Drew Bledsoe, Kerry Collins, Brian Urlacher Win NFL Awards [5:09 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe was named the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week, while teammate Mike Hollis won the award for special teams and Pittsburgh linebacker Joey Porter was honored for defense.'
Special teams aren't so special anymore [8:58 PM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Once, rosters were so fixed that DeHaven estimated half of his coverage units on Buffalo’s Super Bowl clubs had at least five years of experience. In fact, there was so little mystery to DeHaven’s units that special-teams coach Mike Westhoff -- once with Miami, now with the Jets -- told DeHaven he didn’t bother previewing videotapes of the Bills. He knew the players, and he knew what they’d do.'
Bills can't rely on Bledsoe to do it all [8:31 PM]
AP reports: '"It's exciting, (the offense) scoring 35-40 points a game, making it easy for us," Winfield said. "Giving up 30-some points a game, you're not going to win many games on the field like that."'
Buffalo Bills/Denver Broncos Injury Report [4:59 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills have no injuries to report. Broncos have five players listed as probable.
Alumni Update: Shane Nelson [4:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Nelson not only beat the odds and made the Bills, but he started every game, totaled 168 tackles and was named to the All-Rookie team. Two seasons later with Buffalo using a 3-4 defensive alignment, he racked up an incredible 192 tackles and anchored the middle next to Jim Haslett, who was in his first year. Add another rookie, nose tackle Fred Smerlas, and Western New York became home to its own ‘Bermuda Triangle.’
Uni Watch - Another Review [1:45 PM]
The Village Voice reports: By now you've seen the league's new uniforms, which range from the good (the Texans and the Redskins' 70th-anniversary throwback home unis) to the very bad (the Seahawks) to the mixed bag (the Bills, whose unsightly new home duds are offset by their sharp new road outfits).
Chris Mortensen answered one of TSW's posters questions [1:25 PM]
ESPN reports: Question from chat with Mark (UB2SF)
Mark (SF): How do you like Buffalo's chances against Denver this weekend? I think it will be another physical, heartstopping shootout for the Bills, with a decent chance of a "W". Keep up the great work, Mort!
Mortensen: The Bills have been lighting it up, but it's tough to win in Denver. I think it probably depends on how intense the Broncos come out after two very good, tough games against the Rams and 49ers. The Bills will make everybody they play pretty uncomfortable.
Bills WR Josh Reed A Candidate For Pepsi NFL Rookie Of Week Honors [9:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The winner is determined entirely by fan voting on NFL.com which ends later today. As of this morning, Josh was the leading candidate with 38.6% of the vote and was ahead of Chargers LB Ben Leber (20.4%), Panthers DE Julius Peppers (19.6%), Saints WR Donte Stallworth (12.2%) and Giants TE Jeremy Shockey (9.2%).
Two Bills Selected For Player Of The Week Honors [9:09 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Two Bills players have earned AFC Player of the Week honors for their performances in last Sunday’s 45-39 overtime victory at Minnesota. Quarterback Drew Bledsoe was named AFC Offensive Player of the Week while kicker Mike Hollis earned Special Teams Player of the Week honors.
Special teams coach learns to fasten seat belt [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's the nature of the beast," Smith said. "I'm directly responsible. You're eligible every single play to make something happen on special teams. It can go for you or against you. I tell the players, "You have to do it now. You have one play. You have to be on top of your game.'"'
Williams makes his point about conversion [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"A two-point conversion, we felt we could get up six points," Williams said Tuesday. "Knowing if we didn't get it, we would still be a field goal (from tying). Obviously, it's a double-edge sword. We were trying to make it a six-point game."'
Teague has found new home at center [5:24 AM]
Denver Rocky Mountain News reports: 'Buffalo offensive line coach Ronnie Vinklarek singled out Teague for handling Minnesota's four- and-five-man rushes. "Trey Teague did an outstanding job with communication," Vinklarek said. "You have to realize, he's a first-time center playing just his second game at the position."'
Nothing special about Bills' special teams [5:23 AM]
Denver Post reports: 'But the Bills' special teams have disintegrated into some of the worst. "That's why I'm shocked," Bush said. "Because I know how much (Williams) pays attention to detail, and he won't let anything slip past him. When they let up the first kick return for a touchdown against the Jets, I could see them saying, "OK, so I made a mistake.' But two blows me away. I learned a lot of the stuff I know from Gregg. So I wouldn't be surprised if he's not in that room getting after them again this week."'
Bledsoe and Hollis honored [5:22 AM]
AP reports: 'Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe is the AFC's Offensive Player of the Week and Bills kicker Mike Hollis has earned AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for their roles in Sunday's 45-39 overtime win at Minnesota.'
