Bill lends hand [6:06 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Prior to the game, dozens of Patriots approached Bledsoe to exchange handshakes and hugs. The first was Tom Brady, who chatted with Bledsoe for around 10 minutes. Bledsoe also met with Pats owner Robert Kraft, offensive coordinator Charlie Weis and about a dozen players. Bledsoe also played a little catch with Pats linebacker Mike Vrabel.'
Thank Drew very much [6:05 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Anyone who would dare put a wager on these Patriots as 3-point underdogs had to be near-delirious, or a Republican cutting taxes.'
Bledsoe and Bills are rebuffed [6:04 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Rendering Bledsoe a non-factor sufficed to silence all of those second-quessers around New England who were poised to cluck "I told you so!" But beating Bledsoe was a severe afterthought for these 4-4 Patriots, had dropped four straight coming in.'
Smith takes matters into own hands [6:03 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'It looked a lot like last season.'
For Brady, it was perfect timing [6:02 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Tom Brady wasn't perfect. But he was pretty darn close to it.'
Safe to say Bledsoe never saw this coming [6:01 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Instead of confusing Bledsoe with intricate coverages, the Patriots befuddled Buffalo's offensive linemen with blitzes.'
Patriots plan works to perfection [6:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The point is, all this money flowing in to the restaurants, bars and hotels, can be traced directly to the Bills success this season and that can be traced to Bledsoe. The Bills public relations department has no hard numbers on the financial impact Bledsoe's had, but they termed it as "significant." No wonder they're so enamored with him.'
Two-minute drill [5:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Pats ran the ball more often than they threw it (35 rushes, 27 pass attempts), rolled up more than 400 yards total offense, and didn't commit a turnover. That's a recipe for success.'
Third and golden [5:58 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots defense stopped the Bills on 7 of 11 third-down conversion attempts yesterday...'.
Rolling With The Current [5:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'On Saturday night, Drew Bledsoe took Patriots linebackers Mike Vrabel and Ted Johnson to dinner. On Sunday, they ate him for lunch.'
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.'
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