Position-by-position matchups [5:10 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'It has become painfully obvious that the Texans can't defend the run, and the Bills will exploit that on a day when the conditions could make it difficult to throw the ball. Buffalo's defense has been solid, but the Texans consistently have moved the ball on good defenses this season. The offense can't afford to leave plays on the field, as it did in last week's loss to Cincinnati. If it does, the result will be the same.'
Fangio still has a Jones for a good challenge [5:09 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'All of which sends Fangio scrambling in against the Buffalo Bills the way he has since the start of the season, scheming and plotting and playing chess without the right number of pieces, juggling with one arm. The defense that a year ago was eighth-best overall in the league now is ranked 31st.'
Knee injuries play havoc with running back corps [5:08 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'A recent survey of NFL physicians showed that nearly 90 percent of NFL athletes who tore the ACL -- the primary stabilizing ligament in the knee -- were able to return to competition after surgery. That doesn't mean all were as good as they were before their injury. The Buffalo Bills, the Texans' opponent today, are counting on the percentages after selecting former Miami running back Willis McGahee late in the first round of this year's draft despite serious health questions. The All-America running back, projected as a top draft pick, tore the ACL, the medial collateral ligament (MCL) and posterior cruciate ligament (PCL) early in the fourth quarter of the Hurricanes' 31-24 double-overtime loss to Ohio State in the Fiesta Bowl.'
Forward thinking [3:13 PM]
HoustonTexans.com reports: 'However, as far as Foreman is concerned, there would be no place better to turn that around than tomorrow in Ralph Wilson Stadium, where he enjoyed his first three seasons in the NFL. He will not admit to holding any grudges against his old squad, but the fire burns deep within him to even the mark against the team that traded him, after Buffalo defeated the Texans last year 31-24 here in Houston. “It might mean a little bit more, but not too much more," Foreman said. "Maybe last year it meant more because I had just been traded and I still didn’t know how to act or react to the trade."'
Reed Making Strides in Second Season [3:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"My confidence is very high right now. It has to be because of the fact that the coaches let a good player like Peerless Price go because they believed that I was good enough to do the job."'
Bills Punter Moorman Kicking For a Cure [3:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'The punter donates $100 each time he kicks inside the 20 yard mark, and his goal is to get a pledge form out in which other people can donate along with him. The main thing for Moorman is that he is getting awareness for pediatric cancer research and helping to raise the percentage of children that survive it.'
Texans are crawling toward respectability [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Perhaps the biggest difference in the Texans is their feistiness. Two of their last three losses were by seven points or less, and a 30-21 defeat at Indianapolis was closer than the final score indicated.'
Moulds may miss game with Texans [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Given the importance of Sunday's game it would take a lot to keep Moulds on the sideline. But he has maintained he wouldn't play if he were unable to help the team.'
Bills aren't about to bail on Drew [5:20 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'In the 17 games since, the Bills are 7-10 including 1-8 on the road. During that stretch Bledsoe’s QB rating is 73.4, he averages almost 100 yards less passing per game and has thrown 14 TDs compared to 18 interceptions.'
Benching Gilbride may serve Bills best [5:19 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Let Gilbride work on the game plan during the week, but on game day the demanding job of operating that plan needs a fresh set of eyes.'
With Moses gimpy, Texans hold tryouts [5:18 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'The Texans have been one of the worst defensive teams in the NFL.'
It's Downright Offensive [5:17 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction: Bills 28 Texans 20 (Season record 5-4). The 28 points will come from 6 field goals and 2 safeties. You don’t really think this offense could score four touchdowns!'
Inside slant [5:16 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: '"Everybody has to look at themselves and say, 'Am I doing enough to help the team win?'" Moulds said. "If not, then get out of there and let someone else do it. We're not playing well enough to do anything right now. Seventeen quarters without a TD? That's ridiculous. There are semi-pro teams that score more."'
Strategy and personnel [5:15 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'This really needn't be difficult. The Texans are an improved team on offense, are well coached under Dom Capers, and they're dangerous, judging by wins over Miami and Carolina. But Houston is 31st in defense, 29th against the run, and this is a prime opportunity for the Bills struggling offense to get well again but running the ball to their hearts delight. Cincinnati used 57 rushes, good for 240 yards, to earn a 34-27 victory last week. The Titans have a mere eight sacks so protecting Drew Bledsoe shouldn't be the problem it's been lately. Defensively, Texans' young gun David Carr, receivers Andre Johnson and Corey Bradford, and rookie RB Domanick Davis command respect. But the Bills No. 3 unit is coming off a strong game against Dallas and should be primed for a big day at home.'
