Are the Bills back? This week’s game will answer that question. The Chiefs game was important to prove the Buffalo Bills were a team to watch out for. But this week is a true test to determine how they can cope against a team that has had their number for years… Who are on the rise… Who everyone and their mother loves. The Bills have the perfect opportunity to put all those people in their place with a win at home.
Previously on Buffalo Bills vs. Patriots (Week 16, 2020 Season)
This was my favorite game of last season. For far too long, the Patriots owned the Bills and this game broke that streak. It would be the first time in two decades that the Bills swept the Pats in the regular season. In such glorious fashion: 38-9, in Foxborough no less. An embarrassing loss for the Pats I’m sure. But a game so wonderful for the Bills that it gave birth to *that* Belichick gif.
Now, the Patriots come to Highmark Stadium in hopes of reclaiming their lost crown.
Prediction #1: Sac(k) Jones
This game is a battle of the defenses. Ranked one and two in the league, this is going to be fun. But the Buffalo Bills DL vs. Mac Jones? I choose DL. With Star making a possible return, Oliver heating up, Obada proving his worth, and those rookies making statements? Yeah, Jones is in trouble.
So far, he’s been sacked 24 times. Expect that number to increase to at least 28 at the end of Monday’s game. I can’t wait for the satisfaction of seeing him pancaked. It will be glorious.
Prediction #2: You get a touchdown; and you get a touchdown; everyone gets a touchdown!
Josh Allen has thrown touchdowns to eight different players this season. He likes the variety he has. And why wouldn’t he? The loaded Bills WR room, the versatile backs, Dawson freaking Knox! It’s surely been wonderful for him. With the way the Patriots have currently been playing, I’m sure Daboll is hoping to bring out the big guns and put up as many points as he can. And the best way to do this? Spread. It. Out.
As all things should be balanced, the D gets four sacks, and JA17 throws a TD to four different guys. To hell with the weather.
Prediction #3: The Wonder Twins
Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer have been on another level recently. They’ve got five and three interceptions respectively. Both are in the top 10 of interceptions leaderboard. Them Bills certainly are a problem.
So why stop now? Jones, as great as he’s been (I felt physically ill typing that out), is still making a lot of mistakes under pressure. And with that Buffalo Bills front line being a scary as they are, I’m sure they can force him to make more of those mis-timed throws. And who will be there to literally pick it up? You guessed it. I feel confident enough to say that they’ll each notch another interception to their tallies.
Prediction #4: The run game, survivor mode
Breida, Moss, and Singletary; what a turnstile it has been so far. And it will only continue. If the weather truly does end up snowy and wet, then these guys are going to need to bring it.
All three will be active, each playing a vital role. Singletary converts those short yards, Breida takes them up the field and Moss rams his way into the endzone. Three very different backs, all important.
Prediction #5: Reggie Freaking Gilliam
I’ve been loving on Gilliam since the preseason. He’s only gone and proved he deserves it. Every big play you see the back pull off, what’s the same? I’ll tell you. Reggie GD Gilliam. Bringing the pride back to the FB position and clearing the way for his guys; a true team player.
Watch him do it all again Monday night. With that snow front moving in, the ground game will be key and so it’s Gilliam time. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest to see him with the rock this week. And just watch, when Breida rips off a 20-yard run, see who’s just a little in front of him, clearing the path.
The Buffalo Bills have been inconsistent all season. A couple of big wins and then some truly embarrassing losses. But no more. They’ve got their rhythm back. (I’m talking specifically about Feliciano.) What better way to prove that then at home, in the snow against the rival Patriots?
By Tuesday morning, everyone will once again be talking about the road to the Super Bowl heading through Buffalo. Bills by a freaking Billion.