Here we go again. Another game against the Pats.
I can honestly say that most of our expectations are pretty low for this one. The Pats starters willl play as they are still battling for seeding. This is a good team (that keeps getting better and the refs love ’em) and one that the Bills will play tough but probably not keep up with for 4 quarters.
Besides, this isn’t the important game. Beating Miami next week. That is important. Other teams losing. That is important. (There was a great piece by Jerry Sullivan in The Buffalo News yesterday about this. But today it is a paid piece. What? Seriously? We don’t make you pay for anything here at the CBBB (because you probably wouldn’t)!)
So let’s watch this one and not think playoffs… and hope for an upset.
And enjoy your Christmas and Christmas Eve!
Pats 34, Bils 21
Here’s what others think:
The Bills are playing for the playoffs, with the Patriots playing for seeding. There is more motivation for the Bills, but the Pats are the better team. Tom Brady and the offense have a big day.
Pats 31, Bills 21
This matchup between the New England Patriots and the Buffalo Bills is the Rob Gronkowski revenge game. Gronk had better have his head on a swivel. I don’t think the Bills will do anything dirty, but Gronkowski is definitely a marked man.
Buffalo will be looking to hit hard in this game, but the Patriots have the advantage. They’re at home, and they desperately need a win to keep the top seed in the AFC. There could be a bit of a letdown after last week’s dramatic win over the Pittsburgh Steelers, but it won’t last long.
The Bills don’t do enough on the offensive side of the ball to scare the Patriots once they tighten up. Buffalo essentially has three weapons—Tyrod Taylor, LeSean McCoy and Charles Clay—and the Patriots should be able to handle them. I like the Bills defense, but the Patriots offense is special. Don’t expect this one to be close in the end.
Pats 31, Bills 20
The Bills need a rare win in New England to stay viable in the playoff race. Buffalo actually won big there last year, but that was with Jacoby Brissett starting for Bill Belichick. Tom Brady has only lost to the Bills at home once, in a meaningless Week 17 game three years ago. The Bills should run right at Matt Patricia’s defense, which has struggled to stop opposing ground attacks. That said, while New England is 29th in total yards allowed, they’re sixth in points yielded. Talk about bending without breaking. At some point, Tyrod Taylor must challenge the Patriots’ secondary down the field. Otherwise, Buffalo’s hopes rest on playing clock ball. Brady, by the way, has thrown at least one interception in each of the past four games. If he tosses another this weekend, that’ll make it five straight (math!), which he hasn’t done since 2002. Cool. His team is also 31-4 in December home games since 2001. So there’s that.
Pats 34, Bills 17