Patriots Receivers, Both Defenses, and Kickers
It’s a tough week to start a Patriots wide receiver. The Bills have two of the better cornerbacks in the league and as noted before the Patriots are unlikely to come out slinging the ball in the air. Edelman has been the team’s leading receiver so far this season with double the catches (18) of the Patriots next closest receiver Danny Amendola (9). Edelman has put up 180 yards so far which is pretty decent considering he’s been catching balls from a second and third string quarterback.
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Edelman is startable but I’d hold off on starting Chris Hogan or Danny Amendola if you are considering either one in deeper leagues. Something tells me I could eat my words with Hogan as Bill Belichick will probably find a way to utilize Hogan in front of his former team to show them that they should have never let him go.
Both defenses are a great start. With Tom Brady out, and the Patriots likely to start Jimmy Garoppolo who is coming off a shoulder injury, you can expect the running game to be the focus of the Patriots offense. The Bills offense is built around establishing the run as well. With the clock continually moving due to a heavy focus on the running game there will be fewer possessions for each team to score on.
Stephen Gostkowski and Dan Carpenter are both good starts this week. There will be lots of running and conservative play calls to avoid costly turnovers in this game. Both teams will struggle to pass setting up plenty of opportunities for field goals.
Overall this is set up to be a low-scoring, run heavy, defensive battle between two AFC East rivals but you never know how it will turn out. The Giants vs. Saints matchup from several weeks ago was supposed to be a shootout but ended up with a final score of 16 – 13. Just more proof that in the NFL, on any given Sunday, anything can happen. That’s why they play the games.