6 storylines for the Buffalo Bills in Week 16 against the Patriots

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Does Dion Dawkins return this week?

Another key starter on the Reserve/COVID-19 list is left tackle Dion Dawkins. He was added last Friday ahead of the Carolina Panthers game and the Bills had to once again shuffle their offensive line.

There was not an easy answer to replacing Dawkins and the Bills would decide to move Spencer Brown from right tackle to left tackle, with Daryl Williams moving from right guard to right tackle. This gave Cody Ford another chance to start at right guard, a position he started the year in but was taken out of the starting lineup midway through the year.

Similar to the Panthers, the New England Patriots have some good pass rushers that are led by Matthew Judon. He has 12.5 sacks on the season and had one against the Bills when the two teams played in Week 13.

If Dawkins is not able to play, the Bills once again will have Spencer Brown start at left tackle and the Patriots are almost certain to line up Judon on that side plenty in Week 16.