Improved Bledsoe may be playing for his future today [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bledsoe might be playing for his future today. A victory will restore hope for this season and justifying keeping him as the starter in the short term. A loss would drop them to 1-5 and stifle any wild notions of a playoff run. Fans will begin counting the days until rookie J.P. Losman is fully recovered from his broken leg. Losman is the future. Unless the Bills make a playoff run, they have to get him on the field as soon as possible. The kid needs to get a head start on next season if he's going to be effective in 2005. The standard will be sky high for Losman. Unlike Bledsoe, he needs to be a lot better than average.'
Adams, Shaw learn just who is in charge [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's said Shaw was very popular with the Bills players. Good. Maybe he can be elected president of the student body in San Diego.'
Gray's contract extension bodes well for Bills' defense [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defensive scheme is sound. The Buffalo defense has gone from 21st to 15th to second under Gray's watch. As long as the Bills' defense posts decent numbers this year - and it appears it will - Gray's reputation league wide will continue to climb.'
Evans runs a blue-collar streak [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"He's got a lot of potential to be a very special player in the league," said Buffalo receivers coach Tyke Tolbert, who helped mold Anquan Boldin into a rookie stud last year in Arizona. "He has the type of ability where, if he had to be the go-to guy every down, he'd be up there among the top receivers in the NFL as far as numbers are concerned. He has the ability to be an upper-echelon receiver and have the stats right now in another situation."'
Bills look to keep turning season around [5:10 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills’ immediate goal is to climb back to .500 at the year’s midway point and give themselves a legitimate shot at a playoff spot. Since they used up all of their mulligans by starting 0-4, they say there’s no chance of a letdown any week, let alone today against a Baltimore team missing its best offensive weapon.'
Q&A: Izell Reese [5:09 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'If you were named NFL commissioner for a day, what changes would you make?
"I think they're too critical on defensive players these days. They get tighter and tighter about not placing a hand on a receiver, especially this year, but they need to be as critical on offensive players because they push off and do the same things. I think it should go both ways. You can't take that aggressiveness away from the defense. I know people want to see points but I think a lot of fans like great defense, too."'
Top Raven respects McGahee [4:48 AM]
York Daily Record reports: 'Willis McGahee is not Clinton Portis, and for that, Ray Lewis couldn’t be happier. “He’s a special kid, a hard worker,” said Lewis. “He loves this game, never means any disrespect. He won’t blast off like Portis did. He’s not that type of guy.”'
Sunday's Baltimore Coverage [4:45 AM]
Ravens say they're still in running (Baltimore Sun)
Roethlisberger haunts Ravens (Baltimore Sun)
In marketing, Ravens, 'Skins split up rights (Baltimore Sun)
T. Taylor hopes to add boost (Carroll County Times)
Top Raven respects Bills’ McGahee (York Daily Record)
High-scoring affair unlikely in Baltimore (York Daily Record)
Boller Is Scrambling to Adjust to the NFL (Washington Post)
Ravens' Taylor seeks to fill J. Lewis' big cleats (Washington Times)
Trench warfare (BaltimoreRavens.com)
In Lewis' absence, Ravens turn toward eager Taylor [1:08 PM]
AP reports: 'The Bills (1-4), who squeezed out their first victory of the season last week against winless Miami, won't treat Taylor any differently than they would Lewis. "It's like Miami. Everybody thought it was going to be a cakewalk, and then Sammy Morris did a heck of a job," said Bills defensive co-ordinator Jerry Gray, referring to the 91-yard rushing effort by the latest replacement for the departed Ricky Williams.'
Schobel faces biggest challenge [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perennial All-Pro Jonathan Ogden is considered to be the best offensive tackle in the NFL. His imposing presence presents Schobel with the greatest challenge of his young career. "He's good. There's no question about it," Schobel said. "He's huge. He can move. It's going to be a challenge, but I've got something to prove."'
Bledsoe shows Bills that he can run from the rush [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"When our guys protect me like they did the last game, it makes my job much easier," he said. "I'm able to work to a third and fourth receiver so I don't have to make my best guess with the first one and hope it works out. I can actually scan the field and find my guys and it allows me to play more effectively and efficiently.'
Saturday's Baltimore Coverage [4:59 AM]
Ravens in purple haze with no J. Lewis (Baltimore Sun)
Billick breaks precedent, says T. Taylor will start (Baltimore Sun)
No small role (BaltimoreRavens.com)
Reed Road (BaltimoreRavens.com)
Football great Andre Reed energizes students at Dieruff [4:59 AM]
Allentown Morning Call reports: '''People would say to me, 'You can't do this, you can't do that,' and I would say, 'Yeah, just watch me,''' Reed told Dale Weiss' American history class. ''Twenty-five years ago, I was in this same classroom, walking the same halls, doing the same things you guys are doing now. The key is that I had good parents who taught me to make the right choices, do the right things. If you listen to those who care about you, the sky's the limit.'''
