Bills vs. Patriots: TV Schedule, Live Stream, Spread Info, Game Time and More

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIINovember 7, 2012

ORCHARD PARK, NY - SEPTEMBER 30: Ryan Fitzpatrick #14 of the Buffalo Bills is tackled by Dont'a Hightower #54 of the New England Patriots during an NFL game at Ralph Wilson Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Orchard Park, New York. (Photo by Tom Szczerbowski/Getty Images)
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The New England Patriots are starting to look like the Patriots we expected this season, not the ones who started the season off 1-2. After winning four of their last five games, the Pats are coming off a bye week and will host the Buffalo Bills.

This AFC East matchup is a rematch of a Week 4 contest in Buffalo that started a trend for both teams. Since the Pats won that game, they've gone 4-1, and since the Bills lost, they've gone 1-4.

If the Bills have any hope of getting back into the playoff race, they need to win on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Patriots will look to extend their lead in the division and keep pushing for a top playoff spot.

Where: Gillette Stadium

When: Sunday, November 11 at 1 p.m. ET

Watch: CBS

Live Stream:

Betting Line: New England (-11), according to Bovada

Buffalo Injury Report (via Yahoo! as of Nov. 8, 2012)

 Eric Wood C Probable Knee
 Mario Williams DE Probable Wrist
 Kyle Williams DT Questionable Ankle
 Chris White LB Probable Back
 Kraig Urbik G Probable Ankle
 C.J. Spiller RB Probable Shoulder
 Brad Smith WR Probable Chest
 Justin Rogers CB Probable Thigh
 Andy Levitre G Probable Knee
 Chris Kelsay DE Probable Ankle
 Donald Jones WR Probable Low back
 Spencer Johnson DE Probable Ankle
 Chris Hairston T Probable Knee
 T.J. Graham WR Probable Ankle
 Cordy Glenn T Questionable Ankle
 Marcell Dareus DT Probable Shoulder
 Ron Brooks CB Probable Foot
 Mark Anderson DE Out Knee

New England Injury Report (via Yahoo! as of Nov. 8, 2012)

 Vince Wilfork DT Probable Illness
 Kyle Love DT Probable Knee
 Wes Welker WR Questionable Ankle
 Sebastian Vollmer T Questionable Back, knee
 Sterling Moore S Questionable Knee
 Nick McDonald G Questionable Shoulder
 Jerod Mayo LB Questionable Elbow, illness
 Logan Mankins G Questionable Calf, hip
 Brandon Lloyd WR Questionable Knee
 Dont'a Hightower LB Questionable Hamstring
 Rob Gronkowski TE Questionable Hip
 Julian Edelman WR Questionable Hand
 Ron Brace DT Questionable Back
 Tracy White LB Out Foot
 Trevor Scott DE Out Hamstring
 Aaron Hernandez TE Out Ankle
 Steve Gregory S Out Hip
 Brandon Bolden RB Out Knee
 Patrick Chung S Out Shoulder

What's At Stake?

The AFC East is still a wide open division, but this game could close the door for the Bills. If Buffalo loses its third consecutive divisional game and falls three games back of the division-leading Pats, they'll be sitting at home in January.

On the flip side, if the Patriots win, they will improve their divisional record to an impressive 3-0 and potentially extend their division lead to two games over the Miami Dolphins (4-4) and New York Jets (3-5).

Fantasy Plays

Buffalo QB Ryan Fitzpatrick

If you're an owner of Aaron Rodgers or Robert Griffin III and don't have a viable option for a backup quarterback, consider Fitzpatrick.

The Patriots secondary isn't what it used to be and ranks No. 28 in the league in passing yards allowed per game.

The last time these two teams met, Fitz-Magic threw for 350 yards and four scores. Unfortunately, he also threw four interceptions, but he finished with an impressive 21 fantasy points.

If he can cut down on his turnovers in this game, he has potential to shine, as the Bills are going to be throwing the ball early and often. He isn't worth benching your starter for, but if you need a backup with Green Bay and Washington on bye weeks, then Fitzpatrick could be your man.

New England RB Stevan Ridley

In the last five games, Ridley has scored four touchdowns and is averaging 96.6 rushing yards per contest.

An even better sign for his success on Sunday is that he hasn't fumbled the ball in three consecutive games, which became a worry after he fumbled in back-to-back weeks prior to this stretch.

The last time these two teams met, it was Brandon Bolden who was hailed as the better back, but Ridley still put up 106 yards and scored twice in the game. This time around, I expect Ridley to get even more carries since Bolden has missed the last two games and is listed as questionable.

Buffalo's run defense is giving up nearly 170 yards per contest, and there's no reason to think that it's sorted things out just yet.

I'm expecting at least 130 yards and a pair of scores out of Ridley on Sunday.

What They Are Saying

The Bills struggled mightily in the red zone against the Houston Texans on Sunday, making three trips and failing to score a single touchdown.

Head coach Chan Gailey acknowledged that failure, and the team will likely make that a priority this week. If so, it definitely helps to have the Bills' No. 1 receiver on the field.

According to the Buffalo Bills' official Twitter feed, Steve Johnson should be ready to go on Sunday:

Stevie okay; A. Williams out 2-3 weeks

— Buffalo Bills (@buffalobills) November 5, 2012

The Bills can't afford to make mistakes on offense against a team that put up 52 points the last time they met. If Buffalo gets close to the end zone, it has to punch it in.

Key Matchup: Buffalo Defensive Line vs. New England Offensive Line

The Bills were supposed to have one of the best defensive lines in the NFL this year. Mario Williams, Marcell Dareus, Kyle Williams and Chris Kelsay were supposed to be the backbone of this defense, but they have struggled mightily.

New England has a good enough offensive line to create holes for the Patriots running backs and give Tom Brady time in the pocket. Whenever Brady has time to throw, he is dangerous, which is why the Bills need to hurry him before his receivers have time to create separation.

New England's passing attack is too good to give extra time to, and its ground game has emerged as the No. 4 rushing attack in the league. If the Bills can't get in the backfield, it's going to be a long day for them.


The Patriots appear to have just about every advantage on Sunday. Not only are they home and coming off a bye week, but they have the superior offense and a defense that can come up with turnovers. If you thought the first game was bad, imagine how ugly this one could get.

Patriots 56, Bills 17


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