Plenty of subplots in Bills-Bengals game [5:27 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'In assessing today’s game between his Buffalo team and Cincinnati, the Bills’ quarterback concluded, “The general public probably would look at the Bengals and say, ‘OK, that’s a game you should win.’'
Spikes is eager to face his old team [5:26 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“We’ve been exploited,” he said, an edge to his voice. “People might not want to hear it ... but it gets to a point where you get tired of being an average defense."'
Battle of Bill run [5:25 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The defence, meanwhile has surrendered 343 yards on the ground in consecutive losses to the Eagles and Dolphins.'
A chance to make a move [5:24 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: '"We're going to come out of the bye refreshed and energized no matter what," Bengals head coach Marvin Lewis said, "but (a win) would be great because it would keep us in line with where we'd like to be at the end of the year."'
What you need to know about today's Bengals-Bills game in Orchard Park, N.Y. [5:23 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'The Bengals will stuff the run, contain the Bills' passing game and pull off the upset. Prediction: Bengals 24, Bills 20.'
WBNG will carry Bills, not Giants [8:30 PM]
Elmira Star Gazette reports: 'The games of both the Buffalo Bills and New York Giants will be televised by CBS at 1 p.m. Sunday, and WBNG, the network's affiliate in Binghamton, is scheduled to broadcast the Cincinnati Bengals at Buffalo.'
Doctor Gets Big Buffalo [8:03 PM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Dr. David Gandell paid $3,500 Friday night for the fiberglass animal signed by all of the Buffalo Bills. It was only one of several decorated creatures that were auctioned off to the highest bidders in the Animal Scramble Auction held at Rochester's Convention Center.'
Speedy Brown May Contribute To Bills Offense [7:51 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"I'm going to take it day by day, game by game, and week by week," said Brown. "Wherever coach Williams and his staff feel the need to put me, offense, defense or special teams, I'm willing to do it.''
Spikes ready to take on Bengals [7:45 PM]
AP reports: '"Knowing where I came from, knowing where I'm at now and knowing where I want to go, that's how big and emotional this game is going to be for me," Spikes said. "You want to go out and prove something, and I think that goes hand in hand with us getting everything stabilized defensively.''
Doing a 180 in 280 days [7:44 PM]
Bengals.com reports: 'Any similarities between that bunch that rolled out of Buffalo 280 days ago and the team that Lewis brings into Buffalo this Sunday is not purely coincidental. It’s accidental.'
Tops Game Ball Winner: Eric Moulds [9:26 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Q: How much influence do you have on the play calling? - Thomas Thompson (Clarksville, TN)
EM: I go out there and get the game plan. The coaches might give me a couple of things to look at and I tell them if I like them or not but that's about as much of an influence as I have.'
Kitna Lawyers the Bills [9:25 AM]
Bengals.com reports: 'But Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna and Bills strong safety Lawyer Milloy ought to at least get a float in the parade. It’s just the second time the two Tacoma, Wash., Pop Warner and Lincoln High School teammates have met since they came into the NFL in 1996.'
Lewis, Bills share respect for LeBeau [9:25 AM]
Columbus Dispatch reports: '"He just had a great way of dealing with people and talking with the players," Lewis said. "On Monday afternoons, we used to kind of sit back to back there — we split a room — and watching tape, me doing mine and him doing his, and the different things that he might see and point it out to me — ‘Hey, young fella, come over here and look at this here.’ "'
Henry a game-time decision [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills running back Travis Henry, suffering from torn rib cartilage, took about 40 percent of the snaps during Friday's practice and is a game-time decision for Sunday's game with Cincinnati, according to coach Gregg Williams.'
Joe D to sign today for 'Jumbogate' [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'New Pro Football Hall of Famer Joe DeLamielleure will be promoting "Jumbogate," Western New York's largest tailgate party. DeLamielleure will appear at Basil Chevrolet, 5111 Transit Road in Depew, and will meet fans and sign autographs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. today.'
