It sounds crazy to say that Buffalo usually puts a scare into New England especially when you consider they have won 18 of the last 19 contests. However in many of those games Buffalo had early leads and struggled to protect them. New England isn’t exactly “rebuilding” this season but they aren’t exactly stocked with household names either. Only the most diligent fan and/or fantasy football league player would be able to name any of Tom Brady’s receivers outside of maybe Danny Amendola.
Buffalo has been a team without an identity for quite some time. From the looks of things they may have an emerging offense on the rise. Stevie Johnson has made some big plays throughout the course of his young career and TE Scott Chandler is a solid red zone target. However, their 2 biggest weapons have unlimited potential. RB C.J Spiller is primed for a breakout season. He has tremendous breakaway speed and is rarely taken down by the first attempted tackler. He is a real threat out of the backfield with his great hands in the passing game. He will be given an opportunity to break out into a premier Top 5 running back this season. Rookie E.J Manuel was the first quarterback taken in the draft, much to the surprise of every prognosticator nationwide. He is going to start on Sunday despite missing the majority of the preseason following knee surgery. He will be out to prove Buffalo made the right choice.
New England doesn’t have the “star power” that some of its previous rosters have had. That may just be the way Tom Brady prefers it. Brady could retire today and he has cemented himself amongst the top 10 quarterbacks of all time. The loss of possession/slot receiver Wes Welker was somewhat softened by the acquisition of Amendola who does many of the things that Welker did and is a bigger target for Brady. TE Rob Gronkowski is a question mark for this game as he is still recovering from multiple off season surgeries. If he can find his way back to the field he will provide Brady with a much needed safety valve in an otherwise young and inexperienced core of potential pass catchers. The RB duo of Stevan Ridley and Shane Vereen provide are a good balance of speed and pass catching. Don’t be surprised if veteran RB Legarette Blount is a factor in the running game as well especially down by the goal line.
Usually the smart money is always on the Patriots regardless of opponent. Throw in the fact that they have beaten Buffalo 18/19 and it seems like a no brainer. However this will be the year that Buffalo is able to either extend and/or at least hold on to an early lead. Take the points at home
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