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Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

Posted on: September 24, 2011 9:27 pm
Edited on: September 24, 2011 9:27 pm
Is this the week the Bills snap their 0-15 losing streak to the Pats? (Getty Images)

Posted by Ryan Wilson

Most reasonable people would agree that Tom Brady is the most important player on the Patriots roster. But despite the mythologizing, he can't beat you by himself. It hasn't come to that just yet for New England, but when the Pats face the Bills Sunday, they'll do so without many of their key players.

Second-year tight end Aaron Hernandez is out with a sprained MCL, and he'll be joined on the sidelines by strong safety Patrick Chung (thumb), defensive tackle Albert Haynesworth (back), wide receiver Taylor Price (hamstring), right tackle Sebastian Vollmer (back), and defensive lineman Mike Wright (concussion).

New England signed safety Ross Ventrone from the practice squad to replace Chung, and Price's absence could mean that this is the week that Chad Ochocinco finally gets on track (he has just three catches in two games). But it appears that against the Bills the team will go with just one healthy tight end: Rob Gronkowski.

While Brady has proven that he can win without big-play wide receivers (look no further than the 2006 season when the Pats' No. 1 wide receiver was Reche Caldwell), New England's already-shaky defense could be in trouble against the suddenly potent Bills offense. breaks down the concerns about the secondary:
With Chung out, the Patriots are dangerously thin and inexperienced at safety. Josh Barrett has started the first two games of the season – his first two games in a Patriots uniform. Sergio Brown has also gotten playing time in the first two weeks, in just his second season since joining the team as an undrafted rookie out of Notre Dame off the practice squad midway through last year. James Ihedigbo also has seen some run in the early going. Ross Ventrone was promoted from the practice squad this weekend. But none of the mix could be considered a known commodity or proven playmaker. Barrett seems to have the most potential of the group, but let’s not forget he’s already playing with a cast on his right hand, while Ihedigbo is more experience on special teams than defense in his career.
The Bills, who Vegas pegged as 8.5-point home underdogs earlier in the week, might have their best chance in years to beat the Patriots. It certainly helps that some of New England's best players will be in their civvies at kickoff. That said, history favors Brady and Belichick. In the last 15 matchups between the two teams, New England is 15-0.

The New England Patriots are prepared to take on the Buffalo Bills on Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Who will come out on top?'s Pat Kirwan and Jason Horowitz go inside the numbers to preview this game. Watch the game on CBS at 1 PM ET.

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Since: Nov 19, 2011
Posted on: December 25, 2011 8:56 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

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Since: Apr 28, 2007
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:10 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

Wasn't one of the "experts" on this broad had Albert Haynesworth as Comeback Player of the Year candidate for 2011.  Yes Billy Belichick will force Albert to be good.  He will get the most out of him, etc, etc.  We will miss his smiling face this week and I am sure other weeks too.  I hate the Pats and Brady and Belichick in particular, but I hope the other guys (Chung, Hernandez) make it back soon.  They look like they want to be there!  Actually I hope Haynesworth returns soon so his Comeback of the Year hopes are not dashed!

Since: Sep 25, 2011
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:07 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

No one will stop the Pats, they'll plug in some no name and keep chuggin along. I hate them , but they are the AFC part of the Superbowl.

Since: Aug 30, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 10:01 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

LAWLS!  Albert Haynesworth even looks like the fat lazy pos that he is.  This just goes to prove people that MONEY does not buy happiness!!...especially Dan Snyder's stolen money!  Snyder steals from Redskins fans, then Albert steals from him, now I'm sure the gov' is stealing from Fatsworth.  Anyone else want on that cursed train?

Since: Jan 15, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:49 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

Compare the three photo's above. Who looks like the malcontent? Can't even smile for a team photo, or at least give a neutral expression. Very professional, I thought he was soooo happy in New England. Maybe this IS his happy face. Miserable! Good Riddance!

Since: May 6, 2009
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:31 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

Why is Haynesworth out?    Maybe he wouldn't turn his cell phone off in meetings.. Or maybe he just weighs too much..  Or maybe he was feeling up a waitress in Boston...  Or maybe doesn't want to line up in the 3 - 4..  Or maybe he has just started to wear on the coaching staff for not......  you know, trying.....

Since: Jul 8, 2008
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:18 am

@PeralsOf Wisdom...I don`t get it ?

Go play hockey ?? I don`t get it? Pound for pound, those ghetto thug cry babies wouldn`t last a minute against an NHL hockey player

Since: Oct 11, 2006
Posted on: September 25, 2011 9:12 am

Chung, Haynesworth, Hernandez all out vs. Bills

missing a back-up NT, back up TE and Patrick Chung
First off, Haynesworth is a starter (just not a good one) and that backup TE is VERY underrated. he's kinda like what the Redskins have in Fred Davis. he makes plays at times and has to be noticed. Chung is the biggest loss, but that backup TE is also pretty huge in my book, i like Aaron Hernandez, always have. Miami made a mistake passing on him.

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