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Bills vs. Patriots, NFL Week 4: Game Day Coverage

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Glenn, Urbik Out "A While"

The 2-2 Buffalo Bills could be without starting offensive linemen Cordy Glenn and Kraig Urbik for the foreseeable future. Both players injured ankles in Sunday's blowout loss to the New England Patriots.


Patriots Obliterate Bills, 52-28

The Buffalo Bills lost several players and a 14-point third quarter lead in dropping a heinous 52-28 decision to the New England Patriots.


Patriots Stomping Bills, Up 49-28

Brandon Lloyd was probably wondering when he was going to get on the stat sheet. As the New England Patriots only starting skill position player without a touchdown, he was probably starting to feel left out. But with four minutes left in the game Lloyd found the end zone on a beautiful pass from Tom Brady.

Lloyd's catch pushed the Patriots lead to 49-28 over the Buffalo Bills, who have been steam rolled in the second half. More to come when the game is over but as for now, there are only a few minutes left in a game that can't end soon enough.


Bills Score, Close Deficit To 42-28

Brad Smith was free up the right seam and Ryan Fitzpatrick found him for a 35-yard touchdown pass with 6:32 remaining in the fourth quarter. The points snap a 35-0 run by the New England Patriots where Bill Belichick's team has grabbed Chan Gailey's by the throat.

Smith is getting more work because the Bills are without Donald Jones who was obliterated earlier in the fourth quarter on a screen pass. Vince Wilfork sniffed it out and blew up Jones on a clean play. Jones was taken to the locker room for tests and with the game's outcome not in doubt, it's unlikely he'll be back.

The Bills have had some success against the Patriots safeties today, with three of the four touchdowns coming against safeties and up the hashes.

After an unsuccessful onside kick, the Bills are now down by two touchdowns with little time remaining on the clock and Tom Brady once again with the ball.


Bills Give Up Another Score, Down 42-21

Add another rushing touchdown to the New England Patriots score tally. This time, Brandon Bolden took it in from seven yards after a Ryan Fitzpatrick interception set up the Patriots with great filed position. The Patriots have now scored 35 straight points.

Fitpatrick's pick came at an appropriate time, with the quarterback gambling while Buffalo had give up 28 unanswered points. He went for the big play to get the momentum back and came up empty.

Both Bolder and Steven Ridley have topped 100 yards on the ground and scored a touchdown. The Patriots have moved the ball at will on the ground and through the air in the second half.

There is still 10:29 left in the fourth quarter after the Patriots have now scored two touchdowns in just a minute of game time. We would expect to see some Tyler Thigpen and the rest of the back-ups soon as this game has gotten out of hand very quickly.


New England Rolls 28 Straight, Up 35-14

The New England Patriots have the Buffalo Bills number today. After opening up a 21-7 third quarter lead, the Bills have surrendered 28 unanswered points to the Patriots. The most recent was a two yard touchdown run by Steven Ridley.

Both Ridley and running back Brandon Bolder had topped 100 yards on the ground as the Bills defense has been ravaged in the last 15 minutes of play. The Patriots have moved the ball at will on the ground and through the air in the second half.

Rob Gronkowski, Tom Brady (on the ground), and Danny Woodhead scored the previous three touchdowns for New England.

Buffalo is playing with a hurt Marcell Dareus and without Jairus Byrd, Kraig Urbik, and Cordy Glenn. They are out of reserve offensive linemen in uniform.

With 11:46 left in the fourth quarter, Buffalo has an opportunity to get back into the game but with the injuries to key players it will be difficult.


Bills Down 28-21 After 21 Unanswered

Tom Brady found Rob Gronkowski for a touchdown to push the New England Patriots past the Buffalo Bills 28-21 early in the fourth quarter.

The Bills have forfeited a 14-point lead. To start the third quarter, Buffalo came out strong and pushed their lead to 21-7 but two Tom Brady scoring drives have tied the teams to start the fourth quarter.

