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Bill Belichick says he’s not out for revenge vs. Rex and the Bills

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Justin K. Aller

FOXBOROUGH — Bill Belichick doesn't have revenge on his mind.

The Patriots coach, who is preparing his team to face the Bills Sunday for the second time in 28 days, said Wednesday morning the result of the first game (a 16-0 Buffalo win) has no impact on his mind-set this week.

"Every game is its own entity. I don't care about the games that have happened in the past. We won them, we've lost them, I don't think it matters,'' said Belichick, who is 3-0 in rematches with the Bills after his Patriots have lost the first game of the season series. "What matters is this week. I'm not just saying on Sunday. What matters is what happens in the week leading up to [the game] — the preparation . . . I don't really care about those other games.''

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As for those preparations, Belichick said the team "emptied the tank against Pittsburgh. It's time to fill it up again.''

The first matchup between the clubs began with some fireworks when Buffalo safety Robert Blanton got into a pregame shoving match with New England rookie Malcolm Mitchell. Blanton had bumped quarterback Jacoby Brissett while the Patriots pair were doing some sprints and Mitchell jumped in to defend his fellow rookie.

Several players and assistants helped quickly break up the minor melee. Blanton and fellow defensive backs Aaron Williams and Nickell Robey-Coleman were fined for their actions. No Patriots were penalized.

When asked if his team needed to be more mentally alert this week in case the Bills again tried to play the role of pregame bullies, Belichick said his mind-set is on football.

"I think what we need to do this week is go up there and play a good football game in all three phases,'' said Belichick. "That's what we're focused on.''

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The Patriots will head to Western New York looking to keep a lengthy streak in tact. New England hasn't been swept by an AFC foe in 15 seasons.


Jim McBride can be reached at james.mcbride@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @globejimmcbride.