Bills' receivers want to air it out [5:58 AM]
D and C reports: 'What is frustrating for the receivers is that the majority of the throws are underneath routes because the deep routes are being choked, so Bledsoe has opted against going long in favor of taking what the defense is giving him -- the short passes, many of which have been directed at the backs and tight ends.'
Bills' defense worries Wannstedt [5:57 AM]
D and C reports: 'Both teams will enter the game pretty healthy for late November. The only player listed on Buffalo’s injury report is CB Antoine Winfield with a lower leg ailment, and he’s probable.'
Bills need to shorten drive starts [5:56 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In the last 31/2 games, Buffalo hasn’t commenced a single drive in opposing territory ... that’s 33 possessions without starting on the opponent’s side of the 50.'
For Bills, weather is delightful [5:55 AM]
Miami Herald reports: '''There's snow on the ground today,'' Williams said with satisfaction in his voice. ``And it's supposed to snow all week long. I sure hope it snows. I hope it's Buffalo Bills weather. You play good old-fashioned football in those conditions.'' At this point, the Bills are looking for any positives.'
R. Williams, Taylor receive AFC honors [5:54 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Taylor, who leads the AFC with 11 sacks, won the award for the second consecutive month -- the first time in NFL history a player has won back-to-back monthly honors.'
Lucas hoping to repay the Bills [5:53 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'Just when Lucas seems comfortable behind center, Fiedler returned to the practice field Wednesday and, after taking snaps on the side and participating in several quarterback drills, announced his arm strength at "85 to 90 percent."'
Carter cleared to practice, will play soon [5:52 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: '"You'll get that chilly lake effect and snow. I don't mind playing in the cold," said fullback Rob Konrad, who went to college at Syracuse, also in upstate New York. "You can run all day. It'll be good football weather."'
Dolphins' Baker grateful for freedom [5:51 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Four years ago Baker was in the Red Eagle Honor Farm Prison, a maximum-security facility in Montgomery, Ala., after he was convicted of drug trafficking. He was given a 15-year sentence, served 10 months and was released on March 22, 1999. He remains on probation through the end of this year.'
Fiedler practices, will dress vs. Bills [5:50 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: '"Right now I am thinking that he will definitely dress. It is just a matter of how good we feel by Friday and how much he can do. He definitely will not start."'
Fiedler may be backup Sunday [5:49 AM]
Florida Today reports: '"We're really taking the approach of get him out here today and tomorrow, let him run full speed, let him practice full speed, but really not have him in the heart of the game plan in the event that something would show up Friday and we would use up two days of practice and not be able to play (him)," Wannstedt said.'
Thankful DeHaven savors family life [5:48 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: 'They named the boy Tobin, which is Kathy's maiden name. As for the middle name, there's a football angle. It's a tribute to former Buffalo kicker Scott Norwood, a Pro Bowl-caliber performer who is best remembered for missing a 47-yard field goal at the end of Super Bowl XXV that would have given the Bills a victory over the New York Giants on Jan.27, 1991.'
Moulds, Price frustrated by sputtering Bills offense [7:33 PM]
AP reports: '''The way we're playing, I don't think we can beat anybody,'' receiver Eric Moulds said Wednesday. ''I don't think we've lost our confidence, but swagger, yeah,'' added fellow receiver Peerless Price. ''We've been shut down, to put it bluntly.'''
Dolphins expect Williams to make a difference in December [7:32 PM]
AP reports: '''You think of cold-weather games and sloppy fields, with the power running game being the most effective thing, and that's Ricky's game,'' Dolphins fullback Rob Konrad said Wednesday.'
Fiedler, Carter return to practice; Lucas to start at Buffalo [7:32 PM]
AP reports: 'The Dolphins are 2-3 with Lucas as the starter but the wins have come in the last two games.'
Lucas: 'Bills probably happy I'm playing' [1:18 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Q: So was that really the worst quarterbacking performance in the history of professional football against the Bills last time? Lucas: If it wasn't, it had to be pretty damn close.'
