Monday Night Football Preview: Patriots vs Bills
After clinching the AFC East title last weekend for the first time in 25 years, the Buffalo Bills have a chance Monday night to sweep the New England Patriots for the first time since Doug Flutie was the starting quarterback in 1999. The Bills, now 11-3, have won four straight and are looking to lock up the second seed in the AFC playoffs. Buffalo is led by 3rd year quarterback and first time pro bowler, Josh Allen. Allen is easily having the best year of his career and sits just outside the league MVP discussion. His favorite target this season has been former Minnesota Vikings, Stefon Diggs. Diggs is 5th in the NFL with over 1300 receiving yards and is tied for the league lead in receptions. The Bills have arguably been the only team in the league that has been strong enough and consistent enough to have a chance to knock of the Super Bowl champion Chiefs.
On the other end of the field, the Patriots have had their worst season under Bill Bellichick. New England is on pace to have their first losing season since 2000 and will finish 3rd in the division they've won 16 of the past 17 years. The Cam Newton project has simply not worked for the Pats. Newton has played terrible at times this season and has thrown for less than 100 yards twice in the last four games. He hasn't even led his team to an offensive touchdown in over 2 weeks. Bellichick will certainly have a short leash on the former Auburn quarterback, who is backed up by Jared Stidham. The once top defense has also struggled in New England and now has lost best player and 2019 defensive player of the year, Stephon Gillmore, to injured reserve. It could be a long night for the Patriots secondary.
I expect the Bills to make a statement Monday night and absolutely crush the Patriots. The Bills know they have a chance to finally sweep the Pats and really rub it in on national television. Josh Allen will also want to avenge arguably his worst game of his season in the last matchup. Allen threw for only 150 yards, no touchdowns and an interception in the 24-21 victory. Diggs and Allen will connect for a few over the top scores and New England's offense continues to struggle with Cam Newton at the helm. Bill win 35-9.