Belichick gets some advice from Johnson [8:51 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I did talk to Jimmy, and he was very hospitable in inviting me down to the (Florida) Keys," Belichick said. "We tried to catch some fish. It wasn't a big day out there for us. But Jimmy's got a lot of insight. He was very successful at many different levels of coaching and with many different organizations and teams."'
Last-play loss to Jaguars is a first for the Bills [8:50 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Furthermore, trading Henry before this year would have had a major negative effect in the locker room because he is so respected as a tough, team player and McGahee is unproven. Next offseason is a different story, because McGahee presumably will have gotten through the season healthy and have a full year under his belt. Plus there will be an acceptance within the team that they both can't be on the same roster again.'
Belichick's NFL success is anything but boring [5:07 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'One of the dullest interviews in all of sports, he prefers to let his team's deadly efficient play do the talking for him.'
This is one book the Bills simply can't put down [5:04 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'In an interview with the Buffalo media, Belichick -- asked whether his sentiment in the book that Bledsoe wasn't a good decision-maker under pressure were his true feelings -- responded, "I'm not getting into any book talk. We're getting ready for a game. That book . . . some of it was done a year to two years ago, and I don't think it's very relevant to this week's game."'
Wilfork eager to see ex-mate McGahee [5:03 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``We're like brothers,'' said Wilfork. ``We're both excited to play against each other. It's going to be fun. It's going to be interesting. Just to see him play is a blessing. And I'm proud of him. But we're on opposite ends this week. I'm going to get a chance to hit him, but nothing is going to affect our friendship.'''
Bledsoe armed and dangerous [5:02 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Bledsoe’s also been sacked eight times -- partly because his offensive line is awful, and partly because he moves slower than a glacier in the pocket. The sack totals jump off the page and raise an interesting theory: Has the influx of quicker, more mobile quarterbacks like Michael Vick, Donovan McNabb and Steve McNair made the old-school, drop-back passers like Bledsoe obsolete?'
Former player works out with Bills [5:01 AM]
Miami Herald reports: 'Former Florida Atlantic right tackle Ken Campos had a workout with the Buffalo Bills on Tuesday.'
Friday's New England Coverage [4:52 AM]
This is one book the Bills simply can't put down (Boston Globe)
Patriots are leaders in high-tech field, too (Boston Globe)
Weaver suddenly in a tight spot (Boston Globe)
Brown in the flow (Boston Herald)
Weaver finds way (Boston Herald)
Wilson intercepts AFC honor (Boston Herald)
Wilfork eager to see ex-mate McGahee (Boston Herald)
Weaver's deal for two years (Metro West Daily News)
No past or future for Pats -- only the here and now (Providence Journal)
Is newest Patriot a prophet or ill-timed voice of doom? (Providence Journal)
Signing will add depth (Providence Journal)
Bledsoe armed and dangerous (Woonsocket Call)
Weaver finds a home with Patriots (Woonsocket Call)
Run defense must face another test (Springfield Republican)
Weaver should fit in nicely (Springfield Republican)
Miller's fitting in just fine (Manchester Union Leader)
Buffalo wastes draft choice (Quincy Patriot Ledger)
Off to slow start (Nashua Telegraph)
Weaver jumps at the chance (Brockton Enterprise)
Weaver hopes to make it big with Patriots (Attleboro Sun Chronicle)
Pats streak toward record (USA Today)
Tight end Weaver gets opportunity with Super Bowl champions (AP)
Pats target NFL record this week versus the Bills (The Sports Network)
Inside slant (CBS Sportsline)
Strategy and personnel (CBS Sportsline)
Notes, quotes (CBS Sportsline)
Recipe for Success [10:11 PM]
RNews.com reports: '“The NFL and professional football ain't something where you can just buy a bunch of all-stars and automatically they're going to be good,” Bills center Trey Teague explained. Obviously they've got quality players at a lot of positions, some super stars, but they definitely play well as a team. That's what makes them as good as they are."'
The Bills And Patriots Will Be On TV [5:07 PM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Chris Villarrial did return to individual drills on Thursday. Mike Pucillo was still watching from the side with a sore back.'
Buffalo hopes to continue its post-bye success [5:02 PM]
The Sports Network reports: '"This game is a great opportunity for us to gain back some confidence," wide receiver Eric Moulds said. "If we can beat the Super Bowl champions than we can prove to ourselves that we can play with anybody. This is a big game for us this week. It's a division opponent and we want to be able to make a statement in our division."'
Bills vs. Patriots Sold Out [5:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'This week's game is the 10th straight sellout for the Bills.'
