Final test for Brady a stretch [5:40 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Now, with three games remaining and all of New England watching, Brady is set to face a whole new battery of tests and an entirely new level of expectation. It's guaranteed to be more intense than anything he's experienced yet.'
Sullivan returns to shore up front line [5:40 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'With Willie McGinest still on the shelf and depth on the defensive line at a premium, the Patriots turned to a familiar face yesterday, signing former Patriot and North Attleboro native Chris Sullivan.'
Div. II Andruzzi is an A-1 find [5:39 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'In a number of ways, Andruzzi is the perfect symbol for the Pats this season.'
Versatile Sullivan gets another shot [5:38 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Chris Sullivan is a Patriot again.'
Older, wiser Patriots make impact [5:37 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'Has it dawned on Roman Phifer, Otis Smith, Anthony Pleasant or Bryan Cox that they could be playing golf by now?'
Hit parade continues with Phifer in the lineup [5:36 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: 'The 33-year-old linebacker is having what coach Bill Belichick considers his best season.'
Belichick's worry: Bills due [5:36 AM]
Worcester Telegram and Gazette reports: '"Buffalo and New England have played tight, competitive games the last few years," Belichick said. "It doesn't matter if the quarterback was Bledsoe, Friesz, Brady, or Flutie or Johnson for them. It doesn't matter if the game was early in the season or late in the season. It doesn't matter if it was sunny or snowing. They've been tight, physical games, and we better be ready for a tight, physical game on Sunday."'
Brady keeps head in game [5:35 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Brady said the physical conditioning aspect of playing his position can be addressed with off-season workouts. "But mentally," he added, "it can be quite a grind because every week you are putting all your energy and emotion and focus into one opponent. Then you play the game, and it's out the door. "What you did last week means nothing for what you are doing this week."'
Out of Buffalo, Smith no longer feels unappreciated [8:29 PM]
AP reports: '"It was just a matter of a team having faith in me and giving me enough opportunity."'
Bills haven't ruled out Johnson's return [3:11 PM]
AP reports: 'Citing the most recent medical report on Johnson's broken collarbone, coach Gregg Williams held out hope on Wednesday that the quarterback could be ready to return to practice within two weeks. Whether that means he'll be healthy enough to play in time for the Bills' season finale, Jan. 6 at Miami, Williams wasn't sure.'
Buffalo Bills Wallpaper by 'Moose' [1:14 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Eric Moulds is the star of the Bills monthly wallpaper by TBD allumni Gina Mustico. NOTE: Snow is artifical since Buffalo has not had snow yet.
Tasty turnovers [12:51 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Exhibit 'A' in that argument is the New England Patriots, whose current three-game winning streak has been fueled, to a large extent, by a combined plus-6 turnover ratio in that span.'
Freebie at the stadium this weekend [12:32 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills Experience, which takes place in the Fieldhouse prior to every Bills home game, will be free to attend prior to this Sunday's game vs. the New England Patriots. A special appearance by 2001 Wall of Fame honoree Fred Smerlas, who will be available for autographs.
Also an appearance by Billy Buffalo dressed in his Santa attire. Fans can get their picture taken with Santa Billy from 10:00-11:00 AM and again from 11:30 AM-12:30 PM.
Tom Donahoe's Weekly Bills Update [11:47 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "Nate's got a bright future, and we feel good with him on one side and Antoine on the other side, and the way that Chris Watson has stepped up the last few weeks and improved his play, we feel good about that position overall on our team."
[PICTURES] Buffalo Bills Shop with a Jock [11:39 AM]
TBD reports: Buffalo Bills and the Buffalo Salvation Army present Shop With A Jock. An event where kids from the community have a chance to shop with a Bills player for Christmas presents for their family.
Sammy Morris, Shawn Bryson, Phillip Crosby, Kenyatta Wright, Kendrick Office, Keion Carpenter, Ken Irvin, Lance Brown, David Dinkins, Travares Tillman, Leif Larsen, Mo Unutoa, Ron Edwards, Brian Moorman and Shayne Graham, along with Billy Buffalo attended. Jack Wheeler, TBD's Blue Coat, is the photographer.