The bigger issue for Buffalo stands along the offensive line as both right guard Kraig Urbik and left tackle Cordy Glenn have left the game with injuries. Urbik has been ruled out for the rest of the game. The Bills have no other linemen dressed. Other injuries have been sustained by Jairus Byrd and Marcell Dareus, though Dareus is trying to "gut it out" according to Brian Galliford at the stadium.

Brady's third touchdown pass of the day is a concern but another concern for the Bills defense is the Patriots run game. Both Steven Ridley and Brandon Bolden are over 90 yards apiece.


Patriots, Bills Tied At 21

The New England Patriots may have been down 21-7 but after two consecutive scores by the Tom Brady-led offense, they have tied the Buffalo Bills at 21 apiece. Brady surgically tore apart the Bills defense through the air before lumbering into the end zone for a four yard touchdown scramble.

When his receivers were covered and the wall of Buffalo's defensive line parted, Brady saw his opening and took it, slowly falling into the end zone. A roughing the passer penalty on a below-the-knee hit by Kyle Williams brought the Patriots inside the Bills' ten a play before he found the end zone.

The scoring play had to be reviewed to see if Brady's knee was down before the ball crossed into the end zone. Despite a good angle, the referee determined there was no conclusive evidence and upheld the ruling of a touchdown.

Buffalo now gets the ball after surrendering their 14-point lead. How will they respond?


New England Closes The Gap To 21-14

Tom Brady avoided the Buffalo Bills pass rush, found an open lane, and hit running back Danny Woodhead for a 17-yard score to close the Bills lead to just seven. The Patriots marched 80 yards down the field for the score on third down. Brady has yet to go over 200 passing yards on the game.

The Bills were able to build a lead after three Ryan Fitzpatrick touchdowns. He found Scott Chandler twice before Donald Jones took a pass 68 yards to pay dirt.

Buffalo is also benefiting from two Stephen Gostkowski missed field goals in the first half. Of course Buffalo also has had miscues, the biggest being C.J. Spiller's goal line fumble near the end of the first half. Two Fitzpatrick interceptions have also hindered the Bills offense while two Patriots fumbles have slowed them.

There is eight minutes left in the third quarter at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.


Bills Take 21-7 Lead On Long Donald Jones TD

Fred Jackson caught a screen pass with one hand and gained 16 yards on third and 15 deep in his own territory. On the next play Ryan Fitzpatrick found receiver Donald Jones up the left seam. After catching it near midfield, Jones got the Patriots safety turned around and took it to the house, giving Buffalo a 21-7 lead on a 68 yard catch and run touchdown. The play is the longest of Jones' career

Stephon Gilmore took points off the board on the Patriots previous series when he met tight end Rob Gronkowski hard near the goal line, jarring a sure reception loose. The Patriots were then forced to punt.

The pass is Fitzpatrick's third touchdown of the game and gives him 262 yards on just 15 completions. He has been taking advantage of the middle of the field against the Patriots secondary with two touchdowns in the seam. There is still more than 11 minutes left in the third quarter and the Bills have a two touchdown lead.


Bills 14, Patriots 7 At Halftime

The Bills have some big plays and some big blunders but hold a lead over the Patriots.


Bills Take 14-7 Lead

Ryan Fitzpatrick is quietly having a heck of a game on Sunday. Despite two early interceptions - including a badly underthrown bomb - he is 12-of-16 for 164 yards with two touchdown passes to tight end Scott Chandler. The most recent put the Bills up 14 to 7 on a perfectly thrown ball up the seam, over the linebacker.

Fitzpatrick had an excellent throw to Fred Jackson on a wheel route to set up the score. With Jackson running step-for-step with Jerod Mayo, Fitzpatrick placed a beautiful toss over the top and Jackson made a perfect catch while falling to the ground.

Meanwhile, the two running backs who were questionable coming into the game have had a great first half. They have a combined 14 touches so far for 62 yards including several key plays.

Tyler Thigpen has been perfect on the two extra point holds in his first action on the kicking team. With just over two minutes left in the second quarter, the Bills could sure use a stop going into halftime where they kick off to start the third quarter.


