The 6-1 New England Patriots travel to Buffalo today for a chance at building a 3-game lead atop the AFC East. Around the Internet, many expect the Pats to emerge victorious.
All22.com: Patriots 31, Bills 13
With LeSean McCoy officially rule out, this Buffalo offense is utterly ravaged by injuries. McCoy joins Sammy Watkins and Marquise Goodwin on the sidelines as well. The Bills simply don’t have enough offense to keep up with New England.
Wall Street Journal: Bills +6
“M/P view the Patriots being their clear No. 1 overall team, at 8.4 points better than a league-average team on a neutral field. But this game is in Buffalo and the Bills are better than league average—ranking ninth overall, between the Eagles and the Falcons.”
ESPN.com: Eight out of nine pick the Patriots.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports: Patriots 28, Bills 20.
“When these teams met in Week 4, the Bills won. But that was with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. This will be Tom Brady. The Bills will be amped up here after losing last week to Miami, but this is a different Pats team and Brady will light them up.”
Mike Florio, Pro Football Talk: Patriots 30, Bills 20.
“The Bills haven’t swept the Patriots during the Brady-Belichick era. That streak continues.”
Vinnie Iyer, Sporting News: Patriots 27, Bills 17.
“Buffalo should enjoy that shutout road victory against Tom Brady-less New England while it can, because that’s not happening again at home. Brady, Rob Gronkowski and LeGarrette Blount are on a roll as terrific triplets, while Tyrod Taylor keeps losing receivers and LeSean McCoy remains gimpy. While we wait for a bombastic Rex Ryan prediction that won’t happen, Brady’s team “Trumps” his easily.
Peter Schrager, Foxsports.com: Patriots 26, Bills 20.
“For a fleeting moment, I convinced myself the Bills would steal this one up in Western New York, sweep the Patriots this season and have a pair of pocket aces over the chip leader at the season’s midway point. I just can’t do it. Not bold enough. Not brave enough. The Bills had me — they had me good — as winners of four straight. But the Dolphins gashed them on the ground last weekend in Miami, and Ryan Tannehill had a more than competent day in the passing game. Brady and Co. are on a heater right now. They’re not busting. POKER!”
Elliot Harrison, NFL.com: Patriots 22, Bills 19.
“How many of you are uber curious to see how this game goes? How many Bills fans Uber to games? Buffalo doesn’t seem like an Uber kind of joint. You take the family truckster down to the parking lot. Of course, you wear a Joe Ferguson road white jersey from 1980, yo. The George Foreman grill is in the back somewhere. That’s how Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium should go. But can the Bills Mafia see its team win with a hobbled LeSean McCoy (if he’s even active)? It’s going to come down to third down. Tom Brady has been the best in the bidness this year on pro football’s most important down, converting 53.6 percent into first downs. Moreover, the guy owns a ridiculous 149.3 passer rating on third down. Moreover, moreover is not a word we should use when chatting up the workmanlike Bills. Bad^*$ is a little better, because that’s what the defense is on third down in the red zone. Offenses have converted one of 12 third downs inside the Bills’ 20. That’s no empty stat. That’s a four-point play, right? The Gronk/Bennett combo will be key.”
MassLive: Patriots 27, Bills 17
“The Bills will give the Pats a game. Rex Ryan will have them ready. These are two teams that are not particularly fond of each other. But even if the Bills plays aggressive defense and rattle the Pats a bit, they might not have enough offensive firepower sans LeSean McCoy to stay in the game.” – Kevin Duffy
CBS Boston: Patriots 41, Bills 21
“You have to believe there’s no way Bill Belichick and company allow a series sweep by the Bills. There are no excuses for the Pats as they are as healthy as they’re going to be all season. The defense needs to start forcing more turnovers. But Brady will have the offense rolling in Orchard Park.”- Dan Roche
New York Upstate: Patriots 27, Bills 16
“Bill Belichick and Tom Brady don’t get swept by division opponents. The Patriots seem to be on a mission ever since their star quarterback returned, and they are clearly the best team in football right now. It doesn’t help that the Bills will likely be without running back LeSean McCoy this week, making matters even worse for an already banged up offense. New England is the heavy favorite for a reason.” – Matthew Fairburn