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The New England Patriots face off against the Buffalo Bills at Gillette Stadium on Monday Night Football wrapping up week 11. The Patriots are 9-0 after coming from behind and edging the New York Giants 27-26 last Sunday.
Their opponents, the Buffalo Bills, are coming off an inconsistent 22-17 victory over the New York Jets on Thursday night and have a mini-bye week to get ready for the New England Patriots. Unlike most Rex Ryan teams, the Bills are being carried by their offense (6th in the NFL with a 25.7 points per game average) while the defense is just average (15th in the NFL with a 23.o points per game average). (All stats from Pro-Football-Reference.com unless otherwise noted).
The Patriots defeated Buffalo way back in week two of the season up at Ralph Wilson Stadium where New England eschewed the running game (15 carries for 56 yards) and Tom Brady threw 59 passes. Of course, Brady completed 38 of the passes for 466 yards and 3 touchdowns as the Patriots built 37-13 lead going into the fourth quarter. Buffalo added three scoring drives in garbage time and the final was 40-32.
Both teams are looking different from when they did earlier as injuries have impacted both squads. As we do each week at MusketFire.com we will preview what each offense will try to do during the game and how each defense will try and stop their opponent (note: you can follow my live tweets and in-game analysis during New England Patriots games at @halbent01 on Twitter).
Since both teams are focusing on the game on the field, let’s do the same and investigate both teams and what to watch for on Sunday and the game score prediction at the end of the analysis:
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