AFC's rising tide points to a smooth postseason ride for Colts [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Colts are very good, but so are Kansas City, Tennessee and New England. All belong to the AFC. All four teams have good quarterbacks with Manning in Indianapolis, Trent Green in K.C., Steve McNair in Tennessee and Tom Brady in New England. The Chiefs, like the Colts, have a premium running back in Priest Holmes.'
Dungy brings class act to Indianapolis sideline [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Tony Dungy is an outstanding person because of his strong Christian faith, and he lives it out every day," Steckel said. "He looks so poised and peaceful because of who he is. That kind of posture is an excellent example to young men. I think that poise spreads throughout the team on game day. . . . I think his example was honored the night they had that great comeback in Tampa this year."'
Fuel for football fans [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Except for Saturdays, Sundays in Erie County have the highest number of DWI arrests, according to data from the county's Stop DWI program. Sundays during football season, in particular, had some of the largest numbers of DWI arrests.'
Bills' spark still MIA [5:18 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'What some would interpret as an emotionless, comatose team going through the motions for a lame-duck head coach, the Bills say is actually a team of professionals uniting to make the most out of the NFL season’s final six games.'
Big lack of depth at QB is scary for Bills [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Suggestions for Bills general manager Tom Donohoe: select a quarterback in the middle rounds of the 2004 NFL college draft and hope for the best and/or sign a free-agent QB this off season. It has paid off for other teams.'
Bills Q&A: Sam Aiken [5:16 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“I would say just being around the team. It’s really family oriented around here. On the off days there might be 10 or 15 guys going bowling. I’m not used to that. Being in Buffalo they work together as a family and go out as a team, and that’s something I never experienced.”'
The Scouting Report [5:15 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The mathematicians will tell you the Bills are still in the hunt for a playoff berth. The mathematicians are not being realistic.'
Bills reduced to playing for pride [5:14 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Guys are extremely angry and very disappointed,” he said. “I don’t think anybody anticipated that this is where we’d be at this point in the season, especially after the first two games.''
Colts face a 'should win' game [5:13 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"Every team is good," Bratzke said. "We won't look past Buffalo because Tony doesn't and he won't let us."'
Bledsoe scrambles for answer [5:12 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"I'm never going to be a run-around guy," he said. "If that's what it takes to win, they're going to have to find a different guy because I'm not going to go run around a ton."'
'91 Colts can identify with Bills [5:11 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: '"They haven't scored a lot of points," coach Tony Dungy said, "but we know they've got a Pro Bowl-caliber quarterback, a great receiver and a great running back. So we . . . expect them to play their best."'
Colts at Bills [5:00 PM]
Colts.com reports: 'The Bills and Colts played twice a season from 1970-2001, when both teams were members of the AFC East. The Bills lead the series, 34-28, and the Colts have won the last four meetings between the teams. That’s one game shy of Indianapolis’ longest winning streak in the series, a streak that was achieved twice (1970-72 and 1975-77).'
Playing for position [4:59 PM]
Colts.com reports: 'The Colts this season have played five teams that entered the game with losing records. They are 4-1 in those games, with the lone loss coming at Jacksonville, 28-23, two weeks ago.'
Manning key as surging Colts face slumping Bills [4:58 PM]
AP reports: 'Under Manning, the Colts are a 3-1 when playing without either leading rusher Edgerrin James or leading receiver Marvin Harrison. And they're 4-2 in games in which Indianapolis allows 21 or more points, including last week's 38-31 win over the New York Jets.'
Freeney leads Colts' sack attack [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Maybe in a lot of systems he would not be, but for what we do he was an ideal fit," said Colts coach Tony Dungy. "We liked his energy and his speed. We liked everything about him. So it was a matter of the right type of talent coming to the right type of system to flourish."'
Hobbled Henry optimistic about facing Colts [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I felt great as far as making my cuts and showing burst," Henry said. "I was accelerating. I didn't favor it today. I've got to give it another day of rest, and I'll go early to the game on Sunday and try it out."'
