Pats' attitude right for continued success [4:46 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'They gave up a 98-yard kickoff return for a touchdown. They allowed punter Brian Moorman to run 34 yards for a first down after he dropped a snap. They gave up big plays on defense. They had miscues on offense. They had too many penalties. Yet, they always seemed to keep their collective cool. At least, they do so when they need to.'
Bledsoe’s Number Called with Game on Line [8:48 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Bruschi came up the middle nearly untouched to get to Bledsoe. Henry said the missed blitz pickup was a mental error. "I was faking the run, so I don't know what happened," Henry said. "(I don't know) why he came up the middle like that, but it was a miscommunication somewhere."'
Patriots beat Bills in wild one, 31-17 [8:46 PM]
Patriots.com reports: 'The gritty Bills' goal was to tie the game at 24 as the fourth quarter hit dusk. It looked like they were well on their way to achieving that goal as the running of Henry and a 21-yard catch by Moulds had the Bills at the Patriots 16. But on third and 2, Henry stumbled for no gain. With around three minutes to play, Bills coach Mike Mularky was faced with whether to go for the three points and hope for a quick defensive stop or go for the first down. He went with the latter only to see disaster strike when Bledsoe was blitzed by at least three Patriots, most notably Tedy Bruschi, who forced Bledsoe to fumble. Richard Seymour picked up the ball and he and his Patriots escort went 68 yards to seal the game.'
Bills Lose Mistake Filled Game [4:59 PM]
BillsDaily.com reports: The Bills worked two weeks on getting ready for this game and while they did show up and give the champs all they could handle, a tremendous amount of mistakes inevitably did them in once again.
New England 31, Buffalo 17 [4:41 PM]
AP reports: With New England ahead 24-17, the victory was clinched when Seymour picked up quarterback Drew Bledsoe's fumble and ran it 68 yards for a touchdown with 2:44 remaining. The play came as the Bills were facing fourth-and-3 at the New England 18. Whatever play Buffalo prepared was blown up by linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who was untouched in bullying his way up the middle to force the fumble.'
New England 31, Buffalo 17 [4:41 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Bledsoe, who lost his job to Brady in New England's first Super Bowl-winning season in 2001, beat the Patriots here last year and tried his best to end the streak. But the immobile quarterback had problems escaping New England's relentless pass rush and was unable to direct any scoring drives in the second half.'
New England 31, Buffalo 17 [4:40 PM]
The Sports Network reports: 'The Patriots were initially stopped at the Buffalo 13 and were forced to settle for an Adam Vinatieri field goal, but Buffalo's Rashad Baker was ruled offsides which gave New England a first-and-goal. Two plays later, Brady found Graham over the middle in the back of the end zone to put the visitors up 24-17.'
Bills lose OT Jennings, C Teague to injury [4:36 PM]
AP reports: 'Teague did not return after hurting his left knee early in the second quarter. Jennings was knocked cold following a helmet-to-helmet hit by Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork in the third quarter.'
PeopleTalk [4:17 PM]
Buffalo News reports: 'What is your fondest memory as a Buffalo Bill? Snapping the losing streak against Miami: September 7, 1980.'
Referee hurt in Patriots-Bills game [3:27 PM]
AP reports: 'Referee Johnny Grier tore a muscle in his lower right leg in the first quarter of Sunday's game between New England and Buffalo.'
Vincent Injures Knee on Opening Drive [3:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'Cornerback Troy Vincent injured his knee on Buffalo's first defensive series and was carted off the field. The 13-year veteran will not return to the game.'
Bills still seeking first win [10:12 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Bills face the ultimate indignity today — being booed in their own stadium if they don’t perform well.'
Bills need to reverse some trends [9:28 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'It's hard to mount 10-, 12- and 14-play scoring drives against the Patriots. Last season, they ranked first in points allowed, seventh in yards allowed, tied for second in turnovers forced, seventh on third downs and fourth in keeping teams from scoring touchdowns inside the red zone.'
As the going gets tough, the Bills need to do the same [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Mularkey has been impressive in public. His laid-back manner is a refreshing departure from the clenched and condescending Williams. He hasn't been afraid to criticize his own players. He seems like a good leader, a no-nonsense guy. Still, there's scant evidence that his team is tougher.'
Moulds is open to the possibilities [9:27 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's still there, but you have to get opportunities," Moulds said. "I can't throw it and catch it. I have to get passes thrown my way. The offense is going to change, and the philosophy is going to change. We're a run-oriented team, but at the same time, when I get my opportunities, I try to make the most of them."'
Patriots no longer dark horse in Bay State [9:26 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Pats seem to do everything right these days.'
