Every game provides key matchups that can change the outcome of the game, and this weekend I will be looking at three potential game changing matchups between the Patriots and the Bills.
1. Patriots OL Vs Bills DL.
If the Patriots want to win on Sunday, they have to protect Tom Brady. Plain and simple. Of course, it’s easier said, or typed out, than done. Nate Solder will have a tough task in slowing down Mario Williams, and the rookies Mason and Jackson will have it tough going against Jerry Hughes, Kyle Williams, and Marcell Dareus. Protecting Brady is a sure way to get a win.
2. WR Julian Edelman Vs CB Ron Darby.
I’m not sure if the Bills will place Darby or Gilmore on Edelman. I could see either one taking Edelman on and it will be an important matchup. Edelman has been a headache for the Bills for the past few seasons. Brady will rely heavily on Edelman and Gronk Sunday especially with the pressure the Bills can provide on him. It’s important Edelman can get open earlier and often.
3. Patriots DL Vs Bills RBs.
Big time matchup here for a shaky run defense by the Patriots. The Pats will look to keep the running game in check. They have to slow down McCoy, Tyrod Taylor, and Percy Harvin sometimes on gadget plays. It’s a tough task, but not impossible. In this game, they have to stop the run and force Taylor to beat them through the air.