The highly anticipated Monday Night Football showdown between the 8-4 Patriots and 7-4 Bills has arrived.
Kick-off at Orchard Park is at 8:15 p.m. You can watch on ESPN.
New England enter the AFC game with a six-game winning streak. Buffalo last played on Thanksgiving, when he sent out the Saints.
The Patriots, who sit first in the AFC after losing to the Ravens on Sunday, will face Buffalo again in just three weeks.
We will be providing live updates throughout the game. Follow below.
No surprises with regard to the inactive people of Pats – 7:03 p.m.
The following players have been declared inactive for tonight’s game against the Bills:
• LB Ronnie Perkins (illness) had been on the injury report during the week, so it’s no surprise he’s showing up here. It is the first unhealthy scratch of the season for the first-year defenseman, who is the leader in the race for the Shane Vereen / James White Redshirt Award.
• TE Devin Asiasi was in one game and had two catches for 39 yards. Another healthy scratch for the youngster, who is behind veterans Hunter Henry and Jonnu Smith on the depths board.
• Quarterback Jarrett Stidham is sidelined again, another healthy scratch. Unless something unforeseen happens, I would expect him to continue in the No.3 quarterback role the rest of the way.
• OL Yasir Durant is also a good scratch. The 23-year-old goaltender has appeared in six games this year, but hasn’t been active since the Oct. 17 loss to the Cowboys. His absence is a good sign when it comes to the overall health of the New England offensive line.
• CB Shaun Wade has suffered injuries at times this season, but was not on the injury report this week. He’s been a good depth player when he was in good health and could still have a key moment by the end of the season. But the Ohio State rookie will sit against the Bills tonight.
• LB Jahlani Tavai is also a good player – like Durant, the fact that he’s down tonight means the Patriots feel pretty good about their available depth at that position… namely, Jamie Collins, who is coming back to play this evening after missing last month.
A look back at 2008 and The Wind Bowl – 6:40 p.m.
it will be a bit costs for this one, but that’s nothing new for Buffalo. There was the 2008 Bills-Patriots regular season finale when the winds peaked between 30 and 40 mph, and it took its toll on the goalposts. Check out a recap of it, which includes an odd mix of highlights and a Punt of 57 yards from Matt Cassel (!!!):
Let it snow, let it snow, let it snow – 6:35 p.m.
Looks like we’re ready for our first snow game of the season. Our guy Jim McBride took these videos earlier in the evening, and more snow has fallen since. It’s going to be interesting to see how rookie Mac Jones does in the snow.
As for what things might look like for the rest of the evening, our friends at WBZ-TV have us covered.
Some numbers to watch tonight – 6.30 p.m.
• This one is from our buddy Mike Giardi: Josh Allen could be the first quarterback to defeat Bill Belichick in three straight games since Eli Manning did so from 2007-2011. Three straight wins over Belichick are the longest streak for a quarterback since 2000, and have been won by Manning, Peyton Manning, Jay Fiedler, Vinny Testaverde, Drew Brees and Jake Plummer.
• The Patriots will look to improve to 6-0 on the road this season. The Patriots have finished undefeated on the road twice in franchise history (2007 and 2016).
• Kendrick Bourne enters this week with 42 receptions for 623 yards and five touchdowns, a career-high. He needs 8 captures in Buffalo to set a high in a single season. He had 49 receptions in 2020 with San Francisco.
• If Jakobi Meyers scores one more assist in 2021, he will be the first Patriots WR to complete more than two assists in a single season. Julian Edelman completed two assists in 2018, 2019 and 2020, and Harold Jackson completed two assists in 1980.
• Mac Jones has completed over 70 percent of his passes in eight of his first 12 NFL games. Jones can tie the rookie record this week against Buffalo. Dak Prescott completed 70 percent of his passes in nine games as a rookie in 2016.
• If JC Jackson gets an interception this week, he will be the only Patriots player with at least two seasons with 8 or more interceptions.
• Matthew Judon increased his sack total from 2021 to 11½ with an 8-yard sack from Ryan Tannehill last week. With one sack this week, he will join Chandler Jones (12½ in 2015) and Mike Vrabel (12½ in 2007) for the most sacks in a season by a Patriots player under Bill Belichick. It’s also worth noting that Judon’s current pace could at least allow him to threaten the franchise record. He has 11.5 sacks in 12 games, which could put him close to 17. Andre Tippett has a franchise record for a 16-game season with 18.5.
Predict the match – 6:22 p.m.
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Let’s start – 6:12 p.m.
Hi everyone! Hope everyone enjoyed Sunday. We’ve got a fun one in the works for tonight – Patriots and Bills, live from Orchard Park at 8:15 pm Keep it here for any updates you need, all night long. As for the pre-match, we’ll have the usual: match day playlist, stadium updates, weather news, inactive analytics, betting info and much more. CUE THE THEMATIC SONG.
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