Observations: Patriots 37 - Bills 22 [1:11 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was a fear for the Bills as they entered the contest with the Patriots, and that fear was, in fact, a warranted feeling. Tight end Rob Gronkowski did whatever he wanted to on the field against the Bills and ended the afternoon with seven catches for 94 yards.'
Denied [1:10 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Brady did what Brady has done too many times. 27/37 for 361 yards and 4 TD's. That day makes it hard to imagine the Bills beating New England even without the earlier referred to bad calls by the refs. The Patriots scored on every second half possession until it was time to kneel it out at the end.'
It wasn't Pegula Day, it was Groundhog Day for the Bills [1:09 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'While coverage or lack thereof was the main culprit, the lack of a pass rush is partly to blame. I thought the biggest edge the Bills would have would be their defensive line against a shaky Pats offensive line. By the way, that Pats line went into the game down one starter and lost another in the first half. Brady had a clean pocket too often and I think he wasn't even hit until Manny Lawson got to him early second quarter.'
The Bills lose a chance to become relevant [1:08 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'It was supposed to be the game that made them 4-2 and made them relevant for the first time in 14 years. Instead, it was the game that showed us not much has changed.'
Immediate Reactions: New England Patriots 37, Buffalo Bills 22 [1:07 AM]
NickMendola.com reports: 'But after watching CJ Spiller work his way through another uninspiring performance that reeked of “Let’s make it through the season healthy”, I can’t help but admit that I’m grasping at straws. The worst and least logical thoughts are running through my head: can Spiller get the Bills a pick back? Is there a quarterback on the market before next week’s trade deadline? Is anyone listening?'
Patriots Ruin Pegula's Debut 37-22 [1:06 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'It may be a new era with a new owner but until they can find a way to beat the Patriots it is the same old Bills. Until they can knock off the top dog in the division a changing of the guard is just a pipe dream. A disappointing end to a great week of celebrations off the field. The team has a bright future off the field with the Pegulas taking over but they have no magic wand to erase 14 years of losing after another deflating loss to the big bullies from Boston.'
Defense Disappoints In Second Half Collapse [1:05 AM]
Bills Daily reports: 'Kyle Orton Had good stats going 24 of 38 for 299 yards and two touchdowns but his fumble and interception led to 10 Patriot points. Grade B: Not the main reason for the loss.'
Turnovers, penalties help Pats in 37-22 win over Bills [1:04 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Penalties at inopportune times however, helped to extend New England drives, and Tom Brady took advantage. The Patriots scored on their first three second half possessions tallying a pair of touchdowns and a field goal to put themselves up 30-14 with eight minutes remaining. It proved to be too much to overcome.'
What they're saying: Quotes from inside the Bills locker room [1:03 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '“Yeah, I made a bad decision with the football on the interception. Then, you know, a sack-fumble. And then trying to basically run out the clock at the end of the half and then an unfortunate fumble. We have to address those, I have to better with the football and play a mistake free game and not come away with any interceptions.”'
The dawn of a new day for the Bills [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“I’m excited for the people, the fans, the organization, the region,” Bills coach Doug Marrone said. “I’ve never looked at our fans as needing something to be electric, even as far as when I’ve been an opponent in this stadium. But to say it’s going up a notch, obviously, I have to recognize that.'
A fading dynasty? Let the debate begin [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Which brings us to today. New England visits Ralph Wilson Stadium at 3-2 — same record as its host. Bills fans definitely want to believe the demise of the Patriots’ dynasty is at hand, but I’m not buying.'
Five-Star Scouting Report [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Patriots 27, Bills 20.'
String of good fortune has to make one wonder [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It’s always dangerous to write the guy off. Brady didn’t say much when people were burying him before the Bengals game. He answered with a terrific game – his 40th straight regular-season home win against an AFC opponent. Predictably, he denied using the criticism for motivation.'
