Brandon Spikes gives Patriots edge

Hard-hitting linebacker making big difference for New England's defense

Updated: October 1, 2012, 1:22 AM ET
By Field Yates | Special to ESPNBoston.com

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- With just 1 minute, 19 seconds remaining in the first half and his defense backed up against its own goal line -- once again protecting a short field after a turnover by the New England Patriots' offense -- linebacker Brandon Spikes met Buffalo Bills running back C.J. Spiller in the hole, forcing a fumble and keeping his team within a one-touchdown striking distance after an underwhelming first half.

The turnover was a momentum-altering play in the Patriots' ...

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