I hate to spoil it for you, but nobody is picking the Bills to beat the Patriots outright in Sunday’s game at Gillette. No-body.
So that gives Buffalo a realistic shot, right? Trap game, anyone?
Um….let’s just get to the picks then, shall we?
This week’s picks
Globe staff: All go with New England.
Peter King, Sports Ilustrated: Patriots 37, Bills 17. “Last 18 meetings between the two: New England 17 wins, Buffalo one. Patriots points in last five meetings: 38, 34, 31, 49, 52. Patriots rushing yards last time they met, in Buffalo in September: 247. In short, I don't see much reason for optimism for the vistors in Foxboro this weekend.”
ESPN.com staff: Patriots across the board.
Pete Prisco, CBS Sports.com: Patriots 31, Bills 13. “When they met earlier this season, the Patriots ran through the defense with ease in a blowout. Things haven't changed much for the Buffalo defense. So look for New England, coming off a bye, to blow the Bills out. Tom Brady has a big day.”
CBS Sports.com staff: Five out of eight pick the Pats (New England – 11.5).
Mike Florio, ProFootballTalk.com: Patriots 38, Bills 21. “The Pats scored 45 points against the Rams in 60 minutes, and 45 against the Bills in 25. New England needs to keep its foot on the gas in order to get ready for some tough challenges that are waiting in the postseason.”
Michael David Smith, ProFootballTalk.com: Patriots 38, Bills 20. “In another rematch of a Week Four meeting, the Bills’ defense is in big trouble. It probably won’t get quite as ugly for Buffalo as it did in the Patriots’ 52-28 win in September, but the Patriots will put plenty of points on the board.”
Greg Cote, Miami Herald: Patriots 40, Bills 20. “You might not find a more lopsided division series in the NFL. Patriots have owned Buffs in 22 of past 24 meetings including a 52-28 late-September rout in which Tom Brady threw for 340 yards and the Pats had two 100-yard leg men. Brady Bunch also has won 11 in a row at home over the Williams, and are coming off a bye. Just too, too much firepower on the home side.”
USA Today staff: All Pats.
Yahoo! sports staff: Patriots across the board.
Peter Schrager, Foxsports.com: Patriots 37, Bills 20: "Ah, the Bills. I thought this was going to be their year. A shiny new and expensive defensive line, two dynamic running backs, a franchise quarterback they’ve locked up for the foreseeable future … this was it! The season Buffalo broke the league’s longest playoff drought and went back to the playoffs for the first time since 1999. I was wrong. New England’s going to have its way with Buffalo. The Bills are headed towards yet another Top 10 pick in April … $200 million defensive line and all."
It says here: Patriots 52, Bills 17. Defense attempts to show it’s not so bad without Talib. Offense rolls along.