Darrin Smith


New England (6-4) at Buffalo (7-4)

Time: 1 p.m.

Line: Bills by 4 1/2.

Vs. spread: Patriots 3-6; Bills 5-6.

Last week: Patriots lost to Dolphins, 27-17. Bills lost to Jets, 17-7.

Series: Patriots lead 40-36-1.

Last meeting: Patriots won, 25-21, on Nov. 29, 1998, at New England.

Outlook: The loser of this game can all but count itself out of the AFC East title race. The Patriots have won four of their past five games against the Bills, but their one loss came the last time they visited Ralph Wilson Stadium in 1998. New England is coming off back-to-back losses to the Jets and Dolphins, and QB Drew Bledsoe is in a huge slump. Last week he was...