New England at Buffalo prediction, game preview, how to watch: NFL Playoffs Wild Card: Saturday, January 15
New England at Buffalo Wild Card How To Watch
Date: Saturday, January 15
Game Time: 8:15 ET
Venue: Highmark Stadium, Orchard Park, NY
How To Watch: CBS
Record: New England (10-7), Buffalo (11-6)
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Why New England Will Win the AFC Wild Card
Buffalo might talk tough, and the defensive stars might get surly when you suggest that they might not be happy about getting run over by the Patriots, but …
New England can get physical.
It’s unfortunate for the Bills that they’re getting New England and not, say, Las Vegas from a warm weather spot or a team that relies on a high-flying passing game like Cincinnati.
It’s going to be 10 degrees out. Maybe. Buffalo’s weather advantage is going to be lost on the Patriots.
Yes, the Bills got nasty and held the New England offense to under 300 yards in the 33-21 win just a few weeks ago, but Patriot ground game still ended up rumbling for 149 yards and wasn’t all that bad.
The formula is going to be simple. Get one of the NFL’s best running games going, rely on the league’s second-best defense to adjust and not let Josh Allen and the Buffalo passing game to go off with the midrange throws like it did in Week 16, and control the time of possession from the start.
As long as the Patriots don’t start turning the ball over – a big problem over the last month with seven in the three losses and none in the lone win – they should crank up the pressure on the Bills.