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Tedy Bruschi: Patriots have a long way to go, will lose to Bills

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After the Patriots won in Week One, most people were declaring them the best team in the league. After they lost in Week Two, most people were willing to write that off as a fluke. After they lost in Week Three, some people are jumping off the bandwagon.

A loss to the Bills in Week Four would be a real sign that the Patriots have an uphill battle in the AFC East, and former Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi thinks that’s exactly what’s going to happen. Bruschi, who’s now an analyst for ESPN, says that he sees the Bills winning on Sunday.

Bruschi adds that if people think the Patriots are going to be just fine despite their 1-2 start, Patriots coach Bill Belichick would probably ask, “Based on what?” Belichick, according to Bruschi, subscribes to the theory that if your record says you’re a 1-2 team, then you can’t just assume that you’re going to start playing winning football soon.

Well, based on what I’ve seen from the Patriots the past two weeks, they have a long way to go,” Bruschi says. “Going into Orchard Park to play a solid Bills team might be too much for them.”

If the Bills are too much for the Patriots on Sunday, the next question is whether a two-game deficit in the standings will be too much for the Patriots to overcome.

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53 Responses to “Tedy Bruschi: Patriots have a long way to go, will lose to Bills”
  1. cliffclavicle says: Sep 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    Over-ratriots. Ten wins, tops.

  2. terraj35 says: Sep 28, 2012 1:03 PM

    “It MIGHT be too much for them”…wow, really bold statement. That doesn’t sound like he’s picking the Bills. Sounds like he’s on the fence.

  3. Davo says: Sep 28, 2012 1:04 PM

    Et tu, Tedy?

  4. gisellichek says: Sep 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    Dear Mr. Bruschi

    Your pats are a missed field goal and 3 really egregious defensive contact penalties away from being 3-0 … seriously … your comments reek of kissing up to your new friends at ESPN.

    Pats roll this weekend.

  5. zstuehler says: Sep 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    haha I could actually see that happening.. Ive been calling it since the offseason that the Patriots wouldn’t win the division this year.. and I am not a fan of any teams within the AFC East..

  6. marzxyz says: Sep 28, 2012 1:06 PM

    The fact is that this is the youngest Patriots team of the past ten years. Inshort, despite having a Hall of Famer at the QB position, the Pats are officially in rebuilding mode. (Of course, the Patriots rebuilding mode and most any other NFL team’s rebuiilding mode are two different things.)

  7. kindbass says: Sep 28, 2012 1:07 PM

    That’s what I like about Bruschi and Rodney Harrison as analysts: they give realistic and honest opinions about the Patriots, even when it’s a negative one.

    Pretty much the exact opposite of Shannon Sharpe talking about the Broncos.

  8. choasted says: Sep 28, 2012 1:07 PM

    The Ravens game was marked as a possible loss once everyone even saw the schedule. The Cardinals have shown that they have a top tier defense.

    Its not like the Patriots have been getting blown out, two plays go differently and they’re 3-0. But the Bills beat the Chiefs and the Browns and suddenly they’re too much for the Pats…..Okay teddy, keep spewing nonsense for those page views.

  9. Ghost Rat says: Sep 28, 2012 1:10 PM

    Tedy’s just doing his job; not expected to just be pro-Patriot. None the less, he is wrong about this weekend. Pats win a close one.

  10. barroomhero80 says: Sep 28, 2012 1:21 PM

    I hate the pats but I hate Bruschi even more. God I can’t stand that guy

  11. buffalobills2012 says: Sep 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    Tedy Bruschi – half man, half possible centuar, all i know is that i wish he was my dad.

  12. kattykathy says: Sep 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    Every year Rex Ryan proclaims the Jets as the best team and Super Bowl champs before the season even starts.

    Every year the media proclaims the Patriots as the best team and Super Bowl champs before the season even starts.

    Rex Ryan and the East Coast media are obnoxious and moronic.

    What’s even more obnoxious and moronic are the fans of both teams that follow Rex’s and the medias leads like puppets and start yelping, boasting, and being arrogant, uninformed followers.

    When was last time J-E-T-S won a Super Bowl?
    When was last time Patriots won a Super Bowl without cheating?

  13. quannumkid says: Sep 28, 2012 1:23 PM

    Bruschi trying out the reverse-jinx, jerk!

