4 Panthers leading in Pro Bowl balloting [6:07 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Tight end Wesley Walls, a four-time Pro Bowler, has 228,963 votes and is 22,000 ahead of Green Bay's Bubba Franks. Doug Evans is the leader among cornerbacks with 89,925. Todd Sauerbrun is the leader among NFC punters with 142,697 votes and rookie Steve Smith is the leading return man with 70,516 votes.'
Overdue Bill [6:07 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"We're running a West Coast system here (on offense), but we're not running it as efficiently as teams that have run it for years like a San Francisco or a Green Bay," Van Pelt said. "And we're running a Tennessee-type defense here, but we're not running it like the Titans ran it when they were in their prime defensively." Bingo. The Bills run all the right systems, but they run them like the Bad News Bears.'
Panthers Notebook [6:06 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"That's the part I feel we lack right now. Jim Kelly would jump up and get in somebody's face if they didn't run the right route. He'd let them know it. Thurman would stare down the offensive linemen like he was getting ready to shoot them if they didn't block the right guy or if they left a guy unblocked in practice. Those guys obviously had the right to do that because they were so successful. We have a lot of guys here that are young and haven't made that move, that step into leadership yet."'
Bills facing similar struggles as Panthers [6:04 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'As bad as Carolina's 1-11 season has been, it hasn't been nearly as bad as Buffalo's 1-10 campaign.'
Pro Bowl votes favor 4 Panthers [6:02 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Despite their 1-11 record, early returns indicate the Carolina Panthers stand a decent chance of placing four players in next February's Pro Bowl.'
That's not smell of success coming from Bills [4:49 PM]
ESPN.com reports: What a long, tumbling fall it's been for a Bills franchise that has proudly earned its way to four Super Bowl games and has been one of the league's true models for perennial success. Sure, the Bills faced a transition year in 2001 with an entirely-new front office and coaching staff and new systems on offense, defense and special teams. But 1-10? That's a bit drastic.
Buffalo Bills and Zweigle's present a pair of Junior Press Conferences [2:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills fullback Phil Crosby attended CJ's press conference at the Wegmans on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst while Kenyatta Wright represented the Bills at the Orchard Park Wegmans for the Potter Road Elementary class. Both winners asked the first question and were permitted to sit in the front row.
Opponents feast on turnovers while Bills go hungry [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They have given the ball away 27 times (15 interceptions and 12 fumbles), resulting in 106 points by the opposition.'
Knee injury catches up to Price [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Price partially tore the ACL late last season but didn't have surgery.'
Buffalo Bills and Target Continue Art Program Series [7:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills' center Craig Heimburger visited Buffalo City School #74 for the third time this season contributing to the Buffalo Bills-Target Art Program. Heimburger diligently assisted the students on their monoprints and calligraphs while completing a few art projects of his own.
Kasay rewards Panthers' faith [7:16 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Kasay has made 16 of 18 field-goal attempts, including a 51-yarder late in Sunday's game at New Orleans.'
Peter to wait on decision until spring [7:15 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Carolina Panthers defensive end Jason Peter said Thursday that he won't decide if he will retire until spring.'
Van Pelt hopes to shake loss to 49ers [5:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'San Francisco's players and coaches vs. Buffalo's players and coaches looked like a chess match between Bobby Fischer and those who play with Fisher-Price toys.'
Knee injury forces Price out for year [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Price will undergo surgery today or tomorrow to repair an anterior cruciate ligament and will miss the season's final five games.'
Been There [5:19 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'No one has to sell the importance of this Sunday's game between the 1-11 Carolina Panthers and the 1-10 Buffalo Bills to Chris Slade.'
Panthers Notebook [5:18 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'Wide receiver Muhsin Muhammad, who practiced the past two days after missing the previous two games because of bruised shoulders, said he intends to return to the starting lineup on Sunday.'
Panthers' DE says rebound is possible [5:17 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Carolina's matchup with Buffalo marks the first time since that New England-Cincinnati game eight years ago that two NFL teams with only one win to their name have met in a December game.'
Seifert says Walls a no-go for this week [5:16 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: "I don't think he's going to be able to go," Seifert said. "I would love for him to be able to play, but I think it's kind of a stretch."
Home not very sweet for once intimidating Bills [9:41 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't know what's up," Pat Williams said. "I'm mad about that. You've got to feel bad for the fans because they come to support us. They want to see us win, and we ain't winning for them. It's been backward for us. We haven't been playing good here or away."'
Price to miss remainder of season with knee injury [4:45 PM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills defensive tackle Shawn Price will miss the rest of the season with ligament damage in his left knee.'
Centers makes bid for Pro Bowl [9:54 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Centers has provided the team with veteran leadership since he arrived in Western New York this past May. Playing in for the NFL for over a decade, he has proved to be one of the league's best fullbacks. '
Marv Levy: An appreciation [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I'll never forget that first time I walked into the Buffalo Bills' team meeting room in early November of 1986 upon being appointed in midseason to take over as head coach," Levy recalled at his Hall of Fame induction. "Sitting in that room were a young Jim Kelly, Andre Reed, Bruce Smith, Kent Hull and Darryl Talley were there, great leaders."
Gregg Williams press conference (12/5) [9:53 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I will disagree, and say [Larry Centers and Jay Riemersma] are adequate [blockers for the run]. Larry Centers, has, and has been, a good blocker in our system, and that's another thing you'll see us package things out and sometimes have success of bringing three, four wides and still running the football. It basically comes down to the five guys up front most of the time, because if the formation that comes into the ballgame, it dictates how many people you have to have in come in and block anyway."
Poor offense makes Bills stand up and doubt [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The confidence-challenged Bills might take heart in one fact: Carolina ranks 31st on defense.'
Hall of Famer Levy to be honored in halftime ceremony [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Detroit's signing of quarterback Scott Dreisbach off the practice squad creates an opening for David Dinkins.'
Bills unsure about their draft plan [5:25 AM]
D and C reports: '...the Bills figure to contest Detroit (0-11) and the Panthers for the second pick behind expansion Houston. At worst, the Bills will pick fourth.'
Carpenter remains backup to Tillman at free safety [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: '...but for the first time in the Bills' weekly press release, Travares Tillman was listed ahead of Carpenter on the depth chart.'
Panthers officials work to protect sellout streak [5:23 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'The streak of 57 consecutive sellouts (every game at Ericsson Stadium since it opened in 1996) could be in serious jeopardy over the next few weeks. That could lead to the first television blackout of a Panthers game in Charlotte since the team moved into the stadium.'
Muhammad expected to play Sunday against Bills [5:22 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Second-year Bills fullback Phillip Crosby, a native of Bessemer City, has blossomed in Buffalo this season. After being cut by the team last year, then signed back in April, he has played in every game and earned his first start last week.'
Panthers' offensive line is regrouping [5:21 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'After yielding no sacks for the first time in 70 game during a 25-22 overtime loss to San Francisco on Nov. 18, the Carolina line has surrendered 12 sacks in the past two losses - including a season-high eight on Sunday during a 27-23 defeat at New Orleans.'
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