When It Counts, Poof [5:58 PM] Patriots Football reports:
'It's pretty sad when you predict exactly how your team will lose a game with 2:08 to play, and you turn out right on the button.'
Bills 16 Pats 13 OT [5:57 PM] Patriots Football reports:
'The Patriots' inability to finish off teams in close games continued Sunday afternoon, as Steve Christie kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to give the Buffalo Bills a 16-13 win over New England.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13, OT [5:32 PM] AP reports:
'Steve Christie did it again, only this time he saved the Buffalo Bills twice in one game.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13 [4:38 PM] Sportsticker reports:
'The rain and wind at Foxboro Stadium were the perfect backdrop for another Doug Flutie miracle.'
Bills - Patriots preview [10:17 AM] Springfield Union News reports:
'The New England defense needs to return to form and match the performance of Buffalo's outstanding unit.'
Butler's bargaining position improves as season moves along [9:23 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'The more pressing business is assuring that John Butler stays with the Bills as their general manager. Butler, whose contract with Buffalo expires after this season, will be pursued with as much passion by rival teams as any free-agent player.'
This Coach wears the headset [9:21 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is out with its new Buffalo Bills pets calendar and, as always, Phillips is pictured with his 12-year-old bulldog, Coach. This year, there's a twist - Coach is wearing a headset.'
Bills' defense worth a nickel [9:20 AM] Olean Times Herald reports:
'"I'm worried that the dime defense has given up some big plays ... and we pride ourselves on not giving up big plays. With the nickel, it gives us a little different look."'
Bills hope for a playoff run [7:47 AM] D and C reports:
'"We've got an eight-game season now and we'll see how we react," said strong safety Henry Jones, who has gone to the playoffs seven of his previous 10 seasons as a Bill. "We need to continue to work hard and stay focused and take it one day at a time. We've got some things we need to clean up . . . but we're going to go out and fix them."'
Scouting report [7:44 AM] D and C reports:
'Bills win if ... their defense continues to play superbly against the run, then doesn't forget that Bledsoe can still be a very dangerous passer. Defensive balance is important today.'
Tough part seems to be over for Patriots [7:43 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'The Patriots get a scheduling breather in the second half, but the game they really need to win is today's against the 4-4 Buffalo Bills, one of the tougher teams they will face.'
Scouting Report [7:42 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'Prediction: Buffalo 23, New England 18.'
Who's who? [7:39 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Thurman Thomas is gone. So are Bruce Smith and Andre Reed. Thomas Smith and Kurt Schulz have also departed. Antowain Smith and Jonathan Linton are on the bench and Phil Hansen is sidelined with a knee injury.'
Another small controversy [7:38 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Johnson is still Buffalo's quarterback of the future. And when healthy, he is capable of putting up Pro Bowl numbers. Flutie simply wins more games.'
Cowart a quiet force [7:36 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'All but unnoticed, as usual, was the role Sam Cowart played in the victory.'
Morris on the move [7:35 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Sammy Morris is an unlikely heir to the Buffalo running back tradition of O.J. Simpson, Joe Cribb, and Thurman Thomas, but the rookie from Texas Tech has rushed for touchdowns in each of the Bills' last four games.'
Regardless of all the knocks, Flutie is boost to Bills' hopes [7:33 AM] Providence Journal reports:
'"Every time I step on the field I have to prove to the world that I can play and make the people upstairs (Phillips and general manager John Butler) second-guess themselves," the 37-year-old quarterback said. "After all I've done, that's discouraging."'
A Flutie moment worth retelling [7:28 AM] Providence Journal reports:
'He was having a game of touch with nieces, nephews, and friends from his hometown of Natick; with relatives, and buddies from Buffalo, and former high-school teammates. "Don't make a big deal out of this," he said that night, after I'd gone down to the field to talk with him. But it was a big deal.'
Woody facing a mammoth task in battle with Bills' Washington [7:26 AM] Providence Journal reports:
'"He's mammoth," the 320-pound Woody said of the 6-foot-5 Washington, who clearly is heavier than his listed program weight of 335 pounds. "Seeing someone bigger than me, that's strange enough. But this man, whew, he's one of the biggest dudes I've ever had to take on."'
Flutie passes NFL survival test [7:25 AM] Metro West Daily News reports:
'But inside, the game within the professional game has left its mark. The snubs -- whether they're 10 years old or still fresh -- are easily recalled and Flutie's mind traces them casually like some veteran from a real war might.'
It's all Flutie, all the time [7:23 AM] Metro West Daily News reports:
'Here's my pick. Pats 52, Bills 7...That's my story and I'm sticking to it, fable though it may be.'
Flutie Still Defying Conventions [7:20 AM] Hartford Courant reports:
'"I think the NFL would have been a lot more receptive to me now than they were 15 years ago," Flutie said in a conference call this week. "With the zone blitzing and all that, [coaches] realize the advantage of a mobile quarterback...."'
Little Doug stands tall at Foxboro [7:19 AM] Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports:
'"He's a legend in this area," Pats QB Drew Bledsoe said. "It's an exciting thing. He's still got great fans here, I just hope they're cheering for us."'