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Buffalo Bills players have been asked all week if Sunday’s AFC East showdown against the New England Patriots and superstar quarterback Tom Brady is a measuring stick game.
Bills quarterback Josh Allen called every game a measuring stick game and left tackle Dion Dawkins said whatever happens against the Patriots won’t make or break Buffalo’s season.
But to suggest the stakes aren’t high in this game is to ignore the last two decades worth of games between the two teams. Brady is 30-3 lifetime against Buffalo, good for most wins for any quarterback against a single team. The Patriots dynasty has almost made the Bills’ two decades of mediocrity an even tougher pill for Bills Mafia to swallow.
After a top-to-bottom rebuild from 2017 to present executed by Bills general manager Brandon Beane and coach Sean McDermott — which the third-year head coach admitted this week was in part modeled after the Patriots and their coach Bill Belichick — results are now an expectation.
The Bills have shot out of a cannon this season to a 3-0 start. They have the No. 5-ranked defense and No. 8-ranked offense, making Buffalo one of only three teams to be Top 10 in both categories. Allen hasn’t dipped below 60 percent passing in a single game this season after reaching that plateau in just two of his 11 games as a rookie.
Buffalo rookie running back Devin Singletary is questionable after practicing on limited basis on Thursday and Friday this week as he works back from a hamstring injury suffered in the fourth quarter against the Giants. The Bills have seven players listed as questionable for the game, in fact (see injury report below).
Bills linebacker Lorenzo Alexander said this isn’t a make or break game, but how Buffalo plays against the Patriots will show where they are in the rebuild.
“This is another game for us. But this is a team that has been the standard of the league for a long time,” Alexander said. “Any time you can go out and win at any game you can celebrate but if you can go out and compete with these guys and beat them that definitely is a huge confidence boost and we’ll know we’re moving in the right direction.”
It’s a much different looking Patriots team without longtime star tight end Rob Gronkowski in the mix but receiver Julian Edelman and Brady are still a formidable pair. New England’s offensive line is a bit banged up.
Starting left tackle Isaiah Wynn is out for the season and former Bills cast away Marshall Newhouse has been slotted in. Starting center David Andrews was lost for the season before the year started and former sixth round pick Ted Karras has been playing well in his place. The Patriots lost their Pro Bowl fullback James Develin in Week 2 and their run game, with backs Sony Michel, James White, and Rex Burkhead – which gashed the Bills in December last season for 270 yards, hasn’t been nearly as effective.
On the defensive side of the ball the Patriots have been tops in the NFL through three games. They’re only giving up 5.7 points and less than 200 yards per game.
McDermott said Belichick’s defense is putting up staggering numbers that are almost unheard of: “They’re a machine.”
Bills fans are familiar with Patriots cornerback Stephon Gilmore, who played his first five seasons in Buffalo. He’s become the NFL’s best cornerback, McDermott said, and he leads arguably the league’s best secondary with safety Patrick Chung and brother Jason and Devin McCourty.
Brady barely had to do anything in New England when these two teams met last December. The Patriots ran the ball down the Bills’ throat and that can’t happen on their home field. Michel averaged 6.4 yards per rush and Cordarrelle Patterson exploded for 16.5 per carry. The Bills lost Harrison Phillips for the season with a torn ACL this week, which means defensive tackles Jordan Phillips, Ed Oliver, and Star Lotulelei are going to have to step it up against the Patriots backs.
Allen threw two interceptions against the Patriots last season and in 15 career games he’s fumbled 12 times. New England has an opportunistic defense and they’ll make Buffalo pay for every mistake. Allen must be careful with his passes but also must protect the ball when he runs.
Brady has more interceptions than touchdowns against McDermott’s Bills defense in four meetings since he took over in Buffalo. He threw two in the December game last year and the Bills offense couldn’t score with either chance. If the Bills want to be competitive in this one they have to score off Brady’s mistakes. The defense may have to take matters into its own hands and run an interception back for a touchdown.
“He can pretty much do everything with the ball in his hands. He’s got a tremendous arm. So every spot on the field is available: deep, sidelines you have to cover a lot of fields,” Belichick said. “He’s athletic, can extend plays, and he can run with the ball. He can make yards with the ball in his hand and he’s hard to tackle in the pocket.”
“He’s obviously the greatest quarterback to ever play the game. A lot of respect for him and the way he’s been able to do it at such a high level and sustain it,” McDermott said. “He’s extremely smart, does a really good job at the line of scrimmage and is tremendously accurate. I mean he threw a ball against the Jets that even young quarterbacks with arms strength can’t make. So it’s, it’s unreal what he’s been able to do.”
The Patriots made news earlier this season when they signed and released trouble receiver Antonio Brown in less than two weeks. For all of his off-the-field headaches, he would have made this offense even more dangerous. With all the missing pieces that Brady has to deal with, combined with his struggles against the Bills defense in recent years, the Bills should be able to hang in this game. The final result will come down to how well the new-look Bills offensive line plays against the Patriots front and whether Allen can manufacture enough points and protect the ball, avoiding the big mistakes. I think the Bills do enough to win a close one.