In Manning they trust: QB's on the money [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That was not a great performance by Indianapolis. But you can find out a lot about a team when things aren't going its way. In Sunday's 17-14 victory, the Colts showed how a great offense, and a great quarterback, can persevere on a day when circumstances seemed stacked against them.'
Playing with pain isn't just an expression; it's reality [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sometimes you have to wonder how they do it, from where it is they draw their resolve. Wasn't the season already over? Couldn't they see that 4-6 and a brutal closing schedule added up to 16 games and out? But that's just it. They couldn't see it. Or maybe, more honorably, they refused to see it, and won't see it, not until the mathematics extinguish the final flicker of hope.'
Colts' win brings back memories for Polian [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"At 14-3, you worry a little bit," Polian said. "But No. 32 (James) did what No. 34 (Thomas) used to do, you know? As I told Tony, "That's the way those guys across the field used to win.' When you play hard for 60 minutes, good things happen."'
Ailing Jennings does the job [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I don't know how I made it through. I was just going on will," said Jennings, who walked very gingerly in the locker room. "I was in bad pain, but the job was getting done at the same time. That one time Drew (Bledsoe) got sacked it was on a three-step drop and (the ball) should have been gone. Things like that happen. But, you're talking about a guy who's been having two- and three-sack games, so you have to battle and maintain. It wasn't pretty, but the job got done. That's all that matters."'
Monday Billboard [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Player of the Game: Colts quarterback Peyton Manning. Archie's kid isn't bad. He led the Colts on the two late drives. It seemed he was in command even when the Bills had a 14-3 lead.'
Four-gettable finish [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“The teams that have the good records haven’t been blowing people out; they’ve been winning the ugly games, and we haven’t won any ugly games,” Milloy said.'
The point of scoring points is lost on Bills [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills scored only two touchdowns in their 17-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday, but for them, that’s a flood. It was Biblical. Build an ark.'
Cooler heads of Colts prevail [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If the 9-2 Colts are “in the arena,” then the 4-7 Bills clearly have left the building. Their playoff hopes are toast, as are the Buffalo coaching careers of Gregg Williams and Kevin Gilbride. Like the Bills offense, their time here will be remembered for going three-and-out. Three downs and out, three years and out.'
This time it's the O-line's fault [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'On Bledsoe throwing the pick, Donahoe said, “That wasn’t his fault; he didn’t have a chance. You can’t put that on a quarterback. When you have five against four, you better win.”'
Buffalo Bills report card [5:14 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Coaching: Kevin Gilbride finally showed some guts running the ball inside the red zone, and the defensive game plan was sound until that unit wore down. Team hasn’t quit on Gregg Williams. C'
Don't count the house until you have the facts [4:52 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Wilson comes through again. Whether such actions make a difference to the Pro Football Hall of Fame voters, it should be noted that over the last several seasons Bills' owner Ralph Wilson has stepped up on several occasions and donated tickets to various groups including law enforcers and emeregncy personnel, and, most recently, to some 4,000 military reservists. To the cynics, it's probably no big deal but by doing so, Wilson not only helped keep the stadium full, he has, however unintended, helped lift the local TV blackout, always important to the community no matter how poorly the Bills are playing.'
Bills broken by Manning [4:51 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"There's no panic," Manning said after completing 26 of 42 attempts for 229 yards. "I've been in enough of those situations and we did a good job being patient. We executed when the stakes were on the highest level."'
Vandy put Peyton in right place [4:50 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I think he's more poised and confident. I think it all comes down to Peyton. He's playing incredible right now. He makes the whole thing go."'
Manning plays comeback kid again [4:49 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"You hear about how many fourth-quarter comebacks that a guy has and I think it means a guy screwed up in the first three quarters," said Manning, clearly unimpressed with his first 45 minutes at the office. "But I've been in enough of those situations and we did a good job of being patient."'
Orange Horses [4:48 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Mungro was speaking in the cramped, humid Colts locker room. About 20 feet away, Marvin Harrison encamped at his single stall. Around the corner, Dwight Freeney was pulling on a silky gray dress shirt. Indianapolis hasassumed a sort of Syracuse West. All three players starred for Syracuse University and now all three contribute to a Colts team making plans for the playoffs.'
Colts find winning edge [4:47 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The temperature at kickoff was 70 degrees, and Buffalo's fourth-ranked defense played with a stubborn ferocity that tested the visitors' poise and resourcefulness. The Colts held on. Their defense kept them close. Their offense put together a pair of fourth-quarter touchdown drives. Then their defense put it away.'
Keeping it simple from 3 inches shows this team is serious [4:46 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'If anybody was still wondering why the Colts are 9-2 and going places, here was a reminder. They make plays. They make plays like these.'
Linemen persuasive about utilizing run [4:45 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"It's tough when you get down there and it looks so tempting to throw the ball. But I felt Edge was running (well), hitting the holes hard all day."'
Defense shines with game on line [4:44 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The Colts showed no sympathy. They attacked Bledsoe. "He's not the most mobile guy," said Colts linebacker Rob Morris. "His game is standing back there and picking you apart." So the Colts blitzed almost every play during the first half. Often as not, they brought two extra defenders.'
Bills' year becomes King-size horror story [4:43 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Instead of "The Shining," King's 1977 novel adapted for the big screen, the Bills' version could be called "The Shaming."'
Play count dropped [4:42 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'By game's end, it was easier to count the number of plays that didn't include Harrison. The Colts snapped 73 plays in their 17-14 victory over the Buffalo Bills, and, by unofficial count, Harrison was on the field for 63 of them.'
Still cookin' on the car [4:41 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"Kansas City and Green Bay are pretty special for tailgating," Johnson said, "but Buffalo is the best tailgating in the NFL."'
Report card [4:40 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'As bad as the Bills offense is, they really can run the ball, so the Colts get high marks for keeping Travis Henry under control. This doesn't mean the concerns about the run defense have disappeared. But for one week, things didn't seem quite so dire.'
Moorman shines in Bills loss [4:39 AM]
Pittsburg Morning Sun reports: 'Moorman, who struggled to find a job for a few years, has firmly established himself with the Bills.'
Getting it done [4:38 AM]
Colts.com reports: 'The Colts improved to 5-1 on the road this season, and Sunday’s game was the second time this season they have overcome a double-digit fourth-quarter deficit to win.'
Sticking to the plan [4:37 AM]
Colts.com reports: 'James rushed for 50 yards on 13 fourth-quarter carries, helping the Colts score on each of their fourth-quarter drives.'
A game-clinching pick [4:36 AM]
Colts.com reports: 'Bratzke nearly sacked Bledsoe and hit him hard enough that Bledsoe laid on the ground several seconds after the play. Bratzke said it was simply his turn to make a play for a defense that has had players make key plays late in games throughout the season.'
Warmest November Home Games [4:35 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Temperature at kickoff of today’s game was 70 degrees making it the warmest November Bills home game since game time temperatures were added to play-by-play sheets in 1965.'
Gregg Williams Quotes [4:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the disappointment of losing an 11-point lead in the fourth quarter: "It was frustrating. Guys battled very, very hard. It was situation where it's not big chunks of yards, it's nickel-and-dime. We had the opportunity to get the ball out a couple times. I'm sure they were trying to strip the ball a couple times when they missed tackles. But frustrating because we played very hard. We played a lot of snaps, but we played hard."'
Drew Bledsoe Quotes [4:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'On the last play of the game for the Bills offense: "I was going to throw the ball to Bobby Shaw. We had run a similar play the play before and I threw the ball to Josh and then the coverage came up and made the tackle. I was going to throw it over their head to Bobby Shaw."'
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