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Week 10: Bills vs. Pats Preview Drew Bledsoe
The Bills and New England are similar teams that have played tough games against opponents with high winning percentages so far this season. Games between the two teams are notoriously tough with the last four meetings being decided by a combined 20 points. Foxboro has been a house of horrors for the Bills in recent years so it will take a good effort to beat the Patriots. The Bills have to guard against a letdown after the dramatic win over the Jets. The Patriots have had two weeks to prepare for the game as they were on a bye last week.

Facts and Figures
Matchup: Buffalo (4-4) at New England (2-6)
Date: Sunday November 5th
Time: 1:00pm
Television: CBS
Announcers: Don Criqui and Steve Tasker
Spread: New England by 2
Series: Patriots Lead 41-38-1
Last Meeting: Bills 13-10 in OT in Buffalo last year
Patriots Offense: Rush (26th); Pass(15th); overall (25th)
Patriots Defense: Rush (17th); Pass (T-22nd); overall (20th)
Bills Offense: Rush (20th); Pass (6th); overall (7th)
Bills Defense: Rush (3rd); Pass (16th); overall (6th)

Injury Update

The Bills will probably be without QB Rob Johnson for at least this week. Corey Moore is expected back after missing five games. The big blow will be the absence of Phil Hansen because of his knee injury.

For complete injury news throughout the week and the Official NFL Injury Report go to our Injury Page.

Key Matchups

QB Doug Flutie vs. Bill Belichick: Belichick is a defensive genius that has always had a plan to stop Flutie. It will be interesting to see what he comes up with now.

DT Ted Washington and Pat Williams vs. C Damien Woody: This will be the biggest test yet for the rookie first round pick. He has played very well, let's see how he will do against the package. With Phil Hansen out they may play both tackles a bit more in this game.

WR Eric Moulds vs. CB Ty Law and SS Lawyer Milloy The Pats will probably try to put their best corner on Moulds who is having his best season yet. It will be up to Law with help from Milloy in stopping Moulds from getting his fourth straight 100 yard game.

WR Peerless Price vs. CB Otis Smith: If the Pats pay too much attention to Moulds it may be time for a breakout game from the underachieving Price. Smith is an aging veteran who's skills have diminshed.

Game Plan

When The Bills Have The Ball: Flutie will want to throw against a secondary that has struggled this season. If they stretch the defense through the air that may open up some draw plays and other trap style running plays for Sammy Morris and Shawn Bryson.

When The Pats Have The Ball: They have the same lack of identity on the ground as the Bills do. Look for Bledsoe to also try to exploit the Bills secondary. He will throw often in this game and try to win it through the air.

Bills Daily Prediction

This is another big divisional game for the Bills in their quest to remain in the playoff race. The Patriots are better than their record and always play the Bills tough in Foxboro. The Bills need to guard against a letdown but there would be no excuse for one: Buffalo 30, New England 24

Season Prediction Record: (7-1)
Season Record Against The Spread: (3-5)

Game Analysis and Review - Coming Sunday Night Nov. 5th!
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