New England Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills, 28-6

Each snippet is a glimpse of the future, a forecast of what could be.

That's just fine, but the Patriots aren't particularly interested in gazing fondly down the road. They are dealing with the here and now, and all the potential in the world isn't going to get them where they want to go in 2006.

You want definitive answers about receiver Chad Jackson? You will not find them. Not yet. For the first time all season, the rookie was declared sufficiently healed from a hams...

Pro Bowl defensive lineman Richard Seymour underwent X-rays on his injured left elbow after yesterday's game, and said he should know more about the severity of his condition today.

Seymour was hurt in the second quarter and didn't return.

"I don't know if it was Rodney [ Harrison] flying around, and he jumped over the pile. My arm was planted in the ground and I took a good square shot on it," said Seymour. "We'll see how it feels in the morning. Obviously, I think ...

When the Patriots began the majority of their preparations for yesterday's game against the Bills, coach Bill Belichick wasn't happy.

It was Wednesday, the players were returning after their weekend off, and the practice performance wasn't up to his standards. What resulted was a marathon Thursday practice, and some harsh words from Belichick.

"What I remember is Bill yelling and screaming at us, saying we can't have another crappy Wednesday the way we had it," reca...

The National Football League would have you believe the Patriots have the 13th-ranked defense in pro football. Consult the Buffalo Bills about that and you'll get a different story.

Better still, ask any of the six teams the Patriots have played this season about that. The answer would be the same from all of them, even the team that beat them, the Broncos. The league's statisticians, they all would say, are talking nonsense.

The NFL long has ranked its defenses by y...