Capsule preview: Seahawks vs. Bills [6:06 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'On the other side of the ball, the Bills are a mess. Their top receiver is a fullback and their top running back is a rookie who averages 3.2 yards per carry. Expect the Seahawks to tee off on immobile QB Alex Van Pelt.'
Toiling in anonymity [6:04 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'Nobody flew Chris Gray down to Los Angeles for a television appearance last week.'
Good hands keep attention on Centers [6:03 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'He has led his team in receiving seven times in the last nine years and leads Buffalo in this his first season with the Bills. In fact, he leads all NFL running backs with 47 catches. He also has caught passes in 128 consecutive games, the third longest active streak in the NFL behind Jerry Rice (233 games) and Tim Brown (132).'
Painful lessons in Buffalo [3:12 PM]
Tacoma News Tribune reports: 'One year removed from his comparatively low-profile duties as quarterbacks coach for the Seattle Seahawks, Sheppard is fielding the tough questions as offensive coordinator for the 1-7 Bills.'
Bills backup Travis Brown is still green [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills snapped up Brown because he spent the one season learning the West Coast offense from Holmgren, a master, and was recommended by Bills offensive coordinator Mike Sheppard, the quarterbacks coach under Holmgren in Seattle.'
Unutoa signed for long snaps [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Steve Freeman, the outstanding Bills safety from 1975 to '86, will serve as the field judge for Sunday's game.'
'Kids' reviving defense [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'Overall, the Bills are starting or getting regular contributions from 14 rookie or first-year players.'
Alexander stays on the run [5:40 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'P-I PICK: Seahawks, 27-17.'
Joseph's second coming gives Hawks a safety net [5:38 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Joseph, a safety who started 14 games for the Seahawks in his first tour with the team, is just glad to be back in the NFL.'
Special teams look to improve [5:37 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'During his first three years as the Seattle Seahawks' special teams coach, Pete Rodriguez saw his unit give up a total of two return touchdowns. In eight games this year, the Seahawks have already matched that number.'
Even weather works against Buffalo as preparations for 2002 begin [5:35 AM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Technically, Sunday's game between Seattle and Buffalo is the Bills ninth regular season contest of 2001. In reality, it marks the start of the 2002 preseason. Playoff hopes disappeared for all but the most optimistic in late September. The primary goal for the rest of the season -- building a functional offense around Rob Johnson, making a decision possible on whether the quarterback is worthy of the contract restructuring and extension that salary capenomics mandate -- crashed to the turf at Foxboro Stadium last Sunday afternoon.'
Bills sign Unutoa, release Early [1:41 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has signed veteran center/long snapper Mo Unutoa (pronounced oo-nuh-TOE-uh) to the 53-man roster. To make room on the roster, the Bills released center Michael Early. Unutoa will wear jersey #68 with the Bills.
Bills' Gray rejects Cal [1:35 PM]
Alameda Times Star reports: '"I want to make sure that the Bills get back to (their) standard of football before (I think) about going anywhere else."'
'The Pill' is still a popular Bill [1:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Few players in team history have been as universally liked as Van Pelt.'
Jim Kelly Tribute Wallpaper by 'Moose' [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: A new Jim Kelly Wallpaper is on the Bills website in honor of Jim Kelly Day. The artist, Gina Mustico, is a poster on the Stdium Wall who first started creating wallpaper for TwoBillsDrive.
'Forgettable Foursome' hopes to gain identity [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quick, who's wearing 92, 94, 77 and 95 for the Bills this season?'
Gray drops interest in Berkeley job [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Gray had a telephone conversation Monday with Cal officials about the upcoming opening, but he said Thursday he no longer wants to be considered for the position.'
Jonas Jennings 'Rushers for Reading' [8:01 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Offensive lineman Jonas Jennings helped local students 'Rush for Reading,' and you can see what Jennings had to say to some provocative questions from the students!
