First place in the AFC East will be on the line Sunday at Foxboro when the Buffalo Bills come calling on the New England Patriots in one of the better week 10 battles. The Bills have been struggling, as they have lost two in a row, both to AFC East teams in the Dolphins and Jets. The Pats were three-point losers to the Colts Sunday night in a game they still feel they should have won.
Now they can get set for a big outing at home vs the Bills. Matt Cassel and the Pats offense has been inconsistent at best. They have had issues with the running game all season, and as far as the passing game goes, Cassel has four 200+ passing days, but he also has seven interceptions along with 7 touchdowns, and has to watch himself and not get into trouble like he has as of late.
Cassel needs to look downfield for his favorite, that of course being Randy Moss. The big time pass catcher has been good in some games, not so good in others, but part of the problem is Cassel getting the ball to him. Wes Welker is a lot of the time in the same boat, and again, Cassel needs to make good decisions and even make some plays that he may not make.
As far as Buffalo goes, they need to get back on track – in a hurry. Trent Edwards has been off as of late, as he has thrown three interceptions in the last two weeks after totaling two in his first six games. Last week he was 24-for-35 with a career-high 289 yards. The problem again was the picks, and one that was returned for a score early on seemed to change the tempo of the game in the eventual loss.
They should do more to get Marshawn Lynch involved early. They seem to fall too much in love with the pass, and there are points in the game where Lynch seems to not be on the field. If they can, getting Lynch involved can spread the field and then maybe Edwards can then look for his favorite wide out – Lee Evans.
Right now the Pats are playing a little bit better ball. The Bills are in a tailspin, and being a young team, it’s going to be tough for them to get it turned back around, and right now New England smells blood and they will have at least a share of first place after winning vs the Bills Sunday.