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Live chat moved up to 1 p.m. today for this week

Chat Thursday

I'll be moving my weekly chat up to Thursday this week. I'm driving a day early to New England to deal with some family matters in Rhode Island. So I'll be going at 1 p.m. Thursday. We should have lots to talk about. I'll try not to gloat too much about the election result. Talk to you then.

Small Consolation

I'm sure it's small consolation to suffering Bills fans. But while you're lamenting the team's wretched defensive numbers this season, you can take some comfort in the fact that there's actually someone worse.

The Bills are currently 31st in four major defensive categories in the latest NFL team statistics: Total defense (417.9 yards per game); yards per pass attempt (7.81); rushing yards allowed (169.5) and points allowed (30.13).

Thanks heavens for the Saints! New Orleans has given up a staggering 471.3 yards a game, well ahead of the standard for yardage allowed by the 1981 Colts (424.5 yards). The Saints are also last in yards per pass attempt against (8.24) and rushing yards allowed (176.5).

Somehow, the Saints have managed to allow only 229 points, tied for 28th. Tennessee has allowed the most points in the league with 308 in nine games. That's on pace to break the league record for points allowed. Those '81 Colts gave up 533 points.

The Bills, by the way, are on pace to break the team record for yards allowed (5,938), which they set a year ago. At their current rate, they would allow 6,686, shattering last year's mark. Good thing they paid all that money to Mario Williams.   


Flippin' Mario

After the first New England game, Mario Williams lamented the fact that most of the Patriots' running plays went away from him -- to their left. I asked afterwards why the coaches couldn't shift him to the right once in awhile. After all, he moved around a lot when he was in Houston. Well, don't be surprised if the Bills do some of that in the rematch this Sunday at New England.

During Wednesday's interview session at his locker, I asked Williams if he might move to the right side at all this weekend. He said he's definitely up for it after having his minor wrist surgery.

"After the procedure with my wrist, I feel more comfortable about not being single-handed," he said. "So definitely, I'm looking to move around and switch it up a little bit. I moved around my whole career. I had always flipped around until this year. That's what I'm used to."

I asked coach Chan Gailey if he might consider flipping Williams to the right side to deal with the Pats' tendency to run left. "Maybe," Gailey said. "We might see that. Yeah." 



Live Chat Friday at 1

I'll be chatting live from the News today at 1 p.m. Looks like my long-awaited video debut with Bucky will have to wait another week. I hear he's been getting in shape. I might not even recognize him. Anyway, I hope to hear from you at 1 today. We'll go two hours-plus if the knucklehead factor is within reason.

Live chat: Sully on Sports at 1 p.m.

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