Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 11/5

KANSAS CITY MO - OCTOBER 31: Quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills tries for a first down during the game against the Kansas City Chiefs on October 31 2010 at Arrowhead Stadium in Kansas City Missouri. (Photo by Jamie Squire/Getty Images)

Christie left an indelible footprint - The Buffalo News
Steve Christie talks about the glory years, being inducted into the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame, and Rian Lindell's missed kick in overtime.

Inside The Bills | Playing time for Wrotto
It looks like Mansfield Wrotto will get some playing time at RT along with Cordaro Howard.

If The Team Is Slumping, It Must Be Buffalo... Or Maybe Toronto - WBEN NewsRadio 930
WBEN looks at the plight of the two pro sports teams in Buffalo.

Dingboom calls audible for Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame speech - Sports - The Buffalo News
"As you know the Bills signed Shawne Merriman yesterday," Murphy said. "But I do believe they still feel they need to get better on defense. They need to get meaner, they need to get tougher and more intimidating up front so they announced that they've signed Carl Paladino."

Byrd following father's NFL example - BuffaloBills.com
"Anytime you can go against family members it makes it fun with bragging rights," Jairus Byrd said. "(But) it’s just another game (and) we need a win. It’s just something I’m going to go about and handle in a professional way and just try to get a win."

Bills announce new Lot 1 parking pass opportunity - BuffaloBills.com
"Lot 1 will be a pass-only lot beginning with the Bills vs. Detroit Lions game on Sunday, November 14, 2010. No vehicles will be permitted to park in this lot unless they have the proper parking pass. The parking pass for Lot 1 guarantees fans a parking space regardless of when fans arrive, and costs only $20 per game."

Bills Focus: Pressuring Jay Cutler (2:57) - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills look to continue to show improvement in the pass rush against a Bears team that has had problems with protection this season."

Chan Gailey on Addition of Shawne Merriman (5:08) - BuffaloBills.com
"The Bills head coach talks about adding a Pro Bowl linebacker, and updates the injury situation after Wednesday's practice."

BTS game to air live on local television - BuffaloBills.com
"The Buffalo Bills vs. Chicago Bears game this Sunday at 1:00 p.m. at Rogers Centre will be televised locally and across Western and Upstate New York on Buffalo Bills television affiliates. In addition, based on the local forecast, the roof of the Rogers Centre will be closed for the game."

Gailey: Merriman could be big boost - BuffaloBills.com
"Buddy probably had more knowledge on this guy than anybody having been around him for a few years," Gailey said. "The relationship probably had as much to do with it as anything."

Inside The Bills | Byrd’s dad gets to his games
"When we have a bye, I go to his game," said Gill Byrd. "If we play on a Thursday night, I’ll go to his Sunday game. Last year I went to two of his games." This year the elder Byrd will be able to attend three including this Sunday.

Inside The Bills | Peppers in the freak category
"The guy is a freak, I’ve see him chase guys down field," said Geoff Hangartner. "We were together for four years so I’ve seen him do some pretty amazing things. We were at training camp one day and we were going to weigh in, you’d have to weigh in and out every practice. He gets on the scale in front of me, he weighs 305 and I weighed 303. It’s almost not fair."

Inside The Bills | Injury update
"Andra Davis wasn’t able to get back out there today," said Gailey following practice Thursday. "We’re hoping he can get back out there tomorrow (Friday), but we don’t know for sure."

Bears' Cutler seeking consistency - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson delves into Jay Cutler's inconsistencies.

Merriman expected Friday, but won't face Bears - The Buffalo News
"Merriman is not going to play Sunday against Chicago in Toronto, but could be ready for the Detroit game next week at Ralph Wilson Stadium."

Jim Kelly, Thurman Thomas are borderline for top 100 - Bills & NFL - The Buffalo News
Mark Gaughan thinks Jim Kelly and Thurman Thomas should have been on the list of the greatest 100 players ever by the NFL Network but understands why they weren't.

Clayton: What Is There To Lose On Merriman? - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"If you think the Bills have a bad offensive line, and they do, the Bears have a worse offensive line, they can't block anybody."

Nix Essential To Merriman Pickup; Arrival Friday - WGR 550 SportsRadio
"Really, you looked what he's done in the past because there wasn't a ton currently that you could look at and talk about. And really, Buddy probably had more knowledge about this guy than anybody," remarked Gailey. "He's been around him for the past few years. So, the relationship there probably had as much to do with it as anything."

Schopp: Turn Your Clocks Back - WGR 550 SportsRadio
With clocks going back this weekend, Mike Schopp figures out how far he'd want to turn it back. To just before Super Bowl XXV? To right before the Music City Miracle?

Bills D Talks Merriman - WGR 550 SportsRadio
The Bills defense reacts to the claim of Shawne Merriman with actual photographic evidence that the locker is in place.

Bills Linemen Return; Davis Misses - WGR 550 SportsRadio
Joe Buscaglia updates the injuries for the Bills.

Bills need to find their interception mojo - AFC East Blog - ESPN
AccuScore is predicting a 1.6 point loss by the Bills this week, but the probability of a win jumps significantly if they can get two picks.

Shawne Merriman boosts Buffalo's hopes - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Paul Posluszny thinks Merriman would have made a difference in both overtime games, pushing Buffalo over the top.

Can Merriman save Bills' feeble pass rush? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"ESPN Stats & Information notes the Bills have sent five or more rushers on only 20.1 percent of opponents' pass plays. That's the third-lowest percentage in the league."

wgrz.com | Buffalo, NY | Take 2: Bills Boosted By Merriman Claim
"We talked with several key defensive players, who seemed to be doing more than just trying to say the right things on camera at the thought of what Merriman could bring to the struggling unit."

Buffalo Bills didn't feel need to pick up Randy Moss | Democrat and Chronicle
"The fact that Moss carries around more baggage than a cruise ship was a huge factor in Buffalo - as well as every other team not based in Nashville, Tenn. - taking a pass on the future Hall of Famer."

Bills refuse to accept fate of Lions - The Globe and Mail
"The 2008 Detroit Lions, whose place as one of the worst teams in NFL history was assured when they went 0-16, lost by an average of 15.6 points a game during that lamentable season. Nobody’s ready to slot the Buffalo Bills into that decrepit category. Not yet."

Bears know Bills will be no pushover - DailyHerald.com
The Bears aren't looking past the Bills.

Bears don't have a good O-line, but it's not bad either - CSN Chicago
"To clarify: The Bears do not have a good offensive line. They have a below-average offensive line. But what I would argue at this point, particularly with the return of Roberto Garza to right guard and the settling at the tackle spots: The Bears do not have a bad offensive line."

Little buzz for lowly Bills in Toronto | Reuters
"Despite efforts to promote the games, the mood inside the Rogers Center for the four games to date has been far from the raucous atmosphere typical at most NFL stadiums, and the talk has mostly revolved around poor attendance, which has averaged about 48,000 per game."

This Day in Buffalo Sports History: Get your kicks - Sports, Ink - The Buffalo News
On November 5, 2000, Steve Christie made a game-tying kick to end regulation and a game-winner over the Patriots.

Leno kicks Bills while they're down - BillBoard - The Buffalo News
"News Staff Reporter Charlie Specht reports that Jay Leno fired off a couple of Bills-themed one-liners during his "Tonight Show" monologue that evening." Video evidence.

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