Tom Brady has been the difference vs. Bills [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'It's never about schemes, or philosophies, or analytic superiority. It's simply that he has been the best player on the field, and the fact that he plays for New England and not for Buffalo, is the primary reason why, for 13 years (minus 2008 when he sat out with a knee injury) he and the Patriots have owned the Bills the way few NFL teams have ever owned another.'
Three ... and Out [1:54 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'Bills 27, Patriots 24.'
Buffalo Bills place Chris Williams on injured reserve, promote Kenny Ladler from practice squad [1:53 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: 'Bills coach Doug Marrone has expressed his concern for Williams' back injury because of the nature of the injury. In Williams' absence, rookie fifth-round pick Cyril Richardson has been starting at left guard.'
Jim Schwartz moving on from Detroit Lions win [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"I don't want to talk about last week, let's just move on to the Patriots," Schwartz said. "All the wins are good. It was a good win for us. We were on a two-game losing streak, being able to get that win on the road against a good opponent, particularly when we were down 14-0. That easily could have gotten away from us, but I was proud of the guys. The guys fought. We were able scratch and claw to get back into that game. We're going to have to have that same mentality to be able to do that this week, too."'
Chandler Jones not overly sentimental about reunion with Doug Marrone [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post-Standard reports: '"It will be a great experience," Jones said. "It's something that I've done. Coach Marrone's a great coach, he's a really good coach. I owe a whole lot of success to him."'
With win over Patriots, Bills would be in first all alone [1:50 AM]
Dunkirk Observer reports: '"It's an opportunity for us to get ahead of our goals," Williams said. "We want to win the division and we know that if we win this game, we're in first place, so our goal is right in front of us. All we have to do is take advantage of it."'
For Pegula, now comes the hard part — owning the Bills [1:49 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'Oddly, Pegula confronts a team with perhaps the opposite problem in the Bills. While the Sabres fell into disrepair because ownership neglected to make a change at the top, the Bills have been plagued by a revolving door of coaches and general managers every two or three years.'
Still 'fandemonium' for the Buffalo Bills [1:48 AM]
Tonawanda News reports: 'The Niagara Region has its share of Bills fans — and super fans. Here's a look at some of the faithful, each in their own unique way.'
Bills have huge chance to send message to Belichick, Brady [1:48 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'At least by 21st century standards, the Bills appear to have more checkmarks in their favour heading into this meeting than perhaps at any time during their sad-sack streak.'
Patriots’ keys to victory over the Bills [1:47 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Patriots 27, Bills 20.'
With franchise staying put, Buffalo Bills have chance to make a move in AFC East [1:46 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'So, yeah, it’s been forever since they’ve been relevant. Not only in the NFL, but in their own division.'
Marcell Dareus will challenge interior of Patriots' line [1:45 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '“He’s a hard guy to block. He’s strong, quick, he’s got good instincts,” Bill Belichick said. “He reads blocks well, does a good job attacking the leverage, does a good job in the pass rush of beating, based on who the guard is or how he gets set. He had a big play against Detroit where the center slid to him and he split the double-team. You don’t see that a lot. … I think he’s been good and he’s been even more productive this year. He’s playing [at] a high level in the running game, too. He’s a hard guy to block. He’s strong, uses his hands well; he reacts well to blocking schemes.”'
New era for Bills, players focused on Patriots [1:44 AM]
Attleboro Sun Chronicle reports: '"We're not really too focused on the outside stuff," echoed running back C.J. Spiller. "Obviously we're happy for those guys for being able to purchase the team and keeping the team here in Buffalo, but at the same time we have to stay focused on the task at hand and that is winning games on Sunday. But obviously everybody in the building and the fans are very happy about the new ownership."'
