WEEK 8 GOTW: Patriots (3-4) at Bills (3-3)
There’s more on the line than just bragging rights in one of NFL’s biggest rivalries when the New England Patriots make the trek to Buffalo.
The Bills and Patriots are in a three way tie for the AFC East lead with the Dolphins (3-4). The winner could end week eight in the division lead and in line for a playoff spot nearly halfway through the season.
And the Bills have had two weeks to prepare for their bitter rivals. Their last game was a 34-7 victory against the New York Jets (1-5) in week six.
The Patriots lost 17-12 to the undefeated Browns (7-0). The Patriots were held to just 286 yards of total offense, but the defense allowed nearly 500 yards, including 205 passing yards.
This past offseason the Bills made headlines with a blockbuster trade that sent Saquon Barkley to Green Bay in exchange for Baker Mayfield. While Mayfield hasn’t been phenomenal, he has been good enough with 960 yards and 10 touchdowns. (For comparison’s sake, Barkley has 713 rushing yards, 146 receiving yards, and 4 touchdowns.)
Defensively, the Bills are sneaky great. They’re third in the league in total yards allowed (233 ypg) and fourth in passing yards (140 ypg) and they have 15 interceptions. The Bills are solid against the run, too, allowing less than 100 ypg on the ground.
The Patriots could have a tough time moving the ball with an offense ranked in the bottom half of the league. In their last win, a 33-14 win against the Lions, Sony Michel had an impressive performance scoring twice on the ground and gaining 93 rushing yards. They’ll need a similar performance if the Patriots hope to pull off the upset and not one like last week’s where he ran 12 times for only 30 yards.
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