Chargers downplay impact of weather [9:34 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'The last time the Chargers were in Kansas City - Dec. 23 of last year - it was 28 degrees. "That was so co-o-old," said defensive end Raylee Johnson. That was the sixth consecutive game played in chill below 40 degrees that the Chargers lost.'
Game Day [9:33 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: 'It's late, it's freezing, snowing hard, and Bills are Buffaloed when Drew Brees hits Doug Flutie with the winning touchdown pass. Chargers, 24-21.'
O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [9:00 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Last year, the Bills were 3-13. The season will obviously be an improvement, but by how much? That's a question only the Bills can answer in the next three weeks. A 9-7 finish-or even 8-8-would certainly give the team a strong springboard into 2003.
Chargers, Bills forget grudges [5:24 AM]
D and C reports: 'The only ex-Bills contributing on the field this season for San Diego are kicker Steve Christie and defensive end Marcellus Wiley.'
Q&A with Justin Bannan [5:23 AM]
D and C reports: '[Q:] Have you hit the rookie ‘wall’ yet? [A:] ’’I’m actually doing OK. Last year in college, I played 15 games, a bowl game and two All-Star games. I didn’t stop playing football until February. The way I look at this season, is that we’ve got three weeks left and then hopefully we’ve got the playoffs.’’'
Butler fights cancer with humor, guts [5:22 AM]
D and C reports: '“I just don’t think we’ll ever see anything like that again,” said the man who was one of the primary architects of Buffalo’s Super Bowl run of the early 1990s. “We had a special group of guys. They were resilient, and we were able to keep them together for a long time. The way the game has changed with free agency and the salary cap, I just can’t see that happening again where you are able to retain a corps of players that defy the odds and go to four straight Super Bowls.”'
Bills fans are realistic about chances [5:21 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'Yeah, the Buffalo Bills are still alive in the AFC playoff race ... and David Letterman might take over for Dan Rather on the CBS Nightly News.'
Expect Chargers to run ... a bunch [5:20 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'He ranks third in the league in rushing with 1,375 yards. And considering the Bills have the 31st-ranked run defence -- which the Dolphins exploited to the tune of 228 Williams yards two weeks ago -- it's not hard to guess the Chargers' game plan.'
Crucial misses haunt kickers forever [7:24 PM]
New York Times reports: 'As the ball sailed through the air, some players on both sidelines held hands, and when it went right, the Bills were stunned, not only because the game was lost, but also because Norwood had connected on several last-minute, game-winning kicks in previous years. They weren't simply hoping Norwood would connect, they fully expected him to.'
Chargers await chilly reception in Buffalo [7:05 PM]
AP reports: '''I used to laugh at articles in the paper when they used to say the opponents are going to be at a disadvantage,'' Wiley said. ''I was like, 'Man, I play with the Bills and I'm not used to the cold.' They're going to be just as cold as we are. I don't care who they are or how many years they played there.'''
Good? No, fabulous [7:04 PM]
Jaguars.com reports: Tom Donahoe knows about salary cap problems. He knows about seasons sacrificed to the concept of salary cap repair, and about weathering the storm of criticism that accompanies self-imposed losing, and about somehow remaining firm and committed and hopeful of what a couple seasons of sacrifice will mean to the long-term health of the franchise.
Punter Brian Moorman Q&A [1:09 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: When did you start wearing earplugs and why? - Dan (Dudley, MA) "I learned it from Jeff Feagles my first season, preseason, with the Seahawks. He's been doing it for years and he got me into it. I started doing it religiously over in Europe when I was over there (for the NFL Europe season) because they have very loud stadiums with all the noisemakers they use. I just feel like it helps me concentrate - block out the background noise - and let me focus on what my job is."
Bills Named Football's "Fan Friendliest Team" [12:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Ft. Lauderdale, FL-based Sports Fans of America Association, Inc. has awarded its 2002 NFL Sports Fan’s Quality Award to the Buffalo Bills as the league’s “Fan Friendliest” team.
Another Schott [10:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Marty Schottenheimer doesn't get back often, but he always thought fondly of Western New York. He enjoyed some of his best days playing football as a linebacker for the Buffalo Bills in the 1960s.'
Fans tuning in the Bills on radio may hear precious Miller time [10:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Friends say he remains undecided. Bills officials have heard these rumblings before and won't give them much credence until they hear it from Van the Man himself.'
Awards presentation on tap Monday [9:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Quarterback Drew Bledsoe was elected Bills Man of the Year, fullback Larry Centers earned Unsung Hero, receiver Josh Reed was named Rookie of the Year, and the trio of Mike Hollis, Brian Moorman and Sammy Morris will be honored as Special Teams Players of the Year.'
