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Patriots vs. Bills: Pregame Notes

CAPTAINS ELECTED
The Patriots elected their 2006 team captains in the week leading up to today's game. The players selected QB Tom Brady, WR Troy Brown, LB Tedy Bruschi, S Rodney Harrison, SpT Larry Izzo, DL Richard Seymour and LB Mike Vrabel. The same seven players were also selected as captains in 2005.

HOME OPENERS
The Patriots are 9-2 in their last 11 home openers, including a 4-0 record in home openers at Gillette Stadium. The last time the Patriots fell in a home opener was on Sept. 23, 2001, when they dropped a 10-3 decision to the New York Jets at Foxboro Stadium. In addition to the Patriots' current four-game winning streak in home openers, they won five straight from 1995-99.

BELICHICK GOES FOR 100TH WIN
Patriots Head Coach Bill Belichick enters today's game with 99 career regular season victories (99-77, .563). If the Patriots win today, Belichick would become the 31st head coach in the NFL's 87-year history to reach the 100-win mark. Belichick enters today's game with a 63-33(.636) record in the regular season since becoming Patriots head coach in 2000. He is already the franchise's winningest head coach in terms of victories and winning percentage.

PLAYER INACTIVES
NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS
No. Player Pos.
17 Chad Jackson WR
45 Garrett Mills TE
54 Tedy Bruschi LB
64 Gene Mruczkowski G/C
77 Nick Kaczur T
85 Doug Gabriel WR
91 Marquise Hill DL
96 Johnathan Sullivan DL
BUFFALO BILLS
No. Player Pos.
16 Craig Nall 3QB
26 Ashton Youboty CB
36 Shaud Williams RB
41 Matt Bowen S
60 Brad Butler OL
62 Aaron Merz OL
91 Eric Powell DL
96 John DiGiorgio LB

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