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What to watch for as the Patriots take on the Bills

Posted by Zuri Berry, Boston.com Staff  November 11, 2012 11:06 AM

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FOXBOROUGH -- The Patriots are honoring retired running back Kevin Faulk and saluting veterans during today's game against the Buffalo Bills.

Faulk, who closed a 13-year career this season, will be recognized at halftime. It's "Salute to Service" day in the NFL, where veterans and active duty military will be recognized across the NFL.

For today's game, a number of Patriots will be coming upon milestones. Here's a look at what's on the horizon statistically.

1) Double the Fouts -- Tom Brady has 50 career 300-yard passing games and needs one more to tie Dan Fouts for sixth place all-time in the NFL. If you haven't noticed, Fouts is also the color man for today's CBS broadcast.

2) Thought to be uncatchable -- Wes Welker needs one more 10-plus reception game to tie Jerry Rice for most 10-plus reception games in NFL history with 17. Welker has two 10-plus reception games this season. He's tied for second place with Marvin Harrison. Welker is on pace for 120 receptions this season, making him the first NFL receiver with five 100-plus catch seasons.

3) Winning rushing attack -- The Patriots are 4-0 when Stevan Ridley has rushed for 100 yards or more and are 1-3 when he doesn't. Last time the team faced the Bills, he gained 106 yards on 22 carries while backup Brandon Bolden (suspended for PED use) rushed for 137 yards on 16 carries in the same game.

News, analysis and commentary from Boston.com's staff writers and contributors, including Zuri Berry and Erik Frenz.

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