The Buffalo Bills go to Foxborough on Thursday night to face the New England Patriots in an AFC East matchup with playoff implications.
The New England Patriots and Buffalo Bills square off under the lights in Foxborough to kick off Week 13 as two playoff hopefuls attempt to take another step toward postseason football tonight at Gillette Stadium.
Preview of Bills vs. Patriots game
Both the 7-4 Bills and the 6-5 Patriots made the playoffs last year, and both aim to return to the postseason. After beefing up their squad, the Bills entered the season as one of the favorites to win the Super Bowl, but instead of looking like Super Bowl champs, back-to-back losses to the Jets and Vikings had them briefly reconsidering their vision of grandeur. They are 3.5 point favorites at Gillette Stadium, where the Patriots will want to comeback from a setback last week.
Are the bills back on track?
For as high as the Bills’ expectations were entering the season, it would be ridiculous to believe they would breeze through the regular season and be greeted with a red carpet on their journey to the Super Bowl. The going eventually got rough in the middle of November, when Josh Allen and the Bills dropped two close games in a row to the Jets and the Vikings. Allen, a former MVP candidate, was a major reason Buffalo lost two games, tossing four interceptions and a fumble that cost the Bills the game against the Vikings.
Buffalo has won back-to-back games over the Browns and Lions in the last two weeks, but they have lost their hold on the AFC East. They will try to win their first division game tonight against the Patriots.
Last Sunday, the Patriots’ unbeaten record came to an end
Mac Jones returned to the starting lineup against the Browns in the middle of October, but was quickly benched after a bad quarter and a half. Jones returned his starting job the following week against the Bears, and the Pats began a four-game winning streak that included victories against Chicago, the Jets twice, and Indianapolis. They came into Minnesota hoping to ruin the Vikings’ Thanksgiving, and they hung tough with the two-loss Vikes. Kirk Cousins and Justin Jefferson were ultimately too much for the Patriots, who let Minnesota pull away in the fourth quarter.
Bills vs. Patriots Odds
Buffalo Bills vs New England Patriots
Moneyline -195 +162
Spread। -3.5 (-110) +3.5 (-110)
Over/Under o43.5 (-110) o43.5 (-110)
Prediction for Bills vs. Patriots
The Bills appear to have survived a midseason slump and are still in contention for the AFC’s top spot. The Bills haven’t looked terrific in their last two wins, but they’re slowly getting back on track and starting to look like the Buffalo club that started the season. Allen should have a monster day against the Pats defense and cover.
Prediction: Buffalo 27, New England 23.