Edwards Urges Jets to Seize Chance for Playoffs [5:48 AM]
New York Times reports: 'For anyone who has spent significant time with the Jets - Lewis, Aaron Glenn, Victor Green, Marvin Jones - these chances have been as slippery as Jell-O. Last year, the Jets seemed to have the playoffs firmly in their grasp, only to let it squeeze between their fingers with three straight losses to close out the season.'
Jet vets going for it [5:47 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"It's not an every-day deal," Edwards said later. "Getting into the playoffs isn't an every-day deal. Winning 10 games isn't an every-day deal. Or 11 games. That's not an every-day deal. They understand that. We have to take advantage of this opportunity."'
Herm: Leave it to Vinny [5:46 AM]
New York Daily News reports: '"We're going to do what we've been doing the last two weeks," said Edwards, whose confidence in the passing attack has grown over the last five quarters. Ah, but there's a caveat: Turnovers and three-and-outs must be kept to a minimum.'
Glenn has healthy outlook on facing the Bills [5:45 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Last time the Jets faced the Bills, the quarterback was Rob Johnson. This time, it's Alex Van Pelt, whom the Jets perceive as a bigger threat in some respects than Johnson. "Nothing against Rob," Glenn said, "but this dude is a fiery guy. He's kind of like (Doug) Flutie."'
Herm illustrates rarity of this big opportunity [5:44 AM]
New York Post reports: '"He's making the point that the opportunities don't come along very often," Testaverde said, "so when they do, take full advantage of it. Don't mess it up by saying, 'Ah, I don't have to lift weights today, I don't have to take the extra reps . . . just work hard, continue to do the things we've done, and good things will happen. Just kinda seize the moment so to speak, because you don't know what next year's gonna bring. We talked about the ('98) AFC Championship Game, saying we were gonna win the Super Bowl the next year, and we go 8-8, so . . . You can't count on next year. You have to take advantage of what's in front of you now."'
Glenn not counting himself out vs. Bills [5:43 AM]
New York Post reports: 'Jets cornerback Aaron Glenn, though listed as questionable for Sunday's game against the Bills with his sprained right knee, sounded yesterday as if he'll be in the lineup in some shape or form.'
Late Hitter Finds Timing [5:42 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Ferguson has moved ahead of the more experienced Chris Hayes, who signed a five-year, $5-million contract before the season and believed he would be the starter.'
Edwards Dangles Title as Motivational Carrot [5:42 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'Herman Edwards' latest motivational exercise was a simple one. In the team meeting yesterday morning, Edwards asked, "How many guys in this room have won a division?"'
Jets offensive line draws strength from Fabini [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Fabini, one of the most underrated left tackles in the NFL, is enjoying perhaps the best season of his four-year career.'
Bills' Van Pelt takes things in stride [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Q. Buffalo is a proud franchise. How has the team dealt with losing? A. It has been hard for a lot of the older guys, especially those who have been here, a couple of them, for the Super Bowl runs. But the young guys keep working hard. You haven't seen this team lay down yet. This team has a lot of pride. We're playing some good effort football. That's a good positive note to build on for next year.'
Vets are pointing to playoffs [5:41 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'Veterans are stressing to the younger players how important it is to seize the moment and reach the playoffs. Only 16 Jets remain on the roster who played a prominent role on the 1998 AFC East title team, and for most of them that was their only postseason appearance.'
Jets safety Ferguson can now be called a starter [5:41 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"I'm going to show what I can and do the best job I can," Ferguson said Wednesday, four days before the first start of his NFL career. "It's not a position where I feel I'm going to go in and botch it up, although some people may feel that way."'
Jets notebook [5:40 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'The Jets' path has become very clear: win two games, get the AFC East title, the conference's second seed, and a first-round bye. Win one, get into the playoffs. Win none, possibly miss the postseason.'
The teams who can crash playoff parties [5:39 AM]
ESPN reports: 'But amid the carnage of a transitional year largely spent cleaning up the salary cap mess that the new football regime inherited and trying to accelerate the learning curve for one of the league's youngest rosters, Buffalo Bills general manager Tom Donahoe offered Monday that head coach Gregg Williams has done a terrific job in his rookie season.'
Bills find sweeping success in run attack [5:39 AM]
AP reports: 'It's taken the Bills three months to figure out how to establish a potent running attack. Little did anyone realize the answer was as simple as pitching the ball outside.'
Bills' Henry to Miss Second Straight Game With Sprained Knee [8:46 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Rookie Travis Henry, the Buffalo Bills' leading rusher, will miss his second straight game with a sprained right knee.'
Cornerback set to return from knee injury [2:29 PM]
AP reports: 'Aaron Glenn doesn't want to be left out, so he's moving back into the lineup.'
Van Pelt makes mark on Bills [1:18 PM]
Pittsburgh Post Gazette reports: 'The Bills clearly have played better with Van Pelt than they did with Johnson. It's led to a quarterback controversy that no one expected.'
Hackett's offense finally broke out [10:00 AM]
Asbury Park Press/Home News Tribune reports: 'Hackett called as masterful a game as Vinny Testaverde pitched in Sunday night's thrilling, 29-28 comeback win against the Indianapolis Colts. The Jets ignited for 451 total net yards, their most since they rang up 524 yards in a 34-20 season-ending loss to the Baltimore Ravens last Dec. 24.'
Bills enjoy sweep smell of success [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The toss sweep has become the Bills' signature running play.'
Ostroski defines courage [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...he realized the main reason the award went to him was because he suffered a broken right leg, mended with a plate and screws, and came back much sooner than expected.'
Behavior of Bills fans a bright spot in dark year [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Only one game, against the Miami Dolphins, with a noticeably large number of fights and ejections.'
Winning With Chemistry: Testaverde to Chrebet [6:53 AM]
New York Times reports: 'The chemistry that has long existed between quarterback and receiver was obvious against the Indianapolis Colts on Sunday night, when Testaverde hit Chrebet on 8 passes for 118 yards.'
Coleman's on the bubble [6:52 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'One of Bill Parcells' first personnel moves as Jets general manager in 2000 was signing cornerback Marcus Coleman to a five-year, $20 million contract. Coleman, coming off a breakthrough season, appeared ticketed for stardom. Now he may get a ticket to ride — out of town.'
Whatever it's called, it works [6:51 AM]
New York Post reports: 'So, ditching the "West Coast" moniker, what the Jets have done is build a running game that's consistent and a weapon, protect the ball and sprinkle in the passing game as a complement.'
2-Minute Thrill [6:50 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets are 9-5 with a chance to clinch a playoff berth this week at home against Buffalo. They can win the AFC East and get a first-round bye if they win their last two. They are in this position for a lot of reasons, not the least of which is an old man playing quarterback like a kid.'
Herm Had Good Idea [6:49 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'The Jets' offense and its embattled coordinator had their most creative and effective game of the year in Sunday's 29-28 victory in Indianapolis.'
Redemption arrives for Hackett [6:48 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '...Hackett's offense shined like never before in a 29-28 victory over the Colts, a victory that all but assured the Jets (9-5) of a playoff berth.'
Jets just getting by their opposition [6:47 AM]
Bergen Record reports: '"The Jets are scrappy," Curtis Martin said in ESPN's slick pregame production. "We don't care if we win by one, we don't care if we win by 50. We just want to get it done."'
Testaverde is showing his worth [9:34 PM]
AP reports: '"I like it because the guys are having fun," Edwards said. "They are playing loose and having fun and that's how you have to play. You can't play tight. That's what I told them: 'You can't be tight; you just have to go play. Let it all hang out. Play football like you know how.'"'
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