Shelton set to rock Bills [6:35 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'The Bills' defense allows 5.3 yards per rush and ranks 28th against the run. But it is not for lack of trying. The Bills mass eight, sometimes as many as 10, men on the line to stop the run, meaning the Bears may adjust their approach slightly. "It's unlike some things that you've ever seen, so it gets hard sometimes," offensive coordinator John Shoop said.'
Secondary's primary test [6:34 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"They're going to throw the ball 40 or 45 times," said cornerback Reggie Austin, who stayed after practice Thursday with the wide receivers, running routes to work on his technique for catching the ball. "They know we're thin, so they're going to try to get one of us out of there to see who's coming in next. You definitely have to have your track shoes on."'
This teacher a quick study [6:12 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The Bears expect to see quite a bit of passing from Drew Bledsoe, and Knight would like nothing better than to notch his first career sack at Ralph Wilson Stadium against the team he grew up cheering for.'
100-plus brothers and sisters helped mold Bears' Knight [6:11 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Bryan Knight gets to play in front of his parents Sunday when the Bears play the Bills in his hometown of Buffalo. But chances are good Knight has family almost anywhere the Bears play, since he has more than 100 brothers and sisters.'
Knight well conditioned to change [6:10 AM]
Suburban Chicago Newspapers reports: 'When the Bears play Sunday in his hometown of Buffalo, Knight likely will have a prominent role as pass rush end much of the time in nickel defenses because of the Bills' extensive use of multi-receiver formations.'
Blitzing Bills provide big play opportunities [6:09 AM]
Suburban Chicago Newspapers reports: 'The Bears of the 1980s sent every available warm body across the line to swarm running backs and quarterbacks. Buffalo's tactics may be similar, but the results have been different. They have managed 12 sacks, tied for fourth best in the league. But they give up big gainers on running plays when the blitz doesn't stop a runner.'
The hunt for QBs gives Schobel a rush [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“Overall, I like the food back home better,” Schobel was saying the other day from the Ralph in a drawl thicker than Texas tea. “But I gotta admit that the wings up here are damn good. That’s why I told my folks back at the restaurant to get the recipe. Plop a few buckets of those things down next to me, give me an extinguisher to put out the fire and I’m a contented man.”'
6. Chicago Bears at Buffalo Bills [9:40 PM]
ESPN reports: The Broncos slowed down Drew Bledsoe to a small degree last week, but the Bears face a battle for their respect. Despite last year's playoff run, the Bears head into Ralph Wilson Stadium as underdogs. They are down three key starters on defense. Pro Bowl defensive tackle Ted Washington's absence leaves them vulnerable to the run.
Gray challenges Bills defense to play up to expectations [9:39 PM]
AP reports: '''We've been pumping it up the whole offseason,'' Gray said. ''Well, let's see us stop living on what we say, and do it on what we do.'''
Urlacher fits the mold of Bears LB [9:38 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'At least for the span between March and May, Reebok, the exclusive manufacturer of NFL jerseys, says that Urlacher's signature black No. 54 was the sales leader.'
Not-done-yet Rams featured in Week 3 top-five lists [9:38 PM]
ESPN.com reports: 5. Drew Bledsoe, Bills -- Sure, they're 1-2, but just ask Jets, Vikings and Broncos how this guy has made Buffalo a scary team.
The dark domain of the pileup [9:37 PM]
The Sporting News reports: After a draining and exhilarating fourth quarter, the Vikings and Bills are in overtime in Week 2. About two minutes into the extra period, Buffalo is operating near midfield when quarterback Drew Bledsoe fumbles a shotgun snap. A recovery could turn the game to Minnesota, but Mike Williams, the Bills' rookie tackle, comes up with the ball.
Or does he?
Q&A with Williams [12:43 PM]
Shout! reports: Q: Outside linebackers Keith Newman and Eddie Robinson haven't had a lot of tackles after three games. Is something wrong?
GW: The outside LBs in this defense are funnel players. If people are attacking the inside of this defense, most of the tackles will go to the middle LB and the strong safety and the free safety.
No answers for beleagured jets [12:26 PM]
Sporting News reports: A unit with big potential hasn't come close to reaching it. As expected, weakside linebacker Sam Cowart is off to a slow start and probably is rusty after missing nearly all of last season after Achilles' tendon surgery. Cowart isn't the explosive tackler he was with the Bills.
Moulds Off To A Flying Start [12:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Wide receiver Eric Moulds has 25 catches for 294 yards and two TDs through the first three games of the season. He ranks second in the AFC/fifth in the NFL in receiving yards behind Peerless Price (352), Chicago's Marty Booker (343), NYG's Amani Toomer (326) and St. Louis' Tory Holt (318).
