10. A Christmas Eve in Foxboro
The Bills are in for another round of AFC East action Week 16, as they make the familiar trek to New England for the first time since October 2016. New England may have already taken the division, but like the Bills, there's still plenty for the Pats to fight for. Homefield advantage in the playoffs is dangling within their grasp and the Bills don't intend on handing it over. Facing Brady on his turf will present challenges, but the Bills will look to make themselves at home in Foxboro this Christmas Eve.
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9. All I want for Christmas is…a Bills win
Alright, so it's not exactly what Mariah Carey had in mind, but what better way to ring in the holidays than with a Bills win against a longtime division rival? Returning to Western New York with a 'W' would keep the Bills moving in the right direction and would advance the team to 9-6 on the season for the first time since 2004. How's that for a holiday present?
8. Deck the halls with sacks a plenty
Although the pendulum didn't swing in Buffalo's favor during the team's first meeting with the Patriots in Week 13, the Bills did manage to put pressure on Brady. Compliments of DT Kyle Williams, DT Adolphus Washington and DE Shaq Lawson, the future Hall of Famer was taken down three times. Since placing Lawson on injured reserve, his teammates have embraced the "next man up mentality" and surely welcome the idea of disrupting New England's offense.
7. Tight ends bring good tidings
Charles Clay made his presence known when playing his former team last week. The Bills tight end hauled in five receptions, including one on third down, for 68 yards. Fellow tight end Nick O'Leary also helped move the chains, putting the Bills in enemy territory after a 25-yard pick up. This game day, the duo will work to bring the Bills good tidings and equally good production.
6. Dashing through the snow…
Okay, snow may not be in the forecast, but since the Bills run game is firing on all cylinders, dashing certainly is. With LeSean McCoy doing what he does best – dipping, diving, ducking and dodging defenders – the Bills are quickly rising the rushing ranks. Sitting at sixth in the League in rushing yards per game, Buffalo has the edge over 16thranked New England.
5. A package deal
In a solid performance against the Dolphins, Taylor once again displayed his ability to get things done on the ground and through the air. Completing 17 of 29 pass attempts for 224 yards and a touchdown, the dual-threat signal caller tallied an additional 42 yards and a score with his legs. Keeping drives alive in sometimes unbelievable fashion, Taylor's 64 combined passing and rushing touchdowns is a Bills record for the most in three seasons.
4. One stingy secondary
Buffalo's been operating with one heck of a souped-up secondary this season. The unit, including safety tandem Micah Hyde and Jordan Poyer, has been impressive in several categories and even leads the NFL in a very important one – passing touchdowns allowed. Having given up only 11 on the season, this Bills bunch of end zone scrooges have been very stingy with scores through the air.
3. Will Tre deliver another game day gift?
Speaking of the Bills secondary, how about Bills rookie cornerback Tre White? The NFL newcomer has delivered his team a few generous gifts this season, in the form of game-winning interceptions. They may not be wrapped with bows and ribbons, but they're certainly not lacking in significance. Hungry for more, the Defensive Rookie of the Year hopeful will aim to do what he does best – make big time plays, at big time moments.
2. Suit up for a wild ride
Santa Claus won't be the only one suiting up for an epic ride this holiday season. The Bills are in the thick of the AFC Wild Card race and it's been nothing short of, well, wild. The playoff picture is cloudy, but will become much clearer after this weekend. Buckle up, Bills fans and get ready for some serious scoreboard watching.
1. It Starts With One.
If we've learned anything this season, it's how resilient and committed the guys in Buffalo's locker room are – committed to one another and to achieving a common goal. Understanding that team success on game day is dependent upon individual preparation throughout the week, they each put in the work necessary to do their part.
It Starts With One.
One Team. One Focus.