Debut was a Foxboro Friesz out [6:23 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"Extremely average. Not good enough to win. I throw an interception on first and goal at the 1. It's inexcusable," Friesz said after yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo in which the 11-year veteran took over for the injured Drew Bledsoe early in the second quarter and the Patriots trailing, 10-0.'
Big man was the big factor [6:22 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'A big reason middle linebacker Sam Cowart was able to make so many disruptive plays and lead the Bills with 14 tackles and one sack was because of the work of big Ted Washington up front.'
He foot the bill [6:21 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'There are only eight seconds left and your team needs you to kick a 48-yard field goal. Being a kicker is not easy. Steve Christie certainly made it look that way, and then some, in the Bills' 16-13 overtime win against the Patriots yesterday.'
Flutie rises to occasion when needed [6:20 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'A team quarterbacked by Doug Flutie won a game at Foxboro Stadium yesterday. Would you rather wait until I could get back to you with some new news?'
They'll lose sleep over loss [6:19 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Buffalo Bills left here last night with a victory they deserved because when the game was on the line, they made the plays, and the Patriots did not.'
Bledsoe, day-to-day, may take a pass [6:18 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"My feeling after throwing on the sidelines was that I wouldn't be able to throw accurately enough to be effective for our team, compounded by the fact that every time I took a snap I would aggravate it more," he said. "So I felt the best chance for us to win was to go with John [Friesz]. He made a couple of nice plays that barely got broken up. With the exception of probably one play, he played a good game for us."'
Opinions few and far between [6:16 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Flutie struggled for most of the game, but as Tasker and Criqui said, when the Bills needed big plays, Flutie made them. "Flutie makes it happen in the face of unbelievably adverse conditions," Tasker said.'
Painful losses for Pats [6:15 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The Patriots are 2-7, and Bledsoe is hurt.'
Another one slips away [6:14 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'All Doug Flutie does is win. And all the Patriots do is lose.'
Almost only counts in . . . [6:13 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Containing Flutie most of the time just isn't enough. That was a point Pats coach Bill Belichick made at his postgame press conference. That final, overtime drive for the Bills' winning field goal "was not what we were looking for," Belichick said.'
Brown's brilliance goes unrewarded [6:12 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Brown, with an all-purpose performance that also included a team-high 49 yards on three catches, once again stepped up as one of the few weapons with impact during yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo.'
J.R. picks up longest yard [6:11 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'In yesterday's 16-13 overtime loss to Buffalo, the Patriots ran eight plays from the Bills' 1-yard line and came away with just one score - a touchdown run from rookie J.R. Redmond.'
Friesz handles the chill [6:10 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'That they voiced their displeasure with a chorus of boos was not surprising, and the least surprised guy in Foxboro was Friesz himself.'
Milloy can't knock QB now [6:09 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Milloy was subdued if not outright contrite yesterday. The safety might not have been personally taken to the cleaners, but he had to accept the fact that Flutie once again put a defense through the rinse cycle.'
Flutie figures out a way [6:08 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'For a long stretch during the second half of yesterday's overtime win over the Patriots, Doug Flutie didn't play like a man who has magic dust in his veins. Instead, he looked more like a guy who should be holding a clipboard.'
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.'
Pats loss a big pain in the back pocket [6:04 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'So Drew bashers, hope you had a good look at life without Bledsoe. Pats bettors did and it hurts.'
The defense rests: Verdict for Bills [6:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'If you thought a 2-6 start represented rock-bottom for the Patriots, think again.'
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.'
Friesz falls short in his first rescue mission for Pats [6:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Friesz is the first to admit that he didn't exactly light it up.'
Prospect of losing Bledsoe clouds already difficult season [5:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots will be hurting, big-time, if Bledsoe can't 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.'
Friesz's Performance Brings Cool Reception [5:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'It was not," Friesz said, "the first time I was booed." It was the first time Friesz was booed as a Patriots quarterback.'
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.'
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