Bills' defense closing in on top ranking [9:15 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We said back in training camp that we wanted to be the No. 1 defense in football," Bills defensive coordinator Jerry Gray said. "The best thing you can do is go out and play like it, no matter what the circumstances are. You wish that (won-loss) record was totally different, but it's not. You have to play with what you have. You can't change the past. The thing we're trying to do is keep going forward and play one game at a time."'
Changing their tune [9:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Playoffs for the Jets? It's still not something to bet the ranch on. Yet heading to cold Buffalo, the players are warming to the idea.'
Jets odds and ends [9:13 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Defensive coordinator Ted Cottrell said the secret to the Jets' efficient containment of Tennessee's dangerous offense Monday night was not in being more aggressive with blitzes, but in "executing a lot better."'
There's Just Last Stands Remaining for the Jets [5:59 AM]
New York Times reports: '"He made it plain to us that we would not leave the stadium unless we were 5-7," Curtis Martin said. "And now we're 5-7. When our leader stands up and says something, you feel obligated to carry it out. I think we all feed off his fire."'
Chad, Jets stayin' alive [5:58 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Referring to Sunday's game against the Bills (5-7) in Orchard Park, he said, "This is probably the most important game we're going to play all year."'
Herm knows Jets must fly next year [5:57 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"A lot of it is on me, my fault," he continued. "I've got to do a better job. If I don't, I don't know. We've got to do something. So I've got to do a better job with this football team. I know that."'
Jet to be determined [5:56 AM]
New York Post reports: 'To those who believe the Jets have used up their supply of miraculous finishes the past two seasons, Ray Mickens offered these defiant words: "We ain't dead. We're still playing. We ain't going to let it die."'
Swayne catches big break [5:55 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Edwards, asked which loss this season eats at him most, said, "The first game of the season [in Washington, 16-13]. That was one where if we win that game it kind of propels you in a different direction. The game was tied, it was on the road with all the fanfare, and we had a chance to win it. If we win that game we get a little shot in the arm."'
Big Win Can Do Wonders [5:54 AM]
New York Newsday reports: '"I'm just glad our head coach had the nerve to tell everybody we were going to win this game," defensive tackle Josh Evans said.'
Edwards Is a Preacher Man Who's Found His Believers [5:53 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'You can say all you want that the Jets are paid to play hard, that they're professional athletes, that if losing a few games is the worst that ever happened to them, then their lives are pretty blah blah blah. But it's not easy to do what Edwards has been able to do with the Jets after their 0-4 start this year.'
Jets still clinging to hope [5:52 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'The Jets play the Dolphins in Miami on the final Sunday of the season. If either Cincinnati or Baltimore, currently tied for the AFC North lead, and Denver go 2-2 to finish the season 9-7, and the Jets beat Miami, the Jets would clinch the last playoff spot because they'd have a 9-3 conference record and the other teams involved in this complex mess would be 8-4.'
Cottrell has reason for satisfact [5:51 AM]
White Plains Journal News reports: 'For only the second time this season the Jets held an opponent to under 100 yards rushing.'
Pennington's memory bank pays big dividends [5:50 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'In the past two seasons, Pennington is 11-6 as a starter. He has completed 388 of 571 passes -- 67.9 percent -- for 4,510 yards, 34 TDs and 12 interceptions. He has a passer rating of 102.7.'
Sidelined Abraham frustrates club [5:49 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Abraham is officially listed as doubtful for Sunday's game versus Buffalo. He tried to return two weeks ago against Jacksonville and re-injured himself, saying he tried to come back too soon.'
Another wild ride for Jets? [5:48 AM]
New Haven Register reports: 'Already eliminated from defending their AFC East title — New England is 10-2 with four games left — and assuming the first wild-card berth goes to the AFC South runner-up between Indianapolis and Tennessee (both 9-3), the Jets would be aiming at the second wild-card spot. Miami (8-4) is leading the pack for that berth and it plays host to the Jets in the season finale Dec. 28. In order for the Jets to win that game and make the playoffs, they would need to also win their previous three (at Buffalo and against Pittsburgh and New England at home) while Miami wins no more than one of its next three (at New England, home against Philadelphia and at Buffalo).'
