Raiders a good test for Bills [5:41 AM]
D and C reports: 'What the Bills, still one of the youngest teams in the league, can’t match in experience they hope to make up for with intensity, confidence, talent and a home field. The Raiders are 5-13 all-time in Buffalo.'
Q & A with Dave Moore [5:40 AM]
D and C reports: '“Young players that are lazy as far as football goes. I’ve seen so many guys who have twice the athletic ability that I have that are too lazy to work hard enough to make it in this league. They could probably play 15 years and they end up playing two.”'
Brockport State grad is special coach [5:39 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bob Casullo, a former Brockport State star running back and former recruiting coordinator for Syracuse University, is in his third season as Oakland’s special teams coach.'
Even time can't cover Rice [5:38 AM]
D and C reports: '“I really don’t think people are going to appreciate how mind-boggling Jerry’s achievements are until he hangs ‘em up,” Centers says. “He’s going to put some of these things so far out of reach it isn’t going to be funny.”'
Bills ready for a shootout as Raiders invade Buffalo [5:37 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"It's always a little special going against a guy that's as hot as Rich Gannon is and who plays the game the way that he does," Bledsoe admitted. "You know that it presents a challenge because it's a lot to ask of your defense to hold an offense like theirs down the whole game. You know you have to go out and take advantage of your opportunities a little bit more. "That being said, I can't really control what he does, I can only control what we do. And we are going to try to score every time we have the ball."'
Williams has improved with the Bills [5:36 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'What he's been doing is staying out of the way ... and that's not meant as a joke.'
Raiders are on a mission [5:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: '"What I tell our players is to take care of our own business. If you go out and physically dominate your opponent, you shouldn't have to come down to a situation where it comes down to one play ... where the referees decision has an effect on the outcome of the game. It is unfortunate what happened, but we have to carry on."'
Bledsoe turns Bills fans into `Drew Believers' [5:10 AM]
Kansas City Star reports: '"I think this team has the potential... we have the talent to get it done. Now we have to go out and prove it."'
O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [12:58 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills, of course, have unleashed the no-huddle too. After watching Drew Bledsoe demolish defenses in September, no NFL team is going to feel safe with a lead against the Bills. Especially when they know that, at any point in time, Buffalo could spring into that high-speed attack. “We wouldn't hesitate to use it,” head coach Gregg Williams said of the no-huddle. “Anytime.”
Sunday's injury report [11:14 AM]
Shout! reports: Oakland Raiders: OUT - CB Charles Woodson (shoulder); QUESTIONABLE - DT Roderick Coleman (ankle/knee), G Mo Collins (knee), RB Randy Jordan (groin), T Lincoln Kennedy (concussion/foot); PROBABLE - WR James Jett (knee). Buffalo Bills: PROBABLE - RB Travis Henry (knee); TE Jay Riemersma (ankle)
Vince D'Adamo: Raiders aware of Bledsoe influence [11:11 AM]
Shout! reports: Whether Buffalo is a serious contender in its division remains to be seen but since Bledsoe has come aboard, having the Bills on your schedule is no longer equivalent of having a bye week.
Oakland at Buffalo Game Preview [10:45 AM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Drew Bledsoe is in a zone I have never seen him in before. His accuracy, which never was that good, has been perfect.
Click and donate a can on behalf of the Bills [9:57 AM]
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Kennedy cleared to face Bills [9:54 AM]
Contra Contra Times reports: Callahan said Kennedy saw a neurologist Thursday and received clearance to play Sunday. Kennedy sustained a concussion last Sunday against the Tennessee Titans and missed most of practice this week.
Hull of an honor [9:46 AM]
ESPN reports: On Oct. 6, cattle farming will be the last thing on Kent Hull's mind. Hull is receiving the Bills' highest honor when his name is added to Ralph Wilson Stadium's Wall of Fame.
