BOSTON (CBS) — The Patriots and the Bills will sq. off for the third time this season on Saturday night time, as the 2 groups battle on Super Wild Card Weekend. The groups break up their common season conferences, every profitable on the opposite’s house area.
So who will win this large rubber match? Buffalo is using a four-game profitable streak, whereas New England limped into the playoffs. The Patriots dropped three of their ultimate 4 video games following an enormous win in Buffalo on Monday Night Football. Saturday night time will likely be one other chilly one at Highmark Stadium, which might assist the run-centric Patriots, however there will likely be no 50 mph winds this time round.
Who will advance to the divisional spherical, and who will head house? The WBZ-TV and CBS Boston sports activities group makes their picks for Saturday night time’s Patriots-Bills Wild Card conflict!
Steve Burton, WBZ-TV Sports
The Bills are four-point favorites this weekend, however you’ll be able to throw that out the window. They have been three-point favorites when the Patriots beat them the primary time in Buffalo.
The Pats are coming off a brutal loss in Miami, however it might simply be what they should ignite this group. The Patriots ought to bounce again and beat the Bills on Saturday night time.
Patriots 27, Bills 24
Dan Roche, WBZ-TV Sports
Everything favors the Bills on this one. They’re enjoying nicely. They’ve lastly began working the ball. They have an MVP-caliber QB in Josh Allen. They have a high-flying protection. And they’re wholesome.
The Bills have additionally gained three of the final 4 towards the Patriots, and that one loss was a wild, windy, weird night time in Buffalo.
The Patriots struggled down the stretch, they’re banged up on each side of the ball, they usually have a rookie QB making his playoff debut. They haven’t performed Bill Belichick-style soccer down the stretch, making too many psychological and bodily errors.
Can the Patriots win? Yes. But will they? I don’t really feel nice about it.
Bills 27, Patriots 17
Levan Reid, WBZ-TV Sports
Welcome to the event and for the Patriots to advance, a few issues must occur. They want quick begins on offense and protection they usually want particular groups to be sound.
They additionally must play from forward. I feel that’s the most important level and yet one more factor. Kyle Dugger must play. What he provides the Pats so far as defensive versatility can’t be overstated. He can spy on Josh Allen, make performs on the backs on the line and defend the tight finish place. Dugger must play for the Patriots to have an opportunity.
I additionally assume it’s higher that the Pats play the Bills in Buffalo than in the event that they have been to play right here in Foxboro. Buffalo, for some motive, doesn’t play their greatest at house, whereas New England went 6-2 on the highway this season. So I’m going with the upset.
(But if Kyle Dugger is a late scratch, scrap all I stated… lol. It’s powerful when groups play thrice in a single season.)
Patriots 17, Bills 10
Michael Hurley, CBS Boston
I’ll by no means rely the Patriots out, however I don’t like them this weekend. The Patriots type of proved they’re not an higher class AFC group with the best way they completed the yr, a four-week stretch that included a loss to those Bills. Now take away not less than one however perhaps two starters from their secondary, and it’s a tall process to count on them to win this one.
Short of some bizarre issues taking place because of the climate and/or a repeat of the bulldozing efficiency from the Patriots’ working recreation, I feel the Bills transfer on and the Patriots head into the offseason.
Bills 27, Patriots 17
Matthew Geagan, CBS Boston
The Patriots haven’t regarded so sizzling since their bye week, with their solely win coming towards the Jaguars. Their points from early within the season — gradual begins, turnovers, dangerous penalties — have returned and the Pats have proven no indicators of having the ability to repair these in current weeks.
The chilly ought to assist New England run wild once more, but when the Patriots can’t take an early lead, working the ball gained’t imply a lot. The different key for New England is turnovers. If Mac retains throwing the ball to the opposite group, the Pats are toast.
No one could be shocked if the Bills do some Bills issues and lose this one, however they’re a greater group than the Patriots they usually’re more healthy heading into Saturday.
Bills 24, Patriots 20
Tune in to Saturday night time’s Patriots-Bills Wild Card recreation on WBZ-TV! Pregame protection begins at 6:30pm with Patriots GameDay, the Pats and the Bills kick off round 8:15pm, and after the sport stick round for full response and evaluation on Patriots fifth Quarter!