Patriots vs. Bills preview – ESPN (blog)
It’s always a big week in Western New York when the New England Patriots come to town.
But if squaring off with a division rival wasn’t enough, the Buffalo Bills received an extra boost Wednesday when Terry and Kim Pegula were approved as the next owners of the franchise. Officially closing a summer-long sales process, the vote virtually ended any doubts about the team’s future in the region.
With an amped-up crowd behind them, the Bills (3-2) will have a chance to pull ahead in the AFC East against the Patriots (3-2) in Buffalo’s first game of the Pegula era.
It’s a game that has the Patriots’ attention as well.
“If you love football,” Tom Brady said, “then one o’clock Sunday in Orchard Park is where you want to be.”
ESPN Bills reporter Mike Rodak and ESPN Patriots reporter Mike Reiss break it all down:
Rodak: Mike, one of the big stories in Foxborough through the first four games was an offensive line that just couldn’t seem to find its way. The Patriots used five different combinations against Kansas City in Week 4 but seemed to settle in well in Sunday night’s win over the Bengals. What changed?
Reiss: Three things come to mind, Mike. Personnel-wise, the biggest change was inserting Ryan Wendell at right guard, which meant they went with a top five of left tackle Nate Solder, left guard Dan Connolly, center Bryan Stork, Wendell and right tackle Sebastian Vollmer. Second, they had a determined commitment to the run game, which helped that group settle in a bit. And finally, it helped that they weren’t facing Cameron Wake and Tamba Hali, two of the premier edge rushers in the NFL. The Bills have a very good front, so it’s …read more