It won’t be very eventful Pats shuffle off to Buffalo
Miracles sometimes do happen in the National Football League.
In September, maybe early October.
Once we approach Halloween, no chance.
That’s why ESPN must be cringing that the Buffalo Bills have regressed so much since the end of last season that their game hosting New England on Monday Night Football could be an all-time dud.
It could be over by halftime. Remotes could be turning at a record pace, except in the New England region. The Bills will be so undermanned offensively, starting Derek Anderson at quarterback, because they can’t even showcase rookie quarterback Josh Allen as he’s hurt. Even the fact that Buffalo’s offensive coordinator Brian Daboll is a former Pats assistant won’t help.
“Anderson’s obviously a really experienced guy that both Brian and Sean (Bills head coach McDermott) have a lot of experience with,” Patriots coach Bill Belichick said this week. “I’m sure he’ll be able to handle things the way they want it done.”
Usually Belichick heaps praise on a player like Anderson. But that was about the best he could come up with.
“We know it’ll be tough up there Monday night,” he said. “It’s always tough in Buffalo.”
Not this time:
PATRIOTS 52, BILLS 7
Ugly. Raucos crowd that will likely be out of there midway through the third quarter with the wind howling. It’s likely Rob Gronkowski will play – he loves playing vs. the Bills, remember — but he won’t have to do much. Anderson and Tom Brady do have something in common: They were both drafted in the sixth round. The similarities end there.
STEELERS 27, BROWNS 24
Normally, this would be a rout. But with the Browns propensity for overtime, these two will play another extra session like they did in the opener. This time a field goal wins it.
COLTS 17, RAIDERS 13
The AFC schedule is putrid this week, so yeah, this is a game we’re going to pick. The Colts are simply the better bad team as Jon “Chuckie” Gruden’s Raider horror movie continues.
RAMS 34, PACKERS 31
Classic up-and-down battle that FOX must be thrilled it was able to protect from the clutches of Sunday Night Football. Aaron Rodgers won’t be able to bail out the Packer defense in this one. As much as the Rams are noted for offense, they’re only allowing 18.3 points a game.
VIKINGS 30, SAINTS 28
Field goal at the end wins this one, a game that NBC did corral. Drew Brees is America’s darling right now as far as football is concerned, and should be. But Kirk Cousins is playing well and gets the edge.
EAGLES 24, JAGUARS 13
Wow how the mighty have fallen. Jacksonville is a mess on both sides of the ball, suddenly, and the Eagles can’t hold a lead. We will give deference to the defending Super Bowl champions and the better QB (Carson Wentz) in this one.
PANTHERS 23, RAVENS 17
A good one. Carolina showed a lot of spunk in their comeback win, and the Ravens couldn’t pull out a close one. Normally, the Panthers would follow up a big rally like last week with a dud,but not this time.
LAST WEEK: 5-2
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