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The Buffalo Bills face the Arizona Cardinals this Sunday. The writers for both teams seem to be wondering which squad has the bigger weaknesses.

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Ed Mulholland-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire

Rediscovering the run game -
"Buffalo had just 19 carries last Sunday, their lowest total of the season, but gained 4.7 yards per carry. They may have run the ball more had the scoreboard not been so lopsided. Week 5 was the first time since Week 1 that the Bills average gain on the ground exceeded the offense’s average gain per play. It’s a sign that Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller are closer to full strength."

Bills Focus: Fitzpatrick's Football Journey - VIDEO -
"Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's football path has come full circle this week, as he returned to his home state of Arizona, caught up with his high school coach, and prepared to play in front of family and friends on Sunday. "

In the Trenches with Andy Levitre - VIDEO -
"In this week's episode of In the Trenches, guard Andy Levitre is joined by linebacker Nigel Bradham and they talk about his increased playing time and adjustment to the NFL."

Stevie Johnson Thursday Press Conference - VIDEO -
"Bills wide receiver Stevie Johnson explains what he thinks he can do to motivate his team."

Inside The Bills | Byrd does more in practice
"He did almost everything," said head coach Chan Gailey. "He was limited today by reps, but I didn’t really see any limitations out there."

Inside The Bills | Bills injury report
"Here’s the full injury report for the Bills following Thursday’s practice."

Inside The Bills | Rinehart optimistic for Sunday
"I’d be surprised if there are any more setbacks," Rinehart told "They’re doing a good job taking care of me and letting me rest a bit today and that helps a lot with it."

Inside The Bills | Kyle’s participation pushed back a day
"We’re resting him," said Gailey. "It’s an ankle. It’s not the same one he had the surgery on. We’re just resting him. We don’t think it’ll be an issue for Sunday."

Inside The Bills | NFL comment on proposed Bills film
"We are approached weekly with movie and TV scripts. We review them carefully and have expressed interest in this particular film. It is still in the early stages. We are not investing in the project."

Inside The Bills | Fred hopes to shed brace
"I’m trying to come out of it now," he said. "But I still have to get cleared by the doctor to do so, so I think it’s going to depend on the work that I put in this week."

Bills notebook: Tashard offers Choice words to teammates - The Buffalo News
"Just our mind-set, it felt like we were lacking our energy," he said. "The seriousness, the importance of every game, every snap. I wanted them to realize that. We’ve got to continue to feel that, continue to be the aggressor. How we played, I was really disappointed because I know how hard we work during the week. I know what kind of good players we’ve got."

What if … / A Q&A with Bills fullback Corey McIntyre - The Buffalo News
"I’d probably be in motorsports somewhere," he said. "I always wanted to, but I never had the opportunity to when I was a kid because we weren’t really financially able to."

Bills’ Jackson tries to make the most of splitting carries with Spiller - The Buffalo News
"It’s gonna be tough to get guys as many touches as they want because there’s only one football," Jackson admitted. "I think the thing we can do better is convert third downs [the Bills were only 2 of 10 against the 49ers]. We only had 44 or 45 plays last week [it was 46], so nobody’s going to get the ball if we have drives that are done in three-and-outs and things like that. It’s going to be hard for anybody to get into the flow."

Podcast from Phoenix: Graham, Skurski discuss Bills' aim to fire up offense | Press Coverage
"Buffalo News reporters Tim Graham and Jay Skurski shift focus of discussion to the Bills offense."

Tashard Choice delivered impassioned locker room speech | Press Coverage
"Instead of being friends with each other, we need to be more like brothers," said Choice. "Brothers can fight. Brothers tell each other, ‘you gotta pick it up.’ And it’s never against somebody, it’s just to build the team, to make the team better," he said. "My point to them was we’ve got to play better, we’ve got to come out with more energy and the game of football has to be like you’re just playing it for the first time, where you wanted to make the plays."

Kyle Williams misses another practice, expected to play Sunday | Press Coverage
Gailey said seeing Rinehart on the field Thursday "bodes well. We'll probably rest him [Friday], but we wanted to see what he had, and it was encouraging."

Stevie Johnson tired of being dull: 'I want to show them the emotion' | Press Coverage
"We need more enthusiasm, and I feel like I haven't provided that," Johnson said today at the team's hotel in Phoenix. "In the past, I think it helped the guys out more than what I've been doing lately. I've got to work on that."

Online bookie makes Chan Gailey favorite to get fired | Press Coverage
"Gailey is the 2-to-3 favorite. Winless Cleveland Browns coach Pat Shurmur is next at 7-to-4, followed by New York Jets coach Rex Ryan at 7-to-1, Kansas City Chiefs coach Romeo Crennel at 15-to-2, Tennessee Titans coach Mike Munchak at 10-to-1 and Philadelphia Eagles mainstay Andy Reid at 15-to-1."

