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Bills Vs Patriots Prediction

(Photo By: David Silverman)

(Photo By: David Silverman)

The Patriots host the Bills tonight, so here’s another week of a prediction! It’s mostly guessing and picking who I truly believe will win.

Bills Vs Patriots: Patriots 28-17

I think the Pats rush defense will show up and make it hard for the Bills to score and the offense for the Patriots will be more than enough to put this game on ice.

 

Patriots clear favorites over the Bills

The Patriots will be a touchdown favorite over the visiting Bills tonight.

To see the list of odds for this game and next week’s game, go HERE. 

Bills Vs Patriots Preview

Brady Vs Bills Defense. Taylor Vs Patriots Defense. Here's how each team will plan against the other.

Brady Vs Bills Defense. Taylor Vs Patriots Defense. Here’s how each team will plan against the other.

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.

 

Bills Vs Patriots Saturday Injury Report

BUFFALO BILLS

 

OUT

DT Kyle Williams —- Knee

 

DOUBTFUL

No Players Listed

 

QUESTIONABLE

G Richie Incognito —- Shoulder

 

PROBABLE

T Cyrus Kouandijo —- Knee

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS

 

OUT

CB Justin Coleman —- Hand

LB Jamie Collins —- Illness

WR Julian Edelman —- Foot

 

DOUBTFUL

No Players Listed

 

QUESTIONABLE

OL Marcus Cannon —- Toe

G Tre’ Jackson —- Knee

WR Keshawn Martin —- Hamstring

OL Sebastian Vollmer —- Concussion

 

PROBABLE

DL Alan Branch —- Elbow

DE Chandler Jones —- Abdomen

G Shaq Mason —- Knee

DE Jabaal Sheard —- Ankle

(Injury Report provided by patriots.com)

Bills Vs Patriots Capsule

BUFFALO (5-4) at NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS (9-0)

Monday, 8:30 p.m. ET, ESPN

OPENING LINE — Patriots by 9

RECORD VS. SPREAD — Bills 4-4-1, Patriots 5-3-1

SERIES RECORD — Patriots lead 68-42-1

LAST MEETING — Patriots beat Bills 40-32, Sept. 20, 2015

LAST WEEK — Bills beat Jets 22-17; Patriots beat Giants 27-26

AP PRO32 RANKING — Bills No. 9, Patriots No. 1

BILLS OFFENSE — OVERALL (23), RUSH (2), PASS (29).

BILLS DEFENSE — OVERALL (16), RUSH (9), PASS (18).

PATRIOTS OFFENSE — OVERALL (2), RUSH (27), PASS (2).

PATRIOTS DEFENSE — OVERALL (15), RUSH (2), PASS (22).

STREAKS, STATS AND NOTES — New England and Buffalo will meet for third time on Monday night and first since 2009. Patriots won both previous games. . Patriots have won 27 of last 31 meetings dating back to 2000. . QB Tom Brady has 24 regular-season wins against Bills, more than any other opponent in career. Brady has also thrown more touchdown passes (61) against Buffalo than any other team. … Last time the Bills won six or more of first 10 games was in 2000, when they finished 8-8 to begin 15-season playoff drought. … Buffalo has not won three in row since 2011, when it won first three games but finished 6-10. … Bills DT Kyle Williams is expected to miss his fourth game with left knee injury. … RBs LeSean McCoy and rookie Karlos Williams have combined for 378 yards rushing and four touchdowns (including one receiving) in past two games. … Williams could become first player in NFL history to score touchdown in his first seven career games. He’s tied with six set in 1998 by New England’s Robert Edwards. … Bills ranked first in NFL in yards rushing per game after Miami and then dropped to 11th during bye week. They’ve since moved up to second. … Bills are 4-1 with McCoy, Karlos Williams and QB Tyrod Taylor all playing. Only loss was to New England in Week 2. … Since throwing three interceptions in loss to New England, Taylor is 4-1 in his past five starts and combined to go 87 of 117 for 999 yards with seven TDs and one interception. He’s also had 159 yards rushing and TD. … Bills are 5-0 when Taylor has 29 or fewer passing attempts, and 0-2 with 30 or more. … Bills have allowed 17 TDs passing, one more than all of last season. . Brady owns 13-6 record on Monday night and has thrown three or more touchdowns in nine of those 19 games. His 43 touchdown passes are third most on Monday nights, trailing Dan Marino (74) and Brett Favre (69). . Bill Belichick is 16-10 all-time on Monday night and 15-7 as head coach of Patriots. . DE Chandler Jones has sack in five straight games and leads NFL with 10 1-2, marking his second season of double-digit sacks as Patriot. Jones had 11 1-2 in 2013. . New England is fourth defendingSuper Bowl champion to begin following season 9-0 and first since Green Bay (13-0) in 2011. . Patriots have scored in 35 consecutive quarters, besting 1999-2000 St. Louis Rams, who scored in 31 straight periods.

 

(Capsule copy and pasted from USAToday.)

Catching without Edelman

Breaking down how the Pats will make due without Julian Edelman. (Photo From AP.)

Breaking down how the Pats will make due without Julian Edelman.
(Photo From AP.)

The Patriots will be without star wide receiver Julian Edelman for the remainder of this month and most likely the remainder of the regular season. The Patriots believe and hope Edelman will return for the postseason.

The Pats will move forward this regular season without Edelman, Brady’s number one target, so how do they replace him? Simple answer, they don’t, they just have to live without him and find ways for other players to be involved. No one player will replace Edelman, instead it will be by a committee that will “replace” him and make due.

