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Not the same Patriots

Posted by Chris Brown on September 21, 2010 – 1:56 pm

Many fans think following up a road loss at Green Bay with a road date at New England is not the best recipe for success. You can understand why Bills fans are concerned knowing Buffalo has not won up there since Gillette Stadium opened in 2001. But this is not the same Patriots team that has treated the Bills like a kid brother in the past.

Starting DE Ty Warren and starting CB Leigh Bodden are out for the year with injuries. Richard Seymour is in Oakland, Jarvis Green is in KC, so the former defensive front that consisted of all first round picks has just Vince Wilfork remaining.

They’ve got a pair of first-year starters in second-year CB Darius Butler and rookie Devin McCourty on the outside. And no dominant pass rusher to speak of, though Jerod Mayo is a force in the middle.

Their offensive line is still without holdout Logan Mankins and there’s been other shuffling up front. They traded away Laurence Maroney and now Kevin Faulk, injured last week, is not expected to be in the lineup.

I’m not saying the Patriots are ripe for the picking. They’re still a quality football club, but I do think the Bills should be able to do a few more things in terms of approach than they could in the past.


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