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Buffalo Bills News - September 12, 1999

Marker Year II Opens In Manning Era [8:45 AM]
D & C reports:

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September 11, 1999

Marker Colts/Bills Pre-Game [9:27 AM] reports: Check out how a web site from the "other side" sees Sunday's game.

Marker Burlsworth's Dream Lives On For Colts [9:25 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports:

Marker Injury May Sideline Colts' Burris [9:23 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports: 'Starting cornerback Jeff Burris sustained what is believed to be a dislocated left thumb during 11-on-11 drills. The injury occurred when Burris closed on a receiver after a reception. Despite the noncontact tenor of the day's work, the two collided and Burris was the worse for wear.'

Marker Colts Opener To Be Televised [9:21 AM]
Indianapolis Star-News reports:

Marker Greene's Simplicity: Just Know Your Role [9:15 AM]
D & C reports: '"We're a wide-open offense, we want to throw the ball down field and get it to the receivers," said Greene, who played two seasons for the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Colts midway through last season. "The fullback doesn't have that big a role right now, but now and then I'll come in (and help).'

Marker Lighter Phillips Puts Heavy Emphasis On His New Diet [9:12 AM]
D & C reports: 'Phillips lost his weight -- perhaps as much as 60 pounds -- on a popular diet called Sugar Busters, which tries to decrease insulin levels that help determine a person's hunger. It's long on fruits and meat, short on potatoes and rice.'

September 10, 1999

Marker AFC East Preview [2:59 PM]
Boston Globe reports: 'This is the sleeper team in the league. The Bills have the ability to take it all. Doug Flutie is the key. If he plays like he did a year ago, they'll be in the playoffs because they can run the ball inside (Antowain Smith) and play solid defense. They were hurt at CB last year and feel they have improved with Winfield. Watch for Price to give them a serious deep threat to team with Eric Moulds.'

Marker AFC East Preview [10:46 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Antowain Smith has yet to show he's the kind of runner defenses fear, the way they used to respect Thurman Thomas, who is still around. The Bills lost twice to the Jets and twice to the Dolphins including playoffs last year. They must do better within the division.'

Marker All's Calm Around The Bills [6:54 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The offensive line gets a makeover, with Jerry Ostroski moving to centre to replace Dusty Ziegler, and second-year Robert Hicks moving in at right tackle. Hicks was superb in three starts last season, but has to handle a heavier workload. There may be more change in store on the OL, with Joe Panos bothered by a bulging disk in his neck that has robbed him of some strength and may keep him out of the start of the season, if not more. Even more than Flutie, it's this offensive line that may indeed determine the Bills' success.'

Marker Best Bets [6:43 AM]
D & C reports: 'Buffalo 24, INDIANAPOLIS 17 -- The Bills are 15-4 against the spread (ATS) in the last 19 meetings and 7-1 in the last eight meetings outright. The 2 1/2-point underdog Colts are closing the talent gap but probably aren't ready to turn the tables yet.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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."'

Marker 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.'

September 9, 1999

Marker 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.

Marker Dave Goldberg's week one picks. [8:22 PM]
ESPNet reports: He actually picked the Colts to win.

Marker 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.'

Marker AFC East Preview [1:33 PM]
Philadelphia Daily News reports: 4. Buffalo Bills 6-10

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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.'

Marker 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."'

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