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Buffalo Bills News - October 22, 2003

Marker Vermeil Press Conference [10:29 PM] reports: '“Buffalo comes to town supporting a four win and three loss record – a team that was 8-8 last year, a team we beat 17-16 here in a very tough physical game. It was a game that was turned around by (CB) Eric Warfield picking one off that would have been a touchdown. I expect it to be the same type of football game. They’re a better football team and they’ve improved as much on defense in terms of points given up as we have. They tackle and move and fly around on defense as well as any team we play. They’re the number three team in the National Football League on defense from a statistical standpoint. They hadn’t been running the ball and were rated 32. They take a healthy running back and he runs for over 160 yards. That profile and their rank will change quickly. Players do make a difference."'

Marker Fasani Joins Bills Practice Squad [10:18 PM] reports: 'The Bills released quarterback Brandon Doman from the practice squad to make room for Fasani.'

Marker Bills face big test against undefeated Chiefs [10:13 PM]
AP reports: '''We need to go on the road and beat a good team,'' Bledsoe said. ''That's what good teams do. If we want to win a championship around here, that's what we have to do.'''

Marker Bills add QB Fasani to practice squad [4:09 PM]
AP reports: 'Fasani was signed last weekend. The Bills confirmed the news on Wednesday.'

Marker Bills Coach Gregg Williams Previews Kansas City [4:05 PM] reports: 'Eric Moulds: "He's come a long ways. He was very close last Sunday."'

Marker Moulds To Take Part In Wednesday's Practice [1:21 PM] reports: 'Defensive tackle Ron Edwards (doubtful), Sammy Morris (questionable), and Mike Williams (questionable) also appear on the injury report for this week. Morris and Williams are both expected to practice Wednesday.'

Marker Bills Return to Early Season Form [11:56 AM] reports: 'The Bills will have to maintain their offensive success when they travel to Kansas City next week in a prime time showdown with the explosive Chiefs. With the Patriots defeating the Dolphins, the Bills are only one game out of first place, and if they continue to play the way they did against the Redskins, future opponents should have reason to worry.'

Marker Less get-up-and-go might help rookie returner [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Brown is averaging a respectable 21.1 yards on 17 kickoff returns, including a long run of 41 yards. What the Bills want to see is the explosive burst and decisiveness that made him so effective in the exhibition games.'

Marker Good fortune is great factor [7:59 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'It's definitely no accident. The Chiefs preach the importance of turnover differential, and Kansas City enters Sunday night's game against Buffalo leading the NFL with 20 takeaways. The Chiefs' nine giveaways result in a plus-11 margin. Buffalo is minus-2. “We're plus-11, Minnesota is plus-13,” Vermeil said. “The two of us are both undefeated. We're doing something right. But we're not doing everything perfect.”'

Marker Nix the nitpicking [7:58 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Prediction: Chiefs 27, Bills 17. Dante Hall makes a big play.'

Marker Chiefs notebook [7:57 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'Buffalo ranks 25th in the NFL in offense but No. 3 on defense. Already this season, the Chiefs have faced the No. 2 (Pittsburgh), No. 4 (Denver) and No. 9 (Baltimore) defenses in the league.'

Marker Chiefs doing 'just enough' [7:56 AM]
Topeka Capital Journal reports: '"But we never should have let the game get that close anyway. We should have put these guys away in the third quarter when we had the chance. Give them credit. Those guys have a lot of pride, and they fought back." Added Warfield: "We had just enough to get it done."'

Marker Have Chiefs caught breaks or made them? [7:55 AM]
Springfield News Leader reports: 'Life should get a little easier this week with the Bills coming to town which means the Chiefs should be 8-0 heading into their bye week.'

Marker Chiefs Seek NFL's 11th 8-0 Start Since '70 [7:54 AM] reports: 'The home team has won eight of the last nine Chiefs-Bills contests.'

Marker Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [7:53 AM] reports: 'Now is your chance to ask Buffalo's top back a question!'