Sportsticker Nfl Preview (Buffalo-Denver) [9:39 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'For the third straight week, the Broncos face one of the NFL's elite quarterbacks on Sunday when they go up against Bledsoe and the Buffalo Bills. In wins over St. Louis and San Francisco - two of the NFL's top offenses - the Broncos' defense has more than been up to the challenge, allowing just one passing touchdown and 30 points.'
Power Poll Rankings [9:20 PM]
Multiple reports: Power Poll Ratings from major sources.
Reed emerges as another Bills target [6:04 PM]
ESPN reports: Josh Reed apparently has no problem playing the same position as a perennial Pro Bowler and emerging league star. Instead of being lost in the shadows of Eric Moulds and Peerless Price, Reed pulled in eight receptions for 110 yards and a touchdown as the Bills defeated the Vikings 45-39 in overtime on Sunday. Reed, a second-round draft pick from LSU, is the first rookie this season to have 100 receiving yards in a game.
PFW Players of the Week [5:25 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Bills players got two of three weekly citations by PFW.
[WR Peerless Price] Beating out Rich Gannon and teammate Drew Bledsoe was no easy task in Week Two, but Price’s 13 catches for 185 yards and two TDs, including a game-winning 48-yard clincher in overtime, put him on top. [PK Mike Hollis] Hollis connected on 4-of-5 FG attempts (52, 20, 20, 54) in a thrilling win over the Vikings, including a 54-yarder that bounced on and over the crossbar to send the game into overtime.
Buffalo Jills Calendar is on sale [1:44 PM]
WGR reports: $15 per calendar + $2.50 per calendar for shipping
TMQB Gives Moulds Team Spirit Award [1:41 PM]
ESPN reports: Best team spirit: In the Buffalo-Minnesota game, the Vikings were doubling on Bills star receiver Eric Moulds. According to the Buffalo News, Moulds went to Bills coaches, declared "Forget about me" and offered to run decoy routes for fellow WRs Peerless Price and Josh Reed, who responded with 21 receptions for 295 yards and three touchdowns.
At one point in the fourth quarter, Bledsoe's lip was cut; he went the sideline and had the cut stapled together without anesthesia, immediately returning to the game. Remember, this is a gentleman whom most of the league's general managers did not want when he was placed on the trading block last winter, questioning his arm strength and spirit
Bledsoe Bails Out Coaches [1:29 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'No one gives Williams a better chance to stick than Bledsoe. On Sunday Bledsoe helped Williams avoid some serious coaching questions.'
Sit back and watch [1:28 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'As I see it, Bills fans can simply enjoy the ups and downs this season will bring, without being shocked at some unexpected losses or unexpected wins. They will amaze you in both positive and negative ways, but they will continue to improve. That includes Williams and his coaching staff, which deserves more credit than blame after the Bills 1-1 start.'
Parity making for interesting NFL season [1:08 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure, Buffalo made a laundry list of mistakes against Minnesota. But the difference is, the Bills overcame them all.'
Bills WR Josh Reed A Candidate For Pepsi NFL Rookie Of Week Honors [12:30 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Buffalo's Josh Reed scored his first career touchdown and recorded his first career 100-yard receiving day in the Bills' 45-39 overtime win at Minnesota, finishing with 8 catches for 110 yards. His 110 yards receiving were the most by a Bills rookie since Chris Burkett's 127 on Dec. 8, 1985 (against the N.Y. Jets). Vote for Josh Reed Today!
Vikes physically abused??? [12:03 PM]
KFAN in Minneapolis/St. Paul reports: At the two minute warning, Vikings D-tackle Chris Hovan was blowing lunch into a trash can and begging the Vikings offense to score and run out the clock so that their D didn't have to go back on the field again.
Studs and Duds for Week 2 [11:33 AM]
ESPN reports: Stud: Drew Bledsoe, Dud: Doug Brien
Something's in the air [11:31 AM]
New York Times reports: '"Not all quarterbacks can handle it, but I threw it in his lap," Gilbride said yesterday from the Bills' practice facility in Orchard Park, N.Y. "I told him, `We're going to win the game with you throwing the ball, win it with our two-minute drill, using our tempo.' "We took that approach and he accepted the challenge."'
Game Ball of the Week [10:13 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: This week buffalobills.com visitors selected quarterback Drew Bledsoe as the Tops Game Ball of the Week winner for his performance against the Minnesota Vikings on Sunday, September 17. Bledsoe's 463 yards passing set a new Bills record, surpassing the old mark of 419 by Joe Ferguson in 1983. Ask Bledsoe a question
Drew and improved [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo has scored 76 points in its first two games, putting the Bills on pace for 608 points this season. They didn't score 76 points until their fifth game last season, when they improved to 1-4.'
Dissecting twists, turns of Bills' win [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills' defense got shredded for nearly 500 yards. But we finally saw the attacking, playmaking "D" that Gregg Williams promised. They put pressure on Culpepper and forced him into four fumbles. The Bills recovered three and finished plus-3 in the giveaway-takeaway for the first time under Williams.'
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