|Connelly’s Top Ten: Kraftapoolooza – Pats and Revs Win!||Red Sox, Hanley Ramirez Moving Toward $90 Million Deal||Patriots Offensive Line Passes Another Test Against Lions||College Football Week 13 Roundup: BC Gives FSU a Scare|
After dropping two games in a row, New England finally got into winning form last week over the Panthers. They are leading the AFC East by one game over New York and Miami. However, it’s the other division team the Patriots are now concerned with. The Buffalo Bills will not be in the playoffs this year, but now they have the opportunity to play spoiler. It’s a rematch of week 1 and this time, the Bills are hoping for a different result.
After a disappointing 7-9 season last year, Buffalo was looking to big things with the addition of Terrell Owens. Well, he hasn’t been as much a factor as once thought. The Bills have slumped along to a 5-8 record and will be looking for a new head coach since Dick Jauron was released a couple of weeks ago. Now the only thing they have to look forward to is stomping on the Patriots playoff dreams.
Trent Edwards was originally supposed to lead this team, but has since been benched for Ryan Fitzpatrick, who has been at the helm of Buffalo’s four losses in the past six games. The running back combo of Fred Jackson and Marshawn Lynch has been ineffective as they have combined for just one 100 yard game this season. Receivers Lee Evans and Owens have not performed up to expectation and it appears that it will not improve for the rest of the season. The defense has also been disappointing. While being able to stop the pass, they are allowing 170 rushing yards per game. The end result is that nothing appears to be going right for the Bills.
And confusing Buffalo’s run defense has been easy as pie lately. They have allowed nine 100 yard rushers this season. The Titan’s Chris Johnson blew past the defense for 132, the Chief’s Jamaal Charles torched them for 143 and the Jet’s Thomas Jones set a career best with 210 yards. So the key for a New England victory would be to keep it on the ground.
Still, New England needs to not worry about the two team’s history. That includes Randy Moss. Moss’ heart has been called into question after a lackluster week against Carolina. Many have mentioned how he gave up on the Vikings and Raiders in the past. You know Bill Belichick had a talk with Moss and will give him the opportunity to shine this week. The Randy Moss on the Patriots is not like the Randy Moss of old. Do not worry about his past and instead give him the opportunity to shine in the future.
Vince Wilfork and Ty Warren are out for the game, but more important is that Tully Banta-Cain is also questionable. Banta-Cain has been the best pass rusher and can flush a quarterback out of the pocket better then most. He is currently tied for the team league in sacks, along with Wilfork and Adalius Thomas. As long as Banta-Cain is healthy and Thomas keeps quiet concerning Belichick, then New England will have a strong enough pass attack to shut down Buffalo.
New England has the talent to be one of the best teams in the league. However, they have been anything but stellar the past few weeks. Their opponent Buffalo has had issues getting their offense going and it’s hard to jump start an engine in the winter time. The Patriots need this win and they know it and when New England is motivated it’s hard to beat them.
New England 27 – Buffalo 10 (included will be a huge game from Moss.)