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BOSTON (CBS) – The New England Patriots are fresh off their bye week, and looking to build on their current two-game win streak.
The Buffalo Bills are in town for an AFC East matchup, and will be looking for some revenge after Week 4′s 52-28 drubbing in Buffalo. Here is how the 98.5 The Sports Hub, WBZ-TV and WBZ NewsRadio 1030 sports teams see Sunday’s game going down:
Scott Zolak, 98.5 The Sports Hub
This may be the least talked about football game in four years around here.
The problem the Patriots have is you’re coming off the bye, and they have to be ready to go. I know the fan base won’t be ready to go when the gates open at 11:00 Sunday morning. Not only will the Patriots be fighting themselves, the bye and a little stiffness, but a Buffalo team coming in that does know you.
I look for this game to be tight to start, but the Patriots will pull away. It will be close for about a quarter and a half, but then look for the re-emergence of Stevan Ridley. AND Devin McCourty will get an interception in this one.
Patriots 31, Bills 13
Andy Gresh, 98.5 The Sports Hub
The Bills have some injuries in the secondary, and whenever the Patriots spread them out it’s their ability to take advantage just like last time out.
I don’t think it will be as bad as their Week 4 52-28 beat down, but the Patriots will cruise to a win.
Patriots 38, Bills 21
Walt Perkins, WBZ NewsRadio 1030
In their first meeting in Week 4 of the NFL season, the Bills put up 28 points on the Patriots defense. Yes, Buffalo is capable of scoring.
The same can be said of the Patriots, who lit up the Bills ‘D’ for 52 points, running wild in the second half.
Both teams have improved over the past five weeks and points may be harder to come by. But when the final gun sounds, I still like the Patriots chances.
Patriots 27, Bills 17
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports
The Patriots come into this game rested and ready. Since 2002 they have only one loss following their bye week and that was last year at Pittsburgh. However, I wouldn’t expect that to happen again this week.
The Pats simply have too much offense for the Bills defense to handle, as we saw when the two teams met earlier this season when the Pats put up 45 points in the second half. The Bills defense is giving up an average of 263 yards passing per game while allowing 16 touchdowns and only six interceptions in their eight games so far, including 340 and three TD’s to Brady. Meanwhile, they haven’t really faced any elite QB’s — minus Brady of course.
On defense, the Pats should do enough to win the game. Last time they faced the Bills they surrendered 350 yards through the air and four TD’s to Ryan Fitzpatrick, but, they also picked him off four times.
Look for another shootout, and Patriots victory on Sunday.
Patriots 45, Bills 20
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports
The Pats are 9-3 under Bill Belichick when coming out of a bye. I get the feeling that this break was much needed. The team has played seven games of their last 10 games on the road in the pre-season and the first half of the regular season.Add in a pair of six hour flights (each way), and the players are going to need a bit of a breather at this point.
So after a much needed break, the teams enters what they call “money time.” How many games can they win in November and December to put them in the right place for the playoffs?
The Buffalo Bills may be a welcomed sight. Sure, they have given the Pats trouble they last couple of times they have played but, this is a division foe that the team is used to. They know each other and that in the end will fall in the Patriots favor.
The Bills are desperate but so are the Pats. This is not one of the games, when looking on the calendar, that they can afford to lose. Patriots come off the bye strong with a victory.
Patriots 38, Bills 24
Tune in to the Patriots-Bills game Sunday afternoon at 1pm on WBZ-TV and 98.5 The Sports Hub. Pre-game coverage begins at 10am on 98.5 with Patriots Preview, and 11:30am on WBZ-TV with Patriots GameDay. Following the game, stay tuned for three hours of postgame coverage on the Hub, and to Patriots 5th Quarter on WBZ-TV.