Bills-Cardinals preview with Arizona Republic's Kent Somers | Press Coverage
"To help explain how the Cardinals have gotten off to that strong start, I spoke with their beat writer for the Arizona Republic, Kent Somers. Below are some highlights of the conversation -- including why the Bills have a good chance to get some pressure on the quarterback and who might start at running back for Arizona on Sunday -- the complete audio of the conversation is at the bottom of this post."

WGR 550 - HAMILTON: A Must Win In October
"If Arizona, which is 31st in offense and 26th in points scored rolls up over 400 yards against the Bills, you then know many of the Bills on defense are waaayyy over rated and it’s time for Buddy Nix and Chan Gailey to be gone, so they can use the bye week after the Titans game to reorganize."

WGR 550 - CAPACCIO: Football Friday Flurry Week 6
Sal Cappaccio takes us back to the last time the Bills were in Arizona. That and more in his huge Football Friday column.

WGR 550 - Kyle Williams Misses Bills Practice Again
"If Williams can't play, that means the Bills will likely be down to only five defensive linemen, and even worse, only two healthy defensive tackles (Marcell Dareus and Alex Carrington)."

WGR 550 - Bills Will Attempt To Strike Balance At RB
"We need to get (the running game) back," he said. "If we don't get that back, we will struggle offensively. We have to have a balanced running game to complement our passing game. We have to use both of them, get them both involved to let them go play."

Updating AFC East injuries - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo Bills: Starting defensive end Mark Anderson will be out Sunday and indefinitely with a knee injury. This is a big blow to Buffalo, which is not getting the pass rush it expected. Bills starting defensive tackle Kyle Williams also missed his second straight practice Thursday, which is a concern. Williams told the team website that he will play Sunday against the Arizona Cardinals."

AccuScore: Bills lose third straight - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"According to AccuScore, there will be no Buffalo upset. The Bills will lose their third straight game and fall to 2-4 on the season, albeit by a small margin."

Hartline, Welker and AFC East top targets - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Stevie Johnson is tied for third in the AFC East with 45 targets.

Can the Bills rattle QB Kevin Kolb? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"If there was ever an ideal matchup for Williams and Buffalo's defensive line to wake up, this is it. Arizona's pass protection is awful and Kolb is not a dominant quarterback. Rattling Kolb is Buffalo’s best chance to pull the upset this weekend and get back to .500."

NFL Week 6, Cardinals vs. Bills: Whisenhunt, Cardinals ready for unpredictable Bills offense - SB Nation Arizona
"The Arizona Cardinals say they're not overlooking the big-play potential of the Buffalo Bills, despite their recent struggles."

Cardinals vs. Bills: 'Nicked up' defense getting ready for 'different' Buffalo offense - SB Nation Arizona
"Buffalo's offense is "different" than most, but Arizona is preparing despite being a bit banged up on defense."

Fred Jackson's knee feeling 'tremendously stronger': Fantasy implications -
"Fred Jackson feels much better about his knee and is ready to ditch the brace. We break down the fantasy implications."

NFL odds Week 6: Bills vs. Cardinals -
"The Arizona Cardinals are a 3.5-point favorite at home Sunday against the Buffalo Bills"

NFL Week 6 preview capsules - USA Today
"The Cardinals have allowed 17 sacks in the last two games, and an offense averaging 2.7 yards a carry is down to its third-string running back. This is the weekend for Buffalo's maligned defense to stuff the run and create impact plays in the pass rush, although it remains to be seen how the team will react after spending the week in Phoenix after Sunday's loss at the San Francisco 49ers. The Bills offense is struggling with RBs Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller less than 100% healthy and QB Ryan Fitzpatrick prone to turnovers when forced into a one-dimensional attack."

MENDOLA: Reality awaits Bills on Sunday - Niagara Gazette
"Reality is here and that reality involves the death of the good effort merit badges. It's cool that the starting running back went to a super small college, the quarterback has a great beard and the star receiver has a knack for clever touchdown dances. After three years of these stories, however, they aren't enough."

ESPN insider: Arizona Cardinals facing a 'terrible' Bills' defense -
"It's just been terrible," John Clayton told Arizona Sports 620's Doug & Wolf Thursday. "The plan has been for the front four to get the pressure. Well, guess what? The front four isn't getting the pressure."

Buffalo Bills find hope in Leodis McKelvin | Democrat and Chronicle
"While the Bills wait for their offense to improve and their defense to reappear, they can take assurance that on special teams, they at least have one player that has found his groove."

Buffalo Bills offense encouraged despite struggles - Arizona Republic
"The thing about it is, there isn’t a game they don’t need to step up. They need to step up every game," Gailey said. "We’ve got some good players on our football team. You expect a lot out of the guys that are showing up that they can be big time players for you. So we need them all to show up this week – everybody. Even the guys that aren’t playmakers need to show up."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - Ralph Wilson Stadium no 'rat hole'
"The sightlines are second to none. From the top of the upper deck, you are far closer to the action than in places like Houston’s Reliant Stadium, where fans in the top rows probably could use gas masks to combat the thin air at that lofty altitude."