The 5-4 Buffalo Bills travel to New England to take on the 9-0 Patriots after both teams were able to hang on for the victory last week. Buffalo was leading 22-3 in the third quarter against the Jets only to allow 14 unanswered points to escape with a 22-17 win. The Patriots were losing 20-10 early in the 3rd quarter against the Giants but were able to come all the way back as Stephen Gostkowski’s last second 54 yard field goal preserved New England’s perfect record.
The Bills played solidly on both sides of the ball in their victory over the Jets. Offensively, they didn’t commit a turnover and Tyrod Taylor had an efficient game completing 17 of 27 passes for 158 yards and a touchdown. The Offensive line didn’t help him as they allowed him to get sacked 4 times for a loss of 26 yards. LeSean McCoy had a nice day running the ball as he racked up 112 yards on 19 carries while also catching 5 passes for another 47 yards. Sammy Watkins had a quiet day with only 3 catches for 14 yards. Defensively, they forced 4 turnovers by intercepting Ryan Fitzpatrick twice and recovering 2 fumbles, one of which they returned for a touchdown. Fitzpatrick completed less than 50 percent of his passes and finished with a quarterback rating of 15.5. If there was a negative for the defense it was their inability to stop the rush. The Jets gained 128 yards on 24 carries which is an average of over 5 yards per run.
New England was able to beat the Giants despite Tom Brady playing not playing his best. Brady completed 26 of 42 passes for 334 yards and 2 touchdowns but he also threw an interception and lost a fumble. Rob Gronkowski had a huge game as he had 5 receptions for 113 yards including a 76 yard touchdown early in the 4th quarter. They had some trouble running the ball as they only gained 77 yards on 23 carries. Defensively, they were able to recover an Eli Manning fumble and had 3 sacks and 3 tackles for losses. The secondary had some trouble as 4 different Giants receivers had at least 50 receiving yards including Odell Beckham who had an 87 yard touchdown reception. That play was the longest passing touchdown the Patriots have given up since Bill Belicheck became the head coach. The victory was bittersweet however as Julian Edelman suffered a serious foot injury and will not be available for the game against the Bills.
This is the second matchup this year against these two teams and the Patriots won the first game 40 to 32 in Buffalo back on September 20th. The Patriots are 5-2-2 against the spread this year while the Bills are 4-5. The Patriots are heavy favorites in this game despite Edelman not being available but the Bills should be able to keep the game close.
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