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Sunday, November 9, 2008
46 never have beaten Pats as Bills


Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Graham

FOXBOROUGH, Mass. -- The Buffalo Bills haven't beaten the New England Patriots since opening day of 2003.

But, beyond years, how long has it been? So long that only seven of the players on Buffalo's 53-man roster were on the team back then.

Two of those seven -- receiver Josh Reed and Aaron Schobel -- are inactive today because of injuries. Defensive end Ryan Denney will be the Bills' lone starter Sunday afternoon in Gillette Stadium to also have started the last time they beat the Patriots.

The other holdovers are defensive end Chris Kelsay, cornerback Terrence McGee (inactive in 2003), kicker Rian Lindell and punter Brian Moorman.

A few who joined the Bills via free agency have beaten the Patriots with other teams, the most notable linebacker Kawika Mitchell, who helped the New York Giants beat them in the Super Bowl.

The Patriots will have four starters who also started the last time the Bills beat them: tackle Matt Light, defensive end Richard Seymour and linebackers Tedy Bruschi and Mike Vrabel. If not for injuries, quarterback Tom Brady and safety Rodney Harrison also would be the same.

The Bills haven't won a game in Gillette Stadium and have dropped 14 of the past 15 meetings overall.