Kyle Orton, Sammy Watkins and the Buffalo Bills have only pride left for when they take on Tom Brady, Gronk and the New England Patriots at Gillette Stadium. The Pats have already clinched home field advantage and a first round bye in the playoffs and hope to keep their winning ways leading into the post-season.
— SundayNight Football (@SNFonNBC) December 23, 2014
Matchup: Buffalo Bills at New England Patriots
Date: Dec. 28, 2014
Start Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Location: Foxboro, Massachusetts
Stadium: Gillette Stadium
TV Info: CBS
Radio: Buffalo Vs New England
Point Spread: Patriots -4.5
Game Total: 44
A Closer Look At The Buffalo Vs New England NFL Week 17 Betting Spread & Prediction
After Denver’s loss last week and their 12-3 record, the New England Patriots the road to the Super Bowl from the AFC will go through Foxborough. Head-coach Bill Belichick will have an intriguing proposition this week on how long to play his starters with a two week break looming before their first playoff week.
“I don’t think it really has a big effect on what we’ve been doing,” head coach Belichick responded about the possibility to sit the starters. “Just keep getting ready for Buffalo, that’s what our challenge is. Whatever our position is, it is. That will all take care of itself in due course. It doesn’t have anything to do with right now.”
The Patriots have the No. 1 seed for the 5th time in the Tom Brady era. The previous 4 featured 3 Super Bowl trips. pic.twitter.com/VcOrYqGXpk
— NFL on ESPN (@ESPNNFL) December 23, 2014
The Patriots 8th ranked passing and 18th ranked rushing offenses combine for an average NFL best 30.6 points and 372.5 yards per game and they are led by QB Tom Brady who has completed 64.5 percent of his passes with 33 touchdowns and nine interceptions. The Patriots have cycled through several running backs this season with Steven Ridley (out for the season due to injury), Shane Vereen, Jonus Gray and most recently Legarrette Blount. Everyone’s favorite TE Rob Gronkowski has 82 catches and 12 touchdowns.
Tom Brady wants to work out Pats' offensive issues in Week 17: http://t.co/aC7OCtNfzk
— Around The NFL (@AroundTheNFL) December 23, 2014
The Pats defense allows 19.7 points and 349.2 yards per game and they are plus 11 in turnover ratio. Jamie Collins has 111 tackles, Dont’a Hightower has 89 tackles, and Rob Ninkovich has 8.0 sacks. The Patriots have looked machine-like most of the season.
The Buffalo Bills are 8-7 and after a surprise 26-24 to the Oakland Raiders last week, they were eliminated from the playoffs. The Bills offense is averaging 21.7 points and 321.9 yards per game and they are led by QB Kyle Orton who has 2842 yards, 17 TDs & 10 INTs on the season.
"When you’ve gone this long, and you’re right there with a chance, and you put it all on the line and you don’t come through, it hurts," quarterback Kyle Orton said.
The Bills also have the 5th best rushing unit and scores 21.7 points per game which ranks 21st. Fred Jackson has rushed for 467 yards and C.J. Spiller returned last week after recovering from a broken coller bone.
Doug Marrone: "We need to play our best game, with our best players, and get this bad taste out of our mouths" pic.twitter.com/A1QiwjLFDx
— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) December 24, 2014
Since 2001, when Tom Brady took the starting QB job for the Patriots, New England is 25-2 against the Bills. Buffalo’s head coach Doug Marrone is 0-3 against Bill Belichick.
The Bills are:
- 2-6 ATS in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record,
- 3-8 ATS in their last 11 games in Week 17,
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as an underdog, and
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games overall.
The Patriots are:
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games as a favorite,
- 4-0 ATS in their last 4 home games,
- 5-2 ATS in their last 7 games following a SU win,
- 5-0-1 ATS in their last 6 games in Week 17, and
- 4-1 ATS in their last 5 games in December.
Buffalo is 5-10-1 ATS in its last 16 games when playing New England.