Kraig Urbik Taken To Locker Room

The Buffalo Bills starting right guard Kraig Urbik has left the game after sustaining a leg injury. Reporters on the scene say he is trying to stay loose on the sideline after walking on the field on his own power. A few minutes later, however, he was taken to the locker room for more evaluation.

On the play immediately following Urbik's departure, his replacement, Chad Rinehart, got blown up on a pass rush and allowed a sack.

Urbik's return is listed as questionable by the Buffalo Bills. They are reporting it as an ankle injury.

The former Wisconsin Badger, Urbik was claimed off waivers by the Bills in September of 2010. By the end of that season he had secured a spot on Buffalo's starting line he has yet to relinquish. He is playing this season on a one-year Restricted Free Agent contract. He's started 15 of the last 19 games for the Bills.


Chandler's TD Evens Score At Seven

Ryan Fitzpatrick badly underthrew a pass from his own end zone that was picked by Patriots cornerback Devon McCourtney. The pass was intended for T.J. Graham who had McCourtney beat but Fitzpatrick couldn't put enough distance on it to capitalize.

On the ensuing possession, the Patriots were bottled up by the Bills defense and kicker Stephan Gostkowski missed his second field goal of the season. Buffalo got the ball back on their own 37-yard-line but fizzled after crossing midfield. Ryan Fitzpatrick took a scary hit on a deep overthrow to Graham but was all right.

After the punt, the Patriots took over on their own 10 and Tom Brady hit Rob Gronkowski for a significant gain but George Wilson ripped the ball from the tight end and fell on it, giving Buffalo excellent field position. The Bills took a shot on the first play, faking the bubble screen to Graham - a play they had run at least twice previously. Fitzpatrick hit Scott Chandler for a 24-yard touchdown on a tough catch along the sideline.

After a fast first quarter, there is still 9:43 remaining in the second half.


Bills Down Seven After First Quarter

The New England Patriots lone scoring drive has given them an early 7-0 lead after fifteen minutes of play. Steven Ridley punched in a six-yard touchdown run after Tom Brady's arm moved the Patriots 80 yards in five plays.New England has been attempting to pick on rookie CB Stephon Gilmore but to no avail thus far.

Ryan Fitzpatrick's lone incompletion came on an interception late in the first quarter on a batted ball. It was picked by Jerod Mayo but the Bills defense held the Patriots to a three and out. When the Bills got the ball back a 20-yard screen pass to Dorin Dickerson got the Bills some momentum but they weren't able to captialize leading to Shawn Powell's second punt.

C.J. Spiller got in the game and was promptly bottled up for a loss of four. Fred Jackson has been featured as the main back with Tashard Choice yet to see the field on offense.


Bills Down Early To Patriots, 7-0

The Buffalo Bills took the opening drive into New England Patriots territory on the legs of running back Fred Jackson. The drive stalled at the Patriots 40-yard-line and Shawn Powell made his first NFL punt down to the 10. Tom Brady and company responded on their next possession.

After back-to-back first downs, Brady stood in the pocket for a considerable length of time allowing tight end Rob Gronkowski to get open deep. After 41 yards the lumbering tight end came down with it over Justin Rogers. A few players later, running back Stevan Ridley punched it in from six yards to give the Patriots the early lead.

With 6:49 remaining in the first quarter, the Patriots lead 7-0 on five throws for 80 yards by Brady. Ridley has the other ten offensive yards. C.J. Spiller has yet to get into the game as Jackson has carried the load for the Bills. It's the first time Buffalo has trailed since week one.


Bills/Pats First Half Live Chat

Buffalo Bills fans discuss the first half of today's game against the New England Patriots live as the events unfold!


Bills/Pats inactives don't include Spiller

Here are the Buffalo Bills' inactive players for today's game against the New England Patriots. You may notice that the list doesn't include C.J. Spiller's name.


Fred Jackson To Return Against Patriots

In a move that 's altogether surprising and unsurprising, Fred Jackson will suit up against the New England Patriots today. The Buffalo Bills running back injured his knee in the first game of the season and hasn't been in action since but practiced all week.

