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New England Patriots Links 12/26/13 - Belichick, Brady Not Taking Bills Lightly

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New England Patriots Daily News and Links for 12/26/13

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  • Mike Petraglia explains why Belichick isn't taking the 6-9 Buffalo Bills lightly.
  • Mark Daniels sees the Bills run game presenting problems for the Patriots.
  • Field Yates helps us get reacquainted with the Bills and how they've changed from Week 1.
  • Mike Reiss reports Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts will call Sunday's game in Foxborough.
  • Glen Farley notes that with a win on Sunday, the Patriots will earn a top two seed in the AFC and a bye on wild-card weekend.
  • Karen Guregian says when you look at the Demps for Blount deal now, it sure seems Belichick picked Greg Schiano's pocket.
  • Ben Volin writes Bill Belichick's key to success is to never be satisfied.
  • Field Yates reports Michael Hoomanawanui is set to cash in on the incentive in his restructured contract.
  • Mary Paoletti notes Andre Carter appreciates the blessing of having a long career.
  • Rich Garven notes Andre Carter kept his body ready after being released by the Raiders, and has played in all eight games since arriving in New England.
  • Jeff Howe reports Nate Solder (concussion) is waiting for the OK as to whether he will be able to play on Sunday.
  • Glen Farley admits he had the "resiliency gives way to reality" piece written in his head before the Pats' 41-7 drubbing of the Ravens, but this team continues to defy logic.
  • Tom E. Curran reminds John Harbaugh that the Patriots were able to beat the Broncos the Sunday after their Monday night game in North Carolina.
  • Field Yates lists the Patriots players who will make their playoff debut.
  • Mike Reiss answers his weekly reader mailbag: Mailbag is full of holiday cheer.
  • Christopher Price tells us which Pats defenders have done the best job of getting after the QB so far this year.
  • Mike Reiss catches us up with former Patriots and how they're doing with their new teams.
  • Karen Guregian Patriots Notebook: Patriots O-line will once more be put to the test, this time against the Bills' league sack leaders; Tom Brady vows the team won't lose focus due to the short week because of the Christmas break; Belichick said his defense has put a lot of work into defending the deep ball; the team held a walkthrough practice on Tuesday so they could have Wednesday off.
  • Field Yates Tuesday Practice Notes: Devin McCourty and Josh Boyce were not spotted at the team's walkthrough; Shand Vereen (groin) and Steve Gregory (undisclosed) were present, as were Nate Solder (concussion) and Kenbrell Thompkins (hip); LeGarrette Blount was still wearing his AFC East Champions hat.