1. NFL.com analyst Michael Robinson's bold prediction for today's Bills-Pats game
According to NFL.com analyst Michael Robinson the Buffalo Bills will not commit a single turnover against the top-ranked Patriots defense this Saturday as part of his Week 16 bold predictions.
The AFC East clash between the New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills on Saturday is bound to be a good one. In their Week 4 meeting, the Patriots came out victorious by a narrow margin, winning 16-10. This weekend's contest will likely be decided by one thing: turnovers. The Patriots' defense, which ranks No. 1 in the NFL in several metrics, leads the league in takeaways with 36, and holding onto the ball is something Josh Allen and the Bills' offense has struggled to do at times. Allen has fumbled 14 times this season (four were lost), and he threw three picks his last time out against New England. This weekend, though, the Bills won't commit a single turnover against Bill Belichick's vaunted unit, which is ultimately enough to lead them to victory.
Allen struggled with turnovers during the Week 4 matchup against New England, but it did spark one of the most successful stretches of not turning the ball over of his career afterward. Since, Allen has taken much better care of the ball and the Bills have used it to vault themselves into the playoffs.
Last week against the Pittsburgh Steelers defense that forced the most turnovers of any team, Allen threw one interception after it was tipped in the air.
2. Bills can be a dangerous Wild Card team says Bleacher Report
Bleacher Report ranked the most dangerous teams who will potentially participate in Wild Card weekend and stacked the Bills fifth on the list. If the playoffs were to start today, the Bills would be the fifth seed.
Though not as talented offensively as the 49ers, the Bills are built similarly. They have a strong running game (fifth in the NFL), a young up-and-coming quarterback in Josh Allen and the league's No. 2 scoring defense. This team can travel and win in January conditions.
In fact, one could argue Buffalo is a better overall team than the Patriots right now—an idea they could prove in Week 16.
3. Bills-Pats game when both teams have double-digit wins is a rarity
The 10-4 Buffalo Bills are in Foxborough today to take on the 11-3 Patriots. It will be the first time the two teams have matched up when each team had double-digit wins since 1964.
That game was played at Fenway Park.