There's always excitement anytime an AFC East opponent comes to town and this week's Monday Night Football matchup against the Patriots is no different. Fans will have a chance to get in on the rivalry by stopping by the Billevard, which is located on Abbott road between Pepsi Gate 3 and Tim Hortons Gate 5, to take part in New Era's "Boston cream pie" throwing contest! Contestants will have a chance to win prizes for accuracy and participation by throwing a pie at the volunteer dressed as a patriot.
4. Hall of Famers in the house
When the Bills take the national stage on Monday, they'll do so in front of a packed house at New Era Field. In addition to the droves of Bills fans that will be in attendance, the Bills will also have support from several notable former players, including Hall of Famers. Among those that will be in the house are Jim Kelly, Bruce Smith, Andre Reed, Marv Levy, Bill Polian, Terrell Owens and Joe DeLamielleure. This star-studded cast will also be joined by Wall of Famers such as Darryl Talley, Booker Edgerson, Phil Hansen, Jim Ritcher, Fred Smerlas and Mike Stratton. Other Bills greats like Eric Wood, Ted Washington, Will Wolford and Takeo Spikes will make the trip back to Orchard Park for the special night as well.
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3. Watch out for Williams
After 13 seasons in the NFL, Bills veteran defensive tackle Kyle Williams is no stranger to Tom Brady and company. The longest tenured Bill on the team's roster, Williams has recorded several impressive performances against New England in his time. In fact, with one sack and a tackle for a loss, Williams will improve to four consecutive games where he managed the feat against Buffalo's foe.
2. Thomas takes the stage
In just a few short days, Bills Legend Thurman Thomas will run right into the NFL history books as his jersey No. 34 is officially retired by the Bills organization forever. It's been a long time coming for Thomas, whose impressive resume includes five trips to the Pro Bowl, an NFL MVP title in 1991, a 2005 induction to the Bills Wall of Fame, 2007 induction into the Pro Football Hall of Fame and a 2008 induction to the College Hall of Fame. In an epic halftime ceremony, he will join two of his best friends – Jim Kelly No. 12 and Bruce Smith No. 78 – as just the third Buffalo Bill to receive the prestigious honor. Fans everywhere can watch the celebration live on buffalobills.com, the Bills Mobile app, presented by M&T Bank and on the Bills' social media channels.
1. Home sweet home
After spending five of the last seven weeks on the road, the Bills are finally back home at New Era Field. Playing before the best fans in the NFL, the team is looking to get their third win. The game will mark the first time the Bills are meeting with a division opponent this season and their first contest against the Patriots since Christmas Eve last year. Buffalo has a tall task in front of them in stopping the red-hot Pats, but the team has proven effective at home under McDermott's tutelage. With a victory, the Bills will move to 8-3 at New Era Field with McDermott at the helm.