*5. Hello old foe, we meet again. *
It was less than two months ago that the Bills squared off against the Pats at New Era Field on primetime TV, but boy has a lot changed since then – especially on offense. Not only has Josh Allen made his return to the starting lineup, Buffalo has added new weapons for the coordinators to work with – wide receiver Isaiah McKenzie being one of them. McKenzie, who joined the Bills in early November, has made a difference for the Bills on offense and on special teams as a punt and kick returner. What’s interesting about McKenzie, though, is that his scores have come with his legs. With two rushing touchdowns already, he needs just one more to become the first Bills wide receiver with three rushing touchdowns in a season.
4. To: Bills fans, Love: Kyle Williams.
I think I speak for all of you, Bills fans, when I say that you’d be hard-pressed to find a more satisfying gift this Christmas, than a Kyle Williams sack on Tom Brady. It’s the stuff Bills fans dream about and for more than a decade, households across Western New York have watched Williams, a fifth-round draft pick, keep Brady on his toes. Although Buffalo’s Monday Night Football game this season didn’t yield Williams a true QB takedown, he’ll get another key opportunity in the Week 16 rematch. As if the name “Tom Brady” isn’t motivation enough, Williams needs just 1.5 sacks to hit 50 for his career.
3. One Heart. Beat Louder.
In last week’s win over the Lions, Sean McDermott’s squad proved that they have the heart, grit and guts to grind it out until the end. Aiding the Bills in the victory were what some would consider unlikely heroes. Defying the odds, and truly making the most of their opportunity, undrafted rookies such as wide receiver Robert Foster (seriously, he’s unstoppable right now), running back Keith Ford, cornerback Levi Wallace, defensive end Mike Love, linebacker Corey Thompson and guard Ike Boettger each played a role. Ford, who spent the first 14 weeks of the season on Buffalo’s practice squad, rushed for 46 yards in his NFL debut and with RB Chris Ivory listed as questionable, he may get more chances against the rival Pats.
2. 17+16 = 6
It’s a formula for success devised in football heaven and Bills rookies Josh Allen and Robert Foster are just getting started. For Buffalo’s competition, it’s unsettling to think of what this dynamic duo can achieve with more time together. Bills fans on the other hand, can’t get enough of the big plays that ensue each time they connect. On just 19 receptions, Foster already has 468 yards and two touchdowns, earning him national attention as a deep threat. Foster’s also cooked up consecutive games with 100-yards receiving and if he can keep the streak alive this Sunday, he’ll become the first undrafted rookie to compile three in a row since 1960.
1. Going for three
Underdogs heading into enemy territory, the Bills are looking to accomplish something the team hasn’t managed since 2016 – beating New England, in New England. Brady and the Patriots are riding a two-game losing streak and what better way to settle the score, and to deliver a big dose of holiday cheer for Western New Yorkers, than by handing them a third straight ‘L’? It’s a tall task but the Bills, equipped with the NFL’s top ranked passing defense, are up for it.