The Patriots took a severe ass-whipping at the hands of the Bills the last time the two teams met. But that 38-9 blowout in Week 16 of 2020 has no real impact on what happens in Week 13 of 2021.
Mainly because the Pats’ roster is significantly improved on both sides of the ball over what they trotted out last December. Compared to that 2020 laugher, they’ve gone from borderline NFL players to elite-level talents in a handful of key areas. Bill Belichick got himself some legit players in the offseason, and many of said players are playing well. And so, stunningly, the Patriots have returned to racking up wins, while practically effing with opposing quarterbacks in the process. Give Belichick players and this is what happens.
Can Bills quarterback Josh Allen keep Belichick out of his head? He kept the Patriots head coach at bay for at least one game, throwing for 320 yards and four touchdowns with no interceptions in that 38-9 victory for Buffalo. But he did it against, and this cannot be stressed enough, half of a real NFL defense at best.
Nothing personal against the likes of Anfernee Jennings, Terrence Brooks, and others. But the Patriots’ defensive front-seven is just so vastly improved over 2020, there’s admittedly not much to discuss. Just print out the two rosters and compare names. On top of that, the offense is better than a year ago and the team as a whole is building toward a playoff run rather than playing out a down year.
There are several areas of note on the Patriots’ roster that warrant much more confidence this time around.