Brady, Patriots In For Another Tough Test Versus AFC East Rival Bills On Monday Night Football
The New England Patriots survived a close call with a game-winning field goal in the final seconds of regulation to beat the New York Giants 27-26 and improve to 9-0. They will have to overcome injuries and another tough opponent this week if they are going to continue their perfect start to the season. New England will host the AFC East rival Buffalo Bills on Monday Night Football without wide receiver Julian Edelman and running back Dion Lewis after both players went down with injuries over the last two weeks. The Patriots have won eight of their last 10 meetings with Buffalo including a 40-32 road win back in Week 2 but injuries have taken their toll on both sides of the football and now they will have to face a hungry Bills’ team looking to throw everything they have at New England as they gun for the upset victory.
Buffalo Bills @ New England Patriots
Monday November 23, 2015 – 8:30 PM ET
NFL Betting Line: New England -7
Stephen Gostkowski’s 54-yard field goal as time expired propelled New England to a thrilling comeback win over New York to stay perfect but it was another reminder of just how vulnerable this Patriots’ team is right now. Tom Brady has played at an MVP level this season by completing 67.8-percent of his passes for 3,043 yards and 24 touchdowns compared to just three interceptions but he will be without another important weapon in Edelman this week after losing Lewis the week before and New England’s offensive line is pretty beaten up as well. The Patriots have averaged 33.4 points per game so far this season but with the injuries piling up they could be in tough against a Buffalo defense that has underachieved this season but still has some very talented pieces. Brady torched the Bills for 466 yards in their Week 2 meeting so getting pressure on him will be the key for Rex Ryan’s defense. Meanwhile, Buffalo’s offense has finally been relatively healthy the past two weeks and it has looked good in back-to-back wins over the Miami Dolphins and New York Jets. The running back tandem of LeSean McCoy and Karlos Williams has been able to carve opponents up on the ground this year and the Bills will hope they can do that to the Patriots on Monday night. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor has thrown for 339 yards and two touchdowns with an additional 56 rushing yards over the last two weeks and the Buffalo offense has been that much more dangerous with him in the lineup all year. The Bills have struggled in their recent games against New England but they are 6-4 against the spread in their last 10 road games against them and while they might not end their perfect run Buffalo should be able to keep this game close as seven-point underdogs.
Pick: Buffalo +7
The Patriots’ offense has put up some big numbers this season but a combination of injuries and a better effort from the Bills’ defense could keep them from going off the way they did against Buffalo back in Week 2. Meanwhile, the Bills want to run with McCoy and Williams and their commitment to their rushing attack should both make this a lower scoring game and keep this contest close.