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The football minds at ESPN have come up with a quarterback rating system that they refer to as Total QBR. If you are interested to learn more about how it works, a link to the story is right here.
We bring this up because, interestingly enough, the top two quarterbacks atop their QBR rankings are Tom Brady and Ryan Fitzpatrick—the two quarterbacks set to duel it out in this AFC East shootout. Brady is ranked at 89.7, while Fitzpatrick is at 84.8. Both guys are off to very impressive starts to their seasons.
While Brady has basically thrown for twice as many yards as Fitzpatrick has (940 to 472), the fact remains that both QB's have thrown a great ratio of seven touchdowns to only one interception so far this year.
While Brady moves his team up and down the field with passes, the Bills counter with the NFL's rushing leader for the year so far, in running back Fred Jackson, who sits atop the NFL with 229 yards.
We have to also acknowledge the Bills running game (190 rush yards per game), which is No. 1 in the NFL and they also boast the top runner in the league right now, Fred Jackson, who has 229 yards after two games.
The Bills great start to the season is all well and fine, but they want to find out how good they really are, so the Patriots offer a very good quality test. The Patriots learned that they will be without tight end Aaron Hernandez, so that means the Bills can focus on stopping Rob Grankowski, rather than worrying about both of the gifted tight end targets. The Bills counter with their own tight end target, as Scott Chandler has come up with three touchdown grabs on the young season.
Both teams have made a big addition to their defensive line, as the Bills drafted Marcell Dareus, while the Patriots traded for Albert Haynesworth. The Bills have upgraded their linebacking unit with Nick Barnett and Kirk Morrison, and Shawne Merriman is looking to make more of an impact than he did in the first two games.
The Bills would really like to end their long losing streak to New England, so the home crowd should be fired up to inspire the Bills to play an emotional game. Can they play smart and emotional?
My prediction: Buffalo 33, New England 30 in Overtime