Safety concerns may spur switch [5:26 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Jets coach Al Groh, unhappy with the play of his safeties, seems prepared to make a lineup change for Sunday's game against the Bills (3-4). It's believed starting FS Kevin Williams will be replaced by Scott Frost, who came off the bench in the last two games. Special teams star Chris Hayes, who has been waiting for his shot on defense, also is practicing at free safety this week and he could split time with Frost in the game.'
Groh's big wish: forget the fish [5:24 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Bills' coach Wade Phillips is hoping his team can take advantage of any Jets fatigue. "It was an unbelievable game," Phillips said of the Jets' comeback over Miami. "I watched until it was 30-7. I expected to see (the Jet loss result) in the paper and it wasn't there. Of course, I thought Dewey won, too. "It was great win, a great game. I've looked at the film a bunch of times and even though we have it on tape it's still amazing what they did, scoring 30 points in one quarter. "I've said all along the Jets have tremendous leaders with tremendous heart on their football team and it shows," Phillips went on. "And, of course Al Groh has done a great job coaching them."'
Coleman Comes Up Big On and Off the Field [5:18 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Coleman had three interceptions Monday night, two of them on the same drive in overtime (he fumbled one away). The last one led to John Hall's game-winning field goal. Coleman nearly had a fourth interception, but he dropped a ball earlier in the game. He is now second on the team in interceptions behind Victor Green, who has four. "If I had three picks, I might retire," Glenn said. "They say they come in bunches, so if you have three, you can't retire, because you might get four and five." That could happen on Sunday because Coleman figures to be defending against the Bills' go-to receiver, Eric Moulds, when the teams play in Buffalo. Moulds is Buffalo's leading receiver and has already caught 53 passes for 695 yards. That is almost 20 more receptions than any Jet has. Part of Coleman's drop in statistics reflects the fact that opposing offenses avoid throwing to his side of the field. But because Moulds is such an integral part of the Buffalo offense, Coleman is confident he will have plenty of work.'
Flutie can't seem to sway critics [5:14 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'When asked whether he felt he could sway Bills coach Wade Phillips with strong play while Johnson is out (likely for at least two more games), Flutie said it was unlikely. "I don't have any control over that decision," Flutie said. "I'm going to just try to play the best I can play and if it makes it difficult on them to make a decision, great. But I don't think there's going to be a decision to be made no matter what I do."'
Bills expect Jets to maintain focus [5:06 AM]
D and C reports: '"It just depends on how well they play," Flutie said. "Yes, they had one less day to heal up, so maybe (Wednesday's) practice was a little bit sluggish, but that's about it. After that, everything will be back on an even keel and they'll be ready to go."'
Phillips won't be quitting on Jets come Sunday [8:33 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Normally, in the midst of game-planning for the upcoming opponent, he doesn't watch on Monday night. But since his team hosts the Jets Sunday, Phillips tuned in. "I get the tape at the 6 a.m. (the next day)," he said, "but I had it on because sometimes I can pick up audibles ... which you can't hear on the film. But (on the telecast) you also can't see as well (the whole alignment of the 22 players) to analyze things as you can on film. "Really," Phillips added, "I was watching the game just to watch it, since we're playing (the Jets) this week and we know each other so well." And even though he didn't witness the finish live, Phillips sees nothing but good coming from the Jets' remarkable comeback. "It can't do anything but help," he said.'
Moulds emerges as Bills top offensive threat [8:26 PM]
AP reports: 'Seven games into the season, he's on pace to shatter a number of franchise records. His 53 receptions are 37 short of Reed's mark set in 1994, and he is on track to eclipse his own 1998 record of 1,368 receiving yards. Moulds plays down his performance, saying it means little when the Bills (3-4) are struggling.'
Who is the FS? [1:29 PM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'Last week against Miami, the Jets played three different players at the free safety position. Kevin Williams started. The Scott Frost took over and he was followed by Chris Hayes. This instability at free safety is starting to hurt the Jets.'
Jets' season something special so far [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Jets players admitted Wednesday that they are starting to amaze themselves with their own heroics. "We certainly have a sense of a little magic in the air," Jets receiver Wayne Chrebet said as he prepared for Sunday's AFC East game in Buffalo. "Magic and some luck." "I don't know if it's magical, but I think something special is a better word for it," Jets safety Victor Green said.'
Wives go to bat for Food Bank drive [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills will conduct their annual Cans From Fans food drive at Sunday's game against the New York Jets. Fans are welcome to bring in cans and other non-perishable food items, which will be collected at the stadium gates by wives of the Bills' players and coaches. Cash donations also will be accepted. The drive benefits the Food Bank of Western New York. Bills coach Wade Phillips and his wife, Laurie, are chairing the effort. "There are thousands and thousands in our own community who are hungry, and one small way to help alleviate the problem is this drive for the Food Bank," Laurie Phillips said.'
