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Patriots 52, Bills 28: New England comes alive in second half to down Buffalo

Tom Brady and the New England Patriots opened the flood gates in the second half, scoring 45 points in the final thirty minutes en route to a 52-28 blowout victory over the Buffalo Bills on Sunday afternoon.

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Tom Brady named AFC Offensive POW

Tom Brady was named the AFC Offensive Player of the Week after lighting up the Buffalo Bills last Sunday.


Patriots to bring back LB Bobby Carpenter

The New England Patriots are bringing back linebacker Bobby Carpenter, who they cut on Sept. 2, reports Tom Curran and Mary Paoletti of Comcast SportsNet New England. The Patriots are bringing in Carpenter in case the hamstring injury rookie LB Dont'a Hightower suffered during New England's Week 4 win over the Buffalo Bills causes him to miss any time.

The Patriots selected Hightower with the 25th pick of the 2012 NFL Draft and he has started all four games this season, recording 17 tackles and one sack, as well as returning a fumble for a touchdown.

If Hightower is forced to miss time, New England is comfortable with Carpenter, who spent all of training camp and preseason with the Patriots. Carpenter was a first-round draft pick of the Dallas Cowboys in 2006, but never reached his potential. Carpenter failed to become a regular starter in his four years with the Cowboys and spent the last three seasons as a reserve with the Miami Dolphins and Detroit Lions.


Patriots use running game to beat Bills

The New England Patriots have earned a reputation of a team that throws the ball early and often with Tom Brady at the helm, but Sunday's game against the Bills incorporated the ground game like many have never seen before. For the first time in nearly three decades, the Patriots had two running backs with upwards of 100 yards on the ground.

SB Nation's Patriots blog, Pats Pulpit, took a look at a few things that stuck out during Week 4. Here is what they had to say about the performances from Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden, and what it could mean moving forward:

How awesome is this? Stevan Ridley (106 yards) and Brandon Bolden (137) ran for 100-plus yards in the same game.

You can't get much better than that.

New England's ground-attack was simply unstoppable Sunday afternoon as the team finished with 247 total rushing yards on 40 carries which averages out to an impressive 6.2 yards per-carry.

If New England can run the ball like this each and every week, then it will be impossible to stop this offense.

Among the other topics that stood out: Tom Brady looking like his old self, Wes Welker breaking out and Stephen Gostkowski's kicking concerns starting to mount. It was a big weekend for New England, and now they'll look to continue their winning ways against the Peyton Manning and the Broncos in Week 5.


Pats down Bills, 52-28

Despite being down 21-7 in the third quarter, the New England Patriots were able to recover and outscore the Buffalo Bills 45-7 the rest of the way to pick up a 52-28 win Sunday.

It would be the rushing attack of the Patriots that got the job done. Stevan Ridley and Brandon Bolden rushed for over 100 yards. After a slow start, Tom Brady recovered to throw for 340 yards and three touchdowns. His favorite targets were Wes Welker and Rob Gronkowski, who both ended the day with over 100 yards receiving.

This second-half assault from the Patriots, which wound up with 580 total yards on the afternoon, led to five unanswered touchdowns in the third and fourth quarters.

Buffalo cut the deficit to 42-28 with 6:39 to play, but it was too much for them to overcome.

Fantasy Studs/Duds:

The Patriots had a day rushing the ball that hadn't been seen in decades. Stevan Ridley rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries while Brandon Bolden added 137 yards on 16 carries with a touchdown. It was the first time since 1982 that the Pats had a pair of running backs over 100 yards. Wes Welker had a huge second half, ending the game with nine receptions for 129 yards.

As for the Bills, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick had 350 yards and four touchdowns, but hurt his value with four interceptions.

As for duds, those who put faith in the Buffalo rushing attack will be disappointed. Returning to the lineup, Fred Jackson was nearly non-existant, rushing for just 29 yards on 13 carries. C.J. Spiller also didn't do much, gaining 33 yards on eight carries.

Did they cover the spread?

The Patriots were favored by just 3.5 points, so they covered the spread easily.

Injury Update

The game did not feature many injuries, however the Patriots did lose LB Dont'a Hightower in the first quarter with a hamstring injury and he did not return to the game.

The Bills lost TE Scott Chandler and WR Donald Jones with head injuries, while rookie OL Cordy Glenn left the game with in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.

