Are Lions, Panthers or Bills best of worst? [6:13 AM]
Detroit News reports: 'This year, the Lions are in a race -- and leading it -- for the No. 2 pick in next year's draft. The expansion Houston Texans get the top pick. The worst of the 31 established teams are in a backward race for No. 2. The Lions' 0-11 record gives them the lead, but there are two solid contenders -- Buffalo and Carolina each have one win.'
Bills, Panthers focused on win [5:54 AM]
D and C reports: 'Well-paying jobs are on the line. And the last anybody checked, nobody's gotten bored with driving Cadillac SUVs or paying for manicures for their poodles.'
'Sad Six' struggle along [5:53 AM]
D and C reports: 'This afternoon, two members of an exclusive club -- the Sad Six -- will square off at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
Q & A with Alex Van Pelt [5:52 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] You've got the image as every man's player, Alex. But now that you've started three games in a row, can you still walk around Buffalo in anonymity? [A:] ''Yes and it's great. I'm not 6-4 and I don't stand out. I look like a normal guy. Not many people approach me, so going out in public, that's still easy to do. I was at the mall the other day, dinner, and the movies.'''
Panthers don't feel sorry for Bills [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: '"But you are what you are. And that's the honest truth. We're 1-11. That's what we are. They're 1-10. That's what they are."'
Scouting report [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'Can you feel the excitement? Probably not.'
Buffalo-Carolina a preview of NFL contender? [5:48 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: '"Some have gone from apparent greatness to nothing," Carolina coach George Seifert said. "Others have come from apparent nothing to greatness. I think that's the thing that we all hang onto."'
Panthers-Bills is a football game - America is awaiting with a yawn [5:48 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'To the rest of the country, the Carolina-Buffalo game is a joke.'
Signs point to Walls' departure [5:47 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Walls, 35, is the team's second oldest player.'
One not the loneliest number as Panthers take on Bills [5:47 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'So today, it's One for the Ages. The only thing that could spoil it is if the teams play to a tie.'
Daydreaming: What will future bring for Seifert, Panthers? [5:46 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'After all, only the winless Detroit Lions and the expansion Houston Texans stand between these two teams and the top pick in April's NFL Draft.'
Panthers notebook [5:44 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: 'There was an 80 percent chance of snow last night in Buffalo, with a northeast wind gusting up to 15 mph. But it shouldn't be so bad for the game today. Forecasts were calling for temperature highs that could reach the upper 30s by this afternoon and it might even be sunny, with the chance for additional snow down to about 30 percent.'
Just lose, baby! [5:43 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: '"Honestly, I think guys would be lying if they didn't say in the back of their minds, that, 'Hey, that makes business sense,' " Seifert said. "But as a coach you can't do it. You can't function that way. There's no way that I can go into a game and not do everything I can to win a game. When you compete, you compete to win."'
Second time around gives Crosby new life [5:41 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Crosby earned a roster spot and now finds himself second on the depth chart at fullback behind perennial Pro Bowler Larry Centers. He even got a start last Sunday night on national television against the San Francisco 49ers due to the offensive formation in which the Bills opened the game.'
Buffalo Bills, Carolina Panthers square off in Futility Bowl on Sunday [6:05 PM]
AP reports: 'Call it The Futility Bowl, The Pride Bowl, The Misery Loves Company Bowl. Two teams, whose combined records are 2-21, are playing for anything but a shot at The Super Bowl.'
Former Bills Coach to head KnowledgeMax merger [11:47 AM]
AP reports: KnowledgeMax & Sideware are merging and Sideware's CEO James L. Speros is a former Bills Coach. Early in his career, Mr. Speros spent five years in the National Football League, coaching for Buffalo Bills ftr two years.
Little suspense for Bills, even against Pathetic Panthers [10:15 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Predicting the outcome of Buffalo Bills games has gotten remarkably easy. It's no longer a question of if they'll lose, but how and by how much. Some optimists point to Sunday's visit by the almost-equally dismal Carolina Panthers as Buffalo's chance to avoid the third one-win season in franchise history, since Carolina hasn't won since a Week 1 upset of Minnesota. But not all single-win records were created equal. Of Carolina's 11 losses, seven were by eight points or fewer. Five came by the margin of a field goal or less, including a pair of overtime defeats. Buffalo has come within three points of victory just twice, with two other losses by a touchdown or less. More than half the Bills' 10 losses, six, were by double-digit margins. Recent history also bodes well for the Panthers. They led New Orleans into the final moments last week, only to blow a lead in the final five minutes for the fifth time this year. That night, Buffalo turned in a thoroughly hapless performance in San Francisco, failing miserably in every phase of the game.'
