NFL Week 17 Predictions

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Bills Vs Patriots: Bills 20 – 17

Bears Vs Vikings: Vikings 28 – 21

Jaguars Vs Texans: Texans 24 – 10

Chargers Vs Chiefs: Chargers 34 – 31

Saints Vs Buccaneers: Saints 42 – 17

Browns Vs Ravens: Ravens 24 – 20

Cowboys Vs Redskins: Cowboys 31 – 16

Colts Vs Titans: Colts 21 – 13

Jets Vs Dolphins: Dolphins 21 – 14

Eagles Vs Giants: Giants 27 – 23

Panthers Vs Falcons: Falcons 28 – 27

Lions Vs Packers: Packers 24 – 21

Rams Vs Seahawks: Seahawks 35 – 23

Raiders Vs Broncos: Broncos 28 – 20

Cardinals Vs 49ers: Cardinals 23 – 20

Bengals Vs Steelers: Bengals 31 – 28

Bills Vs Patriots Preview

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The Patriots will host the Bills tomorrow in the two team’s final game of the season, but the Pats will play again in January while the Bills will wait for the 2015 season to begin.

The Bills will play their starters while the Pats will not, and the starters that play won’t play very long.

The Pats will try to protect Tom Brady first and foremost because it’s a meaningless game, they should do this well every game, and they need him for the postseason so keeping him upright is an excellent idea, it’ll also help the Pats to score. The OL has been shaky the past few weeks, so a strong outing tomorrow against a very good Bills pass rush will boost the entire team’s confidence and the fan base’s. Jimmy Garoppolo will also love the protection because he will have a better outing if they can keep him standing. I think the Pats can win with the rookie because he is talented but they have to protect him.

Jonas Gray won’t play, but the Pats will still look to the ground against the Bills. It’s a good way to slow a pass rush, help the rookie QB, and set up play action. They really need the run tomorrow and I think they will look to it.

The Pats will also lean on Amendola a lot in the passing game with the possibility of Edelman and LaFell both not playing, so Amendola will have a beautiful chance to prove himself to Brady and company tomorrow if he has another strong outing. He might even up his chances of catches for the postseason. Amendola is the guy who has to play well for the Pats to succeed through the air. Also, we get to see Boyce in action again. If Garoppolo plays a lot tomorrow I do believe we will see and hear from Brian Tyms a lot. He and Garoppolo had great chemistry in the pre-season and Tyms catches everything so Garoppolo will look his way quite often so prepare for some highlight reel touchdowns between the two.

On defense the Pats will look to stop the Bills run game to make them one – dimensional. They will also look to stop WR Chris Hogan and TE Scott Chandler, the two guys that killed the defense the last time. Hogan is a good, big 3rd WR guy, who gave New England trouble because as we seen New England doesn’t have the best 3rd CB guy on the team. Arrington is good, but this is a great test. Also, they need to stop Chandler. So, the defense will stop the run and then Hogan and Chandler, and boom, they should keep the Bills out of the endzone. Watkins will be shut down when Revis is in, but when he’s out…… We will see who can step up for him against Watkins, and if they can.

 

 

Patriots place CB Alfonzo Dennard on the IR

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The New England Patriots have placed CB Alfonzo Dennard on season – ending IR on Saturday due to a hamstring.

Dennard has been active only twice since week 7 for the Patriots. Dennard has been inactive for the Pats 9 times this season. He was passed up the depth chart by rookie corner Malcolm Butler. 

The Patriots moved WR Josh Boyce from the practice squad to the active roster, so LaFell and Edelman will probably not play on Sunday.

 

 

Bills Vs Patriots Capsule

NFL: New England Patriots at Buffalo Bills

BUFFALO (8-7) at NEW ENGLAND (12-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 3 1-2

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Buffalo 8-7, New England 9-6

SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 67-41-1

LAST MEETING — Patriots 37, Bills 22, Oct. 12, 2014

LAST WEEK — Bills lost to Raiders 26-24; Patriots beat Jets 17-16

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bills No. 16, Patriots No. 2

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (24), RUSH (25), PASS (18).

