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Buffalo Bills: Game Day | Democrat and Chronicle
Taking a closer look at today's Buffalo Bills game against the New England Patriots at Ralph Wilson Stadium with Sal Maiorana.

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Bills-Patriots Primer
"Do the Bills have a chance? Let's break down the matchups."

Gameday Tipsheet - Week 15
Chris Brown provides his weekly analysis of the game with key matchups, Bills' advantages, and what to watch for.

Patriots downgrade six players |
"Defensive tackle Vince Wilfork and defensive end Ty Warren were among the six Patriots downgraded to out late Saturday. Running back Fred Taylor, guard Stephen Neal, tackle Nick Kaczur, and defensive tackle Myron Pryor were also downgraded to out."

Game Stories and Previews
Jerry Sullivan: Decade of futility yields many memorable losses to Pats : Jerry Sullivan : The Buffalo News

"It would be short-sighted and silly to attach too much significance to one game. But it's understandable if people get giddy at the prospect of beating the Patriots. Fans can put aside the larger issues for three hours and contemplate the momentary joy of knocking the smug look off Bill Belichick's face."

Belichick, Shula: 'Men of Mastery' against Bills : The Buffalo News
"Don Shula's Dolphins ran the table against the Bills in the '70s, recording an NFL-record 20 straight victories. Now it's Bill Belichick and his Patriots teams doing a number on Buffalo. A win today would make the Pats 18-2 for the decade."

Bills-Patriots scouting report : Buffalo Bills : The Buffalo News
Allen Wilson breaks down key points of today's matchup.

Patriots feel `vulnerable' in preparing for Bills |
"If the air of invincibility has fully seeped out of the ever-proud Patriots, the true litmus test comes on Sunday. That's when New England travels to face the Buffalo Bills (5-8), a division rival that's very much played the role of Patriots patsy in what's become a near-decade of futility."

New England Patriots have Buffalo Bills' number | Democrat and Chronicle
"The Bills' misery against New England in the 2000s mirrors their struggles against the Dolphins in the 1970s when they lost 20 straight games to Miami."

NFL Preview - New England (8-5) at Buffalo (5-8)
Game preview from the Sports Netowrk.

Buffalo Bills Game Day (Two Bills Drive)
New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Gameday Preview

Felser: Patriots' visit stirs memories : Larry Felser : The Buffalo News
"Having witnessed almost all the games played by the Patriots versus the Bills from the very first American Football League contest to their 50th anniversary meeting in Western New York today, I have no doubt that New England will find some way to qualify in style for the NFL's postseason tournament."

Paying Bills - The Boston Globe previews the game.

To Nick Aliotti, these Ducks unlimited -
Safeties Patrick Chung of the Patriots and Jairus Byrd of the Bills played in the same defensive backfield in Oregon. They both went in the second round of the 2009 draft and will be making key contributions to their teams today.

Patriots-Bills pregame analysis | New England Patriots | The Providence Journal
New England Patriots vs. Buffalo Bills coverage, blog reports and photos from

Patriots must cure their case of road block -
"The Patriots have lost five games this season. All five losses have come on the road. There’s no escaping the obvious conclusion: If the Pats expect to get into the playoffs, and do some damage once there, they have to prove they can win outside Gillette Stadium. They need to establish themselves as road warriors starting today."

The top five determining factors for Patriots-Bills today -
"Here are the five chief factors that will determine whether the Patriots will still be roadkill after this one."

Gameday Prep: Bills vs. Patriots | The Goose's Roost
Consider this your TGR gameday prep.

JoeFromNYC’s Bills vs Pats Preview : Buffalo Sports Daily
"The Bills have been bad against the Patriots this decade, but have been worse against the Pats the second time around in a season; being outscored 192-29 in their last six 2nd time around games. That’s what happens when Belichick has film to dissect the first outing and the rest of your games. Something tells me the Patriots will be ready for the Bills screen passes this time around."

Week 15 NFL game previews -
USA TODAY previews the fifteenth weekend of the NFL season.

Bills won’t be thinking about streak – Inside The Bills
"The Bills losing streak to the Patriots is well documented. It’s at 12 games and counting and is the longest in Patriots franchise history over another opponent. But the players won’t be thinking about the streak at all when they take the field Sunday."

Milestone Watch

- Brian Moorman needs 220 punting yards for 30,000 in his career.
- Rian Lindell needs 14 points to pass the 1000 point marker for his career.
- Terrell Owens
needs four receptions to become the sixth player in NFL history with 1,000 career catches.
- T.O. also needs 108 yards to pass Tim Brown for third place on the all-time receiving yardage list
- He can also become just the third players with 15,000 receiving yards by gaining 173.
- Randy Moss is one TD catch ahead of T.O. in second on the all-time list.
- Marcus Stroud
needs eight tackles for 600 in his career.
- Jairus Byrd needs one interception to tie the franchise record for interceptions in a season.

Team in Transition

Bills still have offer on table for Shanahan |
"We're told that the Bills still have an offer on the table for Shanahan, even if he has no interest in accepting it. The Bills have been rebuffed by Mike Holmgren, Bill Cowher, and Jon Gruden. But that doesn't mean Shanahan was the fourth choice. Instead, the Bills apparently went after multiple coaches simultaneously in the hopes of generating serious interest from at least one of them."

What to watch in Week 15 - Peter King -
"Personally, I'd like John Fox or Mike Zimmer [as Buffalo's coach], with Fox bringing Charlie Weis to run the offense if it's him."

Other Bills News
Too soon to mock it out? No way - AFC East Blog - ESPN

Todd McShay has Buffalo taking Rutgers tackle Anthony Davis at number 10.

Calls and Effect: AFC East penalty tracker - AFC East Blog - ESPN
Since Perry Fewell took over the Bills have gone from 31st in the league in penalties to 13th. They committed 11 penalties in Jauron's last game and have 11 in the four games since. Demetrius Bell still leads the division with 10 flags, the amount of yardage marked off has been relatively minor in comparison to other AFCE players.

Inside the NFL: It's getting tough to find players for 3-4 : The Buffalo News
"If the Bills switch to a 3-4 next year, expect a rocky transition. Green Bay switched to the 3-4 this year and ranks No. 2 on defense. But the Packers already had a strong core of front-seven players. Kansas City switched to the 3-4 this year and ranks 30th overall. The Chiefs have Bills castoff Ron Edwards playing nose tackle, and it's not pretty."