Sunday, November 1, 2020, Bills Stadium, Orchard Park, New York, 1 p.m. ET
Patriots at Bills Betting Preview: Patriots (+4/-115), Bills (-4/-105)
New England Patriots
The Patriots (2-4) look to locate a missing offense that has gone AWOL during a three-game losing streak, its longest such skid since 2002. New England, which is averaging an NFL fourth-worst 19.2 points per game, has scored a total of 28 in losses to Kansas City, Denver and San Francisco.
Cam Newton’s play of late isn’t making Patriots fans forget the name of a certain six-time Super Bowl winning quarterback who is now playing in Tampa Bay. The current Patriots quarterback, that’s Newton not Tom Brady, was intercepted three times in a 33-6 setback to 49ers on Sunday and five times overall in his last two games.
Newton’s troubles obviously are shared by former Super Bowl MVP Julian Edelman, who has just eight catches for 79 yards over his last four games. Fellow wideout Jakobi Meyers had season highs in receptions (five) and receiving yards (47) last week for the Patriots, who are averaging an NFL fifth-worst 197.2 yards through the air this season.
If the Bills (5-2) are entertaining thoughts of winning the AFC East, they have to topple the team that has captured the division title in 11 straight seasons and defeated them in 35 of the last 40 encounters. Josh Allen has been on the field for three of those losses, completing just 48.4 passes while tossing five interceptions.
Allen passed for 307 yards and rushed for a season-high 61 yards on Sunday as Buffalo snapped a two-game skid with an 18-10 victory over the New York Jets. Slot receiver Cole Beasley reeled in a career-best 11 receptions for 112 yards while Stefon Diggs had at least six catches for the fourth straight game and sixth time in seven outings in 2020.
The Bills’ 15th-ranked defense limited the Jets to just four yards of offense in the second half. Defensive end Jerry Hughes recorded AFC Defensive Player of the Week honors after recording two sacks, an interception and a forced fumble against New York.
Patriots at Bills Betting Pick for Week 8
After getting sand kicked in their face for the better part of two decades, the Bills have an opportunity to return the favor to a Patriots’ team that appears poised to get kicked off the beach.
That starts on Sunday, with Buffalo posting just its second win in its last 17 home games against the Patriots.
Patriots at Bills Betting Pick:
Bills 31, Patriots 16
Patriots at Bills Best Bet for Week 8
While Diggs may have his hands full with last year’s Defensive Player of the Year Stephon Gilmore, the Bills can gouge the Patriots with Beasley and the returning John Brown.
The Patriots’ depleted defense hasn’t provided many answers this season, and the offense is only offering more questions.
Patriots at Bills Best Bet: OVER 43 (-102)