Don't Expect Replay To Eliminate Debates [6:40 AM]
D & C reports: 'Walk into the administration building at Ralph Wilson Stadium and standing in the corner is a soft sculpture of an NFL referee wearing glasses and signaling a touchdown. It was commissioned by owner Ralph Wilson for display at his private Super Bowl party in January dubbed, "We get the last laugh party."'
AFC East Preview [6:36 AM]
USA Today reports: 'In Buffalo, the magic is still there in the 5-9 form of quarterback Doug Flutie. But don't be surprised if Rob Johnson plays a key role in the underrated Bills' attempt to win their first title since 1995.'
Honeymoon's Over, But Polian Confident Marriage Will Blossom [6:34 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'Polian and Ted Marchibroda's relationship dates back to Buffalo, where Marchibroda was the offensive coordinator when Polian was the general manager assembling the Bills teams that would play in the Super Bowl after the 1990, 1991, 1992 and 1993 seasons. So it was natural for Marchibroda to call and offer his congratulations when Polian took over as Colts president two years ago.'
AFC Preview [6:31 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: AFC East: 4. Buffalo Bills 'The Bills should make the playoffs again, especially if they learn how to beat division rivals on the road. With Flutie and five-receiver sets, they are going to be fun to watch.'
Colts At Last May Reward Us After 15 Years Of Faith, Patience [6:28 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'Yet Polian, too, deserves credit. He has not taken a wishin'-and-hopin' approach to running the shop. He has acted boldly and decisively, without regard to the reaction his moves might create. Damn the torpedoes, full speed ahead.'
Bennett Finally Comes Full Circle [6:27 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: '"To have a chance to open the season against (the Bills) is something I'm looking forward to. It's my first time to play against guys I love as friends ... Thurman Thomas, Bruce Smith, Ted Washington, guys that are left from when I was there."'
Flutie, Manning Difficult To Sack [6:24 AM]
Fox Sports reports: '"Flutie is smart and has the ability to elude the pressure to make a play. And that is what makes him special. His decision-making is very good. He gets rid of the ball quickly, so he's not going to get sacked much,'' Phillips said. "Manning does that, too."'
Cornelius Bennett To Face Bills [6:20 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It is exciting, because it's the beginning of another season. Thirteen years, whoever thought I'd be playing 13 years in the NFL," Bennett said. "I'm excited about playing Buffalo ... getting a chance to play against guys that I love as friends."'
One More Time For Buffalo's Big Three Super Bowl Veterans [6:18 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Some might say that neither Reed nor Bruce Smith would be missed now that receiver Eric Moulds is emerging as a superstar, and defensive end Marcellus Wiley has proved more than capable. But the Bills say they would be lost without the Super Bowl veterans.'
Team Report 9/9/99 [11:57 PM]
The Sporting News reports: Sal Maiorana previews the Bills-Colts and also has this to say: FEARLESS FORECAST Doug Flutie is not going to take the big dip that many people are predicting this season. Opposing teams now have more video on Flutie to study, but the bottom line is that this guy knows how to play the game. Whatever defenses throw at him, he'll find a way to exploit it. He may not be as dynamic as last year, but that's only because it will be tough to top last year.
Dave Goldberg's week one picks. [8:22 PM]
ESPNet reports: He actually picked the Colts to win.
AFC East Preview [1:39 PM]
Washington Post reports: 'Flutie, 36, was rewarded with a huge contract, thus giving Buffalo two signal callers (backup Rob Johnson is the other) with starting-quarterback salaries. The downside of this was that the Bills couldn't afford to make a peep in the offseason free agent market, and therefore are pretty much the same team they were a season ago.'
AFC East Preview [1:33 PM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 4. Buffalo Bills 6-10
AFC Preview [7:05 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Buffalo Bills Outlook: Like Miami, the key rests with the ground game. Team officials showed their concern with RB Antowain Smith by unsuccessfully pursuing free agent Lawrence Phillips. Without a solid rushing attack, an early playoff exit looms.'
Flutiemania II Revving Up [7:02 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'For the few remaining skeptics who figured the phenonenom known as Flutiemania would die off during the off-season, the exact opposite has transpired. Less than a year after the six-time Canadian Football League MVP returned to the NFL in relative anonymity as the backup quarterback of the Buffalo Bills, America's love affair with Flutie has continued to swell.'
