Do I really need to tell anyone that the Bills haven't beaten the New England Patriots in a really long time? This is the 98th meeting between these two teams and the Bills are a horrible 40-56-1 in those meetings, including a pathetic 1-15 in the last 16 games. The last time these two met the Patriots won 20-10 - a far cry from some of the humiliations that I will get to recap in a moment - but a loss nonetheless. Prior to this game I recapped the last 5 times the Bills lost in New England, if you are a masochist you can check that out here.
November 18, 2007: Patriots 56, Bills 10
Randy Moss and Tom Brady played catch all day long. Moss finished with 10 catches for 128 yards and 4 TDs. While the Bills were busy looking sad and pathetic all day the Pats decided to run out the game with the dynamic duo of Heath Evans and Kyle Eckel, who combined for 96 yards and a TD (Eckel's) on 20 caries. Brian's incredibly happy recap.
October 22, 2006: Patriots 28, Bills 6
New England didn't put up gaudy numbers in this one, but then the Bills didn't do themselves any favors either. 9 penalties and 3 turnovers told the story for Buffalo here. Ben Watson amassed 5 catches for 60 yards and a TD, and Corey Dillon carved out 47 yards an 14 carries and 2 TDs. Peerless Price had 5 grabs for 53 yards, and Willis McGahee rushed for 59 yards on 20 carries to "lead" the Bills.
December 11, 2005: Patriots 35, Bills 7
The Bills were down 35-0 before a J.P. Losman - to - Josh Reed 51 yard touchdown hook up salvaged a little respectability. J.P. had a great day (please note sarcasm); he was 10 of 27 for 181 yards, 51 of which came on that one play to Reed, and 3 picks. Losman was the Bills' leading rusher with a whopping 7 yards, which accounted for HALF of the Bills 14 rushing yards on the day. New England dominated time of possession with 41:59 to the Bills pitiful 18:01. Disgusting.
October 3, 2004: Patriots 31, Bills 17
Tied at 17 at the half, it was a battle of big plays, a 15 yard Corey Dillon TD run and a 30 Yard David Patten TD grab for the Pats, countered by a 98 yard kickoff return by Terrance McGee and a 41 yard Drew Bledsoe - to - Eric Moulds TD pass. After a scoreless 3rd quarter, Tom Brady hit Daniel Graham early in the 4th to give the Pats the lead. With the Bills driving late, Richard Seymour picked up a fumble and rumbled 68 yards to ice it for the Patriots.
September 7, 2003: Bills 31, Patriots 0
This game is the only time the Bills have beat the Patriots in the last 8 years. The Bills defense dominated with 2 sacks and 4 picks, 1 by Sam Adams who rumbled 37 yards for a score. Travis Henry ran for 86 yards and scored twice. This was easily one of my favorite Bills games I have ever watched.
I don't know about the rest of you, but I really want this game. Not only do the Bills need to win at least 1 division game, but to beat the Pats when they are trying to get into the playoffs will be a great big punch to Bill Belichick's face.