Buffalo Bills (1-0-0) vs New England Patriots (1-0-0)
Ralph Wilson Stadium – Orchard Park, NY
Sunday, September 20th, 2015
Kick-Off: 1:00 PM
Fav: Patriots -1
It’s only the 2nd week of the NFL season but you would think the Buffalo Bills versus the New England Patriots game on Sunday was for the AFC Championship. Social media across the Country has been heating up over the past week. At 1pm all of the chatter will come to a halt when Rex Ryan leads the Bills through the tunnel at Ralph Wilson Stadium in Orchard Park.
The Patriots have owned Buffalo for the past decade, nobody can dispute that. Since Tom Brady came in for the injured Drew Bledsoe in 2001, he has picked apart Buffalo’s defenses in every phase imaginable. He has torn the hearts out of Bills fans time and again and has been to 6 Super Bowl’s throughout the process. Brady is a 4-time SB champion, most recently hoisting the Vince Lombardi trophy last February.
The Patriots championships have been seriously called into question this off-season after an ESPN story exposed in great detail New England as frauds, cheats and liars. All the while Buffalo was revamping it’s coaching staff, offense and resigning key defensive standouts. This is a new era in Bills football. The Ryan hire puts to bed any talk of laying down for the Patriots. In fact Buffalo is built to finally manhandle coach Bill Belichick and Brady.
On Sunday Bills fans will have a first hand look at the future and seem plenty confident that Buffalo is ready to reclaim the AFC East as it did in the early 90’s.
The Pats opened up the 2015 season at home last Thursday, defeating the Pittsburgh Steelers 28-21. Rob Gronkowski caught three touchdowns while former Bills TE Scott Chandler had one. The Steelers were missing Le’Veon Bell and Mike Pouncey, an elite RB and the starting center. Additionally the defense had been lackluster through preseason and again vs the Pats. The Pats victory was easily predicted.
That was last week though. Belichick now has film on the Bills starting QB Tyrod Taylor and has seen the defensive schemes Andrew Luck was faced with. He’s had a week to analyze the footage and prepare his game plan in which he is seen as second to none in the NFL.
Ryan has his work cut out for him as well. Taylor did a fine job controlling the tempo of the Bills new look offense. I am not confident that the Pats defense will be able to keep Percy Harvin, Sammy Watkins and Charles Clay in check while defending Taylor and a hopefully healthy LeSean McCoy (listed as questionable Friday).
The Bills defense was without Dareus vs Indy, he’s back and ready to shut down the Pats running attack. Brady will be looking for Grink, that is well known. That is where things will get tough for the Buffalo defense. No team has been able to stop that duo, not even Seattle’s D last year.
If the Bills find a way to disrupt Gronk’s routes and keep Brady on the run Sunday this could be a runaway victory for Buffalo.