Top 10 ways this Bills-Patriots game is different [1:50 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'What’s fun than playing in one primetime game? Playing primetime games two weeks in a row! We’re starting to get used to this under-the-lights stuff. And we’re staying with the monochromatic uniform theme! Let’s hope recent history repeats itself.'
Bills play the ‘any given Sunday’ card vs. Patriots [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'But they believe they have sound reasons to feel encouraged, beginning with the fact they have won their last two games, against Miami and the New York Jets. They also think they are catching the Patriots at the right time. Julian Edelman, New England’s best receiver, is out with a broken foot. Dion Lewis, the Patriots’ dynamic running back, suffered a season-ending torn ACL.'
Ryan, Belichick similar in different ways [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Whatever puts us in the best position to win, that's what we'll do," he said. "When you have a good head coach, which they both are, they always want you to work hard. Rex and Bill both, they expect you to know your stuff. They expect for you to come prepared every day, even if it's just a walk-thru. ... Make sure you're on top of your stuff, make sure you're taking care of what you need to take care of so when your number is called,c ou can be put in the best position to succeed and help the team."'
Bills need to run, sustain drives against Pats [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'If winning in Foxborough were simple, more teams would do it. The Pats haven’t lost a meaningful regular-season conference game at home since Matt Cassel was in for Tom Brady seven years ago. You have to play a near-perfect game to win up there, and get a little lucky besides.'
Bills-Patriots scouting report [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Patriots 30, Bills 16.'
Why is the 'Patriots Way' way better? [1:55 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: 'The Patriots’ blueprint isn’t unlike others: They build through the draft, but just do it better.'
Rex Ryan says he’s ‘not real fond of New England right now’ [1:54 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '“I think our team is gonna show that. I think we’ll play a lot smarter than we are. We know we can’t beat that team by giving them the type of penalties we gave them and that’s not what we want to be known for anyway.”'
Rex Ryan after contentious conference call: I'm not real fond of New England right now [1:53 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: 'Unlike the first meeting between the two teams, the Bills haven't done much trash talking throughout the week. All has been fairly quiet as Ryan's squad gears up for a second go-around with Bill Belichick's Patriots.'
Tom Brady, New England Patriots were 'very disrespectful' in Week 2 vs. Buffalo, says Bill [1:52 AM]
Springfield Republican reports: '"I don't think it's disrespectful, because if I could do it, I'd do it," said cornerback Stephon Gilmore. "I don't think it's disrespectful. It's playing football. They're probably trying to stay in rhythm for the next game. So you don't want to take a step back."'
Rex: Bills have to play ‘smarter than we are’ [1:51 AM]
CSN New England reports: '"We want to be a team that prides themselves on playing our game and not getting caught into the other part of it, and that’s what we’ll show Monday. I think our team is gonna show that. I think we’ll play a lot smarter than we are."'
Rex Ryan: 'I’m not real fond of New England right now' [1:50 AM]
CSN New England reports: '"I don’t know what you’re talking about," he said. "I mean, you know it’s New England week, man. I don’t know what to tell you. I’m not real fond of New England right now. No, it’s . . . just the way it is, man."'
Bills' McKelvin expected to play versus Pats despite illness [1:49 AM]
AP reports: 'Coach Rex Ryan provided that assessment on Friday without revealing the nature of the illness. McKelvin last practiced on Tuesday, when the Bills returned following a four-day break following their 22-17 win at the New York Jets on Nov. 12.'
Have arm, will travel: Life of NFL journeymen quarterbacks [1:48 AM]
AP reports: '"I look on the bright side of things in the fact that I still have opportunities to prove myself," Johnson said. "There's a lot of people who don't get that opportunity, so that's really what keeps me going."'
Rex expects McKelvin to play; Collins misses another Pats practice [1:47 AM]
WGR-AM reports: 'Defensive tackle Kyle Williams was the only other “did not participate” player Friday, which was expected. Williams is still recovering from a knee injury and won't play against the Patriots.'
Scouting Report - Week 11 - Bills-Patriots [1:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: 'With Buffalo’s run game as healthy as it has been all season the production is showing. Their 148-yard rushing day against the Jets top-ranked run defense proves they can be effective against just about any run front in the league right now. Relying on the one-two punch of LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams should effectively set up play action for Tyrod Taylor and more importantly keep possessions and opportunity for Tom Brady to a minimum.'