Marker Henry Up For Ground NFL Player of the Week [7:52 AM] reports: 'Buffalo Bills running back Travis Henry is among the finalists for FedEx Ground NFL Player of the Week honors.'

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October 21, 2003

Marker Roland Visits Bills [10:29 PM] reports: 'Williams is looking for work and what better place to resume his NFL career than in his own backyard.'

Marker Fujita emerging star for Chiefs [10:24 PM]
AP reports: 'In his fourth outstanding effort in four weeks, the linebacker had 12 tackles and a sack in a 17-10 victory over Oakland on Monday night that kept the Chiefs unbeaten.'

Marker Chiefs vs Bills [2:09 PM] reports: 'Dick Vermeil is 3-0 vs. the Bills, making them the only team he has faced three or more times and has never lost against...Bills QB Drew Bledsoe is 0-3 in his three previous visits to Arrowhead Stadium...'.

Marker For now, the Bills silence the critics [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'If Buffalo is a playoff team, it has to win at either Kansas City or Dallas, then take three of the next four.'

Marker Bills' season turns topsy-turvy [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo might not be back on track for the season, but it's not sunk, either. The Bills ran the ball effectively against the Redskins, a first this season. They grabbed an early lead, the way they did against New England and Jacksonville. They dominated the line of scrimmage, unlike their games against Miami, Philadelphia and the Jets.'

Marker Levy to join 'Total Access' cast [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hall of Fame Coach Marv Levy has been signed to be an analyst for the signature show on the NFL Network that will premiere on DIRECTV on Nov. 4.'

Marker Chiefs one tough test for Bills [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Mostly, though, the Bills said they discovered something very important about themselves: They’re not good enough to win on talent alone.'

Marker Can the Bills win at Arrowhead? [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Drew Factor is huge here. He’s 1-6 in his last seven road games. Can this guy win a big game on the road? I have my doubts.'

Marker Buffalo Bills replay [5:13 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills offense will be playing against a somewhat suspect defense, but it will have to do so in one of the noisiest stadiums in the NFL.'

Marker Redskins Report Card [5:12 AM]
Richmond Times Dispatch reports: 'The Bills took advantage of overly aggressive pursuit by the Redskins' linebackers to beat them with draws and delays. Travis Henry not only strung out the front seven, then turned the corner and ran through tacklers, he also moved well between the tackles. Very little pressure was put on quarterback Drew Bledsoe. Cornerback Champ Bailey had a rare off day and looked as if his broken wrist was getting worse, especially on tackles, instead of better. The Redskins also bit on a play-action, rollout pass and the result was a 10-year touchdown pass for Bledsoe. Those who do not remember their history are doomed to repeat it.'

Marker Inside slant [5:11 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"I think so," cornerback Antoine Winfield said when asked if the team was going through a confidence crisis. "I think it started in the second half of the Miami game. After that, the last three or four games, we've just been in a lull. This game got us back on track."'

Marker Strategy and personnel [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Coaching: A -- Kevin Gilbride recognized that the Redskins were not particularly stout up front against the run, and that WR Eric Moulds wasn't going to play again, so he worked hard on making the running game work, and he succeeded. He used a variety of packages that utilized not only FB Sam Gash in the backfield, but tight ends Dave Moore and Ryan Neufeld. Late in the game there were even some three-tight end formations for additional blocking. It was the way to attack the Redskins, and the Bills made it work. On defense the Bills sent a variety of blitzes at Patrick Ramsey in an attempt to take advantage of Washington's suspect pass protection. The plan was to either sack Ramsey or force the second-year quarterback into hurrying throws and it worked. He completed just nine of 26 passes.'

Marker Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'KR Antonio Brown continues to struggle in his rookie season. He had six punt returns and averaged just 2.2 yards. He is ranked last in the league among regular punt returners.'

Marker Donahoe: Room for Henry and McGahee in Bills backfield [5:08 AM]
AP reports: '"You need more than one good back in this league," Donahoe said. "The good teams always have another good back because it's hard for anybody to carry the ball 28, 30 times a game over 16 games."'

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