NFL Game Previews: Patriot-Bills Matchup

NFL Game Previews: Patriot-Bills Matchup

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New England (+2.5) at Buffalo, o/u 43.5 – Monday, 8:15 p.m. EST

The week's marquee matchup could end up being the Super Bowl for fans of old-school football, as it'll feature two of the league's best defenses playing under potential nasty conditions. The Patriots come into Monday having won six consecutive games to take the lead in the AFC East, toppling the likes of the Chargers and Browns along the way. Only the Bolts put up more than 13 points against them during that stretch, but it's not like they've just been scraping by — the offense has averaged more than 35 points a game during the winning streak, routing the Jets 54-13 and thumping Cleveland 45-7 among the victories. Mac Jones has had occasional rookie lapses but has posted a YPA of 8.0 or better in three straight, while the backfield is suddenly giving the opposition fits with a thunder-and-thunder duo of Damien Harris and Rhamondre Stevenson. On paper, the Bills are the more talented squad with Josh Allen and Stefon Diggs leading the way, and statistically the defense is right there with the Pats' unit or even better, but there's two potential Achilles heels Bill Belichick could be targeting. The loss of Tre'Davious White can't be overstated, and while Buffalo still has a deep secondary he still leaves a big hole. More worryingly for Bills fans, the team has been steamrolled by both Derrick Henry and Jonathan Taylor this season, and they even had a bit of

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Erik Siegrist
Erik Siegrist is an FSWA award-winning columnist who covers all four major North American sports (that means the NHL, not NASCAR) and whose beat extends back to the days when the Nationals were the Expos and the Thunder were the Sonics. He was the inaugural champion of Rotowire's Staff Keeper baseball league. His work has also appeared at Baseball Prospectus.
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