New England Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills, 56-10

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - After remaining on the sideline for the majority of the Patriots' win over the Colts two weeks ago, linebacker Adalius Thomas returned to the starting lineup at linebacker last night and was a dominating presence.

Of a possible 50 snaps - which included one play on which a defensive penalty was called - Thomas was on the field for 39.

It was a significant increase in playing time for Thomas, the eight-year veteran who came off the bench in the te...

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - When the Patriots knocked off the Redskins, 52-7, three weeks ago, the rumble from the visitors' locker room in Gillette Stadium was that New England was running up the score when it went for it on fourth down with a 38-0 lead. They were the same whispers heard at Miami Oct. 21 when Tom Brady was passing in the fourth quarter of a game that was out of hand.

Last night, the Patriots were ahead, 35-7, in the third quarter and faced a fourth and 1 on t...

And now, a word about the defense.

It's easy to overlook these guys. As New England continues to roll over opponent after opponent, providing us all with a public service by obliterating the overrated concept of parity, the focus is on the sexier part of Patriot Games. The appeal of Tom Brady and Randy Moss is undeniable, a guilty pleasure, like extra hot fudge and whipped cream on a sundae already piled to the ceiling with confections.

But there would be no sundae w...

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - Randy Moss said he's not a fan of records, but he and his teammates keep collecting them.

The Buffalo Bills were the latest victim in the Patriots Pointapalooza tour. New England scored on its first seven possessions and tied a franchise scoring record in a 56-10 blowout last night in front of 71,338 at Ralph Wilson Stadium, the latest clinic in its 10-0 start. The Patriots first set the record Sept. 9, 1979 in a 56-3 win over the New York Jets.

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