Conservative? No, bad form [5:14 AM]
Fort Lauderdale Sun Sentinel reports: 'You can argue that the Dolphins should actively try to score on every possession, considering the nutsy, modern NFL, and maybe they should. You can use the phrase "lacking killer instinct" interchangeably with "conservative" if you must. But this team's missing killer instinct manifests itself more in execution -- on offense and defense -- and in attitude more than conservative play-calling, at least if Sunday is a guide.'
Dolphin defense failing to cover [5:13 AM]
Palm Beach Post reports: 'Yet the Dolphins have allowed 10 passing plays of 20 yards or more and given up 632 total passing yards.'
Bills not making too much of fast start [5:12 AM]
Vero Beach Press Journal reports: 'At least the Bills are acknowledging their weaknesses. Many teams would start complaining that they deserve more respect after winning two one-sided games to start the season. The Bills instead are choosing to point out what they've done wrong. "The thing that we're focused on is that we're still making a number of little mistakes," Bledsoe said. "We're not going to have games like these first two games all year. We're going to have a battle on our hands this week. We're proud of the points we've put up, but we have high hopes and we can't keep making those little mistakes."'
Buffalo Bills get history lesson with local kids [8:56 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'Sam Aiken, Antonio Brown, Angelo Crowell, Jon Dorenbos, Mario Haggan, Chris Kelsay, Willis McGahee, Jerel Myers, Lauvale Sape, and Ben Sobieski joined 100 4th graders from M.L.K. Multicultural Institute (School #39) for the field trip, sponsored by Tops Friendly Markets.'
Wright Arrested in New York [8:55 PM]
KFSN-TV reports: 'In January, Wright pleaded no contest to hit and run charges in Fresno, after an accident that left two people hurt.'
New Chief on Carucci's totem pole [8:42 PM]
NFL.com reports: Beating Jacksonville so handily further validates the opening-day pounding of the Pats, but the Bills will need to show offensive balance sooner rather than later.
Dolphins Plan Tribute to Celia Cruz [8:41 PM]
AP reports: 'The Miami Dolphins have announced plans to hold a tribute to salsa legend Celia Cruz during halftime of Sunday night's game against Buffalo.'
Bills’ attack alive n’ clicking [2:07 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We kind of set the tone at the outset of both games ... that’s the thing I’m most proud of,” Gilbride said. “To take (the first possession) down and drive it in, gives your team ... the entire team, an overwhelming sense of confidence. It also alters the whole complexion of their game ... what their team is going to do defensively now changes and what their team is going to do on offense changes.”'
Bills Coach Takes A Chance [1:36 PM]
WIVB-TV reports: 'Yes, Jacksonville scored---but who cares? The Bills had 38 points. The failed fake punt was of no consequence to the outcome of the game. This has to be a horrible time for talk radio. What do you talk about when a team has played as well as the Bills the first two games, and there's nothing negative to drone on about? The answer-- they have to focus on an play that meant absolutely nothing.'
This Week's game [1:19 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'After avenging a five-game losing streak to the Jets at the Meadowlands last Sunday, the Dolphins will try to halt a modest two-game winning streak by Buffalo in this series, and prevent the Bills from boasting their first three-game winning streak against Miami since 1993-94 (last of ’93 and both of ’94).'
The Bills [1:18 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'The Bills are 2-0 and have outscored their first two opponents by a composite 69-17.'
The Dolphins-Bills series [1:17 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'The Dolphins hold a 25-11-1 lead over Buffalo in games played in Miami during the regular season, while the Bills own a 9-7 advantage in games staged at Pro Player Stadium.'
Dolphins-Bills Series notes [1:15 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'Bills RB Travis Henry surpassed the 100-yard rushing mark in both games against the Dolphins last year.'
Dolphins-Bills Connections [1:14 PM]
MiamiDolphins.com reports: 'Bills special teams coordinator Danny Smith spent two years coaching his alma mater, Pittsburgh Central Catholic, where he tutored former Dolphins QB Dan Marino.'