Looking ahead

Next week the Patriots will return home to take on the Denver Broncos for another Peyton Manning/Tom Brady showdown. The Buffalo Bills will head on the road to face the San Francisco 49ers.

This story originally appeared at SB Nation.

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Tom Brady removed from injury report

To the relief of all Patriots fans, Tom Brady was no longer listed on the Patriots injury report following Thursday's practice session. He was "limited" in Wednesday's practice session causing him to appear on the day's report. The full Patriots injury report is as follows:

Did Not Practice: WR Julian Edelman (hand) DT Justin Francis (ankle) TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle) G Logan Mankins (hip)

Limited Participation: DE Brandon Deaderick (ankle) CB Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring) OL Nick McDonald (shoulder) CB Sterling Moore (knee) RB Shane Vereen (foot) OT Sebastian Vollmer (back)

There were a trio of Bills in Thursday's practice session to take note of. The running back tandem of C.J. Spiller and Fred Jackson were both able to practice, and head coach Chan Gailey remains optimistic that he'll have one or both available on Sunday afternoon.

Cornerback/returner Leodis McKelvin was also able to return to practice for the Bills on Thursday. McKelvin sat out practice on Wednesday with a groin injury.

The 2-1 Bills will welcome the Patriots to Ralph Wilson Stadium on Sunday at 1 p.m. ET. The game will be televised on CBS.


Experts think the Pats will beat the Bills

The Patriots look to snap a two-game losing streak when they head to Buffalo on Sunday, and experts think they can pull out a road win.


Kellen Winslow asks for and receives release

Tight end Kellen Winslow asked for and has been granted his release from the New England Patriots on Thursday, a source has told ESPN's Adam Schefter. Last week, the Patriots signed the former Pro Bowl to a one-year deal as they were looking for a fill-in for the injured Aaron Hernandez.

Winslow participated in two practices and suited up for the Patriots Sunday night, playing just four offensive snaps in a 31-30 loss to the Baltimore Ravens. Winslow was not present during Tuesday's practice and did not speak to reporters.

According to Football Outsiders Brian McIntyre, Winslow earned $48,529 in his brief time in New England.

The release is Winslow's second in less than a month. On Sept. 1, the Seattle Seahawks cut the former Miami Hurricane because he didn't want to take a salary cut. The Seahawks acquired Winslow in a spring trade with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, a team he tallied 75 receptions for 763 receiving yards and two touchdowns for last season.

This story originally appeared on SBNation.com.


Brady limited in Wednesday's practice

Tom Brady was one of the names added to the New England Patriots' injury report on Wednesday after being limited in practice due to his right shoulder. The Patriots who did not participate at all in Wednesday's practice were defensive end Brandon Deaderick (ankle), wide receiver Julian Edelman (ankle), defensive tackle Justin Francis (ankle), guard Logan Mankins (hip), and tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle). This was the first practice Mankins has missed since coming off the PUP list in August.

Limited in practice on Wednesday were Brady, cornerback Alfonzo Dennard (hamstring), lineman Nick McDonald (shoulder), cornerback Sterling Moore (knee), tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), and running back Shane Vereen (foot). The Pats removed safety Patrick Chung, center Dan Connolly, tight end Daniel Fells, and wide receiver Brandon Lloyd from the team's injury report.

The Patriots next opponent, the Buffalo Bills had a far smaller injury report on Wednesday. The Bills were without running back C.J. Spiller (shoulder), wide receiver Ruvell Martin (ankle), and cornerback Leodis McKelvin (groin). Running back Fred Jackson was able to practice for the first time since injuring his knee in the Bills opener, but was limited.


Patriots look to get back to .500 against Bills

The New England Patriots fell to 1-2 after losing to the Baltimore Ravens in Week 3, their first time under .500 since they lost their 2003 season opener to the Buffalo Bills. The Patriots will play those same Buffalo Bills as they attempt to get back to .500 during Week 4 in Buffalo.

The Bills have won two straight and sit a game ahead of the Patriots at 2-1. Last season the Bills beat the Patriots in a 34-31 shootout when the two met in Buffalo. This is the first AFC East game for New England this season.

Here’s the full schedule for Week 4, all times Eastern.

Thursday, Sept. 27

Sunday, Sept. 30

Monday, Oct. 1

Check out SI.com for the full NFL schedule.
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