Bills limp off with sixth loss [9:14 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Why, if you remove Ruben Brown's 304 pounds from the equation, the other four members of the Bills' front line totaled 16 NFL starts coming into Sunday's affair. Which is just 16 more than, oh, the barbershop quartet of your choice.'
Hope sacked in another home loss [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We haven't played this bad since I've been here," said left guard Ruben Brown. "It's disappointing. I'm really upset."'
Colts show Bills a real blockbuster [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills conducted an experiment Sunday. Can you manufacture an offense without any pass blocking? The answer was a resounding "NO."'
Bills' offense stumbling again [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We have to protect the ball more," said Williams, whose team has a minus-9 turnover ratio. "When you turn the ball over, it takes plays away from the offense. We tried to put the ball back in Rob's hands and he played hard. He just didn't have any time."'
Rhodes travels well in first NFL start [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'You probably never heard of Rhodes, who pronounces his first name Dom-en-eek. He's nowhere to be found in the Colts' media guide. He wears No. 33, in honor of his boyhood idol, Tony Dorsett. The Bills might not have known much about him, but they found out more than they wanted after watching him Sunday.'
O-line is Woe-line in abysmal performance [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills were at home, facing a sorry Colts defense that had allowed the most points in the NFL. You figured they could build on the momentum of the Chargers loss, put a few touchdowns on the board, maybe even win the game. Instead, they took a step back - and look out, here comes another Colts lineman, flying unabated to the quarterback!'
Manning's naked bootleg skinned Bills at perfect moment [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'There are quarterbacks who throw the ball better than Manning. Certainly there are quarterbacks who run the ball better. But it might be that no quarterback thinks the game better.'
Home not very sweet of late [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Sunday's 30-14 loss to the Indianapolis Colts ran the Bills' home losing streak to six games, going back to last season. That's the team's longest run of mediocrity since 1984.'
Monday billboard [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Attendance was 63,786. It was the first time this season the Bills didn't sell out in time to lift the television blackout, but probably not the last. The Ralph was about half full - or half empty, depending on your attitude - with 9:14 left in the fourth quarter. It was about one-quarter full when Clements fumbled a kickoff return with 9:01 left. Early leavers never learned the play was overturned after review. Or maybe they didn't care.'
Fans turn on the Bills [7:17 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'With a game in New England next Sunday against the Patriots, yesterday's loss guaranteed that the Bills will go more than a year without a home win. Their most recent victory at the Ralph came on Nov. 12, 2000 against the Chicago Bears, seven starts ago.'
The Ralph a home away from home for Indy [7:16 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It's the second consecutive year the Colts have won on Canada Day at Ralph Wilson Stadium, where an estimated 15,000 of the 63,786 in attendance were from southern Ontario.'
Johnson hears Bills fans' boos [5:32 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'Rob Johnson is back as the favourite whipping boy of Buffalo Bills fans.'
Bills take big step back [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: '"Today we played an opponent that knows us better than those other teams (San Diego and Jacksonville) did. They had our number all day. I feel bad for the fans. It's tough for them to keep coming back to the games and cheering. We played terrible. It was awful."'
Bills need to do their share for fans' sake [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'They are inept on offense thanks to a woefully undermanned and overmatched offensive line and a quarterback who just can't get over the hump and maintain a steady climb on the progress meter. They are just average on defense which is a nice way of saying they play well occasionally, but ultimately, their good plays are hidden by killer mistakes that cannot be overcome. And on special teams, it's a complete crap shoot. Nate Clements returns a punt 66 yards for a touchdown, but the protection breaks down for the second week in a row and Jake Arians has another field goal blocked.'
Bills lose momentum, home mystique [5:29 AM]
D and C reports: 'They went up in flames, losing 30-14, Buffalo's fourth home loss this season and sixth in a row. If this is home cooking, someone needs to check the cook's I.D.'
Ex-center Hull winces as offensive line collapses [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '"A lot of people say give up on Rob, but I think he has great skills and he's tough as hell," he said. "They just got to get that line fixed, and that ain't going to happen overnight."'
Buffalo Bills report card [5:27 AM]
D and C reports: 'Guess three inspired performances out of Rob Johnson was too much to expect. Had a chance to win more support before the home fans but instead gave his critics more fuel. Played behind another horrid line combination but that's a given these days. The Bills need more out of their $5 million man. Johnson was listless, his passes were off the mark for three quarters and two fumbles after sacks led to 10 Colts' points.'
Smothering defense defines win over Bills [5:26 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Quarterback Rob Johnson was the primary recipient of the wave of aggression. He absorbed six sacks, lost two fumbles that set up Colts scores and was totally inept until mop-up time late in the fourth quarter.'
Colts defense turns up pressure [5:25 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'By halftime, Johnson had one less pass completion in nine attempts than he had suffered sacks.'
No one saw Manning's TD run coming [5:24 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"The linemen were all like, 'What? What?' " said Bills defensive end Phil Hansen, who was on the other side, where the play was supposed to go. "We were all in a pile looking for the ball."'
Colts back where they belong [5:23 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Granted, Buffalo is awful, Rob Johnson has the pocket presence of a cellist, and the so-called West Coast offense is so inept, Bill Walsh is considering a lawsuit for defamation of offense.'
Rhodes loves fulfilling dream with Colts [5:17 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Rhodes ran against the Buffalo Bills with an inner drive we thought only existed in Edgerrin James, the Colts' star running back who grew up tossing watermelons onto the backs of trucks.'
James' uncertain status kept Bills guessing [5:11 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'The Colts included James in their weekend travel entourage, but were pretty sure he would spend his time at Ralph Wilson Stadium lounging on the sideline. They did not deactivate him until 90 minutes prior to kickoff.'
Colts-Bills report card [5:09 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'I don't mean to question the wisdom of the men who chose Rob Johnson over Doug Flutie, but, well, WHAT WERE YOU PEOPLE THINKING?'
Colts 30, Bills 14 [6:16 PM]
AP reports: 'Manning, who passed for 421 yards in Indianapolis' 42-26 win over Buffalo earlier this season, didn't come close to matching that dominating performance. Then again, he didn't need to.'
Indianapolis 30, Buffalo 14 [6:15 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'It wasn't as bad as last time, but it was still pretty bad for the Buffalo Bills.'
Hull, Tasker honored Sunday [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This Sunday before the Bills host the Indianapolis Colts, the team will honor two alumni with the Ralph C. Wilson Distinguished Service Award, as Kent Hull and Steve Tasker will be awarded for their outstanding service to the team in a special pre-game ceremony.'
Rob Johnson press conference [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We didn't play very well against them last time. Defensively we didn't play well, and offensively we didn't play well against them. We had 19 penalties, we killed ourselves, we've got to play better, and I think we'll improve offensively. This is a good week for us to keep improving, we're getting healthier and I'm not sure if we'll get Jerry [Ostroski] back, but it'll be nice to get him back and some other guys back in there."
Gregg Williams press conference [9:30 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "It's in that area, but it's nothing as severe as the people who have that separation or break or tear in that area. It's just a sprain, and it's really not that severe as [Washington Redskin rookie Jauron Dailey]. He's got numerous bumps and bruises as a number of quarterbacks have at this time of year, but he's ready to answer the bell."
Bills 'D' to Colts: Not again [8:42 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The good news for the Bills is they have showed improvement. They only have allowed one pass play of 30 or more yards in the four games since. The bad news is the defense probably has to carry the load today.'
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