NFL Game Previews: Bills-Patriots Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Bills-Patriots Matchup

This article is part of our NFL Game Previews series.

Buffalo at New England (+7), o/u 46.0 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

Say hello to your 2020 AFC East champions. The Bills are 4-0 since their bye, and they'd have an eight-game winning streak going if not for the Hail Murray back in Week 10. Their last five wins have all been by double digits too; they aren't just squeaking by, they are pummeling clubs, as both the offense and the defense have been locked in. Josh Allen's got an 8:1 TD:INT over the last three while chipping in two rushing scores, and Stefon Diggs leads the NFL in catches and is within 10 yards of DeAndre Hopkins for the receiving yards crown, with Travis Kelce lurking between them. For all the success Buffalo has had this season, though, and for how little they have to play for here (a sliver of a chance at a first-round bye), sweeping the season series from New England would be the perfect icing on the cake. The Pats haven't been total pushovers in their first year without Tom Brady, collecting wins over the Dolphins, Ravens and Cards, but they've lost consecutive games and the problems with the passing game that Brady was papering over have become inescapable. Bill Belichick is publicly toying with the idea of sitting Cam Newton in favor of Jarrett Stidham, but it likely won't matter much who's throwing passes to this motley crew of receivers. If the secondary can keep a lid on Allen, they've got

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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