In The Red Zone: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills Preview – Week 1


This Week

The New England Patriots visit their AFC East rival Buffalo Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park NY on Sunday at 1 p.m.

The Patriots                                The Bills

Overall Record



Overall Record


Road Record



Home Record


AFC East



AFC East


AFC Conf



AFC Conf


Jjjj Pppppp will be the referee for the game.

The Line/Prediction

As of Thursday the line on the game from via Yahoo Sports has the Patriots at MINUS xx.  The over under is xx.

My Prediction is Patriots xx, Bills, xx. 

Give the points (Patriots) and take the over.  I am 0-0 against the spread and 0 of 0 on calling the over/under in 2013.


The Bills are reporting the game as a sell out.

Tickets to the game, if available, can be purchased through Ticketmaster.  You can check the availability here.

Getting to the Game

If you’re lucky enough to be shuffling off to Buffalo for the game make sure you check out the links.

Here is the up to date weather forecast from the Weather Channel for Orchard Park NY.

Click for all the game day information including stadium directions, parking and stadium information, parking map and a Ralph Wilson Stadium seating chart.


Here’s a bunch of different tailgating recipes from  There’s something there for everyone and every type of meal or snack.  I’ve tried some of the recipes and they’re very good. 

And with tailgating many people enjoy some adult beverages.  With that in mind check out Drink Nation for how to make all sorts of great drinks.  You can look things up by name, ingredient(s) or theme.

Whether it’s at the game, a bar or a friend’s house moderation is always the key to a great time.  Please don’t drink and drive and designate a sober driver.  Remember You Drink, You Drive, You Lose.



CBS in televising the game regionally and xxxx cccccc will do play by play while xxx kkkkkkkkk will provide the game analysis.  You can look here for your local affiliate.

See if you’re getting the game courtesy of J.P. Kirby at

The DirecTV designation is Channel xxx.

Here are all the rules on NFL TV broadcasts including explaining the blackout rules; flex scheduling and commercial breaks.


The Patriots Radio Network broadcasts the game from flagship station WBZ-FM, 98.5 the Sports Hub in Boston. Bob Socci handles the play-by-play and former Patriots QB Scott Zolak will do game analysis. It all starts with Gary Tanguay and Andy Gresh with the pregame show at 10 a.m. along the network. The post game starts after the final gun and continues for three hours along the network.

The Patriots radio network call is available on Sirius Channel xx and SiriusXM Internet Channel xxx. 

Photos of visiting announcers (if avail)

The Bills Radio Network has John Murphy calling the game while former Bills DB Mark Kelso provide the game analysis via their flagship station, WGR-AM.

Their call is available on Sirius Channel xxx, XM Channel xxx and SiriusXM Internet Channel xxx.

Patriots All Access

Patriots All-Access features behind the scenes looks, interviews and breakdowns with head coach Bill Belichick and in depth features on the team.  It’s hosted by Steve Burton of WBZ-TV (Boston) and airs weekly in most New England television markets.

  • Boston MA on TV 38 Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Providence RI on WNAC Friday at 7 p.m. and Sunday at 9 a.m.
  • Manchester NH on WMUR Saturday at midnight
  • Portland ME on WMTW Sunday at 5 a.m.
  • Hartford CT on WCTX Saturday at 5 p.m.
  • Springfield MA on WFXQ Saturday at 7 p.m.
  • Bangor ME on WVII Sunday at 11 a.m.

You can also watch it anytime on the teams website in the media section.

Last Week

There was no game this is the first game of the season.


  • This is the 107th meeting between the Patriots and the Bills since they started to face each other as AFL foes in 1960.
  • The Patriots lead the series 64-41-1
  • The 64 wins are the most the Patriots have over any opponent.
  • Patriots have won 18 of the last 19 meetings with Buffalo’s only win coming in Week 3 of the 2011 season.
  • The Patriots swept the Bills in 2012 winning in Buffalo 52-28 and at Gillette 37-31.

