Patriots vs Bills Game Primer:
Four weeks ago, the cocky bills came into Foxborough fresh off a win in Arizona and beat a Brady-less Patriots. After that, they won 2 more games to extend their winning streak to 4. As a result, people were saying they had a chance to contend with the Patriots in the AFC east. Then last week, they let the Dolphins run all over them, and gave Jay Ajayi his second straight 200+ yard rushing game. Remember when Rex fired Greg Roman to keep his lesser brother calling the defense? Not only was it a bad divisional loss, but had they beaten Miami, this upcoming game against the Pats would have been so much more meaningful, with the chance to move into first place. (even though we all know that could never happen)
Offensive keys to victory:
Since Miami exploited Rex Ryan’s run defense, look for the Patriots offense to air it out early. That sounds like the wrong thing to do right? It’s not, If Brady can get into a rhythm with Edelman and James White in the short passing game, it will set up the intermediate routes to TE’s Gronk and Marty B. They might even try some things down the field to Chris Hogan, who has shown the ability to get open deep. They’ll let Rex and the Bills decide which Patriots playmakers beats them with their pick your poison, mismatch nightmare offense. After they build a comfortable lead Blount will take the load, running at, and breaking down a tired defense, waiting to get on the warm busses. When this one is said and done, Brady will have another great game, and continue his weekly demolition of the league, and every team in his path… Hey Rex I don’t care what you say after the game, we won’t see you in the playoffs.
Defensive keys to victory:
Watch for the patriots to step up big on defense against the Bills this time around. In their first meeting, LeSean McCoy ran all over them, which made the bootleg passing game and run option open up for Tyrod Taylor. This time Shady McCoy is Injured with a hamstring and even if he does play, he most likely won’t be the same guy. The Pats will deploy a QB spy to negate Tyrod Taylor’s ability to move the chains with his legs. The one thing I would like to see them do differently is to let their corners play more aggressive man to man. They give up chunks of yardage through the air at times, but even so, they’re still 4th in the NFL in points allowed. Speaking of corners, it’s looking like former Eagles 2nd round draft pick Eric Rowe (acquired in a trade before the season) is challenging Logan Ryan for the right corner job. He Played every single snap (73), to Ryan’s 31 last week against the Steelers. Rookie 6th rounder Elandon Roberts is also carving out a role as the team’s 3rd linebacker behind Hightower and Collins, and he has shown flashes to be another great late round pickup by Bill. If they plan to use more 3 linebacker sets against the Bills, he’ll be that guy. This is the week the Patriots defense finally plays to its full potential against a solid team.
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