10:30 a.m.: They’re back!
After a nice, long bye week that saw many Patriots players catch up on some much-needed rest, Tom Brady and the boys are back in Foxboro with an AFC East rival in for a visit.
The Bills (3-5) made the trip from Buffalo and are looking to spoil the Patriots homecoming. Wide receiver Stevie Johnson should be back on the field to give Ryan Fitzpatrick a legitimate deep threat, and a spotty Bills defense will be focused on shutting down Brady and the steam-rolling Patriots offense.
Brady will have the ever-reliable Rob Gronkowski available out in the open field, but fellow stud tight end Aaron Hernandez appears to be shelved for the second straight game with a bum ankle. Visanthe Shiancoe, who will wear No. 80, is set to take Hernandez’s place in the offense after being activated from the injured reserved list over the weekend.
With so many moving pieces coming back from a bye week, the Patriots will be looking to settle down early and not let the Bills put up another double-digit deficit before the half.
So, get geared up for game time and be sure to keep it locked here for all your latest news, notes and analysis for everything about your New England Patriots.