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (4), RUSH (13), PASS (3).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (10), RUSH (18), PASS (8).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (13), RUSH (12), PASS (21).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — Patriots clinched top seed and home-field advantage throughout AFC playoffs after winning 11th division title in 12 years. Bills missed playoffs for 15th straight season, longest active playoff drought. … Patriots have 13-game home winning streak against Bills. Since Bill Belichick became coach in 2000, Patriots are 26-3 vs. Bills. … Patriots lead NFL with 30.6 points per game. Bills have allowed fifth fewest, 18.7. … Victory gives Bills first nine-win season since 2004. … Buffalo leads NFL with 50 sacks, with DE Mario Williams getting eight in past seven games to raise season total to 13 1-2. … Bills’ 30 takeaways rank second in NFL, 19 INTs rank fifth. … Last Sunday, Bills rushed for 13 yards, fourth-lowest total in team history. They have 1,378 yards rushing, below franchise-low of 1,552 for 16-game season set in 2006. … WR Sammy Watkins leads AFC rookies with 925 yards receiving and is second with 62 catches. … With 31 more completions, Bills would set franchise record with 378 in a season. … In previous meeting, TE Scott Chandler had career-high 105 yards receiving. … Patriots have won past 35 home games against AFC teams, longest streak in either conference since 1970 merger. … QB Tom Brady is 23-2 vs. Bills with most recent loss coming in 2011 on field goal on final play. … Rob Gronkowski leads all TEs with 1,124 yards receiving, 12th overall, has eight TDs in past eight games. … DE Chandler Jones had 1 1-2 sacks last Sunday after missing previous six with hip injury, has six for season. … Patriots outscored past five opponents 64-12 in second half without allowing TD. … DT Vince Wilfork had nine tackles last Sunday, his most since 10 on Dec. 4, 2011, also tipped 52-yard field goal attempt by Nick Folk that would have given Jets 19-17 lead with about five minutes left.

(Stats provided by www.pro32.ap.org)

Bills Vs Patriots Stats You Should Know

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Bills Stats You Should Know:

QB Kyle Orton: 271/424 for 2,842 yards, 17 touchdowns, and 10 interceptions in 11 games played.

WR Sammy Watkins: 62 receptions for 925 yards and 6 touchdowns in 15 games.

WR Chris Hogan: 40 receptions for 423 yards and 4 touchdowns. 15 games played.

TE Scotts Chandler: 46 receptions for 477 yards and 3 touchdowns. 15 games.

Kicker Dan Carpenter: 33/37 field goals made. 12 made from 30+ yards. 6 made from 50+ yards. 20/30 extra points made. 15 games.

DE Mario Williams: 41 tackles, 13.5 sacks, 2 FF, 1 KB, and 2 passes defended in 15 games played.

DE Jerry Hughes: 51 tackles, 9.5 sacks, and 3 FF. 15 games played.

LB Brandon Spikes: 54 tackles, 1 sack, 1 FF, and 3 passes defended in 15 games.

CB Stephon Gilmore: 46 tackles, 1 FF, 3 interceptions, and 6 passes defended in 15 games played.

Bills Rush Defense Ranks: 13th.  Bills Passing Defense Ranks: 3rd.  Bills Overall Defense Ranks: 4th.

Bills Rush Offense Ranks: 25th.  Bills Passing Offense Ranks: 18th.  Bills Overall Offense Ranks: 24th.

Patriots Stats You Should Know:

QB Tom Brady: 365/566 for 4,029 yards, 33 touchdowns, and 9 interceptions in 15 games played. 

QB Jimmy Garoppolo: 9/10 for 92 yards, and 1 touchdown in 5 half of games played.

WR Danny Amendola: 23 receptions for 176 yards, and 1 touchdown in 15 games.

TE Rob Gronkowski: 82 receptions for 1,124 yards, and 12 touchdowns in 15 games. 

TE Tim Wright: 25 receptions for 244 yards, and 6 touchdowns in 15 games played.

Kicker Stephen Gostkowski: 32/34 field goals made. 11 made from 40+ yards. 10 made from 20 + yards. 51/51 extra points made. 15 games.

DT Vince Wilfork: 46 tackles, 1 KB, 1 interceptions, and 2 passes defended. 15 games played.

LB Jamie Collins: 111 tackles, 3 sacks, 3 FF, 1 KB, 2 interceptions, and 3 passes defended in 14 games played.

CB Brandon Browner: 25 tackles, 1 interception, and 6 passes defended in 9 games played.

Patriots Rushing Defense Ranks: 12th.  Patriots Passing Defense Ranks: 21st.  Patriots Overall Defense Ranks: 13th. 

Patriots Rush Offense Ranks: 18th.  Patriots Passing Offense Ranks: 8th.  Patriots Overall Offense Ranks: 10th. 

Keys To A New England Win

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The Patriots will host the Bills this Sunday for the final game of the 2014 NFL season before having a bye week and then hosting a first – round playoff game.

