Linebackers, Washington let Patriots down on run [9:40 PM]
Lawrence Eagle Tribune reports: 'Linebackers Tedy Bruschi (5 tackles) and Ted Johnson (6 tackles) didn't stuff the run up tight, nor did Mike Vrabel on the outside. In addition, 375-pound Ted Washington was a nonfactor, getting in on just three hits all day.'
Patriots fought Lawyer, Lawyer won [9:23 PM]
AP reports: '''It's not something that we wanted to do and it certainly wasn't the timing we were looking for but it was, unfortunately, the way it came down,'' Belichick said. ''It wasn't scripted to happen that way, no. (But) I have to look in the mirror and look at myself and I know that we did everything organizationally that we could do and it didn't work out.'''
Bills add QB Doman to practice squad [9:21 PM]
AP reports: 'Coach Gregg Williams was impressed with Doman's mobility from his appearances with the 49ers this past preseason. ''He can make some plays out of nothing because he does have very good feet,'' said Williams. ''And as soon as he can acclimate himself to our system, we'll see about moving him up.'''
Spikes, Bills low-key after big victory [9:20 PM]
AP reports: '''A good testament for us right now is how they handled it yesterday in the locker room,'' said Williams. ''That's just how they are and how they've been in the meetings today. ... Nice win, but it's only Week 1.'''
NFL will look into Milloy tampering allegation [4:25 PM]
AP reports: '``It sounds like there may be some things that weren't totally above board,'' New England coach Bill Belichick said Monday.'
A super opener for the Bills [4:20 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'To be sure, last season, the Bills were 28th in the NFL in giveaway/takeaway ratio at minus-12. But against the Pats, they were plus-2 and their four interceptions were 40 percent of the 10 they totaled all of last season.'
Patriots numb after stunning loss [4:19 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '“I think we were ready to play,” Brady said, “but they were playing at a different speed.”'
Sam Adams again part of New England history [4:18 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'It was the first interception return for a touchdown by a Buffalo defensive lineman since Pat Toomay went 34 yards in the 1975 season opener against the Jets.'
Bills get quick return on moves [4:16 PM]
Olean Times Herald reports: 'This is probably what Tom Donahoe had in mind when he signed free agents Takeo Spikes, Lawyer Milloy and Sam Adams. But in one game?'
Bills draw record TV audience for opener [3:02 PM]
Business First of Buffalo reports: 'According to ratings from Nielsen Media Research and WIVB-TV, the CBS affiliate that broadcast the game, the rating was a 37.5 with a 68 share.'
Buffalo nears pigskin perfection [1:46 PM]
Niagara Falls Reporter reports: 'Defying the laws of gravity and momentum, the allegedly 330-pound Adams somehow managed to cut back at full speed without suffering complete disintegration of a knee or ankle, making it to the end zone without needing to stop for Gatorade, oxygen or a snack.'
Backlash [1:20 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'In fact, the Pats appeared dazed (pregame Novocain for everyone!) in falling behind, 21-0, with 10:24 left in the second quarter. Their new-look secondary was toasted. Their vaunted pass rush was muffled. Their receivers were invisible. Their quarterback threw four interceptions and slunk back into the locker room at halftime with a utterly ridiculous QB rating of 5.3.'
Milloy's replacement stands up, takes the hit [1:19 PM]
Quincy Patriot Ledger reports: 'Asked if he thought the Pats defensive backfield seemed confused, Moulds (four catches for 81 yards) said: ‘‘At times they did. Sometimes when we used motion with Bobby (Shaw) or Josh (Reed) they got confused. Anytime you have a veteran back there like Milloy, he handles the situation and defuses it. They didn't have that guy to do that today and I think it hurt them a little bit.'''
Pats-thetic [1:18 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'The Patriots ran only three offensive plays in the first quarter.'
New England left dazed and confused [1:16 PM]
Lowell Sun reports: 'For really the first time in his four seasons in New England, Belichick yesterday looked stupid.'
New Faces Make Big Impact [11:46 AM]
BuffaloBills.com reports: '"Our defense stepped up and played tremendous," Bledsoe said. "I practiced against them all the way through training camp and saw them a lot, but I didn't know they were going to play like that. If they can step up and create turnovers for us, make teams go three and out, it will make things a lot easier on us."'
Buffalo roams atop AFC East [11:44 AM]
CBS Sportsline reports: 'It was only one Sunday, the first of 17, but if one can take anything away from it, it's that the class of the AFC East might once again be in Orchard Park, N.Y, while the Dolphins might not come close to being the team they've been in the past.'
Bills have that 'Super' look again [10:51 AM]
NFL.com reports: 'In thoroughly mugging the New England Patriots 31-0, the Bills sent a resounding message to the rest of the NFL that they aren't merely better than they have been in recent seasons, but that they are the legitimate powerhouse they set out to build with what easily became the league's most impressive offseason/preseason shopping spree. By most assessments, the Patriots were considered the best team in the AFC East, if not the entire AFC. They were the team that embarrassed the Bills twice last season.'
Patriot games [10:17 AM]
CNN/SI reports: 'In some ways, I feel sorry for Milloy. He's furious with me for reporting the tampering story, and I can't repeat what he said to me in a hallway outside the Bills' locker room after Sunday's game against his former club. Suffice it to say he was fairly strident in telling me never to approach him again as long as I dwell on the planet earth, with quite a bit of emphasis.'
And away they go [9:04 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Former Patriots Drew Bledsoe, the quarterback; Sam Adams, a defensive tackle; and Lawyer Milloy, a safety, all had a starring roles for Buffalo.'
New Bills right on the money [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Over the first 20 minutes of play, the Bills outgained the Patriots in yardage, 193 to minus-4.'
Lawyer makes Pats pay for divorce [9:03 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It definitely feels good," Milloy said of beating his former team. "But it feels good in a positive way, not a personal vendetta way." Yeah, right.'
Patriots' act suffers from missing Milloy [9:02 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"We just didn't play well," Belichick said. "We didn't play well, we didn't coach well, we didn't do anything well. We just got beat."'
After turning heads, Bills keep theirs on straight [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Was the new defense overhyped? It was better than anyone imagined.'
Adams' 37-yard touchdown gallop provides day's biggest smiles [9:01 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"I'll be honest," said safety Pierson Prioleau. "I didn't know he could move that fast. But I did know he was a fierce competitor. I knew that when there's a play to be made he has the ability to make those plays. So it didn't surprise me that he moved that fast when it was time to make a play."'
Henry, Bills run Patriots into the ground [9:00 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'How far has Marques Sullivan fallen from grace? The former starting right guard did not dress for Sunday's game.'
Monday Billboard [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Unsung Hero: WR Bobby Shaw might creep up the depth chart following his performance on Sunday. Shaw caught three passes for 51 yards and did most of his damage early when the Bills built a 14-0 lead.'
Van ready to retire as play-by-play voice [8:59 AM]
Buffalo News reports: '"It's been a great ride," Miller said. "The Bills have been very, very supportive. I've enjoyed the heck out of it."'
Patriots overruled [8:13 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'In the end, Buffalo beat New England 31-0 - the worst season-opening loss in Patriots' history - and the game really wasn't that close.'
Still holding court, on the field and off [8:13 AM]
Portland Press Herald reports: 'The Patriots insisted Milloy's departure and consequent signing with Buffalo was not a distraction this week, that they had moved on. Well, he was certainly a distraction on the field.'
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