Buffalo (5-4) at New England (9-0)
When: Monday, November 23rd 2015
Where: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, MA
Time: 8:30 ET | TV: ESPN
The Buffalo Bills will try to avenge a week 2 loss to the New England Patriots when they travel to Foxborough on Monday night. The Bills were slaughtered by Brady 40-32 in a game that wasn’t as close as the final score indicated. The Bills defense gave up 507 yards of total offense and were down 37-13 entering the fourth quarter. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor threw 3 interceptions in that game, but has only thrown one in his five games since. Overall, he’s completing over 70% of his passes to go along with his 11 touchdowns and 4 interceptions. In the two games since coming off their bye, Buffalo has had success with the ground game that Ryan favored with the Jets, getting a combined 378 yards rushing and four touchdowns from the tandem of rookie Karlos Williams and LeSean McCoy. Williams is one of just two players in history to score a touchdown in the first six games of his career. The Bill surrendered 34 points in each of their two losses leading up to the bye, but have allowed only 34 points in their last two games – victories over Miami and the NY Jets.
The New England Patriots’ perfect season almost came to an end last week in New York against the Giants, but a Stephen Gostkowski 54-yard field goal with :01 left gave the Patriots a 27-26 victory. The win came at a very costly price as wide receiver Julian Edelman broke his foot and will be out 6-8 weeks. Tom Brady threw for 466 yards and three scores in the week 2 win over Buffalo, but 17 of his completions went to Edelman and Dion Lewis – both of whom are out for Monday’s game. Tight end Rob Gronkowski, who has a team-high eight touchdowns, had five receptions and 113 yards in the earlier game against Buffalo. He’ll be the main focus of Brady tonight for sure as should Danny Amendola, who 10 catches against the Giants last week. The Patriots have scored in an NFL-record 35 consecutive quarters. New England should be able to slow down the Bills rushing attack as they rank 2nd in the league allowing only 88 rushing yards a game.
The Bills are starting to play like Ryan wants and they have extra rest since playing last Thursday night. I don’t really like this game a whole lot, but the injuries are starting to mount up for New England and its eventually going to burn them.
Pick: Bills +7