Packer Report [5:11 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'PLAY OF THE GAME: The Packers were ahead, 3-0, and driving for another score when running back Ahman Green was stripped of the ball and cornerback Nate Clements took off running with it in the open field. He probably would have scored if the play had not been ruled an incomplete pass. The officials blew the whistle because they thought Green never had control of the ball before defensive tackle Pat Williams reached in and poked the ball free. The Bills were unable to use instant replay to challenge the call because the whistle had blown. Bills coach Gregg Williams said the officials should have let it go and put the onus on Sherman to decide whether to review it. "That's what instant replay is for, to have that play ruled a fumble," Williams said. The Packers scored on the next play to take a 10-0 lead with 7 minutes 23 seconds to go.'
Packer Perspective [5:10 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Sacks are very important. We all know that third down is the most crucial down in this game. If you can get the quarterback on the ground on third down, then it's pretty safe to say you're going to get off the field. They're very important that way. In key situations, such as the situations where Vonnie had his sacks today, they were crucial. On third down, this is when Buffalo was trying to come back. These were crucial sacks. They just weren't run out of bounds, you're the closest man to him so you get a sack. These were sacks where in the time of need, they were coming up with the big play.'
Hot and cold running banter fills tube [5:09 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'Buffalo began the game turning the ball over and ended the game turning the ball over. Wild it never became.'
Defense never rests as Packers prevail [5:08 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: '"I don't care what the weather conditions are, when you're able to shut out the Buffalo Bills with Bledsoe and Henry and Price and Moulds ... they did a fantastic job," Packers coach Mike Sherman said. "You lose Sharper, your best player, right there at the beginning of the game, obviously I can't say enough about the guys who stepped in."'
Conservative approach nets desired result for Packers [5:07 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'In fact, it's the only way to win games in Green Bay in December. You run, you stop the run and you win the turnover battle. Sunday, the Packers did all three.'
It's a day of highs and lows for Holliday [5:06 AM]
Wisconsin State Journal reports: 'Only three of the Bills' 12 drives went for more than 17 yards.'
Packers put a chill on hopes of Bills with 10-0 victory [5:05 AM]
USA Today reports: 'A win here would have kept Buffalo's wild-card scenario intact, given Miami's loss Saturday.'
Playoffs do Lambeau leap to death [5:04 AM]
Shout! reports: 'Green Bay's offense and defense played better than Buffalo's. Certainly, the Bills' defense played well, holding the Packers to 223 total yards and just 104 yards passing. But it didn't force the six turnovers or six sacks that the Packers did.'
Bills quotebook [5:03 AM]
Shout! reports: '"We needed to come up with one of those. Better throw, better catch, better route, whatever. But we needed to execute a few of those, take some people out around the line of scrimmage so that we can run the ball more effectively."'
Holliday spirit [5:02 AM]
Packers Report reports: 'Besides the Driver TD, the offensive fireworks can be summed up in a sentence: There weren't any.'
Sherman sez [5:01 AM]
Packers Report reports: 'On defense: "Both offenses were struggling and defenses had to step up and our defense rose to the occasion. I don't care what the weather conditions are, when you are able to shut out the Buffalo Bills with Bledsoe, and Henry, and Price, and Moulds and those receivers and tight ends, and Centers at fullback...this was as talented a group as we have faced this year."'
Packers 10, Bills 0 [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills gained just 53 yards in the first half and turned the ball over three times in Packers territory.'
Green Bay 10, Buffalo 0 [4:27 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Holliday registered five sacks and forced two fumbles as the Green Bay Packers remained alive in the race for home-field advantage throughout the playoffs with a 10-0 victory over the Buffalo Bills, who were eliminated from postseason contention.'
Plenty at stake today for Packers and Bills [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are already eliminated from winning the AFC East...'
Sweat equity [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In six months, he had lost 15 pounds and lowered his body fat from 11 percent to 4 percent while increasing his strength and speed. He can bench press 430 pounds, amazing for a 5-foot-9, 215-pound running back.'
Chain reaction [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"People always say, "Run the ball,' " Gilbride said. "But the key is moving the ball. It's not running the ball. It's moving the ball and holding onto it and getting first downs. We're first or second in the league at that, so we've done a good job."'
