Patriots changing secondary tough on Bills game plan


Patriots changing secondary tough on Bills game plan

FOXBORO -- To some people in New England, the moving parts in the Patriots secondary doesn't exactly make them feel as though everything back there is going to be just fine.

But preparing for all the different pieces in the Patriots secondary can be frustrating to opposing coaches. And entering this Sunday's game against the Patriots at Gillette Stadium, Buffalo Bills coach Chan Gailey is having a tough time trying to figure out New England's secondary because of its moving parts.

"The issue with their secondary is they have had so many people beat up," said Gailey in a conference call on Wednesday. "They have struggled to have continuity. You have Devin McCourty playing corner, you have him playing safety, and you have different people in there playing in different spots from time to time.

"The thing that they have been able to do is win and gain a ton of experience with a lot of different people. It is going to improve their secondary overall as time goes on. The moving of people around has created a problem for them as far as making sure everybody is on the same page as far as covering every pass the way I know they would like to, and the way they have done it in the past."

But again, that is also a problem for the Bills, who are trying to game plan for it.

"You do not know who you are going to get where," said Gailey. "You do not know how to read one guy. If you can watch four or five games on a guy, you can sometimes get a read on him. When you do not have that it is very difficult to do."

Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1


Royer's late goal rallies Red Bulls past Revolution, 2-1

HARRISON, N.J. - Daniel Royer finished a nice sequence in the 74th minute, Luis Robles made a diving save in the closing minutes and the New York Red Bulls rallied to beat the New England Revolution 2-1 on Saturday night.

Felipe sent the ball left to Kemar Lawrence alongside the box and he put a cross to Royer on the back post for an easy finish on his fourth goal.

Robles, who only allowed Lee Nguyen's penalty kick in the ninth minute, preserved the win with his fourth save, diving to his left to block Diego Fagundez's shot from outside the box.

Bradley Wright-Phillips tied it for New York (6-6-2), which was winless in its last four matches, when he pounced on a loose ball and backheeled it into the net. New England goalkeeper Cody Cropper had pounced on a cross by Kemar Lawance, but Cropper could hold on and Wright-Phillips was there to clean up for his sixth goal.

Damien Perrinelle fouled Fagundez in the penalty area after a great pass from Kei Kamara, allowing Nguyen to step up for his sixth goal. New England (4-5-4) had won two straight and lost just one of its previous six. It is 0-5-2 on the road.