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.'
A Truly Irrelevant Debate [12:14 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'By not decisively naming a starting quarterback since midway through the second Clinton administration, Buffalo's coach earned the wrath of fans, commentators, columnists and a lot of other people whose opinions, in the end, don't count for much...'
A Should-Win Situation [12:13 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'With Rob Johnson's shoulder not fully recovered, Doug Flutie will make his fourth straight start at quarterback for Buffalo when Chicago visits Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday...'
No Argument Here [12:12 AM]
Buffalo Post reports: 'Even with debate raging throughout the region and the nation about Bush and Gore, Flutie and Johnson, the networks' premature evaluation and a coach's maddening indecision, with the impact of drunken driving arrests thrown in as a wild card, there remains a message everyone can agree on...'
Johnson-Flutie not your normal QB controversy [9:38 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Flutie is as smooth as silk, and he has a knack for saying the right things when he wants to. But he also knows how to get under the skin like few players, and he doesn't hesitate to do it when he feels like it.'
Saimes, Kalsu will be honored Sunday [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills George Saimes and Bob Kalsu will be inducted to the team's Wall of Fame in ceremonies before the 1 p.m. kickoff of Sunday's game against the Chicago Bears.'
Game is sold out [9:20 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Verizon Wireless purchased the remaining tickets for Sunday's game to ensure the local blackout will be lifted.'
Free agents: boom or bust [9:19 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Four of those 15 - Schulz, Bruce Smith, Thomas Smith and Dusty Zeigler - are starting and making a major contribution to their new teams. Two others - Thurman Thomas and Sean Moran - have contributed regularly in backup roles. The other eight ex-Bills are either out of the NFL or have seen very limited time with their new clubs.'
Stars grab a vine to talk smack in Rome's jungle [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Buffalo Bills quarterback Rob Johnson went whack and smacked Doug Flutie, entering The Jungle in a telephone call last week from B-Lo with Van Smack that led to a story in the fishwraps the next day.'
Moulds, Smith shoot it out - for real [8:04 AM]
D and C reports: 'For four seasons, Eric Moulds and Thomas Smith were gunslingers using rubber bullets.'
Bears find full-service tight end [8:02 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Kaseem Sinceno began his Bears career as the "other" name on the announcement, the player signed the day they traded tight end Alonzo Mayes to the Miami Dolphins. What he is becoming is something the Bears have spent years and draft picks looking for: a tight end who rarely comes off the field.'
Like Bears of old, Urlacher, Brown give till it hurts [7:59 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'For the first time since the post-Super Bowl days, the Bears have two players whom opponents are beginning to fear: Brian Urlacher and Mike Brown.'
Kennison quick to catch on at an unfamiliar position [7:57 AM]
Chicago Sun Times reports: 'Kennison is playing Bobby Engram's role as the inside receiver in the Bears' offense, with statistics not usually associated with a speed receiver--29 receptions for 271 yards (9.3 yards per catch) and a long play of 24 yards.'
Bears hope practice noise prepares them for Buffalo [7:56 AM]
Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports: '"It's a big stadium, (the fans) make a lot of noise and they know when to do it," Jauron said. "The weather is not dissimilar from our weather. In terms of the wind, same kind of wind. It is unpredictable at times and it will swirl. We will have to see what we get on Sunday."'
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