Mitch Stringer-US PRESSWIRE - Presswire
New England Patriots weekly bold predictions for their Week 4 divisional battle against the Buffalo Bills.
Entering Week 4 of the NFL regular season, no one would have imagined that the New England Patriots would have a 1-2 record. Granted when doing preseason predictions, a loss against the Baltimore Ravens was definitely possible but no one was expecting the Arizona Cardinals to come into Foxboro and knock off the Pats.
However, it is what it is what the Patriots are 1-2.
In a Major League Baseball comparison, New England's two consecutive losses are equivalent to a 20-game losing streak in baseball—how scary is that?
With that being said, let's take a look at my weekly predictions for New England's battle against the Bills in Buffalo.
1. Rob Gronkowski will play Sunday and score two touchdowns
New England's tight end might be listed as questionable, but I find it hard to believe that he wont play Sunday afternoon.
With that being said, Gronk will have a solid day as he'll record two receiving touchdowns.
Gronk's last game against the Bills was back in Week 17 of last season, as he recorded eight receptions for 108 yards and two scores—I see him putting up similar numbers this weekend.
2. Tom Brady will throw four-plus touchdowns.
Tom Brady has yet to have a breakout game in 2012 and Week 4 seems like the perfect time to have one.
Brady has only thrown for four touchdowns all season, with two of those coming in Week 1 against the Tennessee Titans—but I see Brady matching his season total as he'll throw four or more touchdowns in an offensive explosion against the Bills.
3. Ryan Fitzpatrick will throw more interceptions than touchdowns
I do see Sunday's game being a high-scoring affair for both teams, which means Ryan Fitzpatrick will have to throw a lot which leads me to believe that he'll end up turning the ball over quite a bit.
Fitzpatrick enters Week 4 with a stellar 95.2 quarterback rating as he's thrown for 581 yards, eight scores and just three interceptions—but that's all going to come to a crashing end against the Patriots.
Sure, Fitzpatrick will rack up the yards and have a productive day, but I just see him forcing too many passes and ending up with more interceptions than touchdowns.
4. Brandon Lloyd will continue his hot-streak against the Bills
Each and every game, Brandon Lloyd has been improving his stats and most recently, he recorded a season-high nine receptions for a season-high 108 yards.
Lloyd has yet to score his first touchdown with the Patriots in 2012, but that will most definitely happen Sunday in Buffalo.
I see Lloyd finishing with eight receptions for 100-plus yards and a score.
5. Final Prediction: New England: 38 Buffalo:27
Much like last year's Week 3 match-up, there is going to be a whole lot of offense—but with the Patriots coming out on top this time.
Brady has yet to have a dominant game thus far but I see him changing that this week. Brady is a career 18-2 against the Bills as he's thrown for a whopping 46 touchdowns and has had six career 300 yard passing games against the Bills.
If Brady is able to be himself and shred Buffalo's defense, then there's simply no chance that Ryan Fitzpatrick and the Bills can keep up in a shootout.