Bills vs Patriots : NFL 2018 Football Game need to make them immobile near the red-zone Week 8 is the beginning of a difficult stretch of games for Buffalo is coming in off a Week 7 loss vs. the Colts, and heads into the … Tom Brady and the Patriots take on the Bills on Monday Night Football.The surging New England Patriots face the struggling Buffalo Bills in a Monday Night Football matchup with a big point spread to consider.
The Bills have had a shaky start to their season, and a lot of it has to do with poor quarterback play. They have tossed three quarterbacks in the mix through seven games now — and those quarterbacks combined for three touchdowns and 12 interceptions thrown. The team averages an abysmal 11.6 points per game, which is last in the league.
On the other hand, the Patriots are fourth in points scored per game with 30.6, and they have scored 38 or more points in the last four games. The Bills were a playoff team last season with Tyrod Taylor in control, but they are having a tough time finding an identity right now offensively. This should be a field day for New England — but you never know, crazier things have happened. The Lions did beat the Patriots bad on Sunday night.On the other hand, the Patriots are fourth in points scored per game with 30.6, and they have scored 38 or more points in the last four games. The Bills were a playoff team last season with Tyrod Taylor in control, but they are having a tough time finding an identity right now offensively. This should be a field day for New England — but you never know, crazier things have happened. The Lions did beat the Patriots bad on Sunday night.
The Bills (2-5) make their triumphant return to Monday Night Football as the home team for the first time in nearly a decade, when the Bills welcome AFC East foe the New England Patriots (5-2) to New Era Field. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. Eastern, and the eyes of the football world will be on Orchard Park, with ESPN televising the game.
This is Buffalo’s first home appearance on Monday Night Football since the 2008 season, when Buffalo fell to the Cleveland Browns 29-27 on Nov. 17. This is Buffalo’s first Monday Night Football game since a 31-25 road loss to the Seattle Seahawks on Nov. 7, 2016. The Bills last faced the Patriots on a Monday night during the 2015 season, suffering a 20-13 loss on Nov. 23, 2015.
These two teams are heading in opposite directions, with the Bills struggling to score points (ranked last in the league in scoring offense, 11.6 points per game), while the Patriots are averaging 39.3 points per game during a four-game winning streak and find themselves in a familiar place: alone in first place in the AFC East.
All-Pro tight end Rob Gronkowski is likely to suit up against the Bills after missing last week’s game with back spasms. Gronk has only one score this season, but is netting an impressive 15.6 yards per grab. Wide receiver Josh Gordon notched his first 100-yard game as a Patriot last Sunday, which included a nifty 55-yard reception. But just because the Patriots have been hot doesn’t mean they’ll cover a two-touchdown spread in a divisional road game.A strong ground game capable of keeping the high-flying New England offense off the field and taking pressure off Bills quarterback Derek Anderson will be key to a Buffalo cover. Buffalo’s top two running backs are banged up, but both are expected to play.LeSean McCoy leads the squad with 244 rushing yards, but has yet to hit pay dirt. He has cleared the concussion protocol after practicing all week. Backup Chris Ivory topped 100 yards from scrimmage last week in the blowout loss to the Colts.
During his NFL career, QB Tom Brady has terrorized the Bills, and brings a 28-3 record against Buffalo into the MNF game. Brady is once again playing at an MVP level for the Patriots. The key to a Bills upset is to get pressure on Brady, and for Bills fans, hopefully the defense will return to its Week 6 form (sacking Deshaun Watson seven times) compared to Week 7, when it recorded zero sacks and allowed Andrew Luck to toss four touchdown passes.
This will be the 117th meeting all-time between former American Football League rivals. New England owns a 72-43-1 record all-time, including a 26-8 win as the Boston Patriots during the 1963 AFL playoffs, the only postseason meeting between these two teams.
Last year, the Bills fell to the Patriots 23-3 at New Era Field, and lost a 37-16 decision to the Patriots in Foxboro.
The game has been sold out for months. As if Bills fans needed any additional incentive to get pumped up for the Monday night appearance, Hall of Fame running back Thurman Thomas will have his No. 34 retired at halftime.