Oh, what a difference a year makes [10:34 PM] Shout! reports:
"If I were a Martian dropped on this earth and somehow my only outlet to humanity was the Buffalo Bills bulleting boards, I wouldn't be able to tell if a worse fate awaited us unless the Bills running game got rolling, the quarterback position was settled or the offensive line finally started acting like a one ton battering ram. Of course, if I was the same Martian, I couldn't tell you if this discussion was happening in 1999, 1998, 1997, or 1996."
Injury May Sideline Colts' Burris [9:23 AM] Indianapolis Star-News reports:
'Starting cornerback Jeff Burris sustained what is believed to be a dislocated left thumb during 11-on-11 drills. The injury occurred when Burris closed on a receiver after a reception. Despite the noncontact tenor of the day's work, the two collided and Burris was the worse for wear.'
Greene's Simplicity: Just Know Your Role [9:15 AM] D & C reports:
'"We're a wide-open offense, we want to throw the ball down field and get it to the receivers," said Greene, who played two seasons for the Carolina Panthers before signing with the Colts midway through last season. "The fullback doesn't have that big a role right now, but now and then I'll come in (and help).'
Lighter Phillips Puts Heavy Emphasis On His New Diet [9:12 AM] D & C reports:
'Phillips lost his weight -- perhaps as much as 60 pounds -- on a popular diet called Sugar Busters, which tries to decrease insulin levels that help determine a person's hunger. It's long on fruits and meat, short on potatoes and rice.'
September 10, 1999
AFC East Preview [2:59 PM] Boston Globe reports:
'This is the sleeper team in the league. The Bills have the ability to take it all. Doug Flutie is the key. If he plays like he did a year ago, they'll be in the playoffs because they can run the ball inside (Antowain Smith) and play solid defense. They were hurt at CB last year and feel they have improved with Winfield. Watch for Price to give them a serious deep threat to team with Eric Moulds.'
AFC East Preview [10:46 AM] Chicago Tribune reports:
'Antowain Smith has yet to show he's the kind of runner defenses fear, the way they used to respect Thurman Thomas, who is still around. The Bills lost twice to the Jets and twice to the Dolphins including playoffs last year. They must do better within the division.'
All's Calm Around The Bills [6:54 AM] Toronto Star reports:
'The offensive line gets a makeover, with Jerry Ostroski moving to centre to replace Dusty Ziegler, and second-year Robert Hicks moving in at right tackle. Hicks was superb in three starts last season, but has to handle a heavier workload. There may be more change in store on the OL, with Joe Panos bothered by a bulging disk in his neck that has robbed him of some strength and may keep him out of the start of the season, if not more. Even more than Flutie, it's this offensive line that may indeed determine the Bills' success.'
Best Bets [6:43 AM] D & C reports:
'Buffalo 24, INDIANAPOLIS 17 -- The Bills are 15-4 against the spread (ATS) in the last 19 meetings and 7-1 in the last eight meetings outright. The 2 1/2-point underdog Colts are closing the talent gap but probably aren't ready to turn the tables yet.'
Don't Expect Replay To Eliminate Debates [6:40 AM] D & C reports:
'Walk into the administration building at Ralph Wilson Stadium and standing in the corner is a soft sculpture of an NFL referee wearing glasses and signaling a touchdown. It was commissioned by owner Ralph Wilson for display at his private Super Bowl party in January dubbed, "We get the last laugh party."'
AFC East Preview [6:36 AM] USA Today reports:
'In Buffalo, the magic is still there in the 5-9 form of quarterback Doug Flutie. But don't be surprised if Rob Johnson plays a key role in the underrated Bills' attempt to win their first title since 1995.'