Setting the scene: Patriots-Bills
|11.11.12 at 10:55 am ET|
FOXBORO — It will be unseasonably warm and comfortable at Gillette today as the Patriots and Bills meet for the second time in 2012. Temperatures in the mid-60s and mostly sunny skies are expected for the Veterans Day matchup.
There will be a military fly-over and a large American flag covering the field during the national anthem as service men and women are honored.
The Patriots will be without tight end Aaron Hernandez, who is again sitting out due to an ailing right ankle, initially injured against the Cardinals on Sept. 16. Hernandez missed three games and returned for games against Seattle and the Jets. His ankle, which is limiting his ability to cut on routes, flared up and kept him out of the Rams game in London. Today will be the second straight game he will be inactive.
Today could mark the debut of tight end Visanthe Shiancoe, who was activated off injured reserve on Saturday, taking the roster spot of Brandon Bolden, who was suspended Friday for four games for a violation of the NFL performance enhancing drug policy.
One thing always seems to be certain when the Patriots play the Bills, wild momentum swings at the beginning and ends of games.
And more often than not, it’s the Patriots who come out on the winning end.
On Sept. 23 in Buffalo, the Bills raced out to a 21-7 lead in the third quarter, only to have the Patriots run off 38 straight points en route to a 52-28 win.
Last year, it was the Patriots who shot out to a 21-0 lead, only to lose 34-31 on a last-second field goal in Buffalo. Then, on the final week of the season last year, it was the Bills who jumped out 21-0 only to see the Patriots run off 49 unanswered in a season-ending win.
The Patriots are 10-0 lifetime against the Bills at Gillette Stadium and have won two straight in the series since having their 13-game winning streak snapped against Buffalo in Sept. 2011.
Bill Belichick is 9-3 after the bye week, with six of those wins coming against the Bills in the last 10 seasons.