The New England Patriots (9-0) look to remain unbeaten when they host the AFC rival Buffalo Bills (5-4) on "Monday Night Football" at Gillette Stadium in Week 11.
After two weeks of winning by at least three scores, the Giants tested New England in Week 10, leading for most of the game. It took a 12-play, 44-yard two minute drill for Tom Bady to set up the game-winning 54-yard field goal for Stephen Gostkowski.
Brady has thrown for at least two scores in every game and more yards than any other quarterback to pace the NFL’s highest scoring team (33.7 points per game). Brady threw for 334 yards and two touchdowns against New York, bringing his total to 24. One of those touchdowns was a 76-yard strike to Rob Gronkowski, who is tied for No. 2 in the NFL with eight receiving scores. In a 42-32 victory over Buffalo in Week 2, Brady threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns. In a 42-32 victory over Buffalo in Week 2, Brady threw for 466 yards and three touchdowns.
Brady and Co. will try to repeat that scoring barrage with Julian Edelman on the bench after the reliable wide receiver broke his foot last week. Buffalo has the No. 18 ranked pass defense in the NFL (252) yards per game but only allowed 190 to the Jets last week on top of forcing two interceptions and a fumble. The Bills have given up a combined 34 points in their last two games but safety Aaron Williams (neck) and defensive tackle Kyle Williams (knee) could be out on Monday.
Rex Ryan’s team has won back-to-back divisional games and goes into their third straight on a high note after the 22-17 victory over the Jets last Thursday. Buffalo rushed for 148 yards against one of the best run defense in the NFL led by 112 on 19 carries from LeSean McCoy. The Bills have run for over a hundred yards in five straight games but faces the second-best run defense in the NFL in New England, which allows just 88.2 yards per game on the ground.
The Patriots rank No. 22 against the pass (256 yards per game) and allowed Eli Manning to throw for 361 yards and two scores last week. In two games since returning from injury, Bills quarterback Tyrod Taylor has completed 28-of-39 passes for 339 yards, two touchdowns and zero turnovers. Agianst New England in Week 2, Taylor completed 23-of-30 passes for 242 yards, three scores and three interceptions.
Start Time: 8:30 p.m.
Betting Odds: New England -7
Over/Under: 48 points
Prediction: We've seen Brady and this New England offense go up and down the field on Buffalo and it's hard to imagine things being all that different at Foxboro. Brady and the Patriots advance to 10-0 and cover at home, 30-20.
*Odds courtesy of Sportsbook.ag