Bills defense faces unpredictable Patriots offense [5:01 PM]
AP reports: '''You never know which identity they're going to come with,'' Bills safety Coy Wire said of New England, the team Buffalo hosts on Sunday. ''They have their no-back offense, two-back running game. They have multiple identities. It's just a matter of preparing for all of them.'''
Belichick has plenty of reasons to smile [1:04 PM]
Tonawanda News reports: '“He never ceases to amaze us as far as motivational techniques are concerned,” Law said of Belichick, who took his team to see the movie “Antarctica” a few years back. “He hasn’t done anything yet this year, but I know he’ll do something special.”'
Bills Games a Priority at Billy Bean's [1:03 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"We get a good mix of all fans, but the Bills section probably has the biggest fan base," he said. "Everybody knows we're the place to watch Bills games at."'
Pats on a Roll, Head to Orchard Park [1:02 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"The only streak we're concerned with is our wins and losses," Bills center Trey Teague said. "We can't be worrying about anybody but ourselves. We need to play a tough game this week and get a win."'
Pats' streak among most impressive [1:02 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'However, New England coach Bill Belichick offers a simpler version.
“If the Patriots win the game,” he said, “it’s because the players have gone out and made a few more plays than the team they’re playing against. All of the games we’ve won, that’s been the case."
Bledsoe now in Brady's shadow [1:01 PM]
Brockton Enterprise reports: '"Some of the things that we're doing are preventing us from being continuously successful," Bledsoe continued. "We're trying to establish ourselves as a power-running football team. In order to do that, we have to convert our first downs. In order to convert our first downs, we can't be in third-and-10, third-and-12 all the time because your percentages go way down, particularly against the Patriots because that's where they're most effective."'
Buffalo can't wing it on steals [1:00 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Turnovers. Put simply, the Patriots force 'em and the Bills don't.'
Drew who? [12:59 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'Drew knew.'
Bledsoe: an NFL never-was [12:58 PM]
coldhardfootballfacts.com reports: The Cold, Hard Football Facts admire the respect accorded Bledsoe in Boston. But they’re not slaves to misty-eyed public sentiment, and they certainly don’t attempt to swim against a torrent of historical data buoyed only by a skimpy life vest called respect.
Fear's no factor for Patriots [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They just don't make a lot of mistakes, which allows you to win the close games," Buffalo Bills coach Mike Mularkey said Wednesday. "That's the difference with where we are. We've been in a couple close games and not overcome the mistakes we've created ourselves. You don't see them doing that."'
A quick return? Losman feels it in his bones [8:53 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'A plate was inserted on Losman's fractured fibula in order to speed up the recovery process. X-rays this week on the broken bone showed he was progressing faster than what was predicted.'
Bills nothing but a joke to Belichick [8:52 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The book is not written in his own words, of course. Belichick is too shrewd for that. But it's a reflection of his true feelings. It's his way of rubbing it in people's faces. It's no laughing matter for Bills fans, I'd imagine, knowing he's basically right.'
Bledsoe gives Pats high praise [8:52 AM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“In the climate we’re in in the league now, with free agency and the salary cap, they’ve done a tremendous job of keeping their core guys intact and also bringing in young players who have been able to be immediately effective for them. So if there’s a great team in the league, I would think the Patriots would be the one everybody would look at.”'
Belichick turns up the heat [5:02 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"If you need this (for motivation), you aren't much of a player," linebacker Takeo Spikes said. "But everything extra is a bonus."'
Losman making quick recovery [5:01 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '"I'm way ahead of schedule," Losman said on Wednesday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. "The swelling is more down than they thought it would be at this point, the bone is growing back more than they anticipated. I could see it myself on the X-ray."'
Making things interesting [4:57 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'Relevant or not, the book isn't a work of fiction given Belichick's track record of mastering Bledsoe. Since the trade, New England's only setback against Buffalo was a 31-0 thrashing in last year's season opener at the Ralph.'
Patriots have memory to feel sorry about [4:56 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '"I don't think that there were many good plays out there," Brady said. "From the quarterback position, I threw four picks. We couldn't get in on any goal-line situations. We didn't score a point. We were shut out for the first time in 10 or 12 years. It was just embarrassing. We played terribly. I played terribly and I still remember that game."'
Pats tackle Drew [4:55 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``If we do the little things right - if we are clean in our blitz pickups, if we are crisp in our routes and execution - then those plays are going to start to happen for us,'' he said. ``But when we miss some of those little, simple things, then the big things just simply don't happen. When we do that, then you will see the numbers start to come up for us as an offense. But until we correct those little mistakes, those things just simply aren't going to happen.'''
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