ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- Vince Wilfork had a huge impact on Sunday's 52-28 Patriots win over the Bills at Ralph Wilson Stadium. 

The veteran defensive lineman tipped a passed that resulted in an interception, he recovered a fumble as the Bills were going in for a touchdown before the half and he demolished Bills wide receiver Donald Jones with a crushing hit over the middle as the Patriots used big hits and big defensive plays to turn the tide in the second half. 

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- The Patriots scored 35 straight second-half points to wipe out a 21-7 third-quarter deficit and beat the Bills, 52-28, Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. With the win, the Patriots improved to 2-2 and avoided their first 1-3 start since 2001 and their first three-game losing streak since 2002. The Patriots, who trailed 14-7 at the half, demolished the Bills defense, totaling 580 yards on the day. The Patriots scored on their final seven possessions. 

 

Here are the 10 matchups we’re looking forward to seeing Sunday when the Patriots meet the Bills in upstate New York.



The NFL announced Friday afternoon that Ravens safety Ed Reed was fined $21,000 for his hit on Patriots wide receiver Deion Branch during last Sunday's game in Baltimore. Reed, who delivered the second-half shot on Branch in the 31-30 win for the Ravens, was ruled to have "struck a defenseless player in the head and neck area," according to the Baltimore Sun. Branch dropped the pass and Reed was given a 15-yard personal foul on the play. However, there didn't appear to be any ill will between the two -- they slapped hands after the incident, and Branch stayed in the game.

Wide receiver Julian Edelman (hand) and tight end Aaron Hernandez (ankle) were both ruled out Friday for Sunday's game against the Bills in Buffalo. In addition, the Patriots listed 10 players as questionable for the contest, including tight end Rob Gronkowski (hip), who was limited in practice on Friday, as well as offensive lineman Logan Mankins (hip), who did not practice all week. Here's the complete report.

OUT

WR Julian Edelman (hand)

TE Aaron Hernandez (ankle)

Peter King of Sports Illustrated and NBC Sports joined Mut & Merloni on Friday for his weekly discussion of all things NFL.

King agreed with the general assertion that the officials union did well in the new agreement with the league, but one victory for the NFL is the ability to quickly replace poorly rated referees.

"This is really something the NFL has wanted all along," King said. "The NFL has wanted to be able to bench underperforming officials during the year. The officials union allowed them to do it."

FOXBORO -- For a third straight day, Logan Mankins and Julian Edelman joined Aaron Hernandez as Patriots not spotted at practice. Mankins missed all three days with a hip issue while Julian Edelman is nursing a left hand injury that kept him out of the second half last Sunday night against Baltimore. 

FOXBORO -- Bill Belichick wasted no time Friday explaining his release of tight end Kellen Winslow a day earlier. He opened his press conference explaining the move that leaves him with three active tight ends on the roster heading into this weekend's game in Buffalo against the Bills.

I must admit, I didn’t see Week 4 in Buffalo as a “must-win” situation for the Patriots when the schedule came out in April.

But then again, most fans assumed a win over the Cardinals in Week 2 in the home opener.

But that’s what happens when you try to project the NFL schedule and the corresponding outcomes of games based on expected results.



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NFL Network analyst Mike Lombardi made his weekly Patriots Friday visit with Dennis & Callahan guest hosts Dale Arnold and Kirk Minihane to talk about the return of the regular referees and other news from around the league.

The veteran officials returned for Thursday night's Ravens-Browns game and were welcomed back by the players and fans.