  14. all4patriots says: Sep 28, 2012 1:24 PM

    Tedy is trying hard to get a reputation as a non-homer,

    often by bending far backwards the other way

  15. kattykathy says: Sep 28, 2012 1:24 PM

    Belichik subscribes to the theory that it’s ok to cheat as long as you don’t get caught. And if you do get caught, deny, deny, deny and claim it was just a rules misinterpretation

  16. axltcu says: Sep 28, 2012 1:29 PM

    Tedy makes some good points but it’s a bit of a stretch.

    Looking at their schedule and division the Pats should be fine for the playoffs. Their two toughest tests left are the Niners and Texans. The rest is pretty soft. Remember they still get the Dolphins and Jets two times each.

    Their two losses came against a very, very good Ravens team and an extremely underrated Cardinals defense. Plus both had some very controversial calls late in the game that could have swung it either way.

    Last time they lost two in a row they blew out and over hyped Jets team away. I’m expecting a similar result this week.

    They are going to have to have an absolute mental collapse this week to lose to the Bills.

  17. pudgalvin says: Sep 28, 2012 1:30 PM

    @kindbass: I’ll give you Bruschi, but give me a break on Harrison. After their week one 1 against the mighty Titans, before Pittsburgh, Balitmore, Denver or San Diego even played a single game, he declared that Patriots were “unquestionably” the team to beat in the AFC. Harrison is awful and I can’t even watch the Sunday night pregame stuff because he’s so bad.

  18. flash1283 says: Sep 28, 2012 1:34 PM

    haha I could actually see that happening.. Ive been calling it since the offseason that the Patriots wouldn’t win the division this year.. and I am not a fan of any teams within the AFC East..

    Ha ha, so you and Teddy will both be wrong.

    This is another case of overreacting.
    Last year they lost 2 in a row too then went to NY and killed the Jets.

    It’s way to early to judge any team. Didn’t the bills start 5-0 last year?

    You gotta love it when people say “I could see that happening”.
    Really, based on what?
    The O has improved the D got younger and

    The real question is when they win the div are you going to be man enough to get on here and say you where wrong?

  19. bcfalcon says: Sep 28, 2012 1:39 PM

    They’ll still win the division, though the bills are really the only threat. The jets are hopeless without revis and the dolphins are too inexperienced with tannehill!

  20. descendency says: Sep 28, 2012 1:40 PM

    Bruschi is just getting Tedy to give them some bulletin board material.

  21. realfootballfan says: Sep 28, 2012 1:40 PM

    It looks like the ’06 team before they got Moss on discount from the Raiders with a worse defense. Without Hernandez, their offense looks strange to say the least.

  22. ravenator says: Sep 28, 2012 1:41 PM

    Bruschi couldn’t be more right. Can’t believe I’m actually agreeing with him but the man speaks the truth.

  23. mayobills says: Sep 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    Thats Right Tedy, You got this one right Buddy. The Bills are taking over the division. This is the “table turning game”. When it happens don’t say you are shocked. Its the end of the AFC East dynasty for the Pats. All hail the new King of the AFC EAST—–BUFFALO

  24. garyeyee says: Sep 28, 2012 1:44 PM

    Brady is in a world of hurt this Sunday…Even if they do win.

  25. joetoronto says: Sep 28, 2012 1:45 PM

    choasted says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:07 PM
    The Ravens game was marked as a possible loss once everyone even saw the schedule. The Cardinals have shown that they have a top tier defense.

    Its not like the Patriots have been getting blown out, two plays go differently and they’re 3-0. But the Bills beat the Chiefs and the Browns and suddenly they’re too much for the Pats…..Okay teddy, keep spewing nonsense for those page views.
    **************************************************
    Here’s your difference.

    In past years, the Pats would have been hands down favorites to not only beat the Ravens, but win the whole thing.

    This year, that’s not the case. They SHOULD make the playoffs, but even that’s not a given anymore.

    The times, they are a changing.

  26. patriotenvy says: Sep 28, 2012 1:48 PM

    I agree it’s early to judge. Look at the giants last year. But they had the Ravens game on a plater and they couldn’t finish it. And I keep thinking back to those fights in training camp.

  27. jpmelon says: Sep 28, 2012 1:49 PM

    This is the first time I’ve ever said “I hope Tedy Bruschi is right”.

    I think the Bills will ultimately decide to bench spiller, hold freddy jackson out most downs and allow the patriots to spread out their defense to better protect against the pass.

    I also think that Welker will have a big day with the Bills secondary.

