New England lost their second game in a row, dropping their road record to 3-5 with a low-scoring defeat in Pittsburgh.
The week before, they lost a barn-burner that ended when a desperation trick play actually worked as the clock ran out on them in Miami.
Now they face an unpredictable team with above-average defense and an offense in the hands of young and brash skill players. The kind who can ride emotion into an improbable win.
The Patriots and the Bills have played some memorable games over the years, but the Patriots have their number recently. Bill Belichick and Tom Brady know the best way to handle the Bills is to score early and take the wind out of their defense’s sails.
Belichick and Brady are also painfully aware that if the season were to end today, the Patriots would have to play a wild-card game. Their two losses allowed Houston to sneak past them into the second seed.
While they can’t control how Houston does over the final two weeks, they know they can’t afford to rest against the Bills and Jets if they are to have any chance of recapturing the first-round bye. That doesn’t bode well for their opponents.
Buffalo will try to keep it close with defense and hope their rookie quarterback can run or pass enough to steal another win. They might do it with an undrafted rookie, Keith Ford, handling the rushing duties.
Injuries and notes:
LeSean McCoy (hamstring) and Chris Ivory (shoulder) are both questionable and leaning toward doubtful for this matchup. Third-string running back, Marcus Murphy, is done for the year after suffering an elbow injury in last week’s game.
Tight end Logan Thomas is also questionable with a hamstring injury.
New England lists nobody on their early-week injury report.
Bill Belichick continues his legendary run in New England and certainly isn’t in any danger of losing his job with a poor finish or early playoffs exit. It is interesting to note, however, that none of Belichick’s record-setting number of Super Bowl appearances came in a year the Patriots had to play a wild-card game.
Sean McDermott squeezed a few more wins out of this Bills team than expected, especially once it became apparent that LeSean McCoy’s season was going to fall short of his standards. Injuries played a role, but there were enough questionable decisions to put a little pressure on McDermott next year.
How to watch the Patriots-Bills game
CBS will broadcast this game to most of New England and Western New York. If you are a fan there, then you can watch this game for free on Fubo TV.
Fubo TV is one of the leading internet TV providers, with dozens of sports, movies, and entertainment channels included in its standard subscription package.
Fubo, like Sling TV and DirecTV Now, includes all the local network affiliates you need to follow your favorite team, along with the national networks and movie channels you want. You can watch on your home TV, or on any internet-connected device wherever you are.
Best of all, Fubo TV, Sling, and DirecTV Now cost only a fraction of what cable and satellite TV providers charge, and they’ll never ask you to sign a contract or put expensive and unsightly equipment on your home.
Check out the Fubo TV, Sling TV, and DirecTV Now websites to see what they offer in your neighborhood.
Who will win the Patriots-Bills game?
New England has now lost two games in a row for the second time this season. They have only lost three in a row once since Brady became the quarterback. No one should expect to see that happen this year.