New England Patriots defeat Buffalo Bills, 20-10

FOXBOROUGH - There's no reward for style points in the AFC East standings.

The Patriots' methodical 20-10 victory over the Buffalo Bills yesterday at Gillette Stadium and the New York Jets' 47-3 dismantling of the St. Louis Rams 210 miles to the south are equal in the standings - just like the teams that posted them.

The Patriots' prosaic victory put them in a first-place tie with the Jets at 6-3 and the teams will meet at Gillette Thursday night, when they extend their...

FOXBOROUGH - On a day when he moved up three spots on the NFL's all-time list to 17th with 817 receptions, wide receiver Randy Moss was in no mood to talk about it. Perhaps that was because the last time he spoke after a game it cost him $20,000.

NFL spokesman Greg Aiello confirmed that Moss was fined $20,000 by the league for comments he made regarding the officiating following the Patriots' 18-15 loss to the Colts last Sunday night.

How Moss, who had five catches f...

FOXBOROUGH - His mom is Latonia Green. His dad is Ronald Ellis. BenJarvus? That's just a name his mom liked when he was born back in July of 1985.

And that is the story of how a no-name running back came to have four names.

Patriots rookie BenJarvus Green-Ellis (Coach Bill Belichick calls him "Benny") had the best game of his brief NFL career yesterday. He carried the ball 26 times for 105 yards and scored on a 1-yard run with just under two minutes to play in New En...

FOXBOROUGH - Still wish the Patriots had brought in a veteran quarterback like Daunte Culpepper?

While names like Chris Simms, Tim Rattay, and Culpepper were mentioned as replacements in the wake of Tom Brady's season-ending knee injury in Week 1, the Patriots instead put their faith in a fourth-year backup who hadn't started a game since high school.

Cassel spent weeks under the microscope, particularly in the wake of losses to Miami and San Diego. But does anyone w...