It’s a time people thought may never thought they see. A time when the AFC East was truly up for grabs. Other than 2008, where the Dolphins won the AFC East behind their Wildcat, the Patriots have dominated the AFC East. But today, the Patriots are in one of the biggest must win games in recent memory. Granted the season is still young but the Patriots visit Buffalo with a 1-2 record and see themselves behind the Jets and Bills in the standings.
But more importantly, this is a game for the Bills to say they are for real. Overcoming early season injuries to Fred Jackson and C.J. Spiller the Bills are 2-1 and a win today can show that they are true contenders.
The biggest concern is who will be in the backfield for the Bills. Fred Jackson will play and C.J. Spiller is still hopeful. The following tweets from Josina Anderson, who is in Buffalo today, can give the Bills fans some hope.
This will mark the first time since week 1 that Jackson and Spiller will both be on the field together. It will be interesting to see how the carries are split between Spiller, Jackson, and Tashard Choice. In the passing game Ryan Fitzpatrick has to limit turnovers and spread the ball around to Stevie Johnson and company.
On defense, the Bills have to stop Tom Brady and passing attack of the Patriots. The Patriots haven’t really had that complete game of offense that we are so used to seeing. To ensure this does not happen, the Bills have to get pressure on Tom Brady. It’s well known that Brady is a quarterback that will tear you apart if you don’t have a pass rush and let him stand in the pocket and pick you apart. That is why the Bills defensive line can make a statement that this defense is a top-5 defense that we all thought they are.
Outcome: So is this a coming out party for the Pats or the Bills? I don’t think it will be for either. I see a closely contested game and until I see the Patriots actually take the step back, I still see them as the favorite in the AFC East. The Pats win this game 28-24.