Urlacher keeps fans tuning in [7:38 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Rookie middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was at his omnipresent best again Sunday, turning up so often you'd swear he'd been cloned. Officially, Urlacher was credited with 14 tackles, but seemed to have that many in the first half alone.'
Former teammate Moulds gets best of Smith [7:37 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: '"You can give the edge to him," Smith said. "He caught two plays when I was on him and made some great catches on them."'
Flutie leads Bills to win - but Johnson will return next week [7:36 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'It's hard to keep things interesting in Buffalo, but Bills coach Wade Phillips does his best to spark the masses.'
Adding injury to insult [7:35 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Any chance the Bears had of salvaging some respectability from a disappointing season probably ended when quarterback Jim Miller suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon with 5:20 left in the first half Sunday.'
On an otherwise dreary day, defense shines [7:34 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the defense made a game of it when the offense offered only 3 points the entire day.'
Robinson wants no part of any moral victories [7:33 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: 'Only twice this season have the Bears permitted fewer than the 299 total yards they surrendered against the Bills (276 vs. the Lions and 298 against the Eagles), but it wasn't good enough to prevent another defeat.'
Painful step for Bears [7:32 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'Jim Miller's season officially ended Sunday.'
Matthews takes reins, feeling Miller's pain [7:31 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'More than sympathy, it was empathy that moved Shane Matthews to Jim Miller's side Sunday.'
Bears Notebook [7:30 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'The Bears are paying Thomas Smith big bucks to stop the opponent's top receiver, something the veteran cornerback failed to do in Sunday's 20-3 loss to Buffalo.'
Bills 20, Bears 3 [4:23 PM]
AP reports: 'With Rob Johnson breathing down his neck, Doug Flutie staked another claim to being the Buffalo Bills' starting quarterback.'
Bills 20, Bears 3 [4:00 PM]
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Buffalo honors former player who died in Vietnam [3:57 PM]
AP reports: '"The Buffalo Bills organization has supported us. When we were crumbled with grief they were there to pick us up and wrap their arms around us and remember Bob," [Jan] Kalsu McLaughlin said.'
'Air Bears' can be dangerous, despite record [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' defense has excelled at making offenses one-dimensional this season. Today it faces an opponent that is used to being one-dimensional.'
Package goods [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The 350-pound, 32-year-old Washington has rebounded from what was a down year by his standards in 1999. He's on pace for 109 tackles, his best total since '97, and an impressive figure given the fact he is spelled by his backup, Williams, roughly 12 to 15 plays a game.'
Elvis sighted - at Bills games, at least [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Behind the polyester jumpsuit, sunglasses, sideburns and guitar of maybe the most distinctive fan in Ralph Wilson Stadium during the Buffalo Bills season can be found a 38-year-old Lockport salesman.'
Bills would look silly giving Miller time to throw the ball [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Outlook: The Bills desperately need a win today, because the schedule the next month is a bear. . . . Bills, 24-17.'
Bills players don't care who's playing QB position [8:47 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"If Rob's in there, I catch passes. If Doug's in there I catch passes. If they put (backup tight end) Bobby Collins at quarterback and he can throw it ... let's get it done."'
QB controversy still distracts Bills [7:43 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'What happens next, and what it means to the Bills, is anybody's guess. But it can't be good for the overall psyche of a team trying to work its way back into the AFC East race.'
Jauron wants to 'stack' a few Bears victories [7:31 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'In Jauron's two seasons as their coach, the Bears are 1-6 after victories.'
Bills lost to Colts, so they're wary of Bears [7:29 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Q -- Didn't the Bills expect to be better than 5-4? A -- They lost Bruce Smith, Thurman Thomas, Andre Reed, Kurt Schulz and Thomas Smith all at the same time, so they suspected there might be a transition period. They lost consecutive games to the Jets, Colts and Dolphins but believe they have righted the ship.'
Rushing attempts [6:23 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Allen had 16 carries for 85 yards in a victory last week against the Colts, one of three teams in the NFL (along with the Ravens and Bills) that have not allowed a 100-yard rusher this season. The Bears haven't had a 100-yard rusher in 26 games.'
Bears' Smith hoping to bite hand that once fed him [6:20 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"It's a very good stadium for the home team, very loud, great fans, some of the greatest fans in football. They get to tailgate before the game, eat, drink and be merry. By the time they get into the game, they're excited, they really are. They're very exciting fans, and they really create a 12th man in the stadium."'
Win over Colts boosts confidence [6:18 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"That's our motivation (for the Bills). It's not that we beat a team that was just all right; like if we beat them we were supposed to beat them. We weren't supposed to beat them at all, by people's outlook, but we did. We go out and we beat Buffalo, and that's two weeks in a row we beat somebody we weren't supposed to beat."'
Shuffling back to Buffalo [6:17 AM]
Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports: 'After helping Buffalo to 66 regular-season wins and a Super Bowl appearance in the past seven years, cornerback Thomas Smith has traded places.'
Buffalo developing a big taste for `Haggis' [5:46 AM]
Toronto Star reports: 'His nickname is "Haggis," in honour of his Scottish and Irish roots. Steve Christie eats it up too - the food and the nickname.'
Kicker's self-confidence justified [5:45 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Four of the Bills' five wins heading into today's sellout home game against the Chicago Bears at Ralph Wilson Stadium have come on late Christie field goals.'
Bills Have Done What 49ers Could Not [5:43 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: 'Few franchises have been run as well as Buffalo, which surely would be recognized as one of the game's great dynasties if the Bills had won just one of those four consecutive Super Bowls in which they played.'
Bills can't afford to slip up [5:20 AM]
D and C reports: '"We don't see them as a 2-7 team, that's for sure," cornerback Ken Irvin said of 'da Bears. "They have good athletes, so regardless of their record, you know you have to respect them."'
Journeying toward a hero [5:18 AM]
D and C reports: 'For 30 years, the wife, daughter and son of James Robert Kalsu have attempted to fill the huge void created by the Vietnam War. For 30 years, they've been on a journey of discovery that has been profoundly gratifying and sad.'
Scouting report [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills win if . . . They keep in mind that Indianapolis came to Ralph Wilson Stadium and beat them, but couldn't go into Soldier Field last week and defeat the Bears.'
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