Johnson the man in the middle [5:17 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'With middle linebacker Tedy Bruschi listed as doubtful for Sunday's game against the explosive Bills, Johnson will be featured prominently in the middle of the Patriots defense. He'll be there to squish the run, as he's always done. And he'll be there in pass coverage, a supposed weak spot in his game that he's been actively debunking with his play in recent weeks. He'll be there on blitzes, as he was during the first Bills game when he helped set the tone with a key 14-yard sack of Drew Bledsoe in the first quarter. He'll be there. Even though three months ago, it was easy to wonder if he'd even be around.'
Guest quarters fit the Bill for Bledsoe's homecoming [5:16 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Really early (in the planning stages) Robert Kraft asked me if we should do something indoors or outdoors," Bledsoe recalled. "I told him I thought it was an advantage in the northern climate to play outdoors, especially with Miami and (Indianapolis) in the division since they play in a warm climate or indoors."'
Old House, New Homes [5:15 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: '"I'm fully a Buffalo Bill now," Bledsoe said. "I'm proud of being part of that [2001 Patriots Super Bowl] team. But I feel at home here. This is where I belong."'
Bledsoe set for return to Foxboro [5:14 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'Now, New England (7-5) and Buffalo (6-6) both desperately need a victory to stay hot on the playoff trail. The Bills, who are 3-6 in conference play, probably need it even more than the Patriots.'
Bills' Centers merits attention [5:13 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'The Bills never seem to have much trouble matching up Centers against a linebacker because teams are so concerned with wide receivers Peerless Price and Eric Moulds. "You can't double everyone," New England coach Bill Belichick said.'
The pressure’s on in December [5:12 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Drew Bledsoe and the Bills represent phase one of the Patriots’ four-step march to the playoffs. This is the first game of a favorable stretch for the Patriots in which three of their final four games are at home. It will also be Bledsoe’s first game at brand-new Gillette Stadium, but considering the important of this game in the standings, his homecoming shouldn’t feature as much fanfare. The real story behind this game is that it could help decide who comes out on top in one of the closest AFC East races ever.'
Much more than Bledsoe Bowl II [5:11 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Of course, neither side is naive enough to believe that the fans in Foxboro -- some still loyal to the former Patriots’ quarterback -- won’t come up with some catchy phrases to scribble on their signs or blurt out something clever to say during the game.'
You can't go home, but visits can be memorable [5:10 AM]
El Paso Times reports: 'Williams, the massive lineman from the university and state of Texas who'd never before played in the snow, became an honorary Western New Yorker that day. On Sunday he witnessed and experienced the prideful bond the region's weather forges among its residents. On Monday he went out and bought a four-wheel drive vehicle and a snowmobile.'
Bill Belichick Press Conf. Transcript - 12/04/2002 [5:09 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Q: What kind of runner is Travis Henry? How would you characterize him? BB: I think Travis Henry has a lot of strengths as a runner. He's got real good balance, he's got good power, and he's got good speed. He likes to bounce the ball out and cut it back a lot. He doesn't always hit into the hole, not that he won't hit into the hole because he does, but he's also a threat to take the ball outside and send it back to the weak side of the formation, or the weak side of the way the play is designed to go. He's a guy that can really hit you on all fronts. He's been nothing but impressive. I talked about him before the first game about how impressed I was with his running skills, his ability to break tackles, make yards after the first hit, and outrun people as well as be strong and run over them. I think he's got a real good set of skills there to run the ball, and he's also catching the ball coming out of the back field, and of course turning into a good runner in those spots too. He makes some big plays for them consistently. He's had a real productive year.'
Bills Head Coach Gregg Williams Conf. Call 12.4.02 [5:08 AM]
Patriots.com reports: 'Q: In scouting the Patriots, in a lot of games this year, Antowain Smith has not been a big factor, yet every time he plays you guys, he's a major factor. How do you approach that? GW: Obviously, he's a focal point and, as we want to be able to establish each week, that you have to make sure you're able to play the running game strong and he's done a very good job in improving himself in the pass game and they're doing a good job of utilizing him and we need to make sure we take the necessary steps to make sure that we can minimize the gains when he's in the ballgame.'
Chargers sign Price [9:04 PM]
AP reports: 'Price's first five seasons in Buffalo were under general manager John Butler, who became the Chargers GM in January 2001. Butler has signed several ex-Bills the last two seasons, including defensive end Marcellus Wiley and quarterback Doug Flutie, the backup to Drew Brees.'
Linebacker's role expands with Bruschi injury [9:03 PM]
AP reports: '''On a personal level, I feel bad for'' Bruschi, said Drew Bledsoe, anticipating his first game in Foxboro since his offseason trade. ''But on a professional level, I'd be really happy to see him standing over there in street clothes because he is very tough to play against.'''
More than 'Bledsoe Bowl II' on line for Bills [9:01 PM]
AP reports: '''We can't worry about winning one for The Gipper,'' guard Ruben Brown said Wednesday. ''We've got to win one for the Bills.'''
