The Buffalo Bills (1-0) head to Foxborough to take on the division rival New England Patriots (0-1) in week 2 of the Buffalo Fanatics Madden Sim. After a dominating win over the New York Jets last week, the Bills are looking to improve their record to 2-0 on the season. Here are five keys to tomorrow’s game.
- Run the football
The Bills struggled to run the ball in their first game against the Jets, as the finished the day with just 65 yards on the ground. For a team that values the running game, tomorrow’s game could be an opportunity to improve their rushing attack. The Patriots gave up 145 yards on the ground the Dolphins in a 34-14 blowout loss last week. As the saying goes, “games are won and lost in the trenches,” as tomorrow’s game could be a perfect example of that.
For both the Bills and the Patriots turnovers were a huge factor in their week one games. The Bills turned the football over four times against the Jets but also forced three turnovers too. If the defense hadn’t forced those three turnovers, the outcome could have been much different. Meanwhile, the Patriots turned the ball over twice against the Dolphins as quarterback Jarratt Stidham threw two interceptions. Whichever team commits the fewer turnovers might come away with the victory on Sunday.
3. Julian Edelman
The Patriots offense struggled tremendously in their first game of the season, only tallying 234 yards of total offense. However, one of the lone bright spots was wide receiver, Julian Edelman. Edelman caught six passes for 76 yards and one touchdown. He was the only effective pass catcher for the Patriots last week. If the Bills defense can take Edelman out of the game, it could be a long day for Stidham and the rest of the Patriots offense.
4. The Bills passing offense
The Bills lit up the Jets defense through the air as quarterback Josh Allen threw for 419 yards and completed 86.4 percent of his passes. Stefon Diggs and John Brown both went for over 100 yards and are first and second in the league in receiving yards. However, they will have good competition on Sunday as Stephon Gilmore is one of the best cornerbacks in the NFL. Along with the McCourty brothers (Jason and Devin), the Patriots secondary is no joke. This matchup between the Bills receivers and the Patriots secondary could decide who wins on Sunday.
5. The battle of the coaches
This game features two of the better coaches in the NFL, as Bill Belichick and Sean McDermott face off for the seventh time as head coaches. Belichick has never lost to McDermott, as the Patriots are 6-0 against the Bills since 2017. However, the state of both franchises is a lot different than they have been over the past three seasons. The Bills have gotten a lot better and the Patriots lost quarterback Tom Brady in free agency. Will McDermott finally get his first win against the Patriots or will Belichick prove why he’s the top dog in the AFC East?
It should be a good game at Gillette Stadium on Sunday between these two rivals. However, with the Patriots roster is in so much flux right now it hard to see how they could beat Buffalo in this game, as the Bills defense should take care of Stidham and the Patriots offense.
Prediction: Bills: 24 Patriots: 3
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