Fitzpatrick to start against Pats

Ryan Fitzpatrick has struggled for two straight games but will start this weekend against New England.

Despite another mediocre performance in last Sunday's win over Kansas City, Ryan Fitzpatrick will remain the Bills' starting quarterback for Sunday's showdown with New England at Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The Bills (5-8) can snap a 12-game losing streak to the Patriots (8-5) and rock New England's playoff chances with a victory.

Fitzpatrick, who took over for Trent Edwards the week Perry Fewell took over as head coach from Dick Jauron four games ago, has led the Bills to a 2-2 record in that span. But he threw for just 86 yards in the win over the Chiefs with a bad interception, finishing with an anemic 65.8 rating.

That said, Fewell believes Fitzpatrick, who hasn't had a 100-yard passing game the past two weeks, still gives his team the best chance to win, which is why he's sticking with him over Edwards and newly acquired Brian Brohm.

"Ryan's still our starter at quarterback," said Fewell without hesitation when quizzed about Fitzpatrick's statistics.

Offensively, the Bills have converted just four of their last 23 third-down tries under Fitzpatrick. While proving to be a better leader than Edwards and much more confident in the pocket, his decision-making has been just as poor at times.

Against the Chiefs, Fitzpatrick locked onto Lee Evans and threw into triple coverage from the Kansas City 5-yard line, resulting in an interception in the end zone by cornerback Brandon Flowers.

A mistake like that against New England won't be so easy to overcome.


--RB Marshawn Lynch is on a roll. His 47-yard scamper against Kansas City on the heels of a 35-yard run against the New York Jets made him the first Bill since Antowain Smith in 1997 to record runs of 35 yards or more in consecutive games. Lynch has had at least one 10-yard run in 29 of his 38 career games. The Bills hope to keep their running game alive this Sunday against New England.

--RB Fred Jackson had 99 yards rushing in Sunday's win over the Chiefs, his second-best game of the season. He ran for a career-high 163 yards against Tampa Bay in Week 2. His 176 carries for 731 yards are career single-season highs.

--WR Lee Evans continues to struggle through his worst season as a pro with 32 catches for 485 yards. He has just one 100-yard game in his last 22 and just one 40-yard catch in his last 18 games.

--WR Terrell Owens enters Sunday's game against New England needing four catches to reach 1,000 for his career. Only five players in NFL history have hit that milestone, with Jerry Rice No. 1 with 1,549 receptions.

--TE Shawn Nelson left last Sunday's game at Kansas City with an ankle injury. His status for this week's game against New England will be updated on Wednesday.

--OL Jonathan Scott suffered an eye injury in Sunday's win over Kansas City. He's expected to be OK for this week's game against New England. If Scott plays, it would mark the fourth consecutive game the Bills have had the same line combination. They've used seven different looks this season due to injuries.

--CB Terrence McGee, who underwent minor surgery to repair a torn meniscus in his knee during the bye week, started last week's game at Kansas City and came up with one of the team's four interceptions. He added six tackles and a pass breakup.

--LB Paul Posluszny recorded his second interception of the season against Kansas City to go with nine tackles. He has performed well since coming back from his second broken arm in three seasons suffered earlier this year.

--P Brian Moorman helped his Pro Bowl campaign with a terrific game against Kansas City, averaging 53.0 yards on four tries, including a 73-yard effort that was the ninth longest in team history. His 53.0 average was the fifth highest in team history. Moorman owns six of the top 10 slots, including 57.83 against Chicago in 2006.




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