Game is sold out [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Verizon Wireless purchased the remaining tickets for Sunday's game to ensure the local blackout will be lifted.'
Free agents: boom or bust [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four of those 15 - Schulz, Bruce Smith, Thomas Smith and Dusty Zeigler - are starting and making a major contribution to their new teams. Two others - Thurman Thomas and Sean Moran - have contributed regularly in backup roles. The other eight ex-Bills are either out of the NFL or have seen very limited time with their new clubs.'
Stars grab a vine to talk smack in Rome's jungle [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson went whack and smacked Doug Flutie, entering The Jungle in a telephone call last week from B-Lo with Van Smack that led to a story in the fishwraps the next day.'
Moulds, Smith shoot it out - for real [8:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'For four seasons, Eric Moulds and Thomas Smith were gunslingers using rubber bullets.'
Bears find full-service tight end [8:02 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Kaseem Sinceno began his Bears career as the "other" name on the announcement, the player signed the day they traded tight end Alonzo Mayes to the Miami Dolphins. What he is becoming is something the Bears have spent years and draft picks looking for: a tight end who rarely comes off the field.'
Like Bears of old, Urlacher, Brown give till it hurts [7:59 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'For the first time since the post-Super Bowl days, the Bears have two players whom opponents are beginning to fear: Brian Urlacher and Mike Brown.'
Kennison quick to catch on at an unfamiliar position [7:57 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Kennison is playing Bobby Engram's role as the inside receiver in the Bears' offense, with statistics not usually associated with a speed receiver--29 receptions for 271 yards (9.3 yards per catch) and a long play of 24 yards.'
Bears hope practice noise prepares them for Buffalo [7:56 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"It's a big stadium, (the fans) make a lot of noise and they know when to do it," Jauron said. "The weather is not dissimilar from our weather. In terms of the wind, same kind of wind. It is unpredictable at times and it will swirl. We will have to see what we get on Sunday."'
Flutie is the starter . . . for now [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think it's kind of like it was last week in that our goal - and it looks like we'll be able to do it - is let Rob be the backup quarterback this week," Phillips said. "I think he'll be ready to do that, and Doug will be the starter."'
Leader of 'D' backs [7:22 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'It didn't take the Bears long - less than one practice, in fact - to realize that Mike Brown was special.'
Bears Notebook [7:21 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'But is [Thomas] Smith willing to share secrets? "Well, I do know a lot about the defense and the personnel there, so any advice I could give I surely will," he said.'
Flutie's the man for the Bears [6:20 AM]
D and C reports: 'Coach Wade Phillips determined yesterday following practice that Doug Flutie would start for the fourth game in a row Sunday when the Bills host the Chicago Bears at not-yet-soldout Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Newman plays with poise of old veteran [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'Probably no one outside the Buffalo Bills organization could have predicted that Keith Newman would become one of the most pleasant surprises of the 2000 season.'
Bills' ticket push earning more blackouts [6:19 AM]
D and C reports: 'That gives the Bills until 1 p.m. today to sell 2,000 remaining tickets. Sponsors could purchase any remaining tickets, ensuring the season's sixth sellout and the 14th in the last 15 games.'
No. 1 job is solving Bills' 3-4 defense [6:18 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'But it is outside linebackers Keith Newman, who leads the Bills with four sacks, and Sam Rogers who will trigger most of the mayhem for the Bears to sort out. When a linebacker blitzes to the outside, typically the tackle slides out to block him, meaning the guard on that side must move quickly to block the defensive end to that side.'
QB takes care teammates [6:16 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Once again praising the play of his offensive line in the Bears' victory over Indianapolis, quarterback Jim Miller, who was not sacked in the game, said he gave all of his blockers gifts as a measure of his appreciation.'
No QB speculation [6:16 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'The more you talk to people around the Bears, the more you hear offensive coordinator Gary Crowton wanted to make a quarterback change even before Cade McNown was injured.'
Smith providing inside info on Bills [6:15 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '[Thomas] Smith spent his first seven seasons with Buffalo, and the Bears are counting on him for some keen insights, or anything that might make a difference when they face the Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
What quarterback controversy? [6:14 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Wade Phillips, coach of the Buffalo Bills, knows what a quarterback controversy consists of, and he believes he doesn't have one on his team.'
Bears' reserve QB Matthews could move on after season [6:13 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'After waiting patiently and silently for the first half of the season, backup quarterback Jim Miller is getting his chance to play. But Shane Matthews, who moved up to No. 2 when Cade McNown was injured, may have to wait until next year to get back on the field - and it almost certainly won't be in a Bears uniform.'
Miller's generosity is appreciated, but all 'Big Cat' wants is victories [6:12 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'The monetary gift that quarterback Jim Miller bestowed upon his offensive teammates this week for their role in keeping him upright helping his production last Sunday was certainly appreciated but hardly necessary.'
Flutie will start; Bills hope Johnson is healthy enough to back up [9:12 PM]
AP reports: 'Johnson has nearly recovered from his separated shoulder, but lacks preparation time to be the starter when the Bills play Chicago in Orchard Park this Sunday, coach Wade Phillips said.'
Too close to call: Johnson or Flutie? [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'No, we're not taking about Al Gore and George W. Bush, but a race far more important to some Western New Yorkers. The Buffalo Bills could announce today if Doug Flutie or Rob Johnson will be the starting quarterback against the Chicago Bears Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
It's time for Johnson to take charge [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But don't you find yourself wishing Rob had a little more Jim Kelly in him? Regardless of where you stand on the quarterback controversy, don't you feel like shaking the guy and asking him to start acting more like a leader?'
Cowart, Christie gain AFC plaudits [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Those two guys especially have done well for us this year," Phillips said. "Steve Christie is the best clutch kicker I think anybody could have. Sam Cowart is playing tremendous football. He, to me, is the top linebacker in the league right now. He backs it up with the number of plays he's made. We've seen him play at a tremendously high level."'
Bears' QB controversy mild compared to Bills' [9:03 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'The story quoted a Bills player as saying, "Rob seems distracted by things, like wanting everyone to like him."'
Bears Notebook [9:02 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Buffalo, Pittsburgh and the New York Jets are the only NFL teams to run a 3-4, which consists of three down linemen and four linebackers. The Steelers and Jets are ranked sixth and 13th, respectively, in the NFL in team defense.'
Bills know pain of Gore, Bush [6:43 AM]
D and C reports: 'We still don't know who our next president is going to be, and Flutie and Johnson still don't know for certain which one of them will be the starting quarterback Sunday for the Bills when Chicago comes to Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Johnson deserves a chance to blossom [6:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Johnson never will match the things Flutie does best, but he has the physical talent to take a good team a long way. The sooner he returns to the lineup and the more he plays, the more prepared he'll be when the Bills become a serious Super Bowl contender.'
Christie honored again by AFC [6:40 AM]
D and C reports: 'Place-kicker Steve Christie, who has four winning field goals this season and was 3-for-3 in last week's 16-13 overtime victory over New England, yesterday earned his third AFC Special Teams Player of the Week Award.'
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