Welker's records go to waste in loss


Welker's records go to waste in loss

By Mary Paoletti
CSNNE.com Staff Reporter Follow @mary_paoletti
ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- When a guy like Wes Welker breaks receiving records, you'd think it would be in a win.

No such luck.

Welker had a career-high 217 yards in New England's 34-31 loss to Buffalo on Sunday. That number is also a franchise-best, better than Terry Glenn's 1999 mark of 214. And his 16 catches tied Troy Brown's single-game total from 2002.

Blowing a 21-0 second-quarter lead en route to a divisional heartbreaker, however, isn't a great way to celebrate.

"It pretty much detracts everything. We lost the game," Welker said afterward. "What should be a great, fun day of breaking records and doing all those things has turned totally the opposite."

But Welker wasn't crying for himself and his two touchdown catches. He knows better than to dwell on individual effort -- good or bad. And there was a whole lot of bad for the good he did, anyway.

"I think the turnovers really killed us in the end," he said. "We were able to do some good things out there and moved the ball pretty well and things like that. We get in key positions, we can't turn the ball over and make some of those mistakes and pick sixes and different things like that. We didn't play very good complimentary football with each other."

Buffalo's 'D' had some excellent breaks against Tom Brady.

For all the yardage the Patriots quarterback racked up with Welker, he found trouble elsewhere. Brady threw four interceptions at Ralph Wilson Stadium -- as many as he had in the entire 2010 regular season. That number is a big reason why Welker's production went to waste.

"I think any time you turn the ball over, especially in some of the situations we were in, it's never good. It's never good for your psyche, it's never good for the team, it's never good for scoring points," Welker acknowledged.

He also made a point to reemphasize the team as a unit, and its responsibility for the loss.

"This isn't just on Tom," Welker said. "It's everybody getting on the same page and understanding that we're in this together and we all need to make plays and we're all accountable for it.

"Buffalo's a tough football team and they played really well," he said. "They kept fighting and you've got to give them all the credit."

Unfortunately for Welker, even after his tremendous night of work, everybody will.

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Jets coach Todd Bowles: 'Garoppolo can play'


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The Jets don't have to play the Patriots during the first four weeks of the season, but they'll be watching as their division rivals go to work with Jimmy Garoppolo behind center. 

Jets head coach Todd Bowles is expecting more of the same from New England despite Tom Brady's four-game suspension.

"Garoppolo can play," Bowles told the New York Daily News. "They don't worry about who they have. They just have a system in place and they go play football. I think people underestimate that. You still have to knock off the champs. It's theirs until somebody takes it from them."

The Patriots haven't had a quarterback other than Brady take snaps of consequence since Brady tore his ACL in Week 1 of the 2008 season. Garoppolo is still a relative unknown given his 31 total pass attempts over the last two years, but with coach Bill Belichick still on the sidelines, and Belichick's system still in place, Bowles is assuming the Patriots will be a very good team once again -- even without their best player for the first month of the season. 

"They got a good team," Bowles said. "It's not just us. It's everybody. We split 1-1 (against them last year). They're a tough team. They're a tough out. They've had a coach and a quarterback and a system in place for a long time. There's a bunch of ways to skin a cat. They've found pretty good ways to skin it. They do what they have to."

Patriots celebrate 15-year anniversary of 2001 team with videos, Hall exhibit


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The Patriots have announced a series of initiatives to celebrate the 2001 Super Bowl championship team on the 15th aniversary of their title-winning season.

Throughout the course of the 2016 season, the Patriots will feature special content online and on Patriots All-Access that will lead up to Dec. 4, when Gillette Stadium will host a reunion of the 2001 team during halftime of the Patriots-Rams regular-season matchup. 

The Patriots have already featured images of moments from the 2001 campaign on tickets for their eight regular-season home games. They'll also have a special exhibit dedicated to the 2001 team at The Hall at Patriot Place beginning in the fall. In addition, issues of Patriots Football Weekly this year will include posters of shots from the 2001 season. 

"The Super Bowl XXXVI win over the Rams was the first championship for our team and will always hold a very special place in our hearts," Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft said in a statement. "The victory made everyone that ever wore a Patriots uniform or rooted for the Patriots on the bleachers at Foxboro Stadium feel proud to be a fan. I know I am looking forward to reliving some of those great memories throughout the 2016 season."

The Patriots said that video vignettes focused on the 2001 season will launch this week on Twitter and Facebook as well as on Patriots.com.