Christie honored again by AFC [6:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Place-kicker Steve Christie, who has four winning field goals this season and was 3-for-3 in last week's 16-13 overtime victory over New England, yesterday earned his third AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award.'
NFL not the football Christie longed to play [6:39 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I'm still waiting to get a tryout with some premiership soccer team," Christie said with a laugh.'
Bills stop short of naming starter [6:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'If Al Gore and George W. Bush can wait, why not Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson?'
Too close to call [6:37 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The more Buffalo coach Wade Phillips insisted Wednesday that there is no quarterback controversy on the Bills, the more controversial it became.'
Bears' Smith faces old teammates [6:36 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"I'm going back to a stadium where I played seven years and that was home to me," said Smith, the Bills' No. 1 draft choice in 1993. "It's definitely going to be emotional. It's going to be different coming into that stadium and not being on the home sideline, being on the visiting sideline. I have some emotional ties to it because Buffalo gave me an opportunity drafting me and I've been there my whole career."'
Bills deny rift at QB [6:34 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'And he's got a point. The Bears have three quarterbacks who get along and are 2-7. The Bills have two quarterbacks who don't and are 5-4 and alive for a playoff berth.'
Buffalo's 3-4 defense presents a rare challenge for Bears [6:33 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"Their two nose tackles present a challenge for any center in the league," coach Dick Jauron said. "Washington is a giant man. And he's a very talented athlete for that size. They're not asking him to cover a lot of field, but the field that they ask him to cover, he does it very well. He takes two [blockers] at least, and lets their guys run."'
Two Bills cop NFL weekly honours [6:32 AM]
CP reports: 'Christie (special teams) and Cowart (defensive player) earned AFC weekly player awards, the first time in club history two Bills were recognized in the same week.'
Bills pose new challenge for Bears' offensive line [6:31 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"It's very, very difficult to single (block) them. The linebackers run; the linebackers are very active. (The 3-4) is a defense that dares you to run laterally and runs you down. And if you try to run inside, you have to deal with that nose tackle, who makes it very difficult."'
No love loss between Bills quarterbacks Johnson, Flutie [6:30 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'A teammate entered the fray earlier this week, saying, "No question we're a better team with Doug in there. All Doug thinks about is helping the team win and how he can do that, while Rob spends a lot of time wanting everybody to like him."'
Johnson still not sure if he's ready to start for Bills [8:50 PM]
AP reports: '"I don't think I'm throwing as well since I got hurt," Johnson said following the Buffalo Bills practice on Wednesday. "But it's only been three practices. You never know by Sunday."'
Christie, Cowart named AFC players of the week [8:48 PM]
AP reports: 'The pair became the first Buffalo Bills teammates to earn AFC Player of the Week honors in the same week following Sunday's 16-13 overtime win over New England.'
It's time for a Flutie-Johnson "death match" [1:24 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The winner gets to lead the Bills on their run for the playoffs, while the loser can hang out with Michael Peca all day, wondering why Buffalo has deserted them.'
Bills stick to job-sharing on right side of offensive line [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'All of the players would much prefer having all the snaps to themselves, but it looks like the Bills will continue rotating the linemen for the rest of the season.'
Nails faces NFL fine after arrest on DWI charge [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive lineman Jamie Nails, arrested on a driving-while-intoxicated charge Monday, could face a fine of up to half of one week's salary if convicted of the offense, according to the National Football League's policy for alcohol-related offenses.'
Brouhaha of Buffalo: Johnson or Flutie? [6:55 AM]
CP reports: 'There's even a Canadian element to the Flutie v. Johnson debate with some at WGR pointing a finger at Canadian callers for fanning the Flutie flames.'
Flutie or Johnson? Hey, use 'em both [6:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The irony of the whole slimy mess is that if everyone involved would take a deep breath and assess the situation calmly and rationally, they might see what a complementary tandem Flutie and Johnson present.'
Bills just keep wading through QB controversy [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'There's a better chance of O.J. Simpson finding "the real killer" than there is of Phillips making a definitive statement about his starting QB.'
Source: Rutgers can forget about Cottrell [1:36 PM]
Trentonian reports: 'Cottrell was in Providence, R.I. for meetings with the Bills prior to the New England Patriots game last Sunday. He has made no secret of his desire to become a head coach -- in the NFL.'
No Stopping Word War Between Flutie, Johnson [1:34 PM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'If it comes down to winning and making plays, it would be hard to argue against Flutie.'
This week at Buffalo [9:12 AM]
Bear Report reports: 'The Bills' pair of inside linebackers rank among the League's elite in second-year pro Sam Cowart (weakside) and former-Illini John Holocek (strongside).'
The great debate [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Even though Flutie continues to deny he anonymously made negative comments about Johnson in a recent article in Sports Illustrated, Johnson doesn't seem to buy it.'
'Uncle Sam' deserves your vote [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I suggest to you as Americans, as Buffalonians, as people who care about great injustices in the free world, that before deciding on the less worthy and voting for his opponent, to visit NFL.com and pick a candidate who has made a better case and campaigned more diligently than anyone. Uncle Sam. Sam Cowart. He wants your vote.'
Kenyatta earned Wright to make play at goal line [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'That's my position to play on the defense and help the team win," Wright said. "It's real encouraging that I can help the Buffalo Bills and contribute to those wins."'
Bills lineman Nails faces drunken-driving charge [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills offensive linesman Jamie Nails was arrested on a charge of driving while intoxicated early Monday, according to East Aurora police.'
Defense Does More Than Its Share [8:30 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: '"You play hard for four quarters and you don't expect anything less," said Sam Cowart, Holecek's partner at inside linebacker. "The offense was kind of sputtering a little bit in the second half and we knew we had to turn it up.'
Winning Despite Themselves [8:29 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: "I don't know if we're a real good team that's lost some close games or a real bad team that's won four in the last second," Phillips said moments after the Bills snuck out of Foxboro Stadium with a 16-13 overtime win.
Johnson or Flutie? Bears wait for QB nod from Bills [7:31 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The Bears will get their first indication Wednesday morning. The Bills' starting quarterback is scheduled to be on the weekly teleconference call.'
Tension mounting in Buffalo [6:21 AM]
D and C reports: 'In review: Phillips said Johnson will "play" when he's healthy but he wouldn't say he'd "start."'
Johnson: Flutie did the yapping [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"If your character gets slammed in a national way, or even in a local way it wasn't a performance thing at all, it was a character thing and that's what really bugged me. It came from a teammate who wouldn't put his name to it and that's one of the worst things I've ever seen."'
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