It's one of those opinionated days . . .
Since the New England game made it obvious that Jim Kelly must operate within the K-Gun formation to be anywhere near effective, what better time to commit full time to it than this week as the Bills prepare for the Washington Redskins?
NFC teams have the most trouble adjusting to the Gun, especially when the Bills use the hurry-up pace. It may have run its course against AFC teams that see it often, but the Redskins, with their huge, sometimes ponderous defensive line, might be worn down by it.
If Kelly survives the 7-1 Skins, he can segue right into Philadelphia where the Bills play the tough Eagles the following Sunday. If Jimbo still can't get Buffalo's offensive motor going, maybe then it would be Todd Collins' time when Cincinnati and the Jets come to Rich Stadium.
It says here that the Buffalo Sabres' recent surge, winning four of their last five and showing enthusiasm in the bargain, is due to coach Ted Nolan's demanding standards.
The Sabres aren't awash with great talent, but the fans will fill most of the seats in the Marine Midland Arena if they think they are getting their money's worth. Sabres fans will forgive most anything, but not the sight of highly paid players mailing it in.
It seems like a good idea for the Bills to make Thurman Thomas' resurgence the focus of the effort to cure the offensive woes. It will take careful planning, since overworking Thurman would be counterproductive. It will also take better offensive line play than what occurred in the first eight games.
What in the world did Dallas owner Jerry Jones have to do with that Cowboys-Miami matchup anyway, other than fouling up three straight college drafts? That game was a clash between Dallas' deadly offense and the Dolphins' young defense. If there was a sideshow, it should have involved the coaches, Jimmy Johnson and Barry Switzer. As it turned out, Switzer was a bystander.
The coaching duel turned, as it usually does, on which man has the better players. No contest. Once you get by quarterback Dan Marino, Miami no longer has marquee players.
If Syracuse is serious about climbing back into college football's Top 25, it has to beat the Mountaineers at West Virginia this Saturday, then not be overconfident when Army marches into the Carrier Dome two weeks later.
Speaking of the college rankings, what is Notre Dame still doing in the Top 20? The Irish should inflate their phony win-loss record against four patsies in the next month. The only formidable foe left on their schedule is USC on Nov. 30, and the Trojans are not exactly a juggernaut these days.
John Wetteland's performance as the Yankee closer in the World Series underlined the importance of a strong bullpen, a fact that sometimes eludes even veteran baseball people.
Wetteland was traded twice within two weeks in late fall of 1991, mostly because the trading team lusted for a player it thought it couldn't do without. He went from the Los Angeles Dodgers to the Cincinnati Reds and on to the Montreal Expos, where he recorded 105 saves in his first three seasons in Montreal.
The Yankees acquired him in 1995 for something Montreal was desperate to have: cash.
There's life in some of the old Bills yet. Three of them, Detroit tight end Pete Metzelaars, Carolina linebacker Carlton Bailey and Miami punter John Kidd, were nominated by their teams for the Miller NFL player of the week award Monday. Metzelaars set a record for NFL tight ends by playing in his 212th game.