Bills - Dolphins Series History [11:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills and Dolphins have played at least twice every season since 1966, with Miami holding a 47-29-1 overall series lead (46-26-1 in the reg. season). The home team has won 8 of the last 12 in the series and the club leading in turnovers has won 11 of past 12,
Ultimate Sports Weekend [11:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Book your reservations for the Ultimate Sports Weekend. Saturday, December 28 Minnesota Wild vs. Buffalo Sabres Sunday, December 29 Cincinnati Bengals vs. Buffalo Bills
Where Are They Now: Wray Carlton [11:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Even with the limited time to practice with his new teammates, Carlton led the Bills with seven carries (for 13 yards) in the first game; a 27-3 loss to the New York Titans. The following week in Buffalo’s home opener, a 27-21 loss to Denver, he made history in the second quarter when he scored the team’s first touchdown on a one-yard run.
Lucas puts turnovers on menu for Bills [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills have forced just 11 turnovers this season - six fumble recoveries and five interceptions - fewest in the NFL.'
Worry no more [5:38 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Through 11 games, the Dolphins are second in overall defense in the AFC behind Denver, compared with third last season.'
Dolphins entice fans with perks [5:37 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'The Dolphins have made several changes to their playoff ticket policy in an effort to avoid a repeat of the past two postseasons, when two first-round games did not sell out in time for the television blackout to be lifted.'
Robert Baker waited a long time to get his first pro reception [5:36 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'After going undrafted in the supplemental draft, the two-year letterman at Auburn had a chance to make the team as a kick returner in 1999 before a knee injury, which he calls the most frustrating part of this process. In 2000, he was cut in late August, signed to the practice squad, then released again.'
Fiedler, Carter able to practice [5:35 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Both have been cleared by the medical staff to return to practice today, though it's unlikely either will play Sunday at Buffalo.'
Playoff prices favor season-ticket holders [5:34 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Despite being the only team in the past two years to fail to sell out its playoff games in time to lift the television blackout, the Dolphins are hopeful that will not be a problem this season if they qualify for this post-season.'
UH wants to talk to Kaiser, Briles about coaching job [5:33 AM]
AP reports: 'Buffalo Bills assistant coach Tommy Kaiser and Texas Tech running backs coach Art Briles are among those that Houston athletic director Dave Maggard wants to interview for the Cougars' head coaching job, according to a Houston television station.'
Rock-Bottom Bills [5:32 AM]
Fanball.com reports: 'The Book: If you take away the deep ball to Moulds, you’ll force Bledsoe to throw underneath and you will contain Buffalo’s offense. To wit, after averaging 32 points through the first eight games, the Pats, Chiefs, and Jets have held the Bills to just 12 points per game.'
Fiedler, Carter cleared to return to practice [9:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Miami Dolphins quarterback Jay Fiedler and receiver Cris Carter were cleared Tuesday to return to practice. Fiedler has missed the past five games with a broken right thumb and will be listed as questionable for Sunday's game at Buffalo. Carter, who has missed three games because of a kidney problem, will also return to practice Wednesday.'
This Week's Game [1:49 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'Over the last two weeks, the Dolphins have put forth the type of performances in all phases that will be needed heading into the final five games of the season. All that will be on the Dolphins’ minds this week, however, is their game this Sunday in Buffalo, as they try to even the season series with the Bills after Buffalo bettered the Dolphins in the first game this year, 23-10, back on October 20 at Pro Player Stadium. Revenge, though, will not be Miami’s primary motive. A Dolphins triumph would guarantee them at least a one-game lead in the AFC East with four to play, while also allowing them to keep pace with the conference front-runners.'
5th Down: "Dinks and Dunks" Not for Drew [12:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: If the Buffalo Bills were a puzzle, it appears that the opposition has just fit the final piece. Or so it would seem. How else can you explain the Bills' inability to finish big plays? The red zone is icy blue. They're serving up tastier turnovers than a pastry chef.
Winfield Expected To Be Ready For Dolphins [12:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Gregg Williams said on Monday that Antoine Winfield suffered a lower muscle strain in his leg and with a little rest this week he'll be fine. The injury occurred on the final play of the third quarter while Winfield was covering Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet.
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