|Bill Belichick will be ready for some Monday night football when Bills play Seahawks: ‘It’s a unique situation’||11.07.16 at 9:36 am ET|
As an early-morning riser, Bill Belichick isn’t known to stay up late and watch football.
That’s especially the case as he can get much more out of the all-22 coaches’ film that is used primarily for strategy and game planning.
But Monday night’s game between Seattle and Buffalo on the West Coast is a little different. The Patriots will face the Seahawks next Sunday night at Gillette in their first game back from a bye and the first time since their epic meeting in Super Bowl XLIX.
The Seahawks will be traveling east on a short week. From a scouting standpoint, Belichick and his staff feel pretty caught up for the Seahawks, as they’ve watched all the game film through their seven games. As for the Bills, they are finished with them for the regular season.
Somewhat like a playoff game, Monday’s game provides the unique chance to watch a team he will be playing after a bye. This gives the coaching staff a chance to practice real-time decisions against their opponent and see how the game plays out.
“It will definitely be more beneficial to see the coaches’ copy on it, but this is kind of a unique situation,” Belichick said. “We’re pretty far ahead on Seattle. We’ve had a chance to work on them all week. We’ve done all their games up through the Saints game, so there’s no more to do, and there won’t be any more to do until Monday night. I think Monday night will be a good opportunity to kind of take a look at the game against Buffalo with a little bit of a blank slate. Buffalo is a team that we know well from just having played against them and being a division team, so I think when we see what Seattle is doing, we’ll be able to figure out why they’re doing what they’re doing against Buffalo, what they perceive as an area to attack or what type of game plan to utilize.
“I think it will be interesting to watch it in reverse – to watch Buffalo, a team that we know well, attack Seattle. We’re a different team than Buffalo, but still, there are certain things that carry over so we’ll be able to watch how they attack Seattle and kind of do it on a timely basis as opposed to going back and looking at it after the fact. We’ll sort of watch it unfold and picture plays or situations, plays and calls that we’ve talked about making in certain situations, and then when those situations come up, see how it would hypothetically match up against Seattle, as a I said, on kind of a timely basis, rather than when the game’s over and you already know what happened. This is a little bit of a different chance to do it. As I said, I think that makes it a little bit interesting, so yes, we’ll watch the game.”
|Julian Edelman says Tom Brady proves again he is ‘one tough SOB’||10.30.16 at 7:11 pm ET|
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — The Bills tried throwing everything at Tom Brady Sunday.
The Patriots quarterback took some serious hits during a 41-25 win over the Bills.
Kyle Williams got to Brady the most, drilling him three times, including a sack while rookie first-round pick Shaq Lawson hit him twice and picked up his first career sack.
But one of the true great signs of greatness with Brady has been his ability to come back from a big hit and deliver a big play down the field.
That’s exactly what he did in the first quarter. Brady completed a 47-yard pass to Julian Edelman down to the Bills 1 and took a hellacious hit near midfield. Making matters worse, right tackle Marcus Cannon strayed too far down field and was called for a five-yard penalty to wipe it out.
No problem. Brady dropped back and threw a perfect, high-arching pass to a streaking Chris Hogan down the left sideline. Hogan had Stephon Gilmore beat so badly that he looked back at safety Jonathan Meeks, wondering what happened.
“It’s second-to-none,” Hogan said of Brady’s toughness. “He’s a competitor. He’s going to be out there, no matter what. I don’t think he wants to take those tough hits. But if he does, he’s going to come back like it was nothing and he’s going to make those type of plays for us.”
“I’ve seen it for years. The guy is a tough SOB,” Edelman raved afterward. “It’s a pleasure to get to play with a guy like him. He’s tough. He’s tough. He’s not the best for no reason.”
Added Bill Belichick, “Tom is a tough player. We’ve seen that since Day 1 and that’s never been an issue. Mentally and physically, he’s as tough as they come.”
|Mike Petraglia, Chris Price recap Tom Brady’s 4 TD, Rob Gronkowski’s 69th, sex toy on the field||at 6:19 pm ET|
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Where to begin? Tom Brady throws for four touchdown passes, Rob Gronkowski catches his 69th touchdown and a sex toy winds up on the field. Just another Patriots win in Buffalo over the Bills, 41-25. Mike Petraglia and Chris Price have your recap inside New Era Field.
|Snap Judgments: Tom Brady throws 4 TDs, Rob Gronkowski scores 69th, Patriots roll Bills||at 3:59 pm ET|
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — So much for Tom Brady ignoring his wide receivers.
Brady threw four touchdown passes Sunday, including one each to wideouts Danny Amendola, Chris Hogan and Julian Edelman and Rob Gronkowski set a new franchise record with his 69th touchdown as the Patriots avenged their only loss with a 41-25 romp over the Bills at New Era Field.
Brady finished 22-of-33 for 315 yards and four touchdowns. In four games this season, Brady has 12 touchdowns and no interceptions. Gronkowski had five catches on seven targets for 109 yards.
There was no pregame drama between the teams in warmups and there was little in the game once it began.
The Patriots (7-1) all but clinched the AFC East with the win while the Bills (4-4) lost their second straight.
