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The Buffalo Bills are getting ready for their divisional showdown with the New England Patriots.

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Against Patriots it's all about the finish -
"I talked to the team this morning about the same old term that we always use, ‘finish,’" said Gailey. "We had them in two ball games in a position to finish the game and win the game and we haven’t done it. We’ve just got to go learn to finish out the last three quarters, or finish out the last quarter and a half. We’ve got to learn to finish against this football team and it’s not easy. They’re good for a reason."

Broadcast Information: Bills at Patriots -
"TELEVISION (CBS, 1 p.m. ET): On the Call: Ian Eagle (play-by-play); Dan Fouts (analyst)."

Kelsay leaves practice with neck injury -
"Kelsay has been remarkably durable during his 10-year NFL career missing only six out of 152 games."

Stevie feeling good after Thursday's practice -
"Everything was good today," said Johnson following Thursday’s practice. "I went through the full practice, all the plays and it felt good."

In the Trenches with Andy Levitre - VIDEO -
"In this week's episode of In the Trenches, guard Andy Levitre is joined by wide receiver Donald Jones and they talk about his role in Buffalo's offense."

"What's the Word" with George Wilson - VIDEO -
"This week George heads inside the locker room to find out who his teammates think would win a players vote to become president and vice president."

Inside The Bills | Spencer, Urbik still limited
"For the second straight day DL Spencer Johnson (ankle) and G Kraig Urbik (foot) were limited in practice. Head coach Chan Gailey however, doesn’t sound concerned about the availability of either player for Sunday’s game at New England."

Inside The Bills | Kyle’s pass rush productivity among the best
"DT Kyle Williams is tied for the team lead in sacks with 4.5 thus far this season. But his pass rush productivity has been more than sacks. According to ProFootballFocus, Williams is among the best defensive tackles in the league in pass rush productivity."

Inside The Bills | Fitz acting debut airs tonight on FX
"I haven’t seen it," said Fitzpatrick. "It airs tonight at 10:30 on FX. I’m interested to see how long it is. It’s probably going to be 10 seconds and I shot for five hours. This show ‘The League’ it’s not like I was given scripted lines. The actors show up and they give them a general direction they want to scene to go and those guys just improv and are ad libbing the whole time. The first half hour they’re talking circles around me and I try to jump in when I can. I have horrible acting skills. So I got a little bit better as it went on, but I’m interested to see what they put in."

Inside The Bills | Wilfork wary of Bills big pass plays
"If we don’t give up big plays, the defense can be very, very good," said Wilfork. "That’s one of the things we have to get better at – stop giving up big plays and stop hurting ourselves. And like I said, they’re a team that can strike from anywhere on the field – in the air and on the ground. We have to do a better job of that this time around because that game was close. We got a couple turnovers in that game that basically led to points on our end. But without those turnovers, you’re looking at a different ballgame so we definitely have to minimize the big plays on our defense."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - Give Spiller The Ball, Please!!!!
Gailey was asked if he could have used different personnel groupings to counter the Texans defensive approach. "You can change that" Gailey told WGR "but what happens is you’ve worked on one game plan, a certain number of plays and a certain way to block it during the course of the week then you get to the ball game and they’ve got something totally different out there and you don’t have all the weapons at your disposal to go make those adjustments on the fly. Then we got behind and it was a throw game."

WGR 550 SportsRadio - HAMILTON: Can The Bills Finally Win At New England?
"It was great to hear that the Bills defensive coordinator laid awake all night wondering if he would’ve been better served by changing to his base defense. How comforting to know he was right on top of it by Monday morning. It’s a shame he had no answers Sunday afternoon."

Marcell Dareus having a sophomore slump? - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Dareus is working through tough family circumstances this season, and perhaps that's impacted his play. But Buffalo was counting on Dareus and its talented defensive line to dominate opponents this year. Instead, it’s the Bills’ defense that’s been dominated. The Bills have been pushed around and Dareus’ sophomore slump thus far is one of the reasons. He needs to be more dominant in the middle."

Grading AFC East rookies classes - AFC East Blog - ESPN
"Buffalo got pretty good production early from its top two picks: Gilmore and Glenn. Both were immediately starters but Glenn suffered an injury that slowed him down. Gilmore is learning on the job but is having a solid rookie season. He leads Buffalo with 11 pass defenses. The Bills haven’t gotten much else from this rookie class. Still, filling the premium positions of cornerback and left tackle for the long-term raises the grade."

CANOE -- SLAM! Sports - NFL - New England Patriots' secondary a massive question
"Though the Patriots trailed 21-7 at one point in their first meeting with the Bills, they rolled to a 52-28 victory and now lead the NFL with 262 points. They have never lost to the Bills at Gillette Stadium, a perfect 10-0 and have won their past 11 games in Foxboro."

Patriots in a rush to stop Bills’ ground game - Patriots -
"This offense is a very explosive offense,’’ Wilfork said. "They can up put up points in a hurry on the ground and in the air. We’ve seen it and we’ve been on both sides where we came back and where we didn’t come back. So we understand how important it is for us, defensively, to start fast and make sure we don’t give up these big long plays.’’

First down dictates Bills success -
"Assuming no dramatic turnover disparity between the two teams this weekend, whether or not the Bills can be competitive in this game will come down to whether or not they play to the strengths of their personnel and go positive on first down in critical situations. From the Patriots’ perspective, their ability to prevent success here is similarly critical."

Bruschi's Breakdown -- Buffalo Bills shouldn't pose threat to New England Patriots - ESPN Boston
"Every week during the season, Tedy Bruschi and Mike Reiss break down the New England Patriots' upcoming game. This week is Sunday's home game against the Bills (CBS, 1 p.m.):"

Ignoring stats won't solve Bills' problems - The Buffalo News
"Anyone can twist the numbers, but there's no disguising Buffalo's 4-12 record in its last 16 games. Seven losses were by 20 points or more, five by 27 points or more. The Bills have a 5-16 road record under Chan Gailey, surrendering 34 points per game in the losses. They've allowed at least 35 points four times this year."

Patriots’ offense rolling along as usual - The Buffalo News
"You gotta stop the run," said safety George Wilson. "At the end of the day you still have to try to make ‘em one dimensional. If we let them do what they did to us the first time, where they can run or pass, we can’t let that happen. It starts with their running game."