Battle in Buffalo: Brady or Bledsoe? [2:14 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Maybe one will outplay the other in a losing effort and muddy the whole picture, allowing both sides (and there are plenty of folks choosing sides) to claim victory. But since QBs are judged largely on their team's record, more than likely one camp will issue a full-throated I-told-you-so around 4 o'clock Sunday afternoon.'
Pats don't make the grade [2:13 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'MVP: AFC - QB Drew Bledsoe (Bills): He's on pace to throw for 5,000 yards, just 84 shy of Dan Marino's single-season NFL record. He's gotten his hands on the ball in two of Buffalo's three overtime games and both times has thrown the winning TD pass. He's second in the league in touchdowns (16) and passer rating (98.3). We could go on and on, but you get the point.'
It's all part of the job [2:12 PM]
Nashua Telegraph reports: '“I’ll be playing against an old friend of mine,” Bruschi said. “A guy that will make it fun out there, who will challenge the defense but give me a chance to make plays.”'
Tops Game Ball of the Week: London Fletcher Q&A [12:53 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: "We've had some guys that have played extremely well. I can't get in and say this individual guy has been most improved. The offensive line has played extremely well. The receivers have played well. Drew is playing phenomenal. There are tons of guys that have played well. Pat Williams is played extremely well. Nate (Clements) has played well."
O'Shei's Three Keys to the Game [11:02 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: New England head coach Bill Belichick is considered a defensive mastermind, one of the most creative and unpredictable coaches football has seen in decades. Preparing to face is defense is a crapshoot. You can never be sure what you’ll be seeing, so you have to be ready to make changes on the fly. How the Bills’ offense handles those in-game changes will likely determine the outcome of the game.
Bills Wallpaper [10:11 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Show your pride by putting the Bills on your computer's desktop. Check out the November look as well as other styles, including one with a complete 2002 calendar!
Williams learns, adjusts, wins [9:31 AM]
D and C reports: 'You live and you learn, and one year after a disastrous NFL head coaching debut, Williams has transformed the Bills from laughable losers to wild and wacky winners.'
Fletcher's memories of the Pats not so sweet [9:10 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"Last year is last year," said Fletcher, who signed with the Bills as an unrestricted free agent a month after the Super Bowl. "I can't do anything about that. It's water under the bridge. I'm on a new team now, and I'm trying to do everything I can to help the Buffalo Bills win this game. This game is important to our team. It's a big division game. It's important because it's the only one we'll be playing on Sunday."'
A tale of two QBs [5:35 AM]
Toronto Sun reports: 'What adds the most juice to tomorrow's clash at Ralph Wilson Stadium has been the recent struggles endured by the man that replaced Bledsoe.'
Getting reacquainted [5:34 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'But there were still problems against the run, where they rank 29th in the NFL.'
There's no debate; game is about them [5:33 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Massachusetts gubernatorial election is Tuesday, but New England's big day is tomorrow, when the staggering Patriots go to Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park, N.Y., in an effort to get their season back on track and defend the football judgment of their once-infallible head coach.'
Brown set to expand his roles [5:32 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Brown, the Patriots' top offensive weapon, wears a protective brace on the knee while playing. Asked if he thought he might need to wear the device all season, he said, ''I hope not.'''
Van Pelt at ease as reservist [5:31 AM]
Boston Globe reports: '''I was disappointed at first,'' Van Pelt acknowledged yesterday. ''I was looking forward to starting. But after that wore off, I realized what a great opportunity it was to have him in here. It was a great chance to work with another great QB, another great mind to pick. So after the initial disappointment, I was excited.'''
Pats zone in on Bills [5:30 AM]
Boston Herald reports: '``Any time Centers is on the field, that's certainly one option,'' said Belichick. ``I think Buffalo does a good job using all their receivers down there in the red area. Riemersma is a good red-area receiver. Centers is a good red-area receiver. Moulds and Price are guys who, if they get single coverage, can beat you on different option routes. They run fades, slants underthrown fades and fades in the back of the end zone."'