    That being said, Tashard Choice has shown that he can benefit from the Bills offensive line just as Spiller and Jackson have…..I also think Fitz has made some adjustments after the Jets game. This will not be a blow out. Could go either way.

  28. rc33 says: Sep 28, 2012 1:54 PM

    The Giants lost 5 games in a row middle/late last season.
    5 in a row.
    How’d their season turn out?
    Let’s not go off the deep end, regardless of what happens to any team in Week 4.

  29. jm91rs says: Sep 28, 2012 1:58 PM

    Does anybody even pay attention to what these former Patriots say in the media anymore? Everything you hear from them translates to “no body or team will ever be as good as we used to be”.

  30. atxpatfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:00 PM

    The sky is falling! The sky is falling!

    Typical knee-jerk reaction by media and fans. They win one game and they are the best team in the NFL.

    They lose 2 that they could’ve won and now all hope is lost?

    Had Gostkowski made the FG, we wouldn’t even be having this discussion.

    Who even knows who would’ve won the Baltimore game had the officials not screwed up so badly.

  31. tinbender2000 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:01 PM

    buffalobills2012 says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:22 PM
    Tedy Bruschi – half man, half possible centuar, all i know is that i wish he was my dad.
    ====================================

    I wish he was my kid. Then maybe I could bum some money from him and retire instead of working till I croak. :)

  32. atxpatfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:03 PM

    Thats Right Tedy, You got this one right Buddy. The Bills are taking over the division. This is the “table turning game”. When it happens don’t say you are shocked. Its the end of the AFC East dynasty for the Pats. All hail the new King of the AFC EAST—–BUFFALO

    ————————–
    Like last year when the Bills won that first game against the Pats and started 5 – 0?

    Remind me again how that worked out for you?

    Also…didn’t the Bills get an open palm spanking from the Jets in week 1? At home? Might be a little early to declare them “King” of anything.

  33. aljack88 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:05 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:22 PM

    When was last time Patriots won a Super Bowl without cheating?

    ———————————————————–

    2004?

  34. atxpatfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:09 PM

    garyeyee says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:44 PM
    Brady is in a world of hurt this Sunday…Even if they do win.

    ———————————-

    Bills = new Jets

  35. atxpatfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:12 PM

    kattykathy says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:24 PM
    Belichik subscribes to the theory that it’s ok to cheat as long as you don’t get caught. And if you do get caught, deny, deny, deny and claim it was just a rules misinterpretation

    ————————————

    It’s odd that people still do this so long after the fact. Her post is not even relevant to the story or even the previous comments.

    How many times has she typed out a message like this over the past 5 years?

    As Ace Ventura would say…”obsessed much?”

  36. atxpatfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:16 PM

    cliffclavicle says:
    Sep 28, 2012 1:03 PM
    Over-ratriots. Ten wins, tops.

    ————————–

    And your point is?

    How many wins did the Giants have during the regular season last year?

    Now how many did GB and SF have?

  37. kattykathy says: Sep 28, 2012 2:16 PM

    And yet atxpatfan responds in typical Pats fan fashion.

  38. swagger52 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:18 PM

    Based on What…I can answer that..

    The regular refs are back! When have the Vegas Darlings ever had the Patriots lose a close game in the last 10 years? The regular refs win games for the Patriots…Why do you think the Patriots lost the last two games with the Replacement Refs? Do you think that is a coincidence? Did you think it was odd that we see the real Bill Bellicheck when he loses a close game to the Refs? I expect now that the replacement refs are gone, the Patriots will be back to winning with the help of the Regular Refs and Vegas.

  39. swagger52 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:19 PM

    Prediction: Bills lose a close one to the Patriots. A Q4 Brady drive is kept alive with phantom illegal contact calls.

  40. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:19 PM

    Keep thinking positive, Pats fans. The Reality is, Bruschi is right. Yea, they are a missed fieldgoal and blah, blah, blah away form 3-0. NE teams in the past didn’t put themselves in those positions, this season is much diffrent. They blew out a Tenessee team that couldn’t run the ball, and was starting a QB with limited experience, that doesn’t impress me much. They lost at HOME to the Cardinals, and then lost a track meet to the Ravens. The Pats never lose at home, and they usually have the stanima to finish track meets. No, the sky isn’t falling, but the NE cake-walk to the AFCE crown doesn’t exist anymore. Buffalo can, and will, beat NE in OP Sunday, it will be close, but it will happen. No lead is safe anymore, and the book is wide open on controlling Brady. I am, however, realistic. If the Pats beat the Bills Sunday, they still will have a hard time getting 10 wins, so I guess this divison will go to the only 10 win team. Houston, San Fran and Seattle should take it to the Pats, a split with both the Jets and Bills are likely scenarios, that’s 9-7 at best. This isn’t the end of an Era, simply just the NFL, and time, catching up with the Pats. Maybe this will finally be an exciting division for once.

