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    the Patriots quarterback posted a video on social media playfully announcing his impending arrival."Another great win http://www.patriotsauthorizedshop.co...k-chung-jersey , 5-2. Got to get to 6-2," he said, walking alongside teammate Lawrence Guy following a 38-31 victory at Chicago last weekend. And when Guy chimed in by saying, "6-2 on the way," Brady responded with a wide-eyed: "Woo! Bills Mafia, here we come."Bills fans, who refer to themselves as the "Mafia," naturally took Brady's remarks as a taunt in advance of Buffalo (2-5) hosting New England on Monday night.The more upset fans are, the better, Bills defensive end Jerry Hughes said."I think it's perfect," Hughes said. "I think that's great to get our fans riled up, because we're going to need all that anger, all that hostility."The young, patchwork and offensively challenged Bills could use whatever edge they can get for various reasons.They're already on their third starting quarterback, with Derek Anderson filling in for injured rookie Josh Allen; have scored just 81 points; and have lost by 22 or more three times, including a 37-5 meltdown at Indianapolis last weekend.Then there's the prospect of facing Brady, who at 41, has every good reason to be upbeat given his career-long string of dominance over New England's AFC East rival.With a 28-3 record against Buffalo, Brady holds the NFL mark for most wins by a quarterback against one opponent. His 466 yards passing in a 40-32 win at Buffalo in 2015 are the most against the Bills. He threw five touchdown passes — four to Randy Moss alone — in having a hand in Buffalo's most lopsided home loss Eric Rowe Jersey , a 56-10 Patriots win in 2007.And Brady also contributed to the Patriots racking up 580 yards offense — the most allowed by Buffalo at home — in a 52-28 win in 2012.The past means nothing to the Patriots, who are 31-5 against Buffalo since 2000, when Bill Belichick took over as coach."It's always tough in Buffalo," Belichick said, discounting the fact the Patriots have won six straight at Orchard Park, New York, by a combined margin of 230-144.The Patriots enters the game on a roll, having scored 38 or more points in winning four straight.Bills defensive tackle Kyle Williams took no exception to Brady's remarks."Why wouldn't the man be confident, right? I think that comes with good players," Williams said, referring to Brady's 201-57 career record. "Good players are confident. Great players are even more confident. That's no shock."NOT READY FOR PRIME TIMEThe Bills are 2-10 in their past 12 Monday night games, and have lost six straight since a 23-18 win at Miami in 1999. Buffalo hasn't hosted a Monday night game since Phil Dawson hit a decisive 56-yard field goal with 1:39 remaining in a 29-27 loss to Cleveland on Nov. 17, 2008.Buffalo is 0-13 in games played on either Sunday or Monday nights since a 2000 season-opening 16-13 win against Tennessee. Adding in Thursday and Saturday night games, Buffalo is a combined 3-18 since 2001.UNDERDOGS AGAINBills coach Sean McDermott shrugged when informed the Patriots opened as 11-point favorites."Is that new?" he said, before noting how the Patriots won the AFC championship last season and extended their NFL record by winning their ninth consecutive division title."Until you beat them, then they're going to be favored. That's how it works," McDermott said.MICHEL ON THE MENDThe Patriots will likely be without rookie running back Sony Michel, who hurt his left knee injury against Chicago.Michel missed New England's first two practices this week, and leads the team with 422 yards rushing and four TDs. His absence would leave the Patriots with James White and Kenjon Barner as the only healthy running backs on the roster.MISTER MONDAYBrady has no trouble getting up for Monday. His 48 career touchdown passes on Monday night are the fourth most in history behind Dan Marino (74) Authentic David Andrews Jersey , Brett Favre (69) and Drew Brees (50).Brady also enters the matchup with Buffalo on the cusp of becoming the NFL's all-time leader in touchdown passes, counting playoffs. Peyton Manning tops the list with 579, Brady is second with 575.RETIRING NO. 34The Bills will honor Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas by retiring his No. 34 during halftime. He joins quarterback Jim Kelly and defensive end Bruce Smith as the only Bills player to earn the honor.Thomas hopes his presence and Brady's comments regarding Bills fans might spur Buffalo."The fans will be riled up now because of what Tom Brady said," he said.No matter the outcome, Thomas added: "It'll be a special night. It absolutely means more than anything I could ever imagine right now at this point in my life."AP Sports Writer Kyle Hightower contributed to this report.This story has been corrected to indicate Bills' last Monday night home game was against Cleveland in 2008.Patriots sign running back Kenneth Farrow to fill their final practice squad spot The New England Patriots have plenty of depth across their roster, but one position is not as deep as it should be: running back. After re-signing Kenjon Barner yesterday, the team now has three backs on its active roster with first-round rookie Sony Michel and veteran James White as the clear one-two punch. New England therefore added another layer of depth today by signing Kenneth Farrow to its practice squad (according to ESPN’s Field Yates).Farrow had been with the Patriots twice before: New England originally signed him late during the preseason but let him go again on roster cutdown day. Two weeks later, he returned to the team via its practice squad but again was released shortly afterwards. Now, he is back to fill the team’s final practice squad spot – one that was previously occupied by fellow running back Ralph Webb.After a productive career at Houston, Kenneth Farrow went undrafted in 2016. The then-San Diego Chargers picked him up as a free agent, and he was able to make the team as a reserve back. Injuries pushed Farrow up the depth chart and led to the versatile back appearing in 13 of the Chargers’ games during his rookie year. Before seeing his season end with a shoulder injury in December, he amassed 73 touches for 262 yards.The 5’9, 220 lbs back was unable to bounce back from the injury in 2017 and spent all of it on injured reserve as well. In April, the Chargers elected to release Farrow and he remained on the open market until New England signed him on August 27. Before getting waived on cutdown day, the 25-year old appeared in one preseason contest and registered five rushes for 24 yards while playing 16 offensive snaps.With Farrow now back in the mix, the Patriots’ practice squad looks as follows:
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