Spoon's first pickoff one to remember [8:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Buffalo Bills' rookie linebacker didn't have any interceptions in high school (he played fullback and tight end) or in college at North Carolina, so when he finally got his first, fear took over.'
Ex-Bill Henry Jones is not coming back [7:12 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'Former Buffalo Bills defensive back Henry Jones has sold his house on Southwick Drive in Orchard Park. According to public records, Jones received $150,000 for the house. The deal closed on Nov. 16. Jones was cut just before the season after a decade with the team.'
Fans stay home as Bills win just second game [7:10 AM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'The Buffalo Bills won just their second game of the National Football League season Sunday, 25-24 over the Carolina Panthers. It was also their first at Ralph Wilson Stadium since Nov. 12, 2000, though not many were there to see it. The Bills face the prospects of playing before a similarly small crowd in the home finale Sunday, Dec. 16 against the New England Patriots.'
Centers' shoes and gloves go to Hall of Fame [5:49 AM]
D and C reports: 'The shoes and gloves worn by Bills fullback Larry Centers when he became the all-time leader in receiving yards by a running back have gone to the Pro Football Hall of Fame.'
Finally, a line worth repeating [5:46 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Before we had reason to position the ''P'' word in even the same paragraph with the Patriots, many New Englanders were using other, not-so-nice ''P'' words to describe the team's defense.'
Free agency a boost for Pats [5:45 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots were the busiest team in the NFL last offseason, and now we know why. The Pats signed 21 veteran free agents heading into training camp, and the 16 players that remain have helped turn them from a last-place team to one gunning for a division title.'
Bruschi shines as middleman [5:44 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bruschi has been many things to the Patriots over his six-year career - special teams stalwart, pass rushing specialist, weak-side linebacker in the 4-3 and inside linebacker in the 3-4. Now Bruschi, who is slated to become an unrestricted free agent after the season, is playing perhaps the best football of his life in yet another role.'
Patriots in nice shape [5:44 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Well, the Patriots are actually right in the middle of it, standing fifth among nine teams who still have a reasonable chance to make the playoffs.'
Eric Moulds - the $42 Million Dollar Man [3:19 PM]
Muscletech magazine reports: Ad with Eric Moulds:
Picture yourself in Ralph Wilson Stadium on a Sunday afternoon. It's the Buffalo Bills vs. the Baltimore Ravens. You're standing on the 50-yard line with less than two minutes remaining in the fourth quarter. No, you're not some deranged, half-naked fan who, having had too much to drink, managed to stumble out onto the field. Believe it or not you are the franchise player; the marquee guy.
The Bills may have saved Williams' job [1:35 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'But the way this young team rallied - 30 players on Buffalo's 53-man roster are in their first or second season - was encouraging, given this year's lack of success. As Williams correctly noted, "We had every opportunity to have an excuse not to play." And his team's willingness to not quit might ultimately have saved him from being fired.'
Pat Williams has slight crack in leg bone [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills coach Gregg Williams said that the injury is in a non-weight-bearing area and that Williams may be able to return before the end of the season.'
Bills find fuel for rally with the run [5:17 AM]
D and C reports: ' Trailing the Carolina Panthers by 11 points at halftime on Sunday, the Buffalo Bills did an uncharacteristic thing on the way to securing their second victory of the season: They ran the ball with a purpose.'
NFL fines catch up to Bills' Price [5:16 AM]
D and C reports: 'Already this season, Price was twice fined $5,000 for picking up unnecessary roughness penalties against New Orleans on Sept. 9 and Indianapolis on Sept. 23.'
Bills' bosses need time to rebuild the franchise [5:15 AM]
D and C reports: 'Donahoe is looking beyond 2002 and he could want more bodies by trading down. What happens at the box office can't be a major concern in building a team back into playoff contention.'
NFL Fines Bills' Peerless Price $30,000 for Striking 49er [8:13 PM]
Bloomberg reports: 'Price hit a 49ers player after the final play of the game, an interception thrown by Alex Van Pelt at the San Francisco 1-yard line. Price was called for a personal foul.'
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