Buffalo Bills report card [5:46 AM]
D and C reports: 'In one those pitiful duels the NFL doesn't publicize, Rob Johnson played down to the level of (gasp!) Kordell Stewart, and lost his seventh straight start. With his line crumbling around him, Johnson threw for 104 yards, produced one field goal and got hurt. Did nothing overly horrible (he did overthrow Eric Moulds at the goal-line), but nothing great, so why not just buy a ticket? Backup Alex Van Pelt threw a bad interception to seal the deal.'
It gets worse for Bills [5:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"Not disappointed, pissed," Williams said after watching his overmatched team fall to 0-3. "Not discouraged. Pissed."'
Lacklustre effort has Centers livid [5:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Fullback Larry Centers didn't think he was going from bad to worse when he left the Washington Redskins for the Buffalo Bills. But at best, early in this NFL season, it's a wash.'
How bad are the Buffalo Bills? Simply terrible [5:44 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'The opening 30 minutes might, in fact, have been the worst first half of football in recent history.'
Bills drop to 0-3 with huge loss to Steelers [5:43 AM]
Hamilton Spectator reports: 'The Pittsburgh Steelers left the Buffalo Bills physically and emotionally devastated. The Bills not only lost 21-3 yesterday to a rusty Steelers team coming off a 21-day break, but they ran into further injury woes, leaving the rest of their year in question. And it's only Week 4.'
Emotional pregame provides spark, and Steelers overcome six personal foul penalties in season's firs [5:42 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Inspired on one hand by New York Governor George Pataki's pregame speech and angered on the other by six personal fouls called against them in the first half, the Steelers put their long rest to rest by clubbing the Buffalo Bills, 20-3.'
Bills barely give Steelers respect after loss [5:41 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Although the Bills are 0-3 and facing the possibility of one of the worst seasons in franchise history, they sounded off in near unison that they had no business losing to these Steelers. "There are a couple of teams already that we've played and felt we had a good chance of beating," tight end Jay Riemersma said, referring also to the New Orleans Saints, who beat the Bills, 24-6, in their opener. "But having a chance and going out there and kicking somebody's butt are two different things."'
Bettis chews up Bills' defense [5:40 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'Jerome Bettis is accustomed to feasting in the Buffalo area. As a kid, he used to visit his relatives and never missed going to the Anchor Bar and Restaurant, the original home of Buffalo wings.'
Play of the Game: Washington’s fumble return [5:39 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: '"That was their chance," said safety Brent Alexander. "They got down there close to put points on the board."'
Bills taunts inspire Steelers [5:38 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills provided a little extra incentive with their pregame "crap," to quote Flowers. "Some of their kicks were almost hitting our guys. There's no place for that kind of stuff in this league. If you want to do that to us, you had better know we're going to lay the wood on you."'
Passing game still lacks punch [5:37 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'For the most part, their 21 days away from NFL competition was barely noticeable as they did what they had to do to dispatch the injury-ravaged and subsequently hapless Buffalo Bills.'
Steelers Report [5:36 AM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills, depleted by injuries coming into the game, lost six more players, including LT Kris Farris for the season and four others are likely to miss more playing time. Owner Ralph Wilson and GM Tom Donahoe had a brief chat about the situation after the game. "Mr. Wilson just told me he's never seen anything like it in his 41 years in this league and going back to the old AFL," Donahoe said. "But it's part of the game, and we've got to overcome it. We played a good team today, and you've got to take your hats off to the Steelers. They deserved to win."'
Steelers will take 20-3 win over Bills [5:35 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'Beating the beat-up Bills, who barely pass for an NFL team, is nothing to brag about.'
Ward fulfills role, catches nine passes [5:34 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"The catches I did get were key," said Ward, who averaged 13.3 yards per catch in his first three seasons with the Steelers but averaged 8.8 yards yesterday. "They kept the chains going."'
Steelers (almost too) ready this time [5:33 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: '"Us being off for 21 days had something to do with it, but they added gas to the fire," Flowers said. "We came out to stretch, and they were still doing their kicking drills. That was total disrespect. And there were things said in the paper (by the Bills) about, 'The Pittsburgh Steelers are coming in, we should win this game.' We were just (ticked) off, man. We played very physical, we played very mad. "I think (defensive backs coach) Willie Robinson said it best, 'Play (ticked) off the whole game.' That's what we did."'