Groh wants team to focus on Bills [9:05 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'The Bills are looming, waiting to pay the Jets back for a 27-14, Sept. 17 loss like extra-hot Buffalo chicken wings eaten too late at night. "You can't sit back and bask in the glory, you have to move on," defensive tackle Ernie Logan said, recalling Groh's message. "We won. Now we're playing Buffalo. "You sit back and you think about last week's game when Buffalo is preparing to get back at you. . . . The Bills felt that was a game they let get away from them, rather than us beating them." There is a cautionary warning right there on game film of the 3-4 Bills. If not for receiver Peerless Price's fumble with less than three minutes left last Sunday, the Bills might have left the Minnesota Vikings in an imperfect heap instead of at 7-0 as the league's lone undefeated team.'
Riemersma may return vs. Jets [8:02 AM]
D and C reports: 'He's officially questionable for this Sunday's critical AFC East showdown with the New York Jets, the team he was injured against on Sept. 17, but it's looking more and more as if he'll play.'
Tillman taking Porter's spot at safety [8:01 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips hinted yesterday that he might make a change in his dime defense, and though he wouldn't confirm it, Daryl Porter all but did. "I'm not going to count myself out, I'm just basically going to learn and try to help out Travares (Tillman) and make sure he knows exactly what he's doing," said Porter. Porter has been torched the last few games for big plays, including the winning touchdown by the Vikings last week, and it appears that he's headed for the bench in favor of the rookie second-round draft choice Tillman.'
Jets Play Catch-Up With Style and Frenzy [8:00 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Do not look for a Jets player among the league leaders for quarterback, receiver, running back, sacks or interceptions. The Jets are not ranked among the top offensive or defensive teams, either. There is only one place in a sea of statistics where one can easily find the Jets: atop the American Conference East.'
Groh Gets High Marks on Tests [7:59 AM]
New York Times reports: 'When Al Groh described his halftime tirade during the Jets' 40-37 Monday night classic victory over the Miami Dolphins in overtime, he smiled. "I sang 'em a lullaby," he said. Not really; a lullaby puts a baby to sleep. This lullaby would have burned little kids' ears. It woke up all those big babies in green-and- white uniforms who fell behind, 30-7, before their fourth-quarter explosion on four of Vinny Testaverde's five touchdown passes. More important, this lullaby showed not only that the Jets' new head coach is in command, but also that his players will play hard for him.'
Jets Out of Clouds [7:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The first-place Jets (6-1) face the Bills (3-4) Sunday at Orchard Park in a game that screams of a potential emotional letdown. Coach Al Groh, trying to prevent it, addressed the subject in yesterday's team meeting. "I think they're well aware of the fact that most of (the Bills) had gone to bed, and so they're not all that impressed with what we did," Groh said.'
Anderson Catches on in Win [7:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It was overshadowed by Vinny Testaverde's five touchdown passes and Jumbo Elliott's improbable touchdown and Marcus Coleman's interception hat trick, but perhaps the most impressive individual performance in the Jets' dramatic comeback win over the Dolphins was Richie Anderson's receiving. He caught 12 passes for 109 yards. Think about that for a second: 12 receptions. Only three times in the 41-year history of the Jets has a player produced more receptions in a single game - Clark Gaines (17 in 1980) and Al Toon twice (14 in 1988 and 13 in 1988). Anderson didn't garner much publicity for his monster game, but it has been that kind of season for him - sneaky good. "A lot of people talk about me being the most underrated back; I think Richie is the most underrated back," Curtis Martin said yesterday at Hofstra. "He means so much to this team. He's like the motor for this team. Once Richie gets going, a lot of us get going.'
Bills' Flutie Still Stumped by Benching [7:55 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It was very frustrating and it made for a very unsettling offseason for me, personally," Flutie said yesterday in conference call with New York reporters. "I guess we weren't winning by enough." Flutie, who will start for the injured Rob Johnson (shoulder) Sunday against the Jets at Ralph Wilson Stadium, led the Bills to a 10-5 record last season. He was benched in the regular-season finale and the AFC wild-card playoff game in Tennessee. "I went to the Pro Bowl in '98, and I was the first alternate at the Pro Bowl last year, yet I'm not good enough to start for the team in the playoffs," he said.'
Never-say die Jets: Anything's possible [7:54 AM]
New York Post reports: 'A win over the Bills Sunday would make the Jets 7-1 at the halfway point in the regular season, assure them of sole possession of first place for another week and make them 5-0 against AFC East competition - a huge tiebreaker factor. It, too, would leave the Bills at 3-5 at the turn with a debilitating 0-4 division record, including 0-2 against the Jets. In essence, a Jet win over the Bills Sunday would allow the Jets to just about bury Buffalo the way they've buried the 2-6 Patriots with a season series sweep.'
