Bills-based view from Buffalo

Collecting some links from Buffalo on the Bills' perspective leading into Sunday's game:

1. Bills gained confidence in last year's win. Mark Gaughan notes that the last time the Patriots lost three games in a row, "Bills cornerback Stephon Gilmore was a 12-year-old sixth-grader [and] Bills quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick was taking economics classes as a sophomore at Harvard University." The Bills hope to hang a third straight loss on the Patriots on Sunday and defensive back/linebacker Bryan Scott said Buffalo's Week 3 victory over the Patriots last season has given them confidence.

2. Moorman move a surprise. Buffalo News columnist Jerry Sullivan writes on the Bills' unexpected move of releasing veteran punter Brian Moorman this week, and how it's a big gamble. In addition to serving as a team captain and punter, Moorman was also the holder for kicker Rian Lindell.

3. Let's talk Fitzpatrick vs. Brady. Sal Maiorana and Leo Roth of the Rochester News & Democrat offer up their always entertaining "conversation" on the Bills' upcoming game, and they start with a comparison between quarterbacks Ryan Fitzpatrick and Tom Brady.

4. Bills players dissect Patriots' defense. Some of Buffalo's key personnel on offense shares insight on what they see from the Patriots' defense, which includes plenty of two-deep safeties, Mark Gaughan of the Buffalo News reports.

5. Scott making things happen -- at linebacker. Bryan Scott has carved out a niche with the Bills as a nickel linebacker, which means he's likely to be on the field a lot against the Patriots. Sal Maiorana of the Rochester Democrat & Chronicle details Scott's interesting journey toward finding that role.

6. Buffalo News staff picks. The Bills are 4-point underdogs and the Buffalo News staff makes its selections -- 3 staffers pick the Patriots, and 3 pick the Bills.