AFC Game Of The Week
New England Patriots (6-1) at Buffalo Bills (4-3)
Patriots: This is the best team in football right now and this Patriots team reminds me a lot of the 2014 club — and they won the Super Bowl that year. We saw what they were able to do without Tom Brady in those first four games. They won three of the four. Since he’s been back, they are on a three-game winning streak and have pretty much separated themselves from everyone in the AFC. The Patriots offense has been what you expected it to be once Brady got back under center. They’re averaging 31 points per game and Brady has completed 75 percent of his passes and has thrown eight touchdown passes and zero interceptions. As much of a pass oriented offense as they are, they are also ranked sixth in the league in rushing, averaging 122 yards per game. The last time they played the Bills, it was the fourth and final game of the deflategate suspension and the Patriots were shut out at home. That was their first scoreless home game since 1993 and their first ever at Gillette. That just goes to show you how good they’ve been at home. They’ll look for their fourth straight win in Orchard Park on Sunday.
Bills: After the 0-2 start, the Bills made some changes and decided to fire their then offensive coordinator Greg Roman and at the time and it was the best thing the Bills could’ve done because their offense has been much improved since deciding to make the change. Tyrod Taylor has been making some nice throws and controlling the offense more and LeSean McCoy was getting more touches and was starting to look like that guy again that had made a name for himself in Philadelphia. They had a nice winning streak going for them until last week when they fell short to the Miami Dolphins. You never know what to expect from the Bills because not many expected them to be in second place right now in this division but with the struggles of the Jets, here they are. Last week in Florida, the Bills gave up a total of 256 yards rushing to the Dolphins and that’s a shocker considering that Rex prides himself on putting pressure on the quarterback and shutting down the running game. That wasn’t the case last week. This is a big game on Sunday for the Bills with New England riding into town.
Patriots Player To Watch: Jamie Collins– He’s become one of the best all-around defensive players to watch. He can drop back in coverage, he can line up as a defensive end and no matter how he’s being used, he’s very productive. The Bills will look to get the running game going early on and Collins will swarm to the ball.
Bills Player To Watch: Marcell Dareus– He couldn’t be making his debut at a better time. He missed the first four games suspended for violating the league’s substance abuse policy and then missed the last three with a hamstring injury. They are eager to get him back after giving up over 250 yards rushing.
Prediction: The Bills were fortunate enough to face Jacoby Brissett in their first meeting. Sunday, they’ll see Tom Brady the second time around. Rex will try to implement the best game plan defensively to shut down Brady but in the end, the Patriots will be too much for the Bills. I like New England in this one. Patriots 37 Bills 24