The Patriots racked up another win yesterday afternoon, 20-10 over Division Rival Buffalo, but also might’ve suffered yet another season ending injury, as linebacker Adalius Thomas reportedly has a broken arm and will probably be lost for the season.
Chris Warner on Patriots Daily says that the last drive yesterday looked “old school” Patriots – and by “old school” he means 2004, not 1990.
Christopher L. Gasper has the Patriots winning one first place battle, with another on tap for Thursday night. Mark Farinella has the Patriots taking a business-like approach to victory. Karen Guregian has the Patriots taking the first of a three game set with the AFC East. Eric McHugh says that this game was a real grind for the Patriots. Dom Amore has the Patriots just overpowering the Bills at Gillette. Shalise Manza Young notes that the Patriots once again bounced back from a defeat with a win. David Brown calls this one the prettiest ugly win you’ll ever see. Andy Vogt describes it as methodical. Chris Kennedy notes that while the players were different the results were the same for the Patriots against the Bills.
Christopher Price works up his 10 Things We Learned Yesterday. Michael Felger says that how far the Patriots can go really boils down to two things. Lenny Megliola says that this one was an important win for the Patriots.
Bill Burt says that the Patriots might’ve found their post-Tom Brady franchise running back on the scrap heap in BenJarvus Green-Ellis. Jeff Jacobs has all you need to know about the undrafted free agent running back. Dan Shaughnessy says that in a season of surprises for the Patriots, the emergence of Green-Ellis ranks near the top. Lauren Carter looks at Green-Ellis getting his first 100-yard game in the NFL. Dan Ventura has Green-Ellis putting on a show against the Bills yesterday. Jim Donaldson has Green-Ellis keeping it simple. Jennifer Toland has the rookie making a name for himself.
Ron Borges has the Patriots defense smothering the Bills all day yesterday. Brian MacPherson has the Patriots defense once again bendable, but unbreakable. Farinella says that the Pats defense is becoming dominant. Price notes that New England played a near-perfect football game yesterday afternoon. Donaldson says that the Patriots defense confused Buffalo and QB Trent Edwards. Toland says that it was a fired-up defense for the Patriots yesterday.
Mike Reiss has the Patriots turning into clock-killers yesterday afternoon, with great success. Robert Lee looks at the “awesome” (Bill Belichick’s word) 19-play drive in the fourth quarter. Den Ventura looks at the mammoth march to close out the game.
Farinella has the Patriots talking about their quick turnaround this week before facing the Jets on Thursday night. Ben Swasey says that this was more convincing that the 20-10 score. Chris Forsberg has Matt Cassel again meeting the challenge and making improvements. Young has Cassel using his arm and his legs to make plays yesterday. Rob Bradford says that the Patriots are starting to answer the question of whether they can be contenders with Cassel at QB. Steve Buckley has Bill Belichick answering his critics.
Rich Thompson has Wes Welker setting an NFL record with his ninth straight game of six or more catches. McHugh has more on Wes Welker setting that fairly obscure record. Lee also reports on the NFL receiving record for Welker. Young says that the officials helped with at least one Welker catch.
Hector Longo says that Swampscott’s Dick Jauron showed us what poor coaching is all about yesterday. Michael Vega has turnovers doing in the Bills in this one. Steve Krause has Jauron not quick enough on the draw yesterday.
Gasper’s notebook has Randy Moss picking up a $20K fine for his fairly innocuous comments about the officials last Sunday night. Carter’s notebook has Wes Welker adding a record to his resume. Guregian’s notebook has more on Moss’ fine. McHugh’s notebook has Cassel getting his second career rushing touchdown. Amore’s notebook has the Patriots not too worried about the short week of preparation ahead. Garven’s notebook has the Patriots jumping into their preparation for the Jets. Vogt’s notebook looks at the fine game from Green-Ellis. Kennedy’s notebook has the Patriots defense limiting the Bills from start to finish.
Out of time this morning…the Celtics had a big win in Detroit last night, spoiling the home debut of Allen Iverson with the Pistons. Check the stories at CelticsLinks.com.