Bills-Bengals Pre-Game Notebook [4:16 PM]
buffalobills.com reports: Sunday's game will feature quarterbacks who were taken with the first overall pick in the NFL Draft 10 years apart - Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe and Cincinnati's Carson Palmer.
Bills hope to feed Bengals some home cooking [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Since the start of the 1999 season, the Bills stand only 12-14 in The Ralph, including a 1-1 start this season. Last year, they were 5-3.'
Bengals will cash in if Bills bungle chances [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The general public probably would look at the Bengals and say that's a game you should win," Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe said. "But if you don't play well against this team you're not going to win. The Raiders were fortunate to get out of there with a victory. The Steelers put some points on the board in the second half to survive. If we don't play our best football this week, they will get us."'
When the Bills run [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outcome: Fans can ease off panic button as Bills get back on track with a 27-16 victory.'
Today's Key Matchup [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills cornerback Nate Clements against Bengals wide receiver Chad Johnson.'
Losing to Bengals would leave a lot of Bills with egg on their faces [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Hold on a second, guys. Cincinnati has won one game. I don't care how competitive they've been, or whether they could be 3-1 instead of 1-3. Until proved otherwise, they remain the lovable Bungles, perennial NFL doormats.'
Investment in line doesn't pay for Bills in first quarter [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The saddest sight in the loss to Philadelphia was that of Buffalo rushing Donovan McNabb with three linemen late in the game on a third-and-long when the Bills desperately needed the ball to mount a comeback. Two of the three rushers were rookie Chris Kelsay and backup Ron Edwards. McNabb had time to survey the field then, unbothered, completed the pass that choked off Buffalo's last chance. Whatever became of the vaunted blitz package the Bills were supposed to use this year?'
School days [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"This was an opportunity I really looked forward to," said Steckel, who replaced Steve Fairchild, who left to become the St. Louis Rams' offensive coordinator. "I've been with eight pro teams and this is one of the classiest organizations I've been around. I really feel like they have taken care of me in my transition and my family. I'm learning a lot of football because this is a great coaching staff. Every day I'm continually learning, and I've been coaching a long time."'
Bleak Bengals days are left behind [6:25 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"It's a real confident calmness about Dick," said Williams, 45, who noted that LeBeau has been in the NFL for exactly as many years as he has been alive. "His ego is one that can get along with anybody. He's a great teacher."'
Krumrie brings intensity, passion to Buffalo [6:24 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"He still thinks right now he could go out there and play for about 12 or 20 snaps better than the other guys we've got out there," Williams said.'
Bledsoe, Bills obstacles to a Bengals win streak [6:23 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Bills 20, Bengals 17.'
Will game be a cure or a curse? [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“They’re going to be very competitive. Marvin Lewis is not a loser, he’s far from it,” Adams said. “I have a lot of respect for Marv. I have a Super Bowl ring partially because of Marv. I’m very thankful for the time we spent together and the things I picked up from him. Hey, they’re coming in here to win. They’re a different ballclub when a Marvin Lewis is on staff.”'
Q&A: Bobby Shaw [5:28 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who throws the hardest ball you’ve had to catch?
“Drew, so far. In terms of having a flat out gun, Kordell (Stewart) has a pretty good gun, but flat out velocity, Drew has a very strong arm. When he needs to, he can get it there.”'
Plenty of subplots in Bills-Bengals game [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In assessing today’s game between his Buffalo team and Cincinnati, the Bills’ quarterback concluded, “The general public probably would look at the Bengals and say, ‘OK, that’s a game you should win.’'
Spikes is eager to face his old team [5:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’ve been exploited,” he said, an edge to his voice. “People might not want to hear it ... but it gets to a point where you get tired of being an average defense."'
Battle of Bill run [5:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The defence, meanwhile has surrendered 343 yards on the ground in consecutive losses to the Eagles and Dolphins.'
A chance to make a move [5:24 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"We're going to come out of the bye refreshed and energized no matter what," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said, "but (a win) would be great because it would keep us in line with where we'd like to be at the end of the year."'
What you need to know about today's Bengals-Bills game in Orchard Park, N.Y. [5:23 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'The Bengals will stuff the run, contain the Bills' passing game and pull off the upset. Prediction: Bengals 24, Bills 20.'
WBNG will carry Bills, not Giants [8:30 PM]
Elmira Star Gazette reports: 'The games of both the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will be televised by CBS at 1 p.m. Sunday, and WBNG, the network's affiliate in Binghamton, is scheduled to broadcast the Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo.'
Doctor Gets Big Buffalo [8:03 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Dr. David Gandell paid $3,500 Friday night for the fiberglass animal signed by all of the Buffalo Bills. It was only one of several decorated creatures that were auctioned off to the highest bidders in the Animal Scramble Auction held at Rochester's Convention Center.'
Speedy Brown May Contribute To Bills Offense [7:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm going to take it day by day, game by game, and week by week," said Brown. "Wherever coach Williams and his staff feel the need to put me, offense, defense or special teams, I'm willing to do it.''
Spikes ready to take on Bengals [7:45 PM]
AP reports: '"Knowing where I came from, knowing where I'm at now and knowing where I want to go, that's how big and emotional this game is going to be for me," Spikes said. "You want to go out and prove something, and I think that goes hand in hand with us getting everything stabilized defensively.''
Doing a 180 in 280 days [7:44 PM]
Bengals.com reports: 'Any similarities between that bunch that rolled out of Buffalo 280 days ago and the team that Lewis brings into Buffalo this Sunday is not purely coincidental. It’s accidental.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Eric Moulds [9:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: How much influence do you have on the play calling? - Thomas Thompson (Clarksville, TN)
EM: I go out there and get the game plan. The coaches might give me a couple of things to look at and I tell them if I like them or not but that's about as much of an influence as I have.'
Kitna Lawyers the Bills [9:25 AM]
Bengals.com reports: 'But Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna and Bills strong safety Lawyer Milloy ought to at least get a float in the parade. It’s just the second time the two Tacoma, Wash., Pop Warner and Lincoln High School teammates have met since they came into the NFL in 1996.'
Lewis, Bills share respect for LeBeau [9:25 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: '"He just had a great way of dealing with people and talking with the players," Lewis said. "On Monday afternoons, we used to kind of sit back to back there — we split a room — and watching tape, me doing mine and him doing his, and the different things that he might see and point it out to me — ‘Hey, young fella, come over here and look at this here.’ "'
Henry a game-time decision [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills running back Travis Henry, suffering from torn rib cartilage, took about 40 percent of the snaps during Friday's practice and is a game-time decision for Sunday's game with Cincinnati, according to coach Gregg Williams.'
Joe D to sign today for 'Jumbogate' [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure will be promoting "Jumbogate," Western New York's largest tailgate party. DeLamielleure will appear at Basil Chevrolet, 5111 Transit Road in Depew, and will meet fans and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.'
Agent provocateur [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe thinks Rosenhaus has changed for the better when it comes to negotiating. As the Pittsburgh Steelers' director of football operations, Donahoe and Rosenhaus clashed over a bitter contract dispute involving Green in 1994. 'He's a lot better to deal with," said Donahoe, who described working with Rosenhaus on McGahee's deal as pleasurable. "Early in his career he was very confrontational. He had a take-it-or-leave-it type of attitude. He wasn't going to take anything less than a certain amount. It didn't make any difference what we said or what the circumstances were.'
Bengals return with confidence [8:44 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The two teams meet again Sunday in western New York and the atmosphere will be decidedly different this time around for the Bengals. Once again, the Bengals are coming off a win. Unlike last season, however, the Bengals have a real belief that they can win this game and many more down the line.'
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