Emotional pregame provides spark, and Steelers overcome six personal foul penalties in season's firs [5:42 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Inspired on one hand by New York Governor George Pataki's pregame speech and angered on the other by six personal fouls called against them in the first half, the Steelers put their long rest to rest by clubbing the Buffalo Bills, 20-3.'
Bills barely give Steelers respect after loss [5:41 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Although the Bills are 0-3 and facing the possibility of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, they sounded off in near unison that they had no business losing to these Steelers. "There are a couple of teams already that we've played and felt we had a good chance of beating," tight end Jay Riemersma said, referring also to the New Orleans Saints, who beat the Bills, 24-6, in their opener. "But having a chance and going out there and kicking somebody's butt are two different things."'
Bettis chews up Bills' defense [5:40 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Jerome Bettis is accustomed to feasting in the Buffalo area. As a kid, he used to visit his relatives and never missed going to the Anchor Bar and Restaurant, the original home of Buffalo wings.'
Play of the Game: Washington’s fumble return [5:39 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"That was their chance," said safety Brent Alexander. "They got down there close to put points on the board."'
Bills taunts inspire Steelers [5:38 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills provided a little extra incentive with their pregame "crap," to quote Flowers. "Some of their kicks were almost hitting our guys. There's no place for that kind of stuff in this league. If you want to do that to us, you had better know we're going to lay the wood on you."'
Passing game still lacks punch [5:37 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'For the most part, their 21 days away from NFL competition was barely noticeable as they did what they had to do to dispatch the injury-ravaged and subsequently hapless Buffalo Bills.'
Steelers Report [5:36 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills, depleted by injuries coming into the game, lost six more players, including LT Kris Farris for the season and four others are likely to miss more playing time. Owner Ralph Wilson and GM Tom Donahoe had a brief chat about the situation after the game. "Mr. Wilson just told me he's never seen anything like it in his 41 years in this league and going back to the old AFL," Donahoe said. "But it's part of the game, and we've got to overcome it. We played a good team today, and you've got to take your hats off to the Steelers. They deserved to win."'
Steelers will take 20-3 win over Bills [5:35 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Beating the beat-up Bills, who barely pass for an NFL team, is nothing to brag about.'
Ward fulfills role, catches nine passes [5:34 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"The catches I did get were key," said Ward, who averaged 13.3 yards per catch in his first three seasons with the Steelers but averaged 8.8 yards yesterday. "They kept the chains going."'
Steelers (almost too) ready this time [5:33 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"Us being off for 21 days had something to do with it, but they added gas to the fire," Flowers said. "We came out to stretch, and they were still doing their kicking drills. That was total disrespect. And there were things said in the paper (by the Bills) about, 'The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming in, we should win this game.' We were just (ticked) off, man. We played very physical, we played very mad. "I think (defensive backs coach) Willie Robinson said it best, 'Play (ticked) off the whole game.' That's what we did."'
Game 2 Steelers' spotlight [5:32 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'TURNING POINT: Steelers coach Bill Cowher gambles and allows Kris Brown to attempt a 52-yard field goal with 8:55 left in the game and the Steelers nursing a 10-3 lead. A miss would have given the Bills the football only 58 yards from the tying touchdown. When Brown was successful, though, it ended all Buffalo hope. At that point, the Bills' anemic offense needed two scores.'
Nothing good to say about this one [5:31 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He was taught, he told us, that when he has nothing good to say about something, he says nothing at all.'
Defense under seige until passing game develops for Steelers [5:31 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'They sounded much more resigned than encouraged, which isn't a good sign. "Hopefully, we'll get better," Steelers coach Bill Cowher said of a passing game that netted all of 100 yards in a 20-3 victory over the Bills on Sunday.'
Bettis creeps closer to 10,000 yards [5:29 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'The Bills lost offensive left tackle Kris Farris, a former Steelers player, to a gruesome broken leg in the first quarter. The injury occurred when running back Travis Henry fell into Farris, who had his back turned and his leg planted on the artificial turf while he was blocking Bell. Farris, whose leg crumpled from the impact, had season-ending surgery last night in which doctors inserted a rod to stablize the limb. He also missed his entire rookie season with the Steelers in 1999 with a foot injury.'
Steelers 20, Bills 3 [6:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Dewayne Washington did what the Pittsburgh Steelers offense had trouble doing -- scoring a touchdown. It was enough to beat the struggling Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'
Bills' Farris breaks leg [6:02 PM]
AP reports: 'He was to have surgery Sunday night and could be out for the season.'
