Highlights of this week's game notes [6:33 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Centers stands an excellent chance of being selected to the Pro Bowl as the AFC's fullback. If he does he'd become just the 6th RB to go from both conferences (Centers went in 1995 and '96 with Arizona).'
Newman rushes into pass coverage [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: 'Entering Sunday's game against the New York Jets at Giants Stadium, Newman has three sacks to go with 81 tackles, third most on the team.'
Relentless Ferguson Will Start for Jets [5:21 AM]
New York Times reports: 'They call him Angry Man. And while Jets safety Nick Ferguson is only mildly irritated when his nickname is revealed, he embraces the sort of fearless tackling that has earned him the name from teammates and, earlier in the season, a rare public rebuke from Coach Herman Edwards.'
Two Marks On the Line for Jets [5:20 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'It has been a long time since the Jets were the best at anything, and the players are investing a lot of pride into the chase.'
Don't Expect Herm To Pass Up Run [5:19 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'The Jets are still winning. One more win and they're a playoff team. It may not be the way Herman Edwards does things, but it's very close to exciting.'
Coach Gives 'em A Padding Down [5:18 AM]
New York Daily News reports: 'Actually, the Jets had been scaling back in recent weeks, practicing in full gear only once a week. Not anymore.'
Jet o-line working on double dip [5:18 AM]
New York Post reports: 'The Jets line has not only allowed the second-fewest amount of quarterbacks sacks in the NFL (16 to the Chicago Bears' 15), but Curtis Martin is a mere seven yards behind Kansas City's Priest Holmes in the race for the NFL rushing title - something Mawae yesterday matter-of-factly guaranteed Martin would accomplish.'
Herm takes weight off Jets [5:17 AM]
New York Post reports: 'In a move that has a lot of "smiles on players' faces," according to Vinny Testaverde, Herman Edwards revealed yesterday that he plans to practice the players without full pads for the rest of the season.'
A Big hit: No Contact [5:16 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With a classic letdown game against the 2-12 Buffalo Bills in front of them, is this the time to lighten the workload?'
Jets Eye Best Rusher-Fewest Sacks Combo [5:15 AM]
New York Newsday reports: 'With a strong finish by Curtis Martin and no major breakdowns in the pass protection, the Jets could become only the fifth team in 32 seasons to have the NFL's leading rusher and allow the fewest sacks.'
Jets have spring in their step thanks to a 'fresh' approach [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: 'If there were any doubts that Jets coach Herman Edwards is the antithesis of hardliners Bill Parcells and Al Groh, his latest move should be the clincher. Yesterday, Edwards announced that the team will practice without pads for the remainder of the season in an effort to keep the players fresh for the stretch run.'
Line looks to make history [5:15 AM]
Newark Star Ledger reports: '"You can go around and say we had the league's leading rusher and we led the league in the least amount of sacks. It's huge. (It would say) we're the best."'
Becht turns out to be good catch [5:14 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Don't look now, but Becht is being counted on big-time again.'
Vinny appreciates clean jersey [5:13 AM]
Bergen Record reports: 'Testaverde's blockers have yielded no sacks in the past three games against Pittsburgh, Cincinnati, and Indianapolis. If they pitch another shutout against Buffalo on Sunday, it will mark the first four-game stretch without allowing a sack since the team began its life as the Titans in 1960.'
Moore tries to revive career with Miami [9:35 PM]
AP reports: 'Moore believes the offseason incidents were a major reason the Bills released him, but he said he harbors no grudge. "I don't have to prove anything to them," Moore said. "They know what they let go."'
Tight end becoming key in Jets' developing offense [3:54 PM]
AP reports: 'Until recently, Becht hasn't had much impact in the pros. But against Cincinnati and Indianapolis, he caught game-winning touchdown passes. He is becoming a more integral part of New York's offense.'
Yes, the Bills and Jets are eerily similar [1:47 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'So, with all those similarities, how is there a seven-win difference between these two teams? Two glaring statistics...'
Jets' plan: Capitalize on postseason opportunity [10:14 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'If they beat Buffalo and Oakland in their remaining two games, the Jets will win the AFC East and earn a first-round bye in the playoffs.'
Jets notebook [10:13 AM]
Bridgewater Courier News reports: 'Glenn is listed as questionable for Sunday's game against Buffalo. But there is no doubt in Glenn's mind that he will play in some capacity against the Bills.'
Bills' pile of penalties leaves foul residue [8:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills are the second-most penalized team in the NFL.'
Bryson to start; Hulsey may play for Ostroski [8:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Shawn Bryson will get the start again at running back for the Buffalo Bills on Sunday, but one of his starting blockers may be missing.'
Martin just produces big yardage [5:51 AM]
D and C reports: 'The Jets have switched to a version of the West Coast offense this season, and they are using the running of Martin to ignite the offense.'
Cottrell a top prospect to take Chargers post [5:50 AM]
D and C reports: 'Cottrell and former Bills coach Wade Phillips are said to be atop San Diego general manager John Butler's wish list, and it only makes sense since they worked for him in Buffalo.'
Sabres, Bills fans endure the frustration of tough years [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'How often have the Bills and Sabres had what turned out to be losing teams playing overlapping schedules? Only three times...'.
Playoffs on Jets' radar [5:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'There is always a chance the Bills will throw in the towel, but with head coach Gregg Williams and general manager Tom Donahoe building for next season, training camp 2002 already has begun.'
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."'
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