A touch of Texas [1:47 PM]
Beaumont Enterprise reports: 'With all of the former Lone Star State and Houston Oilers coaches and players populating the roster, you would think the Erie Canal was a football pipeline extending 2,000 miles south.'
Drew Bledsoe Quotebook: Texans Preview [9:32 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Their defensive scheme presents some real problems from a pass protection standpoint. Trying to figure out who is blitzing and where they are coming from and how they are doing things- their defense looks really good. We have a challenge ahead of us."
Texans' zone blitz figures to dog Bledsoe [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Capers helped popularize the "zone blitz," which has been one of the most significant tactical developments in football in the past decade.'
Some familiar faces await the Bills in Houston [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I've seen a lot of guys who it takes a while to learn the game," Flowers told the Chronicle. "It took Trent Dilfer a while. Now, he has a Super Bowl ring. It's too early to throw the bust tag on me. I know my abilities, and I know I'm not (a bust). I will be successful in this league, whether it's now or later on."'
Texans promise Bills a rowdy reception [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Aside from Williams, offensive coordinator Kevin Gilbride and defensive backs coach Pat Thomas were Oilers assistants. Defensive coordinator Jerry Gray and defensive assistant Steve Jackson were Oilers defensive backs.'
Ex-Bills finding a home with Texans [5:14 AM]
D and C reports: 'Ex-Bills Jay Foreman, Erik Flowers, Avion Black and Matt Stevens are all members of the Texans. All but Flowers are playing key roles for the NFL’s newest team.'
Rookie Texan QB impresses Bledsoe [5:13 AM]
Toronto Star reports: '"I remember warming up and seeing Bruce Smith coming out of the tunnel. ... I think I peed down my leg,'' Bledsoe recalled with a laugh yesterday.'
From Texas to Buffalo, Bills' Williams is coming into his own [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"Mike's paying better attention to detail than he was at first. He's getting better with his steps and getting leverage. He's getting his weight down. He's just not refined right now, but he will be."'
Schau returns with a twist [5:11 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Veteran offensive lineman Ryan Schau practiced at full speed Wednesday for the first time since injuring his right knee the week of the Sept. 8 season opener. Schau worked with the first-team offense at right guard, the position at which Weary has started the first four games. So does that mean it's a given Schau will start at right guard Sunday when the Texans host the Buffalo Bills at Reliant Stadium?'
The Buzz: October 9, 2002 [5:10 AM]
NASCAR.com reports: 'Kelly, who led the Buffalo Bills to four consecutive Super Bowl appearances, will be a partner, with different day-to-day duties than a normal owner. The active owner is said to be someone with 15 years of involvement in Busch Series team ownership.'
Jim Kelly to take his drive to NASCAR? [5:09 AM]
AP reports: 'A related press conference is scheduled for Friday at Lowe’s Motor Speedway in Charlotte, N.C.'
Moulds, Price peerless so far [8:38 PM]
AP reports: '''Put it this way, I have supreme confidence in those two guys right now,'' said Bledsoe as the Bills prepare for Sunday's game at Houston. ''Teams, I think, are starting to focus on trying to shut them down, but they're still making plays.'''
Williams ready to play despite rib injury [8:37 PM]
AP reports: '''You've got to do what you've got to do to try to win,'' said Williams, after getting limited time in the team's afternoon practice session. He added that the injury isn't severe enough to require him to wear any additional padding.'
AFC first-quarter report card [4:38 PM]
ESPN reports: The Bills are this year's Indianapolis Colts: All offense, no defense. But at least they are more competitive.
Greenwood rightly proud of Kent Hull [4:21 PM]
Greenwood Commonwealth reports: 'Buffalo was a great place for Hull to play - a working class city that appreciated the often unsung heroes along the offensive line.'
Gray area [4:08 PM]
WGRZ-TV reports: 'So it’s pretty obvious the Bills’ defense has regressed, rather than progressed, in its second season under defensive coordinator Jerry Gray.'
