By: Ian Logue
(Video Report from the local Channel 7 affiliate out of Buffalo on Sunday’s AFC East showdown.)
Here are some of the top stories out of Buffalo this morning from their perspective:
Jerry Sullivan of BuffaloNews.com writes that the stakes rise when the Bills play New England, and their 2-0 start has garnered a lot of attention there in Buffalo.
Bills coach Chan Gaily said yesterday that the current 15 game losing streak against the Patriots is irrelevant to Sunday’s game against New England.
One guy to watch for Sunday sounds to be receiver Naaman Roosevelt, who according to Mark Gaughman of the Buffalo News is looking forward to contributing now that he’s back on the 53 man roster.
Gaughman also writes that this team is ready to turn the page against a tough Patriots team on Sunday after New England dominated them in the running game last year and amassed 200+ yards over their two meetings.
Sal Maiorana of the Democrat and Chronicle writes that the Bills need to break whatever spell Tom Brady seems to have over teams these days.
WBKW out of Buffalo has an article this morning on the fact that the Bills will be featured on Versus on an upcoming episode of “NFL Turning Point”, which will look at the game from the perspective of Ryan Fitzpatrick, who was apparently wired for sound during Sunday’s win over Oakland. The special airs tonight at 9pm, with an encore at 10pm. That probably won’t get much attention here in New England, since part two of “A Football Life” – the documentary on Bill Belichick – airs tonight at the same time slot on NFL Network.
For those who are interested, you can watch Fitzpatrick’s complete press conference from yesterday at the Bills site via this link.
The Associated Press has an article on Bills runningback Fred Jackson, who is “annoyed” with his current contract situation but claims he won’t let it affect his play on the field.
The Campus Times out of Rochester New York writes that for Bills fans, it’s “next year” every year, and that the playoffs “are nothing but a pipe dream” for Buffalo.
Jennifer Gish has an article on the fact Bills fans ‘need to keep it real’ after getting all fired up thanks to the team’s 2-0 start.
WIVB out of Buffalo has an article on the fact that the Bills hope to snap their 15 game losing streak to the Patriots this weekend, with defensive end Kyle Williams saying that regardless of the outcome, they’re going to give them ‘hell’ on Sunday.
Chris Brown of BuffaloBills.com writes that the Bills pass defense – which allowed Raiders quarterback Jason Campbell to complete 70% of his passes Sunday – will be looking to rebound against a tough Patriots offense this week.
Brown also writes that Bills receiver Stevie Johnson, who has been dealing with a nagging groin injury, insists that he’ll play Sunday against the Patriots. WHEC reported that Johnson missed practice yesterday, but said he’s feeling better and that it’s responding to treatment.
And finally, the Buffalo News has a list of the longest losing streaks between two teams, and should New England beat the Bills again this weekend, it will tie them for 3rd all time with 16 – which matches the one held by Washington’s dominance over the Lions that lasted from 1968 to 1997.