Edwards keeps Jets believing [7:04 PM]
AP reports: '``Playing under anxiety, that helps you too when you know you're playing with a respirator and that's about all you've got,'' Edwards said. ``You know when they cut the hose off it's over. We're playing that way. It's been dark for about two months now. There's a little glimmer of light."'
Bills’ defense still must get takeaways and sacks [3:03 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Last season, the Bills surrendered 25 points a game, 27th worst in the NFL. This trip, at only 16 a game, Buffalo is a fraction of a point behind the leading Dolphins and Buccaneers.'
Bills Alumni Spotlight: Jim Cheyunski [3:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Now making his home in Jacksonville, Fla., with his wife, Pat, they have three children: Adam, Angela and Alison, and five grandchildren. For the past four years, he has worked as the athletic director at Episcopal High School.'
Bills Alumni: Where Are They Now? [3:01 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Mike-Mayer now operates a lawn-care company in Hewitt, NJ.'
Following The Footsteps Of His Father [3:00 PM]
SF49ers.com reports: 'Kemp reported to Buffalo where he won the starting QB post and played for the Bills from 1962 – 1969. He led the Bills to the 1964 and 1965 AFL Championships and was recognized as the AFL Player-of-the-Year in 1965. Kemp established nearly every team passing mark during the 1960’s and was inducted to Buffalo Bills Wall of Fame in 1984.'
Bills add Kaleida to roster of 'official partners' [2:59 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills have announced a sponsorship marketing agreement with Kaleida Health, making the company the official healthcare system of the NFL franchise.'
Bills get a day off as reward [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It was something that was well deserved," Williams said of the day off. "I've been wanting to do that for quite a while. When you get the opportunity, you do it. . . . It's nice to throw a bone as a coach to say, "Job well done.' "'
Bills offense catches on vs. Giants [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In all, the Bills had nine pass plays of 15 yards or more and seven that went for 20 or better. Bledsoe completed 19 of 29 passes for 252 yards, the most for him in eight games, and a sparkling 115.9 rating, his best since a 144.2 against Jacksonville in Week 2.'
What does Sunday's win mean for Bills? [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'At this point, any win is a good win for this team, but I still contend that unless the Bills are the 1978 Yankees, who overcame a 14-game deficit to catch and ultimately beat the Red Sox, the playoffs are a pie-in-the-sky dream.'
Depressingly bad [5:14 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Offensive line - F. Starting undrafted rookie Jeff Roehl at LT is too much to ask. He was brutalized by DE Aaron Schobel (three sacks) and said it was one of the worst days of his life. Who are we to argue? Six sacks allowed overall.'
Bills have sights on goal of being NFL's top defense [5:13 AM]
Nashville Tennessean reports: '''Our defense is chasing that mythical No. 1 defense,'' Williams said. ''I've been a part of that before with Tennessee, and we're close, we'd like to see that happen.'''
Bills defender calls out offense in diary [5:12 AM]
Nashville City Paper reports: 'He said, “I probably should have thought about what I was going to say. I have the right to my opinion, but I should be smarter than that. I shouldn't go to the media with concerns about things that are going on.” That, in itself, spoke volumes.'
Bills jell vs. Giants, but season's a bust [5:11 AM]
USA Today reports: 'The Bills have experienced assorted problems protecting the less-than-mobile Bledsoe, and they rank among the worst teams in the league at third-down conversions. Some of that might be explained by a groin injury to wide receiver Eric Moulds, whose game-breaking abilities have been compromised, and the trade that sent Peerless Price, another explosive wideout, to Atlanta for a first-round draft choice. But Donahoe says, ''You can't say not having Peerless Price was the reason we didn't score an offensive touchdown on the road in almost two months. I love Peerless and he's an impact player, but he doesn't have that kind of impact.'''
Inside slant [5:10 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'In the last four games Buffalo's defense has allowed just 46 points, 283 yards rushing, 57 first downs, 22 of 59 third-down conversions and has 12 sacks. In the first eight games, Buffalo had only 13 sacks.'
Strategy and personnel [5:09 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'Kudos to Gregg Williams for having the Bills ready to play and eager to snap their four-game losing streak in a road game. It was a complete team victory.'
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