ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. -- After 15 minutes of regular-season play, the Patriots lead the Bills 10-0. Passing along quick-hit notes and observations from the first quarter.
1. Offense stopped on opening drive. The Patriots' offense nearly had its opening drive derailed by a Stevan Ridley fumble, but it was ruled that he had been down just moments before losing the ball. Tom Brady connected with Danny Amendola for one third-down conversion, but he unsuccessfully threw Amendola's direction on another leading to a punt from rookie Ryan Allen.
2. Arrington gets defense off to hot start. While the Patriots nearly had a fumble on their second offensive play, the Bills actually did fumble, as cornerback Kyle Arrington stripped running back C.J. Spiller and defensive tackle Tommy Kelly picked it up on the Bills' 16-yard line. The Patriots were exceptional at forcing turnovers last season. So far, so good in 2013.
3. Brady hooks up with Edelman for first score. It didn't take long for the Patriots' offense to make Buffalo pay, as Brady found Julian Edelman for a beautiful 9-yard score just three plays after the fumble recovery. Edelman has been working as the third receiver for the Patriots thus far today, with Kenbrell Thompkins playing alongside Amendola in the two-wideout sets.
4. Patriots relying on 6 OL early. One wrinkle from the Patriots' offense that we've seen thus far is extensive use of an extra offensive lineman on several plays, as Marcus Cannon has been brought into the game and inserted at left tackle, with regular left tackle Nate Solder being moved around, just as he was during his rookie season. This is the first we've seen of Cannon as a left tackle in regular-season action, and a testament to his versatility as a player.
5. Penalty box. No Patriots were flagged for penalties in the first quarter.