Bills enter make-or-break stretch of four games [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Thanks to a three-game winning streak, the Buffalo Bills have played their way back into the AFC playoff race. But they are a long way from clinching a spot.'
Thurman deserved to go out on top, wearing Bills blue [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Say what you will about Thurman - and there is plenty to say - but nobody wanted to see him lying on his back, grimacing in pain and cupping his right knee after making one too many cuts in his Hall of Fame career.'
Report says Cottrell to talk with Rutgers [7:38 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: '"He loves Rutgers," Bills coach Wade Phillips said in a published report. "I don't know why. He coached there a long time and he has a great feeling for that school. They'd be smart to contact him, but I don't know if any college job is better than the one he's got here."'
Chiefs hit a dry spell in takeaways [7:28 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'The Chiefs have never gone three straight games without at least one takeaway. But it won't get easier this Sunday against the Buffalo Bills.'
Banged up Bills get rare day off [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The laundry list of ailing Bills: Left guard Ruben Brown (turf toe), free safety Keion Carpenter (strained calf muscle), quarterback Doug Flutie (sprained ankle), cornerback Donovan Greer (sprained ankle), running back Sammy Morris (sprained ankle), strong safety Henry Jones (strained back muscle), nose tackle Ted Washington (shoulder stinger), defensive end Marcellus Wiley (thigh bruise) and cornerback Antoine Winfield (shoulder).'
Thurman finished for season [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The long-time Buffalo Bills running back suffered a torn ligament in his right knee in Sunday's 17-7 victory over the Chargers in San Diego and was placed on injured reserve.'
Chiefs showing vulnerability at Arrowhead [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's true that Arrowhead is a difficult place for a visitor, but the Chiefs lost two games there already. They also lost two home games last year and three the year before.'
Ailing Bills rest for one day [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Given the four-week gauntlet his team is about to embark on starting Sunday in Kansas City, a little rest and relaxation might be exactly what the Bills need right now.'
Mirror, mirror on the wall, who's the fairest QB of all? [7:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Too many Flutie supporters think Johnson backers are anti-Flutie. I'm pro-Flutie and pro-Johnson. I support both QBs because I believe they're quality players capable of winning games for the Bills.'
The last word [7:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The football world keeps hearing the Bills' company line that Johnson is the future. At age 27, that future is now.'
Benched in Buffalo [7:13 AM]
National Post reports: 'Missing the playoffs with one fine quarterback is understandable; missing with two looks like carelessness.'
Chiefs headed in wrong direction as crunch time approaches [7:12 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: 'They haven't been competitive in two weeks. Sunday's 21-7 loss in San Francisco was perhaps the biggest disappointment of the Gunther Cunningham era, given the blowout defeat to what had been a 2-8 team.'
Phillips names Johnson to start over Flutie Sunday at KC [7:11 AM]
Sportsticker reports: '"I wanted him (Johnson) in the ballgame to get a feel for the game again," Phillips said. "He looked good and he'll start Sunday at Kansas City."'
Back in the hunt [8:22 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"They're not always pretty, but you do what you have to do to win the game," Flutie said. "We've won 4-of-5 and we're back in the hunt and in good shape."'
The Bills' QB controversy is over (for now) [8:21 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So with Phillips having stated that the healthy Johnson is now his starter, has Buffalo's QB question been put to rest? Don't count on it.'
Portville girl sings at Bills game [8:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The National Anthem was sung by Heidi Giberson, a 12-year-old, seventh-grade student at Portville Middle School. Last week she sang the Star Spangled Banner at a Buffalo Blizzard game in HSBC Arena.'
Bills get day off with long list of injured [8:08 PM]
AP reports: 'Nine players were hurt in Sunday's 20-3 victory over Chicago.'
No Doubt About It (For Now) [6:26 PM]
Buffalo Post reports: "I think I played my tail off for four weeks," Flutie said. "We won three of four and the one we lost was my best game. I'm very happy the way things have gone over the last four weeks -- five weeks, including the end of the San Diego game."
Phillips hands Johnson a hot potato [9:35 AM]
AP reports: 'Having a great [quarterback] makes a coach's life easy. But having two good ones has made Wade Phillips' life hard.'
Defense never rests; fans do [9:12 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'In fact, some of the 72,240 fans even left Ralph Wilson Stadium early to beat the traffic before the final gun of the 20-3 romp over the hapless Chicago Bears, who fell to 2-8. It was the most lopsided game the Bills have played all season.'
Bills' defense brutalizes Bears [9:11 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills may not be winning a lot of style points lately, but thanks to the pain and suffering being inflicted by their defense, they have clawed their way back into playoff contention.'
Watson turns the corner [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Chris Watson came to the Buffalo Bills to be their return specialist. It looks like he might be able to do more than that.'
Bears suddenly thin at quarterback [9:09 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have a delicate situation at quarterback, with two potential starters at the position. The Chicago Bears should only be so lucky.'
Consistency is name of game for Cottrell's defense [9:08 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'They don't complain. They don't resent their teammates across the room. The don't let down. They just keep on tickin'.'
QB debate threatens to fade with fall [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But you had to wonder. If Johnson was healthy enough to come in the game for eight plays, why wasn't he healthy enough to start? Why didn't he play in the second half? He looked fine.'
Widow recalls Wall honoree Kalsu as man of integrity [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'm so proud of Bob. He was a man of integrity. I miss him terribly, but it's an honor to be here to celebrate not only his contributions to the Bills, but to America as well."'
Monday billboard [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips used both Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson, setting the tone for a prolonged quarterback quandary this week.'
Bills flatten Bears as Flutie's run ends [7:52 AM]
D and C reports: '"Doug's done a really good job and we won games, and that's the important thing," Phillips said. "Both of them have won, we've played well with both of them, and we've got to keep doing that."'
Hard-hitting Bears plant six Bills on the sidelines [7:51 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Bills had six players leave the game, including two defensive backs -- Antoine Winfield and Donovan Greer -- which left the team dangerously thin in the secondary for the second half.'
Porter finally comes up with big plays in the clutch [7:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Things had become so bad for Daryl Porter that the Bills benched him following the Minnesota Vikings game, and scrapped their dime defensive alignment as a result.'
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