By George, Panthers also suffering [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Leif Larsen is expected to start for injured defensive tackle Shawn Price on Sunday, though rookie Tyrone Robertson will get plenty of snaps.'
'71 Bills the worst, for now [6:11 AM]
D and C reports: 'To date, the sub-standard bearer is the 1971 club. That team should have been known as the Counterfeit Bills.'
Fickle fans will love Levy's day [6:10 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Levy wasn't merely an exceptional coach ... he is a remarkable human being. Even as the Bills were in the midst of four straight trips to the Super Bowl, 'The Coach', whom Levy once employed, couldn't rip him enough. Their knuckle-dragging listeners dutifully chimed in with their 'me to's.' It was predictable ... yet such a sad commentary on the human condition. In the midst of Buffalo's golden age of football, Levy was crucified by a loose cannon who once worked on his staff whose philosophy was any controversy, no matter how flimsily contrived, is good radio.'
Van Pelt sees meaning in lowly matchup [6:09 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Not that you were wondering, but the previous time two one-win teams met this late in the season was Dec. 13, 1993, when the 1-11 New England Patriots met the 1-11 Cincinnati Bengals. Surely nobody remembers the score of that one -- a 7-2 thrilling win by the Pats.'
Buffalo quarterback has some N.C. roots [6:08 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'He believes the team has a good leader in first-year head coach Gregg Williams, but it just hasn't come together yet.'
4 Panthers leading in Pro Bowl balloting [6:07 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'Tight end Wesley Walls, a four-time Pro Bowler, has 228,963 votes and is 22,000 ahead of Green Bay's Bubba Franks. Doug Evans is the leader among cornerbacks with 89,925. Todd Sauerbrun is the leader among NFC punters with 142,697 votes and rookie Steve Smith is the leading return man with 70,516 votes.'
Overdue Bill [6:07 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"We're running a West Coast system here (on offense), but we're not running it as efficiently as teams that have run it for years like a San Francisco or a Green Bay," Van Pelt said. "And we're running a Tennessee-type defense here, but we're not running it like the Titans ran it when they were in their prime defensively." Bingo. The Bills run all the right systems, but they run them like the Bad News Bears.'
Panthers Notebook [6:06 AM]
Winston Salem Journal reports: '"That's the part I feel we lack right now. Jim Kelly would jump up and get in somebody's face if they didn't run the right route. He'd let them know it. Thurman would stare down the offensive linemen like he was getting ready to shoot them if they didn't block the right guy or if they left a guy unblocked in practice. Those guys obviously had the right to do that because they were so successful. We have a lot of guys here that are young and haven't made that move, that step into leadership yet."'
Bills facing similar struggles as Panthers [6:04 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'As bad as Carolina's 1-11 season has been, it hasn't been nearly as bad as Buffalo's 1-10 campaign.'
Pro Bowl votes favor 4 Panthers [6:02 AM]
Gaston Gazette reports: 'Despite their 1-11 record, early returns indicate the Carolina Panthers stand a decent chance of placing four players in next February's Pro Bowl.'
That's not smell of success coming from Bills [4:49 PM]
ESPN.com reports: What a long, tumbling fall it's been for a Bills franchise that has proudly earned its way to four Super Bowl games and has been one of the league's true models for perennial success. Sure, the Bills faced a transition year in 2001 with an entirely-new front office and coaching staff and new systems on offense, defense and special teams. But 1-10? That's a bit drastic.
Buffalo Bills and Zweigle's present a pair of Junior Press Conferences [2:13 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills fullback Phil Crosby attended CJ's press conference at the Wegmans on Niagara Falls Blvd. in Amherst while Kenyatta Wright represented the Bills at the Orchard Park Wegmans for the Potter Road Elementary class. Both winners asked the first question and were permitted to sit in the front row.
Opponents feast on turnovers while Bills go hungry [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They have given the ball away 27 times (15 interceptions and 12 fumbles), resulting in 106 points by the opposition.'
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