Friesz falls short in his first rescue mission for Pats [6:00 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'Friesz is the first to admit that he didn't exactly light it up.'
Prospect of losing Bledsoe clouds already difficult season [5:59 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'The Patriots will be hurting, big-time, if Bledsoe can't play.'
Pats Can't Reach Goal [5:58 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'How often has an allegedly professional football team have a first down on its opponent's 1-yard line three times on the same possession and fail to score? It happened to the Patriots in the third quarter Sunday.'
Friesz's Performance Brings Cool Reception [5:57 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'It was not," Friesz said, "the first time I was booed." It was the first time Friesz was booed as a Patriots quarterback.'
Some Tough Questions [5:55 AM]
Hartford Courant reports: 'Bledsoe, who had no cast or bandage on his hand afterward and said he hoped to play next week at Cleveland, was aggravated himself. Aggravated by the loss and perhaps by his own misplaced inference that his toughness was being questioned.'
Flutie too much [5:54 AM]
Albany Times Union reports: 'Doug Flutie almost never loses in Foxboro. The New England Patriots almost never win there anymore, either.'
When It Counts, Poof [5:58 PM]
Patriots Football reports: 'It's pretty sad when you predict exactly how your team will lose a game with 2:08 to play, and you turn out right on the button.'
Bills 16 Pats 13 OT [5:57 PM]
Patriots Football reports: 'The Patriots' inability to finish off teams in close games continued Sunday afternoon, as Steve Christie kicked a 32-yard field goal in overtime to give the Buffalo Bills a 16-13 win over New England.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13, OT [5:32 PM]
AP reports: 'Steve Christie did it again, only this time he saved the Buffalo Bills twice in one game.'
Bills 16, Patriots 13 [4:38 PM]
Sportsticker reports: 'The rain and wind at Foxboro Stadium were the perfect backdrop for another Doug Flutie miracle.'
Bills - Patriots preview [10:17 AM]
Springfield Union News reports: 'The New England defense needs to return to form and match the performance of Buffalo's outstanding unit.'
Putting heat on Bledsoe is crucial for Bills [9:24 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'So the Patriots figure to rely heavily on their biggest gun - Drew Bledsoe. That should be good news for the Bills' front seven.'
Butler's bargaining position improves as season moves along [9:23 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'The more pressing business is assuring that John Butler stays with the Bills as their general manager. Butler, whose contract with Buffalo expires after this season, will be pursued with as much passion by rival teams as any free-agent player.'
Bills have recent history of Foxboro flops [9:22 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Bills, 17-13.'
This Coach wears the headset [9:21 AM]
Buffalo News reports: 'Blue Cross/Blue Shield is out with its new Buffalo Bills pets calendar and, as always, Phillips is pictured with his 12-year-old bulldog, Coach. This year, there's a twist - Coach is wearing a headset.'
Bills' defense worth a nickel [9:20 AM]
Olean Times Herald reports: '"I'm worried that the dime defense has given up some big plays ... and we pride ourselves on not giving up big plays. With the nickel, it gives us a little different look."'
Bills hope for a playoff run [7:47 AM]
D and C reports: '"We've got an eight-game season now and we'll see how we react," said strong safety Henry Jones, who has gone to the playoffs seven of his previous 10 seasons as a Bill. "We need to continue to work hard and stay focused and take it one day at a time. We've got some things we need to clean up . . . but we're going to go out and fix them."'
Pats have had fill of flaky Flutie [7:45 AM]
D and C reports: 'The New England Patriots are sick of Buffalo Bills quarterback Doug Flutie stealing their thunder.'
Scouting report [7:44 AM]
D and C reports: 'Bills win if ... their defense continues to play superbly against the run, then doesn't forget that Bledsoe can still be a very dangerous passer. Defensive balance is important today.'
Tough part seems to be over for Patriots [7:43 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'The Patriots get a scheduling breather in the second half, but the game they really need to win is today's against the 4-4 Buffalo Bills, one of the tougher teams they will face.'
Scouting Report [7:42 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Prediction: Buffalo 23, New England 18.'
Back in position, Gash remains full of vigor [7:41 AM]
Boston Globe reports: 'Gash said rumors that players didn't like Doug Flutie were unfounded.'
Who's who? [7:39 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Thurman Thomas is gone. So are Bruce Smith and Andre Reed. Thomas Smith and Kurt Schulz have also departed. Antowain Smith and Jonathan Linton are on the bench and Phil Hansen is sidelined with a knee injury.'
Another small controversy [7:38 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Johnson is still Buffalo's quarterback of the future. And when healthy, he is capable of putting up Pro Bowl numbers. Flutie simply wins more games.'
Cowart a quiet force [7:36 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'All but unnoticed, as usual, was the role Sam Cowart played in the victory.'
Morris on the move [7:35 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'Sammy Morris is an unlikely heir to the Buffalo running back tradition of O.J. Simpson, Joe Cribb, and Thurman Thomas, but the rookie from Texas Tech has rushed for touchdowns in each of the Bills' last four games.'
Time to pass on the run [7:34 AM]
Boston Herald reports: 'The pick: Bills by 3.'
Regardless of all the knocks, Flutie is boost to Bills' hopes [7:33 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"Every time I step on the field I have to prove to the world that I can play and make the people upstairs (Phillips and general manager John Butler) second-guess themselves," the 37-year-old quarterback said. "After all I've done, that's discouraging."'
A Flutie moment worth retelling [7:28 AM]
Providence Journal reports: 'He was having a game of touch with nieces, nephews, and friends from his hometown of Natick; with relatives, and buddies from Buffalo, and former high-school teammates. "Don't make a big deal out of this," he said that night, after I'd gone down to the field to talk with him. But it was a big deal.'
Woody facing a mammoth task in battle with Bills' Washington [7:26 AM]
Providence Journal reports: '"He's mammoth," the 320-pound Woody said of the 6-foot-5 Washington, who clearly is heavier than his listed program weight of 335 pounds. "Seeing someone bigger than me, that's strange enough. But this man, whew, he's one of the biggest dudes I've ever had to take on."'
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