declared that the Bills are going to “shut down” Priest Holmes on Sunday night.'

Marker Grigsby to miss Chiefs broadcast Sunday [5:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Longtime Chiefs announcer Bill Grigsby will miss the Chiefs-Bills game this Sunday because of health issues.'

Marker Bledsoe expects big week [5:09 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"You watch them on film and you see they're very sound in what they do," Bledsoe said. "There are no easy plays to be made, no weaknesses you can exploit. You have to execute all the way up and down the field. And if you get sloppy, you make turnovers."'

Marker Peterson, K.C. riding high [5:08 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: 'What allows Vermeil to so rapidly build championship teams? "He has a unique ability to motivate not only players but coaches and football support people to perform at a level that I think sometimes they don't even think they can perform at," Peterson said. "Dick finds a way to get the best out of these people, whoever they might be, whether it's the first player or the 53rd player (on the team). I don't know anybody who does it better."'

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