FOXBORO — Bill Belichick isn’t ever going to feed into the media hype over Rex Ryan.

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Bill Belichick speaks Wednesday at Gillette Stadium. (Mike Petraglia/

FOXBORO — Bill Belichick isn’t ever going to feed into the media hype over Rex Ryan.

He showed that again Wednesday in his press conference. The Patriots coach was asked about his reaction to Ryan doing an impersonation of Belichick talking about the injuries to his quarterback and his answer of “we’ll give our injury report on Wednesday, as we’re required to do,” and that he plans to still come after the quarterback, even if it’s Belichick.

Does Belichick take this all in good fun?

“Yeah, I’m just focused on getting ready for the Bills,” Belichick said in his best monotone. “I’m really in tuned to all that. I’m sure it’s important to you guys but it’s not really anything I spend much time with.”

In other words, don’t expect Belichick to break into a Rex Ryan parody anytime soon. Apparently, calling Belichick the best coach in NFL history wasn’t enough to get the Patriots coach to bite.

Belichick was also asked about his coaching philosophy and whether he stresses winning games or not losing them.

“Both. You can’t win ’em until you get the keys to losing them. But you can’t dig a hole and win games, either. You’ve got to attack. It’s both,” Belichick said.

Belichick won both games against Ryan last year, 40-32, in Orchard Park and 20-13 at Gillette.

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Mike Petraglia

FOXBORO — Ryan Allen’s performance against the Texans wasn’t just appreciated locally, but nationally as well.

Ryan Allen

Ryan Allen

FOXBORO — Ryan Allen’s performance against the Texans wasn’t just appreciated locally, but nationally as well.

The Patriots punter was named the AFC’s Special Teams Player of the Week for Week 3. Allen punted seven times for 333 yards (47.6 average) and placed six of his punts inside the opponent 20-yard line in the Patriots’ 27-0 win over the Texans.

After the game, Allen didn’t want to take any of the credit.

“Well the defense played lights out, Jacoby and the offense, LeGarrette [Blount] ran great. It’s a collective effort. It was a great team win,” Allen said.

It is the second time in Allen’s career that he has received an AFC Player of the Week Honor. He also won the award following his performance in a 2014 Week 14 win at the Chargers.

Additionally, it’s the second AFC Player of the Week honor for the Patriots in 2016. Stephen Gostkowski was also named AFC Special Teams Player of the Week for his performance in the win at Arizona on Sept. 11.

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Ryan Hannable
Pete Morelli will work this Sunday's Patriots-Bills game. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Pete Morelli will work this Sunday’s Patriots-Bills game. (Justin Edmonds/Getty Images)

Pete Morelli will work as the referee for Sunday’s Bills-Patriots game.

Morelli has worked as a referee since 2003. This will be his first New England game of the 2016 season. He refereed two Patriots games last year, both of them in Foxboro — a 36-7 New England win over the Dolphins in October, and a shocking 35-28 loss to the Eagles in December.

Here’s a look at who has worked as the referee for each Patriots’ regular-season game this year and the corresponding penalties for each game, not counting the flags that were offset or declined.

Sept. 11 at Arizona: Tony Corrente — 8 penalties, 69 yards (Cardinals — 6 penalties, 58 yards)
Sept. 18 vs. Miami: Craig Wrolstad — 7 penalties, 65 yards (Dolphins — 5 penalties, 49 yards)
Sept. 22 vs. Houston: Walt Coleman — 3 penalties, 15 yards (Texans — 6 penalties, 43 yards)

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Christopher Price

Eric Mangini feels bad about the way he handled “Spygate.”

Eric Mangini was a New England assistant before he became head coach of the Jets. ()Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Eric Mangini was a New England assistant before he became head coach of the Jets. ()Jed Jacobsohn/Getty Images)

Eric Mangini feels bad about the way he handled “Spygate.”

The former Patriots assistant coach reported his old team for videotaping opponents’ at the start of the 2007 season, a scandal that led to New England losing a draft pick and taking a massive fine in the process. But Mangini, who left the Patriots for the head coaching job with the Jets the year before, said it wasn’t supposed to happen that way.

“Spygate is a big regret,” Mangini told the New York Post. “It wasn’t supposed to go down the way it went down.