Bills - Texans Connections [3:50 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "(I have) a lot of great memories there, lot of friends there," said Gregg Williams. "They'll be some memories. We have a lot of guys that have 40, 50, 60 tickets to disperse this week. It's always fun to play in front of family and friends and go back home, but it's only (really) fun when you win."
Sportsticker NFL Preview: Buffalo at Houston [1:07 PM]
Fox Sports reports: "Buffalo may have an explosive offense, but its defense has been abysmal as the Bills are surrendering 36 points per game. The Texans are coming off their bye week. Two weeks ago, Carr passed for 188 yards and two touchdowns but was sacked seven times in a 35-17 loss at Philadelphia."
Flashback: Bills 41, Houston Oilers 38 (OT) [12:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: January 3, 1993: Down by 32 points with 28 remaining, the Bills staged the greatest comeback in NFL History. Buffalo scored four TDs in under seven minutes in the third quarter, and rallied from a 35-3 deficit to down the Houston Oilers 41-38 in overtime.
Week 5 Injury Report: Bills at Texans [11:44 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Chidi Ahanotu, Dave Moore and Pat Williams listed questionable.
Alumni Update: Frank Lewis [9:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: A quiet leader, Lewis, who played in the 1981 Pro Bowl, retired prior to the ‘84 season. His Buffalo numbers: Six seasons, 269 catches, 4,638 yards and 24 touchdown receptions. For his 13-year career: 397 catches, 6,724 yards and 41 touchdowns.
Improved Moorman gets the hang of power punting [9:16 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Moorman has been a force for the Bills, leading the NFL with a 47.8-yard average on 21 punts.'
N.Y. farm Drew No. 11's attention [7:51 AM]
Bosotn Herald reports: 'Word from the locker room is that former New England Patriot football hero Drew Bledsoe has picked up a big antique farm in upstate New York where he and the brood will settle now that No. 11's the Buffalo Bills' No. 1 guy. Of course, Drew is still carrying the mortgage on the manse in Medfield, which is on the market for nearly $9 million but hasn't found a buyer yet. Don't fret, Bledsoe makes the big bucks, he can afford the two payments.'
Texans' offense hopes to thrive [5:20 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: '"When you've got Drew Bledsoe, and he's putting the ball up 50 times, you know he's going to connect on some of them," Miller said. "As an offense we have to keep pace with them and find a way to put points on the board."'
Williams-led Bills staff rekindles Houston memories [5:12 AM]
Houston Chronicle reports: 'Williams, 44, spent nine years in Houston, beginning in 1988 when he was a graduate assistant under Jack Pardee at the University of Houston. In 1990, Williams followed Pardee to the Oilers. Over the next seven seasons, he worked in quality control and coached special teams and linebackers before he was promoted to defensive coordinator.'
Texans need more ammunition to match Bills' firepower [9:38 PM]
AP reports: 'The Texans still have the worst offense in the NFL.'
Ask WR Peerless Price [3:08 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Fourth-year wide receiver Peerless Price recorded his second 100-yard game of the season and the seventh of his career in Sunday's loss to the Raiders. Price caught 7 balls for 126 yards and a TD to give him 35 receptions for 493 yards and 4 TDs through five games this season.
Bills logging big numbers (defensively) [2:13 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'The only thing that catches your eye more than the fact that Buffalo is scoring over 32 points per game is that it’s surrendering an NFL-worst 36.'
Raiders grade [1:21 PM]
Contra Costa Times reports: 'Coach Bill Callahan coaxed another inspired effort from his players. He and his staff devised solid game plans that kept the Bills off-balance and produced strong showings from offense, defense and special teams. His players overcame penalties, dropped passes, missing starters, a sold-out crowd and Bledsoe. Grade: A-'
Raiders' offense in high gear [1:18 PM]
Santa Rosa Press Democrat reports: 'Buchanon is having the time of his life. Despite getting burned on coverages in the first half, Buchanon intercepted Drew Bledsoe in the fourth quarter and returned the ball 81 yards for a touchdown. He also batted down two passes.'
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