New England (1-0) at Buffalo (1-0)
When: Sunday, September 20th 2015
Where: Ralph Wilson Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
Time: 1:00 ET
TV: CBS Radio: XM 82
The Bills host the Patriots on Sunday in a game Buffalo fans have been looking forward to all summer. The Bills feel they have enough talent this year to dethrone New England’s reign in the AFC East. The Bills got off to a nice start last week beating the Colts 27-14 as 2.5 point underdogs. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor was the big question mark coming into this season, but he silenced those critics last week by going 14-of-19 for 195 yards and a touchdown. He also added 41 yards on the ground. Running back LeSean McCoy was limited last week, but has been cleared for Sunday. With the strong defense that Buffalo has, a healthy McCoy would be a big boost to an offense that has to rely on a young inexperienced quarterback. Rex Ryan had no trouble talking about the Patriots when he was with the New York Jets, and nothing has changed since taking over the coaching duties for the Buffalo Bills. “I’ll say this: I respect (New England) probably as much as any team in the league, but I don’t fear them, I can tell you that much,” Ryan told reporters. “We don’t fear anybody. In fact, we’re looking forward to it.” Ryan’s Jets teams always played Tom Brady tough, and he has built a similarly stacked defense with Buffalo that’s led by Marcell Dareus. The defensive tackle, who signed a six-year contract extension reportedly worth more than $100 million at the end of training camp, will be making his season debut after sitting out Week 1 due to a suspension.
I’m sure Bill Bellicheck and Tom Brady aren’t afraid of the Bills either. New England has dominated the Bills over the years winning 21 of the past 23 meetings. The Patriots also have an extra few days rest after beating the Steelers 28-21 in the Thursday Night opener. Brady was his usual dominant self passing for 288 yards on 25-of-32 passing. He tore apart the Bills secondary last year in Buffalo throwing for 361 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Patriots defense will be key in this one. The Steelers gained 464 yards on them in Week 1 including 330 through the air. Now, they’re facing Taylor and not Ben Roethlisberger today, but they still need to improve their pass rush. McCoy could see a lot of attempts against New England. The Steelers back-up running backs ran for 134 yards against them.
The defense will be the key to this game and right now that advantage goes to the Bills. I think Brady will have a tough time today against that pass rush. They’ll be coming at him all day. The Bills and Rich Stadium will be fired up for this one and I’m calling for an upset.
Pick: Bills +1