Bills sign DT Seals to practice squad [9:00 PM]
AP reports: 'To make room for Seals, the Bills released receiver Rodney Wright from their practice squad.'
Ask Eric Moulds A Question [6:10 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: With his 5th 100-yard game of the season (21st of his career), the former 1st Round Draft pick by the Bills also went over 1,000 receiving yards for the season to give him his third career 1,000-yard campaign. In addition, he extended his franchise-record streak of games with a catch to 77 games. Now is your chance to ask the two-time Pro Bowl wide receiver a question!
Bills Add One To Practice Squad [5:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Orchard Park, NY - The Bills today announced that the team has added defensive tackle Richard Seals to it practice squad. Seals (6-3, 305) was drafted by the New York Jets in the seventh round of the 2000 Draft out of Utah. After being released by the Jets at the end of the preseason he then spent part of the 2000 season on Jacksonville’s practice squad. To make room for Seals...
Bledsoe's return is a big game [4:44 PM]
Patriots.com reports: 'So while Belichick will obviously be preparing for Bledsoe as a key Bills weapon, that is not the story of the game. Patriots and Bills matchups are always exciting affairs, and with both teams still clinging to playoff hopes the real story will unfold between the first and last whistle. Bledsoe Bowl II talk makes for enjoyable fodder, but a competitive matchup is even better.'
Office wrist nicked, but he should play [4:02 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Left end Kendrick Office is questionable for the Patriots game with a sprained wrist. He's the only Bill on the injury list. The unfortunate part is that Office was just getting comfortable, having battled a number of injuries since early training camp.'
Law, Belichick tough opponents to beat [4:00 PM]
Shout! reports: '"There's no question when you put something new in, you have to make sure the players A) have to be able to adjust to it, and B) that they're physically capable of being able to do what you want them to do. A lot of times you get into practice and find it's going to be either harder than you thought or easier than you thought. You listen to the players' feedback."'
Phillips shows how D can be learned [3:59 PM]
Shout! reports: 'On the other hand, Williams seems to be prepared to ride his 46 mutant all the way to the unemployment line.'
Where Are They Now: Mark Brammer [2:25 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills went 11-5 during Brammer’s first season and won their division for the first time since 1966. It was also the first time in six years that they were in the playoffs. Some of Buffalo’s fans were ‘Talkin’ Proud’ and supporting the team Sunday afternoons at Rich Stadium and early Monday mornings at the airport.
Another Special Moment For Don Beebe [2:24 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Despite the fact he lives in Illinois, Beebe has made several trips back to Buffalo since his playing days. He quickly adds that coming back to visit isn't always easy; he finds it difficult to just sit back and watch.
Week 14: Bills at Patriots Injury Report [2:23 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Kendrick Office (wrist), questionable.
Bills - Patriots Series History [2:22 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: The Bills & Patriots will be meeting for the 85th time ever in the regular season. The Patriots hold a 44-39-1 overall series lead. The 39 wins against NE mark the second-highest total by the Bills against any team (NY Jets - 47). Six of the last nine games have been decided by 4 points or fewer (5 of 8 by three points) and four of the last six meetings have gone into OT.
Chargers replace Richey, near deal with lineman [1:29 PM]
North County Times reports: 'A team source said the Chargers brought in for a workout veteran lineman Shawn Price, who is currently out of football after being released by the Buffalo Bills on Sept. 5. He could be signed as soon as today, pending the result of a physical.'
One false step could doom Patriots season to failure [1:22 PM]
Qunicy Patriot Ledger reports: '‘‘We know what's in front of us there,'' Belichick said, ‘‘but the main thing that's on our minds now is preparing for Buffalo. We know what happened the last time we played them (a 38-7 Patriots laugher in Orchard Park, N.Y., Nov. 3). I'm sure they'll make some adjustments. This game will have some different dynamics to it, like it always does when you play a team a second time. It's never the same, so it'll be different on our end, I'm sure it'll be different on their end.'''
Coach is X and O factor behind Henry's success [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'When Travis Henry reached 1,000 yards rushing last Sunday, no one in Ralph Wilson Stadium was more gratified than Buffalo Bills running backs coach Steve Fairchild.'
Game in snow shows why it's so special here [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Would you rather spend Christmas sweating on a beach, or watching a blanket of snow fall in the moonlight on the roof of a hundred-year-old Victorian? That's why it was a happy coincidence that the Dolphins were in town the day the season's first storm hit. Around here, it doesn't get much better than that.'
Bledsoe is merely a side issue [5:37 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots beat the Bills in Buffalo not because they beat Bledsoe but because Tom Brady beat up Buffalo's shoddy defense the way Mike Tyson beats up sparring partners. The same holds true in nearly all of Buffalo's defeats.'
Breakthrough year for Henry [5:35 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''The guys on the team joke with me, telling me that I'm slippery,'' said Henry, the latest in a recent line of University of Tennessee runners (Jamal Lewis, James Stewart) to hit the ground running in the NFL. ''So I guess I am slippery. I'm used to breaking tackles. That's my forte to running. The offensive line blocked well, and I just hit the holes and made something happen.'''
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