NEW YORK (AP) Comments on the New England Patriots by the AP Pro32 panel (ranking in parentheses):
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (8)
Chris Berman (ESPN, 6) - Back to just outscoring opponents.
Clifton Brown (Sporting News, 6) - The defense still needs to improve, but the offense is just fine.
Cris Collinsworth (NBC Sports, 6)
Rich Gannon (CBS Sports/SiriusXM NFL Radio, 7) - Still can't figure out why they aren't significantly better on defense.
Bob Glauber (Newsday, 8) - Pats continue dominance of Bills, but not before sweating out a shootout win at home. Pass defense continues to be an issue for Bill Belichick's group, though. Needed a game-saving end zone interception from Devin McCourty to win it.
Rick Gosselin (Dallas Morning News, 7) - Only five quarterbacks have thrown more passes this season than the 358 of Tom Brady - but none have thrown fewer interceptions (three).
Clark Judge (CBSSports.com, 8) - Now the Big Dig refers to the holes the Patriots' need to fix in their secondary.
Ira Kaufman (Tampa Tribune, 10) - All is well in Foxborough Aqib Talib to the rescue.
Pat Kirwan (SiriusXM NFL Radio/CBSSports.com, 5) - As long as Tom Brady is healthy it doesn't seem to matter who else is on the field. Aaron Hernandez is out and the team goes 3-1 without him.
John Lynch (Fox Sports, 7) - They held on vs. the Bills but this defense needs to tighten up to win another Lombardi.
Alex Marvez (Foxsports.com, 3) - Although a 37-31 victory over Buffalo was closer than it needed to be because of ongoing defensive issues, the Patriots still rolled to a third straight win for further separation in the AFC East.
Dan Pompei (Chicago Tribune, 7) - The offense is humming; will Aqib Talib save the defense?