The Pats will most likely play the starters against the Bills, who will see their season end this weekend with no postseason. The Patriots are not expected to play all their guys, but you never know with “The Hoodie” as head coach.

Regardless, here are the three keys for the Patriots to win no matter who plays.

1. Protect The QB: The Patriots OL will be going up against a very good Bills pass rush, so they must play much better on Sunday than they have in the last few games. If the Pats are going to win, they have to score and in order to do so the QB has to be standing up to do that.

2. Run The Football: Establish a run game against the Bills should help protection, the QB, and the pass. It’s a way to keep the Bills off balance and make the game easier for the QB. It will open up play action and passing lanes.

3. Stopping the Bills Run: The Pats defense should make the Bills a one – dimensional team and make Kyle Orton and that passing game beat them. The Bills will try to get a run game going and the Pats have to stop it early and make them pass.  The Bills have a big, tall 3rd WR that should test the 3rd CB which is something the Pats need before the postseason. The Pats 3rd guy has to stop Chris Hogan, a guy whose capable, and a favorite target of Orton. First and foremost though, they have to stop the run.

Bills Vs Patriots Friday Injury Report

Jonas Gray will not play on Sunday. (Photo By: Matt Stone)

Jonas Gray will not play on Sunday.
(Photo By: Matt Stone)Pa

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (12-3)

OUT
CB Alfonzo Dennard – Hamstring (LP)
RB Jonas Gray – Ankle (DNP)

DOUBTFUL
No players listed.

QUESTIONABLE
LS Danny Aiken – Finger (LP)
CB Kyle Arrington – Hamstring (LP)
RB LeGarrette Blount – Shoulder (LP)
CB Brandon Browner – Groin (LP)
LB Jamie Collins – Hip (LP)
OL Dan Connolly – Knee (LP)
WR Julian Edelman – Thigh/Concussion (LP)
OL Cameron Fleming – Ankle (LP)
LB Dont’a Hightower – Shoulder (LP)
DE Chandler Jones – Hip (LP)
WR Brandon LaFell – Shoulder (LP)
DE Rob Ninkovich – Heel (LP)
RB Shane Vereen – Ankle (LP)
T Sebastian Vollmer – Back (LP) (LP)
LB Chris White – Ankle (LP)

PROBABLE
QB Tom Brady – Ankle (FP)

BUFFALO BILLS (8-7)

OUT
No players listed.

DOUBTFUL
DT Marcell Dareus – Knee (DNP)
CB Stephon Gilmore – Concussion (DNP)

QUESTIONABLE
No players listed.

PROBABLE
K Dan Carpenter  – Right Groin (LP)
S Aaron Williams – Hip (LP)

Bills Vs Patriots: 3 Players To Watch

Will Jimmy Garoppolo play or won't he on Sunday. (Photo By: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

Will Jimmy Garoppolo play or won’t he on Sunday.
(Photo By: Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)

I hope you all had a very Merry Christmas!

The Pats will be back at practice today and I’ll be talking about the 3 players to watch for in Sunday’s game against the bills.

The question is how much will the starters play and which ones? If Brady is expected to play the majority of the game because the offense hasn’t been great then he needs all the starters and that includes Edelman, who sat out last week. If New England isn’t concerned with that and rather be cautious, which I think they should be, then sit Edelman and Gronk. Of course, Gronk will most likely play a half.

I don’t want the starters to play the entire game, a half is fine, but not the entire game, all because I really want to see the backups (Garoppolo) in a game. It would be fun to see Jimmy Garoppolo go up against Buffalo for the entire game, but with a bye week locked up, Brady will play half, at the very least.

1. QB Jimmy Garoppolo: He’s a guy I do NOT want to see play in a meaningful game right now, but would love to see play and see what he does in a week 17 game against a playoff eliminated Bills team. He might play on Sunday, but I have no idea how long he will, if he does at all, but if he plays, he’s worth watching. He will face a Bills team that will play all starters and it would be interesting to see how he handles that.

2. RB Jonas Gray: He’s out of the dog house and back on the playground, now he needs to keep it that way. Gray should get more carries on Sunday against a good Bills line and hopefully it will show how good he is and give him more touches going forward. It’s all about proving himself before the postseason. It’s all about getting that Pats run game going again.

3. WR Danny Amendola: If Brady would throw to him too, along with Edelman, LaFell, and Gronk the Pats would have no shortage of capable pass-catchers who can move the sticks. Amendola has to continue to prove himself before round one of the postseason. The Jets were a good start and now he can finish the season with an exclamation point against the Bills.