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Amendola questionable to return, Pats lead 17-14 at halftime

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There were plenty of points in the first half of the Patriots-Bills game when it looked like the Patriots might be able to run away with things.

They didn’t, though, and lead just 17-14 at the half despite stifling the Bills offense for the first 28 minutes of the game. Turnovers are the root of the Patriots’ predicament.

Da’Norris Searcy returned a Stevan Ridley fumble 75 yards for the first Bills touchdown and E.J. Manuel followed a Justin Rogers interception with his first NFL touchdown pass just before halftime to keep the Bills within a score. The interception came after a Tom Brady pass bounced off tight end Zach Sudfeld’s hands, an unhappy reminder that Rob Gronkowski isn’t on the field on Sunday.

The Patriots might not have Danny Amendola for the second half, either. He pulled up short during a play late in the second quarter and has aggravated the groin injury that limited him in practice this week. The team calls his return questionable.

Manuel had thrown for just 40 yards before the Rogers pick, but hit two straight passes for 37 yards to get the Bills into the end zone. It was a high ending note for an offense that struggled to move the ball against the New England defense and shot itself in the foot with too many penalties. That could have put them out of reach, but it didn’t and that should make for an interesting second half in Buffalo.

UPDATE 3:08 p.m. ET: Amendola returned to the game in the third quarter.

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29 Responses to “Amendola questionable to return, Pats lead 17-14 at halftime”
  1. mvpolamalu says: Sep 8, 2013 2:52 PM

    This guys gonna replace walker? Ha

  2. jakec4 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:53 PM

    Regrets can be tough.

    Ravens= Boldin
    Patriots= Welker

  3. yankeemofo says: Sep 8, 2013 2:56 PM

    Must’ve tripped over a pom pom heading to the locker room at the half.

  4. officialgame says: Sep 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    The guy is made from glass.

  5. michaeljacksonisback says: Sep 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    Like I said before, get used to it pats fans. China Danny

  6. dlbpatsfan says: Sep 8, 2013 2:58 PM

    Kind of happy I’m not able to watch this game right now.

  7. bigjim50010 says: Sep 8, 2013 2:59 PM

    he is made of chiffon and walmart glassware

  8. cliffclavicle says: Sep 8, 2013 3:00 PM

    New England Over-ratriots.

  9. tebowsgonnagitya says: Sep 8, 2013 3:02 PM

    See what happens when you make Tebow mad?

  10. notoriousjebus says: Sep 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    Brady completed less than 50% of his passes for the first half, that seems pretty unBradyish. I thought he was supposed to make all theses new guys superstars today?

  11. 619sdfan4life says: Sep 8, 2013 3:05 PM

    Lmao. Did they really expect anything more from this guy. What a joke

  12. mccourty1sland says: Sep 8, 2013 3:06 PM

    Tb is old. We are done. All our Lombardo trophies are tainted. We are done!!!

  13. wearethesteelers says: Sep 8, 2013 3:07 PM

    That didn’t take long.

  14. mccourty1sland says: Sep 8, 2013 3:07 PM

    We also film all of our opponents practices, signals, walk throughs, showers, etc.

  15. mrtreyseven says: Sep 8, 2013 3:09 PM

    Patriots run a lot of crossing routes and short reunites so why sign Amendola when you know he can’t take a hit

  16. the8man says: Sep 8, 2013 3:27 PM

    Amendola ain’t the Patriots’ problem right now. Turnovers are. Three on the road. Pathetic effort. Buffalo starting a drive at the NE 42 for the killshot. Game over.

  17. thebigtim2012 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:29 PM

    Wow from the way you guys are talking I’ve never seen a season end in week one like your predicting. See us in the playoffs suckers

  18. tbih says: Sep 8, 2013 3:32 PM

    Guarantee he got a shot in the locker room.

  19. 80sbroncofan says: Sep 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    This is why the rams didnt sign him to a huge contract or use the franchise tag on him.

  20. trojanmaaaan says: Sep 8, 2013 3:42 PM

    Pats can’t handle Buffy with a rookie QB??? It’s all downhill from here old lady Brady.

  21. mccourty1sland says: Sep 8, 2013 3:44 PM

    We are the worst team of the decade. Easily. All those wins were a sham!!!!! I’m ashamed.

  22. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2013 3:52 PM

    This passing offense is a joke. The Pats are going nowhere. For them to waste, arguably, the best QB in history with this pile of crap he has to throw to is a freaking joke. If I were Brady, I’d say screw it and retire.

  23. rasta028 says: Sep 8, 2013 3:55 PM

    I see Danny “IR” Amendola got hurt again…lol

  24. tedmurph says: Sep 8, 2013 4:06 PM

    Hey rasta, Amendola is gutting out a 100yrd game on a bad groin. Laugh it up all you want, dummy. They may not win, but Amendola is not the problem.

  25. harrisonhits2 says: Sep 8, 2013 4:16 PM

    Congrats to the Buffalo team on a tough game. Manuel gives you real hope for the first time in years, he looked great.

    Pats receiving corps will come along. Its the first game after all.

  26. metintodd says: Sep 8, 2013 4:33 PM

    Every team was videotaping because it was legal. Goodell sent that memo about videotaping to every team in the NFL because every team was taping so don’t give me the bogus Spygate crap. And that was not a fumble by Ridley. His knee was clearly down on the ground. Absolutely bogus call by the refs there.

  27. TheWizard says: Sep 8, 2013 8:30 PM

    Wow, do most of these comments look stupid now, or what?

  28. godzillapimpin says: Sep 8, 2013 10:12 PM

    Time for Miami?

  29. bighurt228 says: Sep 9, 2013 12:41 PM

    Amendola and Brady looked fine their FIRST game together. All you fools saw what fragile Danny wasn’t suppose to do. He gutted out a great day of clutch receiving, being his actual first game with Brady. They will get better as the season progresses and hopefully he will make the BIG clutch catch that will make us forget about over priced Wes, with his Super Bowl drops. With this infusion of youth and time, this team will get better.

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