Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots: Three Bold Predictions
Believe it or not NFL.com has this Sunday's match-up between the Buffalo Bills (3-5) vs. the New England Patriots (5-3) ranked as the fourth most intriguing game on the docket.
It may not be intriguing because it's between two power house teams, in fact it's between the first place Patriots and last place Bills.
It's not pitting two dominant defenses against powerhouse offenses, in fact Buffalo ranks next to last in totals yard (417.9) and rushing yards (169.5) given up, as well as points per game given up with 31.
The reason why this game will be enticing to watch is whether or not the Patriots will embarrass the Bills again.
In their last match-up Buffalo took a lead going into half-time 14-7, however New England returned angry and decimated the Bills with a final score of 52-28 which included 31 points by the Patriots in the 4th quarter.
Tom Brady threw for over 300 yards with three touchdown passes. While Brandon Bolden and Stevan Ridley combined for 243 yards on the ground and Rob Gronkowski and Wes Welker combined for 14 receptions for 233 yards.
It was impressive offensive output and massive defensive breakdown that can be looked as turning point for both franchises. After that contest both teams were 2-2, but New England built, while Buffalo regressed.
Here are some bold predictions to watch for for this Sunday's re-match in New England
Rob Gronkowski will continue his dominance: Gronk may have gotten off to a slow start this season, but he has been tearing offenses apart as of late. In his last three games he's caught 20 passes for 285 yards and scored four touchdowns
He has only put up two 100-yard games this season, but one of them was against the Bills, and you can look for it to happen again. In fact in his last three games against Buffalo he has a combined 20 receptions and five touchdowns, so he's pretty much owned them.
Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw a few touchdowns: In their last match-up Fitzpatrick threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns against the Patriots, however he also threw four interceptions against a Patriots secondary whose weakness is against defending the pass, as they rank 28th in the NFL.
Since their last performance Fitzpatrick has done a good job of taking care of the ball, only throwing two interceptions. On the other side of the coin, he has only thrown three touchdowns in his last four games, all of which came against Tennessee.
Despite having the 6th ranked rushing attack in the NFL, Buffalo has seemingly abandoned the running game the last few weeks with C.J. Spiller only amassing 30 carries in his last three games, while Fred Jackson has 31. Neither of which did much in their last match-up with New England with the two combining for 62 yards on 20 carries.
Expect Buffalo to go very pass heavy and Fitzpatrick to have another 300-yard performance with at least two touchdowns.
New England will not underestimate and will not fall behind: Unlike last time where it took a whole half for the New England offense to wake up, they will come out swinging. With every loss potentially having more impact on the end of the season, New England will not fall asleep.
Expect them to light up the scoreboard on a severely disappointing Buffalo defense. Look for the game to be pretty much in the can by the end of the first half, you know Brady and company are going to come out and make a statement after their bye week, where a week before they dropped 45 on St. Louis. That statement is, they are intend to destroy every team en-route to another Super Bowl