The Bills had their chance to establish momentum early in this game and with a couple of big runs on the opening drive from Mike Gillislee (filling in for LeSean McCoy), they were doing just that. Then a dump pass to fullback Jerome Felton got the Bills down to the Patriots 6.
But the Bills and Tyrod Taylor stalled there and they had to settle for a 23-yard field goal from Dan Carpenter.
Once Tom Brady got a hold of the ball, there was no looking back. The Patriots marched down the field, going 65 yards in 14 plays, capped off by a nine-yard pass on third-and-goal to Danny Amendola. It was Brady’s first touchdown pass this season to a wide receiver.
Brady was brilliant on third down, converting all four chances by spreading the ball around.
The next time the Patriots got the ball, Brady needed just three plays to go 55 yards. Brady took a huge hit but connected to a wide open Julian Edelman down the middle to the Bills 1. But just as was the case on Oct. 2 when Jacoby Brissett connected with Edelman for a 90-yard pitch and catch to the Buffalo 1 on the first play, this play was called back when right tackle Marcus Cannon was called for being downfield illegally.
Tom Brady is now 26-3 against the Bills as a starter.
But that hardly phased Brady. On the next play, Brady dropped back on third-and-13 from the Patriots 47 and found an open Chris Hogan streaking down the left sideline. The high-arching pass fell right into Hogan’s arms for a 53-yard touchdown for the second Brady TD strike to a receiver this season and the second of the game for a 14-3 Patriots’ lead.
|Jonathan Kraft insists he didn’t have a heated exchange with Jerry Jones: ‘I would not walk out’||at 12:53 pm ET|
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Jonathan Kraft is shooting down any speculation that he and Cowboys owner Jerry Jones have a feud going on.
Last week, Jason La Canfora of CBS Sports reported that the Patriots team president stormed out of an owners meeting after a loud disagreement over the league’s social media policy.
“We didn’t have a heated exchange,” Kraft told the team’s pregame radio show. “It was more to try to get to the definition. It’s not a heated exchange and I didn’t storm out. My son had a high school football game that I was trying to get to.”
“I would not walk out. That’s OK. He didn’t have all the facts right,” Kraft said of the La Canfora report. “Jerry was just trying to get [clarification]. Jerry was saying, ‘If I want to stream a practice I should.’ And the policy allows him to do that. I definitely didn’t storm out. I wanted to get to a high school football game. The league should probably publish what [policy] is.
Kraft insisted that the heart of the issue and the reason for the restrictions is to make sure teams aren’t taking NFL-licensed footage and “cannibalizing” for their own benefit.
“The rest of the policy has completely opened up,” Kraft added. “In the discussion, we were talking about ways it could be enhanced.”
As for the weather from the field in Buffalo, where he was speaking from, Kraft said it was typical weather for Western New York.
“It’s good Tom Brady weather,” Kraft said. “It’s classic Buffalo. Totally gray.”
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ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Martellus Bennett will be active and on the field today against the Bills.
The Patriots inactives are offensive lineman LaAdrian Waddle, defensive lineman Woodrow Hamilton, Cyrus Jones, receiver Malcolm Mitchell, running back D.J. Foster, linebacker Kyle Van Noy and running back Tyler Gaffney.
For Cyrus Jones, he is missing his third straight game as a healthy scratch.
For the Bills, LeSean McCoy, Buffalo’s best feature back, will miss the game with a hamstring injury that he re-aggravated last week in Miami. McCoy caught six passes for 38 yards and a touchdown in Buffalo’s win Oct. 2. He also ran for 70 yards on 19 carries.
|Scene-setting from Western New York: Rain, wind in forecast for Patriots-Bills, Martellus Bennett expected to play||at 10:50 am ET|
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Weather could play a factor in the much-anticipated rematch between the Patriots and Bills at New Era Field (formerly Ralph Wilson Stadium, Rich Stadium) in Western New York.
The forecast is calling for temperatures in the low 50s for the 1 p.m. kickoff with an 85 percent chance of light rain throughout the game. The temperature will fall into the upper 40s by the end of the game.
The wind will be out of the north at 8-10 MPH.
The Patriots will need to win on hostile turf to avoid being swept in the division for the first time since the Bills turned the trick in 2000.
On the injury front, Martellus Bennett and Julian Edelman are expected to play in the game despite nagging injuries. Bennett left practice early Friday and did not participate. He left the Patriots locker room Friday wearing a white plastic brace on his right ankle, initially injured against the Browns on Oct. 9.
Adam Schefter reports that Bennett is expected to suit up and play. Also expected to play is Edelman, who has been questionable the last several weeks with a foot issue.
The biggest storyline leading up to the game figures to be warmups. The last time the Bills and Patriots played, Jacoby Brissett was shoved by Bills safety Robert Blanton in warmups when Blanton and the Bills felt Brissett veered too close to them in warmups.
The Bills vowed similar retaliation this week if there was a repeat. The Patriots took the unusual measure of traveling Brissett to Buffalo. Brissett is on injured reserve after surgery on his right thumb.
Tom Brady was finishing his four-game suspension the last time the two teams played on Oct. 2. Brady has thrown eight touchdowns without an interceptions in his three games back on the field.
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