I’ve been waiting all weekend for Monday Night!
It’s finally here, Monday Night football time in New England in Novemeber! Cold night, but that’s quite alright with Buffalo coming into town for a divisional showdown.
The Pats can extend their lead for a first-round bye while the Bills try to maintain a wildcard spot, so a lot riding on this game.
The Patriots will focus on the rush offense of the Buffalo Bills. They want to stop the run and force the game into the hands of Tyrod Taylor. They will look to stop the explosive ground plays by the lighting duo, McCoy and Williams. If they can bottle up lighting, they will win the game. Second thing will be to cover Sammy Watkins because if they do that they love their matchups and feel like they can easily win with their passing defense. They want Taylor in the pocket throwing to beat them, not outside of it. So, look for a contain defense against Taylor.
The Bills will do what they do every game, try to run. No matter what, they will try to run all game even if they get behind. If they do get behind they will try to mix up the run with the deep plays because Taylor is a far better deep ball thrower than a short ball guy. So, that is why the defense will put a Butler/McCourty box around Watkins and force Buffalo to throw shorter rather than giving them the deep plays.
New England on offense will be throwing the football. There isn’t a better throwing team in the cold than New England and the Bills rush defense is very good. The Bills pass defense, not so much, so the Pats will try to take advantage of that fact. If Brady gets protection and hopefully he will have most of his line back, he should be able to throw wherever he wants, and if he can’t get protection, then they will be forced to the ground to back the defense off a bit.
The Bills will obviously blitz and bring pressure as much as they can because they know that is the only way to slow down New England. If the Pats can handle the Bills heat, they will be fine and operate smoothly, if not, it’ll be another night of sloppy offense.