Brady Gives Props To Bills Toughness

New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady spoke well of the Buffalo Bills this week. Not surprisingly Brady didn't want to give Buffalo any bulletin board material. Yet, his compliments seemed sincere. News and Notes for Bills - Patriots rematch.

Brady Gives Props To Bills Toughness

New England QB Tom Brady, who has thrown 33 TD passes and just four interceptions, caught Buffalo's game against Dallas on "Monday Night Football" six weeks ago and remembers well that Tony Romo was intercepted five times and fumbled once. The Cowboys won by a point only after recovering an onside kick and booting a field goal as time expired. The Bills defense is ranked ninth in points allowed at 18.4 per game.

"It's a testament to the character of that team," Brady said. "I've played on a number of teams that started off struggling, and a lot of players took the attitude of getting ready for the offseason or talking about their next contract or getting distracted. Obviously, the Bills haven't done that. ... Defensively, I remember watching that Dallas game and all those turnovers that Romo was throwing. They can make a bunch of plays. ... We've never been up there for a night game, but it looked like it was a raucous-type crowd, so we've got a lot to prepare for."

Jauron Rationalizes Losman Decision

--Coach Dick Jauron gave this rationale for sticking with J.P. Losman as his starting quarterback even though rookie Trent Edwards is fully recovered from a wrist injury and had previously been given the starting job: "He's just performed well. He's helped win three in a row. He's been on the field for two of them, and the Jets game, of course, he finished it off. I just felt like he deserves to be out there. He's got more experience, not significantly more. They're both very young, still think very highly of both of them, but I think he deserves to stay in there. He's earned the right to stay in there."

Quick Hits

--The Bills should sell out all eight of their home games. Approximately 4,000 tickets remain for the Miami game on Dec. 9, and 5,000 remain for the New York Giants game on Dec. 23.

--The Bills' four-game winning streak is tied with Green Bay for second-longest current streak in the NFL. Being a 15 1/2-point underdog to New England is the largest for a home team since Indianapolis was a 16 1/2-point dog to none other than the Bills on Nov. 20, 1992, betting Web site operator R.J. Bell told The Associated Press. And what happened in that game? The Colts won 16-13.

--The Bills hadn't appeared on "Monday Night Football" in 13 seasons. Now they'll be featured in prime time for the second time in six games. Under the NFL's flexible scheduling plan, Sunday's against New England was moved from the afternoon to the evening. New England's quest for a perfect season and Buffalo's 5-1 roll were factors, as was the electrifying atmosphere Bills fans provided for Buffalo's game against the Dallas Cowboys. What about New England still getting most of the hype? "It doesn't really bother us," WR Lee Evans said. "We play for the guys in this locker room. Everybody in here knows what we've got, and that's all we need because we'll come out, we'll play hard, we'll play together and we're going to come out swinging."

--RB Marshawn Lynch did not practice Wednesday due to a severe ankle sprain, and coach Dick Jauron was not optimistic about his chances of playing against New England on Sunday.

--RB Dwayne Wright is likely to get the bulk of the carries Sunday against New England with fellow rookie Marshawn Lynch hobbled with a bad ankle sprain.

--TE Robert Royal, who suffered a concussion in Sunday's win over Miami, did not practice. He'll likely be a game-time decision for the Patriots game.

--DE Aaron Schobel did not practice Wednesday due to a stomach flu, but he should be fine for the weekend.

--KR Terrence McGee has 4,982 kick return yards in his career. He ranks 10th in the NFL in kick return yardage with one team.

By The Numbers

700 -- Marshawn Lynch and Trent Edwards form the first rookie running back/quarterback combination to rush and pass for more than 700 yards in a season since Detroit's Barry Sanders (1,470) and Rodney Peete (1,479) in 1989.

They Said It

"Do I have confidence in our people? Yes, I do. But this is a huge test for us as a whole football team. It doesn't matter where you go, what position, you can match them up anywhere you want: offense, defense, special teams, we're all going be tested. They're talented." -- Coach Dick Jauron whose Bills face New England on Sunday.

What To Look For

CBs Ashton Youboty and Jerametrius Butler will see a lot of action on Sunday in nickel and dime roles. They'll be thrown into the heat after normal nickel back Kiwaukee Thomas suffered a severe groin pull against Miami and was placed on injured reserve. Buffalo is down to just four healthy corners: Terrence McGee, Jabari Greer, Youboty and Butler. That's not a comforting fact heading into a game against Tom Brady (33 TD passes) and a receiving corps featuring Randy Moss (53 catches, 924 yards, 12 TDs), Wes Welker (61-651, 7) and Donte Stallworth (28-453, 3). Asked about his comfort level with Youboty and Butler, coach Dick Jauron said: "We have to feel good about them, and we do."


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