Van Pelt at ease as reservist [5:31 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I was disappointed at first,'' Van Pelt acknowledged yesterday. ''I was looking forward to starting. But after that wore off, I realized what a great opportunity it was to have him in here. It was a great chance to work with another great QB, another great mind to pick. So after the initial disappointment, I was excited.'''
Pats zone in on Bills [5:30 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Any time Centers is on the field, that's certainly one option,'' said Belichick. ``I think Buffalo does a good job using all their receivers down there in the red area. Riemersma is a good red-area receiver. Centers is a good red-area receiver. Moulds and Price are guys who, if they get single coverage, can beat you on different option routes. They run fades, slants underthrown fades and fades in the back of the end zone."'
Patten moves past poor effort [5:29 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'In last Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium, Patten did not record a single reception - and let a sure touchdown pass from Tom Brady sail through his hands in the end zone. Patten plans to turn things around in tomorrow's big AFC East showdown with the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.'
Brady now has bunch to prove [5:28 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This is the toughest week of the Patriot quarterback's fledgling career.'
Bledsoe has found his niche in Bills' spread-out offense [5:28 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"They've changed offenses," Belichick said of the Bills. "(Gilbride's) brought in a whole new system, which is what Kevin has run pretty much everywhere he's been, whether it was at Houston, Jacksonville or San Diego. In Pittsburgh it was more adapted to the Pittsburgh style."'
Buffalo's Price having big year [5:27 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"I think the sky's the limit," Price said recently. "All the pieces have to be in place for a receiver to be successful. He's got to be in an offense that gives him opportunities. He needs a quarterback who believes in him. I believe I can be a top five receiver in this league. It's just the way I think, and the way I should think."'
Centers: Buffalo's bull with soft hands [5:25 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Centers -- a 13-year veteran -- is the kind of player who can quietly kill you while you mistakenly devote all your attention to the more notable skill players.'
Graham ready to go for first time since September [5:25 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Graham was the Patriots' first-round draft pick this season -- the 21st overall pick -- but he hasn't had much time to showcase his potential. He was inactive for the season opener, then caught four passes in the next three games before injuring his shoulder. Without much playing time lately, there's a chance he could be rusty Sunday afternoon.'
Drew Bledsoe Looks to Beat Patriots After Being Benched, Traded [5:24 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'As Bledsoe prepares for his first game against the team he once symbolized, motivation isn't hard to come by.'
Hype winds down [9:02 PM]
Patriots.com reports: '"He's a significant player and they gave up a significant draft choice for him," Belichick said. "They know they're getting a good player. We know we're trading a significant player. But, you can only have one quarterback."'
Drew Bledsoe First Half Recap [5:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Drew Bledsoe is off to the best statistical start of any quarterback in Bills history. His 2,500 passing yards lead the NFL and are the most ever by a Bills QB after eight games. He is the only QB in franchise history to throw a TD pass in his first eight games and has 16 total TDs to just five INTs.
Two Minute Drill... With Ryan Denney [4:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ryan Denney was the latest player to share some secrets about his teammates during the Two Minute Drill with buffalobills.com.
Thurman Thomas To Receive 2002 Ralph C. Wilson, JR. Distinguished Service Award [3:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Former Buffalo Bills' running back Thurman Thomas will receive the 17th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Monday Quarterback Club at separate ceremonies on December 1 and 2. The former team standout will be honored during pregame ceremonies on the field at the Bills-Dolphins home game on Sunday, December 1 and at the Monday Quarterback Club's luncheon at HSBC Arena the next day.
Showtime for Brady and Bledsoe [3:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Obviously from the time the trade happened, I’ve been getting questions about this game,” Bledsoe said. “Everyone has been focused on it. The thing that I said from Day One is that I hope when we get to the game that it’s fun from the standpoint that it has implications for a division race ... and that’s what’s happened. I’m excited about that, our players are excited about that and we’re focused on it in that way.”'
Scouting the Patriots [2:59 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Buffalo may be running into the Patriots at exactly the wrong time.'
Drew Bledsoe's Touchdown Targets [2:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ok. So there's no question this is the best group of receivers Bledsoe has had during his career but who's the best individual target he's had? Eric Moulds? Here is a list of Bledsoe's 34 touchdown targets during his career (regular season):
Pats fans will delight in this [1:14 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'You have to love the buildup of this affair between the hometown Pats and their divisional enemies of New York's western borders. A date with the Bills in their present streaking state would usually be enough to peak the imagination and ping the chest hairs, but the Bledsoe drama to inhale and taste makes it all even better.'
Pats need to lift offense or suffer consequences [1:13 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Much has been made this week of Buffalo's new quarterback, its suddenly high-powered offense and the propensity to engage in the overtime game. But if the Patriots don't quickly improve their own offense, you could play quarterback for the Bills and it really wouldn't matter.'
Marquee Matchup: New England at Buffalo [12:31 PM]
cnnsi.com reports: "Buffalo has gained confidence each week and with Miami playing a tough game Monday night in Green Bay, the Bills have a chance to take over the AFC East lead. Expect a high-scoring affair with Buffalo winning a close one at home."
A rivalry is born [9:09 AM]
Orange County Register reports: 'The Patriots' problems go beyond Brady - their offensive line has struggled, they have had trouble running and stopping the run, and they aren't making as many big plays on special teams - but as long as they are behind Bledsoe's Bills in the AFC East, Brady's going to hear about it.'
Lately, it's been anything but Patriots' day [9:07 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The roster remains mostly intact - only three starters from the Super Bowl are gone - and coach Bill Belichick didn't suffer any losses on his staff. But the Patriots seem to have forgotten how they won the Super Bowl in the first place.'
Drew fatigue can't deter Pats' admiration society [9:06 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Patriots genuinely liked Bledsoe. They admired him as a player and maybe even more so as a man.'
Ex-Bucs defensive end Jones pays visit [9:05 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Free agent defensive end Marcus Jones paid the Buffalo Bills a visit Thursday. Jones, a former first-round draft pick, was released by the Tampa Bay Buccaneers three weeks ago.'
Fireworks start in Buffalo around 1 p.m. [9:05 AM]
Daytona Beach News Journal reports: 'The early returns suggest vindication for Bledsoe and expulsion from Mensa for Belichick.'
Children's Hospital/Buffalo Bills Sports Challenge [8:56 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Join Bills quarterback Alex Van Pelt and his teammates at The 2nd Annual Children's Hospital/Buffalo Bills Sports Challenge. Children and their adult guests are invited to this highly anticipated event which features the following stations:
Patriots down but not out [5:28 AM]
D and C reports: '“We’re not pushing the panic button around here,” wide receiver Troy Brown insisted, “but we are pushing the urgency button.”'
Buffalo shuffle works for Smith, too [5:27 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I think I have an understanding of what Drew is going through,'' said Smith. ''I think I had the same feeling last year. I wanted to do really well against them [the Bills]. I built it up in my own head last year. Part of me wanted to show them they made a mistake, and they didn't know what they were doing. We won both games against Buffalo last year and I felt satisfied, or at least I felt that I showed them the player I always was.'' That was last year. This season, it's just another game.'
Belichick vs. Bledsoe [5:26 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''Our records are pretty close to even,'' said Belichick. ''He's made plenty of good plays. He's a good player.'''
From now on, a fine for not staying in line [5:25 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots are expected to use the same five offensive linemen in Buffalo Sunday for the second straight game. Mike Compton and Woody will continue to rotate at center/left guard depending upon whether it's a shotgun situation, Joe Andruzzi is back at right guard, and Kenyatta Jones appears to be holding on at right tackle.'
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