Week 3 Preview, Buffalo at New England

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In what looks like a mismatch on paper, you have two teams going in opposite directions so far – the visiting Buffalo Bills (2-0) and the undefeated New England Patriots. The Patriots are looking more and more every week as the team that the pro football pundits predicted them to be: unstoppable. The Bills, on the other hand, are offensively challenged.

What can be said about the Patriots’ offense that hasn’t been said at one time or another? You have quarterback Tom Brady who at his current pace (47-of-59, 576 yards, 6 TD’s, 1 INT)is going to have a career year stats-wise. The same can be said for wide receiver Randy Moss (17-288, 3 TD’s); he is on pace for 2,304 receiving yards. He probably will not reach those lofty numbers, but you get the idea of what kind of a roll the Patriots are on. Even running back Laurence Maroney is having a decent year (35 rushes, 149 yards).

The Patriots defense is top-notch as well; they’re allowing only 214 yards/game which I would know leads the NFL by far (ranked 1st). Linebacker Mike Vrabel is having an outstanding campaign (3.5 sacks, 12 tackles), leading the Patriots’ defense. But it’s the rush defense more than anything that distinguishes the Pats more than anything – they’re only allowing a measly 56 yards a game. That’s stingy.

The Bills, on the flip side, are as previously mentioned – offensively challenged. Two thiungs are hurting this team – injuries to their defense and their lack of offense (407 yards after 2 games – only trailing San Francisco). To give you an idea how anemic the Bills’ offense is, QB J.P. Losman has a whopping 251 yards after 2 games. The only bright spot in the Bills’ offense would be rookie RB Marshawn Lynch (37 carries, 154 yards, 1 TD; 3 receptions, 30 yards). Their defense is ranked 31st in the league overall and is hoping to reverse that this Sunday.

The Bills, in a nutshell, will need Herculean efforts by Losman, Lynch, WR Lee Evans, and a collective effort by the defense to even have a chance at upsetting the Patriots. But unfortunately, they’re playing the Patriots in Foxboro, which is about as iron-clad a guarantee for the Pats to win as any. Brady and Co. will wreak yet again more havoc – same results, different victim.

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