Christie gets his kicks in OT [6:07 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Before designated snapper Ethan Albright could center the ball, the Patriots called timeout to give Christie time to contemplate his situation. "Actually, it gave me time to clean the mud out of my boots, so it was a good thing," Christie said.'
Lucky break for Drew? [6:06 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'And make no mistake, if the right thumb Bledsoe jammed in the first quarter of New England's 16-13 overtime loss to the Bills is broken, it would be a great stroke of good fortune for him, and possibly even for the Pats.'
Bishop looks at idle time [6:05 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Michael Bishop had a feeling he would be the Patriots' No. 3 quarterback for the rest of the season - and that was before he spent virtually the entire game on the bench yesterday.'
Christie aces toughest test yet [6:01 AM] Providence Journal reports:
'The Oakville, Ontario, native now is responsible for winning kicks in four of the Bills' five wins. All four have come in the final minute or in overtime. He's won three games on the final play.'
Pats Can't Reach Goal [5:58 AM] Hartford Courant reports:
'How often has an allegedly professional football team have a first down on its opponent's 1-yard line three times on the same possession and fail to score? It happened to the Patriots in the third quarter Sunday.'
Some Tough Questions [5:55 AM] Hartford Courant reports:
'Bledsoe, who had no cast or bandage on his hand afterward and said he hoped to play next week at Cleveland, was aggravated himself. Aggravated by the loss and perhaps by his own misplaced inference that his toughness was being questioned.'
Flutie too much [5:54 AM] Albany Times Union reports:
'Doug Flutie almost never loses in Foxboro. The New England Patriots almost never win there anymore, either.'
When It Counts, Poof [5:58 PM] Patriots Football reports:
'It's pretty sad when you predict exactly how your team will lose a game with 2:08 to play, and you turn out right on the button.'
Bills 16 Pats 13 OT [5:57 PM] Patriots Football reports:
'The Patriots' inability to finish off teams in close games continued Sunday afternoon, as Steve Christie kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to give the Buffalo Bills a 16-13 win over New England.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13, OT [5:32 PM] AP reports:
'Steve Christie did it again, only this time he saved the Buffalo Bills twice in one game.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13 [4:38 PM] Sportsticker reports:
'The rain and wind at Foxboro Stadium were the perfect backdrop for another Doug Flutie miracle.'
Bills - Patriots preview [10:17 AM] Springfield Union News reports:
'The New England defense needs to return to form and match the performance of Buffalo's outstanding unit.'
Butler's bargaining position improves as season moves along [9:23 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'The more pressing business is assuring that John Butler stays with the Bills as their general manager. Butler, whose contract with Buffalo expires after this season, will be pursued with as much passion by rival teams as any free-agent player.'
This Coach wears the headset [9:21 AM] Buffalo News reports:
'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is out with its new Buffalo Bills pets calendar and, as always, Phillips is pictured with his 12-year-old bulldog, Coach. This year, there's a twist - Coach is wearing a headset.'
Bills' defense worth a nickel [9:20 AM] Olean Times Herald reports:
'"I'm worried that the dime defense has given up some big plays ... and we pride ourselves on not giving up big plays. With the nickel, it gives us a little different look."'
Bills hope for a playoff run [7:47 AM] D and C reports:
'"We've got an eight-game season now and we'll see how we react," said strong safety Henry Jones, who has gone to the playoffs seven of his previous 10 seasons as a Bill. "We need to continue to work hard and stay focused and take it one day at a time. We've got some things we need to clean up . . . but we're going to go out and fix them."'
Scouting report [7:44 AM] D and C reports:
'Bills win if ... their defense continues to play superbly against the run, then doesn't forget that Bledsoe can still be a very dangerous passer. Defensive balance is important today.'
Tough part seems to be over for Patriots [7:43 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'The Patriots get a scheduling breather in the second half, but the game they really need to win is today's against the 4-4 Buffalo Bills, one of the tougher teams they will face.'
Scouting Report [7:42 AM] Boston Globe reports:
'Prediction: Buffalo 23, New England 18.'
Who's who? [7:39 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Thurman Thomas is gone. So are Bruce Smith and Andre Reed. Thomas Smith and Kurt Schulz have also departed. Antowain Smith and Jonathan Linton are on the bench and Phil Hansen is sidelined with a knee injury.'
Another small controversy [7:38 AM] Boston Herald reports:
'Johnson is still Buffalo's quarterback of the future. And when healthy, he is capable of putting up Pro Bowl numbers. Flutie simply wins more games.'