Bill Belichick asked about positives from the game.
As you reviewed the film today, is there one thing that you came out of this game and said, 'That was something we did really well'? BB:I think there were a number of things we did well. As I said, one of the things we didn't do well is do them consistently. There are times we ran the ball well. There were times where we converted third downs, scored in the red area offensively; not in the third quarter, but in the first half we did.
Defensively, we had a couple stops in the red area, but not in the end of the game. Our short-yardage defense, that could have been better, but overall third-down defense was good. I think individually, along the line, like our vice on the punt return, I thought those guys did a good job. Not that our punt return stats were out of this world, but the vice on the perimeter guys was good. I wouldn't say either team had a great day punting the ball, backed up. There's some good plus-50 punts, but it wasn't a great punting day for either team on the long field. I think some of the positives there weren't consistent and then there were some good individual performances. Mike Wright had a tremendous game, about as good as a defensive lineman can play really. I mean all the things he did in the running game, passing game, pursued. He played a couple different positions. He played left end. He played nose. He actually had some snaps in sub. So individually there were some great things along the way, too.
Pats didn't blow out the Bills, but style points don't matter this time of year.says the
It wasn't a blowout, but it doesn't matter how you get it at this time of the year. Just win. The big thing now is that the Patriots have positioned themselves well for winning the AFC East, and that's all they should care about. Having a two-game lead gives them a little bit of breathing room. The mindset now can be something along the lines of "If we beat Jacksonville, we have a bye the next week at Houston." Instead of going into the final week of the season needing a win to solidify a playoff spot, they have a chance to have that Week 17 "bye" in which they can rest some of their players at Houston and prepare for a first-round playoff game at home.
- Erik Scalavino reports Rookie DL Ron Brace discusses his fill-in role against Buffalo. Plus, news and notes from the Patriots' Monday locker room.
- Monday Presser: Bill Belichick (19:36 min.) Plus Transcript.
- WEEI Patriots Monday: Tom Brady (23:30), Chris Baker (10:45), Sammy Morris (14:57), Bill Belichick (34:20).
- Patriots Today: Road win in Buffalo, Recap and analysis. (11:51 min. video)
- Patriots Locker Room Quotes from Monday at Gillette.
- Adam Kilgore reports Bill Belichick singled out Mike Wright to heap his praise on "Mike Wright had a tremendous game,’’ Belichick said. "About as good as a defensive lineman can play, really.’’
- Ian Rapoport reports it was heartening to see the secondary and the D-Line come together. "You become a real good secondary when you have pressure," said veteran cornerback Shawn Springs, who helped hold Bills receiver Terrell Owens to two catches for 20 yards. "It makes a huge difference."
- Ian Rapoport notes it was good for the team to get a legitimate win on the road.
- Jeff Howe comments on Mike Wright stepping up big time to fill the huge defensive void left by Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren.
- Monique Walker notes Belichick was asked on WEEI about his reported (from NESN) apology to the team for sending four players home from practice two weeks ago. BB's response: someone should "check the sources on that."
- Robert Lee looks at the Patriots' under-performing passing game and wonders if Brady's injuries have anything to do with that. Nah, Brady must be dogging it.
- Steve Buckley asserts that Randy Moss was needlessly and in some cases over zealously beat up last week, to the point that he was a sympathetic figure by Sunday’s kickoff.
- Mike Reiss tells us which players were awarded game balls from the Patriots' 17-10 win over the Bills.
- Mike Reiss looks at the snaps played by Patriots defenders Sunday. Bodden, Mayo and Meriweather played all 60 snaps.
- Mike Reiss looks at the positional groupings utilized by the Patriots in their 17-10 win over the Bills.
- Tony "Glum" Massarotti whines that if and when the Patriots do qualify for the playoffs, that hope is almost entirely contingent upon the interest of Randy Moss and Tom Brady being a far better and healthier QB than he has been for much of the last month.
- Steve DeOssie says "thank goodness the AFC East sucks" and issues his Week 15 Report Card.
- Ron Borges was stingier than Scrooge in his week 15 Report Card, eking out tiny bits of praise enveloped with heaping portions of sarcasm. The Borges Special.
- Boston Herald Patriots Notebook: Mike Wright earns high praise from Bill Belichick; Ron Brace did a solid job filling in for Vince Wilfork after getting pushed around a bit on the first drive; Tom Brady said Charlie Weis is still mulling his options for next year.
- Vic Ketchman (Jaguars.com) How close are the Jags?
- Michael Lombardi (Nat'l Football Post) The Monday Tavern: does Childress have a double standard when it comes to Favre? More from Week 15.
- ESPN Video - Michael Holley and Skip Bayless on Randy Moss' post game comments to the media. (2:21 min.)
- ESPN Video - New England Patriots receiver Wes Welker, the NFL's leading target, sits down with ESPN's Chris Berman to discuss how the does what he does. (2:27 min.)
- Seah Leahy (USA Today) Rex Ryan learns Jets still alive for playoff race, discovers he's a Patriots fan.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) A look at the AFC and NFC landscape if the playoffs started today.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Explaining (or trying to) AFC standings.
- Judy Battista (NY Times) Troubling detours on the way to the playoffs.
- JJ Cooper (NFL Fanhouse) Predicting the playoffs: AFC race is all scrambled up.
- Fox Sports NFL Playoff Picture: If season ended today.SI.com Messy playoff picture with six AFC teams at 7-7.
- Michael Lombardi (NFL.com) Cowboys suddenly have reason for hope in December.
- Jack Bechta (Nat'l Football Post) Owners will embrace uncapped year.
- Tim Graham (ESPN) Jets O 'embarrassing, irritating, frustrating'