Patriots vs Bills

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Date: Sunday, December 24th, 2017

Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough, Massachusetts

Kickoff: 1:00 PM ET

The Patriots need wins in Weeks 16 and 17 to secure the AFC’s No. 1 seed, while the Bills are right in the thick of the AFC wild card race and two wins would dramatically help their chances of ending their postseason drought.

Everyone knows what happened the last time the two teams met in Buffalo three weeks ago when Rob Gronkowski hit Bills cornerback Tre’Davious White late and was suspended a game. While both teams are saying they put the play in the past and have bigger things to worry about, it is a situation worth monitoring.

Staying healthy

This is the biggest thing, especially with the potential for a cheap shot or two following the Gronkowski-White drama a few weeks ago. If the Patriots are up big late in the game, perhaps they should consider removing Gronkowski and even Tom Brady from the game sooner than normal. Bills coach Sean McDermott appears to have control of his team unlike past Bills coaches, but all it takes is one player to go off on his own on one play. Defensive end Jerry Hughes is the player who keeps coming up as the one to keep an eye on. From this perspective, it’s unlikely anything will happen considering what is at stake.

Improving on third down

Even though the Patriots defense came up with the game-saving play last Sunday in Pittsburgh, overall it wasn’t the best performance. On third down, the Patriots allowed the Steelers to go 10-for-16, which will not get it done in many games, especially in the postseason. If the team can get Kyle Van Noy back, that should help in a big way. Also, the play on third down offensively hasn’t been great, either (see fun fact No. 4).

Stopping LeSean McCoy

McCoy is one of the best running backs in the game, which showed this week when he was named to the Pro Bowl. He’s rushed for 1,057 yards this season, including four 100-yard games. The Steelers had a good gameplan against the Patriots last week, which was long sustained drives to keep Brady and the offense off the field. Buffalo could try and do that this week with McCoy leading the way. In five games against the Patriots, McCoy is averaging 73 yards on the ground, but had 93 in the first meeting this season.

Fun facts

1. Brady has thrown interceptions in four straight games. He’s only thrown interceptions in five straight games once, and that was in 2002.

2. Brandin Cooks is the youngest player currently to catch a touchdown pass from Brady.

3. New England has six takeaways in the red zone, which leads the NFL.

4. In the last three games, the Patriots are converting on 25 percent of their third downs, which is the lowest percentage in the NFL during that span.

5. Since 2001 in the regular season, the Patriots are 172-10 when leading after three quarters.


Patriots 31, Bills 17

This game may be closer than some think for at least a portion, but the Patriots should be able to come away with a comfortable win. After the Patriots’ letdown in Miami a few weeks ago, they won’t let it happen again knowing one slip up might prevent them from getting homefield advantage throughout the postseason.