“There was no great value in what they were doing,” Mangini added. “It wasn’t worth it. It wasn’t worth it to me personally. It wasn’t worth it to the relationship.”

The NFL fined Belichick $500,000 and the Patriots $250,000. They also lost their first-round pick in the 2008 draft.

Mangini said wanted the Patriots stopped, but he never thought it would get reported to the league. The decision also damaged his relationship with Patriots coach Bill Belichick.

“I cared about him,” Mangini said of Belichick, his former mentor. “I didn’t want to hurt him. I didn’t want to hurt the Patriots. They were a huge part of my life, too, and the Kraft family. The Kraft’s were always great to me. It wasn’t like I was thinking I really want to get these guys. My thought was I don’t want to put my team at a competitive disadvantage, no matter how small.”

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Christopher Price

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FOXBORO — The Patriots were never worried about how they would do without Tom Brady as their quarterback for the first four weeks.

That’s because players like Danny Amendola believe in the system and trust the coaching staff inside Gillette Stadium so thoroughly that no challenge is too big.

In three wins, the Patriots have come out and established their will and their game plan. Against Arizona, the Patriots jumped to leads of 10-0 and 17-7. Against the Dolphins, they were up 24-0 and against the Texans, the Patriots were never threatened and cruised to a 27-0 win.

“We don’t really worry about what people say outside the building,” Amendola said. “The coaches have been here for a long time. They have kind of a program instilled in this organization. The guys that come in believe in that and trust it. We truly take it week-to-week and day-to-day and this week is no different.”

Amendola has been one of the underrated stars early on, after not playing a single snap in the preseason and coming off the PUP the week before the season opener against the Cardinals.

Amendola has caught nine passes for 119 yards and two touchdowns in three games. He entered the season after a spring and summer of rehab from knee and ankle procedures. After three games in 11 days to start the season, Amendola and the rest of the team had some valuable resting time over the weekend.

“It was good. I got to watch some football, college and professional so it was a good weekend,” Amendola said Tuesday. “You have one [Thursday game] a year and it’s scheduled that way. You prepare for it all year. I find it a little weird that we get so much time, at least a day and a half, two days off to sit around the house and watch football. You feel like you’re missing something. It’s cool to get your legs back under you and mentally take a little break and then get back at it on Tuesday, which is normally our off day. It’ll be a little longer week this week and a lot of time for us to prepare and get ready.

“It’s like a little mini-bye week. You play early in the week and then you get a couple of days off to relax, get your legs back, get treatment, get rehab and get right.

“We have a lot of faith in our coaches and the system here. All the players are 100 percent bought into whatever they’re going to present to us each day to get us right, to get us ready to play on Sunday. It’s a big part of why we’ve won three games this year so far, because we have a lot of faith in what these coaches are going to do to get the guys in a position to be successful. We’re excited.”

If the Patriots are to improve to 4-0, they will have to beat a Bills team that came off the mat from a dismal 0-2 start and dominated the Cardinals, 33-18, last Sunday in Western New York. The Patriots swept the Bills last season, but were challenged in both games late into the fourth quarter.

“Yeah always a tough task. They play hard,” Amendola said. “They’re a division opponent. They’re always ready to play. Rex does a good job of getting those guys ready. So, it’s going to be a tough matchup.The Bills are coming off a Bills? “They played hard. They were playing at home. The Cardinals are a good football team. They played hard and there’s no question it’s going to be a tough game this weekend.

“They’re physical. They’re good up front. Kyle Williams plays hard and has a lot of experience in the NFL. The backers are good, they’re fast. They run around, fly around and make plays. On the back end, the DBs are fast, have a lot of experience back there, too, so it’s going to be a fun week of preparation and we’re all going to be ready for Sunday.”

In the Patriots’ 20-13 win on Monday night last season, Amendola caught nine passes on 12 targets for a season-high 117 yards.

With Tom Brady still suspended and Jimmy Garoppolo and Jacoby Brissett still nursing injuries, the question is who will be throwing the ball to Amendola on Sunday?

“I don’t know. Ask coach. That will be up to him,” Amendola said.

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Mike Petraglia

Last Thursday’s game against the Patriots might be the last time we see J.J. Watt this season.

The Texans defensive lineman reportedly suffered a back injury last Thursday against New England, an issue so severe that he could be lost for the rest of the year, according to Ian Rapoport of NFL Media.