Buffalo, the silent town that was once hardworking, is now becoming slowly rundown as the citizens leave for a nicer area. Little is still left to the city, for many, all they think about, when it comes to sports, is the Buffalo Sabres.
Now, one man has brought the world's attention into Bills' territory. His name is Terrell Owens, and he's a show in himself.
With the addition of T.O., the Bills have a legitimate offense, with two 1,000-yard receivers (Owens, Lee Evans), and Trent Edwards preparing for what might be his best year yet; the passing game will definitely be one to watch. The 5'10" Josh Reed is their version of a Santana Moss, and has the speed to cut for the game.
Meanwhile Marshawn Lynch, at 23-years-old, is one of the most impressive young players. Lynch averaged 4.1 yards-per-carry last year and got just over 1,000 rushing yards. His eight touchdowns show he is a punch in the red zone, even though he is just 5'11" and 215 pounds. Last year the rookie lost just one fumble, a very impressive stat for the player out of California.
Meanwhile, the Patriots' defense is hurting. With Tedy Bruschi retired, Richard Seymour traded, and Mike Vrabel in Kansas City, it seems the championship defense is fully gone. Though the line still holds big names such as Larry Izzo and Vince Wilfork, the linebacker corps is thin and Jerod Mayo will have to play a huge part for the team.
After losing Asante Samuel last year, they lost Ellis Hobbs this year in the secondary front. The coverage on two 1,000 yard receivers will not be pretty, and the Pats will have some points counted up against them.
Yet again, who cares when you have a New England offense?
Ladies and gentleman, who cares about the name Matt Cassel? Welcome back Mr. Tom Brady, an NFL MVP and three-time Super Bowl winner. If Brady avoids any further injury, it will be like 2007 all over again.
Randy Moss and Brady clicked once again in preseason, and with Wes Welker cutting into the middle for the Pats, that duo is right back to greatness as well. With BenJarvus Geen-Ellis, Fred Taylor, and Laurence Maroney all splitting time at the back position, the running game could also be very interesting.
Kevin Faulk will be a presence too, if he restrains the injuries that can plague older players. Not to mention Joey Galloway will be an interesting third option for the passing game; the former Buccaneer will hopefully thicken the spread for the Pats to get more 1-1 coverages for Randy Moss.
The 4-3 defense in Buffalo has no way to matchup with these receivers, therefore, I see the New England Patriots being able to take this game in a relatively high scoring fashion.
Prediction: New England: 31 Buffalo: 21
Kansas City: 10 Baltimore: 23
St. Louis: 17 Seattle: 28