Game 2 Steelers' spotlight [5:32 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'TURNING POINT: Steelers coach Bill Cowher gambles and allows Kris Brown to attempt a 52-yard field goal with 8:55 left in the game and the Steelers nursing a 10-3 lead. A miss would have given the Bills the football only 58 yards from the tying touchdown. When Brown was successful, though, it ended all Buffalo hope. At that point, the Bills' anemic offense needed two scores.'
Nothing good to say about this one [5:31 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'He was taught, he told us, that when he has nothing good to say about something, he says nothing at all.'
Defense under seige until passing game develops for Steelers [5:31 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'They sounded much more resigned than encouraged, which isn't a good sign. "Hopefully, we'll get better," Steelers coach Bill Cowher said of a passing game that netted all of 100 yards in a 20-3 victory over the Bills on Sunday.'
Bettis creeps closer to 10,000 yards [5:29 AM]
Pittsburgh Tribune Review reports: 'The Bills lost offensive left tackle Kris Farris, a former Steelers player, to a gruesome broken leg in the first quarter. The injury occurred when running back Travis Henry fell into Farris, who had his back turned and his leg planted on the artificial turf while he was blocking Bell. Farris, whose leg crumpled from the impact, had season-ending surgery last night in which doctors inserted a rod to stablize the limb. He also missed his entire rookie season with the Steelers in 1999 with a foot injury.'
Steelers 20, Bills 3 [6:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Cornerback Dewayne Washington did what the Pittsburgh Steelers offense had trouble doing -- scoring a touchdown. It was enough to beat the struggling Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'
Bills' Farris breaks leg [6:02 PM]
AP reports: 'He was to have surgery Sunday night and could be out for the season.'
Pittsburgh 20, Buffalo 3 [6:01 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Jerome Bettis added 114 yards rushing for the Steelers (1-1), who suffocated Rob Johnson and the Buffalo offense en route to their first win of the season.'
NFL Play-by-Play [6:00 PM]
NFL.com reports: 'Play by agonizing play.'
Game Recap - Bills drop to 0-3 [5:59 PM]
NFL.com reports: Cornerback Dewayne Washington did what the Pittsburgh Steelers offense had trouble doing -- scoring a touchdown. It was enough to beat the struggling Buffalo Bills on Sunday.'
Banged-up Bills' offense steels itself for Pittsburgh [5:58 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Steelers are a notch below the caliber of the Bills' first two opponents - New Orleans and Indianapolis - so there is a legitimate opportunity for the Bills to rebound from their 0-2 start before a flag-waving, sellout crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium. But the Bills' new offense, which is still trying to find its bearings, enters the game hobbling, and the Steelers' defense is better than a lot of people realize.'
For Bills and Steelers, to play's the thing [5:57 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If ever there were two teams anxious to get back on the field, they are the Buffalo Bills and the Pittsburgh Steelers. They get their wish today at Ralph Wilson Stadium.'
No Gray areas [5:56 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The challenge he's facing now is different than chasing future Heisman Trophy winners or lowering his forearm on some unsuspecting wideout who dared stray between the hash marks. Gray is in his first season as the defensive coordinator of the Buffalo Bills, a position that places him under an intense spotlight that can be tough to bear. He knew there were going to be doubters when the Bills abandoned the 3-4 defense they had used successfully since 1979 in favor of the 4-3. He knew some people were going to ask questions about the change, especially after the Bills had the third-ranked defense last year following a season in which they were ranked No. 1. Molding the unit in his resilient image is even more daunting minus steadfast veterans like Marcellus Wiley, Ted Washington, John Holecek and Sam Rogers. Now Sam Cowart, the pulse of the group, is down for the year with a partially torn right Achilles tendon.'
Gregg Williams' slow start has parallels to Saban's struggles in '62 [4:47 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'I have to cackle at Buffalo Bills' fans. One medium-sized pratfall and they think the football world has gone into permanent eclipse.'
Going to the dogs? [4:43 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The annual Buffalo Bills pet calendar is out, and as always, the photos make it. Where else can you get a picture of Bills owner Ralph Wilson side by side with pal Buffy?'
Rust from 21-day layoff should be Steelers' biggest problem [11:49 AM]
Beaver County Times reports: 'The Steelers have been off so long they wonder how long it will take to shake off the rust. "We have tried to get close to game simulation (at practice), but you can never simulate true game speed," Cowher said.'
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