Patriots Team Notes

Here is the Patriots roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2013 Patriots Schedule/Results

The Patriots overall franchise record is 426-369-9.  They have won three Super Bowls (XXXVI, XXXVIII, XXXIX) in seven appearances.  Overall they are 24-17 in the post season.

They last appeared in the playoffs in 2012 when they beat Houston in the AFC Divisional Round 41-28 and lost to Baltimore 28-13 in the AFC Championship Game.

The Patriots were 12-4 (1-1 in playoffs) in 2012 and are the defending four-time AFC East Champions.  They have won the division 10 times and the conference 5 times since 2000.

The Patriots are 30-22-1 all time in Buffalo, 23-16 at Ralph Wilson/Rich Stadium.  The other games were played at old War Memorial Stadium.

New England’s largest margin of victory in the series is 46 points set in 2007.

An AFC East rival has not swept the Patriots in a season series since 2000 when Miami and New York swept them.

Since Robert Kraft bought the team in 1994 they:

  • Have the most Super Bowl wins, 3.
  • Have the most regular season wins, 194.
  • Have the most wins including playoffs, 213.
  • Have the most conference titles, 6.
  • Have the most division titles, 11.
  • Have the most playoff wins, 19
  • Have played the most playoff games, 29.
  • Are tied for the most playoff seasons, 13.
  • Have the best playoff win percentage, .671.
  • Have drafted the most Pro Bowl players, 20.

New England set the following team records in 2012:

Patriots Staff Notes

This is the link to head coach Bill Belichick’s Wednesday press conference on the Bills.

Bill Belichick coached teams are 23-4 vs. Buffalo. Belichick was 0-1 against the Bills as the head coach of the Cleveland Browns.

Overall in his NFL career Belichick is 187-101 in his 19th NFL season as a head coach.  He is 151-57 with New England and 36-44 with Cleveland.  He is 18-8 in the playoffs, 17-7 as head coach of the Patriots in the post season.  When you combine his regular season and post season records he is 205-109.

Belichick’s 205 wins are good for 6th all-time.

Belichick is one of five head coaches in NFL history whose father (Steve Belichick) played in the league.  The others are former Kansas City head coach Todd Haley (Dick Haley), former San Francisco head coach Mike Nolan (Dick Nolan), former Cincinnati head coach David Shula (Don Shula) and former NY Jets head coach Joe Walton (Frank Walton).

Belichick is one of just four coaches to win three Super Bowls, joining Chuck Noll (4), Joe Gibbs (3) and Bill Walsh (3).  Those men are all in the Hall of Fame.

He is the only coach in NFL history to win three championship titles in four seasons.

He is the only coach in NFL history to have led his team to 10+ wins in 10 consecutive seasons.

Patriots Possible Starters


  • LT: Solder
  • LG: Mankins
  • C: Wendell
  • RG: Connolly
  • RT: Vollmer
  • TE: Gronkowski
  • TE: Hoomanawanui
  • WR: Lloyd
  • WR: Welker
  • QB: Brady
    RB: Ridley


  • DE: Ninkovich
  • DT: Wilfork
  • DT: Love
  • DE: Jones
  • LB: Mayo
  • LB: Spikes
  • LB: Hightower
  • LCB: McCourty
  • RCB: Arrington
  • S: Chung
  • S: Gregory

Patriots Players Notes

This Tom Brady’s 14th NFL season he is 20-2 vs. the Bills in his career.

Overall Brady is 136-39 as a starting QB and is 17-7 in the playoffs for an overall record of 153-46.  Brady is a 8 time Pro Bowl QB; 3 time All-Pro selection; two time NFL MVP and has won 3 Super Bowls while twice being named the games MVP.  He is also listed as the 21st Greatest Player in the History of the NFL according to the NFL Network.

Brady has 334 TD passes in his career he is now 5th all-time.  Hall of Famer Fran Tarkenton is 4th with 342.

