Welker: This is for the No. 1 seed


Welker: This is for the No. 1 seed

FOXBORO -- Despite having the division clinched and a first-round bye secured, the Patriots enter Sunday's game with Buffalo as a team still motivated to reach their regular-season goals.

With recent Tom Brady injury concerns growing -- outside of the locker room at least -- some would argue there's little to play for on Sunday against a team that's already been eliminated from postseason contention.

After Friday's practice at Gillette Stadium the Patriots made it clear: there won't be any rest for the starters on Sunday -- not even for Brady.

When asked if he expected Brady to play the entire game, wide receiver Wes Welker said, "Absolutely. I mean, this is for the No. 1 seed, fellas. So we're going out there and giving it everything we got for four quarters."

Welker -- and the rest of the team -- remembers that last season the Patriots were the No. 1 seed and had home-field advantage throughout the playoffs. He also knows that it didn't guarantee a win, as the Patriots lost to the New York Jets in the Divisional round.

Still, they'd rather have home-field advantage throughout the playoffs, than not.

"That's the whole key, trying to get home-field advantage this weekend, and being the number one seed," said Welker on Friday. "So that's definitely something that's on our minds and something that we're playing for. We understand that we've got to come out there and play really well from start to finish . . . It's huge, and being able to know you're going to be at home, no matter what, is a key thing."

"Any time you can play at home -- and we're always tough to play here at home -- it's a great thing for us," said linebacker Jerod Mayo. "That is a goal, and hopefully we can get it done this week."

If the No. 1 seed wasn't motivation enough for the Patriots on Sunday, then payback for a Week 3 loss to the Bills will be.

"We're not trying to get ahead of ourselves or anything," said Welker. "We're just understanding that Buffalo's a good team and they beat us last time we played them. So that's motivation out there as well. We've got plenty of factors coming into this game, and we've got to use them all to try and come away with a victory.

"Anytime you come away from a team that beat us the last time out, Belichick's definitely going to let you know about it," added Welker. "And I think we're already tired of hearing about it, and we pony lost to them one time in a long time. That's enough for us. We need to come away with a victory this Sunday."

Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again


Obama’s Super Bowl pick: Patriots over Seahawks, again

Tom Brady didn’t go to the White House after the Patriots’ Super Bowl victory over the Seahawks, but the President thinks the Pats will be visiting 1600 Pensylvania Ave. again to be welcomed by President Trump (does that mean Brady goes?) or Clinton in the spring of 2017.

In an interview on Sirus/XM Radio with Sway Calloway, Obama sees a Pats-Seahawks rematch in Super Bowl 51. And if he were a betting man, he’d be going with New England, again. 

“I’ve got to say at this point, you have to put your money on Brady again,” Obama said. “I don’t see any strong teams. Seattle and Patriots have a rematch. That’s my call.”

Obama and the nation will get a preview of his pick on Week 10 at Gillette Stadium when the Pats host the Seahawks.

Oh, and the President likes the Golden State Warriors, particularly with the addition of Kevin Durant, to reclaim the NBA title. 


Bills injury report: RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) doubtful


Bills injury report: RB LeSean McCoy (hamstring) doubtful

FOXBORO – After being unable to practice all week for the Buffalo Bills, running back LeSean McCoy is listed as doubtful for Sunday’s game against the Patriots due to a hamstring injury.

Already ruled out for Buffalo are wide receiver Marquise Goodwin and safety Aaron Williams.

The Bills also have a fleet of players listed as questionable including DT Bryant Corbin (shoulder), TE Charles Clay (knee), DT Marcell Dareus (hamstring), RB Mike Gillislee (foot), TE Cordy Glenn (ankle), LB Jerry Hughes (hand), LB Lerentee McCray (knee), G John Miller (shoulder) and WR Robert Woods.

The skill position dings to Goodwin, McCoy, Clay, Gillislee, Glenn and Woods have to be a concern for the Bills who already have their best wideout, Sammy Watkins, on injured reserve.