No-huddle no shock to Bills or Raiders [5:45 PM]
Sacramento Bee reports: 'The play-clock operator at Ralph Wilson Stadium outside Buffalo may get his first day off during a home game Sunday. Because the Raiders-Bills game could be more than the expected shootout.'
Ranking the NFL’s starting quarterbacks [5:45 PM]
Pro Football Weekly : Joel Buchsbaum reports: 8. Drew Bledsoe / Bills — The Patriots were begging teams outside their division to trade for him. They told people they believed Bledsoe still could be an exceptional quarterback if he went to a new, positive situation, but he would never regain the passion and effectiveness he showed under Bill Parcells if he stayed in New England. Unfortunately for them and the other teams in the AFC East, the only team that believed them was the Bills, and now the Pats have another tough team to face. Just think of how the Skins would be with Bledsoe in Steve Spurrier’s offense.
Bills-Raiders Game at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out [1:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills-Raiders game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. Check for the local broadcast affiliate in your area.
Bledsoe Selected As Player Of The Month [10:52 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe has been selected as the AFC Offensive Player of the Month for his outstanding performances in September.
Bills - Raiders Series History [10:34 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills and Raiders have met 31 times in a series that dates back to 1960. Oakland holds a 16-15 series lead after a 20-14 win at Orchard Park in 1999, the last meeting between the clubs. Tim Brown had 183 receiving yards in a 1993 meeting between the two teams
Bledsoe's arm, attitude improve Bills [10:01 AM]
Oakland Tribune reports: '"I've got a few more years on me than most 30-year-olds, but I'm only 30," Bledsoe said.'
Flashback: Bills 51, Raiders 3 [9:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills won their first AFC Championship with one of the most dominating performances ever displayed in a title game. Buffalo set the tone for the day by driving 75 yards after the opening KO and scored the initial TD when QB Jim Kelly picked up a bad shotgun snap and scrambled to find WR James Lofton for a 13-yard pass.
Raiders' linemen present king-size problems [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Raiders rank No. 1 in the NFL against the run, allowing just 52 yards a game.'
Gilbride knows Bills must stay on even keel [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Well, I've been lucky," Gilbride said. "This isn't the first good team I've been on, or the first great offense. But I'm very proud of the way these guys have bought into what we've been teaching. Now the key is, can we keep on doing it the rest of the season? That's the measuring stick."'
Raiders have celebrated many happy returns [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills rank 30th in the NFL in punt return coverage and 31st in kickoff return coverage.'
Bledsoe stars again in Buffalo [6:50 AM]
San Jose Mercury News reports: 'He is on stage again. He got his wish. Buffalo got its quarterback. ``Crazy,'' he says. ``I guess it just worked out."'
Defensive scheme sacks Newman [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: 'But, truth be told, the fourth-year pro -- who started all 32 games the Bills played in 2000 and 2001 -- is not thrilled by his lack of involvement in Buffalo’s defensive scheme this year.'
Bills happy with decision to play the blues at home [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'But players have been lobbying for an all-blue look at home and all-white look for the road ever since the new colors were unveiled in June. Coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe have listened.'
No prime time for Bledsoe's show [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Could there be a better Week 5 Sunday night or Monday night matchup than the Bills hosting the Oakland Raiders?'
Buffalo under air attack [5:15 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Granted it's early in the season, but both veterans are on pace to shatter a number of team and league passing records. So don't expect either to stop flinging it now.'
Raiders aware of Bledsoe influence [5:12 AM]
Silver and Black Illustrated reports: '"Drew Bledsoe has changed that football team," Raiders' outside linebacker Bill Romanowski said. "He's given them the ability to throw downfield. The guys believe in him."'
'It's dangerous out there' — but amazing Favre keeps on keeping on [5:11 AM]
Jackson Clarion Ledger reports: 'Sunday, in Buffalo, Greenwood's Kent Hull will become the 19th player in the 42-year history of the Buffalo Bills to have his name placed on that franchise's Wall of Fame. Couldn't happen to a more consistent player — or a better guy. Hull missed only two starts in 14 years, playing the physically demanding position of center.'
Bills' Robertson Suspended Four Games for Violating Drug Policy [8:20 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'The league doesn't disclose details of such suspensions.'
Gilbride has Bills' offense off to potent start [8:07 PM]
AP reports: '''The guys are playing well,'' Gilbride said. ''It's somewhat satisfying to see them raise their performance level, understand what they're trying to get done. I've been around some good teams before, but I don't know if I've ever had one consistently come through in the clutch the way they have.'''
DT Robertson suspended four games [8:05 PM]
ESPN reports: 'The former Hinds (Miss.) Community College standout, who started his college career at the University of Georgia, was fined several times last year for being tardy to meetings. The fact he had not dressed for a game yet this season was likely a reflection of his lack of maturity.'
NFL suspends Bills DT Robertson four games for substance abuse [8:03 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'A seventh-round pick by the Bills in 2001, Robertson will not be paid during the suspension, which will cost him $70,588. He will be eligible to return to the active roster on October 27.'
Two Minute Drill… With Pierson Prioleau [5:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Prioleau says Eric Moulds has the best hands on the team and Peerless Price is the best dresser off the field.
Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Raiders Preview [4:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "It's always a little special going against a guy that's as hot as Rich Gannon is and who plays the game the way that he does. You know that it presents a challenge because it's a lot to ask of your defense to hold an offense like theirs down the whole game. You know you have to go out and take advantage of your opportunities a little bit more."
Week 5 Injury Report [2:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Travis Henry and Jay Riemersma listed as probable for the Bills.
Bills Make Roster Moves [1:56 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills today announced that the team has elevated LB Dominique Stevenson from the practice squad to the 53-man roster and signed defensive tackle Omari Jordan to the practice squad.
Robertson suspended four games by NFL [1:06 PM]
AP reports: 'The NFL would not elaborate on the details of the violation.'
Alumni Update: Daryle Lamonica [10:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "I went to (Notre Dame head coach) Joe Kuharich and he said, ‘That’s a pretty good contract and you ought to sign it.’ I remember walking back to my dorm and I thought, ‘God, I’m worth more money than that!’ So I called Johnny Mazur back and I said, ‘Coach, I’m ready to sign but I’ve got to have more money.’ He said, ‘Well, what do you need?’ I said, ‘I need a $2,000 bonus and a $12,000 contract.’
Bills' tight ends join receiving line [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Well, what do you know? Tight ends really do exist in the Buffalo Bills' offense.'
The defense doesn't rest during overtime [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Jerry was more aggressive with his third down calls in overtime," said middle linebacker London Fletcher. "Even against Minnesota, we were aggressive each time their offense had the ball. We came after (the Bears) that last time and forced a hurried throw by (quarterback Jim) Miller."'
Bledsoe making teams pay for not believing [6:41 AM]
San Francisco Chronicle reports: '"Drew's on a mission because of what happened last year," Bills President Tom Donahoe said.'
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