Patten moves past poor effort [5:29 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'In last Sunday's 24-16 loss to the Denver Broncos at Gillette Stadium, Patten did not record a single reception - and let a sure touchdown pass from Tom Brady sail through his hands in the end zone. Patten plans to turn things around in tomorrow's big AFC East showdown with the Buffalo Bills in Orchard Park, N.Y.'
Brady now has bunch to prove [5:28 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'This is the toughest week of the Patriot quarterback's fledgling career.'
Bledsoe has found his niche in Bills' spread-out offense [5:28 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"They've changed offenses," Belichick said of the Bills. "(Gilbride's) brought in a whole new system, which is what Kevin has run pretty much everywhere he's been, whether it was at Houston, Jacksonville or San Diego. In Pittsburgh it was more adapted to the Pittsburgh style."'
Buffalo's Price having big year [5:27 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: '"I think the sky's the limit," Price said recently. "All the pieces have to be in place for a receiver to be successful. He's got to be in an offense that gives him opportunities. He needs a quarterback who believes in him. I believe I can be a top five receiver in this league. It's just the way I think, and the way I should think."'
Centers: Buffalo's bull with soft hands [5:25 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Centers -- a 13-year veteran -- is the kind of player who can quietly kill you while you mistakenly devote all your attention to the more notable skill players.'
Graham ready to go for first time since September [5:25 AM]
Woonsocket Call reports: 'Graham was the Patriots' first-round draft pick this season -- the 21st overall pick -- but he hasn't had much time to showcase his potential. He was inactive for the season opener, then caught four passes in the next three games before injuring his shoulder. Without much playing time lately, there's a chance he could be rusty Sunday afternoon.'
Drew Bledsoe Looks to Beat Patriots After Being Benched, Traded [5:24 AM]
Bloomberg reports: 'As Bledsoe prepares for his first game against the team he once symbolized, motivation isn't hard to come by.'
Hype winds down [9:02 PM]
Patriots.com reports: '"He's a significant player and they gave up a significant draft choice for him," Belichick said. "They know they're getting a good player. We know we're trading a significant player. But, you can only have one quarterback."'
Drew Bledsoe First Half Recap [5:04 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Drew Bledsoe is off to the best statistical start of any quarterback in Bills history. His 2,500 passing yards lead the NFL and are the most ever by a Bills QB after eight games. He is the only QB in franchise history to throw a TD pass in his first eight games and has 16 total TDs to just five INTs.
Two Minute Drill... With Ryan Denney [4:19 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ryan Denney was the latest player to share some secrets about his teammates during the Two Minute Drill with buffalobills.com.
Thurman Thomas To Receive 2002 Ralph C. Wilson, JR. Distinguished Service Award [3:49 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Former Buffalo Bills' running back Thurman Thomas will receive the 17th annual Ralph C. Wilson Jr. Distinguished Service Award from the Monday Quarterback Club at separate ceremonies on December 1 and 2. The former team standout will be honored during pregame ceremonies on the field at the Bills-Dolphins home game on Sunday, December 1 and at the Monday Quarterback Club's luncheon at HSBC Arena the next day.
Showtime for Brady and Bledsoe [3:01 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“Obviously from the time the trade happened, I’ve been getting questions about this game,” Bledsoe said. “Everyone has been focused on it. The thing that I said from Day One is that I hope when we get to the game that it’s fun from the standpoint that it has implications for a division race ... and that’s what’s happened. I’m excited about that, our players are excited about that and we’re focused on it in that way.”'
Scouting the Patriots [2:59 PM]
Shout! reports: 'Buffalo may be running into the Patriots at exactly the wrong time.'
Drew Bledsoe's Touchdown Targets [2:43 PM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: Ok. So there's no question this is the best group of receivers Bledsoe has had during his career but who's the best individual target he's had? Eric Moulds? Here is a list of Bledsoe's 34 touchdown targets during his career (regular season):
Pats fans will delight in this [1:14 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'You have to love the buildup of this affair between the hometown Pats and their divisional enemies of New York's western borders. A date with the Bills in their present streaking state would usually be enough to peak the imagination and ping the chest hairs, but the Bledsoe drama to inhale and taste makes it all even better.'
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