Buffalo QB Fitzpatrick: Naivet helps Bills

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Buffalo QB Fitzpatrick: Naivet helps Bills

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
The Patriots hit the road this week to face an undefeated Bills team. Preparation will be Belichickianly thorough, per usual, but there's one weapon in Buffalo's arsenal that might be tough to plan for.

Inexperience.

As Peter King wrote in his Monday Morning Quarterback column, "Their most important offensive players are everymen, and they can really play."

Like undrafted wideout David Nelson, who caught last weekend's winning touchdown against Oakland; TD leader and waiver pickup from Dallas, Scott Chandler; starting running back and Coe College (huh?) alum Fred Jackson; and seventh round pick Steve Johnson, who is second behind Nelson in receptions this season (12 catches, 162 yards).

At the helm is another seventh rounder, quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick. You know, that novelty Harvard Guy. The Wonderlic Geek. This is Fitzpatrick's seventh season in the league, but just the first year he's gone into and come out of training camp as the Week 1 starter.

King cites Buffalo's band of NFL no-names as a reason for rooting interest. Fitzpatrick says the team is worth cheering because of something else.

These Bills have an edge.

"I think our guys don't know any better,'' the quarterback told King. "They're just out there playing. And them being naive, I think, really helps. They're gaining so much confidence right now because I think they're understanding, 'Hey, it's just football.' I just try to tell them they're good and I want to them to know they're definitely good enough.

"By the end of the Raiders game, the confidence we had in the huddle was just unbelievable. We knew we were going to score every time we had the ball. It almost felt like invincibility.''

Matching up against the star-powered Patriots will be the toughest test Fitzpatrick's team has taken this season. But, from the sounds of it, being ignorant to that very fact is part of the Bills' bliss.

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Rex Ryan poses as Buffalo reporter on conference call with Julian Edelman

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Rex Ryan poses as Buffalo reporter on conference call with Julian Edelman

Buffalo Bills head coach Rex Ryan, always up for a good laugh, posed as a Bills reporter on a conference call with Patriots receiver Julian Edelman.

Brissett's message when he handed off to Belichick? 'Ball security'

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Brissett's message when he handed off to Belichick? 'Ball security'

FOXBORO -- Immediately after Jacoby Brissett scored his first NFL touchdown, a 27-yard designed run against the Texans, he headed over to the Patriots sideline and handed coach Bill Belichick the football. 

Until Tuesday, we didn't know what he said during the exchange, but he indicated that he wanted to keep the ball away from Houston's defenders. On Showtime Tuesday night, as part of Inside the NFL, we found out Brissett repeated one of Belichick's most frequently used lines back to the coach.

"Ball security," Brissett said. 

That was one of the highlights from the show, which pulled some of the best clips from a mic'd up Belichick before and during his team's 27-0 win over the Texans. 

Among the moments captured were Belichick's interactions pregame with former members of the Patriots organization like Vince Wilfork and Romeo Crennel. He was also caught discussing Brissett's warmup with offensive coordinator Josh McDaniels. 

"Looks a little wild here in warmups," Belichick said. 

"He'll be fine," McDaniels replied. "I think he'll settle into it."