Bills in the playoffs? It all comes down to today [5:15 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But, if Denver downs Cleveland today, as expected, Buffalo’s only path to the post-season is the unlikely scenario of the Bills winning out and Tennessee losing out.'
Williams has a friend in Fisher [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We approach this no different than any other game. You look at what they’re doing, you break them down and you put your game plan together. But you do have to caution yourself there’s some family on that other sideline.”'
Too little, too late if Bills top Titans today [5:13 AM]
Niagara Gazette reports: 'Wins by San Francisco at Cincinnati, Cleveland at Denver and Philadelphia at Miami, added to a Buffalo win, would ensure another week of hope. It also would make next Sunday's visit from the Dolphins more than just another Sunday in December that spoils Miami's season.'
Bills' Henry thrives despite fractured leg [5:12 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"You literally have to knock him unconscious to stop him," Tennessee coach Jeff Fisher says of Henry. "He's impressive to watch. He can humiliate defences."'
Kearse ready to hit the sack for Titans [5:11 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''If it is a pass, I want to be the one that pressures the quarterback. If it is a run, I want to beat my block and make the tackle. Now it is like everyone be selfish, but in a good way. Selfish for the whole team.'''
McNair will warm up to see if he can play [5:10 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'McNair didn't take part in a light walk-through practice at Baptist Sports Park as backup Billy Volek worked with the first-team offense. But he was in cleats for the first time since last Sunday.'
Olson, Adams mix it up on line [5:09 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He is one of the better defensive tackles in the league. He is able to move side-to-side very well. He brings both power and quickness to the line of scrimmage. I am sure Sam increases his level of play when he plays us.'''
As contract talks stall, Kearse eyes Williams [5:08 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''We feel comfortable with our position and naturally the Titans feel comfortable with theirs,'' Rosenhaus said. ''Right now we are not particularly close.'''
Growth on Fisher's chin must mean Titans need a win [5:07 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'The Titans enter the stretch drive with all the momentum of a snail on sedatives.'
Titans vs. Bills: Who has the edge? [5:06 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Titans 20, Bills 16.'
Titans Q & A: Rocky Boiman [5:05 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Q: What conference should Notre Dame play in?
A: ''If they are going to go to one, and I don't necessarily think they should, I'd say Big Ten. We are more of a Midwest style of football scheme and I think we'd fit best in the Big Ten.'''
Joe Biddle’s Random Ruminations [5:04 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: 'Give a Titans salute today to Van Miller, radio voice of the Bills for 37 years. This is his last trip around the frozen lake and he will be in the Bills booth today. Miller won't divulge his age, only admits to being a bus boy at The Last Supper.'
Henry's rushing stats make McGahee look like also-ran [5:03 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'General manager Tom Donahoe agrees, but he thinks there will be room for both tailbacks next season. "We don't have any decision to make," Donahoe said. "We'll go into next year with two outstanding running backs, and we'll see what happens."'
HOF member Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in Richmond VA [1:59 AM]
TBD reports: Joe DeLamielleure will be appearing in Richmond, VA, Sunday (December 14th) at an autograph show. Held in the spacious Exhibition Hall at the Richmond International Raceway complex, the show has been a fixture on the sports collecting landscape for 12 years. Each show typically features 12 to 15 autograph guests.
Coaches put friendship aside in push for playoffs [4:28 PM]
AP reports: 'This will be the Bills' first important game in Nashville since their AFC wild-card loss to the Titans, which propelled Tennessee to the Super Bowl in 2000. Only six Bills remain from that team, which now looks like a northern version of the Titans, with cornerback Dainon Sidney and four former Tennessee coaches. ''They're bizarro Titans,'' Tennessee left tackle Brad Hopkins said. Add to that three former Tennessee Volunteers on the Bills' roster, and Sunday's game feels like a family reunion albeit one with very high stakes. Henry alone will have 25 friends and family in the stands.'
McNair's a mighty mess, as usual [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"There's no doubt in my mind he'll answer the bell," said Bills coach Gregg Williams, the Titans' defensive coordinator from 1997-00. "He's one of the toughest football players in the league, and playing at a very high level. You know he's playing at a level that many are considering maybe an MVP candidate. I thought he was last year, too."'
