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Top 10 reasons to get fired up for Bills-Patriots Week 13

Posted Dec 2, 2017

The Bills return home this week to take on division rival the Patriots. Here are the top 10 reasons to be excited for the matchup.


10.  Home is where the heart is

After back-to-back weeks on the road, the Bills will return to New Era Field this Sunday. The homecoming will mark the start of a three-game stretch for the Bills in Orchard Park this month. Surrounded by thousands of the NFL’s best fans, we couldn’t be happier.

9. It’s. The. Patriots.

There’s nothing like a division matchup to get the Bills pumped up. When Bill Belichick, Tom Brady and company stroll into town this weekend, it’ll signify the first meeting between Buffalo and New England this season. A tale of two rivals, this game will be a battle on both sides. Time to circle the wagons.

8. A job fit for two

What’s better than one Bills legend leading the charge on game day? Two! That’s right Bills fans, this week, former Bills elite linebacker Cornelius Bennett and running back Sam Gash will be in the house. Back at their old stomping grounds, the duo will proudly wave the Bills flag and welcome the team to the field.

7. Cool kicks on display

The NFL’s Week 13 campaign, “My Cause, My Cleats” is back, giving players across the country a creative way to share the causes that they’re passionate about with fans by customizing their cleats. The program has proven inspiring for many, including over 40 members of the Bills who are participating. Be sure to take a look at their cool kicks and read more about the causes that drive your favorite players each day.

6. Keeping up with the Joneses

Bills wide receiver Zay Jones has been creating A LOT of buzz lately. Not only did the rookie take the internet by storm after the impressive –and downright mystifying—way he got up off the field after scoring a touchdown last week, he’s been progressing and making moves for his squad. Looking to keep the offense rolling, Jones may have a few more magic tricks up his sleeve.

5. Déjà vu

For a few Bills turned Patriots, Sunday’s contest will seem all too familiar. Returning to take on their former teammates are cornerback Stephon Gilmore, running back Mike Gillislee, DL Alan Branch and DL Eric Lee. Although ruled out for the game, Pats wide receiver Chris Hogan also spent time with the Bills. Similarly, current Bills players Brandon Tate, Conor McDermott, Leonard Johnson and Travaris Cadet all played for New England.

4.  McCoy’s making it happen

Bills running back LeSean McCoy has been vocal with the goals he’s set for himself this season. Chasing 10,000 yards rushing, a feat that he’s on pace to achieve, McCoy is walking the walk. With five games left in the regular season, Shady needs 288 yards to reach his target. The veteran ball carrier is also just 63 scrimmage yards away from 13,000 on his career.

3. Moving the chains

Fully aware of the challenge the Patriots present on all phases, the Bills will need to move the chains early and often to put points on the board. Although they’ll be operating without a few offensive playmakers, Buffalo will work to capitalize with the weapons they have available. Quarterback Tyrod Taylor’s ability to pick up yards with his legs could make things difficult for New England’s defense, which has struggled to contain mobile signal callers in the past.

2.  White for the win

He may be a rookie, but that hasn’t stopped cornerback Tre’Davious White from making some veteran-like plays. Coming off a game-winning interception at Kansas City, White keeps stacking the deck in his favor. Leading the League in passes defensed with 14 on the season, the first-round pick out of LSU is a serious contender for Rookie of the Year. Proving himself a defensive asset, White’s skills will be put to the test this weekend against a tough receiving corps.  

1.  One Team. One Focus.

While the Bills are in the hunt for a playoff spot, they’re remaining laser-focused on the task at hand. Taking it one game at a time, the team is working together to get the job done.