Normally, this is the part of the schedule that doesn't get a second thought. This is the part where the New England Patriots play the Buffalo Bills, which has been another way of saying the Patriots play football for 60 minutes, get a win and move on to the next opponent.
It's been that way for years. But people are wondering if it's different now. They look at Buffalo quarterback Ryan Fitzpatrick's seven touchdowns and 109.6 rating, the team's 79 points and New England's torched defense and think that this year, this Sunday, could be the time the nail will finally stand up to the hammer.
The Patriots will make it 16 straight wins over the Bills. They'll do it with relative ease. It won't be a shutout, and it probably won't be a blowout, either. Fitzpatrick will lead the Bills offense down the field several times, and Buffalo will score points.
But the Patriots will be in control. They'll make the plays they need to win. When the Bills have the ball late, it'll be in an effort to get back in the game, not take it over.