Colvin could be Bills' avenue to a better rush [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills will be hard-pressed to find someone better than Rosevelt Colvin, the Chicago Bears linebacker whose contract is up after the season.'
Interviewing skills go a long way for Saban [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How did Saban get all those jobs after resigning so often? The answer is that he is one of the great interviews of all time.'
'Tundra' win would make Bills proud [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Green Bay Packers are an NFL-best 66-11 the past decade playing on their “tundra,” including an amazing 34-0 under quarterback Brett Favre when the temperature dips below 34 degrees.'
Alive and very well [5:48 AM]
D and C reports: 'He didn’t want them to know that his father had deserted him when he was an infant or that his mother cared more about getting her next cocaine fix than being a mom. He didn’t want the world to know that he and his little sister, Christine, were nomads, bouncing from this home to that, occasionally sleeping on the streets of San Bernardino, Calif., and begging for food.'
Bills Q&A with Eddie Robinson [5:47 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] If you had to describe the violence of the NFL to someone who didn’t follow football, what would you say? [A:] ’’I guess it’s like a schoolyard fight. There’s guys going at it, taking up sides, and then you have an intermission so you go at it again after recess. I like it. It’s a great way to make a living. You get paid to hit people, you take out your aggressions on somebody else and you don’t get in trouble for it. It’s fun to compete against guys, especially when everybody comes together and you win as a team. That makes it great.’’'
As the sports world turns: Bills getting better, but still need much more [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills have the cap room (particularly if they let Price go) to pursue one or two big-play defenders, preferably a pass-rushing end and a linebacker. Forcing more turnovers (the Bills are last in the NFL with 14 takeaways) would make the offense even more dangerous with better field position.'
Bills at Packers: Today’s game at a glance [5:45 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The Packers are third behind Philadelphia (12-3) and Tampa Bay (11-3) in the race for the best record in the NFC and home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. Philadelphia and Tampa Bay hold tiebreakers over Green Bay.'
Five keys to today’s Packers-Bills game [5:44 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The 7-7 Bills are mathematically in the AFC playoff race and need to win their last two games to have any chance of qualifying, but will need help. Suffice it to say the Bills are relative long shots. The Packers should have more urgency because they’re still in the thick of the race with Philadelphia and Tampa Bay for the top seed in the NFC.'
How our writers see today’s Packers-Bills game [5:42 AM]
Green Bay Press Gazette reports: 'The Bills have a slim chance for a playoff berth, which makes them dangerous. Quarterbacks Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre could get into a shootout. Take the Packers because they’re at home and still battling for overall home-field advantage.'
Packers vs. Bills: Five things to watch [5:41 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'With nothing to show for the selection of Flowers, the Bills struggle rushing the passer. "They don't have a guy who can legitimately put his hand on the ground and get consistent pressure off the edge," one scout said.'
Journal Sentinel views: Packers vs. Bills [5:40 AM]
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reports: 'The Bills will be motivated and undaunted by the weather. However, they're overmatched by just too wide of a margin along both lines to suspect that their dangerous but immobile quarterback, his stable of excellent wide receivers and underrated Travis Henry could be enough to spring an upset.'
Encroachment: The Buffalo Bills! They're faaaaan-tastic! [12:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Weekly Column by Chris Serico... The group selected the Bills for excellence in fan treatment, after it became obvious the Florida-based association couldn't pick their hometown Dolphins. Because, honestly, when the Bills twice fried the Fish during the regular season, Miami fans could not have been too happy with their team.
O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game: Packers Preview [11:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Any team looking to beat the Green Bay Packers needs to get through Brett Favre first. And that's no easy challenge. The 33 year-old quarterback is a sure-shot Hall of Famer. He's an especially dangerous foe for a struggling defense, which gives the Bills both a threat and an opportunity: If Buffalo's defenders can shut down Favre, that's a huge boost heading into New Year-playoffs or not.
Showdown in Titletown: Bledsoe and Favre [11:55 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: As for the history and mystic factor of Lambeau Field it becomes the perfect setting for a match-up of this caliber. This game is more than a battle for post-season position. It has all the makings of a showdown between two of the NFL's elite quarterbacks- Drew Bledsoe and Brett Favre.
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