With the bye week coming up Pats fans are sure to go into withdrawal as their favorite team will not be playing. To get us over that here is a look at what options we have until the Patriots host Buffalo a week from Sunday.

Ugh, I can’t believe it’s almost November already.


Thursday, November 1
Kansas City Chiefs at San Diego Chargers
8:20 p.m. ET on NFLN
Team Patriots West faces Team Norv in the battle of underachieving teams with head coaches on the hot seat.

Virginia Tech at Miami
7:30 p.m. ET on espn
If the AFC West game doesn’t catch your interest then you can always tune in to this ACC game.


Friday, November 2
Washington at Cal
9:00 p.m. on espn2
If you look a lot of scoring this game should appeal to you; expect the combined score to go in to triple digits.


Saturday, November 3
Missouri at Florida, 12 noon on espn2
Ole’ Miss at Georgia, 3:30 on CBS
– BC at Wake Forest, 3:30
– Texas at Texas Tech, 3:30 on ABC or espn2
– Nebraska at Michigan State, 3:30 on ABC or espn2
– Kansas at Baylor, 3:30
– Pitt at Notre Dame, 3:30 on NBC
– Oregon at Southern Cal, 7:00 on Fox
– Oklahoma State at Kansas State, 8:00 on ABC
Alabama at LSU, 8:00 on CBS



On Sunday it is a CBS doubleheader for NFL football. The early game in New England and most of the country is Denver at Cincinnati, with Greg Gumbel and Dan Dierdorf the announcers. The late CBS game is Pittsburgh at the Giants, with Jim Nantz and Phil Simms as the announcers. This game will be shown on all but two (Seattle, San Francisco) CBS stations.

The other early CBS games are as follows; in almost all cases they are only being shown in the markets that markets that always carry those team’s games.

– Bills at Texans: (Ian Eagle, Dan Fouts;Texas and upstate New York).

– Ravens at Browns: (Marv Albert, Rich Gannon; Virginia, Maryland, DC, Ohio).

– Dolphins at Colts: (Kevin Harlan, Solomon Wilcots; Florida, Indiana)

– No CBS early game per NFL television rules: Jacksonville, Nashville, Green Bay


On Fox the New England area an most of the country will get the Panthers at Redskins early; announcers are Marv Albert and Daryl Johnston.

Other games on Fox are as follows:

– Cardinals at Packers (Joe Buck, Troy Aikman; Arizona, Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska, Wisconsin) – early

– Bears at Titans (Thom Brennaman, Brian Billick; Illinois, Indiana, Kentucky, Tennessee) – early

– Lions at Jaguars (Ron Pitts, Mike Martz; Michigan, Toledo, Jacksonville, Gainesville) – early

– Vikings at Seahawks (Chris Myers, Tim Ryan; Minnesota, Montana, Alaska, Washington, Oregon, North and South Dakota, Miami, Baltimore, Indianapolis, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Houston) – late

– Buccaneers at Raiders (Dick Stockton, John Lynch; California, Colorado, Tampa, Orlando, Tallahassee) – late


Sunday Night Football has the Dallas Cowboys at the Atlanta Falcons; Al Michaels and Cris Collinsworth are the announcers.

The Monday night game on espn is Philadelphia at New Orleans; announcers are Mike Tirico and Jon Gruden.





This Day In Patriots History

October 30, 1966:
Jim Nance ran for 208 yards and two touchdowns as the Patriots hold off a late rally and beat the Raiders 24-21 at Fenway Park. Gino Cappelletti also scored on a touchdown pass from Babe Parilli but it was Nance who carried the team on his back as the Pats ran for 281 yards while holding Oakland to just 48 yards on the ground. The Raiders’ Clem Daniels made thing interesting, scoring his second and third touchdowns of the game in the 4th quarter but the Pats held on to improve to 4-2-1 and a first place tie in the AFL east.

October 30, 1977:
Steve Grogan threw three touchdown passes as the Patriots beat the Jets 24-13 at Schaefer Stadium. Daryl Stingley had eight receptions for 121 yards and a touchdown and Stanley Morgan and Don Hasselbeck also caught touchdown passes in the victory. Sam Cunningham rushed for 79 yards, Don Calhoun had 66 yards on just 12 carries and John Smith kicked three field goals as the Pats improved to 5-2, one game behind the Colts in the AFC East.

October 30, 1983:
Robert Weathers ran for 99 yards on 12 carries and added another 55 yards receiving but a late rally fell short as the Patriots lost to the Falcons 24-13 in Atlanta. Derrick Ramsey and Mosi Tatupu both scored on touchdown receptions from Steve Grogan but the Pats were done in by turning the ball over five times.

October 30, 1988:
The Patriots got a bit of revenge from Super Bowl XX, crushing the Bears 30-7. Chicago came into Sullivan Stadium as heavy favorites with a 7-1 record but were outplayed by the Pats in all phases of the game. Doug Flutie threw for four touchdowns against Mike Ditka and the team that dumped him, including an 80-yard statement scoring strike in the first quarter that set the tempo. Lin Dawson had two touchdown catches, Stanley Morgan had another TD, John Stephens rushed for 124 yards and the Pats defense forced three turnovers in the upset win.

October 30, 1994:
Harlon Barnett intercepted two Dan Marino passes but the Patriots could not capitalize and lost to the Dolphins at Foxboro Stadium.

October 30, 2005:
Tedy Bruschi returned to the field for the Patriots for the first time after suffering a stroke 8½ months earlier and the Patriots rallied in the 4th quarter for a come-from behind 21-16 victory over the Bills at Gillette Stadium.

Corey Dillon scored with 7:06 remaining to cut the deficit to 16-14 and then with 5:32 remaining Roosevelt Colvin stripped the ball away from Buffalo QB Kelly Holcomb and recovered the fumble at the Bills 23. Tom Brady hit Deion Branch (3 receptions, 92 yards) with a 22-yard pass and then Dillon scored his second one-yard touchdown of the game for the winning points. Buffalo’s final drive ended when Hank Poteat tackled Eric Moulds short of a first down on a 4th and 7 from the Pats 40.

October 30, 2006:
On Monday Night Football the Patriots defense came up big, picking off four passes and recording four sacks as the Pats beat Minnesota 31-7 at the Metrodome. The only points the Vikings scored came on a 71-yard punt return by Mewelde Moore in the third quarter; Laurence Maroney returned the ensuing kickoff 74 yards to set up a 7-yard touchdown pass from Tom Brady to Troy Brown that put the Patriots up by 17.

Brady threw four touchdown passes, the first time he had done that since 2003. Besides Brown he also hit Reche Caldwell, Ben Watson and Chad Jackson on touchdown scores; Brady finished the game 29-43 for 372 yards. Watson led the Pats with seven receptions for 95 yards while Caldwell had seven catches for 84 yards, and Doug Gabriel had five catches for 83 yards. For the Patriots it was their third straight road win, with all three being by more than 21 points.

October 30, 2011:
Rob Gronkowski has seven receptions for 94 yards but the Patriots lose to Pittsburgh 25-17 at Heinz Field.





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October 30, 1939:
Grace Slick was born in Chicago; it’s tough to imagine that she is now 73.







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