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Dan Dierdorf on Bills D-line: 'These guys are good'

By Tim Graham

Dan Dierdorf is eager to find out if the Buffalo Bills' defensive line can disrupt New England Patriots quarterback Tom Brady in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

Dierdorf, the Hall of Fame offensive lineman, will handle color commentary for Sunday's game alongside play-by-play man Greg Gumbel on CBS Sports.

"The interesting matchup in this game is going to be in protecting Tom Brady," Dierdorf said. "He has been sacked seven times in their three games. And there have been times where their pass protection has not been as stout and strong up front as they would like.

"The Patriots are playing against one of the game's best front fours. With the addition of Mario Williams, [last year's] No. 1 draft pick Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and the free-agent signing of Mark Anderson, these guys are good."

Dierdorf on the Bills-Patriots showdown:

"The New England Patriots have been sitting on the AFC East division throne more often than not for the past 10 years. The first thing coaches in that division say to their teams each year is, 'We can't do anything if we can't compete with the Patriots.' That is what Buffalo and everybody in that division has to do. That is job No. 1. The way you make the playoffs is to win your division. Everybody knows that if you're going to win the AFC East, you have to beat the New England Patriots."

Dierdorf on the Patriots being below .500 for the first time since 2003:

"Is this a disappointing start for New England at 1-2? Absolutely. Is there a hint of panic, doubt or desperation in that team? No way."

Dierdorf on the challenge of playing in Ralph Wilson Stadium:

"Buffalo is one of those places where it is harder to win than others. It is not necessarily because the best team calls it home. It has always been difficult to win in Buffalo. The Bills are one of those teams that traditionally, over the past 20 years, have played better at home. It's a tough out in Buffalo.

"The weather won't be an issue, but their crowd is excited. Bills fans have a chance to watch their team go to 3-1 and at the same time make the big, bad Patriots fly back to Boston at 1-3."

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Tim Graham

Tim Graham

Tim Graham returned to The Buffalo News in 2011 after covering the NFL for three years at ESPN and for one year at the Palm Beach Post. Before that, the Cleveland native spent seven seasons on the Buffalo Sabres beat for The News and was president of the Boxing Writers Association of America.

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Mark Gaughan

Mark Gaughan

Buffalo native Mark Gaughan started working at The News in 1980 and has been covering the Bills exclusively since 1992. He is a former president of the Pro Football Writers of America, and he is a member of the Pro Football Hall of Fame selection committee.

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Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski

Jay Skurski joined The News in January 2009. The Lewiston native attended St. Francis High School before graduating from the University of South Florida. He writes a weekly Fantasy column in addition to his beat writing duties.

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