There's a meeting of undefeateds on this week's schedule. In Buffalo, of all places.
That's right, the Patriots, who almost always seem to start 2-0, face
the spotless Bills, who rarely sniff such rarefied air. It's one of
eight games featuring division matchups, and perhaps the most enticing
''This is the greatest opportunity we'll have,'' Bills running back
Fred Jackson said of ending a 15-game losing streak against New England
that dates to 2003. ''They're a great team, but we feel like we're a
great team. ... It will be a good test and a measuring stick for us.''
Everyone gets measured against the Patriots, who haven't lost in the
regular season since last Nov. 7, a span of 10 games. Their offense has
been unstoppable thus far with Tom Brady throwing for 940 yards and
seven TDs as New England put up 73 points - second only to ... Buffalo.
One group not quite sold on the Bills: the bookmakers, who have New
England a 9-point favorite.
''I can honestly tell you I never even look at it. When the game starts
it's 0-0,'' Patriots coach Bill Belichick said. ''There's no favorite.
There's no underdog.''
Well, after 15 straight wins over a team, that's hardly accurate.
''You hear a lot about how they've had our number,'' Bills linebacker
Chris Kelsay. ''That's fine and dandy to the outsiders. But we have a
lot of confidence with guys in this room, and we're not going to lay
down for anybody. We're preparing to win this game.''
The other divisional games have Green Bay at Chicago and Detroit at
Minnesota in the NFC North; the New York Giants at Philadelphia and
Washington at Dallas (Monday night) in the NFC East; Atlanta at Tampa
Bay in the NFC South; Kansas City at San Diego in the AFC West; and
Arizona at Seattle in the NFC West.
Also Sunday, it's Houston at New Orleans; Pittsburgh at Indianapolis;
Baltimore at St. Louis; the New York Jets at Oakland; Jacksonville at
Carolina; San Francisco at Cincinnati; Denver at Tennessee; and Miami
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