ORCHARD PARK, N.Y.

Having apparently been kept in the dark since being drafted by the Bills, rookie cornerback Tre’Davious White was genuinely curious about Patriots quarterback Tom Brady’s career-long dominance of Buffalo.

“Uh, no, I don’t know the record. What is it?” the first-round draft pick asked.

He was informed of Brady going 26-3 against his AFC East rival, and needing one more win to break Brett Favre’s record (set against Detroit) of most victories by a quarterback against one opponent.

“Phew,” he said. “Yeah, that’s a good winning percentage.”

Impressed as White might be, the numbers ultimately didn’t matter much.

“I don’t care about it because I wasn’t here,” he said, while noting much of Buffalo’s roster has changed under first-year coach Sean McDermott. “We’ve got pretty much a new core of guys, including myself. So we’ll see how it goes.”

Youthful enthusiasm prevails at a time the Bills (6-5) attempt to keep pace in the AFC playoff picture while hosting an opponent on Sunday they’ve defeated five times in their past 34 meetings.

“I understand what you’re getting at there,” McDermott said, referring to Buffalo’s struggles against New England. “What I’m most focused on right now is the game this weekend.”

Buffalo has regained some semblance of momentum following a 16-10 win at Kansas City , which snapped a three-game skid in which the Bills were outscored 135-55, and allowed 1,242 yards offense. It didn’t help that McDermott’s decision backfired in benching quarterback Tyrod Taylor in favor of rookie Nathan Peterman, who threw five first-half interceptions in a 54-24 loss at the Los Angeles Chargers on Nov. 19.

The Patriots (9-2) have won seven in a row and set an NFL record by clinching the team’s 17th consecutive winning season following a 35-17 win over Miami . It’s a run during which Brady has completed 176 of 253 attempts for 1,975 yards with 16 touchdowns and three interceptions.

The Patriots’ revamped defense has rebounded by not having allowed more than 17 points in its past seven games after giving up an average 32 in its first four.



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