Buffalo defeated the Broncs by a score of 40-14. It's all for naught given that their season is over, but the Bills would love to end the season by sweeping the Patriots with a win in Gillette.
I have a feeling a lot of starters will be playing for New England. I'm sure Belichick is going to be hard on his players until he gets a full 60 minutes of football out of them. He probably should given yet another poor start from his playoff-calibre team but at the same time one can't forget the tragedy of 2009 with the Week17 injury to Wes Welker.
New England wasn't always playing like they played today. The last time New England faced the Bills was very early in the season when New England was getting off to hot starts in the first-half. We'd talk about Brady's 1st quarter dominance and all that. Patriots would often accept the ball to start the game. Now we're talking about the Patriots 1st half struggles and Belichick is deferring to start the 2nd half.
And here come the Bills who made a mockery of the Pats in Week3. That game was lost in the last minutes and was a 4-interception day for Tom Brady. Fresh from defeating Denver in a game where the Bills scored 4 interceptions off of Tebow(2 were pick-6's and why am I feeling deja vu?) the Bills would like to damage our seeding and go into the off-season with pride that they swept New England for the first time in I-don't-know-when.
Don't let the first glance fool you. Ryan Fitzpatrick did not have a great game(the story for him since getting paid) but that could be forgiven because C.J. Spiller did at RB(16 attempts for 111). Plus, there were four interceptions including 2 pick-6's. The Broncos also fell apart on special teams including allowing the Bills to make a return for a TD. Take out the 21 points gained without the offense and that 40-14 game is a 19-14 game.
But the Pats aren't exactly playing a full 60 minutes Superbowl-calibre football. Will Belichick try to make them vs. the Bills?