Edelman had great hands, was the chain mover, safety net, YAC guy, and touchdown machine. So, how do you replace all of that? Well, here’s the committee of players to do just that for a little while.

Danny Amendola will be the number one guy now, and he’s good enough to be, so the Pats will be okay in that area. I mean, Amendola is going to catch a ton of passes every game like Edelman did and be Brady’s safety net, they will just do it differently. The difference of Amendola and Edelman is the quickness and swiftness. Edelman is much quicker, elusive, and swift. He can take a short catch and elude a tackle or dance around a tackle and pick up first downs. Amendola isn’t going to do that. Also, Edelman was almost uncoverable. I’m not sure about Amendola in that area yet. We will see more of him in the coming games as the number one WR and how he handles that. I think he will be hard to cover, but we will wait and see. Amendola has great hands, he won’t drop passes, but he’s not going to get a ton of YAC, which is fine, because if he catching passes, he will help move the chains which is huge since Edelman was the number one chain mover.

So, Amendola is the number one guy and the new security blanket with great hands that will move the chains. That’s taking care of, so let’s move on.

Brandon LaFell is the big play guy, and he’s pretty elusive. He will be the one who has to pick up YAC and break big plays, which he is capable of, so there you go, he’s the new elusive guy for Edelman. 

Rob Gronkowski is the 2nd favorite target for Brady and the number one red zone target. Edelman had 7 touchdowns, so no worries, we still have the big guy to get Patriots touchdowns. He and Chandler can and hopefully will help in the red zone. Gronk just needs to keep being Gronk. 

Keshawn Martin is the guy to keep an eye on. I found it very interesting that when Brady was asked about replacing Edelman, he said a number of guys will need to step up and among the guys he mention, Amendola, LaFell, and Martin. He didn’t mention Dobson, instead mention the new guy Martin. That tells me he probably trust Martin more and would love to have him out there on the field. If and when Martin gets healthy, he could take over Amendola’s number two slot position and provide another headache for teams. He has made plays in the limited time he’s been healthy with the Pats, so he could be the swiftness for the Patriots. He’s got some moves.

Chris Harper and Aaron Dobson will get added plays if Martin isn’t able to go and if they do and they make the most of it, then they are the guys to help ease the loss of Edelman. 

 

 

Bills Vs Patriots: Stats You Should Know

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Bills Stats You Should Know:

QB Tyrod Taylor: 124/176 for 1,436 yards, 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. 47 rushing attempts for 243 yards and 2 touchdowns in 7 games played.

RB LeSean McCoy: 113 rushing attempts for 528 yards and 2 touchdowns. 18 receptions for 177 yards and 1 touchdown in 7 games played.

RB Karlos Williams: 58 rushing attempts for 360 yards and 5 touchdowns. 6 receptions for 72 yards and 2 touchdowns. 6 games played. 

WR Sammy Watkins: 22 receptions for 329 yards and 3 touchdowns. 6 games.

DE Mario Williams: 14 tackles, and 3 sacks in 9 games played. 

SS Bacarri Rambo: 26 tackles, 2 Forced Fumbles, 1 interception, and 1 passes defended in 8 games played.

Bills Rush Defense Ranks: 9th. Bills Pass Defense Ranks: 18th. Bills Overall Defense Ranks: 16th. 

Bills Rush Offense Ranks: 2nd. Bills Pass Offense Ranks: 29th. Bills Overall Offense Ranks: 23rd. 

 

Patriots Stats You Should Know:

QB Tom Brady: 251/370 for 3,043 yards, 24 touchdowns, and 4 interceptions. 22 rushing attempts for 28 yards and 2 touchdowns in 9 games played.

RB LeGarrette Blount: 117 rushing attempts for 513 yards and 6 touchdowns. 5 receptions for 38 yards and 1 touchdown. 8 games played. 

WR Danny Amendola: 40 receptions for 403 yards and 2 touchdowns. 9 games.

DE Rob Ninkovich: 23 tackles, 3 sacks, and 5 passes defended in 9 games played.

SS Patrick Chung: 48 tackles and 5 passes defended. 9 games played. 

Patriots Rush Defense Ranks: 2nd. Patriots Pass Defense Ranks: 22nd. Patriots Overall Defense Ranks: 15th. 

Patriots Rush Offense Ranks: 27th. Patriots Pass Offense Ranks: 2nd. Patriots Overall Offense Ranks: 2nd. 

 

 

Bills Vs Patriots Friday Injury Report

BUFFALO BILLS 

 

OUT

No Players Listed

 

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

CB Leodis McKelvin —– Illness

DT Kyle Williams —- Knee

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

RB Karlos Williams —- Illness

G Richie Incognito —- Shoulder

 

FULL PARTICIPATION

T Cyrus Kouandijo —- Knee

 

NEW ENGLAND PATRIOTS 

 

OUT

No Players Listed

 

DID NOT PARTICIPATE

CB Justin Coleman —- Hand

LB Jamie Collins —- Illness

WR Julian Edelman —- Foot

 

LIMITED PARTICIPATION

DL Alan Branch —- Elbow

OL Marcus Cannon —- Toe

G Tre’ Jackson —- Knee

DE Chandler Jones —- Abdomen

WR Keshawn Martin —- Hamstring

G Shaq Mason —- Knee

DE Jabaal Sheard —- Ankle

OL Sebastian Vollmer —- Concussion

 

FULL PARTICIPATION

No Players Listed

 

(Injury Report provided by Patriots.com)