Little love for Bills at Chalk Talk luncheon


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Buffalo Bills aren't getting much credit here in Gillette Stadium.

The crowd was obviously biased, but many legendary New England Patriots figure tonight's game will be a walkover.

Throughout the season, ESPN stages luncheons known as Chalk Talk sessions to preview select "Monday Night Football" matchups. The events feature on-air personalities, NFL analysts and special guests representing the teams involved in the game.

Monday afternoon's luncheon was dominated by the Patriots, who had several of their all-time greats in attendance. The team's 50th anniversary team will be honored at halftime.

Also there was recently retired Patriots linebacker Tedy Bruschi, who will work the game as an ESPN analyst.

ESPN's Stuart Scott asked Bruschi: "If it's late in the game, like two minutes left in the game and it's really, really, really tight, are we going to have to put you in a bear hug to keep you from going to the dressing room?"

"Well, I don't think so," Bruschi replied as he broke into a grin, "because I don't think it's going to be really, really tight."

Legendary Bills quarterback Jim Kelly took part in a Hall of Fame roundtable discussion with former Patriots defensive stars Nick Buoniconti, Mike Haynes and Andre Tippett.

"The key for [Trent Edwards] is to be able to get rid of the football and not rely on those seven-step drops when he's getting blitzed from every different angle that he's going to see tonight," Kelly said.

Buoniconti, in answering a question from reporter Wendi Nix about the substantial loss of leadership on the Patriots' defense, suggested there wouldn't be much heavy lifting against the Bills.

"I just think when you look at [Randy] Moss, [Wes] Welker, [Joey] Galloway, Fred Taylor, a guy named [Tom] Brady -- he plays quarterback, No. 12? -- you look at the points they're going to put up and the defense is going to have a chance to rest," Buoniconti said.

Kelly grimaced and threw a playful punch at Buoniconti's right arm.