The Panthers win was exactly the victory this stumbling Bills team needed. Check out my recap to see what the Bills did right, and wrong, in that game. Now, it’s revenge time in Foxborough. Of course, this game has significant playoff implications, but more importantly, this is the game that, with a win, the Bills can call themselves contenders deep into the playoffs.
Previously on Bills vs Patriots (Week 13, 2021 Season)
I’m just going to refer all of you to my game recap. I like to think the Bills have improved since this disaster.
Prediction #1: Offence continues to produce in redzone
The Bills offense has been frustrating in the RedZone. They have scored a TD on 60.66% of RedZone trips. Last season, they were one of the best teams in the RZ, surprising considering the scoring percentage wasn’t much higher at only 61.04%. But this season, they look much worse considering that TDs aren’t necessarily being scored elsewhere. At least that’s my theory. In the last game, all that was put to rest, though, scoring on four of five trips was a massive improvement.
So, this week, against a better defense than the Panthers, the Bills go three for three in the RZ. The Patriots have allowed a TD in the RZ on 45.95% of trips. The second most in the NFL. So, with our huge QB, emerging RB, and Davis? I don’t see how the Patriots can stop them when they get far up the field.
Prediction #2: Poyer and Hyde with an INT each
As everyone knows, these guys are the best safety duo in the league. So, seeing them be snubbed from the Pro Bowl just proved to me that these guys will never get the recognition they deserve.
They’ll walk into Foxborough with huge chips on their shoulders. After the way a certain dipshit of a reporter insulted them in the post-game presser, no team is more deserving of facing the wrath of these guys. I can’t wait to see each of them pick off Jones. I only hope one of them is a pick-6 because it would be fun.
Prediction #3: Devin Singletary takes over as captain of the ground game
Last season and much of this season, it seems that Allen has been playing two roles on the offense, QB, and RB. Now, it looks like Singletary has taken personal offense to that. Against the Panthers, he proved that he’s still the same back from his rookie season. A huge relief for Bills Mafia because as fun as watching Allen embarrass defenses, Singletary running is much better for Allen health-wise. Gotta protect that $258mil man.
Looking at the way all the Colts backs ran through the Patriots defense, I see no reason why our guy can’t do the same. He last had a 100-yard rushing game in 2019. I say it happens again Sunday night.
Prediction #4: Dane Jackson hype train continues
I’ll admit, I wasn’t sold on Jackson originally. And he’s no replacement for White. But he’s a damn good substitute. After three games now where he’s started, he’s found his place within this Bills D.
He’ll have ten total tackles. He’ll make up for a couple of mistakes he’s made and prove that the CB depth isn’t as big of a worry as we all initially thought. I like him, and even with White injured, it’s not been as huge of a loss as we expected.
Prediction #5: Referees continue to suck
It’s no secret that the refs this season have been awful. It’s one thing that all the games have in common. It’s been bad call after bad call, or even more frustratingly, missed calls. Refs have one job. How can they screw it up that bad?
So, as much as we all don’t want this, there will be at least three very controversial calls, all in the Patriots’ favor. Because apparently, there seems to be an unspoken rule that the refs cannot penalize the Patriots for absolutely anything. Assholes.
The Bills win by two scores. I Billieve.