After 14 games, the New England Patriots have the first match point for the AFC East title: the team will host the Buffalo Bills on Saturday this week, and a win would earn it the division championship for the 11th year in a row. A loss on the other hand would tie the two clubs atop the division — New England would still lead because of the common opponents tiebreaker — and possibly cost the Patriots a first-round playoff bye.
Needless to say that a lot is at stake this week. With all that in mind, let’s find out how to actually follow the contest:
Game Information: Patriots (11-3) vs Bills (10-4)
Date: Saturday, December 23, 2019
Kickoff: 4:30 p.m. ET
Location: Gillette Stadium, Foxborough MA
SB Nation affiliate: Buffalo Rumblings
The Patriots provide an in-depth breakdown on their website.
Network: NFL Network (national broadcast)
Broadcast team: Mike Tirico (play-by-play), Kurt Warner (color commentary), Peter Schrager (sideline)
The game will be carried locally by WBZ-TV Channel 4.
Station: Westwood One
Broadcast team: Scott Graham (play-by-play), Ross Tucker (color commentary), Hub Arkush (sideline)
Station: 98.5 FM The Sports Hub
Broadcast team: Bob Socci (play-by-play), Scott Zolak (color commentary)
98.5 FM is available through the following stations:
- Boston MA: WBZ 98.5 FM
- Springfield MA: WAQY 102.1 FM
- Worcester MA: WWFX 100.1 FM
- Milford MA: WMRC 101.3 FM / 1490 AM
- Portland ME: WBLM 102.9 FM
- Bangor ME: WEZQ 92.9 FM
- Hartford CT: WTIC 1080 AM
- Concord NH: WNNH 99.1 FM
- Burlington VT: WCPV 101.3 FM
- Providence RI: WPRO 630 AM
For additional stations, please check out the broadcast information on patriots.com.
Live streaming: fuboTV (click here to sign up)
International live streaming: International viewers can follow the game by using NFL Game Pass.
Line: Patriots -6.5
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Coming off back-to-back losses against the Houston Texans and the Kansas City Chiefs, New England bounced back nicely in Week 15. The Patriots went on the road against the Cincinnati Bengals, and did what is expected when going against a team that has won just one game all season: they dominated, even if the first half was a close affair, and ultimately improved to 11-3 on the season with a final score of 34-13.
Not only did the victory earn New England a spot in the playoffs for the 11th year in a row, it also led to their fan confidence bouncing back a bit: according to SB Nation’s latest FanPulse numbers, 67% of the participating Patriots fans feel positive about the direction in which the team is headed in entering the penultimate week of the regular season — an improvement of 15% when compared to the 52% the team registered one week ago.
With the postseason on the horizon, the team’s fan confidence appears to be trending in the right direction after hitting a season-low 42% after New England was beaten by the Texans. A victory against the Bills this week would certainly further boost how the fan base feels about the reigning world champions, and most importantly position them well for another deep playoff run.
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