Monday billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips used both Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson, setting the tone for a prolonged quarterback quandary this week.'
Bills flatten Bears as Flutie's run ends [7:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"Doug's done a really good job and we won games, and that's the important thing," Phillips said. "Both of them have won, we've played well with both of them, and we've got to keep doing that."'
Hard-hitting Bears plant six Bills on the sidelines [7:51 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills had six players leave the game, including two defensive backs -- Antoine Winfield and Donovan Greer -- which left the team dangerously thin in the secondary for the second half.'
Porter finally comes up with big plays in the clutch [7:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Things had become so bad for Daryl Porter that the Bills benched him following the Minnesota Vikings game, and scrapped their dime defensive alignment as a result.'
Who leads this team? Vote yes for the defense [7:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'We haven't seen the last of Flutie. And kudos to him for his classy attitude in turning the reins over, not an easy thing to do for one so competitive. That attitude is the very definition of leadership.'
Bills-Bears game notes [7:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'In their last three games, all victories, the Bills are plus-8 in the takeaway/giveaway department.'
Flutie wins, loses starting role [7:47 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Doug Flutie played well enough to beat the Chicago Bears 20-3 yesterday, but not well enough to start next week.'
No end to Bills' conflict [7:46 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Following the Bills' snoozer of a 20-3 win over the offensively challenged Chicago Bears yesterday, in which both men played a role, they were given a chance to bury the hatchet in the fertile soil of their simmering feud. Not so subtly, they each came up short.'
Crowd roars for Rob [7:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Just as they did four weeks ago when Johnson separated his shoulder, Bills fans had a chance to take sides with a public display in this quarterback controversy, roaring with approval as Flutie was held back.'
Johnson will start against Chiefs [7:44 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'After what he has seen the past month, Rob Johnson knows as long as he and Doug Flutie are in Buffalo there will be no real peace.'
More pain, no gain [7:44 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'So much for the quarterback controversy. For that matter, so much for the rest of the season.'
Miller on McNown: He'll be great [7:43 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"Cade is going to be a great quarterback. I'll be the first one to say that. His physical skills are second to none."'
Miller confident he'll rebound [7:42 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"Things like this have just happened in my career. They're character builders and I know I'll come back stronger. All I can do is heal up."'
Good defense? Don't tell Bears [7:41 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The defense had held the Buffalo Bills to 299 total yards and allowed only 13 points despite four turnovers in the second half by the Bears offense. They did not allow the Bills a first down in the fourth quarter.'
When good luck was passed out, Miller was absent [7:40 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Sometimes you wonder if God is telling Miller that his purpose isn't to be a starting QB.'
The Buffalo ills [7:38 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'As usual, disaster struck just when things seemed to be looking up for the Bears.'
Urlacher keeps fans tuning in [7:38 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Rookie middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was at his omnipresent best again Sunday, turning up so often you'd swear he'd been cloned. Officially, Urlacher was credited with 14 tackles, but seemed to have that many in the first half alone.'
Former teammate Moulds gets best of Smith [7:37 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"You can give the edge to him," Smith said. "He caught two plays when I was on him and made some great catches on them."'
Flutie leads Bills to win - but Johnson will return next week [7:36 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'It's hard to keep things interesting in Buffalo, but Bills coach Wade Phillips does his best to spark the masses.'
Adding injury to insult [7:35 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Any chance the Bears had of salvaging some respectability from a disappointing season probably ended when quarterback Jim Miller suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon with 5:20 left in the first half Sunday.'
On an otherwise dreary day, defense shines [7:34 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the defense made a game of it when the offense offered only 3 points the entire day.'
Robinson wants no part of any moral victories [7:33 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Only twice this season have the Bears permitted fewer than the 299 total yards they surrendered against the Bills (276 vs. the Lions and 298 against the Eagles), but it wasn't good enough to prevent another defeat.'
Painful step for Bears [7:32 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Jim Miller's season officially ended Sunday.'
Matthews takes reins, feeling Miller's pain [7:31 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'More than sympathy, it was empathy that moved Shane Matthews to Jim Miller's side Sunday.'
Bears Notebook [7:30 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'The Bears are paying Thomas Smith big bucks to stop the opponent's top receiver, something the veteran cornerback failed to do in Sunday's 20-3 loss to Buffalo.'
Bills 20, Bears 3 [4:23 PM]
AP reports: 'With Rob Johnson breathing down his neck, Doug Flutie staked another claim to being the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback.'
Bills 20, Bears 3 [4:00 PM]
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Buffalo honors former player who died in Vietnam [3:57 PM]
AP reports: '"The Buffalo Bills organization has supported us. When we were crumbled with grief they were there to pick us up and wrap their arms around us and remember Bob," [Jan] Kalsu McLaughlin said.'
'Air Bears' can be dangerous, despite record [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' defense has excelled at making offenses one-dimensional this season. Today it faces an opponent that is used to being one-dimensional.'
Package goods [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 350-pound, 32-year-old Washington has rebounded from what was a down year by his standards in 1999. He's on pace for 109 tackles, his best total since '97, and an impressive figure given the fact he is spelled by his backup, Williams, roughly 12 to 15 plays a game.'
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