Bills vs Patriots Live : Preview, chances, expectation for Week 16
Foxborough, Mass. — Forget about the show between Patriots tight end Rob Gronkowski and Buffalo Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White. Indeed, Gronkowski’s hit was past grimy, however the Bills don’t have any space to stress over what occurred back in Week 13.
Heading into a Week 16 diversion against the Patriots, the Bills have preferable playoff trusts over they’ve had since 2004. A win against the Patriots, as far-fetched as it might appear to a few, would support their odds much more.
As predominant as the Patriots have taken a gander now and again this season, they are just fourteen days expelled from losing to the Dolphins. That by itself should give the Bills some expectation.Bills vs Patriots
Know the adversary
The Patriots still have a standout amongst the most powerful offenses in the NFL. With Rob Gronkowski once again from suspension, New England ricocheted once more from its one-diversion, Dolphins-actuated funk with a win against the Pittsburgh Steelers. Running back Rex Burkhead will miss this amusement with knee damage, however Dion Lewis, James White and Mike Gillislee still present a test in the running diversion. In any case, the Bills didn’t experience much difficulty with the Patriots wide-recipient pair of Brandin Cooks and Danny Ammendola in the primary matchup between these two groups. The greatest concerns are Gronkowski and New England’s running amusement.
Defensively, the Patriots present a tough matchup for the Bills. Buffalo only managed three points in the first matchup between these two teams. Bill Belichick seems to have Tyrod Taylor figured out. If the Bills want to move the ball, LeSean McCoy will be their best bet. The Patriots’ run defense has been inconsistent this season, so McCoy has a chance to carry the Bills’ offense. Buffalo will also have Kelvin Benjamin in the lineup for this game. He should provide a tougher matchup for Stephon Gilmore and the Patriots’ secondary.Bills vs Patriots
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How to follow the game
The game will be broadcast on CBS beginning at 1 p.m. NYup.com will also be running a live blog. You can follow along on Twitter with the following handles.
What the Patriots are saying
Bill Belichick had quite a bit of praise for the Bills’ secondary this week. His full 441-word response is here, but this is the highlight of it.
“Well Buffalo’s defensive scheme is very well coordinated,” Belichick said. “They’re very well coached. They give you a lot of different looks and they do a great job of disguising those looks so they all kind of look the same. You don’t know what it is until a lot of times after the snap. The safeties in particular, Hyde and Poyer, do a very good job of disguising. So sometimes you don’t get a clear read on the coverage until a second or a second and a half into the play. They hold it even during the play, which you don’t see that a lot.Bills vs Patriots
Ordinarily, this would be quite a tenuous spot for the Bills. Having to play in New England, in Week 16, their playoff hopes on the line and staring across at their supreme arch nemesis, the evil one himself, Tom Brady.
However, with an 8-6 record in a weakened AFC, the Bills catch a break in their quest to end their 17-year playoff drought. Losing Sunday afternoon to the Patriots would not ruin their Christmas because their playoff situation isn’t all that greatly impacted if things don’t go well at Gillette Stadium.
Winning would be great, amazing in fact, but if they lose, they will travel down to Miami next week still right in the thick of it all. We all knew a couple weeks ago that it was probably going to come down to that game against the Dolphins, and that remains the case.Bills vs Patriots