Receiving Option Uncovered [5:56 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'He wanted to do well against his former teammates, but it wasn't a crusade or a national story. His was the grudge match that few people talked about. The spotlight was on Drew Bledsoe coming into Sunday's Patriots-Bills game. But that was fine with Antowain Smith.'
Defense Throws Drew [5:55 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'The Bills' tissue-soft play Sunday was interrupted only by occasional bursts of stupidity. They had defenders failing to make plays they should have, and their franchise quarterback playing when he shouldn't have.'
Smith rumbles past Bills [5:54 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'The funny thing is that after all the buildup, Drew Bledsoe went out and played pretty well - and it didn't really matter.'
QB, coach show mutual respect [5:53 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"He said something to me after the game," Belichick said. "I appreciate it. I feel the same way about him. He's a hell of a football player."'
Patriots make Bills pay [5:52 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Brady threw for 310 yards and four touchdowns on 23-of-27 passing and outdueled Bledsoe, who had a solid afternoon, but was forced to play from behind thanks to his defense's inability to tackle. Bledsoe finished with 302 yards on 28-of-45 passing and threw one touchdown along with an interception.'
Happy days are here again [5:51 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: '"I didn't think about (Bledsoe) a lot," Brady said. "I think I'm more focused on their defense. In a sense, either consciously or subconsciously, maybe it made it easier. I don't know. I know that when I make my reads and I make the throws on time, hood things happen."'
The right quarterback remains in New England [5:50 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'On the field yesterday, the Bills were lousy.'
Super Bowl line clears the way for rushing rampage [5:49 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Perhaps by coincidence -- or perhaps not -- Smith had his best day running behind the same offensive line he had last season during the Patriots' Super Bowl run. Joe Andruzzi, Mike Compton, Damien Woody and Matt Light were all healthy and Greg Robinson-Randall earned his first start of the season. They consistently opened up holes and made key blocks on plays that ate up a ton of yardage.'
N.E. finally finds that recipe again [5:48 AM]
Manchester Union Leader reports: '“I’m really proud of the way our football team played today. I felt that offensively, defensively, special teams, each unit complemented the other ones,” Patriots head coach Bill Belichick said. “We’ve got a lot of tough guys in that locker room. They worked hard to straighten some things out.”'
A stampede in Buffalo [5:47 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'In their first game with Bledsoe on the other side, the Patriots stormed to a 17-0 lead. The Patriots never led by fewer than 10 points the rest of the way.'
Smith still happy to repay Bills [5:46 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Somebody went after his old team with a vengeance, all right.'
Nothing Like a Good and Heated Rivalry [5:45 AM]
New York Times reports: 'Yesterday, Buffalo Bills quarterback Drew Bledsoe learned to appreciate the nuances of a rivalry, if it's possible to appreciate being sacked four times, knocked around several more times and embarrassed by old friends.'
Patriots Look Like Champions Again [5:44 AM]
Los Angeles Times reports: 'So much for the great debate.'
Belichick's bunch has KO punch [5:43 AM]
Chicago Tribune reports: 'Drew Bledsoe didn't have a chance.'
Brady, Patriots look like champions again in rout of Bills [5:42 AM]
Philadelphia Inquirer reports: 'The Patriots also looked more like the champs of last season.'
It was big game for Bledsoe, but just another for Patriots [5:41 AM]
Dallas Morning News reports: 'The perfect passer efficiency rating a NFL quarterback can achieve in a single game is 158.3. Brady compiled a 154.1 rating against the Bills.'
Brady, Patriots bury Bledsoe, Bills 38-7 [5:40 AM]
USA Today reports: 'They looked like Super Bowl champs again - with Brady in a Super Bowl MVP role.'
Sunday revival [5:39 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'Scoring on six of their seven meaningful possessions, the Patriots rode Brady's hot hand and the powerful running of Antowain Smith to a victory that should end all the discussion -- for now at least -- on two different Patriots fronts: Was Brady the right choice at quarterback? And was New England a one-year wonder?'
Closer Look [5:38 AM]
CNN/SI reports: '"He is such a strong, powerful back," said Brady, whose 23 of 27, 310-yard, four-touchdown passing performance was in large part made possible by Smith's first 100-yard rushing day since Dec. 22. "He runs hard. He's tough. He's determined. I love having him back there and I love turning around and giving it to him."'
Smith once again part of Patriots' plan [5:37 AM]
ESPN reports: 'He caught five passes on Sunday, two for touchdowns. And Brown knows Smith can run, too. After rushing for 111 yards on 29 carries, Smith is back in the center of the Pats' offense.'
Belichick schemes confuse, frustrate Bills [5:36 AM]
ESPN reports: 'The loss, Buffalo's worst since a 47-6 drubbing by the Indianapolis Colts on Oct. 4, 1987, was one in which every Bills player could assume culpability.'
Pats show just how well they remember Bledsoe [5:35 AM]
Fox Sports reports: 'Before we go any further, let's cut Bledsoe some slack. He played well enough to win some ballgames, throwing for 300 yards for the fifth time this year, but he didn't play well enough to win this ballgame.'
Bills vs. Patriots: Game Photos [8:28 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos from Sunday's game vs. New England.
Week 9: Bills-Patriots Postgame Quotebook [8:27 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Head coach Gregg Williams: \"The big thing was, they kept the ball out of Bledsoe\'s hands a little bit and we didn\'t get off the field on the third downs defensively. When we got back out on the field today, they did a good job mixing up their coverage. They did a good job on pressures and on coverage and played well. We didn\'t throw and catch well enough.\"
Jim Kelly Presented HOF Ring (PHOTOS) [8:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos of Jim Kelly presentation
Buffalo Jills Action Photos [8:26 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Photos from the game on Sunday.
Short passes and running game finally work [7:28 PM]
ESPN reports: '...the Buffalo defense tackled as if it was performing in straitjackets. The New England short passing game was relentless and inexorable and, most important, deadly effective.'
New England 38, Buffalo 7 [5:11 PM]
UPI reports: 'Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards with two of the touchdown throws going to running back Antowain Smith.'
Patriots 38, Bills 7 [4:48 PM]
AP reports: 'Efficiently picking apart the Bills' defense, Brady completed 23 of 27 passes for 310 yards and four touchdowns, helping the defending Super Bowl champions snap their four-game losing streak.'
New England 38, Buffalo 7 [4:47 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'Once again, Drew Bledsoe took a back seat to Tom Brady and Antowain Smith haunted his former team.'
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