Monday Night Football: New England Patriots (5-2) at Buffalo Bills (2-5)
What to Watch For:
When will Father Time finally take Tom Brady for his own? Will he actually be able to play until he’s 45 like he said before last year? It’s starting to look like he will be. It’s unbelievable in such a physical game, that a 41-year old quarterback is still dominating the way Brady is. How long will it continue?
The key for the Patriots is to simply remain disciplined. In all honesty, there is no reason for them to lose this game. The good news for the Patriots is Bill Belichick may be the best coach in the history of the game when it comes to preparing his team and not allowing players to overlook any opponent. As long as the Patriots show up and treat the Bills as a worthy opponent, they will win handily.
The Bills had caught some lightning in a bottle with rookie quarterback Josh Allen prior to his injury. He had sparked this offense to a couple of surprise wins over the Vikings and the Texans and looked to be worthy of his high draft selection in this year’s draft. Post-injury has been a different story. Nathan Peterman will likely never get another shot in the NFL barring injury and Derek Anderson was on vacation with his family in Week 4 before the getting the call to workout for the Bills. I don’t see a scenario that allows the Bills to win tonight, but hey, at least Allen looks like the real deal moving forward.
Prediction: Patriots win 31-13.
RB James White
White has become the most reliable option in the Patriots’ offense. Through 7 games, he already has 45 receptions on the season, on pace to obliterate his previous career high of 60 in 2016. In addition, he has 6 receiving touchdowns which is already a career high. He has become Tom Brady’s favorite target and he should get a lot of action tonight; oh, and he gets some bonus points as a rusher sometimes as well.
WR Kelvin Benjamin
I’m putting Benjamin here simply because I’ve required myself to elect one stud and one dud for each in all the primetime games. I chose Benjamin only because the Bills will be playing from behind and will be throwing the ball, all night. Someone has to catch some passes, right? He might even luck his way into a touchdown at some point tonight.
RB LeSean McCoy
McCoy has been a disappointment all season. He just yet to surpass 85 rushing yards in a game, and has yet to score. Just yesterday, McCoy was released from the concussion protocol, so the Bills may not want to rush him back as well. Especially in a game where they’ll be playing from behind and the rushing attack will become somewhat unnecessary.
TE Rob Gronkowski
Gronkowski has been his usual, injured self this season. Dealing with ankle and back injuries, he hasn’t been able to produce the fantasy numbers expected from the All-Pro tight end. He started the season off well, with 123 yards and a touchdown in the opener against Houston. Since then, he has yet to reach 100 receiving yards and has not scored. In addition, the Bills are allowing 6.9 fantasy points per game to opposing tight ends.