Tom Brady and the New England Patriots (5-3) get back to work after the bye week with an AFC East matchup against the Buffalo Bills (3-5) at 1:00 p.m. ET on Sunday afternoon at Gillette Stadium in Foxboro, MA (CBS/98.5 FM).
New England entered the bye last week with a 5-3 record, good enough for first place in the division. The Pats had plenty of bumps in the road through eight games, but entered the off week in style with a 45-6 rout of the St. Louis Rams.
Brady has been up to his usual tricks, amassing 2,408 passing yards and 16 touchdowns while completing 209-of-320 passes thus far. The offense has still revolved around Brady and his top two receivers, Wes Welker (60 catches, 736 yards, 2 TD) and Rob Gronkowski (43 catches, 580 yards, 7 TD), but a productive running game has been a welcome addition, with second-year back Stevan Ridley (716 rushing yards, 5 TD) leading a four-headed rushing attack.
Buffalo is riding a two-game losing streak into Sunday's game. Ryan Fitzpatrick (158-for-256, 1,674, 15 TD) and C.J. Spiller (78 carries, 562 yards, 4 TD) have been at the head of the Bills' offense, with wide out Stevie Johnson not far behind with 35 catches for 416 yards and four scores. Last week, Buffalo fell short against the Houston Texans, 21-9.
New England and Buffalo have met once already this season, with the Patriots taking a dominant 52-28 win on Sept. 30. After struggling through much of the first half, the Patriots lit up the scoreboard for 14 points in the third quarter and 31 more in the fourth behind a 340-yard, three touchdown day from Brady.
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