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MONDAY BILLBOARD

The Big Picture: - The Buffalo Bills took the Indianapolis Colts out to the woodshed and gave them an old-fashioned whipping. The 34-11 victory keeps the Bills (7-4) in second place in the AFC East. They could vault into a three-way tie for first if division-leading Miami (7-3) loses at New England tonight. Player of the Game: - Andre Reed showed there still is plenty of life in those 34-year-old legs. The Bills' venerable wide receiver caught six passes for 108 yards and a touchdown. It was the 41st 100-yard performance of his 14-year career. Game Balls: - Ken Irvin, Joe Cummings, Reed and Chris Mohr. Unsung Hero(es): - John Fina, Ruben Brown, Dusty Zeigler, Joe Panos and Jerry Ostroski dominated the line of scrimmage, paving the way to another strong offensive performance. Not much negative talk about the offensive line's play these days, is there? Play of the Game: - Late in the sec ond quarter, Reed caught a Doug Flutie pass on the right side, cut across the field and shook off a tackle attempt by Colts cornerback Tyrone Poole for a 67-yard touchdown. That gave the Bills a 21-3 lead, ending the game's competitive phase. Hit of the Day: - On a kickoff in the first quarter, Bills fullback Sam Gash flat tened a Colts defender to spring Kevin Williams on a 36-yard return. Quote of the Day: - "These teams are like two ships that pass in the night. The problem is, the Bills are sailing along, while we're sinking." -- Colts wide receiv er Marvin Harrison. Sign of the Day: - From Amen Cor ner: "Hail Mary full of grace, Flutie magic will rock this place," and "Our Father who art in heaven, give the power to No. 7." Not These Guys Again: - The officiat ing crew, headed by Dick Hantak, was the same group that dropped 34 flags -- in cluding an NFL-record 22 on San Francis co -- during the Bills' win over the 49ers on Oct. 4. On Sunday, Hantak and compa ny penalized the Bills 10 times for 64 yards and the Colts six times for 41. Zebra Report: - Hantak's crew throws so many flags, a few are bound to be questionable. The officials wiped out a 69- yard touchdown pass from Flutie to Wil liams after Williams was ruled down by contact following a 12-yard gain. It was a tough call, as it appeared Williams' knee never hit the ground on the replays. Later in the half, Bills defensive end Bruce Smith was flagged for a neutral-zone viola tion even though Colts quarterback Peyton Manning clearly simulated the snap. Nothing Personal. Just Business: - Former Bills cornerback Jeff Burris gave tight end Lonnie Johnson a rude greeting by slamming Johnson to the turf on a pass play in the first half. Burris also drilled Thurman Thomas on the very next play. Nice Gesture Award: - To the Bills' fans for giving backup quarterback Rob Johnson a standing ovation when he came into the game for mop-up duty late in the fourth quarter. Counting the House: - There were 49,032 who showed up for this blowout. You can bet Bills owner Ralph Wilson isn't happy about this. Coming Attractions: - The Bills will try to strengthen their bid for the AFC East title and a playoff spot against the Patriots next Sunday in Foxboro, Mass.

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