4.) Stop the New England running game
The Bills have had trouble stopping the run the last three weeks against the Miami Dolphins, Jacksonville Jaguars and New York Giants. In those three games, the Bills gave up an average of 157 rushing yards. It also doesn’t help that defensive tackle DaQuan Jones, who was brought in as a true run-stopper suffered a pec injury against Jacksonville that put him on IR. As of right now, the run defense has been the weakest link the last month for the Bills and they will need to correct that going into Week 7.
Luckily for the Bills, the Patriots have only been able to rush for more than 100 yards once this season in their only win this season against the Jets (157). In the five games that they did not reach 100 rushing yards, the average of each game combined is 69 rushing yards. The top back for the Patriots, Rhamondre Stevenson has carried the ball 78 times, but has only rushed for 234 yards and 2 touchdowns.
If the Bills can manage to limit the run, New England may not be able to get any momentum going in all four quarters.