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Web Rumblings: Buffalo Bills Links, 12/18

Incognito could start Sunday – Inside The Bills
"With Kendall Simmons nursing a shoulder injury and not practicing again on Thursday, Richie Incognito said he stepped right in with the first unit in Simmons’ place at right guard."

Owens is sick – Inside The Bills
Terrell Owens missed Thursday’s practice due to illness.

Phil Sheridan: One ex-player presses on for safer NFL helmets | Philadelphia Inquirer
"Mark Kelso, who now does radio commentary on Bills games, isn't remembered as well for his 30 career interceptions as he is for wearing the ProCap helmet pad - an extra layer of protection that made him look, in his own words, like the Great Gazoo from the old Flintstones show."

Dierdorf expecting competitive game – Inside The Bills
"There are some teams in this league that just aren’t competitive," said Dan Dierdorf, the CBS color analyst for this weekend's game. "Maybe once or twice a year they can muster it up, but the Bills certainly don’t fall into that category. The Bills are 5-8. This is a much better Buffalo team than some of the bottom dwellers. They only lost to Jacksonville, 18-15. They lost to the Jets, 19-13. This is not a bad football team. It’s a team with a losing record, but this team is far from being an embarrassment."

Question Mark: To get competitive, Bills need more elite players : The Buffalo News
The News' Mark Gaughan answers your questions about the Bills missing a home run in the draft, getting an eye on young players now that we're out of the playoffs, and line of scrimmage.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - The 2000s so far: Moment No. 9
Nick Mendola says the angriest he's ever been doing his job was covering the Bills announcement of the Toronto series. It's moment 9 on WGR's list of the top 10 Buffalo sports moments of the decade.

Bills eager to end Pats streak -
"It’s the Patriots. They’ve beaten us 12 straight times now. We’re trying to get rid of that. We want to. I haven’t beaten them since I’ve been here," Fred Jackson said. "I want to get that first win and know what it feels like to beat the Patriots."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Whitey's Bills-Pats preview: What they have, that we don't
Jeremy White visited Boston and took in a day at Patriots Place, the stadium for the hated rival. Well as White explains, you can do virtually anything and buy anything right at the stadium. Take a look.

Video: Bills given little chance versus Pats - AFC East Blog - ESPN
ESPN's Jenny Dell previews the New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills game with the AccuScore report. In one of the more lopsided forecasts of the season, the Patriots won 71 percent of the time in AccuScore's 10,000 simulations

Shawn Springs keeps eye on Terrell Owens -
If they both play this will be the 11th meeting between Shawn Springs and Terrell Owens this weekend.

Pats recall an eerie trip to the eastern end of (Lake) Erie - Brockton, MA - The Enterprise
The Patriots recall the weather conditions last December in Buffalo when wind gusts made kicking and throwing virtually impossible and the goal posts had to be realigned before each kick.

Return to Buffalo is special for Aiken -
Patriots special teams captain Sam Aiken discusses playing against his former teammates.

Evans and Draft fuel up -
Bills wide receiver Lee Evans and linebacker Chris Draft spoke to the kids about the importance of nutrition and being active for 60 minutes a day. Students also participated in various physical fitness activities like jump roping, relay races and three-legged races and received a healthy lunch.

Schobel vs. Brady - Patriots Blog - ESPN Boston
Aaron Schobel has sacked Tom Brady more times (12) than any other player. Obviously that's more an indictment of Matt Light than anything else.

Patriots Today - Brady, Buffalo, Wrap-A-Pat and more video
"The Patriots are naturally quite familiar with the Buffalo Bills, but it's been three months since the division rivals first faced off in 2009. Tom Brady, Bill Belichick and others chime in on Wednesday with thoughts on what's in store this Sunday in Buffalo."

Lightening the load - Press-Banner
Andy Levitre donated $5000 to his old high school football team to kick off their campaign to install lights on their football field. The NFL matched the donation.

Perfect Game - 12.21.09 - SI Vault
Sports Illustrated did a feature on punters this week and as part of that article showed how, in their words, "Browns punter Dave Zastudil almost single-handedly beat the Bills."

Si's Punter Ratings - 12.21.09 - SI Vault
Sports Illustrated ranked Bills punter Brian Moorman 24th on their list of NFL punters using this bizzare adapted QB rating system for punters. Shane Lechler, who is having an amazing season in Oakland, isn't even in the top 10.

Fitz on former teammate Chris Henry – Inside The Bills
"It was very sad," said former Bengal Ryan Fitzpatrick. "Tragic news. I think for the guys that know him, it’s very different than the public perception of him. The trouble that he got in the past and all that, everybody knows that he’s a great guy."

Former teammate's death throws Bills' Fitzpatrick for a loss : The Buffalo News
Fitzpatrick said, "I'm still trying to grasp what really happened because it's such tough news and a shock to hear."

Not so Incognito
Wilfork might meet his match – Inside The Bills
"It’s no secret that Vince Wilfork has had his share of cheap shots against the Bills over the years. Only difference between Richie Incognito and Wilfork is the Patriots DT rarely gets caught. For those that don’t know here’s the quick laundry list."

Bills claim OL Incognito -
"The last three years we won five games total," said Incognito. "That’s a lot to lose and it takes its toll on you as an athlete more than I really imagined. And now it’s good to take a step back, get out of the situation and come here with a clean slate and play ball. I’m going to be a lot less selfish with the penalties and just the acting out." Incognito will wear jersey number 62.

New Bills lineman Incognito defends his play : The Buffalo News
The News profiles newest Buffalo Bill Richie Incognito and his reputation.

Team in Transition
Redskins hire Allen as GM |
"Bills sources told us weeks ago they had approached Bruce Allen to see if he was interested in coming to Buffalo. He was not."

Warming up the NFL coaching carousel | National Football Post
"Buffalo is a job for a retread without other options, a Charlie Weis (Wilson tried to hire him six years ago), Brian Billick or first-timer willing to work cheap. The retread is the statistically better option. "

Bills Tweets
Twitter / Fake Perry Fewell
,500 record = Bills Coach of the Decade.

Twitter / Sal Maiorana
Bills sold out Sunday' Pats game on time, but there are still 5,000 tix left for Colts. That might be 1st blackout of the year

Twitter / Sal Maiorana
CBS' Dan Dierdorf on Bills: "It’s a team with a losing record, but this team is far from being an embarrassment." Still, no playoffs 10 yrs