For Patriots, looking ahead to Bills means looking back

For Patriots, looking ahead to Bills means looking back
November 8, 2012, 10:37 pm
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FOXBORO -- The Patriots' second win of the season came against the Buffalo Bills, back in Week 4. It's only normal for each player and coach in New England to then immediately move on to the next challenge.

It's just what they do.

So chances are, if you asked any Patriots player or coach this week about previous games, they'd respond with, "I'm just looking ahead to Sunday's game against Buffalo."

Wide receiver Brandon Lloyd actually didn't answer the question that way, on Thursday. Kind of.

He was asked about a game in the past. But that game he was asked about was their Week 4 game against the Bills in Buffalo. It was a game in which the Bills had a 21-7 lead in the third quarter, and then the Patriots decided to turn it on and dominate Buffalo 52-28.

Lloyd had three catches for 50 yards and a touchdown in that game. In fact, it marked his first touchdown as a Patriot. So he certainly remembers it.

But now that they're at the portion of the schedule in which they'll play their divisional opponents for a second time, "looking ahead to the next game" does actually include looking back at at least one game in the past.

"You take a lot of stock in what happened in the previous game, because the things that you didn't do so well, if you haven't found a way to improve on that going into the second meeting, you're going to see the same stuff again, in that second game," said Lloyd on Thursday. "And the stuff that you did well, you're going to have to expect that there's going to be an answer to it."