Win a autographed Kelly bobble head [7:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: BEGINNING FRIDAY AT NOON, VOTE AND WIN!
Even if you can't make it to the stadium, you can still get your hands on an autographed Kelly bobble head! Just check out the Top 10 Jim Kelly moments, and be sure to vote starting at noon Friday for your favorite, and also enter to win this one-of-a-kind collectible!
A wideout surprise [5:32 AM]
D and C reports: 'His name is Reggie Germany, and because of his hard work and hustle in practice -- plus an injury that has sidelined McDaniel for more than a month -- Germany has given himself a chance to become an important cog in the Buffalo offense.'
Familiar foes [5:32 AM]
Seattle Post Intelligencer reports: 'For the past three seasons, these two had memorable tussles twice a year while Eaton was playing for the New England Patriots and Brown for the AFC East-rival Buffalo Bills.'
Kinder, gentler Holmgren not just an illusion [5:31 AM]
Seattle Times reports: '"I like to think that as you mature, you get better," he said. "I've got to believe that."'
Back home in Alabama, Alexander's army of fans boasts, 'I told you so!' [5:30 AM]
Seattle Times reports: '"Shaun was a great kid," says Jeremy Jeffcoat, an Alabama fan who lives in Columbus, Ga. "There was never a hint of scandal or a hint of an attitude problem when he was down here. When he was down here he just acted with so much class."'
Desperate Bills look similar to last team that beat Hawks [5:29 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Their opponent desperately needs a victory. The opposing coach is new, but he's already feeling the heat and the backup quarterback will play against the Seahawks. Sound familiar? Maybe like the Washington Redskins, who pounded Seattle 27-14 two weeks ago?'
First look at Seahawks' next opponent: Buffalo Bills [5:28 AM]
Seattle Times reports: 'Guard Ruben Brown on the Bills' woes: "It's definitely been a tough road here, but you play the games and hope things get better."'
Hawks like Ground Mike [5:27 AM]
Everett Herald reports: 'A Holmgren team running the football? That's like Tom Osborne installing the run-and-shoot at Nebraska. Or Don Coryell turning to the wishbone.'
Golden touch eludes Sheppard [5:26 AM]
Everett Herald reports: '"I wouldn't be truthful if I said the losses didn't hurt," Sheppard said. "You question yourself all the time, wonder what you could have done differently. But I've always been one of those people who see the glass as half full. You've just got to realize that sometimes it takes a little longer."'
Concerns rise with every Bills loss [9:07 PM]
AP reports: '"There always have to be concerns about the long-term prognosis of the Bills being here," Erie County Executive Joel Giambra said. "(Bills owner) Ralph Wilson has said many, many times that his biggest concern here is the economy. And obviously the economy is not doing very well. So obviously, I'm sure he's concerned. And I think that means that we all should be concerned about the future of the franchise."'
Dr. Z: The award for best performance at midseason goes to ... [1:13 PM]
CNN/Sports Illustrated reports: RUNNING BACKS: "Here's a surprise. Buffalo's Travis Henry in the Thursday night upset over Jacksonville. His numbers were minimal (27 for 63), but he struggled for a lot of first downs and kept many drives alive through sheer effort."
GUARDS: "Buffalo's Ruben Brown against the Jets in October."
CENTERS: "Three performances jump out at me: Buffalo's Billy Conaty and San Francisco's Jeremy Newberry, both against the Jets, and Oakland's Adam Treu in Philly."
Oakland signs OT Jerry Crafts [10:11 AM]
Contra Costa Times reports: Oakland signed offensive tackle Jerry Crafts, 33, to its 53-man roster. He spent time with the Raiders in training camp this year before getting released. He played for Buffalo from 1992-94 and Philadelphia in 1997 and '98. He also played in CFL and Arena league Buffalo Destroyers. He started 13 of the 39 games in which he played. Raiders only have left guard and right tackle standing and healthy enough, among the five opening-game starters on the offensive line.
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