Patriots don't yet measure up to Shula's Dolphins [9:25 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The Dolphins are mighty defensive about their place in history because most people place them behind the Pittsburgh and San Francisco dynasties, if not others, in the ranking of the all-time great teams. The Patriots, however, still have a lot of work to do this season to match the legacy of Shula's Dolphins.'
Scene of the crime [9:24 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“We’re playing a team that’s handed us the worst defeat since I’ve been here,” Brady said. “We got embarrassed on that field. We go back to that same environment, under different circumstances, but with the same feelings that we had the last time. Hopefully, we’re more prepared than we were last year, and we play better than we did last year. If we don’t, it could be the same outcome. . . . Every time you see the tape, you cringe. We’re trying to beat Buffalo, that’s all I care about.”'
Bills Q&A: Lee Evans [5:39 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"Some of the parts in Buffalo, like down on Chippewa Street, it's just like college. There's a lot more to do here than in Madison, but coming from Cleveland, I'm familiar with the Midwest and Eastern cities so it wasn't a culture shock at all. I knew what to expect. My parents have been up to the Buffalo and Rochester areas so I knew what it was like."'
Pair of Jills sings at Bills game today [5:38 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"We really blew the Bills out of the water because they didn't know Jills could sing," Grymin said.'
Wanting revenge [5:38 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'But in two weeks of preparation, Belichick claims he can't shake the memory of the 31-0 drubbing the Patriots suffered on their previous visit here. "We went in there last year and got hammered in every phase of the game," Belichick said this week. "We got outcoached, outplayed. You can't ignore it."'
A mind for the game [5:37 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'It is here in Orchard Park, N.Y., where Clements has the challenge of resurrecting an offence gone dormant.'
Bills Bits [5:36 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'The Bills are 10-5 in games following the bye week, which sounds good enough. Trouble is, they are 1-4 in the past five years ... The Buffalo defence ranks second in the AFC and fourth in the NFL ... Dating back to the beginning of the 2003 season, Buffalo has surrendered just three individual 100-yard rushing games ... Patriots running back Corey Dillon ran for 158 yards in the New England win over Arizona. It was the most yards by a Patriots back in more than seven years.'
Drew not through [5:35 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Bledsoe must start a personal renaissance today against his former team and current nemesis -- the Patriots [stats, news]. His Bills are 0-2, and as is customary for quarterbacks in general and Bledsoe in particular, fans say the winless record is his fault.'
Four downs [5:34 AM]
Metro West Daily News reports: 'If Drew Bledsoe has too much time, he still has the ability to pick the opponent apart, and remember, there's good talent at the skill positions in Buffalo. Attacking the Bills' weakness means going after their offensive line. And if the Pats are getting pressure through rushing three or four, freeing up the rest of defense to cover, Buffalo is in big trouble.'
McGahee the epitome of Bills' bumbling [5:34 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Third down?" McGahee said. "Nothing's good enough for now. But you know, you always strive to be better, and that's what I'm going to do. I don't want to be no backup. But you know, they're paying me. They're paying me a good salary. So to be a backup, I'll be a backup."'
Martinez and Bledsoe have a few things in common [5:33 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Everyone knows the best way to beat Bledsoe is to blitz him. He's not a threat to scramble and, if allowed to get comfortable in the pocket, he can burn defenses with both long and short passes.'
Gone, Not Forgotten [5:21 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"Nobody knows better than we do how hard it is to win in Buffalo," Belichick said.'
Patriots (2-0) At Bills (0-2) [5:20 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Raiders sacked Drew Bledsoe seven times, partly because Bledsoe is immobile and partly because the Bills offensive line, supposed to be led by former Texas All-Everything RT Mike Williams, hasn't jelled. The Patriots will try to rattle Bledsoe with their pass rush rather than drop eight guys into pass coverage, as they do against Peyton Manning. But if the Bills line can open holes for the talented RB tandem of Travis Henry and Willis McGahee, keeping Bledsoe out of second- or third-and-long, the Patriots defense could be in trouble. With receivers Eric Moulds, Josh Reed, rookie Lee Evans and Bobby Shaw, True Drew has some real weapons. Still, No.11 hasn't thrown for 200 yards in his last six games, a sad commentary on his decline. The Patriots run defense failed miserably in its opening test against the Colts (202 yards), but had no problem shutting down decrepit Emmitt Smith and a weak Cardinals line (50).'
Bills out to end another streak [5:19 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'In order to beat Buffalo, the Patriots must do two things - stop the run and limit their mistakes against the Bills’ aggressive defense. With new head coach Mike Mularkey, Buffalo is trying to become a power running team, but it lacks the right personnel, so that’s putting extra pressure on Bledsoe to make big plays in the passing game.'
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