Bills need the less-terrible Bledsoe [2:35 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Rams, 24-13.'
St. Louis (5-4) at Buffalo (3-6) [2:30 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Rams 24, Bills 21.'
Just Asking: Takeo Spikes [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: ' Is television work in your future once you retire?
I probably will pursue it. That's why I do a lot of things in the offseason to try and prepare myself for that. It's something I enjoy doing and hopefully I'll get that opportunity once my playing days are over.'
Bills' rocky road stretch has not yet made history [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'However, the offense in '84 and '85 was slightly more productive on the road than the Bills have been the past 16 games.'
McGahee to face not-so-tough Rams run defense [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Rams are 29th in the NFL against the run, giving up 140.1 yards per game. They are allowing a whopping 4.9 yards per rush, worst in the league.'
Rams will force Bills' 'D' to grow up [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We're going to go out there and do some things to help those guys out," Gray said of Baker and McGee. "But you're also going to have to take them off the diaper because when you're playing defensive back in this league, hey, you've got to have a short memory and you've got to learn from your mistakes. The faster you can learn from them and keep working and get better, you'll be a really good player."'
Kelsay gives it the old college try [5:08 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'No longer will the 2003 second-round draft choice be rotating starts with 2002 second-round draft choice Ryan Denney. "It was a situation where the coaches saw where I might have been a little more productive in certain areas and thought that I deserved the role and that's what I strive for," Kelsay said. "I didn't want to have anything handed to me. I wanted to earn it, and I think I did that."'
Buffalo's defense deserves high billing [5:06 AM]
St. Louis Post Dispatch reports: '"They're like a chameleon," Martz said. "They can be blitzing the heck out of you and then all of a sudden stop. But their defensive front is formidable. ... Their front seven can play with anybody. You're not going to find one that's a whole lot better than this one."'
Friday's St. Louis Coverage [4:56 AM]
Buffalo's defense deserves high billing (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Fisher is playing with broken jaw (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Coming into his own (Belleville News Democrat)
Just in time, Rams guard Nutten back to speed (AP)
Nothing New about Nütten Starting (StLouisRams.com)
Running Backs Getting Better With Age (StLouisRams.com)
Head Coach Mike Martz (StLouisRams.com)
Back on the Hot Seat [10:00 PM]
RNews.com reports: 'After silencing his critics by guiding the Buffalo Bills to three wins in four games, a poor performance on Sunday have fans once again calling for Drew Bledsoe to be benched in favor of rookie quarterback J.P. Losman. The 12 year veteran claims the criticism doesn't bother him.'
Baker emerges as Bills starting free safety [5:31 PM]
AP reports: '''Just take a deep breath,'' Baker said of what he intends to remind himself before kickoff. ''You've got to calm yourself down, just relax and know that, hey, you can do it.'''
Resilient Bills Not Giving Up [5:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We've got to get back to doing what we do well," offensive tackle Jonas Jennings said. "We need to establish some type of run for us to even have the opportunity to open it up for the pass. It all comes back to execution and we need to execute better."'
Moulds Not Sure What He'll Do At Seasons End [4:22 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Eric Moulds seems to be getting tired of losing and tired of the Bills offense going nowhere. On Thursday Moulds indicated that he has some thinking to do when the season is over.'
Bills-Rams Officially Sold Out [2:33 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Tickets still remain for the Bills final two home games against the Cleveland Browns on December 12 and the Pittsburgh Steelers on January 2. Tickets for those two games are available in person at the Ralph Wilson Stadium ticket office, the Rochester office in Pittsford Plaza, and at all participating Tops Markets locations.'
Just in time, Rams guard Nutten back to speed [2:31 PM]
AP reports: 'Martz said the free agent departure of LB London Fletcher for the Bills after the 2001 season was the worst loss he's had to absorb as head coach. "He's my kind of football player, he always has been," Martz said. "That one broke my heart. He was the heart and soul of our defense at that time."'
Is JP Ready? Will Bills Win? [2:31 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Bills 24 Rams 20.'
Vincent feels helpless about Bills' woes [11:32 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: '"I came here to contribute, and I'm not contributing on the bench," Vincent said. "I can't help my football team, the players, outside of cheering and rooting them on. I'm not a cheerleader, I'm not a guy who's supposed to be holding your hat while you're out there playing. That's a part of the game, but that's not me."'
