It is week two and the New England Patriots first test within the division has arrived. This Sunday they will travel to Western New York to take on the Buffalo Bills. The Bills put everyone on notice last week when they defeated the Indianapolis Colts 27-14 in their season opener.
Now their defense will have to hold down the high-powered Patriots offense.Their primary objective is to stop Tom Brady and his chief weapon, tight-end Rob Gronkowski. As of right now, the Patriots do not have a down field threat at the wide receiver position; expect Belichick to revert back to the “dink and dunk” Patriots offense to win this ball game.
The Patriots no. 1 option at the wide receiver position Brandon LaFell is on the physically unable to perform list. He is expected to return on October 25th when the Patriots take on Rex Ryan’s former team the New York Jets. LaFell’s presence will be missed this Sunday when they go up against the Bills. I do not believe that Tom Brady can utilize Rob Gronkowski for the entire season and not have a legitimate down the field threat at the receiver position.
The Patriots opponent the Buffalo Bills are going into this matchup with a swagger that we have not seen since the great Marv Levy roamed the sidelines in Orchard Park. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor must play mistake free football in order for the Bills to win this ball game. If not it could be a long day in Orchard Park. This is the perfect opportunity for the Bills to knock off the Patriots.
The reason why is because the Patriots defense is not at full strength, it may continue to be like that for the entire season. It was only the first game of the season, but the loss of cornerbacks Brandon Browner and Darrelle Revis showed in the Patriots home opener against the Pittsburgh Steelers. The Bills do not contain the explosive capability that the Steelers have on offense, but they could be just as dangerous.
Two wideouts that the Patriots will have to focus on are Percy Harvin and Sammy Watkins. Both players can hurt an opposing defense in multiple ways. My prediction for this contest is that the Patriots will not have their way with the Bills and their defense will give up that huge play which will cost them to lose this ball game. Hopefully, there will not be any knee-jerk remarks on Monday stating that “the Patriots are done.”
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