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[BN] Blitz newsletter: Awaiting number retirement, Thurman Thomas expresses his Buffalove

Thurman Thomas is one of eight Buffalo Bills players enshrined in the Pro Football Hall of Fame. On Monday night he'll join an even more exclusive group when his No. 34 gets retired, a distinction only Jim Kelly and Bruce Smith have received from the Bills.

“I could put it over the Hall of Fame," Thomas told Vic Carucci for this week's One-on-One coverage Q&A. "I mean, it's that big of an honor knowing that, even though nobody has worn my jersey after 18 years, it’s officially written in stone that it will never be issued again as long as the Buffalo Bills are around."

The recognition is especially meaningful for Thomas because it's happening in Western New York.

"This is a community that I grew up in as a man," Thomas said. "I know all parts of this entire community. Three out of my four kids were born here, and they love it here. I’ve got family here. This is just a perfect fit for me.

"I like being involved in the community. I like doing things, outside of football, in the community – with the mayor, when the governor comes to town. They call me to come to things and I like that because it gives me an opportunity to see what’s going on and be a little bit more involved in the community here and watch the teams turn around. Hopefully, I'll be here one of these days when the Bills and the Sabres win the championship."

Jay Skurski's mailbag: Should the Bills make a play for Chad Kelly? Why is Nathan Peterman still on the team? Will Josh Allen return next Sunday?

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Scouting report: Jay breaks down the matchups for Monday night's game against the New England Patriots.

Vic Carucci's Take Five: The Bills' defense is more likely to rebound against Patriots than Derek Anderson.

Mark Gaughan's X's and O's: Great special teams is another credit in Bill Belichick's legacy.

Play to watch: Mark diagrams the Patriots' 3-4 front with nickel personnel.

Voice of the fan: Now is the time to turn rage into roar.

Power rankings: The Bills aren't last.

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