AFC Preview [7:00 AM]
New York Post reports: 'BILLS (10-6): Can Magic Man Doug Flutie do it again? Why not? C has been upgraded now that Jerry Ostroski has been moved there from RT, where hulking Robert Hicks takes over, and rook Peerless Price looks like nice third receiver, freeing up Kevin Williams for KOR and PR duties. And WR Eric Moulds is super. Antowain Smith and Thurman Thomas led third-best rushing attack last year. Rook CB Antoine Winfield will shadow slot receivers (Wayne Chrebet) and shore up third-down pass defense. DE Bruce Smith can still rush QB and NT Ted Washington and LBs John Holocek and Sam Cowart can stuff run.'
Colts Will Defend Their Turf In Week 1 [6:30 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'The Colts will open the season with an encouraging, 31-20, victory.'
Colts' Run Defense Will Be Tested In A Hurry [6:28 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'The Bills had the NFL's third-ranked rushing offense last season (135.1 ypg). But more telling than the raw numbers is Buffalo's commitment to the run. Despite the passing options provided by quarterback Doug Flutie and wide receivers Eric Moulds and Andre Reed, the Bills rushed a league-high 531 times in 1998. "Buffalo has the mentality to just pound you if they want to," Fangio said.'
Flutie Back To Stir Things Up For Buffalo [6:23 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Apparently big bucks don't guarantee thick skin. Throughout the preseason Phillips handled his two pricey quarterbacks like a pair of fragile Little Leaguers, granting them equal status on the depth chart as co-starters. But Johnson, the oft-sacked former USC star who fires bullets, but sometimes wanders into trouble, knew the score. "It's Doug's town and Doug's team," Johnson said, "until something happens."'
Panos Will Miss Opener Against Colts [6:19 AM]
D & C reports: '"I went to see the doctor yesterday and he said it would be in my best interest to sit down for this week," Panos said. "But they all agreed if I absolutely had to play and there were no other guards here, I would play. "I don't like the situation, but there's nothing I can do about it. I'm going to listen to them."'
Inability To Run No Worry For Bills [6:17 AM]
D & C reports: '"Did we play a game yet that means something?" asked fullback Sam Gash. "My whole thing about this deal is to wait and see when the season starts to see what we do, what they allow us to do, and we'll get it done. "Yes, we didn't run the ball in the preseason, but I can care less."'
To Pick a Champ, Cull Out the Losers [11:59 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Look at this piece of idiot analysis: "You can dismiss any team commanded by a Munchkin at quarterback: Chicago and Buffalo." Using logic like this, some guy named T. J. Simers manages to come up with Jacksonville beating Minnesota in the Super Bowl. To this I respond: Oh yeah, well our Munchkin beat your Super Bowl Champs last year! How do you explain that! Hmmmmmm?
NFL Power Poll [11:47 AM]
The Sporting News reports: Sure, the Bills come in at #6 overall here, but the Fish at #2? Get real. As for the Jets.... look for them around #8.
Bills Team Report 09/06/1999 [11:42 AM]
The Sporting News reports: "There is no quarterback controversy." Also, Sal calls Nails (listed 354) as "definitely in the 370 range."
Zeigler will Start vs. Colts [11:35 AM]
Shout! reports: Panos won't play vs. the Colts, giving Zeigler the nod. In other news, Wade also has this to say about Anthony Gray ""I pick the team based on all aspects of their play. I like Gray, but I liked the other two guys better."
Flutie Named the Starter [11:20 AM]
Shout! reports: Wade finally comes clean and calls Flutie the starter, *but* he also says that RJ will see some playing time. This sounds a lot like the plans instituted for McNabb in Philly and McNown in ChiTown. Perhaps history will look back on the QB Class of '99 as having a sixth member.
No More Containers? [7:40 AM]
Shout! reports: TBD columnist, A. James Nicholas is hot under the collar Bills fans. The new container rules instituted by the Bills this year at RWS are short-sighted at best and a big corporate money grab at worst. Thankfully, Shout! and TBD have given him a forum to release some steam!
Kickoff 1999! - Bills vs.Colts [7:39 AM]
Shout! reports: The Bills start the 1999 season with a visit to Indianapolis to play a dangerous Colts team. TBD columnist, Eric Schweitz, takes a look at the kickoff of the new season - the Bills vs. the Colts!
Running Wild [6:34 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'The reason the running game has been lagging is more a matter of preseason strategy than missed blocks, blown assignments and aching muscles, according to Smith. "We haven't opened up the whole offensive package because we don't want to show teams what we're going to be doing in the games," he said. "We're limited to three or four runs that we're trying to execute."'
Bills Name Three Players To Practice Squad [6:30 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'The three are fullback Brian Edwards, running back Lennox Gordon and wide receiver Jeremy McDaniel, the team said Tuesday. They were among 13 players cut by the Bills on Sunday. Teams are allowed to keep as many as five extra players for their practice squads.'
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