Snippy Flutie feels slighted [7:53 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Flutie, who's obviously not a real fan of the Bills' organization for the way he's been treated, was asked if he's playing for his future. "I'm under contract for another two years and it's very difficult for them to release me because of salary-cap situations," he said.'
Groh denies quote [7:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Al Groh and a number of Jet players yesterday vehemently denied a report that Groh, in his halftime tirade Monday night, called the players "pathetic losers." Groh called the report "totally inaccurate," adding, "I'm not going to repeat what I said, but that's nothing I would ever think of saying to those players. It's nothing that I would ever say. It's a complete and total fabrication." Several Jet players were asked yesterday if they heard those words and none said they did.'
It's Back to Earth [7:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets, 4-0 against AFC East opponents, face the Bills Sunday in Buffalo in a game Groh marked down on his calendar long ago as one of the toughest of the season. It is certainly a dangerous game, coming off a thrilling comeback and facing a team that linebacker Sam Cowart said is "in a desperate situation." Buffalo is 0-3 in the division and has wilted with three losses in four games after losing to the Jets.'
Anderson's Magnetism Is Catching [7:49 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"A lot of people talk about me being the most underrated back," Curtis Martin said. "I think Richie [Anderson] is the most underrated back, because he means so much to this team. He's like the motor to this team. Once Richie gets going, a lot of us get going."'
Anderson has caught on as secret weapon [7:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"Richie [Anderson] is a big-play guy," running back Curtis Martin said. "A lot of people talk about me being the most underrated back. I think Richie is the most underrated back. He means so much to this team. He's like the motor to this team. Once Richie gets going, a lot of us get going."'
Angry Flutie goes off [7:46 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Bills coach Wade Phillips said he watched the Jets-Dolphins game until the score was 30-7 and was shocked to learn of the Jets' comeback the next morning. "It's just like with Dewey and Truman," Phillips said. "I expected to see it in the papers and it wasn't there." Phillips was an infant in 1948 when the Chicago Tribune mistakenly proclaimed Thomas Dewey the winner over Harry Truman in the Presidential election. ... Sure enough, The Miami Herald ran a headline touting a Dolphins' victory on its Web site early yesterday morning.'
Jets go forward after comeback [7:45 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'In general, the Bills are grumpy about their 3-4 record, with all four losses coming in the last five games. Specifically, they weren't thrilled about nearly upsetting the unbeaten Vikings at Minnesota before falling, 31-27, Sunday. "Especially when you come off a loss," said quarterback Doug Flutie, who will start a second straight game for the injured Rob Johnson, "you've got to get a win and get the bad taste of the loss out of your mouth. We can't wait till Sunday." And while the Bills aren't saying anything provocative this week, some expressed irritation after they held the Jets to 234 "legitimate" yards and one "genuine" touchdown in Game 3, only to be beaten by Kevin Williams' kickoff-return touchdown, Testaverde's 45-yard Hail Mary scoring pass to cornerback-turned-receiver Marcus Coleman, and their own special-teams gaffes.'
Groh admits to error [7:43 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Al Groh concurred with several commentators who accused him of committing an error during the Jets' Monday night comeback win over Miami. "It was a mistake by the head coach," Groh said Wednesday of his decision to go for two points after the Jets had cut their deficit to 30-13 early in the fourth quarter. "I don't have a chart. I just have a gut and a heart and I try to use those. I just made a mistake. It wasn't good thinking."'
Tight end hurting [7:42 AM]
Jets Confidential reports: 'Two Jets players who were listed a questionable last week are doubtful this week. Tight end Anthony Becht's knee has gotten worse and he likely won't play against Buffalo. John Abraham definitely won't play because of an abdominal strain in his stomach.'
Bills-Oilers playoff game earns the title [8:54 PM]
NFL Insider reports: 'I was at the greatest comeback in NFL history. I was sitting in the press box, rubbing my eyes and shaking my head in disbelief, just as I did several times Monday night at Giants Stadium. But what happened Monday night did not equal what happened on the afternoon of Jan. 3, 1993 in Orchard Park, N.Y. Not in terms of sheer drama and absolute jaw-dropping, eye-popping, heart-stopping shock.'
Riemersma's 50-50 to return for Sunday's game [8:38 PM]
AP reports: '"I feel I'm right at 50-50. It felt a lot better than last week," Riemersma said Wednesday after practicing with Buffalo's first unit for the first time since his injury. "But I think the true test will be tomorrow on how I feel. I worked it pretty good today, but I'm going to see how it jumps back tomorrow and take it day to day."'
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