Week 13 of the NFL season begins with a “sunday Night Football” matchup between the division-rival New England Patriots vs Buffalo Bills from AT&T Stadium. This isn’t a short week for either team since both played on Thanksgiving and have had a full seven days to prepare.
CLICK HERE WATCH NOW
NFL Week 13
Even Time: 1:00p ET
Date: sunday , December2, 2017
Notable free agent additions: Non
The Bills are favored by 1.5 points, unchanged from where the line opened. The over-under, or total number of points Vegas thinks will be scored, is 44.
Before you lock in your pick for Patriots–Bills on “sunday Night Football,” you need to see what SportsLine’s Mike Tierney has to say.
In Week 10 when the Patriots hosted theBills as 1.5-point dogs, Tierney told readers to grab Buffalo without hesitation. The result: Vikes 38, Patriots 30 in a game that wasn’t that close.
A tale of two 5-6 teams. The Patriots continue to play hard but are licking too many wounds. The Bills haven’t run the ball that poorly without Zeke and should be able to sustain enough drives to turn the corner in this one.Bills , 19-16.
In case you haven’t noticed: The train is off the track for the Bills with three consecutive blowout losses. And with linebacker Sean Lee and running back Ezekiel Elliott still out, the Bills will have a hard time getting it back together anytime soon. This time, the Bills keep it close as the offense shows signs of life, but the secondary will still struggle as Buffalo QB Kirk Cousins wins this one in the end. Patriots, 27-24.
Good news for the few readers — and you know who you are — who believe my prediction has any bearing on the outcome of a Bills game. I’m thinking theBills will rally to beat the Patriots in their lone sunday night game of the season. The battle of 5-6 teams appears winnable for the home team.
The Bills cannot again be possibly as inept as they have been in their past three games. They have had a full week to prepare for the Patriots, whose one-game win streak comes courtesy of the hapless New York Giants.
Dez Bryant rises from the ashes. Alfred Morris runs as well as Alfred Morris can run. DeMarcus Lawrence and David Irving play doomsday defense. And, of course, Dan Bailey returns to kick the game-winning field goal. Bills , 24-21.
The Patriots know what it is like to lose key players. Waves of them. They’ve remained competitive somehow and are the same 5-6 as these troubled Bills . Fans call for adjustments from Buffalo, but it’s too little, too late. The losing streak continues; the panic worsens. Zeke isn’t back for two more games after sunday . The season’s done. Patriots, 35-17.
Considering the Patriots are the only team the Bills have defeated without Ezekiel Elliott or Tony Romo in the starting lineup over the past four years, I should pick Buffalo. But things have been far too lopsided for me to go against the trend. Since 2014, the Bills are 33-9 with Elliott or Romo in the starting lineup. Without either: 1-16. Patriots, 21-14.
Can the Bills win this game? Sure. Based on what’s transpired the past three weeks, if Buffalojumps to a 23-point halftime lead — opponents have outscored the Bills 72-6 in the second half of this stretch — that should be enough. But when you consider the Bills have only scored a total of 22 points in the past three games… Patriots, 24-19.
After three weeks of a nice, tight death spiral, the Bills finally put a stop to their losing ways. The Patriots are just the team to do it, too. By now, even the Bills ’ coaching staff has figured out most of the corrections that need to be made in Zeke’s absence, and it starts with acting like he’s still available. Bills , 24-21.
Surely, this team will respond to the most difficult stretch they have put together in modern Bills history with one last stand against a chief rival with jobs and futures on the line. Buffalo has lost a key player to their offense seemingly every week and finally has become easier to defend. Buffalo does just enough to pull back to .500. Bills , 24-20.