FOXBOROUGH -- Coming off the bye week, the Patriots are historically good. They're 9-3 under the tutelage of Bill Belichick following the bye.
Against the Buffalo Bills, the Patriots are amazingly good. They're 10-0 at Gillette Stadium and have won 22 of their last 25 games, dating to 2000. Belichick sports a 22-4 record against the Bills; He's 22-3 against Buffalo with the Patriots.
The Patriots beat the Bills 52-28 in Week 4 after going down 21-7 midway through the third quarter. In that game, Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and three touchdowns while linebacker Brandon Spikes forced two crucial fumbles.
The Patriots will again be without tight end Aaron Hernandez, according to reports from the NFL Network and ESPN. Hernandez has been nursing the same ankle he injured in Week 2 against the Arizona Cardinals.
This game will give the Patriots the opportunity to extend their lead in the AFC East. The Patriots are currently 2-0 against division opponents. They're 27-7 against the AFC East in the month of November.
Here are the details for today's game:
Kickoff: 1 p.m.
Records: Patriots 5-3; Bills 3-5.
TV/Radio info: CBS (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts); 98.5-FM The Sports Hub (Gil Santos, Scott Zolak).
Projected starting lineups:
Based on information distributed to the media, practice observations, and injuries for each team.
Patriots offense: WR Wes Welker, LT Nate Solder, LG Logan Mankins, C Ryan Wendell, RG Dan Connolly, RT Sebastian Vollmer, TE Rob Gronkowski, WR Brandon Lloyd, QB Tom Brady, RB Stevan Ridley, TE Daniel Fells.
Patriots defense: NT Vince Wilfork DT Kyle Love, RDE Chandler Jones, DE Rob Ninkovich, LB Dont'a Hightower, LB Jerod Mayo, LB Brandon Spikes, CB Devin McCourty, CB Kyle Arrington, S Patrick Chung, S Steve Gregory.
Bills offense: WR Stevie Johnson, LT Cordy Glenn, LG Andy Levitre, C Eric Wood, RG Kraig Urbik, RT Chris Hairston, TE Scott Chandler, QB Ryan Fitzpatrick, RB Fred Jackson, FB Corey McIntyre, WR Donald Jones.
Bills defense: LDE Mario Williams, DT Marcell Dareus, DT Kyle Williams, RDE Chris Kelsay, SLB Nigel Bradham, MLB Kevin Sheppard, WLB Nick Barnett, LCB Leodis McKelvin, SS George Wilson, FS Jairus Byrd, RCB Stephon Gilmore.
(more to come)
Patriots: Trevor Scott (hamstring), Tracy White (foot).
Bills: Mark Anderson (knee), Terrence McGee (knee), Erik Pears (hip), Aaron Williams (knee).