  41. sj39 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:22 PM

    The Patriots*

  42. rabidbillsfan says: Sep 28, 2012 2:26 PM

    @atxpatfan

    Yea, the Bills lost to the Jets, but the teams have gone in opposite directions since then, despite identical records. The Jets were the home team, not the Bills. Also, kind of the opposite of how the Pats season has played out as well. Pats blow out the Titans, and respond by losing 2 games that, after week 1, everybody was picking them to cruise through. The Bills, blown out by the Jets, respond by beating 2 teams that, after week one, everybody thought they would lose to. I’m not crowning anybody here, but it could be said that the Pats are in “Woe is me” mode after losing the 2 games the way they did, and Buffalo is extremely focused on coming out and ready to play NE, not thinking they can, or should beat them, but that they will play with them, and put themselves in position to win the game. I’ll be there, and I’m sure it will be fun to watch.

  43. kane337 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:32 PM

    How often have the Bills defeated the Patriots in the last 10 years? Once or twice maybe? I’m picking the Pats until the Bills prove they can reverse the trend.

  44. Pat MyHog says: Sep 28, 2012 2:35 PM

    bruschi is also the only one in all of espn picking the bills to win. Hey lets not mention the fact that ALL 12 espn analysts and the rest of the espnboston crew are picking the pats. Lets focus on the one guy (out of 20) who has picked the Bills to win in a shootout by 3 points!

    Bills will never go anywhere with Fitzpatrick. Way too erratic. Keep dreaming Bills fans, but hey you can take 2nd place if you want.

  45. warewolf94 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:38 PM

    Not even, NE will take out their anger on the Bills, run up the score too I bet

  46. tim3711 says: Sep 28, 2012 2:41 PM

    It’s a good thing the games are played on the field…

  47. kleppnasty says: Sep 28, 2012 2:51 PM

    rabidbillfan

    I hope you’re right b/c I hate the pats, but I’m pretty sure you’re wrong. The pats were expected to cruise over Ariz, but no one thought the Ravens game would be anything but a coin flip. Bills got crushed by a terrilbe offense and beat two below avg teams.
    I’ll be rooting for the bills, but literally betting on the pats to cruise.

  48. mataug says: Sep 28, 2012 2:59 PM

    Tuesday’s news:
    Tedy Bruschi: I was just trying to motivate the Patriots.

  49. blackqbwhiterb says: Sep 28, 2012 3:04 PM

    some body check Tedy, I suspect he’s got a high fever….

  50. jolink653 says: Sep 28, 2012 6:27 PM

    I love how everyone is hopping off the bandwagon already even though this team is good enough to be 3-0 if not for a couple breaks here or there…Keep doubting so us fans who stick with the team can laugh at you when you all try hopping back on

  51. dallascowboysdishingthereal says: Sep 28, 2012 8:10 PM

    Whether you agree with Bruschi’s comments or not, the Patriots do not want to go into a 1-3 hole losing to a divison opponent like the Bills. It’s pretty much a must win for the Pats and the Bills will play them tough in Buffalo.

  52. johnsonjjohnson says: Sep 29, 2012 4:27 PM

    No One loves the Pats more than Bruschi or me for that matter. But he is being very honest. I thought the first game we looked horrible. The second and third game we had glimmers of improving but still bad. (bad for how we look mid season)
    I think McDaniels thought he could just mail in the wins) I believe the problem is our new OC. Not that he is bad he just hasn’t figured out the dynamics of his talent yet and the best way to call a game using ALL the available talent. I actually think with a reduced amount of talent this week that TB and company will have a great game called for them by McDaniels. It remains to be seen if he can accommodate all the talent he isn’t used to having in an efficient way

  53. brazzz01 says: Oct 1, 2012 2:00 PM

    sj39
    “The Patriots*”

    You forgot to note what the asterisk is for. So I’ll do it for you.

    * reigning AFC champions, winners of more Super Bowl championships in the last 15 years than any other team in the NFL, the most successful franchise in professional sports hands down this century.

    LOL @ all Patriots haters.

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