2016-10-29 / Sports

Brady’s back with chance to extend dominance over Bills

By JOHN WAWROW
AP Sports Writer

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. — Bills safety Corey Graham was attending high school in Buffalo and has only a vague recollection of the blockbuster trade his hometown team made to acquire Drew Bledsoe from New England in April 2002.

Bledsoe was the established star and expected to fill Buffalo’s long-term need at quarterback. Tom Brady, meanwhile, was still an emerging quantity after filling in for an injured Bledsoe and helping the Patriots win a Super Bowl that year.

What amuses Graham in retrospect is being reminded of Bledsoe arriving at the Bills headquarters by police escort and greeted by thousands of fans and a marching band.

“Ha, ha, ha,” he said. “It just shows, they held a parade for Bledsoe, and look at Tom. Tom turned out to be one of the best to ever do it.”

In the meantime, Tom Terrific has spent much of these past 15 seasons being the bane of the NFL, and Buffalo in particular.

Brady is 25-3 overall against Buffalo, with a chance to match the NFL record for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent on Sunday, when the Patriots (6-1) play at the Bills (4-3). Brett Favre won 26 games against Detroit.

It’ll be Brady’s first and only regular-season meeting against his AFC East rival after he sat out a 16-0 loss at Foxborough on Oct. 2 while serving his “Deflategate” suspension.

In three wins, Brady is 76 of 101 for 1,004 yards with eight touchdowns and no interceptions.

He credited the Bills for how they performed in beating a New England team with rookie Jacoby Brissett filling in quarterback. And he dismissed questions of having any added motivation to redeem the loss or bitter feelings over the suspension .

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