QB debate threatens to fade with fall [9:07 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'But you had to wonder. If Johnson was healthy enough to come in the game for eight plays, why wasn't he healthy enough to start? Why didn't he play in the second half? He looked fine.'
Widow recalls Wall honoree Kalsu as man of integrity [9:06 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'"I'm so proud of Bob. He was a man of integrity. I miss him terribly, but it's an honor to be here to celebrate not only his contributions to the Bills, but to America as well."'
Monday billboard [9:05 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'Bills coach Wade Phillips used both Doug Flutie and Rob Johnson, setting the tone for a prolonged quarterback quandary this week.'
Bills flatten Bears as Flutie's run ends [7:52 AM] D and C reports:
'"Doug's done a really good job and we won games, and that's the important thing," Phillips said. "Both of them have won, we've played well with both of them, and we've got to keep doing that."'
Hard-hitting Bears plant six Bills on the sidelines [7:51 AM] D and C reports:
'The Bills had six players leave the game, including two defensive backs -- Antoine Winfield and Donovan Greer -- which left the team dangerously thin in the secondary for the second half.'
Who leads this team? Vote yes for the defense [7:50 AM] D and C reports:
'We haven't seen the last of Flutie. And kudos to him for his classy attitude in turning the reins over, not an easy thing to do for one so competitive. That attitude is the very definition of leadership.'
Bills-Bears game notes [7:48 AM] D and C reports:
'In their last three games, all victories, the Bills are plus-8 in the takeaway/giveaway department.'
Flutie wins, loses starting role [7:47 AM] Toronto Star reports:
'Doug Flutie played well enough to beat the Chicago Bears 20-3 yesterday, but not well enough to start next week.'
No end to Bills' conflict [7:46 AM] Toronto Star reports:
'Following the Bills' snoozer of a 20-3 win over the offensively challenged Chicago Bears yesterday, in which both men played a role, they were given a chance to bury the hatchet in the fertile soil of their simmering feud. Not so subtly, they each came up short.'
Crowd roars for Rob [7:45 AM] Toronto Sun reports:
'Just as they did four weeks ago when Johnson separated his shoulder, Bills fans had a chance to take sides with a public display in this quarterback controversy, roaring with approval as Flutie was held back.'
Johnson will start against Chiefs [7:44 AM] Toronto Sun reports:
'After what he has seen the past month, Rob Johnson knows as long as he and Doug Flutie are in Buffalo there will be no real peace.'
More pain, no gain [7:44 AM] Chicago Tribune reports:
'So much for the quarterback controversy. For that matter, so much for the rest of the season.'
Miller on McNown: He'll be great [7:43 AM] Chicago Tribune reports:
'"Cade is going to be a great quarterback. I'll be the first one to say that. His physical skills are second to none."'
Miller confident he'll rebound [7:42 AM] Chicago Tribune reports:
'"Things like this have just happened in my career. They're character builders and I know I'll come back stronger. All I can do is heal up."'
Good defense? Don't tell Bears [7:41 AM] Chicago Tribune reports:
'The defense had held the Buffalo Bills to 299 total yards and allowed only 13 points despite four turnovers in the second half by the Bears offense. They did not allow the Bills a first down in the fourth quarter.'
The Buffalo ills [7:38 AM] Chicago Sun Times reports:
'As usual, disaster struck just when things seemed to be looking up for the Bears.'
Urlacher keeps fans tuning in [7:38 AM] Chicago Sun Times reports:
'Rookie middle linebacker Brian Urlacher was at his omnipresent best again Sunday, turning up so often you'd swear he'd been cloned. Officially, Urlacher was credited with 14 tackles, but seemed to have that many in the first half alone.'
Adding injury to insult [7:35 AM] Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports:
'Any chance the Bears had of salvaging some respectability from a disappointing season probably ended when quarterback Jim Miller suffered a torn left Achilles' tendon with 5:20 left in the first half Sunday.'
On an otherwise dreary day, defense shines [7:34 AM] Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports:
'Against the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, the defense made a game of it when the offense offered only 3 points the entire day.'
Robinson wants no part of any moral victories [7:33 AM] Arlington Heights Daily Herald reports:
'Only twice this season have the Bears permitted fewer than the 299 total yards they surrendered against the Bills (276 vs. the Lions and 298 against the Eagles), but it wasn't good enough to prevent another defeat.'
Painful step for Bears [7:32 AM] Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports:
'Jim Miller's season officially ended Sunday.'
Bears Notebook [7:30 AM] Tinley Park Daily Southtown reports:
'The Bears are paying Thomas Smith big bucks to stop the opponent's top receiver, something the veteran cornerback failed to do in Sunday's 20-3 loss to Buffalo.'