Game notes: Patriots vs. Bills


Game notes: Patriots vs. Bills

A quick look at the information you need to know about today's Patriots-Bills game:

TEAM RECORDS: Patriots 3-0, Bills 1-2



TV ANNOUNCERS: Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts and Evan Washburn


NATIONAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Larry Kahn, Mark Carrier and Troy West

LOCAL RADIO NETWORK: Anchored by WBZ-FM (98.5 The Sports Hub)

LOCAL RADIO ANNOUNCERS: Bob Socci and Scott Zolak


LAST MEETING: Patriots 20, Bills 13 on Nov. 23, 2015 at Gillette Stadium

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-- The Patriots were 3-0 in September, their 22nd undefeated month (not counting January or February) since 2000. That is the most undefeated months of any NFL team in that time span; the Colts are second with 15.

-- The Patriots are 49-16 (.754) in October since 2000, the best record in the NFL, and are 29-4 (.878) in October home games in that time span.

-- The Patriots are 13-1 against the Bills all-time at Gillette Stadium.

-- The Patriots' 69 victories over the Bills are the most they've recorded over any opponent. The second-highest total is 59, over the Jets.

-- The Patriots are 72-21 (.774) against AFC East teams since 2001, the best intradivision record in the NFL over that time span.

-- The Patriots' 27-0 victory over the Texans last Thursday night with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback raised the record of QBs making their first NFL start with Bill Belichick as coach to 6-0. The others were Todd Philcox of the Browns (28-16 win at Los Angeles Rams on Sept. 20, 1993), Eric Zeier of the Browns (29-26 win at Cincinnati on Oct. 29, 1995), Tom Brady of the Patriots (44-13 over the Colts at Foxboro Stadium on Sept. 30, 2001), Matt Cassel of the Patriots (19-10 at New York Jets on Sept. 14, 2008) and Jimmy Garoppolo of the Patriots (23-21 at Arizona on Sept. 11, 2016).

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-- Bill Belichick now has 226 regular-season career wins as a head coach and is tied with Curly Lambeau for fourth place on the all-time NFL list. One more victory moves him into sole possession of fourth place, with Tom Landry (250) ahead of him in third. The coach with the most regular-season wins is Don Shula (328), followed by George Halas (318).

-- Rob Gronkowski has 66 overall touchdowns and needs two to tie Stanley Morgan (68) for the franchise record.

-- Gronkowski has 65 receiving touchdowns and needs two to tie Morgan (67) for the franchise record.

-- Gronkowski has 5,555 receiving yards and needs 171 to tie Irving Fryar for fourth place on the franchise's all-time receiving yardage list.

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots RB Danny Woodhead announces retirement

Former Patriots running back Danny Woodhead has announced his retirement after 10 years in the NFL.

The 33-year-old took to Instagram to make it official.

10 years! Wow, God had crazy plans for a small little kid from North Platte, NE! It’s been a wild ride and feel so blessed He allowed me to do what I loved for so long. But now it’s time to say goodbye to the game I love. First, I want to thank my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ! Without Him my career wouldn’t have been possible. He blessed me with the gifts and He paved the way. All I had to do was follow His plans for my life, and His plans were crazy awesome! Next, I want to thank my wife who has been by my side since freshman year of high school. She has been a rock through all the ups and downs. Sis, Willy, Mae Mae, and Hopie your daddy is going to be home a ton more and I can’t wait! Thanks to my Dad and Mom for always supporting me and showing me that God is first, then everything else will fall into place. Ben, Joel, and Anna thanks for preparing me for the NFL in our backyard games growing up. The dreaded in-laws Steve and Suzie for always being there for me. Chris Gittings (agent) you’re the best and thankful your my brother/uncle! Thank you Jets, Patriots, Chargers, and Ravens! Thanks to all my head coaches (Bob Zohner, Brad Smith, Bill O’Boyle, Eric Mangini, Rex Ryan, Bill Belichick, Mike McCoy, and John Harbaugh) who believed in me! To my rbs coaches (coach skiles, coach reiners, Jimmy Raye, A Lynn, Ivan, Ollie, Ridge, and Thomas) thanks for putting up with me. Thanks to all my teammates from high school till now. Without you guys I never would’ve become who I was as a player. To all my olinemen, you guys deserve the credit for anything that I received credit for. I thank you for helping make my career. To all the trainers, team docs, strength coaches, chiropractors, massage therapists, physical therapists, body gurus thanks for making sure I was on the field. To all the people who made my life easier at the facility (ops, pr, equipment staff, cafe workers, custodians) thanks and your work doesn’t go unnoticed. And how could i forget all my fans?! You’re the best and have always felt the love and support! I’m sure I’ve forgotten a few but know that I’m thankful for everything everyone has done on my journey.

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Thursday, it was reported the Patriots reached out to Woodhead for a possible reunion. 

The last two seasons have been challenging for him, as he dealt with season-ending injuries in both 2016 with the Chargers and 2017 with the Ravens.

Woodhead finishes his career with 2,238 yards rushing, 2,698 yards receiving, 15 rushing touchdowns and 17 receiving touchdowns.


NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

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NBC Sports Boston Breakfast Pod: C's win despite injuries, Pats make additions

1:20 - Despite throwing a depleted roster out there, the Celtics were able to get back in the win column vs. the Magic. Michael Holley and Tommy Heinsohn break down the win.

6:17 - Finally, the Patriots have done something! On Friday night it was reported that New England signed defensive end Adrian Clayborn as well as running back Jeremy Hill. Tom Curran, Alex Giaimo and Ben Volin discuss the impact these additions will have on the team.

11:05 - While the Celtics were able to pull out the win on Friday, the team did announce that Marcus Smart is expected to miss six to eight weeks after undergoing thumb surgery. A. Sherrod Blakely expresses his optimism on Smart’s return for the playoffs.