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From the archives | 2003

Bills, with Lawyer Milloy, rout Patriots 31-0 in opener

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. - It was as if the Bills were the Patriots and the Patriots were the Bills. It was as if Tom Brady was Drew Bledsoe, and vice versa. It was Buffalo coach Gregg Williams being asked whether he had gotten into Brady’s head, with nobody wondering if the Patriots’ Bill Belichick got into Bledsoe’s head, as is often the case.

After last season’s two lopsided Patriots wins, one might have expected a downtrodden Buffalo team and an upbeat New England squad yesterday, and a Patriots victory. What happened, a 31-0 Buffalo win, the worst opening day loss in Patriots history, was just the opposite.

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