In Week 7, while the Bills were in their offensive slump, they scored 25 points against the strong Patriots' defense. Now the newly reformed Bills offense under Joe Brady will be looking to use the red-hot passing game, as the Patriots' secondary is very weak and down to their third stringers.
Allen will look to give the ball to his favorite weapon Stefon Diggs majority of the game, as he's been quiet since Week 12, and hasn't recorded a 100-yard receiving game since Week 6. While the offense finally looks two-dimensional now, Brady will look to throw in some play-action plays and make the Patriots' defense bite on them, allowing Stefon Diggs to make some big plays.
The offense will look to get James Cook involved too, as Brady loves to run the ball even when it's not working very well, as Cook had 20 carries for only 70 yards last week. Although if Cook were to get the ball another 20 times, there's almost a guarantee that he'd break a couple of big ones, and with Cook's explosiveness, there's a chance he could break one to the endzone.
Defensively, the Bills will look to make a young, inexperienced quarterback uncomfortable. The Bills defense has a knack for getting after young quarterbacks and making them uncomfortable.
These quarterbacks don't have much experience in the league, and Sean McDermott draws up a lot of blitzes to force these quarterbacks to make throws under pressure constantly, something that McDermott's defense does very well. He's done it against former Jets quarterback Mike White last year after White was on a bit of a hot steak in his previous two games and ended up getting benched after his game against Buffalo.
This may be a similar case with Bailey Zappe, as he's been pretty good in his last three games, passing for six touchdowns to only two interceptions with over 600 yards passing. The Bills will have to show him what an elite defense looks like, as they're also seeking revenge against the Patriots' offense.
The Patriots' offense will also be without Juju Smith-Schuster, one of their better pass catchers on offense. Expect players like Rasul Douglas and Christian Benford to become big factors in the defense on Sunday.
With the hungry Bills team and Bills Mafia in the stands, expect the offense and defense to be fired up, especially with how well the Bills have played recently. The only way the Bills can lose this game is if they beat themselves, and this team rarely does that in December.