Agent provocateur [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills President and General Manager Tom Donahoe thinks Rosenhaus has changed for the better when it comes to negotiating. As the Pittsburgh Steelers' director of football operations, Donahoe and Rosenhaus clashed over a bitter contract dispute involving Green in 1994. 'He's a lot better to deal with," said Donahoe, who described working with Rosenhaus on McGahee's deal as pleasurable. "Early in his career he was very confrontational. He had a take-it-or-leave-it type of attitude. He wasn't going to take anything less than a certain amount. It didn't make any difference what we said or what the circumstances were.'
Bengals return with confidence [8:44 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The two teams meet again Sunday in western New York and the atmosphere will be decidedly different this time around for the Bengals. Once again, the Bengals are coming off a win. Unlike last season, however, the Bengals have a real belief that they can win this game and many more down the line.'
Lewis spreads the responsibility [8:43 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'Showers are expected today but it should be dry during Sunday's game with temperatures in the low 50s.'
Bengals at Bills [8:42 AM]
Cincinnati Post reports: 'The running game needs to get up and moving. Whether it's Travis Henry or Joe Burns, Buffalo can't survive on just the passing game no matter how good Drew Bledsoe and Eric Moulds are.'
Dillon doubtful Sunday [5:47 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'The Bengals downgraded the condition of three players Friday. Tailback Corey Dillon (groin strain), wide receiver T.J. Houshmandzadeh (hamstring) and linebacker Riall Johnson (calf) were all listed as doubtful - meaning there is only a 25 percent chance of them playing Sunday at Buffalo.'
Bengals' keys to victory [5:46 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'With their offense struggling for seven quarters, the Bills went to the no-huddle offense in the fourth quarter last week, and it helped to produce a pair of touchdowns.'
Bills' defense in '03 bolstered by new faces [5:45 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: '"You're not going to surprise them with anything. You're going to have to play sound football."'
Isolation Booth: DT Williams vs. C Teague [5:44 AM]
Cincinnati Enquirer reports: 'Buffalo quarterback Drew Bledsoe isn't the most mobile. He has been sacked eight times this season. The opportunity is there for Williams and ends Justin Smith and Duane Clemons to get to Bledsoe. But that plan starts with taking away the Bills' running game and pushing the middle of their line into the backfield.'
Run game crosses a fine line [5:35 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“It’s always easy to beat up on the offensive line,” Brown said the other day.'
Bills backers from abroad [5:34 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'You see, 28-year-old Lux and 37-year-old Stritzel are from Germany, and while it can’t be officially proven, they are very likely the biggest Bills fans in all of Europe. “I just loved the power and the color of this logo,” Lux said. “I fell in love like that (snapping his fingers) and I’ve been a Bills fan ever since.”'
Lewis likes new tailback Watson [5:33 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Winfield has 39 tackles, including eight for loss. He and Clements are responsible for holding opposing quarterbacks to a 58.7 passer rating, an AFC low. "They've got their head in the backfield, they're looking at the quarterback, and they're going to take chances," Bengals quarterback Jon Kitna said. "The one (Winfield) is small, but pound for pound, he hits pretty good. You don't want to challenge him."'
Five questions with . . . [5:31 AM]
Dayton Daily News reports: 'Who's your pick to win the World Series?
"It doesn't matter now with the Seattle Mariners out of it."
Plenty of Blame [5:30 AM]
WOKR-TV reports: 'Prediction. Bledose wakes up. Gilbride remembers to call some running plays. Takeo Spikes flies all over the field. The Bengals are better, but not this Sunday.'
Spikes TV [1:10 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"It's big; it's real big," Spikes said. "Just to know where I've come from, knowing where I'm at now, and knowing where I want to go, that's how big an emotional game this game is going to be for me."'
Bills Games Played On October 5 [11:41 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Sunday, October 5, 1980 - Bills 26, San Diego 24....Kush's heroics enabled the Bills to win their first game on the West Coast since 1966 and to return home as professional football's only undefeated team.'
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