Wilfork: This is a new Bills team

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Wilfork: This is a new Bills team

By A. Sherrod Blakely
CSNNE.com Celtics Insider
Follow @sherrodbcsn FOXBORO When you're a defensive lineman, opportunities to wrap your hands around the football are few and far between.

So it wouldn't be all that surprising if New England Patriots defensive tackle Vince Wilfork was still basking in the afterglow of his momentum-swinging interception -- the first of his career -- in the Patriot's 35-21 win over San Diego last week.

Wilfork has been in the game long enough to know that last week's success means little now, especially with the Pat's next opponent -- the Buffalo Bills -- playing some of the best football in the NFL.

"This is a new Buffalo Bills team," Wilfork said on Thursday, shortly after announcing his partnership with the Joslin Diabetes Center. "They're 2-0. Looking at them on film, they're making big plays after big plays. There's no smoke and mirrors with them. They're the real deal."

For the Pats to continue on their winning ways, they'll need yet another strong effort from Wilfork and the rest of the Patriots defensive line.

And while the unit has been strong after the first two games of the season, they know their past performances have no bearing on what will happen on Sunday afternoon in Buffalo.

But Buffalo, from a focus standpoint, might present a different kind of challenge for the Patriots when you consider New England has defeated the Bills 15 consecutive times.

"First and foremost, we always respect our opponents," said Pats defensive lineman Shaun Ellis. "It's a game. We have to go out there and play. They're definitely a different ball club."

Buffalo has one of the NFL's most electrifying offenses, with a 1-2 punch on the ground led by Fred Jackson (NFL-best 229 yards rushing this year) and the speedy C.J. Spiller.

"Those two together, make a good team, a good running attack," Wilfork said. "We have our hands full. It's going to be challenging for us once again. Every week so far, we've been challenged."

Adding to the potential distractions is the new-found attention Wilfork and his interception have received.

While Wilfork admitted he slowed down the video and looked at the interception "a couple times" when he saw it on Monday for the first time, he's focused totally on the Bills now.

"I know I can't live on that play forever," he said. "The last thing I can do is go out here Sunday and play the worst game of my career and everybody will turn to me and say, 'If you weren't thinking about the interception, you probably would have played better.' I have to turn the pages on that, after this."

A. Sherrod Blakely can be reached at sblakely@comcastsportsnet.com. Follow Sherrod on Twitter at http:twitter.comsherrodbcsn

Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

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Patriots place Vincent Valentine on IR, promote Geneo Grissom

FOXBORO -- Anyone hoping to see Vincent Valentine make his season debut got some bad news Friday. 

Valentine, who has been inactive for both of the Patriots' first two games with a knee injury, was placed on injured reserve. ESPN's Field Yates was first to report the news.

With Valentine on IR, Geneo Grissom was added to the roster from the practice squad. ESPN's Mike Reiss had that one first:

Valentine, whom the Pats chose 96th overall in 2016, has not been practicing with the team as he's dealt with the knee injury.

A third-round pick of the Pats in 2015, Grissom was released by the team in September and signed to the practice squad a day later. 

Patriots-Texans injury report: Burkhead ruled out

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Patriots-Texans injury report: Burkhead ruled out

The injury report for Sunday's Patriots-Texans game:

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

OUT
RB Rex Burkhead (ribs)
DT Vincent Valentine (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
WR Danny Amendola (concussion/knee)
OT Marcus Cannon (ankle/concussion)
WR Phillip Dorsett (knee)
DB Nate Ebner (shoulder)
CB Stephon Gilmore (groin)
TE Rob Gronkowski (groin)
LB Dont'a Hightower (knee)
WR Chris Hogan (knee)
LB Elandon Roberts (thumb)
CB Eric Rowe (groin)
WR Matthew Slater (hamstring)

HOUSTON TEXANS

OUT
G Jeff Allen (ankle)
WR Will Fuller V (shoulder)
CB Kevin Johnson (knee)

QUESTIONABLE
RB Alfred Blue (ankle)
NT Brandon Dunn (knee)
CB Jonathan Joseph (shoulder)
G Xavier Su'a-Filo (knee)
DE J.J. Watt (finger)

OFF THE LIST
TE Stephen Anderson (concussion)
CB Marcus Burley (knee)
T Chris Clark (wrist)
WR Bruce Ellington (concussion)
TE Ryan Griffin (concussion)