Pats, Bills play for pride . . . and a shot at a job next year [6:23 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Well, look at it this way. We definitely have more experience this season in games that mean nothing than the Bills. So I guess we'll have to see how they react."'
It's not for the playoffs, but it's not a meaningless game [6:22 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Bills and Patriots play today at Ralph Wilson Stadium and, for the first time since 1987, neither team will be playing in the postseason.'
No QB controversy in Phillips's mind [6:21 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'There is no quarterback controversy as far as Wade Phillips is concerned. For as long as he remains coach of the Buffalo Bills, Rob Johnson will be the starter, and Doug Flutie the backup.'
A Quarterback Keeper In Foxboro [6:20 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe, who turns 29 on Valentine's Day, has said he would like a contract with bonuses tied to the performance of the team, rather than to his performance.'
Patriots-Bills Preview [6:18 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'If Johnson cannot find Eric Moulds (88 catches, 13.6 yards per catch), then he basically runs for his life and hopes for the best.'
Pats, Bills have QB questions [9:48 AM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The Bills front office doesn't say anything publicly, but they're worried they could be in long-term trouble with Johnson as the starter if he doesn't get straightened out.'
Uncoordinated [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"You turn the ball over and you have a tough time winning," Pendry said. "That's the biggest difference between where we were early and lately. . . . That's what we've prided ourselves on, and we've got to get back to it.'
Stations brushing up their bids for Bills' radio rights [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The owner of 97 Rock, Citadel Communications, now has to hope that it won't be the last home game it gets to broadcast. After next week's finale in Seattle, the three-year deal that the Bills signed with Citadel's predecessor, Mercury Radio, expires.'
Smith hopes for fresh start [7:53 AM]
D and C reports: '"Oh yeah, I hope so," Smith said of the prospect of being released. "I don't want to go through the same thing here next year. I'd like to get a fresh start somewhere."'
Simmons received coach's message [7:51 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Simmons, who turned 26 last week, had been dismissed from Wednesday's practice and accused of not expending enough effort.'
Patriots' ills take a toll on Belichick [7:50 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'His team stinks, the weather is miserable and people are starting to get on his back. Bill Belichick is sick? What a surprise.'
NFL creates a fine mess [7:49 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The NFL (aka the No Fun League) doled out $90,000 in fines to the St. Louis Rams this week. The reason? Dancing after a touchdown.'
Parity's biggest ally of Patriots [7:47 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The NFL is one league in which teams can easily vault over the ones in front of them. Call it Pete Rozelle's legacy. But recent history tells us teams that struggle one year can make a big tournaround the next. The Pats could be one of those teams, considering that they spent the first six weeks of the season or so playing teams tough.'
Simmons in doghouse [7:46 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'During his daily press conference before practice yesterday, Belichick said the matter was a private issue between player and coach. Simmons did not work out with the team Thursday, and Belichick said the third-year pro would not do so yesterday.'
Pendry most disturbed by Bills lack of point production [8:00 PM]
AP reports: 'Asked if that means his offense has underachieved, Pendry said: "I would say this ... we need to score more points when the opportunities are there."'
Patriots, Bills have been big disappointments [1:51 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills will play a bowl game Sunday. They're the perfect teams to qualify for the "Disappointment Bowl." The problem is, which team has been the greater disappointment?'
Brown, Moulds named Pro Bowl starters [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'To make sure the tenacious inside linebacker got in, the Bills mounted a media blitz, even going so far as to get Cowart's mother involved in stumping for her son.'
Votes simply don't add up in Wade's world [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Exasperated Buffalo Bills fans petitioned the Supreme Court this week to overturn the vote of confidence owner Ralph Wilson cast for his head coach, Wade Phillips.'
Phillips says Johnson is sore, but should play Sunday [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Johnson, with his elbow wrapped in ice, didn't do much in Wednesday's quick walk through. He threw Thursday, although he appeared to be in pain his first few tosses.'
Redmond's goal: Being the answer [8:47 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"It's a good chance to establish yourself, what you want to accomplish and how hard you play regardless of the record or how many games are left," Redmond said.'
Patriots Focus [8:46 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Snow, sub-freezing temperatures and high winds are part of this week's forecast. Snow is predicted for game day.'
Success now pays dividends later [8:45 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'At this point of the season, most of the Patriot players realize that making a good showing over the final two games of the year can only help their prospects.'
The voice for 'God's frozen people' [5:59 AM]
USA Today reports: 'You can quicken the pulse of any red-blooded Buffalonian by turning on the radio as Miller spins out his familiar phrases: "Fan-demonium"..."God's frozen people"..."Do you believe?"...'
Players vote four Bills to Pro Bowl [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: '"I guess there's a silver lining in every gray cloud. I'm excited about it. It totally caught me off guard."'
Haslett's Saintly season [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"I will always consider myself a Buffalo Bill no matter where I go," he said...I'd definitely love to live there again."'
Patriots are left starless [5:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Not one of coach Bill Belichick's charges was selected for the Pro Bowl team, announced yesterday.'
Redmond's a work in progress [5:48 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The words remind Redmond how far he must come to show the Patriots' coaching staff and management that he is the running back of the future.'
Underachieving Simmons missing in action [5:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Tony Simmons's season reached a new low yesterday, when the former second-round pick out of Wisconsin was told not to take part in practice by coach Bill Belichick...'
Drew stands Pats [5:45 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Steinberg said his intention is to keep Bledsoe among the highest-paid quarterbacks in the league, but given the complicated nature of NFL contracts, that could mean a wide range of dollar figures.'
Simmons to be sent on out route [5:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'On Wednesday, Patriots coach Bill Belichick told his players that he wanted to see full effort the last two weeks of the season. Apparently, Tony Simmons didn't show him that effort.'
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