The New England Patriots look to remain the AFC’s only unbeaten as Rex Ryan and the Buffalo Bills travel to Foxboro on Monday night.
Although the Bills offense has been stagnant of late, their defense has improved immensely. Ryan has his guys playing stout, hard-nosed football, which they will greatly need going up against Tom Brady. His players seem motivated and prepared to battle the NFL’s best. “(The Patriots) haven’t won everything yet, so we have to keep fighting,” linebacker Preston Brown said. “You never know what’s going to happen in the NFL.”
The Pats look to continue their offensive prowess. Although the loss of Julian Edelman hurts, the next small, unheralded receiver comes into play. The resurgence of Danny Amendola gives New England the burst Edelman provided. His quick cuts and jukes allow this potent passing attack to keep its form, even with the loss of their No. 1 receiver.
The ground game will be huge for the Bills come Monday night. Offensively, they’re likely to lean on McCoy and Williams in an effort to keep Brady and Co. off the field. The running backs have combined for 358 yards and four touchdowns over the past two games. McCoy also had 89 yards on 5.9 per carry in the first meeting with New England. This duo has its work cut out for them if they want to keep Buffalo in the game.
At the end of the day, we all know what’s going to happen… The Patriots will come out slow, and everyone will worry that their first loss is about to happen. Then, their oracle, Bill Belichick, will fire them up and push them to a victory. The game-plan will be simple for New England – keep the offense on the field and don’t let up on Rex Ryan’s Bills.
Key Match-Ups – Malcolm Butler (Patriots) vs. Sammy Watkins (Bills) and Patriots Front Seven vs. LeSean McCoy/Karlos Williams
X – Factor – LeGarrette Blount
Prediction: BUF (16) – NE (27)
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