The New England Patriots are 6-1, alone atop the NFL owning the league’s best record. New England will travel to Buffalo on Sunday following a solid 27-16 victory—the team’s third-straight, double-digit win against an AFC North opponent — owning a two-game lead over the Bills in the AFC East. A victory over Buffalo could essentially seal the division title for the Patriots.
New England’s afternoon could be much easier if Bills superstar running back LeSean McCoy is inactive. The All-Pro back was extremely limited in Week 7 at Miami after he injured a hamstring in practice late last week. McCoy was forced to leave practice once again on Monday. Conventional wisdom would suggest the Bills sit McCoy until he’s fully healthy.
However, if McCoy does manage to dress and play in Week 8, the Patriots will be prepared for his unique running style. McCoy is one of the shiftier backs in the league, eagerly dancing left-to-right to try and eat up as much yardage per carry as possible. It appears the Patriots will attempt to encourage McCoy to bounce east-to-west on Sunday.
"Downhill runs from him are a lot more dangerous." Matt Patricia on LeSean McCoy
— Mike Petraglia (@Trags) October 25, 2016
The Patriots struggled containing Steelers pro bowler Le’Veon Bell in Week 7. Bell totaled 149 yards against New England.