Notes, quotes, anecdotes [5:14 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'At 4-5, the Bills are far from eliminated from the playoff chase, particularly for a wild-card berth where an 8-8 mark might be good enough to win a spot in the topsy-turvy AFC. "We're back at home. We're still in the mix," coach Gregg Williams said. "We've got a lot of areas on our football team that are playing very strong and what we've got to do is get a couple of the other ones fixed and we'll be right back in the mix again."'
Ralph Wilson Purchases Bills Tickets For Local Military Personnel [6:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bills owner Ralph Wilson, Jr. has purchased more than 4,000 tickets to this weekend's game with the Houston Texans and has donated them to local military personnel.'
Haggan Added To 53-Man Roster [6:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Haggan (6-3, 248) was selected by the Bills in the seventh round of the 2003 Draft out of Mississippi State and has spent the entire season on the practice squad.'
Moulds added to injury report [6:22 PM]
AP reports: 'Moulds still leads Buffalo with 41 catches for 542 yards.'
Moulds questionable with groin injury [5:56 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The same injury forced Moulds to miss games against the New York Jets and the Washington Redskins in October.'
New heights [3:21 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'By spreading the Bills out with three and four receivers, Houston can mitigate the strength of Buffalo's defense. Linebackers Takeo Spikes, London Fletcher and former Texan Jeff Posey form one of the best units in the league. The Bills' safeties, though, are among the worst. Lawyer Milloy and Izell Reese were brought in to make big plays. Last year, Buffalo's safeties did not have an interception or a forced fumble. This season, the Bills have created just 10 turnovers, and none of the team's seven interceptions are by a safety.'
Home cooking [12:43 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"We played last year and there were many times when our offense had to bail our defense out," Williams said. "We'd give up 29 [points] and have to score 30 to win a ball game. Our defense is playing really solid right now. The special teams are playing really solid. Those two phases need to bail out the offense a little bit until they get kick-started again. We're really only one or two plays away from getting it rolling."'
Kelly was close to being a Raider [12:42 PM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"I could have played for the Raiders in a heartbeat. We tried to work out a trade with the Steelers and the Raiders both, but Ralph Wilson, our owner, would not trade me. He said if he did he'd have to leave the city."'
Kelly now quarterbacking for cure of son's disease [12:41 PM]
Naples Daily News reports: '"What this is all about is hope because it is the hope through my son that we will make a difference," Kelly said. "And already since we started the foundation the awareness has grown almost six figures. We see people in airports and they ask how Hunter is doing first before asking what's wrong with the Buffalo Bills.'
Tasker Flattered By Semi-Finalist Selection [12:40 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I think it’s great," Tasker said. "I didn’t expect it. It’s certainly flattering, no question about it. It never ceases to amaze me that people remember when I played the further it gets into the history books. I’m flattered even more so that people still remember that I actually played and sometimes played pretty well."'
Posey eager to face ex-mates [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last year, I led the Texans in sacks, so that's something I became known for," Posey said. "I came here looking to improve on that and become even better at rushing the passer."'
McGee adds depth to cornerback corps [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Bills haven't indicated whether the switch to McGee is permanent, but it is a sign of how much the fourth-round draft pick out of Northwestern State has developed this season.'
Hall should make room for Tasker, Wilson [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But I'd make Tasker wait another year if given the choice between him and Ralph Wilson, another semifinalist. We're talking 44 years with the Bills. That's almost as long as the Yankees have owned the Red Sox. Voters who balk when it comes to Wilson are overanalyzing the issue.'
Sick days cost big time [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's as if a mysterious disease sweeps through Buffalo government offices on a regular basis. Like last Dec. 2, for example, when 252 city workers - 7 percent of the city payroll - called in sick. There wasn't a flu bug going around that day. But it was a snowy Monday, a day after the Bills played the Miami Dolphins.'
Bills-Texans Game Sold Out [7:18 AM]
buffalobills.com reports: The Bills-Texans game this Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium is sold out and will be televised locally. A small number of tickets returned by the visiting team remain available for purchase.
Bills: Posey excited to face old team [5:15 AM]
Rochester D & C reports: 'Posey has 2.5 sacks, 3 pressures, 39 tackles and 1 forced fumble, numbers that mirror the production of the man he replaced, Keith Newman. Buffalo, however, has leapt from 14th overall in yards to No. 3, from 29th against the run to 14th, and from 27th in points allowed to seventh.'
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