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

Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

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Affleck offers passionate Brady defense when asked about Deflategate

When the topic of Deflategate was broached on HBO's Any Given Wednesday with Bill Simmons, which debuted this week, Ben Affleck became all kinds of fired up.

"What they did was suspend Tom Brady for four days for not giving them his [expletive] cellphone," Affleck said. "I would never give an organization as leak-prone as the NFL my [expletive] cellphone . . . so you can just look through my emails and listen to my voicemails?"

Affleck grew up in Cambridge, Mass. and is a passionate Patriots fan. He made no attempts to hide his fandom, and his appreciation for Brady, as he and Simmons (also a Patriots fan) discussed the football-deflation controversy that has now lasted well over a year. 

Affleck, who said he would want to cast himself as Brady if ever a Deflategate movie was made, harped on the fact that the league wanted Brady to turn over his phone. 

"Maybe Tom Brady is so [expletive] classy and such a [expletive] gentleman," Affleck said, "that he doesn’t want people to know that he may have reflected on his real opinion on some of his co-workers."

Brady is waiting for the Second Circuit to make a decision as to whether or not it will rehear his case against the NFL. Earlier this offseason, the Second Circuit reinstated Brady's four-game suspension issued by the league when a three-judge panel ruled in favor of the NFL, 2-1. 

Pro Football Talk wrote on Thursday that a decision from the Second Circuit could come at any time. If the rehearding request is denied, Brady could then take the case to the Supreme Court. Should the Second Circuit grant Brady a rehearing, his suspension would be delaed until the court reached a decision. In that case, Brady could potentially play the entire 2016 season before a decision came to pass. 

Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

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Brady posts high school essay to Facebook on living in his sisters' shadow

Tom Brady wasn't always the most famous person in his family. Growing up, his sisters were the accomplished athletes in the household. 

For his latest Throwback Thursday style Facebook post, Brady published a pair of photos of an old high school essay that he wrote in the fall of his senior year in 1994. It was titled "The way my sisters influenced me."

I found an essay I wrote in 1994... I love my big sisters! #tbt. Thanks for the good grade Mr Stark!

Posted by Tom Brady on Thursday, June 23, 2016

In it, he discusses some of the difficulties of growing up with three older sisters and no brothers. Because Maureen, Julie and Nancy Brady had achieved so much in softball, basketball and soccer, Brady -- or "Tommy," as he signed his paper -- had trouble getting noticed. 

Of course, it wouldn't be long before Brady was headed from San Mateo, California to Ann Arbor, Michigan in order to play football for the Wolverines. He probably had no trouble garnering attention by then. Still, it's funny to read about how he felt overlooked in his youth. 

He closed the essay explaining that he knew his sisters would always provide him support throughout his life, adding, "hopefully, just maybe, one day people will walk up to them and say, 'Aren't you Tommy's sister?' or 'Hey where is your brother?' Maybe . . . "

If the Brady sisters didn't get those kinds of comments by the time the baby of the family was given an 'A' for his English assignment, it probably didn't take long before they did. About seven years later, he took over as the starting quarterback of the Patriots.