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Tedy Bruschi foresees Bills dropping Patriots to 1-3

By Tim Graham

When I used to cover the AFC East for ESPN.com, one of my favorite features each week during the regular season was "Bruschi's Breakdown," Tedy Bruschi's analysis of the New England Patriots' upcoming game with ESPNBoston.com reporter Mike Reiss.

Bruschi and Reiss never disappointed with their analysis. You couldn't help but feel smarter about football by the time you got to the end.

That holds true again for this week's installment. Bruschi shared his thoughts on Sunday's game against the Buffalo Bills in Ralph Wilson Stadium.

The former Patriots linebacker, who picked the Bills to go to the playoffs this year, predicted they will beat the Patriots by three points in Orchard Park a second straight season.

I recommend that you read the entire Q&A conversation, but here are some highlights of Bruschi's analysis ...

On Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick:

I see him as a quarterback who stares down his receivers and has an elongated delivery. He gives everything he has into throwing the ball. As defenders you can get a good read on that, and get good breaks on the ball, so this is a guy you'll have the opportunity to get interceptions on.

On pressuring Fitzpatrick without sacking him:

Fitzpatrick has only been sacked one time, so you might not get to him, but there are still opportunities to make plays with a bull-rush-and-elevate strategy. Fitzpatrick isn't the tallest guy and sometimes there is an angle-type delivery, almost sidearm, so if you bull rush and get those hands up, it can make it more challenging by having him throw the ball through a forest. It's similar to what Tom Brady said in the Super Bowl last year and trying to throw through the Giants' defense. That can help out your defense tremendously.

On the Patriots' ability to bounce back from two straight losses:

"Based on what?!" That's what Coach Belichick used to say when players felt it was only a matter of time before we started playing winning football again. Well, based on what I've seen from the Patriots the past two weeks, they have a long way to go. Going into Orchard Park to play a solid Bills team might be too much for them.

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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.

@ByTimGraham | tgraham@buffnews.com


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.

@gggaughan | mgaughan@buffnews.com


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.

@JaySkurski | jskurski@buffnews.com

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