Brady has 136 career wins he is 5th all-time.  Peyton Manning is 4th with 154.

There are only three players on the team who played on at least one of the Super Bowl championship teams, Brady (3); Branch (2) and Vince Wilfork (1).

Roster moves this week:

On Wednesday the following players were on the injury list.

On Thursday the following players were on the injury list..

The Patriots captains for 2013 are QB Tom Brady, DT Vince Wilfork, G Logan Mankins, LB Jerod Mayo, CB Devin McCourty and WR Matthew Slater (special teams). They are the same 6 players that were selected last season as well.

The Patriots have 5 New England natives on the roster they are: TE Aaron Hernandez  (Bristol CT); OL Donald Thomas (New Haven CT); DE Ron Brace (Worcester MA); LB Niko Koutouvides (Plainville CT) and OL Jamey Richard (Weston CT – IR). 

They have 13 players who played for a New England school or a Big East Conference member.  They are CB Will Allen (Syracuse – IR); DE Ron Brace (Boston College); WR Deion Branch (Louisville); RB James Develin (Brown – Practice Squad); RB Tony Fiametta (Syracuse – Exempt List); DE Justin Francis (Rutgers); S Stephen Gregory (Syracuse); DE Chandler Jones (Syracuse); CB Devin McCourty (Rutgers); OL Donald Thomas (UConn); DT Terrell McClain (South Florida); OL Jeremiah Warren (South Florida – Practice Squad) and NT Vince Wilfork (Miami).

The Patriots have 6 retired numbers: 20 – Gino Cappelletti, 40 – Mike Haynes, 73 – John Hannah, 78 – Bruce Armstrong, 79 – Jim Lee Hunt and 89 – Bob Dee. 

Bills Team Notes

Here is the Bills roster, depth chart and injury report for the game.

2013 Bills Schedule/Results

Buffalo's all-time record is 370-426-8 they are 14-15 in the post season with their last post season appearance coming in 1999 when they lost to Tennessee in the AFC Wild Card game, best known as the “Music City Miracle”.

They last played for a conference championship in 1993 when they beat Kansas City in the AFC Title game, 30-13. They then went on to lose to Dallas in Super Bowl XXVIII. They have never won a Super Bowl title in four appearances. 

The Bills franchise started in 1960 in the AFL and they won two AFL Championships in 1964 and 1965.

The Bills have lost the season series to the Patriots 10 times in the last 13 seasons.

The Bills are 22-30-1 as the home team in the series.

The largest margin of victory for the Bills in the series is 35 points set in 1970.

Bills Staff Notes

Hear what Buffalo Bills head coach Doug Marrone had to say to the New England media about the match up.

Buffalo head coach Doug Marrone is coaching his 1st NFL game on Sunday.  He waas previously the head coach at Syracuse University for the last four seasons before replacing Chan Gailey.

Bills Possible Starters


  • LT: Glenn
  • LG: Levitre
  • C: Wood
  • RG: Urbik
  • RT: Pears
  • TE: Chandler
  • WR: Jones
  • WR: Steve Johnson
  • QB: Fitzpatrick
  • RB: Jackson
    RB: McIntyre


  • DE: M. Williams
  • DT: Spencer Johnson
  • DT: K. Williams
  • DE: Anderson
  • LB: Scott
  • LB: Sheppard
  • LB: Moats
  • LCB: A. Williams
  • RCB: Gilmore
  • S: Wilson
  • S: Byrd

Bills Players Notes

On Wednesday the following players were on the injury list.

On Thursday the following players were on the injury list.

Photos of 2-3 defensive players

Buffalo’s captains for 2013 are

There are 3 players on the Bills roster from Big East Universities and New England based colleges.

The Bills have one retired number: 12 – Jim Kelley.

Next Week

Up next: New York Jets

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxboro MA

Date/Time: Thursday September 12 at 8:25 p.m.

TV Network: NFL Network

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