Bills Begin Focus On Rams, Promote Baker [11:06 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Baker, an undrafted free agent from Tennessee, posted five tackles at New England and said he became more comfortable and confident with every series. "As the game went on, I got comfortable," said Baker. "I felt myself getting into position to make plays."'
St. Louis Bills Backers Looking to Expand [11:05 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'But after a few weeks the members decided to search for a better gameday atmosphere, which they found at Ozzie's Restaurant and Sports Bar, named after "The Wizard of Oz" himself, Ozzie Smith. "It's a pretty nice place, it's centrally located near the I-270 around St. Louis," Weyman said. "Ozzie has his 13 gold glove awards sitting in the showcase."'
Bills QBs turn their focus on Rams [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If you're going to play in the NFL, particularly the position of quarterback, you've got to be strong," Bledsoe said. "You've got to be strong enough emotionally and physically and mentally to fight those battles when it's not going right. When everything's going right, it's fun and sometimes it seems kind of easy. But when it's not going right, that's when the test of your character individually and as a team comes into play."'
Rams coach eyed Losman in draft [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We really liked him," Martz said in a conference call with Buffalo media. "He's very accurate. The things that we look at in a quarterback to draft, we ranked him very high in all areas. He's very accurate, he's very intelligent, very competitive. We loved his competitiveness. High energy, tough, intelligent."'
Bledsoe era awaits final sack [7:41 AM]
New Bedford Standard Times reports: 'If you were drowning, would you want Drew Bledsoe to be the guy throwing the life preserver? Good luck. At this point of his professional football career, he'd be lucky to hit the water.'
Buffalo Bills vs. St. Louis Rams [7:40 AM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Bills 27-21.'
A quarterback quagmire [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I've always felt with the quarterback position you stay with him as long as you possibly can. You just do," said St. Louis Rams coach Mike Martz, who is no stranger to QB musical chairs and whose team visits Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday. "I've had a situation here in the past where you feel like you have to make a change, and at that point it has to become obvious to you. And if it's not (obvious) and you're not sure, you can't make that change."'
No, Losman won't start [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I haven't made that decision on No. 2, that's probably something that will happen on Saturday," coach Mike Mularkey said in reference to Losman's status.'
Bills face handicap in road night games [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'All of that is understandable, but playing exclusively on the road in prime time is a long-term disadvantage because the hosts generally are better-than-average teams and their fans get extra pumped up for night games on national TV.'
Thursday's St. Louis Coverage [5:01 AM]
Nutten is ready for his encore (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Dishman gets a double dose of knee trouble (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
'Just like old times' on Rams line? We'll find out (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Rams turn over their flu vaccine to health officials (St. Louis Post Dispatch)
Tom Nutten is back at his old spot (Belleville News Democrat)
Dishman will be sidelined four to six weeks (Belleville News Democrat)
Rams hold another physical workout (AP)
Martz: No interest in Dolphins job (AP)
Rams' Holt practices, expected to play Sunday (The Sports Network)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Buffalo Bills Head Coach Mike Mularkey (StLouisRams.com)
Buffalo at a Glance (StLouisRams.com)
Head Coach Mike Martz (StLouisRams.com)
Rams Continue Full Contact (StLouisRams.com)
Open Locker Room (StLouisRams.com)
Snow Roast (StLouisRams.com)
Hometown Huddle (StLouisRams.com)
Inside slant [5:00 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Choosing the final four minutes of a nationally televised road game, against the defending Super Bowl champions that were whipped into a feeding frenzy, for your prized rookie passer to get his feet wet wasn't the wisest thing coach Mike Mularkey could've done.'
Strategy and personnel [4:59 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Rookie free agent Rashad Baker will get the call to start at free safety against the Rams' No. 4 passing game featuring Isaac Bruce and Tory Holt on Sunday, replacing veteran Izell Reese. Production from the free safety spot has been a problem for the Bills for years.'
Notes, quotes [4:58 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Buffalo (3-6) is one of 11 teams still alive for two wild-card spots in the AFC, but six clubs (Jacksonville, Baltimore, San Diego, New York Jets, Cincinnati and Houston) have better records.'
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