With a losing record for the first time since 2003, Tom Brady and the New England Patriots turn their attention to AFC East foes, the Buffalo Bills. That 2003 season began with a memorable 31-0 embarrassment at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Buffalo.
However, those Patriots responded emphatically with a 14-2 campaign and brought home the Lombardi Trophy. The Patriots enter their first divisional matchup this week hoping to rekindle that same old Belichick-Brady magic.
The Bills have not fared well against Bill Belichick's team since that famous shutout victory. In fact, New England has defeated the Bills 16 times in their last 17 tries. But recall, an upstart Bills team shocked the heavily favored Patriots last September, winning 34-31.
The 2012 Patriots came flying out of the gates, winning easily against Mike Munchak's rebuilding Tennessee Titans, before regressing against Arizona and Baltimore. Week 2 and Week 3 both ended in heartbreaking fashion with the Patriots losing both games by a combined total of three points. With key receivers Aaron Hernandez (ankle) and Julian Edelman (hand) likely to be unavailable, the Patriots face an unfamiliar challenge in Week 4.
The following are a few keys necessary to the Patriots hitting their usual stride: