Get ready for a battle football fans. The Buffalo Bills (10-4) hit the road again after their Sunday Night football win vs the Steelers and will head out towards to Foxboro for a second matchup with the New England Patriots (11-3). The Patriots got the best of the Bills back in week four with a 16-10 victory. The Patriots defense pressured the Bills offense and sealed the game late in the fourth quarter.
This second coming game between these two teams could be very intriguing. Seeing as the direction that both teams have gone since their last meeting and realizing what is at stake for both teams.
Bills Offense Trending Up
The Bills as a whole unit have been going in the right direction since week four. They have hit their bumps along the way, but their ability to make plays in the crucial downs is what keeps the chains moving. The usage of of rookie running back Devin Singletary has the Bills’ running game trending upwards. The sensational playmaker is averaging over five yards per carry and he does not allow just one defender to take him down.
Josh Allen and the passing game have been up and down this season but when they get rolling, there is almost nothing that can stop them. John Brown has solidified himself as the go-to guy for Allen and he eclipsed the 1,000 receding yard mark on Sunday night. Although it is not just the passing game, there has to be credit given to Allen’s ability to stay calm and stay mistake free.
After the first game against the Patriots, Allen headed into week five with three touchdowns, six interceptions and five fumbles. From week five on, he has dramatically improved on limiting the turnovers and getting the points on the board. He will go into this game with eighteen touchdowns, nine interceptions and fourteen fumbles. Yes, the fumbles are a problem that needs corrected but from week five and on, he has thrown fifteen touchdowns, only turned the ball over through the air three times and the offense is finding ways to move the chain on third downs.
Best Defense in the League?
The biggest headline about Buffalo is their defense. A secondary that has a shutdown corner in Tre’Davious White, a ballhawking safety combo in Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer and a young developing Levi Wallace who punched the Bills playoff tickets last Sunday, they are hoping Tom Brady throws it their way. The defensive line led by Jordan Phillips who ranks second in sacks at the defensive tackle position at 9.5, followed by a hungry pass rusher in Shaq Lawson and a valuable run stopper in Ed Oliver.
This defense is led by the 21-year old Tremaine Edmunds who has taken the command and is turning into a superstar on not just the team but in the league as well. He leads the team in tackles this season and shown his leadership skills that has benefited this team.
Playoff Bound…and Potential Division Champs?
That’s right. Not only are the Bills in the playoffs for the second time this century, they have a shot to challenge the Patriots for the AFC East division. The only way the Bills take ahold of the AFC East is if they win against the Patriots and then beat the New York Jets in Week 17, and the Patriots lose out to the Bills and the Miami Dolphins. Looking at the schedule difference, there looks to be a clear-cut answer on who the champions will be, but anything is possible on any given football Sunday.
Get ready for a fight, Bills fans. Will the Patriots continue to own the Bills and win the division? Or will the Bills pull the upset and take down the all-mighty emperor known as New England?
-Brandon Ray is a Managing Editor for Full Press Coverage and covers the Buffalo Bills. Make sure to follow Brandon on Twitter at @brandon_ray79 and @FPC_Bills.