Operation Beat Belichick
The Bills open up as 4-point underdogs as they head to Gillette Stadium this weekend to take on the Patriots. New England Head Coach Bill Belichick is 11-4 all-time in head-to-head match-up’s with Rex Ryan. The Pats, of course, will be without Tom Brady at QB who is still serving out a 4-game suspension over “deflategate.” What caught me by surprise was Rex’s comments on the 3-0 Patriots:
“The Patriots are the standard of the league, 3-0 without Brady against good teams. My admiration is for Belichick more than anything.” pic.twitter.com/AQUeJ8ZZE6
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) September 26, 2016
Then this happened:
Rex Ryan does a Bill Belichick impression… Happy Patriots week. pic.twitter.com/BkeAIgSNs3
— Tom Martin (@4TomMartin) September 26, 2016
The Bills are coming off an upset win last Sunday when they defeated the heavily favored Arizona Cardinals 33-18. They won that game without star wide receiver Sammy Watkins. The defense did an incredible job against Carson Palmer and Larry Fitzgerald. On offense LeSean McCoy had a very impressive day as well.
Heading into this weekends game against the Patriots the Bills certainly have some momentum on their side. Especially on the defensive side of the ball which, if you look at it have turned in two pretty solid performances 9Week 1 vs Ravens).
Can McCoy and Tyrod Taylor make things happen against the New England defense which is ranked No. 1 against the run?
That will be one of the things to watch for on Sunday.
The Bills do not know yet who the Patriots will trot out their to play quarterback. OC Josh McDaniels is not sure if Jimmy Garoppolo (shoulder) or Jacoby Brissett (thumb) will be back, healthy for Sunday. NFL insider Ian Rapoport sent a tweet out Monday saying one of the two should be ready for Buffalo. WR Julian Edelman is an emergency option. The reason the Pats are considering Edelman under center is due to his familiarity with the offense and not wanting to release any players on the 53-man roster.
Former Bills WR Chris Hogan is making an impact with his new team. He has 122 yards receiving and a TD.
Early weather reports show rain in the forecast.
According to head coach Rex Ryan the Bills are in a “wait and see” mode with Watkins. He was held out versus the Cards Sunday. As it turned out, the Buffalo offense did just fine without him. According to Mike Rodak (ESPN-Bills Beat Reporter), Watkins could be a game-time decision.