New talent makes Channel 7 sports team one to watch [8:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unfortunately, neither Criqui nor Tasker spent much time on the controversy at the end of the game when a Bills player accepted a Texans penalty that enabled Houston to run out the clock. You could hear Bills defensive captain London Fletcher wail in protest in front of referee Johnny Grier and see Grier point to some player who accepted the penalty. But it would have been nice to have been given an explanation of how many seconds that mistake cost the Bills.'
First-down follies giving Bills fits [5:17 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills’ 4.69-yard average on first down ranks 27th, the shaky foundation of their 30th-place third-down conversion rate (31.8 percent, 42 of 132). Last season, Buffalo averaged 5.44 yards and converted 42.5 percent on third down, ranking it ninth in each category.'
Harrison returns to practice, likely available against Bills [5:16 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'As long as Harrison doesn't experience a setback with his right hamstring, the Indianapolis Colts' four-time Pro Bowl wide receiver will be available for work against the Bills.'
Colts shy $10.6 million, says NFL [5:15 AM]
Indianapolis Star reports: 'That's how much it would take for the city to bring the football team's 2002 season revenues up to the National Football League's median income, according to an affidavit released by the league Friday.'
How 'bout them Jills? [5:14 AM]
Binghamton Press and Sun-Bulletin reports: '"Performing has never made me nervous, but when the first game came, I was terrified," Buda said. "There were 75,000 people there, and you feel so little." Buda said she will try out for the squad next year if she's living near Western New York.'
Henry, Moulds remain questionable for Sunday [5:13 AM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The duo has accounted for 10 of the team's 17 offensive touchdowns this year and has combined for 1,427 yards -- more than half the Bills' total offense. Buffalo's offense has been held out of the end zone for the last three games.'
Larry Felser: Math [7:29 PM]
ESN reports: Since the Bills have just six games left on their schedule and only mathematics on their side, this is what the coaches should consider doing for the rest of the year:
Don’t call a timeout to ponder whether you should go for it on fourth and goal from the 1.5-yard line or kick a field goal. The time for conservatism is past. You’re now a 500-1 shot to make the playoffs. You have no choices. You have to live a little.
Harrison might play Sunday [5:22 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'Harrison said afterwards that he feels good, but will wait until Sunday to decide if he will play against Buffalo.'
Tricky Dungy [5:21 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Colts hope to have Harrison back for this week's game in Buffalo. He tested his hamstring at practice this week and was able to run. Indianapolis will still be short at receiver, even if Harrison can play. Walters had four receptions for 88 yards and a touchdown in the first half of the Jets game before pulling his hamstring. Walters and Pollard are out at least one more week. Brandon Stokley, signed as a free agent to be the No. 3 receiver, has just three catches on the year. He is still feeling the after effects of a concussion and is questionable to face Buffalo.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Travis Henry [5:07 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: Do you think you and Willis McGahee can thrive together just like the days of Thurman Thomas and Kenneth Davis? - Dennis Hough (Rochester, NY)
TH: We can be better than them. I really think we can be way better than Thurman and Kenneth Davis.'
A formidable foe [5:06 PM]
Colts.com reports: 'One reason is they have made it difficult for opponents to run. Adams, who played with AFC Champion Oakland last season, is one of the NFL’s better run-defending defensive tackles. Spikes and Posey are solid against the run, as is Milloy, and Buffalo is the NFL’s 12th-ranked rushing defense.'
Colts' Harrison might return against Buffalo [3:50 PM]
AP reports: '''I feel good,'' Harrison said after Friday's workout. ''But we'll have to see what happens. I just don't want to do anything stupid to reinjure it. But right now, it feels real good.'''
Manning's extra work paying off [3:49 PM]
AP reports: '''He's making the right decisions, not forcing the ball,'' wide receiver Troy Walters said. ''He's just doing everything right.'''
Bills' Henry hopes can play against Colts [3:48 PM]
AP reports: '''I felt good making my cuts, accelerating, and I'll see how it goes,'' Henry said.'
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