Updated score: Bills 34, Patriots 31
Join us today as we react to the key moments and developments of the New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills game today, a key AFC East showdown of unbeaten teams in Week 3 of the 2011 season. Tom Brady, the Patriots' star quarterback, has owned the Bills throughout his career. He has a 17-1 career mark against Buffalo, and has thrown 39 touchdowns to only 12 interceptions against the Bills.
The Patriots are coming into this game very banged up. As of 11:30 am, the following players have been ruled out today for New England: defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth, offensive tackle Sebastian Vollmer, defensive end Mike Wright, tight end Aaron Hernandez and safety Patrick Chung. Not only that, but the Patriots placed center Dan Koppen and defensive tackle Myron Pryor on IR this week. The Patriots also released Dan Gronkowski, the older brother of tight end supreme Rob Gronkowski.
There are other Patriots that are questionable for the game, and if they do suit up, they will be playing hurt. They are cornerback Ras-I Dowling (hip), linebacker Gary Guyton (hamstring), linebacker Jerod Mayo (thigh), punter Zoltan Mesko (knee), wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring) and center Ryan Wendell (calf). Cornerback Kyle Arrington (concussion) and cornerback Leigh Bodden (hand) are probable.
Considering how many players are either out or hurt, you have to wonder how effective the entire team can play today. It is up to the Bills to exploit whichever guys are not able to play at their best and take advantage of mismatches.
The Bills are not alone on the injury front. The Bills have three starters out, as cornerback Terrence McGee (hamstring), guard Kraig Urbik (knee) and wide receiver Roscoe Parrish (ankle) are not playing. Parrish went on IR this week. The Bills have three players listed as probable: defensive tackle Torell Troup (back), defensive end Spencer Johnson and wide receiver Steve Johnson (groin).
Then, we have the matter of the 15-game win streak that the Patriots maintain over the Bills. Most of the Bills weren't around for the majority of these games, but you know that they would like nothing better than to beat New England and take a step forward as a serious contender in the NFL.
For my preview of today's game, here is an article I wrote earlier in the week, complete with the keys to the game and my prediction.