The Patriots are entering Sunday’s 1 p.m. ET game against the Buffalo Bills with a streak of 15 straight victories against the only NFL team that’s actually in New York. Despite the winning streak, the Bills have played the Patriots tough recently, with the Pats pulling out a last-minute victory in 2009 and then last year, winning 38-30 Week 3 before blowing them out 34-3. Looking at how the Bills have started this season, 2-0 with lots of offense, we’re likely going to see something closer to the 38-30 game from Week 3 last season. Seeing as how the Patriots’ defense has been playing, coupled with breaking news today that S Patrick Chung will miss Sunday’s game, you can bank on lots of points being put up.
Let’s take a look at some key stats for both teams.
Bills’ Offense vs. Patriots’ Defense
The Bills are #1 in the NFL in points scored per game (39.5), while the Patriots are in the middle of the pack at 18th in points allowed per game (22.5). Furthermore, when looking at total offense, the Bills are ranked 7th while the Pats’ defense is ranked 31st. Ouch. Only the Dolphins are worse in total defense, and that’s mostly due to the Patriots’ air show Week 1. Advantage: Bills
Patriots’ Offense vs. Bills’ Defense
The Pats are 3rd in the NFL in points scored per game (36.5), while the Bills are just behind the Patriots at 23rd in points allowed per game (21). Looking at total offense, the Patriots rank 1st in the NFL while the Bills are ranked 14th in total defense. The Bills’ defense, up to this point have performed better than the Patriots’ defense, but the Pats are tops in the league in offense. Advantage: Patriots
Looking at these numbers, all signs point to lots of points. The question for each team is this: Who can weather the offensive storm the best this week? The defense that does it will move its team to 3-0.