Bills fans blindsided by parking rule [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We had parking attendants go out there earlier than they normally would be and made the authorities aware, "Let's enforce this more than we have before,' " said Bills spokesman Scott Berchtold. "A lot of the fans had entered in illegally, actually, when they came into the parking lots before that," he said. "We're paying a lot more attention to that, and we're enforcing it a lot of more readily now, and fans should be aware of that."'
Hut 1, hurt, too…hike [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“You don’t take a week off. This is football. You play,” said Bledsoe. “If I’m able to play I’m going to play and that’s the way I’m going to be until I quit playing the game.”'
McNair making progress [5:19 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''He's got a little less swelling in the ankle joint than he did (Thursday). And that's the key right now, to get the swelling out of there, because there's so much swelling and bleeding in the joint it's not operating,'' Fisher said. ''If we can continue to get the swelling out then he'll have a chance to get out on the field and see if he can go.'''
Volek not counting on start [5:18 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Drew has helped me out a lot and I appreciate everything he has done. What he has done in this league is phenomenal,'' Volek said.'
Williams' time in Buffalo may be dwindling [5:17 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'That said, if you mentioned Steelers offensive coordinator Mike Mularkey as a candidate to become the next Bills' head coach, I wouldn't laugh at you.'
McNair a game-time decision, Fisher says [7:21 PM]
AP reports: '``He's got a little less swelling in the ankle joint than he did yesterday,'' coach Jeff Fisher said after practice Friday. ``And that's the key right now, to get the swelling out of there because there's so much swelling and bleeding in the joint, it's not operating.'''
The Bills Are All Healthy Minus One [7:13 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Williams said Willis McGahee once again practiced with the offense this week. Last week the head coach said he'd consider using McGahee for the first time all season. He didn't play on Sunday. This week Williams said, "I wouldn't go out on a limb and say that he'll play."'
Moulds Returns to Practice; Moore Sits Out [7:00 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Wide receiver Eric Moulds will be shown giving a tour of his home on "NFL Under the Helmet" Saturday morning at 12 noon ET on FOX in the Buffalo area.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [6:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Watching football as a kid, what was your "team" that you always tried to watch and wanted to play? Did you expect to be playing for the Buffalo Bills today? - Alex (Olean, NY) TH: The Buffalo Bills were my team. I watched them through the Super Bowl runs. A particular player I admired growing up was Emmit Smith, but the Buffalo Bills were my team.'
Coach Fisher's Friday practice report [6:58 PM]
TitansOnline.com reports: 'On Drew Bledsoe: Your rush approach is a little different when you’ve got a quarterback who is not as likely to take off and run or break contain and throw on the run. He could still move around. He’s a pocket passer and a very good one and he’s been making good decisions as of late. His success has been tied to the running game the last three or four weeks.'
Bills' Moore misses second straight practice; Moulds returns [3:15 PM]
AP reports: 'Williams added that rookie running back Willis McGahee is unlikely to make his NFL debut against Tennessee.'
Bills Defense Continues To Impress [12:11 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We've got some good offensive teams we are going to play against coming down the stretch but our defense has done a very good job again this past week of not allowing a touchdown against a team with really one of the hottest quarterbacks in the league throwing touchdown passes," head coach Gregg Williams said. "That speaks volumes for our defensive pride. We're not allowing big plays. That's making the opponents' offense earn everything."'
No catch: Tight ends embrace their role [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's not about me or Dave or Ryan or how many balls we catch," said Campbell, who leads the tight ends with 25 catches but has been shut out the last three games. "We just want to contribute in any way we can. It's about team success."'
Freakish challenge doesn't worry Sullivan [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I think you have to give credit where it's due, but I think a lot of tackles that go against him psyche themselves out before the game even starts," Sullivan said. "When you play a guy like that, you have to focus on your own technique. Of course, he has the great speed and long arms. But you have to worry about what you have to do. I just have to prepare myself physically and mentally, and then let my ability take care of the rest."'
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