In the middle of a two-game losing streak -- and in heartbreaking fashion each time -- the New England Patriots will look to right the ship behind a visit from Josh Allen and the Buffalo Bills.
On the surface, it's the perfect get-right game for the Patriots, with wins in 15 of 17 home head-to-heads with the Bills since Tom Brady took over as the team's starting quarterback in 2001. This year's Buffalo team, which comes to Foxboro at 5-9 and with just two road wins in seven tries this season, isn't exactly built to change the dynamic of this trend.
But here's how the 98.5 The Sports Hub staff sees this penultimate contest going...
Ty Anderson (writer/columnist, 985TheSportsHub.com)
The Patriots might not be as dominant as they've been for the last two decades, but they're not 'Lose to the Bills at home in the middle of a two-game losing streak' bad. I'm not sure they've ever been that bad. One thing I'd personally like to see in this game? A return to Sony Michel. The 23-year-old Michel has totaled 179 yards on 50 carries over his last three games (59.6 yards per game and 3.58 yards per carry), and getting him back involved as a serious threat will only help the Patriots get going in the passing game, which is now down a serious threat with the departure of Josh Gordon.
Patriots 27, Bills 16.
Matt McCarthy (98.5 The Sports Hub)
This is the classic "get right" game for the Patriots...but these aren't your classic Patriots. We all know this team is in trouble. Look for them to struggle with Josh Allen's mobility and look for the Pats offense to struggle to move the ball again. They escape this one by the skin of their teeth. Merry Christmas.
Patriots 23, Bills 20.
Mike 'Sarge' Riley (98.5 The Sports Hub)
Patriots have shown us before how to be resilient with the news of Josh Gordon and two straight losses. Now, Josh Allen coming to town could take advantage of a Pats run-defense which has been generous to giving up generous yards on the ground. However, Tom Brady has his way with the Bills over the years and Santa comes early Sunday for a playoff spot.
Patriots 28, Bills 20.