First-Quarter Review: Best And Worst [9:43 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Offensive MVP Drew Bledsoe. His comeback with the Buffalo Bills has been incredible. He is throwing the ball as well as any quarterback in league history. At the rate he is going, he will surpass Dan Marino's seemingly untouchable 1984 season. Bledsoe also is on his way to bumping the greatest Bill of them all, Jim Kelly, from multiple spots in the team record book.
Drew Bledsoe Fan Q&A [9:42 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Most memorable play: "I threw a touchdown pass in this total blizzard against the Washington Huskies, a cross-state rival. My receiver caught it and slide in a snow bank underneath the goalpost. We all ran down there and got into a snowball fight under the goal post."
Front and Center [9:14 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I can pee off my back porch, and there's nobody that can see me," Hull said.'
Raiders defense should be up to challenge [9:14 AM]
ESPN reports: Which defense is better equipped to handle the other team's offense? The Raiders' defense is better equipped to handle the Bills.
Henry hopes adjustments halt his fumble-a-game slump [9:13 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"The main thing is that when I'm trying to gain extra yards to just wrap it up," Henry said after practice Friday. "In the Denver game and the Chicago game, I was trying to do extra. That's when I get into trouble. Once I know I can't get any extra yards, I have to just wrap it up and go down."'
Bledsoe looks forward to duel [5:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bored is not a word you would use to describe anyone who has watched the Bills play this season. In watching their team split its first four games, Bills’ fans have either been on the edges of their seats or jumping out of them.'
Raider mystique alive and well [5:30 AM]
D and C reports: 'When the Raiders couldn’t break .500 the last half of the 1990s, falling to 4-12 once, Davis’ “commitment to excellence” was a hollow mantra. But 12-4 and 10-6 seasons followed by 3-0 so far have brought back the swagger.'
49ers can tell Rams were hurt by losing linebacker [7:43 PM]
Contra Costa Times reports: '"The one thing about London is he was always in the right spots," 49ers fullback Fred Beasley said. "The Rams defense is still flying around like the Rams of old, but London, he brought a little more to the defense. He was the man of that defense. He would make the calls and tell everyone where to line up."'
Bucs Sign Three to Contracts [6:02 PM]
Yahoo - AP reports: The Tampa Bay Buccaneers signed Morris Unutoa to a one-year contract on Tuesday. Unutoa played in 28 games for Tampa Bay from 1999-2000. He played the last eight games of 2001 with the Buffalo Bills. He replaces Solwold, the team's long snapper for the first four games.
Bills Fans To Get Up-To-Date Team News Via Verizon Wireless Text Messages [3:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: With interest in the Bills reaching extraordinary levels, the Bills and Verizon Wireless are meeting the demand by offering fans a unique and innovative way to stay on top of all team-related news.
Thoughts on Bledsoe [3:15 PM]
Pro Football Weekly reports: Tell me something. Can you really, truly feel safe with a late lead against Drew Bledsoe and the Bills? I’d almost be willing to spot your team a 10- or 13-point lead. Just give me Bledsoe with oh, say about four minutes left and three timeouts and let’s see what happens.
The Month Of October In Bills History (1960-80) [11:15 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: October 5, 1980 - BILLS STAY PERFECT, RECORD IS 5-0 The Bills went San Diego and upset the Chargers 26-24, in a battle of unbeatens. Buffalo was the only unbeaten team in the NFL. A crowd of five thousand fans met the Bills at the airport early Monday morning.
Paul Maguire To Be Inducted Into Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame [10:36 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Former Buffalo Bills punter/linebacker Paul Maguire will be inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame with the Class of 2002 at the organization's 12th annual awards dinner on October 16 at the HSBC Arena in downtown Buffalo. He will join ten other inductees including former pro football players Mark Murphy (Washington Redskins), Rick Cassatta (Canadian League) and Tom Colella (former Rams, Browns and Bills player now deceased).
Watson's improvement elementary [9:18 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"If they are targeting me, that's fine," he said. "I'm not going to back down. I'm going to go out there and play hard regardless."'
Raiders' substitution patterns controversial [9:17 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '...Oakland continually ran offensive players on and off the field who didn't participate in a play.'
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