Bledsoe Up For NFL Player of the Week Honors [1:12 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Buffalo's Drew Bledsoe passed for 314 yards and two touchdowns in the Bills' 38-17 win over Jacksonville. Bledsoe completed 19 of 25 attempts and recorded a 144.2 passer rating.'
No. 1 Bills next up on the hot seat [11:57 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'This team is for real.'
Send a question to Drew Bledsoe [10:49 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Now is your chance to ask Buffalo's quarterback a question!'
Miami week means even more hype about Bills [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"That's what Buffalo is about," guard Ruben Brown said. "That's what the Buffalo area is about, the Buffalo Bills and how well the Bills do. I've been here when we played crappy or we're not that good, and everybody in town is sad and down and they don't want to go anywhere."'
'Bookend' pair helping Bills turn new page [8:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But it's funny how a guy that big can get overlooked. He came here 17 months ago as the No. 4 pick in the draft, the Bills' highest draft pick since Bruce Smith. But he became old news after Drew Bledsoe's arrival. This year, all the fuss was about the new additions on the defense. It's reached the point where people take him almost for granted.'
Wright was cut after three-car accident [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Team sources said Wright had his share of problems before his latest arrest. Just this season, he was served with an order to pay a car loan he abandoned in Tennessee. He was given an eviction notice for failing to pay rent on his apartment in Western New York. He also had his furniture repossessed because he failed to keep up with those payments, sources said.'
Bills replay [5:23 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Who is to blame for the poor running game, Travis Henry or the offensive line? Probably a combination, but one would have to lean toward the line. Henry knows how to run, and he usually makes good decisions on picking holes or cutting back. Against the Jags, he had nowhere to go because the line had trouble keeping Jacksonville’s front seven out of the backfield.'
Do the Bills need to run better? [5:22 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Unless the Bills start establishing a ground attack, teams are going to start loading up against the pass and making it a lot more difficult for the gunslinging Bledsoe.'
Miami still the king of Bills' rivals [5:21 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'But Buffalo vs. Miami goes beyond the team. It extends to the fans. A clash of cultures. Chicken wings vs. tofu. Snow shovels vs. sun block.'
Inside slant [5:20 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"We've got to get better in everything, and that's certainly an area that has not been as consistent as we'd like it to be," offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride said of the running game. "(Jacksonville has) a good front, that's one of the strengths of their football team. That doesn't dismiss the fact that we have to run better, there's no question, but that's an area that they were committed to, stopping the run. What they were doing made it difficult to run, but it made them very vulnerable to us being able to hold the ball long enough to let some of those routes develop."'
Strategy and personnel [5:19 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'The Bills have won their first games by a combined 69-17, but their running game is a point of concern heading into this week's game at Miami.'
Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:18 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"If we are going to be the team that we expect ourselves to be, we have to win on the road. This was a big test for our young guys coming down here, but we've got another one next week." -- Bills coach Gregg Williams on winning the first road game of the year.'
Bills riding high on Bledsoe's fast starts [9:24 PM]
AP reports: '''The first one, I think, we needed psychologically as a team after what happened the year before,'' said Gilbride, referring to Buffalo's two lopsided losses against New England last season. ''And this one (against Jacksonville) was to prove that it wasn't going to be a letdown, that we were going to come out and play just as well as we could as we did the previous week.'''
Former Bills receiver charged with DWI [8:33 PM]
AP reports: Wright was arrested last Wednesday morning in the town of Hamburg, a suburb of Buffalo, after he was involved in a three-car accident. Three people were transported to area hospitals with injuries after Wright rear-ended one of the vehicles. Wright was also injured, but did not go to a hospital.
Unexpectedly, the D has carried the up-and-coming Seahawks [8:32 PM]
CNN\SI reports: Forgot to tell you this last week, but Lawyer Milloy really wanted to sign with Seattle. So much so he would have taken less to play there. But the Seahawks, who talked to agent Carl Poston about Milloy, are in good secondary shape and never were in Buffalo's financial ballpark of four years and $15 million. Reggie Tongue is good enough for Seattle to get by with at strong safety.
Poor analysis On Bill's O soft spots [4:52 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Excellent response to PFW article on Bills by Stadium Wall All Pro Barry Brady.
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