Patriots at Bills: Sal's keys, notes and stats

October 28, 2018 - 8:22 pm

Here are three key storylines to watch for as the Bills play the Patriots in their first Monday Night Football game at home in ten years:

1. All my rowdy friends…..

The last time the Bills played a Monday Night game at New Era Field, it was called Ralph Wilson Stadium, and the backup quarterback of the opposition was the same QB who will now be starting under center for the Bills - Derek Anderson.  On November 17, 2008, Cleveland Browns’ kicker Phil Dawson connected on a 56-yard field goal late in the fourth quarter to beat the Bills, 29-27.  Anderson was on the sidelines that night as Brady Quinn led the Browns to victory.  Anderson was in only his third year in the league.  Now in his thirteenth season, the 35-year old will be looking to lead the Bills to their first Monday Night Football win since 1999 and first at home since 1994.

2. Last game for some Bills?

The NFL trade deadline is Tuesday at 4pm.  That means there could be players on the Bills playing their last game for the team.  The game would end at about 11:30pm and someone could be dealt less than sixteen hours later.  RB LeSean McCoy is the most notable name that could potentially be moved, according to reports that other teams have contacted the Bills about him.  WR Kelvin Benjamin, acquired last year at the trade deadline, could also be a potential trade target for other clubs.

3. Upset city?

No one is giving the Bills chance in this one, and it’s understandable why.  The Patriots have dominated the Bills since Bill Belichick and Tom Brady became a tandem in 2001.  The Pats are 30-4 against the Bills since Brady became the starter in New England.  They’re about fourteen point favorites in this one, which is a huge number for any road team in the NFL.  But the Bills and their fans would love nothing better than to prove everyone wrong, in a big way, on national TV.


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