Buffalo Bills To Hold Annual Food Drive At Bears Game [12:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Buffalo Bills will host the annual Fan Food Drive prior to the September 29 game against the Chicago Bears. All donations will benefit the Food Bank of WNY. Monetary donations and non-perishable food items will be collected at all gates by Food Bank volunteers and Bills' wives and girlfriends. Collection points will be outside every gate at the stadium.
Grrrrrrlacher [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'OK, so Urlacher falls short of Butkus in the nasty department. But he has the potential to rank with Butkus and the other all-time great NFL middle linebackers in just about every other category.'
Washington is among Bears' walking wounded [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Ted has been something special for us since we got him," Jauron said. "He's been great for us in the locker room. He's great for us on the practice field and he's great for us on Sunday. It was a loss, no doubt about it. But Alfonso Boone stepped in and played a good game. Hopefully he'll get better and we'll go on."'
London enjoys his new location [6:06 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: '"[Rams coach] Mike Martz, if he's asked the question, he'll tell you. He definitely probably underestimated the loss of me, not only what I brought to that defense but also in terms of challenging guys who were not playing up to their abilities. You can't just plug in certain guys with that personality. It's just not there. I've talked to players on the Rams and they're telling me it's not there. So it's not just me talking."'
High risk, high reward [6:05 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'It may seem incongruous now that he has thrown for a league-leading 1,017 yards in his first three games with Buffalo, but there were conflicting views on Bledsoe in the NFL scouting community after last season. He was only 7-19 in his final 26 starts for the Patriots and was generally considered to be on the downside of his career because of the terrible beating he'd taken the past few years.'
Bears know Bills' Bledsoe will be defensive challenge [6:04 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"He got sacked (four) times and probably got hit another 20. But he still had the ball up in the air, and they put up 23 points on the scoreboard. He stands in there. He doesn't flinch. If you sack him on first down, he comes back and still converts the third down."'
Bills expected to unleash familiar attack [6:03 AM]
Suburban Chicago Newspapers reports: 'Bledsoe utilizes an offense which basically is an evolved form of the same run-and-shoot Bills offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride ran while dodging Buddy Ryan's punches along the Houston Oilers' sidelines in the early 1990s. The difference is a few formations designed to get running back Travis Henry more running room and to use tight ends in red zone situations.'
Get the hang of hanging on [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: '“There’s only been one technique error, changing it in traffic (against the Jets). The one in the Vikings game was not all his fault. Then last week, he got a big hit that occasionally will happen. I’m sure he’ll get it fixed, but we have good backs and if he doesn’t get it fixed, we’ll give those backs a chance to play.”'
Bills' offense faces big task [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Boone started in Washington’s place against New Orleans and held his own, and Traylor was his usual dominant self as he clogged up the middle of the line and tied up two blockers at a time, allowing star linebacker Brian Urlacher to do his thing which is make lots of tackles.'
Bills a revival for Gilbride [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"I'm certainly delighted with some of the players we have, but I think more importantly the football players we have are buying into what we are doing," Gilbride said.'
Bills prefer to rise or fall on Bledsoe's arm [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'Here's the problem for the Bills. The numbers — 14 run plays, 41 pass plays — were suspiciously like the 14-49 mix of the week previous, and their smoke-and-mirror overtime heist of the Vikings. That's two weeks in a row of pass-first and you wonder whether it's Henry, the offensive line, the coach's lack of confidence in them, or Bledsoe calling the real shots that is behind something so out of whack.'
Under The Helmet Video: Drew Bledsoe [10:44 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Drew Bledsoe talks about Brittany Spears and Austin Powers among other non-football topics.
Bills lock up Prioleau through 2005 [10:09 PM]
ESPN reports: Excited by his performance, and the stability he has provided the secondary since joining the team late last season, the Buffalo Bills have signed starting free safety Pierson Prioleau to a three-year contract extension. The extension is worth $4.465 million in so-called "new money."
Prioleau signs 3-year contract extension with Bills [8:43 PM]
AP reports: 'Prioleau, who makes a base salary of $550,000 this season, is scheduled to make $750,000 next year, $1 million in 2004 and $1.25 million the following season.'
Slow starts plaguing Bills' ability to finish [8:35 PM]
AP reports: '"This team is exciting when it comes down to crunch time," Bills coach Gregg Williams said. "And I think that comes from our quarterback. He plays with an air about him. But you have to be exciting at the start and the middle of the ball game, too."'
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