Bledsoe, Bills are bummed over 6-7 [9:58 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"It's been a great transition coming in here," he said. "The perception of Buffalo from the outside world is not real strong. You think it's just a bunch of snow and nasty weather. But it's really been great. This area is a very family-oriented place. People are friendly; they kind of leave you alone. It's almost like playing in a college town. It's not crowded. They support the team. The whole thing has been a good move for us all around."'
Butler back in Buffalo first time since ouster [9:57 AM]
San Diego Union Tribune reports: '"So many times Buffalo is maligned because of the weather and things, but I always say the people there are special. Those fans are great. They were football-wild fans - and still are."'
Gilbride looks to settle a score [9:56 AM]
North County Times reports: 'Gilbride would love planting an uppercut on the Chargers. He doesn't like to expand on it, but it's obvious he's still bitter about being dismissed in 1998 by then-general manager Bobby Beathard after 22 games.'
Donahoe supports overtime changes [5:34 AM]
D and C reports: '“It just doesn’t seem right that a coin flip should determine the outcome of the game. Guys are fighting, playing hard and if a team returns a kickoff, the other team should at least get the opportunity to match it. Once they have that opportunity and lose, I don’t have a problem with it being sudden death. You can’t play forever. But it seems to me that would be a more fair system.”'
The Butler Did It [5:33 AM]
ChargersUpdate.com reports: '"As much as I love those players and the people in that organization, I'm a Charger now, and we're coming there to try and play the Bills well and hopefully get a win."
Week 15: Bills vs. Chargers Preview San Diego Chargers [11:15 PM]
BillsDaily reports: The Bills playoff hopes were dashed last week in New England, they now have to rely on pride the rest of the way. It starts with a chance to put a crimp into the playoff hopes of former GM John Butler when the San Diego Chargers come to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday.
Mike Doser: Simplicity is the key [11:12 PM]
Shout! reports: Nate Clements felt the Bills played the best this year when the players were reacting on instinct, rather than adhering to the stringent functions of a system.
AFC Games Bring True Meaning This Time of Year [11:03 PM]
Washington Post reports: San Diego (+3) at Buffalo: Peerless Price needs a new agent. Why aren't we seeing him on a billion holiday ads? Hi, I'm Peerless Price and you can find me at . . . whatever. The big-ticket stereo store. AOL. The auto agency. The Chia Pet boutique. Somewhere selling Something. Pick: Chargers. May require registration
If the season ended today [10:59 PM]
ESPN reports: Bills: Up With basically no tiebreakers, things didn't look very good for the Bills even before Sunday. Well, after Sunday they look even worse. At 6-7, the Bills now trail eight teams (they're behind the Ravens based on conference record) in the wild-card race. That's just way too many teams to pass.
Odds and ends [10:59 PM]
CBS Sportsline reports: Two from CBS Sportsline:
The Texans love what they've been getting from linebacker Jay Foreman, who was traded by Buffalo before the season. Foreman has done well against the run and the pass playing inside in the Texans' 3-4 scheme. The Bills might have made a mistake when they decided to trade him and go with Eddie Robinson outside. Foreman clearly has outplayed the veteran.
Look for the Falcons to make a strong push to sign Buffalo receiver Peerless Price after the season. Price, who will become an unrestricted free agent, will be one of the hottest properties on the open market. Washington will also be in the mix, and the Bills want him back. The Falcons will have the cap room to pay him and the idea of playing with Michael Vick will help in the recognition game. Price's ability to run all the routes separates him from the rest of the receivers who will be in the market.
2002 Running Back Comparison: Henry vs. Tomlinson [3:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Tomlinson Notes: Broke the Chargers single-season rushing record last Sunday against Oakland… had 220 yards on Dec. 1 vs. Denver… On Sept. 29 vs. New England he ran for 217 yards… is the NFL's second-leading rusher with 1,375 yards.
Keys to the game [11:31 AM]
Chargers.com reports: 'The Chargers’ offense is averaging 137.3 yards per game on the ground. The Bills’ defense is giving up 138.7 rushing yards per game. So the key for the Chargers’ offense on Sunday is being able to run the ball, right? Wrong.'
Bills - Chargers Series History [10:17 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills and Chargers have met a total of 31 times stretching back to their days as AFL rivals. San Diego holds an 18-8-2 regular season lead and won the last meeting - a 27-24 win at San Diego last year.
Latest Buffalo Bills Wallpaper [10:16 AM]
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