Buffalo Bills Week 17 Preview: 5 key players to watch against Patriots

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Greg Rousseau

Staying on the defensive line for the next player to watch is defensive end Greg Rousseau. The last time the Bills played the Patriots, the pass rush was basically non-existent and Mac Jones had plenty of time to stand in the pocket to make a throw.

The Bills this week won't be playing Jones but rather Bailey Zappe, who hasn't been great but has been more effective than Jones in this offense. However, he is clearly affected when defenses get pressure on him.

Zappe has started four games this season and the Patriots are 2-2 in those games. In the two wins, the Patriots quarterback has five passing touchdowns and only one interception while getting sacked only four times. However, in the two losses, he has only one touchdown and one interception while being sacked nine times.

This needs to be a statement game for Greg Rousseau where he is constantly getting pressure on Zappe and come away with a couple of sacks.