Sunday's New England Coverage [1:40 AM]
Rob Gronkowski starting to resemble former self (Boston Globe)
Bryan Stork, Brandon Browner, Dominique Easley ruled out (Boston Globe)
Patriots’ keys to victory over the Bills (Boston Globe)
Patriots must take it to the Bills, show mettle on hostile turf (Boston Herald)
Kyle Arrington’s never afraid to man-up vs. the game’s best (Boston Herald)
Borges: ‘Competitive’ putrefaction (Boston Herald)
No boot for Tom Brady as QB makes trip (Boston Herald)
Five things to watch today (Boston Herald)
With franchise staying put, Buffalo Bills have chance to make a move in AFC East (Springfield Republican)
Report: Bryan Stork not with New England Patriots on trip to Buffalo (Springfield Republican)
Brandon Browner, Bryan Stork, Dominique Easley downgraded to out by New England Patriots for Sunday versus Buffalo Bills (Springfield Republican)
Gronkowski reflects on football journey as he heads home to Buffalo (Providence Journal)
Without Stork, New England would need to retool its offensive line, again (Providence Journal)
Marcell Dareus will challenge interior of Patriots' line (Providence Journal)
These Bills aren’t to be taken lightly (Providence Journal)
New era for Bills, players focused on Patriots (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Patriots about to learn a lot about themselves (Brockton Enterprise)
Hitting the playbook helped Walker hit the playing field in one week's time (Brockton Enterprise)
Patriots have chance to stay on roll in Buffalo (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Fenner makes debut in special situation (Worcester Telegram and Gazette)
Three Bills who must be bashed (Larence Eagle Tribune)
A question worth asking (Metro West Daily News)
Tom Brady on injury report? Really? (Nashua Telegraph)
New England still has something to prove against the Bills (Portland Press Herald)
Pats hope the good feelings will continue this week (Manchester Union Leader)
Bills game is no gimme for Pats (Lowell Sun)
Who will Jonathan Comey and Tim Weisberg pick this week? (New Bedford Standard Times)
Brady heads to Buffalo without walking boot (The Sports Xchange)
Report: Tom Brady Traveling To Buffalo For Bills Game Without Walking Boot (NESN)
Bryan Stork, Brandon Browner Among Patriots Declared Inactive Vs. Bills (NESN)
Curran's Patriots-Bills preview (CSN New England)
Stork doesn't travel with Patriots to Buffalo (CSN New England)
Report: Brady (ankle) will start vs. Bills (CSN New England)
Patriots-Bills Week 6 News & Notes (WBZ-AM)
Patriots Looking To Crack Buffalo Ground Defense, Run Past Bills (WBZ-AM)
Brandon Browner, Dominique Easley, Bryan Stork ruled out for Sunday’s game (WEEI-FM)
Patriots at Bills Pregame Six-Pack! (Patriots.com)
Experts: Carolina Panthers would likely top Buffalo Bills’ sales price [1:39 AM]
Charlotte Observer reports: 'The sale of the Bills carried parallels to the Panthers situation. After 95-year-old owner Ralph Wilson’s death, the team was put on the block, worrying fans about the possibility of a new owner moving it to another city, such as Toronto.'
Bills place Williams on IR, promote Ladler [1:38 AM]
AP reports: 'A first-round pick of the Chicago Bears in 2008, Williams spent parts of five seasons with the team before moving to St. Louis in 2012. Williams joined the Bills as a free agent in March, signing a four-year deal worth $13.5 million.
5 things to watch for during Bills - Patriots [1:37 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'One of the biggest Week Six games in recent memory, the Bills have a tremendous opportunity to prove to the rest of the NFL that they are, in fact, for real as a genuine threat in the AFC playoff picture. Kyle Orton, Fred Jackson and company will have their opportunities on offense and they need to take advantage. The biggest difference between the teams in this game is how much of an advantage the Bills’ defensive line has over the interior of New England’s offensive line. That, combined with a charged up crowd at Ralph Wilson Stadium for the start of the Pegula era, could yield one of the biggest victories the Bills could attain in 2014.'
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