While it wasn't pretty, the Buffalo Bills were able to get back in the win column on Sunday night in a 14-9 victory over the New York Giants. The Bills are now 4-2 on the season and looking to keep pace with the Miami Dolphins who is one game ahead of them in the AFC East.
This week, the Bills are set to travel to New England to play a Patriots team who has really struggled this season to a 1-5 record. Their only win was earlier in the season against the New York Jets.
The reason this game is key to the Buffalo Bills is that it is a divisional game and the AFC East division record is one of the key tiebreakers, both in division races but also playoff seeding. On paper, the Buffalo Bills are the more talented team and should win this game in convincing fashion. However, that doesn't always play out that way as seen last week against the Giants.
This is a road game and Bill Belichick is one of the greatest coaches in NFL history. The Bills can't take this game lightly or overlook the opponent. As the defense deals with a number of injuries, the pressure is going to be on the offense to set the tone early.
If the Buffalo Bills offense can get up big, it is going to force the Patriots to abandon the run game and force Mac Jones to throw the ball. This is not a strong suit of Jones or the Patriots offense.
The Buffalo Bills have only one touchdown in the first three quarters of the past two games but this week should be different. Offensive coordinator Ken Dorsey will try to be more aggressive in his play-calling and push the ball down the field.
Josh Allen will be able to execute these plays and the Buffalo Bills should jump out to an early double-digit lead and not let up.