Pittsburgh 20, Buffalo 3 [6:01 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Jerome Bettis added 114 yards rushing for the Steelers (1-1), who suffocated Rob Johnson and the Buffalo offense en route to their first win of the season.'
NFL Play-by-Play [6:00 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'Play by agonizing play.'
Game Recap - Bills drop to 0-3 [5:59 PM]
NFL.com reports: Cornerback Dewayne Washington did what the Pittsburgh Steelers offense had trouble doing -- scoring a touchdown. It was enough to beat the struggling Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'
Banged-up Bills' offense steels itself for Pittsburgh [5:58 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Steelers are a notch below the caliber of the Bills' first two opponents - New Orleans and Indianapolis - so there is a legitimate opportunity for the Bills to rebound from their 0-2 start before a flag-waving, sellout crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium. But the Bills' new offense, which is still trying to find its bearings, enters the game hobbling, and the Steelers' defense is better than a lot of people realize.'
For Bills and Steelers, to play's the thing [5:57 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If ever there were two teams anxious to get back on the field, they are the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers. They get their wish today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
No Gray areas [5:56 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The challenge he's facing now is different than chasing future Heisman Trophy winners or lowering his forearm on some unsuspecting wideout who dared stray between the hash marks. Gray is in his first season as the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, a position that places him under an intense spotlight that can be tough to bear. He knew there were going to be doubters when the Bills abandoned the 3-4 defense they had used successfully since 1979 in favor of the 4-3. He knew some people were going to ask questions about the change, especially after the Bills had the third-ranked defense last year following a season in which they were ranked No. 1. Molding the unit in his resilient image is even more daunting minus steadfast veterans like Marcellus Wiley, Ted Washington, John Holecek and Sam Rogers. Now Sam Cowart, the pulse of the group, is down for the year with a partially torn right Achilles tendon.'
Gregg Williams' slow start has parallels to Saban's struggles in '62 [4:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I have to cackle at Buffalo Bills' fans. One medium-sized pratfall and they think the football world has gone into permanent eclipse.'
Going to the dogs? [4:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The annual Buffalo Bills pet calendar is out, and as always, the photos make it. Where else can you get a picture of Bills owner Ralph Wilson side by side with pal Buffy?'
Rust from 21-day layoff should be Steelers' biggest problem [11:49 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'The Steelers have been off so long they wonder how long it will take to shake off the rust. "We have tried to get close to game simulation (at practice), but you can never simulate true game speed," Cowher said.'
Bills fall long way in short time [11:48 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'Cynics may sneer at the Buffalo Bills as big-game chokers. Critics may point to the Bills' four straight Super Bowls failures in 1990-93 and snicker. But in reality, the Bills had nothing to be ashamed of. They were awesome. Obviously, not as awesome as the Steelers' dynasty of the 1970s. The Steelers' went 4-for-4 in their Super Bowl appearances in the '70s. But in a lot of respects, the glory years in Buffalo bore similarities to the glory years in Pittsburgh. Great owners. Great coaches. Great players. Great fans. Great cold-weather, small-market franchises located just 186 miles from each other. Today, though, the Bills are a team light years away from their heyday, 0-2 and going nowhere.'
Cowher vs. Donahoe: Another power struggle [11:47 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: '"The fans in Pittsburgh were great to me," he said. "And they were great to my family. They always treated us with a lot of respect, and we'll never forget that. But we're Buffalo Bills (now). We live in this community. And that's where our attention is."'
Buffalo GM, Cowher say game outweighs old feud [6:24 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'Cowher didn't like being asked on Tuesday if this game had added meaning because of Donahoe. "No," the coach said, glaring at the inquisitor.'
Bills willing to start with baby steps [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: 'After losing their first two games by a combined score of 66-32, after being outgained (856-625), outsacked (9-3) and outclassed, the Buffalo Bills have a more modest goal right now. Win one game.'
Question and answer with Nate Clements [5:37 AM]
D and C reports: '"I feel pretty confident right now. I'm not down and the team doesn't feel down. We need that one win and we can get this thing rolling. We've got 14 games left. In college had we lost our first two games, maybe yes, you'd be down because you only play 11 or 12 games. We know how crucial losses are in college. But in the NFL, we might go on a streak and win 14 straight. Who is to say we won't? We just need to stay confident, keep working hard, and it's going to come."'
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