NFL admits errant call on Bills' final play vs. Patriots [1:13 AM]
USA Today reports: '"It's a judgment call," Blandino said. "In the head linesman's judgment, he felt that the player gave himself up. ... A player can certainly give himself up - a runner going to the ground and making no attempt to advance - but you certainly want to give that player the opportunity to get out of bounds, especially inside of two minutes."'
Gilbride had Belichick’s number [1:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The two head coaches with the best all-time records against Belichick – the titanic force currently blocking Buffalo’s path back to relevancy – are former Houston Oilers coach Jack Pardee and New York’s Tom Coughlin. “And you know who the coordinator was on both of those,” Gilbride said with a chuckle.'
Laid-back Glenn quietly going about his business [1:58 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The analytics website Pro Football Focus, which grades every player in the NFL, ranks Glenn as the fifth-best offensive tackle in the league. He’s allowed one sack, two quarterback hits and just seven quarterback hurries on 304 pass-blocking snaps, according to PFF, giving him a pass blocking efficiency of 97.5, which ranks fourth among tackles.'
Bills "D" says it's ready for Tom Brady, fully aware the Patriots will not let up [1:57 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '“Rex has something up his sleeve," safety Bacarri Rambo said. "Rex is, in my opinion, the best defensive coach in the league. He’s going to find a way to slow them down. He’s going to bring some of those rabbits out of his hat to slow them down. We just have to know our assignment and do our job. We can’t do too much, we can’t do too less, we have to do our job.'
Taylor still has much to prove as franchise QB [1:56 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Still, I remain unconvinced about Taylor as the Bills’ franchise quarterback. He has some gaudy statistics, and a 5-2 record as a starter. But there’s the numbers test and the eyeball test, and he’s failed the eyeball test too often to be the surefire answer at QB.'
Ryan turns testy talking with New England media [1:55 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"They’ve won some rings or whatever," Ryan said. "I ain’t kissing them, but I respect them. I admire the fact that they’ve been that successful through the years. But that’s what I’m chasing. I want to win, man. I mean that’s as simple as that."'
Tyler Dunne's three Bills thoughts: Blount's role, safety dance, Taylor's legs [1:54 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'LeGarrette Blount is a 250-pound bully between the tackles, capable to carrying the load. He ran the ball 29 times two weeks ago in a win over the Washington Redskins, once pounded the Bills for 189 yards on 24 attempts in 2013 and ripped the Indianapolis Colts in the postseason twice for lines of 24-166-4 (in 2013) and 30-148-3 (in 2014). In a Week 2 win, the Patriots opted to spread out the Bills to throw, throw, throw and throw some more.'
Bills punter Colton Schmidt prefers anonymity [1:53 AM]
Rochester D&C reports: '“He's been very consistent since he's been here,” said Marcus Easley, one of the coverage men on punts and kickoffs. “You can't replace a guy like Moorman, a Pro Bowl punter who was here 15 years. … it's like who's next, where do we go from here? For Colton to be doing as well as he's been doing since he's been here, we have full belief in him. It was definitely an easy transition.”'
Bills' Rex Ryan says Patriots are going to win AFC East and he wants what they have [1:52 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"No, I'm just telling you the facts," Ryan said. "The only thing I'm focusing on is beating them right now on Monday night. We're not conceding that, I can promise you."'
Rex Ryan lashes out at Boston media, says they are obsessed with Patriots [1:51 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: '"Do we want to beat them? Absolutely. Do I want to beat them more than any team? Yeah, because they're the standard. They've won. They're the ones that win the division, and that's why. But do I obsess over them and all that? You guys write I've lost seven of eight, so why are you even talking to me? I obviously have no clue how to attack them or defend them, so you guys should talk to somebody else who's got a better record than I do."'
Rex Ryan on Chandler Jones: 'The kid from Syracuse is killing it' [1:50 AM]
Syracuse Post Standard reports: 'The Patriots' pass rusher leads the league with 10.5 sacks, and he certainly has the attention of Buffalo Bills coach Rex Ryan, who is preparing his team to play the Patriots on Monday Night Football this week.'
Rex Ryan interview with Patriots media goes south in a hurry [1:49 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Ryan cited three specific stats — total runs and completions, turnovers, and passer rating differential — and how the Patriots performed when they have an edge in those categories.'
Rex Ryan can't shake off Pats' hex [1:48 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '“I’ll tell you this, we prepare for them the same way we prepare for every team that we face. But do we want to beat them? Absolutely. Do I want to beat them more than any team? Yeah, because they’re the standard. They’ve won. They’re the ones who win the division. To me, that’s why.'
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