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What they're saying: Bills-Patriots game predictions


By Elliot Harrison

New England Patriots 22, Buffalo Bills 19

Sunday, 1 p.m. ET, CBS

How many of you are uber curious to see how this game goes? How many Bills fans Uber to games? Buffalo doesn't seem like an Uber kind of joint. You take the family truckster down to the parking lot. Of course, you wear a Joe Ferguson road white jersey from 1980, yo. The George Foreman grill is in the back somewhere. That's how Sunday at Ralph Wilson Stadium should go. But can the Bills Mafia see its team win with a hobbled LeSean McCoy (if he's even active)? It's going to come down to third down. Tom Brady has been the best in the bidness this year on pro football's most important down, converting 53.6 percent into first downs. Moreover, the guy owns a ridiculous 149.3 passer rating on third down. Moreover, moreover is not a word we should use when chatting up the workmanlike Bills. Bad^*$ is a little better, because that's what the defense is on third down in the red zone. Offenses have converted one of 12 third downs inside the Bills' 20. That's no empty stat. That's a four-point play, right? The Gronk/Bennett combo will be key.

Patriots at Bills

MDS's take:The Bills dominated their first meeting, but that was with Tom Brady suspended. Now that Brady is back, I'd expect the Patriots to win this game and take total control of the AFC East.

MDS's pick:Patriots 27, Bills 20.

Florio's take: The Bills haven't swept the Patriots during the Brady-Belichick era. That streak continues.

Florio's pick: Patriots 30, Bills 20.


Bleacher Report](

By Chris Simms

Prediction: Patriots over Bills

Another week, another Patriots offensive clinic.

Buffalo has the defensive tools to slow Tom Brady and Co. It's just injured/half-strength at the moment. You better believe head coach Bill Belichick knows which starters are down and which reserves to target from the get-go. And no one—healthy or not—can cover Rob Gronkowski right now.

Belichick's defense will force Tyrod Taylor to operate from the pocket. That'd be fine if he had the luxury of a few LeSean McCoy dump-offs. He doesn't; Buffalo's offensive star won't be healthy enough (hamstring) to tip the scales back in his team's favor.

By Pete Prisco

Patriots 28, Bills 20

When these teams met in Week 4, the Bills won. But that was with Jacoby Brissett at quarterback. This will be Tom Brady. The Bills will be amped up here after losing last week to Miami, but this is a different Pats team and Brady will light them up.

By David Steele

New England Patriots (6-1) at Buffalo Bills (4-3)

Sunday, 1 p.m., CBS

Tom Brady's last game of his suspension was in Week 4, when the Bills shut out Jacoby Brissett and the Patriots in Foxborough. The Bills won't be overconfident in light of their face-plant in Miami last week, the 200 yards they gave up to Jay Ajayi and LeSean McCoy's troublesome hamstring. The Patriots, on the other hand, have almost too many offensive weapons to handle. Patriots, 38-21

By Peter Schrager

For a fleeting moment, I convinced myself the Bills would steal this one up in Western New York, sweep the Patriots this season and have a pair of pocket aces over the chip leader at the season's midway point. I just can't do it. Not bold enough. Not brave enough. The Bills had me — they had me good — as winners of four straight. But the Dolphins gashed them on the ground last weekend in Miami, and Ryan Tannehill had a more than competent day in the passing game. Brady and Co. are on a heater right now. They're not busting. POKER!

The pick: Patriots 26, Bills 20

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