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That was a pretty sorry display of tackling by the Bills' defense on Sunday. They made Jamal Lewis look like a young colt. Donte Whitner said Lewis' style was perfectly suited for those brutal conditions, but that doesn't excuse the poor tackling. The Bills have played some terrific defense this year. Over a 10-game stretch heading into Sunday's game, they had held opposin…

They just gave us a weather report in the press box at Cleveland Stadium -- as if I needed it. I'm looking out the window of the press box in the front row and can barely see a thing. The window is fogging up and covered with droplets. All I can see is a snow-covered field with players and workmen milling around. They're trying to shovel paths along the yard lines. The sno…

George Wilson, nursing his broken ribs, made an appearance in the Bills' dressing room on Wednesday. Naturally, the media flocked to Wilson, who has become what we in the media refer to as a "go-to" guy -- a player who is willing to speak on any subject and do it eloquently. Former go-to guys include Kent Hull, Larry Centers, Steve Tasker, Ruben Brown, Jonas Jenn…

Is it just a coincidence that Petrino rhymes with "Pitino"? Way to bail out, Bobby, when things got tough and you realized the Falcons weren't going to a BCS Bowl any time soon. You make Nick Saban seem loyal.

The Bills and Titans are tied in the playoff hunt with three games to play. Both have young quarterbacks who are learning on the fly. Edwards is a rookie and has started only six games. Vince Young is a spectacular talent, and he's in his second year. But he has struggled mightily this season. Young has 7 touchdown passes and 16 interceptions, a horrible ratio. For all the…

Sunday's game will be only the fifth between the Bills and Browns in the last 20 seasons -- and easily the most meaningful since the teams met in the playoffs on Jan. 6, 1990. That was the first NFL playoff game I ever covered, and one of the most memorable games in Buffalo playoff history. The Bills lost, 34-30, despite amassing 453 yards of total offense. Thurman Thomas …

Now that the Bills have a legtimate chance at the playoffs, we might as well review the potential wild card tiebreakers. I'm sure I won't cover every possible scenario, but for now let's limit ourselves to possible tiebreakers if the Bills win their last three games. For purposes of this discussion, we'll assume Jacksonville doesn't lose two out of three and fall onto the …

OK, now things get a lot more difficult. The Bills are 7-6, which is far better than most lucid observers would have imagined at 0-3. But they haven't beaten a team that currently has a winning record. If they want to stay relevant in the playoff chase, they probably have to win two straight against winning teams -- the Browns and Giants. What do you suppose are the chance…

Overall, the Bills' team statistics are pretty bad, but here's the good news: The run defense has been quietly efficient since early in the season. After three games, opposing teams had rushed for 177 yards a game and were averaging 5.2 yards a carry. Those numbers stacked up against some of the worst run defenses in league history. But in nine games since, the Bills have …

It's hard to believe the Bills are a .500 team when you consider how much trouble they've had putting the ball in the end zone. They have 13 offensive touchdowns in 12 games, which puts them on pace to shatter the team record for fewest offensive TDs in a 16-game season. The 1985 team scored 21 -- and went 2-14. This group needs to score eight TDs in four games to tie that…

I never saw a local high school basketball player who got more out of his ability than Brian Dux. Dux worked tirelessly to make himself a solid Division I player. By the time he was a sophomore at Canisius, a lot of people realized he could have competed at a higher level in college hoops. He worked to get better after college and became the best player in the English pro …

All right, so I'm a Missouri graduate. I'm not the most objective observer at this point. But it's a little strange to hear so many people giving Oklahoma the clear edge in Saturday's Big 12 title game. Mizzou is a better team than it was earlier in the season when it lost to Oklahoma. The Tigers led that game late and lost on turnovers. They didn't have their starting run…

Lindy Ruff had some telling comments after his team's 4-3 loss to the Blues at HSBC Arena on Wednesday. Ruff said there were young players on this team who sometimes want it to be easy. That's a pretty apt description of this bunch. They're great frontrunners when things are going well and the offense is flowing. But get them in a tough game, against an opponent that will …

A few observations from the Sabres' game with the Blues on Wednesday night: 1. Classy move by St. Louis coach Andy Murray, putting West Seneca native Lee Stempniak in the starting lineup for his first NHL game in Buffalo -- along with long-time former Sabre Jay McKee. 2. Lindy Ruff has done a nice job getting his team back in the conference race. The Sabres seemed like a …

Looking at the Bills' team statistics, it's hard to believe they're two plays from 7-4. In the latest league stats, they're now 31st in offense and 31st in defense. Stats don't tell the whole story, but it's hard to make an argument that they're a playoff contender -- or even an average team -- in the face of such evidence. And it's hard to buy the Bend But Don't Break the…