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Top 10 reasons to be excited for Bills-Patriots


10.Throwin' it back

It'll be white on white this weekend, as the Bills take the field in their throwback uniforms. Take a look!

9. AFC East rivalry

For the second time this month, the Bills will take on division foe the New England Patriots. Playing host to the Patriots at New Era Field this time around, the Bills will look to repeat their first performance.

8. Rian Lindell Leader of the Charge

Former kicker Rian Lindell will join the Bills on Sunday as the Leader of the Charge. Standing above Buffalo's tunnel, Lindell will welcome the Bills boys to the field. Lindell played a big role in Buffalo's last home win against New England in 2011. Kicking the fourth quarter field goal which gave the Bills a 34-31 edge over New England, Lindell was a pivotal piece of Buffalo's winning puzzle. Let's just say, we're happy to have him.

7. Get Lo'

Buffalo's very own sackmaster linebacker Lorenzo Alexander will look to keep his streak alive this weekend when Tom Brady rolls into town. Leading the League with 9.0 sacks on the season, can he keep the streak alive? We like his chances.

6. Local Olympic gold medalist named honorary captain

Joining the Bills for their big Week 8 matchup will be Olympic gold medalist Emily Regan. The Buffalo native made history as she took home a gold medal with the U.S. women's rowing team in Rio this summer. Named as Buffalo's honorary captain for game day, the Bills are proud to have Regan in attendance. ![](

5. Mr. Big Stuff returns

Defensive tackle Marcell Dareus, or Mr. Big Stuff, is back and he's ready to do what he does best—wreak havoc on Buffalo's opposition. Taking the field for the first time in the 2016 regular season, Dareus is hoping to disrupt New England's offensive attack.

4. Vote early. Vote often. Vote Bills.

Pro Bowl voting is now open and what better way to celebrate your Bills than by awarding them a spot in the 2017 Pro Bowl?

Cast your vote now!


3. Bills-Patriots connections

In addition to Bills assistant head coach/defense Rob Ryan, who served on New England's coaching staff as the linebackers coach from 2000-03 and won two Super Bowls, there are several other connections between these division rivals. Linebacker Brandon Spikes and wide receiver Brandon Tate, both spent time on New England's roster. The contest will also mark the first time former Bills wide receiver Chris Hogan returns to New Era Field.

2. Chance to sweep the competition

It's no secret that Buffalo's Week 8 game is a big one. The team will look to earn its second win over New England this season and move up a game in the division. Given an opportunity to sweep the competition, a feat that hasn't been accomplished since 1999, the Bills are ready for the challenge.

1. Because this was fun


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