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Patriots vs. Bills 2013: Buffalo drops season opener, 23-21

A new Buffalo Bills regime kicked off their inaugural season with a home opener against the New England Patriots. Stephen Gostkowski drilled a short field goal with five seconds left to give the Patriots a 23-21 victory in Week 1.

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All-22: a look at Spiller's slow start

C.J. Spiller had an ineffective day running the football against the New England Patriots (17 carries, 41 yards) - and we wanted to find out why. The answer isn't simple, but the issues are certainly fixable.

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Bills/Pats review podcast: deja vu

What better way to capture the spirit of the Bills' latest last-second loss to New England than to recount the frustration twice?

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Bills fall late to Pats, 23-21

EJ Manuel and the Buffalo Bills gave the New England Patriots everything they could handle in Orchard Park today, but it wasn't enough as a late Pats field goal sunk the Bills.

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Goodwin has hand injury, is in a cast

Goodwin left his first pro game with a hand injury, and was spotted in the locker room after the loss to New England with a cast on.

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Patriots 17, Bills 14: second half game thread

Turnovers have defined the first half with Buffalo down 17-14 as they receive the ball to start the second half.

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Bills vs. Pats: first half open thread

Buffalo BIlls fans gather to discuss the dawning of a new age as rookie head coach Doug Marrone and rookie quarterback EJ Manuel take on future Hall of Famers Bill Belichick and Tom Brady.

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Bills inactives: Gilmore, Byrd out

Buffalo's franchise player won't give it a go today with his plantar faciitis.

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Bills vs. Patriots broadcast info

The Bills kick off the 2013 season against the Patriots this afternoon. Here's where, when and how you can catch today's big game.

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Five questions with PatsPulpit.com

To prepare for the Buffalo Bills' 2013 season opener with the New England Patriots, we spoke with Greg Knopping at SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit. Read on for his take on key Pats players and themes.

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Bills vs. Patriots Week 1 preview

A new era of Buffalo Bills football kicks off tomorrow at 1PM ET, when Doug Marrone and EJ Manuel debut against Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots. Our lengthy, in-depth preview awaits your eyeballs. Go Bills!

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Bills/Pats injury report: Byrd doubtful

The Buffalo Bills, as expected, are very likely to be without Jairus Byrd when they take on the New England Patriots on Sunday.

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How Pettine helped the 2012 Bills defend Brady

The 2012 Buffalo Bills borrowed ideas from Mike Pettine to make improvements and play more competitively against Tom Brady. Pettine, now the Bills' defensive coordinator, will coach against Brady this Sunday.

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Pats' run game a focus for Bills D

Tom Brady has given the Bills headaches for over a decade, but it's New England's running game that is Buffalo's biggest concern heading into Week 1.

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Leonhard may have a role to play Sunday

Signed by the Bills on Monday, September 2, Leonhard may very well end up playing a significant role for the defensive back-starved team on Sunday, September 8.

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Hopkins won't kick in Bills vs. Pats

EJ Manuel, your starting quarterback for Sunday, was a full participant. Four other players are listed on this week's injury report for now.

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It's official: EJ is the Week 1 starter

Manuel's knee is healthy, and the first-round draft pick will go toe-to-toe with Tom Brady in his first career NFL start. Buckle up.

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Our annual Pats week plea: no more turnovers

The Buffalo Bills have averaged four turnovers per game against New England over the past three years, which is a crazy awful statistic that needs to end ASAP.

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Report: Manuel healthy, to be named starter

We'll write this up if/when it's officially announced on Wednesday, but it's sounding like the Bills' starting quarterback will be the first-round pick.

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All-22: Bills O vs. Pats D

Say what you want about the 2010-12 Buffalo Bills, but they rarely struggled to find ways to move the ball against the New England Patriots. Can Doug Marrone, Nathaniel Hackett and a rookie quarterback continue that trend?

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Bills links: Stevie calls out Pats D

Stevie Johnson had some blunt words for the New England Patriots defense yesterday. News from around the Buffalo Bills inside!

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New podcast: previewing Bills/Pats

The Buffalo Rumblings Podcast is back after a three-week hiatus, and wow, did we have a lot of craziness to sift through. We also managed to find time to preview this Sunday's season opener, as well. Give it a download, won't you?

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Manuel practices in full on Monday

With two practices under his belt this week and a day off to monitor the progress of his knee, Manuel has taken another step towards being in the Week 1 starting lineup.

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Spiller returns to Buffalo

Buffalo's star tailback is back in Orchard Park after a week away to grieve the loss of his step-grandfather with family. Read what he had to say upon his return.

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Byrd battling plantar fasciitis

Jairus Byrd sought a second opinion on his ailing foot last week, and returned to Orchard Park with a diagnosis: plantar fasciitis.

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Manuel limited, will practice in full on Monday

The Bills will wait until Wednesday to name a starting quarterback, but the first-round pick was back on the field on Sunday, and is planning on participating fully on Monday.

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Bradham court date: September 11

Bradham has hired the same attorney that represented Marshawn Lynch when the latter was accused in a hit and run incident in 2008.

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Byrd out of state visiting a foot specialist

Much like Mario Williams early in training camp, Jairus Byrd is out of state seeking out a second opinion on a sore foot.

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Marrone: Manuel "100 miles an hour" in rehab

Jeff Tuel remains the hot name in Buffalo, but EJ Manuel is working hard to get back into the starting lineup as fast as possible - and he's making progress.

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Broken wrist for Gilmore; out 6-8 weeks

The Bills will be without their top cornerback for 6-8 weeks, which of course they will, because they're the Bills.

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Whaley: NFL reviewing Bradham incident

Buffalo's starting second-year linebacker admitted to possession of a substance banned by the NFL, and the league is already reviewing the case, per GM Doug Whaley.

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Manuel has surgery, not ruled out for Week 1

EJ Manuel's surgery is complete and was successful. Doug Marrone believes he'll be day to day after the preseason concludes, while a FOXSports.com report says he's been given a 2-4 week timetable.

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Manuel to miss rest of preseason

Buffalo's rookie quarterback has a swollen knee, and the Bills have scheduled a procedure that will keep him out of the team's remaining two preseason games - and could affect his Week 1 availability.

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A (slightly) deeper look at the Pettine defense

If you're trying to nail down Mike Pettine's defense, your takeaway should be this: if a Bills defender can physically do something, he'll probably be asked to.

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Bills/Pats Week 1 tilt is sold out

This is likely the first of many Bills sellouts in 2013 thanks to a regular season schedule front-loaded with home games.

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Bills re-watch: nickel base for Mike Pettine?

NFL teams are spreading the field with increasing frequency. Add in the Mount Everest of the AFC East, which resides in Foxboro, and the Bills may lean towards a base nickel defense to attempt their climb to the top of the division.

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