Jennings Practices, But May Not Start [8:44 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Henry and Milloy will start while Jennings will definitely dress. His ankle injury has kept him on the second team while taking reps this week.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Willis McGahee [5:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Hey Willis, what is your opinion of the fans here in Buffalo?
WM: Great. I love them. It doesn't get any better than this.'
Buffalo (1-4) at Baltimore (3-2) [2:37 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Ravens 17, Bills 7.'
Overrated Ravens ripe for upset [1:44 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: For a team commonly considered among the National Football League’s elite, the Ravens haven’t done squat since destroying the New York Giants in Super Bowl XXXV waaaay back in January 2001.
Bills Are Fortunate to Have Two Quality Backs [12:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Drew Bledsoe has struggled a bit the past few seasons but he's starting to look a lot better. He's only as good as the people around him. Back when he was in New England he had a very good offensive line. He played with those guys a long time and the Bills line is still trying to mesh together. When you play with people for a long time you get a feel of what they're going to do on the field. That's how it was when I player with Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas and all of those guys. You get to a point where you can almost read each other's minds and I'm not sure the Bills have that right now. It will come, but those things take time.'
Where are they now? - Bill Enyart [11:35 AM]
Medford Mail Tribune reports: 'Yearning to return to the West Coast and believing he’d be better suited to playing linebacker, Enyart asked for a trade and was dealt to Oakland for the 1971 season. He was on his way to winning a starting defensive spot — he had nine unassisted tackles in the first half of an exhibition game — but a block to the knees against the New York Jets in the preseason wound up ending his career. He tried to come back a year later with Green Bay but didn’t pass the team physical.'
Reed To Be Inducted Into The GBSHOF [11:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'He will be inducted along with ten other members of the Class of 2004 at the annual awards dinner on October 27 at the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo.'
W-Maryland Backers Unite for Bills Games [11:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I just want them to win a Super Bowl before my dad dies," he said.'
Will Bills Win in Baltimore? [11:33 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Ravens 13 Bills 10.'
Ravens' Billick concerned about talented Bills [8:56 AM]
Carroll County Times reports: 'The Bills have lost games to Jacksonville (4-2), Oakland (2-4), New England (5-0) and the New York Jets (5-0). Three of those losses were by a total of eight points. "They are a good football team," said Ravens coach Brian Billick, whose team is favored by six points in Sunday's game at M&T Bank Stadium. "To sit here and say that as a coach, I sound like any other coach trying to overemphasize how good the opponent is. That's not the case. All you have to do is look at the combined record of who they lost to, how close those games were."'
Savvy drafts put stars on Ravens' roster [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'With a roster made up of mostly home-grown players, the Ravens are unique in this salary-cap era.'
When it comes to Deion, everyone's an admirer [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I have a great respect for him," said Eric Moulds. "He's a good friend of mine. But at the same time, I know he's going to be up for the challenge, and it's a challenge for me to go out and play."'
Bills having a field day on their new artificial turf [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The players like the turf. The initial reaction of almost everyone seems to be: Thank God we don't have to play on the old AstroTurf anymore.'
Bills can't let up on Lewis [5:05 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"You have to run right at Ray Lewis," Chiefs fullback Tony Richardson said that night after the Chiefs gained 178 yards on the ground, 125 by Priest Holmes. "He's too fast and too smart to try to run sideways against him. If you run sideline to sideline with him, he'll make plays."'
Ravens will be in a rush to put pressure on Bledsoe [5:04 AM]
Baltimore Sun reports: 'At 6 feet 5 and 238 pounds, Bledsoe constantly waits and waits until either a receiver comes open or he's knocked to the ground. "We don't like playing against the Michael Vick or Donovan McNabb," linebacker Terrell Suggs said. "A stationary quarterback, you know where he is going to be and you know how you can get there."'
Friday's Baltimore Coverage [5:03 AM]
Ravens will be in a rush to put pressure on Bledsoe (Baltimore Sun)
McAlister's view mostly one-sided (Baltimore Sun)
Ravens' Billick concerned about talented Bills (Carroll County Times)
Preaching patience (BaltimoreRavens.com)
Football is year-round job for Buffalo's Adams [5:02 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Adams, who maintains an off-season residence in Kirkland, recently purchased the NIFL team that begins play in March. He's still looking for a coach and players - the team will hold a tryout Sunday at Arena Sports in Seattle - but Adams is already optimistic that the Hawks will be an immediate success.'
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