Week 10: Bills vs. Patriots
The Bills continued their downward spiral in Houston last week and it gets tougher this week as they travel to New England which has been a house of horrors for the Bills for over a decade.
Sunday, Nov. 11th
FACTS AND FIGURES
||Buffalo (3-5) vs. New England (5-3)
||Network: CBS; DirecTV: 710; Sirius: 106
||Ian Eagle and Dan Fouts
||Patriots by 10½
||Patriots lead 62-41-1 (Bills 0-1 in playoffs)
||Patriots Won 2
||Patriots 52-28 in Buffalo (2011)
||Rush (4th); Pass (5th); overall (1st)
||Rush (t-7th); Pass (28th); overall (22nd)
||Rush (6th); Pass (27th); overall (21st)
||Rush (31st); Pass (24th); overall (31st)
The Bills placed Terrence McGee and Erik Pears on injured reserve this week ending their seasons. Mark Anderson and Aaron Williams are out this week with knee injuries. Stevie Johnson is slowed by a deep thigh bruise but is expected to play. Kyle Williams has missed practice time with an ankle injury but will play. Kraig Urbik has been limited this week with a foot injury but will play as well. Chris Kelsay suffered a neck injury in practice on Wednesday leaving his status up in the air.
The Patriots have had a few players missing practices this week with injuries. RB Brandon Bolden (knee), DE Trevor Scott (hamstring), and LB Tracy White (foot) have been slowed with injuries. TE Aaron Hernandez says he's a gametime decision.
Check out our Bills Daily Injury Page throughout the week for the latest updates on the injured players.
LT Cordy Glenn vs. DE Chandler Jones:
Glenn is back and healthy and having a fantastic rookie season for the Bills. Jones is a very good pass rusher who leads his team with six sacks.
DE Mario Williams vs. RT Sebastian Vollmer:
A now supposedly healthy Williams needs a huge game getting to Tom Brady to make him get rid of the ball quicker than he wants to. Vollmer is a solid four year veteran.
RB C.J. Spiller vs. LB Jerod Mayo:
Spiller needs to become the primary ball carrier now. Mayo is by far and away the number one tackler for New England.
LB Kelvin Sheppard vs. RB Stevan Ridley:
Sheppard is the man in the middle that needs to keep Ridley in check. Everyone keys on Brady but Ridley can kill the Bills up the middle as he is on pace for almost 1,500 yards rushing.
KEYS TO THE GAME
1. Play With Confidence: Act like they can hang with the Pats. They have never won in that stadium but they can't think of that. They have to believe they can win even though very few people believe they can.
2. Finish The Game Strong: This team is struggling mightily in the fourth quarter. When things get rough in the game, and they definitely will, they can't just cave. They need to fight their way out of it.
3. Run Spiller: Fans and the media have ripped Chan Gailey for not getting the ball to Spiller enough. He needs to carry the ball close to 20 times and get some catches in the passing game as well.
BILLS DAILY PREDICTION
The Bills have never won in Gillette Stadium and Bill Belichick has two weeks to prepare as the Patriots are coming off the bye. That is not a combination to pull off the major upset:
Patriots 34, Bills 20
Season Prediction Record: (5-3)
Season Record Against The Spread: (4-4)
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