What is surprising is Jackson's quick return. He sprained his LCL on a play that looked much worse than it turned out to be. Jackson will wear a brace on the knee and expects it to be sore. ESPN's Adam Schefter said on the network this morning that Jackson will carry the majority of the load at running back.

The news on C.J. Spiller is still lukewarm. He is a game time decision with a shoulder injury. While he has full range of motion he is still in but practiced on a limited basis both Thursday and Friday.

Bills inactives will be announced around 11:30. We'll keep you posted.


Daily Bills Links, 9/30

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Pats OG Logan Mankins Out

A New England Patriots offensive line that has struggled with consistency and continuity in the early goings of the 2012 season will be without its best player for Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Per Tom Curran of (via PFT), four-time Pro Bowl guard Logan Mankins did not make the trip to Orchard Park and has been downgraded to out for Week 4. (He was previously questionable.) That should mean that Donald Thomas will get another start, though that could be at right guard, with Dan Connolly flipping over to the left side to replace Mankins.

For Bills defensive tackles Kyle Williams and Marcell Dareus, however, an interior trio of Connolly, Ryan Wendell and Thomas is significantly less imposing than one with Mankins, Wendell and Connolly. Mankins joins receiver Julian Edelman and tight end Aaron Hernandez on the inactive list.

The news isn't all bad for New England, however: tight end Rob Gronkowski, listed as questionable on the injury report with a hip injury, is expected to play. That's not terribly surprising, given the Hernandez injury and the earlier release of Kellen Winslow, but it's good news for the Pats all the same.


Bills vs. Pats: Broadcast Info

The Buffalo Bills (2-1) host the New England Patriots (1-2) this afternoon. Here's everything you need to know about catching the game live.


Saturday Update on Jackson, Spiller Injuries

Buffalo Bills running backs Fred Jackson (sprained knee) and C.J. Spiller (sprained shoulder) are both listed as questionable for tomorrow's game against the New England Patriots. According to Jason La Canfora of, one of those players is set to take on a "significant role" offensively.

That would be Jackson, who has been considered closer to a return all week; he was a limited practice participant on all three days, while Spiller missed practice on Wednesday. La Canfora tweets that Jackson is in line to see a lot of work, erasing some doubt about how limited he might be not just from a health perspective, but from a workload perspective, as well.

As for Spiller, La Canfora writes that the third-year back's availability is a "little more in doubt," which could mean that even if he does suit up, he'll be used sparingly and in very specific circumstances to try to protect that left shoulder injury. Spiller could help the team simply by being on the field - head coach Chan Gailey mentioned after practice on Friday that having Spiller keeps the team's Wildcat plans alive - in a decoy capacity, but the team will likely exercise more caution considering Spiller was injured less than a week ago.


Bills vs. Pats: Bruschi Picks Buffalo

Get your best "year 2012" jokes ready, Buffalo Bills fans, because Tedy Bruschi has picked your favorite team to beat the New England Patriots tomorrow.

"I don't know which Patriots team will show up," Bruschi writes on He later continues, "The Bills have been preparing for this very game for the last two years. They drafted Marcell Dareus to be their Vince Wilfork. They backed up the Brinks truck for Mario Williams for this game. To get after Tom Brady. Then they signed Mark Anderson to do the same thing.

"Based on what I've seen from the Patriots the past two weeks, they have a long way to go," Bruschi concludes. "Going into Orchard Park to play a solid Bills team might be too much for them."

Whatever his diabolical rationale for predicting a 31-28 Bills victory is - and as it's Tedy Bruschi, we know that something is afoot, some sort of master motivational tactic, because why the bloody hell would Tedy Bruschi pick the Bills? - this actually happened.

What's next? Rodney Harrison singing the praises of Ryan Fitzpatrick every Sunday evening on NBC?


Bills/Pats Preview

The Buffalo Bills (2-1) host the New England Patriots (1-2) at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Week 4. This is Buffalo Rumblings' in-depth preview. Go Bills!

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