It will be a battle of AFC East perfection this Sunday, as the 3-0 Patriots will pay a visit to Orchard Park for a head-to-head with the 3-0 Bills.
The Patriots make the trek to Buffalo on the heels of a 30-14 win over the Jets at Gillette Stadium last weekend, while the Bills are riding high following a 21-17 victory over the Bengals, good for their first 3-0 start since 2011.
This is the first 2019 meeting between the divisional rivals, and the Patriots come into this game having won the last five meetings, and 13 of the last 15 overall, with Buffalo’s last win over New England coming back in Oct. 2016.
Here’s how the 98.5 The Sports Hub staff sees this game going…
This is Buffalo’s biggest game since the last time the Patriots were in Orchard Park. That’s rarely made a difference in this lopsided head-to-head. I can’t see this Buffalo team, which relies on actual senior citizen Frank Gore and a quarterback who straight-up stinks in Josh Allen, out-gunning the Patriots offense.
And I’m not sure I’d bet against this Patriot defense even if Brady and Co. struggle.
Patriots 31, Bills 13.
As much as I want to believe this game is going to go against everyone’s feelings and be a high-scoring shootout, I just don’t see it. Especially if Julian Edelman doesn’t play. The Bills are a “do what they do” defense but have given the Patriots trouble anyway, because they have a lot of talent and speed on that side of the ball. But at the same time, you have to trust Tom Brady a LOT more than Josh Allen to make the plays he needs to make and avoid disastrous mistakes. I smell a pick-six in Allen’s future. Or maybe that’s just a dirty sex toy.
Patriots 20, Bills 10.
Will the Pats win? Yes. But it will be a game. Just don’t love the vibe around the team right now.
Patriots 16, Bills 13.
Matt McCarthy (98.5 The Sports Hub)
If you’ve ever been to a game in Orchard Park, you know that Buffalo is a tough place to play. The Bills are usually just so bad that it doesn’t matter. Maybe the Bills aren’t as bad as they normally are this year, but come on, they’re still the Bills. A good Buffalo defense and injury concerns on the offensive side of the ball for the Patriots will result in this game being close for a half, but the Pats will pull away in the third and win this comfortably. Josh Allen stands little chance against this New England defense.
Patriots 26, Bills 13.
Mike ‘Sarge’ Riley (98.5 The Sports Hub)
Still crazy to think the Pats’ D hasn’t allowed a touchdown (rushing or passing) since January in the AFC Championship Game. But their opponents in the first three weeks of the year (Steelers, Dolphins, and Jets) are a combined 0-9.
That brings us to this undefeated match up where Buffalo hosting the defending world champions in what could be the Bills’ Super Bowl of 2019. Josh Allen is playing well, but he’ll need to be at his best here. A turnover or a fumble recovery will not cut it against the Patriot defense. And while all indications are that Julian Edelman (ribs) will play Sunday, don’t be surprised if we see a receiver such as Jakobi Meyers make an impact after he got significant time late in the Jets game.
Death. Taxes. And a Tom Brady (30-3 head-to-head against Buffalo entering play) win over the Bills.
Patriots 27, Bills 14.