Sunday, September 10th
New England Patriots @ Buffalo Bills
The SSG Pro Football Season gets underway this weekend and our featured game will see the Defending Champions Buffalo Bills host the New England Patriots.
Buffalo Rushing Offense vs New England Run Defense
The Bills rushing attack is led by Running Back LeSean McCoy who has enjoyed over 1000 yards rushing in each of the last two seasons. McCoy has the ability to get the tough yards inside but also take it outside. McCoy will take advantage of running behind stud Center Wood and work over a weak interior defensive line where the Patriots Defensive Tackles will struggle to stop the run up the middle and the linebackers in the middle don’t get any better at defending the run and the Bills will exploit the Pats by running it all day long up the middle. To the outside, the Patriots are stronger but McCoy has the talent to do some damage there also especially running behind LT Cordy Glenn.
New England Rushing Offense vs Buffalo Run Defense
The Patriots will use multiple running backs this season, Charles is not the back he was and he could split time with rookie Ogden. No matter who carries the ball they will look to run to their left side of the offense behind LG Jackson and LT Solder. The running game is not how the Pats are built, they struggled to run the ball last year and will not be the strongest part of their game. The Bills are bolstered by stud DT Dareus who will stuff anything up the middle and DE Jones is strong against the run also.
Buffalo Pass Offense vs New England Pass Defense
The Bills will look to take advantage of the Patriots lack of talent at Linebacker and QB Tyrod Taylor will work short passes across the middle where the likes of Watkins and Woods will take short passes and turn them into big gains with their big play ability and talent for Yards after the catch. They will also overpower the Patriots corners when they throw towards the outside or deep. They will focus on the middle and short mostly though as they will be wary of the Pats corners ability to pick off passes. Chandler Jones for the Pats will give RT Kouandjio all he can handle and this is where the Pats could force some turnovers as Jones can exploit his lack of pass protection. Chandler Jones can make up for the lack of talent at Linebacker by forcing mistakes and getting to the QB.
New England Pass Offense vs Buffalo Pass Defense
If the Patriots are to have a chance of winning this weekend it will have to be from the passing attack. QB Derek Carr threw for 4781 yards last season and they were the 2nd ranked pass offense in the league. They will utilize Tight End Gronkowski who can catch it short across the middle he can go deep and he can also take those short passes and turn them into big plays. You cannot just focus on him though as you have FL Edelman who would have had over 1000 yards receiving last year if it were not for missing 3 games. Gronk and Edelman will be a handful for the Bills secondary and this is the area of the game where New England can take advantage of.
The matchup that interests me the most in this game is Defensive End Chandler Jones going up against the Right Tackle position of the Bills. Last season he had 3 sacks, 4 QB pressures, 1 forced fumble and 3 QB knockdowns in 2 games against the Bills last year. He could be the difference in the Patriots causing an upset against the Bills this weekend.
Buffalo Bills 28 New England Patriots 21