The Buffalo Bills regular season is quickly coming to an end and on Sunday they will play their final scheduled home game against the New England Patriots. The margin of error continues to shrink as the Bills currently find themselves in a playoff spot but need to probably win out to clinch a spot.
In the past, the roles were reversed for these late season matchups between the Bills and Patriots. It was New England fighting for playoff seeding while Buffalo had already turned their focus towards the upcoming NFL Draft. However, the Patriots are the ones now looking at a high draft pick at 4-11 but one of those wins was over Buffalo.
Since their Week 7 matchup, there have been plenty of changes as the Patriots will have a new quarterback as Mac Jones has been benched and Bailey Zappe has started the last four. The Bills have a new coach calling plays as Ken Dorsey has been fired and replaced with Joe Brady.
These moves have benefited both teams as the Patriots are 2-2 over their past four games and the Bills offense has looked much better under Brady. One area of significant improvement has been the run game as James Cook has looked great running the ball as of late.
It will be a good test this week as the Patriots defense is allowing the second-fewest rushing yards per game at 84.8 yards.
If the Buffalo Bills win this week and the Dolphins lose to the Ravens, the two teams meet in Week 18 with a winner takes the division matchup. The Bills won't look past the Patriots but understand they need a win here to have even a chance at the AFC East. A focused team, in front of a home-crowd, get a big win over Bill Belichick and the Patriots.